Sunday, January 22, 2012

Our 3 Days without Power

Our area was hit with a bunch of snow and freezing rain last week, causing lots of power outages.  Ours went out Thursday morning around 8 AM, and we didn't get it back until sometime between 5 and 10 last night (we weren't home when it came back on so don't know for sure).  While it was a major inconvenience to be without electricity, at least we had heat from our gas fireplace and we still had hot water.  Those two things were a major lifesaver!

To make matters worse, I couldn't go anywhere Thursday or Friday, because there was too much snow to get out of our driveway.  Paul managed to get to work by shoveling his way out, but I wasn't going to bother unless it was absolutely necessary.  The girls and I subsisted on cold cereal and cold sandwiches, mostly.  Friday morning I actually heated frozen waffles over a candle flame!  It kind of almost worked.

Friday evening I thought Paul would have to work most of the night (he works for the power company) but it turned out he didn't, so after digging out my car we managed to go out to dinner.  It was so nice to finally have a hot meal.

Saturday morning we woke up to still no power, so I made a Starbuck's run and picked up a few groceries.  Then we went to a friend's house to hang out for a bit and put some of our meat in her freezer.  Paul got called in to work and me and the girls and our friend went to dinner and then took the girls to the mall play area, which was crazy busy.

The girls and I got home a little before 10 and the power was back on.  Hallelujah!

The girls slept downstairs by the fire and enjoyed using their mattresses as trampolines

Our temporary fridge.  We buried all the meat from our freezer in the snow!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I WILL miss this...

Someone posted something on Facebook that prompted me to write this.  She said, "I'm going to miss this.  I'm going to want this back.  I'm going to wish these days hadn't gone by so fast".  She's right, and I need to remember that.

Not a day goes by that I don't find myself thinking, or even saying, multiple times, "I can't WAIT until they're OLDER!"  Like, every night during dinner when Olivia decides mid-meal that she has to go potty, and needs help washing her hands, and lately with all the snow when I'm spending what feels like an eternity getting them all suited up in their snowpants and boots and gloves, etc., I find myself dreaming of the day they can do all that themselves.  I always remind myself that I will miss these days, but the thought of the freedom that will come with their increased independence overrides that thought.  I'll be helping them do whatever and thinking, "I SOOOOOO can't wait until they can do this by themselves" and then I'll think to myself, "yeah, but remember, one day you're gonna give anything to have these days back".  I know I will.  I just really need to think about that whenever I'm getting impatient because I'm having to help with whatever for the umpteenth time that day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


It's been snowing tons here the last few days.  It started slow with just a little bit on Sunday, making us decide to skip church and me wishing I could do nothing but snuggle up with a fire and watch movies all day, but of course I couldn't (I did bake chocolate chips cookies, though!).  Yesterday was a work holiday for Paul and we got a little more and took the girls to the park for sledding, but there was barely enough on the ground to sled on.  Then overnight it snowed more.  And more and more.  And kept snowing most of today.  I think we have about 10 inches, give or take.  Paul went in to work late, after shoveling his way out of the garage/driveway, and I took the girls to the park for more sledding.  This time there was plenty of snow on the ground and the sledding was better, but it's not the same without daddy there, too.  We were going to go back after he got home but I sent him to the store for milk and by the time he got back it was starting to get dark so the three of them made a snowman in the back yard instead.

We are supposed to get a bunch more tonight and tomorrow.  I'm hoping to get some actual sledding pictures.  It's fun, but I get really tired of getting two 3-year-olds in and out of all their snow gear (gloves, hats, snow pants, boots, jackets, etc.).  I'm kind of ready for it to go away already.

This was Monday, before we got that much.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Party Planning

The girls' birthday is coming up at the end of February so it's time to start planning their party.  I bought two Groupons to a party supply store in Redmond that I have to use on two different days (but I'll end up getting $40 worth of stuff for only $20, whereas the same $40 worth of stuff would have cost me $30 if I'd have only bought one Groupon), so we went today for round one.  The girls of course chose two different themes:  Tangled (Olivia) and Spongebob (Kayley).  Interesting combination, but letting them each pick whatever they wanted was the only fair thing to do.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Two of my New Year's resolutions are going pretty well so far (although I realize it's very early in the game).  First, I'm down 3.4 pounds!  Plus the 1.4 I lost right before Christmas (that is, the 1.4 of the original 2.4 that I didn't gain back), for a total of 4.8.

Secondly, the girls are getting to bed and waking up earlier.  I started waking them up a little earlier each day, and the last few days they have gotten up on their own a little earlier still.  For instance, Sunday and Monday I woke them up at 8:50.  Tuesday it was 8:45.  Wednesday they got up at 8:30 on their own, and Thursday Olivia got up at 8:20 on her own and Kayley got up at 8:30.  Today they both came in my room and woke ME up at 8:08 (I had been getting up between 7:00 and 7:30 until today).

So, it's working!  No more sleeping until 9:00 or 9:30.  And as a byproduct of getting up earlier, they are going to bed a tad earlier, also.  Last night I had them in bed at about 8:50, and even Kayley pretty much went right to sleep (Olivia pretty much always does but Kayley is the one who likes to stay up and read or play and come out of her room a gazillion times for various reasons).  Yay for progress.