Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ice Storm 2009

Tues just as Ben left for work, so around noon, we lost power. We knew Monday that the kids wouldn't have school on tues. Most schools got out early on Monday anyway because of freezing rain. My 3 school kids had physicals that mid morning and by the time we were all done at the dr's there was no need to take them to school as some were already closing...

Ben made it to and from work. Don't ask me how....

There was a nice thick window of ice on our car windows, lol.

This is our dirt road...

looking into one of our fields from the dirt road.

the poor twig...

Matthew in a winter wonder land


trippy huh?



our paved road...

the kids were crawling through the ice bushes and the ice and twigs would just snap, snap, snap...


rwarhhh


Cody is so funny.

It did snow, but then all the snow froze into ice and the kids couldn't even play in the snow.

Thomas took this pic from the car. Not sure where this is at.

The road we take the kids to and from school on.

school road still...

and again

again...

and again, lol


The first day/night without power was pretty awesome. It sparkled outside. We had the den blocked off with a blanket and had a fire in the fireplace. I brought our King size mattress into the den and a ton of blankets and pillows. Sat all cozy on the couch and popped open a beer (cant let that get warm, lol) and text Ben and told him the only thing missing was him.
Day 2, honeymoon was over, lol. Actually day 2,3,4 all blend into each other. But i had the same system down. Get everything done while it was daylight and light candles and entertain kids for several hours until bedtime.
Ben had Fri and Sat off and we ran around town Fri and let the kids burn off energy by walking around sears and Target, lol.
Friday night was the first night ben was home and once the sunset he was all antsy pantsy and at 8o'clock decided it was bedtime, lol. though we did have an hour of some funny story telling time. At 10:30 he wakes me to tell me our outside light is on. That meant power to our area was restored but no one had come to our house and put back the wires that went down in the storm. So today was our mission to find a truck from OUR electric company. We found one truck and he told us to go to X road and you'll come to a dirt road and your guy should be down there. Would you believe we head down this dirt road and eventually find our guy. Ben told him what was going on with our house and he said he'd see what he could do and when we got home today WE HAD POWER TO OUR HOUSE!!! he did a quick fix because obviously our order number hadn't come up and he'll have to come back to redo it and to also re hookup power to our garage and barn. So the only reason we have power is because we spent an hour hunting down our electric guy! and Joe!! thank you so much!!

I will say we were alot more fortunate than others. 1) We have a fireplace. 2) we got to take hot showers at the PD everyday and we were also more than welcome to sleep there too as they had gotten a ton of cots for the police families. We really didn't mind sleeping at home it was just more comfortable that way. Besides Abbie ended up with another stomach bug and was puking again. no fun cleaning puke by candle light.

ETA- I am assuming school will be open on Monday. i hope. I've been at home for 9 days with all the kids. Trying to keep them entertained these last 5 days has been challenging.

4 comments:

Tina said...

Glad you have your power back.. I can't believe how thick the ice was..

Hopefulsap said...

that's some crazy ice buildup... haven't seen anything like that since leaving Idaho. :)

So glad your power is back on! Hope everyone stays healthy for a while!!! no more sickies!!!!

Kim said...

Glad to hear your power is back on. The ice looks so pretty!

Krimmyk said...

Happy your power is back on. Your pics flash me back to our storm just over 2 years ago. But there are not a whole lot of trees here! The kids playing in the ice are ADORABLE!!!