The path of the storm 4/27/12
That's our house after the tornado hit and some debris removed. All those trees above the roof are ON our house!
we had cranes remove the trees off the house and spent several weeks with debris piles everywhere. Then we just had bobcats and other heavy machinery around like giant lawn ornaments.
our pool and garage were damaged, but we got them back up and running by September
In May 2011, I went to Chicago and visited my friend, Stacy.
Daniel and I took a trip to Charleston in July 2011 then we hung out at home the rest of the summer.
We still had a bunch of stuff to do at home and we did have to work.
We did go to all home football games, but it felt weird to start with. We were glad that they were playing for the victims of the storm. (It says Tuscaloosa and they painted a houndstooth ribbon on the field - a sign of help for the tornado victims)
In September 2011, we decided to paint our house green since all of the houses in the area are all neutral in color. Daniel took the dogs to the UA dog splash where Beanie was the star.
In October 2011, we had a lot going on in the back of the house as well as enjoying our annual Halloween costume party. (I'll show you how to make my wreath in a later blog)
In November, Daniel and I drove to Atlanta to see the Foo Fighters. Best Concert of my life!
Christmas is always busy. We travel from family to family visiting, celebrating, and sharing presents. The day after Christmas, Daniel, his family and I drove to Atlanta, then flew to Michigan to spend the week skiing at Boyne Mountain. We had a great time! I even found an outdoor ice rink!
When we got home from our ski trip, we had a new front entrance to our house.
Also in January 2012, we celebrated the new year by going to New Orleans for the National Championship football game with some friends. Of course we weren't able to afford $2K for each ticket, but we had a good time anyway! Roll Tide!
At the end of January/beginning of February, we found out that we had additional damage to our front fireplace as the weather changed and it begun to crack. We, our contractors, and our insurance company were worried that it would continue and then fall inside the house! So, we had it removed and replaced with a gas fireplace insert.
In February, I celebrated my birthday with the coolest cake ever and Daniel, the dogs, and I took at long weekend trip to Bryson City, NC.
On St. Patty's day, March 17th, Beanie and I christened the pool, by jumping in. It was freezing!
From March 30 - April 2, 2011, our driveway was concreted and we finally got our circle drive!
In April, we then added grass and plants to the front of the house. It certainly helped make it look more like home.
On the anniversary of the tornado, we had a block party to celebrate that we made it through the year and made good friendships with our neighbors. We had fun lining the block with luminaries.
In July, I flew to New York to visit my brother during his week off. He moved there recently, but had the week of the fourth off and was okay with me hanging out with him.
In August, we adopted another family dog, Banjo. He belonged to my stepbrother, Kyle, but he has a youngster and his family lives in an apartment. We were happy to bring him home for our boys. He is getting along with them and is a perfect "middle" dog.
In September, we drove to Dallas for the kickoff of the Alabama football season. We also visited my stepbrother Cary and his family. The were a hoot!
And now we're here, to October. We've been working hard on the house, but we still have a lot to do. Here's the front after some extremely hard work.