A Taste of Ike

16 09 2008

You wouldn’t think that our little mid-western town would be threatened by Hurricane Ike who was headed straight for Galveston, Texas.  But, alas, we were not just threatened, we were hit hard!  Our household was among thousands without power for nearly 36 hours. . .some still don’t have it.  Ours was finally turned on about 10:00 last night.  We stood on our front porch and cheered on the men from the electric company who were working around the clock.  Trees are down, structural damage is everywhere and many businesses are closed due to the power outages everywhere.  The girls didn’t have school yesterday or today so we’re using up our valuable snow days in the middle of 70 degree weather.

It’s crazy how dependent I am on electricity.  I felt like my whole life was at a standstill. . .I couldn’t do laundry, run the dishwasher, bake, run the vacuum, or any of the other stuff that’s part of my everyday life.  Also, you wouldn’t believe how many times I walked into a dark room and flipped on the light switch and then was startled when the lights didn’t come on.  You’d think I’d get it!!  So we lit candles, had flashlights on hand and didn’t open the refrigerator or freezer unless absolutely necessary.  Thankfully, we didn’t lose much food. . .just a few dairy products.

Here’s a few pics:

Here’s Conrad and the girls cleaning up some of our lost branches:

We read lots of stories while we still had daylight:

Both nights while we sat in the dark, we did shadow puppets. . .bad picture, but it’s all I have

And on another note, It’s official:  I am giving up on keeping my house in order.  I am giving up. What’s particularly disturbing about this picture is the fact that I had just cleaned this mess up about 10 minutes before.  Honest.

That’s all for now. . .


Potty Training Update

13 09 2008

Potty training is going okay. . .E very rarely has accidents, but she asks to go potty so often it’s ridiculous (and exhausting, and frustrating).  She only actually pees about 1 of every 8 times that I take her.  So, we’re not there yet, but at least I’m not mopping pee up from my hardwood floors.

In other news, the older girls didn’t have school yesterday due to an inservice day.  We were supposed to go horseback riding but it was really rainy again so our plans were changed.  We stayed home and made cookies instead.

Today will be another day of baking.  I plan to make some rolls and a pumpkin cake for tomorrow’s dinner.  Some family is here for the weekend and we’re having Sunday Dinner at my sister’s house.  Yes, that’s right.  She’s 32 weeks pregnant and cooking for everyone.  We’re nice like that.

A Rainy Friday

6 09 2008

Rain, glorious rain!  We needed it so badly!  It rained all day today, the nice gentle kind of rain that makes you want to curl up with a good book or take a nap.  Too bad I’m potty training my 2 year old right now and every 3 or 4 minutes I hear, “Mommy, pee potty!”  I made approximately 600 trips to the bathroom today with her all to have her pee twice in the toilet, once on the floor and once in her pull-up.  So we’re at 50%.  Better than last week at 0%, but still a long way from where I want to be.  So this wasn’t the relaxing Friday I was hoping for but at least I wasn’t out running errands in the rain.
Today when Ellie and I were playing and tousling with each other she leaned over and bit my arm.  I gave her the “No no Ellie!  That hurts Mommy!  We don’t bite!” routine and then I said, “Can you kiss it and make it feel better?”  Instead she put her hand on the red welt on my arm and said, “Dear Jesus. . .Amen.”  I couldn’t understand everything she said but it was clear she was praying that my arm would feel better.  It was really sweet.

I spent a fun day yesterday with my oh-so-pregnant sister.  We went out to lunch in celebration of our birthdays, then headed to Target to register for baby stuff.  What a great way to spend the day.