The kids are strewn sideways over a hotel bed fast asleep.

Our noses and throats burn from the air, and sniffing the stale Westin air conditioning is like heaven.

Our house is standing and in no danger despite helicopters and super scoopers and sirens all day. Despite water spilling from planes in the sky onto our driveway. Despite 6 fires surrounding us and closing the roads of our escape. Despite tales of calls for help and responses of “we have no one to send, do your best until we get there.”

The air is deadly. My son gets no relief from the cough and choke. We need rest from monitoring local news at 3am and waking to the thunder of strike teams.

My heart is filled with love and thanks for the plane tickets to safety and blue skies.


  1. Oh, I’m so glad that you’re flying out, I’ve been worrying about you!

  2. Dude, you are a mama of action. You just said, fuggdis and rolled outta there. Go on over to Florida and let the Nana and Grampa stir up some frosty rum beverages for you, dollin while your kids play in a pool.

    I mentioned your fine self on BlogHer:


  3. I’m so happy you guys are safe. Say hi to your Mama for me and kiss those babies….even the big hairy one. 😉

  4. Thanks for taking the time to let us know–I know that time is precious right now. Still in my prayers.

  5. i’m glad you guys are safe. you are all in my thoughts and i’m sending all sorts of good wishes your way.

  6. I’m glad you’re getting out of there, and hope you have a safe flight and a house that is untouched by fire to come back to. I’ve been worried about you.

  7. I’m happy you are on the move and that you have a place to seek relief. Safe travels and I hope home is still home when you return.

  8. Thank you for letting us know. I’ve been thinking of you guys a lot.

  9. Oh, I just got goosebumps when I read “safe”. Y’all have been on my mind.

    So you’ve ALREADY flewn out or are going to fly out and are waiting your flight at a hotel?

    I’m so thankful- so thankful you’ll have fresh air and safety.

    I too want to hear your return to a home that is unscathed.

  10. I kept an eye on the news about your area all day yesterday and cheered when I heard it was getting safer.

    I am glad you were able to flee.

    The breathing part still stinks.

  11. Glad to hear you are safe and away from the fires now.

  12. I am so glad to hear that you are all fine. I was thinking about your family and some others I know there all last night as I watched on various news shows, shocked with the devastation. Stay safe.

  13. Phew!

  14. Glad to hear that you and your family are safe. Enjoy a cocktail and take a deep breath, where available.

  15. Glad you’re safe. Stay that way.

  16. I worried about you all of last night, especially when the emergency episode of 20/20 aired last night and I saw more of the fire footage. It’s devastating.

    I hope your house isn’t in danger. I hope you and the kids are safe. And I hope that Aaron is safe, too!

  17. Enjoy the hotel…try to relax and I hope all your lungs settle down.

  18. Those of us living in Southern California know how much of a reality (and a scary one at that) these fires have become. I pray for the safety and well-being of everyone in San Diego and am glad your family was fortunate enough to find a safe place.

  19. Aaron/Kaiser just told me he got a text that Erin and the kids have landed in Florida. He’s still in Cali but the winds have died down and the house is okay.

    Much love to my favorite Royal Family…

  20. Be safe in Florida. I’m glad you got out of town. Sure was nice to get that handled, connections are so damn important. Fresh air is good.

  21. Rest, mama. Joining in on all the love going out to you.

  22. i’ve been thinking about all you socal bloggers…it’s great to hear that you’re ok.

  23. I’m so glad you are safe!

  24. canoe chick says:

    Your Majesty,
    So glad to hear that you 3 are safe, and hopefully the Count will find the Florida air easier to take. Keeping the Kaiser in our thoughts!

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