I took these pictures when we were on our way home after our evacuation order was lifted. The 5 freeway goes right by Camp Pendleton where they were battling the Horno Fire. What's crazy to me is that these pictures were taken at 4:00 in the afternoon! It was so dark from all the smoke. It's still smoky here. I cleaned off a couple of our outdoor climbing toys and brought them inside so that the boys wouldn't go stir crazy from having to be indoors. It's been a huge help! They entertain themselves on those all day long. I'm starting to think I should have done it sooner. :) j/k! We're very grateful for all the thoughts and prayers on our behalf. We were lucky, though, as we actually had a house to come back to. Having gone through the ordeal, I don't even like to listen to or watch the news anymore. I'm pretty tired of hearing the word fire and I don't like to watch people rummage through their burned down houses. It's too emotionally draining. I heard a weather man today say that we all needed Jenny Craig after sitting in front of the TV and eating pretty much all day long for the last few days. That's exactly how I feel. I think I have gained a few pounds after this week. The Chief and I were glued to the TV and radio until they said we could come home. Now I can't stand to watch. My heart goes out to those people, just a couple miles north of me, whose homes burned down. And none of those victims had time to get any personal belongings. It was either get out with their lives, or burn with their home. I just unpacked our car today, even though we've been home for a day and a half. It was time to get things back to normal. As I started to unpack, I realized that it would be a great time to compile an emergency list of items to grab in case of evacuation. So, as I put things away, I added them to my list. Now, if this ever happens again, I'll have a quick reference guide that will ensure I don't forget anything valuable. Wow, listen to me ramble! This was just going to be a quick note with pictures. I'm such a yakker!