The evening of Thursday, December 5th an ice storm came to town. Really, there was no snow at all that I know of even though it looked like snow out the window. It was just ice. We could hear it pounding against the house all evening and it continued through the whole night as we slept. When we woke up the next morning the ground was completely covered in ice! All plans were cancelled - the cookie exchange/Birthday Party for Jesus we were going to have at our house that morning, our bible fellowship classes Christmas party that evening, Gift of Christmas rehearsal Saturday morning. We were iced in! Barrett had already scheduled to have this Friday off months ago so he could get some Christmas shopping done. He still took the day off, but zero shopping got done.
Jack got all bundled up and was set to go play outside. Each time he would look outside he would say, "snowman day!"
Those toys that are outside....completely stuck in the ice! There was no getting them out! And now 5 day later they are still buried just the same in our backyard. That little yellow handle sticking up out of the ice near Java's nose it the handle of one of Jack's riding cars. The rest of the car is hidden under several inched of ice. Today is also trash day but our back gate won't open due to several inches of ice built up against our back gate. We tried shoveling it but it seemed like a lost cause...so we will hold on to our trash for another week it looks like :-/
Friday morning we enjoyed a chocolate chip pancake breakfast to stay warm. Amelia sure enjoyed that!
Cami & Madi slid over to our house to play on our sled out front then came in for some hot chocolate to warm up!
I bought this sled at a resale shop for a couple dollars in the middle of the summer when it was like 100 degrees outside with high hopes that maybe we would be able to use it one day. Sure came in handy!
Hannah gave the kids rides on the sled out front of our house. Such fun memories!
We took Amelia outside some, but she also enjoyed watching the boys play from her cozy spot in the window.
By Sunday afternoon the temperatures were just beginning to get above freezing. We had to get out of the house to make it to our dress rehearsal for Gift of Christmas, so we got out the shovel and dug through the 1-2 inches of ice on the driveway. We both agreed it was kind of fun, but only because this never happens around here. If this was a common occurrence, the shoveling of snow would no longer seem so fun I'm sure.
It was actually a blessing and I was very thankful for some extra time at home to just enjoy Christmas time! I had been a little overwhelmed with such a busy schedule. Everything on our schedule was all fun stuff to do, but this was nice to just be forced to stay home, and enjoy the small things that we could do at home to celebrate the season.
Our family in the Ice Storm - December 2013