Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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This weekend was quite the whirlwind, and not just because of the tornado warning!
Let me rewind though, because the tornado warning was the very end of the weekend...
The whirlwind actually started on Friday morning. Twin B woke up with a slight fever, and I had been experiencing a pretty constant headache since I woke up on Thursday morning. When I realized that my little sister had a fever, I knew that we were all doomed and something was probably going to make its way around the house.
I went to work on Friday, still with a headache, and it only got worse from there. I began having trouble breathing; I wasn't wheezing, but my breathing was very labored and not in a usual pattern. I didn't feel well at all throughout the day, and I couldn't go home early because two other people had called out sick, leaving us short-staffed. It wasn't exactly the most Magical day for me.
When I finally got home Friday night, I had to do a nebulizer treatment before bed, since my breathing still wasn't normal and my mom didn't want it to get any worse. My mom's cousin from New York, who had arrived at our house during the day while I was at work, was sleeping in his RV in our driveway, and I knew that I would have to be awake and alert the next day for his visit. Plus, my mom's cousin from California was going to be arriving the next day as well. It wasn't great timing with my sister and I feeling under the weather.
Saturday morning I woke up feeling a lot better luckily. My breathing was back to normal, I didn't feel as weak as I had on Friday, and I didn't wake up with an immediate headache. That didn't last for long though... the headache appeared shortly after breakfast. My little sister was feeling better though, which was a big improvement, and I was able to enjoy our cousins' visit with the help of some medication to relieve my headaches. The twins loved having our cousins at our house, but I think they loved the fact that our CA cousin brought his dog even more. They couldn't get over how cute the dog was, and how soft her fur was, and they just loved her so much. It was pretty funny.
We spent all of Saturday at the house, just hanging out and catching up with our cousins. It was so nice to get to see them, and to hear them and my mom talk about stories from their childhoods. In addition to the memories that they shared, the guys both had additional stories to share since they're a little older than my mom. It was fun to hear about our family and how life had been for them when everyone lived close to each other.
Saturday night, my mom and I went to dinner with our cousins so we could catch up without all of the chaos at the house. They convinced me to get an alcoholic drink (and I actually finished it), and we enjoyed the conversation and the food at a local restaurant where my mom and I like to eat. I don't think that I have ever been out with cousins as an adult like that before, so it was really nice to be treated as an adult and enjoy my mom and my cousins' company.
We got home from dinner with plenty of time before all of the kids had to go to bed, so we spent more time talking and enjoying our visit. The kids had a blast exploring the RV and hearing tales of our NY cousin's adventures. Our CA cousin had been with us just a couple of weeks ago when we took him and his friends to Magic Kingdom, but it was great to talk with him more (since you can't really have in-depth conversations at Disney). When we all finally went to bed, we were exhausted but thankful for a great day together.
When I woke up on Sunday morning, I found the house in a state of chaos once again... Twin A had been up all night vomiting. Lovely. That's the weird thing with twins though, one will get the fever and the other will get the symptoms. So it wasn't a great start to the morning as my sister and I had to help throw all of the bed sheets and whatnot into the laundry, but eventually everything calmed down. We had breakfast with our cousins and got to talk for a while longer, and while Twin A spent most of the morning sleeping on the couch, Twin B spent it with our cousin's dog.
Unfortunately, our day was cut short right before lunchtime. We had heard that there might be thunderstorms or a tornado coming later in the day, but the sky was already looking gloomy. The guys didn't want to be caught in the storm while on the road, so they decided to take off and get to their next destination before the weather got worse. It's always sad to say good-bye, but I know that they'll be back for another visit eventually.
The rest of our day was pretty calm. Twin A still didn't feel well, so she didn't do much, I still had a headache most of the day, and we were all kind of tired, but things were calm. Then I went out to get dinner and things started getting crazy. We normally do Chinese Food Fridays, but since I had been working, we decided to get Chinese Food last night instead.
The sky still looked gloomy and kind of creepy when I left the house, but the Chinese Food restaurant is only a five minute drive from home. So I went, ordered the food, and then ran to the grocery store while I waited for my order. When I got back to the Chinese Food place, the food wasn't quite ready yet, so I pulled out my phone to pass the time. I had a message from my mom saying that we were officially in a tornado watch and that I shouldn't leave the store.
By the time I finished reading the message, my food was ready to go. I wasn't going to just stand around waiting to see if we would get a tornado... I was hungry! So I decided to risk it and jumped in the car with the food. It's only a five minute drive, so I told myself that it would be fine. Luckily, it was fine. It got increasingly dark and super windy, but I made it home just fine.
We ate dinner as we listened to the wind whipping outside the window. We could see the tree branches shaking back and forth in the dark. We knew that something was coming, but we didn't know when. So after dinner, my parents left the news on the living room television and we all went about our business.
By about 7:30pm, the alarm was sounding on the news. We had upgraded from a tornado watch to a tornado warning. So we all had to drop what we were doing, grab the dogs and the kids (Twin A had fallen asleep on the couch again since she still wasn't feeling well), and we all had to get into a little closet area between two of the bedrooms. That's the only area in the house that does not have a door or window to the outside, so we'd be safe if anything broke and debris came into the house.
All seven of us, plus the two dogs, had to sit in this cramped little area for about half an hour while we listened to the news. My mom had stocked the closet earlier with food and supplies, just in case anything went really wrong, and we just waited it out. Shortly after 8pm, my mom said that we could all get out because the warning was downgraded to a watch again, so we all went back to whatever we had been doing earlier.
I don't think I had been back in my bedroom more than ten minutes when the police called (I guess they sent out a county-wide phone call or something) and we were told to take shelter once again. So we had to gather everyone up again and cram ourselves back into the closet area until we finally got another all-clear signal. I don't know how long we were in there the second time, but by the end all of our backs were hurting and legs were going numb from sitting criss-cross for so long.
Luckily, the tornadoes ended up going on either side of our area, but never hit our town. Some tree branches fell because of the crazy wind, but it wasn't too bad. We may have had to sit in a small area for a while, but if that was the worst we had to go through, I'd say we did alright. Plus, the tornadoes passed by the area where my cousins had gone as well, and my mom had been in contact with them, so everyone was just fine.
We had quite the weekend between all of the sickness and crazy weather, but it was certainly a memorable one! I hope everyone else had a memorable (if slightly less crazy) weekend as well!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.