This week I am oh so happy to have power back on & I could have taken lots of photos to document this. Vacuuming made me ridiculously happy this week, eating hot home cooked meals = happy, as much as I like candles for mood lighting they just don't cut it for day to day life with 3 kids & a big crazy dog, having my computer back = happy, being warm anywhere in my house instead of right in front of fireplace = happy. A whole lot of happy going on right now!
Anyhoo here is this week's happiness shot:
All 3 of my kiddos enjoying cartoons together.
It's kind of a double happy since anytime all 3 kids do something together makes me happy.
November 22nd we were hit with our first storm of the season. There were storm warnings for about week letting us know that it was coming, but really I think we all thought it was going to be no big deal. This is actually the first time that we have lived in Western Washington that really truly warranted the warnings.
It was supposed to start Sunday morning. The same morning as Maddie's birthday party, in another city about 45 minutes away. The only thing I was really worried about was her friends being able to make it.
On that end we did get lucky & thankfully the weather people were wrong about the time & the day.
Once we were all home & the grandparents were safely on their way home, I very happily did the "Let it snow!" dance. Sunday evening it did snow a little, just enough for a couple of dedicated little girls to make teeny tiny snowmen.
It was actually snowing Monday morning & if the girls had to ride the bus for longer than 5 minutes I probably would have just kept them home. I'm still not sure what the school district was thinking. As it turned out it continued to snow all day and around noon the district decided to send the kids home early.
This was about 8:30 in the morning before we went to the bus stop.
This was about 3:30 in the afternoon.
What you can't really see is the wind was already blowing & it was really really cold!
Zander's first time playing in the snow.
I still think no one knew what was coming, but around 3 the tempature dropped even more & the roads got nasty. Thankfully I was about 5 minutes normal time from home, because I slipped & slided the rest of the way.
I tried to let my hubby know it was time to come home now, but he too thought it was no big deal. He didn't end up getting home until 4am. His work is only 15 minutes away.
Our power flickered off for a few minutes long enough to get the girls all freaked out about 5. I quickly finished dinner and while we were eating the power went off for good. Looking out our window we could see the glow from transformers exploding. The wind was blowing like crazy & the temperature was around 20 degrees.
I ended up playing Mouse Trap with the girls by candlelight while Matthew & a friend played on a laptop.
The game ended up being a lifesaver, keeping the girls from being distracted from the storm outside.
Maddie actually told Matt it was the best night ever!
When it was time for bed, the girls made a nest in front of our gas fireplace ~ seriously I don't think I will be able to live in another house without one of these. It has kept us warm on too many powerless nights!
We just started reading Little House on the Prairie & it was kind of fun to read with real sound effects in the background.
The next day the wind died down but the temperatures remained low. We were about 30 degrees below our normal temps and still with no power. We got about 5 more inches of snow. We spent the day just hanging out. What chilly day would be complete without a few games of Icebreaker. Or how about watching Frosty the Snowman on a laptop. Except for getting a little chilly the I think the girls enjoyed this little break.
All in all our power was out for about 28 hours, on some of the coldest days we have had while living here.
I think if my hubby could have made it home before the storm hit it would have been quite the fun adventure for the girls. We got lucky, and thankfully nothing was damaged or broken.
A few of my friends weren't so lucky & their pipes burst.
The schools closed for the rest of the week, which made the kids super happy.
Now I'm ready for a nice normal snow, just let me keep my power!!
This week the snapshot of life time was 4pm on Thanksgiving.
Normally I would still be putting the finishing touches on our dinner, but this year we went to our friends house. We were supposed to eat at 2, it worked out nicely though because the turkey didn't finish cooking until about 3. So for our photos we were in that post-turkey relaxing zone.
Just hanging out & visiting while the kids played. So thankful for good friends!
This weeks Snapshots of Life time was 9pm. Normally my kids would be all tucked into bed, but tonight they got to stay up to watch Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving. Wish they had kid shows on earlier!
So here are my girls at 9 pm:
Racing up the stairs to get ready for bed. Probably should have had them get their jammies on during the commercials ~ oops!
These two are too funny, their animals were also racing up the stairs.
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Date #8 was supposed to be at an arcade. I found one about 45 minutes away that specializes in games from the 80's. I really wish I had taken a picture of the big huge sign that said Open from 10 - 10! with a little bitty sign in the window that said closed. Someone is more confused than I am!
I had a quick moment of panic, we drove all that way, crossed a toll bridge and now what?!
Thankfully it was quick & I decided since we were out & about without kids, we could finish getting ready for our youngest's birthday next weekend. Our first stop was the mall to pick up the pillow pet she really wants. This was to be strike #2, she wants a snow dog & they are sold out. They should have more in about 2 weeks which really doesn't help much.
Next stop was Target. I love Target without kids. Matt on the other hand lasted about 30 seconds before asking what do we need here? He ended up warming up & helped me pick out goodies for the Operation Christmas Child boxes we needed to finish filling. While wandering we passed the pillow isle & he stopped & started looking around.
Come to find out after almost 3 months of denial he admitted that he covets the pillow I bought in Hawaii.
Seriously this cracked me up! He has been stealing my pillow on a regular basis but would not admit how much he liked it because he thought that I was being nutty for a.) buying a pillow because the hotels were so horrid & b.) managing to bring it home, he really thought it couldn't be done.
To round off our random bits date we stopped for coffee. It was the perfect way to end our date. We talked & laughed & made plans.
Even though it didn't go according to my plans we still had a great time.
Really isn't that what being married is all about?
Making the most of what you've got in spite of what you had planned.
For our next date Matt scored free tickets to go see Carlos Mencia. We've never been to any sort of comedian show so it will be totally new & different.
Not free but part of one of Jessica Sprague's $1 Wednesdays
iKari Designs fromwww.jessicasprague.com
The number pockets & journal cards are also from Jessica Sprague.
They are part of the Hybrid project Friday, project 4, 30 days of gratitude.
I am loving these command strips! They are like super strong velcro & make it super easy to hang up items you might want to swap out. My plan for this frame is to have it be themed & now I can easily change it up every month.
I have the extra thankful cards & number pockets in a jar below the frame. Just waiting for our thankful thoughts!