Yup. Its true. This Texan survived her first snow storm… complete with losing electricity for an entire night and something like 10 inches of snow. It was….
Not a fan of snow. Its pretty and all. Pure. Symbolic. Whatever. Its freaking freezing is what it really is.
And definitely not a fan of power outages. I read the funniest quote from a local guy regarding how frequent power outages happen around here:
“It seems that a mouse could fart two blocks over and poof, there goes the electricity.”
So far that seems quite accurate. Although I do have to say that I am thankful we live within a half a mile of a hospital. Means we are top of the list when it comes to restoring power. I know people in neighborhoods near us that have been out of power for 3 days now. Ugh.
In addition to the utter inconvenience of it all… there is the matter of the freaked-out-children when it comes to power outtages. We have created a monster, apparently, by investing in noise machines and fans all these years. When those babies are silent, the terror creeps in. o.m.g. I mean it was already nighttime, dark outside, tucking the girls in bed when it all went silent… and the screaming began. So , I invited them to our king sized bed for the night. I figured we would need the body heat to keep warm enough through the night. They eventually fell asleep….
…until the power flickered for a nano second at 4:45am. And the noises flickered enough to wake them up. And upon waking they discovered how dissatisfied they were and how one was hogging the covers and the other had an ear ache and O.M.G. It was on from that point on. Misery for all.
John actually made it home that night… after two attempts to drive the less than 10 miles from his job to our house. It took many hours. One of his co-workers was en route to his house from the job for TEN HOURS. Trees down everywhere. Power lines down. Crazy people on the road. Oh yeah, and the nearly foot of snow.
Thursday morning, there were a handful of things that made the morning bearable:
- the fire in the fireplace
- snuggling under blankets on the futon
- the camp stove we forgot we had in the basement
- pure manpower to dig out my van
** disclaimer…. YES, i realize this is a wimpy looking snowstorm to some of you die hard alaskan friends and other northeastern friends… but hey, this was colossal for me. cut me some slack. **
And to commemorate the day, all the neighbor friends got together to go sledding. The kids had a blast. Until they got cold and tired. And then it was SO OVER. Ha! I remember a friend’s facebook status that went something like this:
“For every 20 minutes of getting ready time, there is exactly 7.25 minutes of actual snow time outside.”
I think that is about accurate. Again, not a fan of the snow. But the neighborhood peer pressure was just too much to withstand. That and me realizing that my kids would in fact enjoy this and that it brings ME joy to see them enjoying life… even if it is in frigid weather.
note the child in the sled in the following pics… and the oblivious but happy dad.