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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lights out!

In my last post I mentioned that photo was going to give you a clue about this post. Here is a bit of a refresher...

 JT and Lindsay sledding down the hill- notice the partial tree that has fallen down on the right?

Closer shot of when Courtney and Sophia headed down. Here you can see some lines that were down. Neighbors said they were downed cable and telephone wires. 

Well, something must have happened with that tree area or brought down some additional wire, because just as I was preparing dinner for our hungry crew, the power went out! We could see red flashing lights near the area where the tree was down. A quick look on our subdivision facebook page- love my iphone and not needing wifi- discovered there were 1 or 2 blown transformers and downed power line where that tree had fallen. We all prepared for a nice long wait- major ice storm  is going to result in many customers with power loss.

Thankfully, our stove top is gas powered, so after slightly modifying dinner plans, I was able to serve a wonderfully warm meal.

While I have several Yankee Candles, we wanted some brighter light. Our tapered candles were lacking holders, so John improvised. An empty almond canister and Diet Coke can made for the perfect pairing. In fact, when I posted this photo to Facebook and Instagram, that's what several people commented about- ha ha .

After dinner, we moved on to playing 20 questions. JT did a great job playing for his first time and he even had us guessing his clue item one round.

Courtney and Sophia thinking of their questions.

Then we moved on to one of our latest games- Apples to Apples, Disney version. 
Thanks to Mom and Aunt Cathy, we get to enjoy a new version of one of our family favorites!

One of my hands. I love seeing how JT interprets his cards. He relies on the photos, but he has his own reasoning for choosing it that is different than the description usually.

When it was apparent that we needed to camp out, I pulled down just about every blanket and comforter in the house. Courtney and Sophia hunkered down on the couch together.

The living room because our communal bedroom for the night. The soft glow of several candles and our gas fireplace looked beautiful. We were more than thankful for the warmth the fireplace gave the area. I read many of our neighbors weren't quite as lucky and their room temps they shared were easily 10 degrees colder than what we had.

I spent much of the night like a Mom to a newborn- checking the kids, covering them back up, adding layers when the temperature felt to be dropping, and checking our electric service outage update page. Our home is located in the red box. Thankfully, come early morning, our power was restored. It's currently Wednesday night and ever since the storm started, we have had outages every single day this week. Our first was the longest, but we are praying that today will mark the last of the outages. 

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