Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Finally! A big snow!!

This is what we have been waiting for all winter! A snow "big" enough for us to play in it, build a snowman and go sledding. It rarely snows in Middle TN and when it finally does, we try and enjoy every minute of it! There was lots of talk about this snow storm coming up from the South so we were all expecting it and ready for it! Schools dismissed early on Wednesday, February 25 but we stayed in the office until our normal ending time of 4:15. No snow yet as I went home. Adam left school and headed to the farm and by the time he got home, the kids and I were dipping pretzel sticks in our jar of peanut butter we were so hungry. I didn't feel like cooking so we decided to head to Cracker Barrel for supper before the snow started. Landon always asks to go there so he can play with the toys. If he even hears the name Cracker Barrel, there is no changing his mind. He is dead set on going. So we played with toys, ate a delicious supper and watched the snow fall from our table. I'm like a kid when it comes to snow. I was so excited! Everything outside was starting to cover so quickly. Once we got home, Adam and I decided to surprise the kids and let them know we were going to get dressed to go out and play. It was around 7:30 or so by now which is when we start brushing their teeth and reading stories for bed time so they were thrilled! We bundled up and headed out. The snow was falling SO fast, it was coming down sideways at times! Again, for Middle TN, this is an amazing (and rare) sight to see. We stayed out for about an hour and had so much fun!! 
The Lord never ceases to amaze me by His work.
Snow is just so beautiful and peaceful to look at. 















It's so much fun to play in the snow at night!

The next morning we woke up and packed up extra clothes and food because we had a fun filled day planned in the snow with friends!
Growing up anytime it snowed, my brother (and later Adam) always always always went to my grandparents house to ride 4-wheelers and sled in their front yard when a big snow came. It will always be one of my favorite memories. I couldn't wait to take the kids sledding down the hill in their front yard. What a lot of people may not know is that my mom and dad are renovating their house and will be moving within the next few months! I am so happy this piece of property will forever stay in our family. I couldn't imagine this little "piece of heaven" going to anyone else.
Anyway, we got there around 8:15 and started the wood stove in the basement and then walked around. My dad already had someone there that morning working inside the house. It's coming along so quickly! 

Before I get into our sledding pictures, I snapped these as we left our house that morning. 


See our little snowman family? The TN hat is buried under all the snow that continued to fall throughout the night!


This is Max, my grandparents dog. He has stayed at the house ever since my granddaddy passed away 2 years ago. 



Isn't it beautiful?! 

Of course the first thing Landon did was hop on the tractor!






You can see some of the construction!

Across this creek is where Adam and I would like to build our house one day.




I mean, look at this view!

After everyone arrived, we pulled out the sleds and started in on the fun! 
We sled for hours! We all had a blast and I think it's safe to say we were all wore out once we were finally done. After an hour or two in, Landon and Adalyn took a break and got in the Tahoe to warm up and watch a little bit of a movie while they rest of us kept sledding, then they joined back in on the fun! 

Wipe out!
But came up laughing!








We left around 11:30 and went to Dustin and Christina's house for lunch. Everyone was starving and then the kids played for a while before we went back out and put the kids on the 4-wheeler with the sled being pulled on the back. I can't believe I didn't pull my camera out for that! All the kids loved it.

Landon fell asleep in the car and once we finally got home, we all layed around. It was such a fun morning and afternoon with our friends.
So thankful for them!!

Thank you Lord for this snow!!

Oh yeah, I wanted to mention just so I will remember when I read back on this one day. This post marks my 400th blog entry! I am so glad I decided years ago to blog about our life. I truly treasure this my blog and know that Adam and I (and one day our kids) will love reading stories of their childhood and all the fun things we have done. 











Friday, February 27, 2015

Ice Storm 2015

Monday, February 16, we settled in at home and watched it pour rain, then slowly see everything turn to ice. We were out of school/work that day anyway due to it being President's Day and because of the ice storm that hit at home, our schools were closed the rest of the week! We had a few days of snow as well where it would lay a pretty dusting down on top of the ice. Towards the end of the week, we were getting cabin fever pretty bad so we braved the icy roads and made our way to Dustin and Christina's house to hang out and let the kids run wild! It was much needed!!

Since we were home all week, we went outside everyday to walk (carefully) on our iced covered driveway and yard and "played" with what little dusting of snow we got that day. Because we were home all week, I'm pretty sure I cleaned my house multiple times, threw a bunch of stuff away, and made a trip to Goodwill. When Friday came around, we happily took the kids to Jerry and Nancy's house that morning so they could spend the night with them. They needed a change of scenery and we needed a day of doing absolutely nothing and not reporting to a thousand "momma" and "daddys" for a day.
You feel me?!
:)
We took all the back roads home and were still so amazed at what ice can do to back country roads. Everything was beautiful. We ran a few errands and then went home to eat lunch. The rest of the day was spent watching HGTV, napping, and cleaning out a few cabinets in the kitchen and laundry room. We ate chili for supper and watched a movie that night. 
Romantic huh?
My favorite kind of kid free night!

Here are a few pictures of our week at home during the ice storm.

The first few are from Monday. The day of rain which froze everything over.












Because of all this beautiful ice, our power went out around 3 AM Tuesday morning. We have a ceiling fan and a plug in fan in our room that we turn on every night and we both knew something had happend when the silence from our fans not working woke us up. When the kids woke up later that morning and I got out from under the covers, I realized how cold the house felt. I caught myself walking into rooms flipping on the light and then saying "duh" as the light didn't come on. Such a habit!
The kids kept asking to go outside to "play" in the ice/snow and we weren't really wanting to just becasue we didn't have a warm house to come back into once we were frozen from being outside. But we decided we needed to get them out of the house so Adam started his truck and once we were frozen, we could hop in a warm up. Landon and I got in first. We still had the DVD players in from our Pigeon Forge trip so while we were getting warm, Landon was in the back watching a movie. After some time, we decided to go on a ride to look at everything. By the time we got back, it was lunch time and soon after nap time. With our power still being off, we decided to pack up and head over to my parents for the rest of the day. As we were about to walk out of the door, the power came back on! We went on anyway since they were watching the kids for us later that afternoon since we had our appt to get our taxes done. While the kids were still sleeping, Adam and I went to town and made a pit stop at Sonic then on to do our taxes. When we finally got back, my mom had dinner ready for us which was sooo nice!! It was delicious. We didn't leave until much later that night then we put the kids to bed when we got home. 

To pass time that Tuesday morning since nothing worked in our house, this is what we did


We took turns shooting the nerf gun at plastic cups
ha

More ice pictures




Nothing but ice

Every single branch.limb had ice wrapped around it.
So so beautiful 
See that lovely branch in the background? Ice was too heavy for it!











Wednesday Adam braved the roads and took Adalyn with him to the farm. Landon and I hung out all day. Love being able to give him my undivided attention!

If you know Landon, you know he is not too keen on having his picture taken. I normally snap about 20, just hoping I got 1 with him actually looking AND smiling at the camera at the same time. On this afternoon, he specially asked that I take his picture with each of his super heroes. 
I happily obliged!
(ignore his peanut butter mouth :))










These last three pictures were taken Friday evening when the kids were with grandparents. This was the most snow we had received all week. It was so pretty!


Because of all the ice, our schools were also closed on Monday, February 23. So if you count President's Day, we were off for 6 days! 

Love working for the school system!!

Thank you Lord for a beautiful week of ice and snow!








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