…And a few other educational observations from this weekend’s monster-of-a-snow storm in Maryland.
But first, a before/after picture from my kitchen window:
At the beginning of the storm on Friday afternoon VS 24 hours (and almost 30 inches) later
1- Never underestimate the power of snow and simple toys to keep children entertained.
Our power was out for 18 hours. The kids, amazingly, never complained. Granted, if the power had not come back on tonight, I’m not sure if we would have fared quite so well on day two or three of no power. As it was, the kids treated today like an adventure.
2–Some things are even more entertaining than the computer and DVD player.
But I am not complaining that they are back on now…
3–Kids love being told that it’s ok to play in the street!
4–Kerosene heaters are not only ideal for heating a power-less house, but they are perfect for heating up water for hot chocolate.
And, boy-oh-boy, hot chocolate sure does taste good on days like today!
5–Plastic bin lids don’t make good snow shoes.
CandyMan had to learn that for himself today.
6–Not even 4 wheel drive trucks can drive through 2 1/2 feet of un-plowed snow. CandyMan tried that, too.
Our court has not been touched by a snow plow, but many neighbors got their cars ready for the happy moment when the snow plow comes to block all the cars in with a 7-foot wall of plowed snow clear the snow from our court.
7–18 hours without access to my email and computer feels like forever.
Was it really only a day? I think I would have been complaining louder than the kids if our power wasn’t restored. I also missed my caller ID and cordless phones.
8–Dinner by candle light is fun. So are candle-heated chicken (fully cooked last night) and candle-roasted marshmallows.
9–Snow Days (especially those with power outages) are great for naps.
I took two. (Sorry, no picture)
10–Don’t put all of the candles away when the power comes back on. It might not be on for good, and it’s really dark at 7pm with no lights.
After the power initially came on around 7:15, it was only on for about 10 minutes. For the next hour and a half, it went on and off. Frustrating!
Our adventure is far from over, but I think we’ve made it through the toughest part!
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