My family spent the entire week dealing with Hurricane Irma. It wasn’t nearly as bad here in northeast Georgia where we live as in Florida, but there were tons of fallen trees and many, many families without power for days. 

Were you or your loved ones in the path of the hurricane? Let us know in the comments if you were able to stay safe and dry!

As for us, school and work were pretty much cancelled on Monday and Tuesday so all of us were home. We lost power Monday evening for 3 hours and then again all night, but we were some of the lucky ones. Several of our family members lost power for two whole days or longer. 

School has been cancelled every day this week with many road closures due to fallen trees and power lines and tons of people still without power and/or water. 

We hunkered down, though, and were pretty much fine. My biggest hurdle was trying to stay focused on work during the storm. 

It got a little scary at times with strong winds and thunderstorms and trees falling in our neighborhood. The worst we experienced was a fallen branch in the backyard. Our neighbors were not as lucky. One had multiple fallen trees and is still dealing with the aftermath. 

I tried to stay busy (and snacked…) while my husband dealt with it all by sleeping. Through it all. Not sure how. 

Every time I saw the wind blow even harder than it already was and trees swaying and heard branches cracking, I ran to the window to make sure there wasn’t a tree falling on our house. 

And then I would go back to planning my week and going through goals :) 

Tuesday was more of the same with everyone home, but the weather was a lot less scary. 

By Thursday and Friday, I was more than ready to get back to our usual routine and get some kid-free time. I also got really busy overhauling this website once and for all. 

I love spending all this time with my kids, but by Thursday afternoon, we were all going a little crazy, and the baby was super fussy. So I gave up and stepped away from my desk. I got both kids and we just cleaned. 

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I was frustrated, the house was a mess, and they needed something to do, so I went on a #cleaningrant. 

So there’s a great parenting hack for you. 

When your kids become impatient (along with you), do some cleaning and get them nice and tired while you all do some chores!

After that, they were ready for some quiet time. The baby went down for a nap, and the five year old did her school from home work. Win win. 

Another important thing I’ve been thinking about and practicing from Leo at zenhabits: be in the present.

Whether it’s a conversation with a loved one or enjoying a precious moment with your kids, just be there 100%. 

Turn off the phone. Close the computer. And just listen. Look at them. 

I say this because I’ve been super guilty of this in the past, but it’s something I’m actively working on. I don’t want to be that person that is never listening when my kids or husband are talking to me. 

And I love the way that Leo put it: when someone is talking to you, listen like it’s their last conversation on this earth. 

It’s been kind of crazy this week with the kids being home all day every day, but it won’t last forever, and things will be back to normal in no time. 

How do you deal with life when it gets crazy?