February (and January) Randomness

I realized that I could go to handy dandy Facebook and pull up some of the photos from my phone since they were taken with Instagram.  Some of these are from January and some from February but we'll just pretend they are all from February okay?

 This was my nutty bar stash before the snow in January.  For some reason, I was really craving oranges and nutty bars all of January.
 One of my best friends on a night out.  We were planning a Lilla Rose event and then we stopped at Wal-mart and got distracted by the bargain bins.  Yep. We party hard.  Don't envy us.

 These three ninjas started karate in February.  They took two lessons at the end of January to "earn" their white belt but the fun and cool thing was that they got to break a board with their foot.  They are quite fun to watch in class.  Ace is serious and very athletic.  Liam is focused (I kid you not) and the loudest and then there is Josiah.  He is all smiles as he hits targets and yells and does his version of push ups.

 Our trail adventure as mentioned in the previous post about ice.

 Malachi loves to hold the hymnal during worship.  Such a little man.

 Those are handbells and we are actually practicing (well practice was over so they were ringing them...loudly).  The Bible says to make a joyful noise.  See those smiles.

See, we did have warm days.  Sometimes all you need to play outside is a diaper, your sister's rainboots and a wooden sword.

From Let it Snow to Let it Ice

Not to be outdone with our Seventh Year Snow in January, February decided to bring in ice.  Two inches of ice.  Shut down our city and our power.  We were only without power for less than a day but we knew people who were four days plus without it.  Or they would get it only for it to go out again.

Thankfully, we did not have any lasting damage.  No problems with trees snapping or hitting our roof or fence or any thing else.  We were very blessed.  And, we all learned that snow is waaay better than ice.

 Looks pretty but...
It was all ice.
 Zoe was getting icicles off the dome.
 And she also left her mark in the ice.
 Trying to de-ice the rabbit cage.

 The greenspace behind our house.  We got to listen to the sound of snapping trees for a couple of days.  Not fun to hear.
I believe the dogs loved the ice and snow more than anyone.  We had a lot of trouble trying to get them to come in when the temps went well below freezing.

So here is a re-cap of the weather that week.  
Monday:  70 degrees.  So beautiful I took the kids to a local walking and nature trail and we were sweating after a mile walk.
Tuesday:  Colder but tolerable
Wednesday:  Ice
Thursday:  Still icy
Friday:  A bit easier to travel but still icy.  Oh, and an earthquake.

Yeah, not kidding.  Mark and I were watching a video that evening at about 10 when we heard a rumbling and then the house shook.  Every nerve in me tensed up not knowing what it was (Mark was thinking helicopter...I'm thinking an attack on our local army base or something).  We ran outside and neighbors started popping out too trying to figure out what was going on.  One neighbor claimed helicopter as well but when we all looked up in the sky there was nothing but a pretty clear sky.  No sign of any aircraft.  Another neighbor was on the phone with friends who lived over an hour away and they said they felt something too.  Mark and that neighbor both agreed earthquake.  I finally relaxed a bit but ya'll...that was the first and last earthquake I ever want to be in.  

After all of that, we are now anxiously awaiting a "real" tornado (we usually have the wind blow hard and they call it a tornado) and a massive hurricane.   Finally, all of our natural disasters will be done.  Forever.  I hope.  

This is all so freakishly weird because we live in a very mild area.  We're about three hours from the ocean and right on the banks of a large river.  We have hot summers and lots of pollen but that is typically it.  Our winters are usually in the 40s and 50s with some 30s but I do not remember having so many 20 degree highs.  Guess we will just blame climate change...or global warming...or whatever.

Randomness January 2014

Alas, January was full of adenovirus that hit all nine of us.  So, pictures are few.  Here is our random post from January.

 The dome is a fun place and has been a well used gift!

 Is this face fun or what?!

Bryant and Malachi to the rescue!

Snow Day 2014

Yes, we were hit not only with a polar vortex (new to me phrase) at the first of the year, we were also blessed with our snow day for the next seven years (we hope).  This was a classic southern snow for us:  Here one day and gone the next.

We got about an inch and half and it was enough to play in and keep Mark home from work.  Perfect.  And a bonus was no loss of power (which we lost when the cold came through but that was only for an hour or so).

After breakfast we walked the neighborhood and the kids enjoyed sliding down a neighbors hill on a real sled.  FYI, a tote box top does not work well for sliding in one and half inches of snow.

 They were so ready to play and so ready to come back in too.  It was very cold outside.

 Our snowman!  He looks so tall...
 but really, he's sitting on the picnic table in the back yard.  I wish I had grabbed a picture of a neighbor's snowman.  After it was built (over six feet tall), their yard and another yard were free from snow.
Snowball fight.
Our first snow in this house.

Randomness for December

Yeah, I don't know what he was doing.

 A gorgeous sunset out our front door.  Have I mentioned I love living "out in the country.*"

Ceili Rain and perhaps her future beau at a local park.  I love that I have a best friend who has kids who love my kids and they love them.  There's a lot of love going around.

*I am aware that we live in a suberb with neighbors and we're five minutes from Wal-Mart.  But, we are not in our city proper and we can see beautiful sunsets like the one above.  We rarely noticed them before we moved.

A Bunch of Characters Invasion

We were thrilled when Uncle B &B asked to come for a visit.  Weeks of preparation made for a fun and relaxing visit.  That and fifteen smaller hands pitching in.  We were a flurry of activity and even ventured out to play putt putt and see a bit of our area.

 The dishwashers.
Zoe working on a recipe with cousin J.

 Story time.

Craft time.

Happy 8th Birthday, Liam!

Liam had a built in birthday party with his cousins visiting!  Fifteen kids, four adults and lots of laughs and smiles.

That's one excited birthday boy and brother.
 Liam finding out he was going to be taking martial arts classes.

He requested a cheetah chocolate cake with caramel frosting.  We opted for a cheetah den and lots of plastic cheetahs on it.  He liked it even though there were lots of cave ins.