05 February 2011

ice days.

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our share of this week's storm showed up as ice instead of snow, which was loads of fun in its own right (mostly because the power didn't check out on us, which tends to be a plus).



i was, however, prepared. last time we had a self-respecting ice storm 'twas six years back, and we lost power for five days.

funny story time:

we were fresh off the moving truck, half our lives still packed up in corrugated cardboard and with a houseful of Truly Small People. elle was two months, m two, z four, b newly seven, and i'm sure someone we barely knew warned us about the impending ice, but even so, i didn't fully (or at all) appreciate the message.

to me, a half inch of ice meant don't drive for a while. i didn't know it actually meant crashing trees and power lines and the eerie green light of transformers exploding all across town.

most importantly, i didn't know the part about zero electricity for five days.

i learned my lesson. the end.












so back to now. luckily, by this point the kiddos are made of sterner stuff, and there is no in-house newborn to shriek through diaper changes in a thirty degree living room. i also had beef jerky and peanut butter and several small creeks' worth of stockpiled water (we're on a well, so no power equals no water), plus lanterns and blankets and batteries.

and most importantly, i'd baked cookies. we were Prepared.



(fyi, i used the best white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe from whipped, 'cept i changed out the white chocolate for milk because i truly abhor most forms of the albino stuff. i've been told this calls my mental stability into question, but there it is.)







the backyard transformed into a veritable ice rink, and b played broom hockey with neighborhood friends.

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indoors we've played speed and scum and bananagrams and twelve thousand games of gang of four.









we've written our sponsored kids all about the excitement of four days off school, and cooked up funny faces for the camera.

elle

(by the way, this is the sort of pictures elle wants me to take when i'm trying to photograph her reading junie b. i'm all, just keep reading like a normal person, and she's like, kay but first get me lifting my eyebrow!)

no basketball games today, and while i feel i ought to be sick with cabin fever i'm truly quite pleased to be clad in sweats with a slow, cozy afternoon before us.



who knew ice days could be so good for the soul?

:)

15 comments:

MP said...

ah Elle sounds so much like my JuJu in this post. I love that you all have enjoyed the ice days!
Despite the cold (no water, little heat) we too enjoyed our time together this week!

Amelia said...

Oh my gosh, no power is NO fun, you poor thing! I lost power the other day because of the little Texas snow... I'll post those silly pics soon, they don't compare at all to the wintery goodness on here... you're ability to make the brutal cold look so beautiful is amazing.

I LOVE the eyebrow pic. Evelyn is always trying to make silly faces too.

lulu and family said...

sweet. sounds like you were completely prepared this time and made the very most of it. funny about the white chocolate, my taste buds and stomach are the same way--stay away!=) love your scrabble shot and seeing your children drawing and writing their letters...and the personality coming out in your daughter's faces.

Farmgirl Paints said...

my folks got that storm. so SO glad we missed it.

your photographs are always so beautiful nic. what in the world is your secret?? is it your lens or your editing...or is it just YOU? i'm smitten! please do tell:)

Heather said...

sometimes an ice day is just what everyone needs, but then there is such a thing as too many. :O)

Beautiful photos

Sami Jo said...

these pics were good for my soul :)
stinkin' adoreable kids. I remember our snow days - we got bused a half hour each way to our school and we had a quarter of a mile lane to walk up/run up depending on how late or early we were running. On snow days we'd get settled in with movies, games, comfy clothes, books and cuddle around the glowin' hot Blaze King (wood stove). I grew up in E. Idaho and they go days and days in the negative temps - now living in a tad warmer climate - I can't believe I lived through that hardcore freezing weather!

Rebekah said...

I just knew you would have lots of snowy shots from this week! I don't know how I knew, but I did :)

Milk chocolate + macadamia nuts sounds better to me than white, I like the white I guess but the "real" stuff is always better!!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Oh wow. Your funny story was so...funny...in a scary, hope that never happens to me, sort of way.
I think though, you are lucky. All this week I have been looking forward to "the day" where i don't have to go anywhere and I can JUST STAY HOME the WHOLE DAY!

I thought it was going to be friday, but the dog got sick. Boo. I think maybe I need an ice storm...or maybe a cookie.

do you like how I turn the comment box into my own personal pity party? It's a gift.

dixiebelle said...

Fabulous post, incredible photos, beautiful kids...

Kimberly said...

It snowed a foot here today but there are no snow days in the frozen north unless it's below -30.

I could use a couple of them though, and I'd like to think I'd take a page out of your book...

rahel said...

It's great how days like these can turn into so much fun as a family! I remember storms as a kid with electricity breaks and we just made the best out of it with lots of improvisation, games and just being together.
All the best to you and your family.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I despise white "chocolate"! (It's totally fake, you know.)

Just put it on our twin list, I suppose.

Lindsay said...

four snow days does look good for the soul. your children are so cute... i like their handwriting.

rahel said...

It's great how days like these can turn into so much fun as a family! I remember storms as a kid with electricity breaks and we just made the best out of it with lots of improvisation, games and just being together.
All the best to you and your family.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Oh wow. Your funny story was so...funny...in a scary, hope that never happens to me, sort of way.
I think though, you are lucky. All this week I have been looking forward to "the day" where i don't have to go anywhere and I can JUST STAY HOME the WHOLE DAY!

I thought it was going to be friday, but the dog got sick. Boo. I think maybe I need an ice storm...or maybe a cookie.

do you like how I turn the comment box into my own personal pity party? It's a gift.