How ironic, that one week after the groundhog says that spring will arrive early, do we get hit with the biggest snowstorm of the whole winter! Although we didn’t get as much snow accumulation as we were half expecting, we did lose power for 36 hours straight. That’s an event that will burn some memories for our kiddos, of their childhood. What fabulous family time we are blessed with, when we are forced to stop all activity, and huddle together by the fire. Oh yes……thank goodness for the fire. The beloved family heirloom; a WESO ceramic wood stove. It makes any power outage so tolerable. We also are so thankful for being taught/reminded only 2 days earlier by my sister and the kid’s auntie, how to play the card game, Rummy. I am sure we played a thousand games (by the fire and at night by the light of a kerosene lantern), in the 36 hours. No I am not exaggerating, People. 36 hours! That’s a lot of time.
So this post is not about anything other than snow, and family time. And family memories. As many fun projects as we love to share, the kids love being featured on our family blog. And you can bet I took lots of photos of them having a ball in the snow. During the actual storm, there was not enough light to get natural photos, even indoors in our all-windows room. But I got lots outside.
Our wood-burning stove; our most treasured family heirloom, passed down from Michael’s paternal grandmother, down through his parents, who had it in their home for quite some time as well. To say we appreciate this in our possession, is an understatement. We’ve got a fire going all winter long. We hang out in this room, eat in this room, and school in this room, all by the fire in the winter months. We LOVE it.
But during this blizzard with no power for 36 hours, we not only kept warm because of this stove, but also cooked on it, and heated water.
Our other little saving grace, in the span of 36 hours; a Kohler Power play 500 watt generator. We basically used this to hook up to the internet now and then. ; ) It was great to hear the weather updates, and update our little fan base.
And now just some photos of the kids in the snow. Family, far and wide (and some in warmer climates!), like to see these too. To see the kids, and also all of the snow and cold they are missing.
Every good snowfall, as small as our .22 acres of property is, the kids (and their Daddy) manage to make an impressive sled trail from the top of our dirt piles/property . . . down to the bottom of our driveway.
Except; Wouldn’t you know it. There is yet another great big snow storm in the forecast for this weekend.
Darn groundhog and his shadow, need to retire.
Still, God knows what’s best. And I’ll take memories like these.
Please tell us about your own family memories, due to weather.
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