There are still fires burning but nothing like last week. We can still see and smell the smoke. School should be back in session tomorrow morning after having Thursday and Friday off due to air quality.
Here are a few shots from the past week or so: This one sent to me by our friends in Oceanside taken last Tuesday by their friend at the Pier.
These pictures sent to me from my brother. This balloon made an emergency landing on the road near his home. These were taken last Monday.
The sunrise this past week from Jason's view. Smoke if from the Palomar Mountain fire (Poomucha).
This was also taken by Jason on the fire that was north of the house. He went up there to help his friend move some equipment but the police did not let him in.
With all the So. Cal fires burning and the Santa Ana winds blowing the smoke to the ocean, look at this image!
Here is the view from my backyard at the sunset last Thursday night.
On a positive note. I received my items from the Sinister & Sweet swap! These ladies are seriously talented!! LOOK:
I just learned that my online scrapping buddy, Staci, lost her high school sweet heart, her soul mate, her husband. Words cannot express how sad I am. Please take a moment to check out Staci's blogand to donate to help her out during this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers to you Staci and to your children. May you all find peace.
Tonight the valley is filling with smoke and the boys have the day off form school due to the wild fires and the air quality.
Mark is resting as he can while on duty at the station and running calls. He should be home in the morning. He is back on duty Friday and possibly for the weekend depending on the fire situations. Thanks you all for your thoughts and prayers. I truly appreciate all your comments, emails and phone calls. THANKS!!
Here is a view from my back window looking northwest. This fire was contained rather quickly, thanks to the efforts of firefighters. Jason has a friend near this fire and went to help move some equipment but was not allowed to enter. He said the rumor near the fire was that a person was being chased by officers and set the fire as a diversion...there are some really SICK people out there! Jason was also supposed to send me some other photos from the scene but never did...must be busy with his family and dealing with the situation near him.
Here is how the skies looked this morning when we awoke. The first one is looking southeast at the Poomacha Fire (Palomar Mountain). The second picture is looking southwest at the Fallbrook fire.
Woke this morning to the sound of sirens. Many of them! I looked outside and even went outside to see if I could see anything. I notice light smoke coming from the hills to the northwest of me. This turned out to be a house fire where a family of 6 watched their home burn to the ground. Firefighters arrived quickly and were able to save other homes in the area but this family was not so lucky. Thoughts and prayers for them!
I have not yet heard from Mark today. He thought he would be relieved this morning to get some much needed sleep, so let's hope that is what he and his crew are doing.
Edited to Update:Finally talked to Mark. They brought them to camp to sleep at 1am and let them sleep until 6am. At about 10am they sent them to their station. Mark is on scheduled duty so is off the main fire lines but still at work on duty at the station.
I came across this powerful tribute to the firefighters through a blog/message board I have been glued to for information. Take a look, just WOW!
Also, my missing cat, ZZ (Zander Zoolander), returned home at 5am this morning. He climbed in bed with me and woke me up by pulling on my hair!
Pretty much quiet here at home but my poor hubby! He has been working non-stop on the fire lines since he was called into work Sunday night. He managed ONE hour of sleep this entire time and has been to THREE different parts of the county fighting flames! I know he is thinking "I'm too old for this shit!"
edited: Talked to Mark @ 8pm tonight and her shared an exciting story which I posted on the Family Blog. I have to take back the quote above because instead he said; "This is fun!"
From our home there is a ring of smoke that at sundown turned to a rosey-orange glow. Not sure which fire(s) are burning north of us but I can see flames tonight from the fire on Palomar Mountain and the smoke from the Fallbrook (Rice Canyon) fires.
Also, my kitty, ZZ has been missing since last night...I'm so sad, I hope he comes home soon.
First things first! Mark is currently working the Coronado Hills Fire which is the one located behind CSUSM. I have and will update the FAMILY blogwith information as I get it.
Yesterday Katinaand I ventured to Tustin in Orange county to take a class fromCandice Carpenter at the Red Bee. The class was wonderful and Candice is a top-notch instructor! She leaves nothing out and brings treats and prizes!!
The Halloween books we made ROCK and have so much fun details to them! I need to finish mine up but here is a look atCandice's Book.
Now for the WIND Adventure!! LOL, cracks me up just thinking about it! So Kat and I took the above-mentioned class and at the completion we headed home electing to take the 261/241 toll roads. As we were cruising along we were being rattled a bit by the extremely strong winds and occasionally pelted with small rocks and debris. As we jumped onto the toll road we notice smoke in the near-by hills. The smoke was growing rapidly, fueled by the winds. We continued on our merry way north on the 261. At the first toll booth Kat fought the wind to put money into the machine for the green light to go. We were then passed in the FastPass lane by a fire engine with lights and sirens going.
Looking around we noticed the smoke growing and growing. The fire engine move along with lights on in the slow lane. We stayed back a bit not sure if we could pass them or not. The winds were crazy strong and the car was consistently being pelted with dirt, small rocks and trash.
We passed the fire engine as he went towards the fire and we merged to the 241. We reached the toll booth and paid our toll. We looked back before heading down the hill to see that the smoke had just covered the area we had just gone through. Bouncing down the grade all kinds of people decided to move off the road and stop. We had no clue why they stopped and figured there must be a hazard ahead or something.
Sitting on the side of the road the car (a small Scion or "lunch box" as Kat calls it) was at the mercy of the winds which were about 80 mph or so (guessing). The barrage of dirt and small rocks continued and the wind threaten to lift us.
Now, I think I will leave out some of the panic detail here but it got a tad freaky!! Especially seeing one guy get out of this car and run up the hill passing us and seeing the car in front of us almost lift slightly off the ground (right Kat)!
After realizing that all these people stopped on there own and seeing other cars pass us up, even a guy wobbling down the road on his BMW motorcycle, we took off trying to out run the smoke and counter-act the winds.
We finally made it to the 91 which was still windy but much calmer. We could see the flames of what turned out to be the Irvine fire.
After calling our spouses to let them know we were once again safe and on our way, we managed to arrive home safely. Learning that we just made it through that area which was now closed and being evacuated.
WHEW! Good Times, Good Times!!!
Then today I had a meeting at work, checked my work email to find the entire site down, so headed out there anyways. When I arrived all the entrance to the campus had been yellow-taped off. I then left a message for the office and headed home...guess it would have been nice to get a call about the meeting being canceled or moved or changed. Oh well, it will work out in the end.
Here are two more layouts from the RoCkToBeRfEsT kit from TallyScrappers! Just love the diversity of this kit! I have created 5 layouts and 1 card and still have stuff to play with!!
This one is about Ryan and Erik being 3 years apart for only 2 days a year. Since their birthdays are 2 years and 2 days apart, on Ryan's birthday and the day between birthdays, the boys like to say they are 3 years apart. The pictures were taken on that day between before the boys headed to school, see how thrilled they are! LOL!!
This layout is of Breona's son Alex. I believe this picture was taken on or around his first birthday. I am giving this layout to Breona so I left her room to journal whatever she wants.