Monday, December 9, 2013

Ice Day Extravaganza!

We are currently on our 4th full day iced in the house. On Thursday afternoon I got word that my office was closing immediately. I was in a meeting on the other side of town, but left quickly, grabbed a few necessities at the store, and went home! Jarrod, Wesley, and I met there around 4pm - ready to hunker down! It was very cold and there was already rain coming down.

Friday morning we woke up to thick ice covering the ground. We were officially iced in! The driveway was a sheet of ice, the streets were not drivable, and it was not scheduled to be out of the 20s for several days. Unusual for this part of the country - especially this early in the season. We don't have salt trucks, snow plows, or the ability to make roads drivable.

That first day was awesome. We stayed in our jammies, played a lot, and got a million things done.

Over the course of the break I:

  • Sewed a pair of christmas pants for my nephew
  • Sewed two tie shirts for my nephews
  • Cut out fabric for 1.5 stoles to make for the clergy friends in my life
  • Two loaves of bread
  • 2 batches of cornbread muffins
  • A big batch of crock pot black and kidney beans for the freezer
  • A huge pot of chili - some for now and some for the freezer
  • Peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies
  • Christmas chocolate chip cookie dough to be made into cookies next weekend
  • A huge batch of hummus - two containers for the freezer and one for the fridge
And then I ran out of supplies. We were down to 2 tablespoons of butter, no flour, no oats, no more Christmas fabric, no stole pattern, and no produce in our kitchen. But we were thrilled to have one full day together without anything else to do! I was also able to get out and go for a walk. It was very cold, but awesome. 
On Saturday we tried to leave. We defrosted the car and tried to get out of the driveway. It was frustrating and challenging. I was nervous about getting the car onto the roads because I knew they wouldn't be clear. Back inside we went. Another trip out on a walk for me, but I turned right around and came home almost immediately. The roads were terrible.

On Saturday afternoon churches started closing. Our church closed and we decided to have a service at our house on Sunday morning. Jarrod had a sermon already prepared, so we just added some music and prayer. It was chaotic, but awesome. We had lots of family, friends, and church folks join us on Sunday morning live or watch the video later.

After church, lunch, and naptime, we went out. We figured for sure work would be back on for Monday and we had some things we needed. A short trip out proved relatively uneventful. The roads weren't great, but the temperature was above freezing, causing much of the ice to melt...if only for a few hours.

Another walk through the neighborhood showed the roads much more clear. But still rough patches. Surely we'd go back to school and work!


After eating a delicious pizza dinner, while Wesley was in the bath, we received word that my office, Jarrod's office, and Wesley's school were all closed for Monday. Day 4.

I'm really enjoying the quiet time. I'm enjoying spending time with my kid - uninterrupted time. I'm enjoying the opportunity to catch up on a few things...although my craft store list is getting out of control because I have so many projects in process right now! I know that I will look back on this time fondly. But right now I feel like I might be losing my mind. It's hard to keep a toddler entertained for 3 full days without leaving the house. Add on finals for Jarrod that he has to study for and I'm losing it. Wesley hardly watched any TV at all on Friday, but by today I was turning the TV on just to clear my head. We did watch some great shows together - Elf, Veggie Tales, and Snoopy's Christmas Special. Wesley's starting to appreciate the classics. :-)

If you are from a colder climate than Texas, I know you're making fun of us right now. I would be too! Growing up in the Northeast, I know that this weather is nothing to keep me home. If only the roads were clear! While I might be losing my mind, I am giving thanks for heat, safety, shelter, food, and two beautiful boys in my life.

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