So Halloween came and went and we knew we were in for another whole week of no power. Each night the mayor would call our cell phones with a recorded message. Aft first they started closing schools one day at a time and then they just called it off for the whole week and half of the next.
We had our system down by then. The days were fine, really. I have to admit that I loved no school, no viola lesson, no group lessons, no tennis, no computer, no nothing. We spent our days in the sunniest room, our living room in front of the fireplace. I'm thankful that I'm a girl who loves to be home and WITH her girls. I soaked it in. I also knew that Anna would remember this week and I didn't want her to remember mommy all stressed out. So we had fun! We spent a lot of time on the floor just playing...
I had to move the furniture around quite a bit to make it work for the week and a half, but that was so much fun for the girls.
We got this carpet down from the attic. It used to be in our living room and is like new since we're hardly ever in there. We just got tired of it. We moved the couches over, away from the fireplace and this made the perfect spot for the girls to play.
They love their Disney princess finurine sets.
And of course fairies...
And from their newest favorite movie (and I couldn't be happier about this one) Winnie the Pooh. There really is no sweeter movie.
Our nights were always the same. Dark and cold but cuddly and sweet. Anna read to Abigail with a flashlight each night.
Bath time was moved to the morning since I didn't want wet hair at bedtime. It was one of the "big activities" of the day!
And after bath the girls were bundled in their robes and slippers. I had to have everything laid out and ready during the day before it got dark at night and was hard to find.
The girls connected our family room and living room (now called "our two playrooms") with a tunnel and a tent.
Coffee table moved away and bins of toys gathered.
Our flashlight and candle box. Organized and ready to go each day so that we weren't looking around once it started getting dark.
I stopped by the store and picked up an old fashioned carpet sweeper. I love clean floors, and not being able to use the vacuum for all of those days was sure a challenge for me. This did the trick.
Our frig on day 4... empty
Our outside frig on the final day. Scott added snow to these boxes and coolers every day. It kept some of our Abigail food cold.
I would actually go out there in the morning, get some eggs and make french toast. By the final day I was so sick of it! We ended up throwing it all out and starting over when the power came back on. It took me two weekends to cook and freeze my "Abigail food". It sure makes me appreciate my precooked, proportioned, food that was always ready to go for her.
And I was never so happy to have power on. Still, two weeks later I think about it at night when I turn on the lights. Phew... I'm sure glad that post is over... that was a long one!