YEA, RAIN!!!! After months of watching storms skirt around Dodge City, we came home today right between 2 storms that converged right over top town...WAHOO!!! It''s raining cats and dogs and we are LOVING it!! We made it home just in time to put the vehicles inside and the downspout extensions on the house...haven''t had to do THAT in awhile! Hoping it won''t do much more than rain, but we are enjoying the sound of the downpour nevertheless. THANK YOU, GOD!!
Well...we''ve managed to get 2 coats of paint on the house...now all we have left is windows and trim. Guttering will be going on later in the summer (we are at the mercy of the gutter guy''s schedule). After that, the budget looks to be exhausted for this year, so that may be all we get done. But, neighbors have already commented on the improvement and how different the darker color makes the house look. Everyone seems to like it...what we can''t get over is how the landscaping now seems to pop against the brown color of the house: it used to fade away against the white. Can''t wait until everything is grown in completely!
Matthew''s baseball is in full swing. They lost their first game last week, but not by much. He has another game this evening at 6:30 that we are all going to...he''s pretty excited.
The new kitty is getting inducted into our family very well...he was hauled all over the yard yesterday in a toy shopping cart, a baby carrier, and the bike trailer. He was so exhausted by mid-afternoon, I had to take him away from Allison and the neighbor girl. The plus side, though: he''s really, really used to people now and seems to enjoy their company. This at only 6 weeks of age! Ha!
Well, better get going...errands to run and the obligatory sunflower seeds to pick up for tonight''s baseball game. Enjoy the week!
Lots of wicked Kansas weather going around right now...of course the bulk of it has missed Dodge City. Got a lot of rain Friday night, but we are so dry here that today (Sunday) you can''t even tell that it''s rained recently. Ugh. This evening, we actually had a dust storm...talk about dirty.
Started the official now-we-have-a-color-going-on painting of the house today. After a lot of deliberation and a fast save by the lady at the paint store (thanks! we avoided a really bad decision!), we have settled on a brown color. The kids say that it reminds them of chocolate ice cream (I''d have to say I agree with them). Anyway, it looks terrific with the roof shingles and we are looking forward to seeing the finished product. We will be painting the trim a white color and will replace the front door (paint it reddish), then add shingles (painted reddish again). We''ve only got one coat on the east side on but it looks better already. We will put 2 coats on the entire house...it''s obvious that we need 2 coats. Anyway, we will hopefully be done by Christmas (ha!ha!) so come and see it when it''s done! Better yet, grab some paint brushes, some grungy clothes and your appetite and come on down to Dodge for some fun "Painting in the Wind" experience! ;) When we are done, pray for rain so that our garden/flowers don''t croak in this wind...but no rain until we are done, k?
The kids, of course, helped...our poor shed has been attacked by tiny paintbrushes. Oh well...it will get painted anyway. I wish I''d had a camera on me, though, today...it was pretty cute.
Well, my exhausted body needs a shower and a good bowl of popcorn. Hope your Memorial Day weekend is going well!!!
Well, a long trip to Kansas City, a long trip back, a short trip to Great Bend and Gorham, then a long afternoon for Mom at the Cathedral and we are finally settling down for the night.
Eric is now officially glasses-free! He had lasix on Friday and is, so far, loving the results. His exact words were: "Chris, we have GOT to save money for you. You just HAVE to do this!" After fighting contacts this morning and dirt on my glasses this afternoon, I may take him up on that offer!
Went to Gorham to attend Mass there. Eric was invited to speak at the church about stewardship. It went very well, despite the fact that he was nervous about it being in front of Grandma Agedia! It was nice to be able to see some family there: Pam, Kent, Amber, Steve, Laren, Grandma, and also some old friends.
I sang at the cathedral this afternoon at the confirmation Mass. This year''s class was HUGE and Mass took over 1 hour and 40 minutes! OY! It was interesting, but I was glad to be home after such a busy weekend.
The house painting is agonizingly slow. With all of the out of town trips, our house has barely made it passed the scraped stage, resulting in a home that looks like it''s never been taken care of. Oh well...it will happen.
I was rather surprised this past week to hear that there are those who seem to feel threatened by my (and Eric''s) faith in the Almighty. As annoyed and ticked off as I was at first, I realized that this was a good thing....it means I am no longer hiding behind "society ideals" (or another individual''s ideals) and am wearing my faith on my sleeve like a blazing neon sign. It made me feel good to see that someone noticed (even in anger and spitefulness). It makes me feel that if any person feels threatened or disgusted by our faith in Christ, then there must be some underlying voice in THEM who realizes that there just might be something truthful about this Christianity thing. Yahoo! No, our life isn''t a bed of roses all of the time, but our faith sure has made things easier. Bring it on.
On another note: caught Matthew squinting at the clock the other day...looks like we are off to the eye doctor. Ugh. It begins. I wonder how early you can have lasix done? Ha!
Allison had her pre-school graduation on Thursday. As ridiculous as Eric and I felt this was, she had a really good time. Found out that Ethan had a preschool graduation, too! Yeah, they look cute and all in their little caps and gowns but do they really GET what is going on? My daughter was through with preschool weeks ago after the kindergarten roundup. She announced she was through with preschool and was now a kindergartner. That was the first thing she asked me after we left the "graduation" ceremony: "Do I go to my new class tomorrow?" It took some talking to get her tears to dry up when I told her she had to wait the whole summer! That little girl is ready (and has been ready) to move on!
Something in the air has gotten Kara''s lungs aggravated again. No major infection or anything, just sounds like she''s allergic to something and as a result is fighting some minor coughing and a snotty nose (it''s clear). Had to have a breathing treatment over the weekend, but that''s the only one we''ve needed. Looks like she''s going to have allergies just like Matthew and Mommy. Allison seems to have been blessed with Eric''s immune system...thank you God.
On Mother''s Day, I was asked to be my niece''s (Isabelle Williams) godmother. Her baptism in going to in July, so I''ll be headed to Corpus for that. Need to make plans with Garrett and Amy, too for going to San Diego to visit...need to work out times he''ll be off work, etc. ''Course, right now, he''s still at home recouperating, but hopefully, he''ll be back on his feet in no time.
Well, this was a long one...lots happened this past week. Hope everyone had a great weekend! Enjoy the spring weather!
I was able to speak with Garrett tonight and it felt so good to hear his voice. He sounds like he''s on the mend. He got home a couple of days ago...still having to use a walker (for balance issues), but things are improving. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed not to be going out to San Diego to help out (it''s the "mother hen" in me...almost like I have to see for myself that he''s OK), but now I get to look forward to coming out later in the summer when he is up and about and can show me around San Diego. Anyway, it was nice talking to him...I''d been sick for most of the early part of this week (some sort of stomach flu thing), so I didn''t get to call him like I wanted to on Sunday. Came home from church Sunday morning feeling like I was going to puke...was Wednesday afternoon before I felt really normal. Anyway, I was glad that I finally was able to talk to my brother and hear from him how well he''s doing. Thank you God.
Kara had a success in the toilet this morning! ''Course that was her only success all day, but we will take what we can get at this point!!
Matthew''s baseball is in full swing now...he''s loving practice and seems to really be picking things up well now.
Allison is helping me around the yard...even mumbles under her breath if people mess up what she''s cleaned up (Hmmmmm....wonder where she gets that from?).
Going to GB tomorrow: me to work, Eric and the kids to play (3i Show). In the evening, we will get to see friends and we are all excited! Saturday will be a trip to Wichita for Eric''s pre-op appointment for his Lasix surgery that''s scheduled for next weekend. Lots going on...but that''s our life!
Welcome May!!! I couldn''t take it any longer and I raided True Value''s garden center and came home with LOTS of plants for my containers and garden beds...Allie helped pick out a lot of the plants (she''s very proud of her choices). ''Course with the wind gusting over 60 mph (that''s not an exaggeration...no kidding), there isn''t much planting I''ll be doing today...hopefully this weekend.
Eric heads off to the state Knights of Columbus convention tomorrow morning. He''ll be gone until Sunday night. Kinda neat to remember that 2 years ago, we were there as the State Family of the Year. It''s still makes us feel so good that we were chosen for that. I wish we all were going so we could hear the speech of this year''s family of the year. Some friends of ours got Family of the Year from back in Great Bend (but they didn''t get to state level...I wonder if the state board missed them: can''t think of a more deserving family, that''s for sure). We surrounded ourselves with wonderful people in GB and we sure miss them a ton...yep, I''m going through a bit of withdrawl here. I miss the impromptu get togethers we always had. Oh well, maybe in time we can convice some people here in Dodge to do the same thing...so far most people look at Eric and I like we have some sort of agenda! Hee! Hee!
Allie had kindergarten round-up last week and she''s been on cloud ''9'' since then. She said she isn''t in pre-school anymore because she went to kindergarten already and ate strawberries. ;)
Our little kitty has his eyes open finally. With the three kids peeking in on him constantly, I don''t believe he will have ANY problems being socialized! Ha!
Well, I''d better get back to laundry, grout sealing, and plant organizing. I need to work for the clinics, too...And the lights just flashed again...that dang wind is knocking out power all over town. Better close. Have a great weekend!
Uncle Garrett was sent home from the hospital on April 26th only to be readmitted on April 27th. It looks like he will be there for a few days more. Just a bump in the road (no pun intended, Gary!) and we are praying for the continued knowledge of the doctors. Things are going to take awhile for him to get better. Chris is still awaiting word to find out if they need her in San Diego...we will see.
After a very long weekend on the road, I am happy to be home. Being away from the kids was hard. While I was gone, however, they had a great time with Daddy. Kara got another haircut (courtesy of Allison again). So did the new kitten. A picnic was going on in the middle of the driveway while Daddy scraped paint off of the house. When he turned around, they not only had a sheet to sit on, they had blankets, pillows, juice, crackers, and more. There was lots of hot chocolate had (complete with the required whipped cream!). Some very interested clothing choices were made as well. No shoes were the standard issue attire and by the time I came home yesterday and gave the girls a bath, the bath water was near black! Ha! It was a great time....they got the garden planted while I was gone and Daddy made a lot of progress on the house (scraping the nasty brownish/purple paint off of the window trim). Next comes the sanding of the house and then priming...then PAINT! We can''t wait to freshen up the look of this place...it''s so drab right now. Hmmm...probably ought to pick out a color, huh? Allie wants pink...or purple. Oy.
Attending Ian''s 1st birthday party this afternoon! Ian seemed more interested in SHARING his cake than smearing it everywhere, but he had a great time with it anyway! It was nice to see everyone...seems like it''s longer and longer between visits.
Eric has been traveling quite a bit with his job recently. But that''s good...that means the stewardship message is getting out there and that people are interested in hearing what he has to say. This week, it''s Chris''s turn to travel...kind of loop this time: Wichita for a conference, Flush/Manhattan for a wedding, and then to Great Bend to work. Sometime after that, Chris plans to fly to California if needed in San Diego to aid in Garrett''s recovery.
The end of school is in sight and you can tell the kids (and teachers!) are ready. Matthew''s AR reading goal has skyrockted this last 9-weeks (thanks to his pushy parents...the school was not allowing Matthew to check out harder books...not challenging him and not allowing him to challenge himself: at least that''s the impression we were getting). He''s reading much harder books and passing his AR tests with flying colors (SEE, MATTHEW? WE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE A GOOD READER!). We are very, very proud of him. Allison seems ready for Kindergarten...acts pretty excited about it sometimes. Kara is in the thrills of potty training although it seems most times she not the least bit interested...it''s fun to sit on the potty, but not so much to do anything once she''s there! Ha! We are hoping for that A-HA moment to arrive any day now!
Well, enjoy the beautiful spring weather we are having (FINALLY). We will be planting more and more around the yard and garden in the next few weeks....YEA!!
OK...yesterday Uncle Garrett was in a motorcycle accident in San Diego. He was pretty badly injured (mostly internal injuries). The only "outward" injuries were a cracked rib and some bruising on his ankles. But there is some significant kidney and spleen damage on the inside. Doctors attempted to "fix" things as best as they could yesterday afternoon and now we are in a wait and see game. Considering what he''s been through, Garrett is doing extremely well, is in stable condition and is awake and communicating. Grandma Nancy and Granpa Dennis are with him as well, of course, Aunt Amy. Aunt Amy''s mom is out there also to help out. Ema is most likely enjoying the grandparent company!
Lots of thanks to Aunt Amy''s sister, Traci for getting the word out so quickly to enable Mommy to contact the rest of the family fast. Lots of phone calls back and forth, but we have a pretty good network that gets emergency news out in a hurry. And thank you also to the many prayer groups that have lifted Garrett up in prayer for a complete recovery...even the Mother House in Great Bend (The Dominican Sisters) are praying for him!!
Mommy hopes to go out to California soon to help out in any way if needed. But, none of us want to just overwhelm Garrett, Amy, and Ema with visitors..we are going to try to spread it out so we are more of a help instead of "in-the-way."
GARRETT: YOU GAVE US QUITE A SCARE YESTERDAY, BUT WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR GOOD HEALTH AND STAMINA, YOU APPEAR TO BE DOING SO WELL CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE LOVE YOU, MISS YOU, AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR COMPLETE RECOVERY (AND THE STORY-TELLING THAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY COME WITH IT!). KNOW THAT WE ARE THINKING OF YOU ALL OF THE TIME AND THAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU CONSTANTLY. PLEASE, PLEASE, GET BETTER SOON!!!!
WOW! After watching the KU-Memphis Championship game last night, I''m wiped out....and I''m not even a KU fan! But, we had our purple out and we were cheering on the team we beat earlier in the season, screaming for them to send the Tigers home with their tails between their legs. So cool to see the Big 12 get another long-awaited championship! Congrats Hawks! We waved our purple for you...
Finally had a weekend at home this past weekend...we did nothing but spend time together and it was terrific! Even dragged the kids to Garden City to daydream at Home Depot, then stopped at the Santa Fe trail site on the way home. Windier than snot, but fun. Watched the KU-UNC game at the KofC hall until the half then came home to watch the rest of that game...pretty sick of seeing all the red and blue around this weekend, but after awhile, they all blend together (red+blue=purple! :P ) Seriously, we were able to spend the weekend as a family and it was a long-needed time together.
Looks like we are finally getting a bit of rain this week...hopefully it will hang on!
HAPPY EASTER!! Hope that all you had a terrific Easter weekend!
We were able to visit Amy and Greg and the boys for Easter. It was a wonderful visit, made even better by the fact that we are so much closer now geographically. The weather was beautiful for once and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Matthew and Allison went for their first plane ride (thank you to Uncle Greg and his pilot''s license!)...Matthew thought it was terrific...Allie not so much, but it was a memory they will not soon forget.
School started back up today...nice to get back into the swing of things. ''Course life in the Haselhorst household never stops...Eric is recovering from what we think was a sinus infection (''course he didn''t go to the doctor...what good would that do? Oy.). Kara''s coughing has finally slowed down only to be greeted with a bad case of the runs (we think she''s teething some molars). All of us are sniffling from some sort of bug (even the dog is). However, the weather is finally warming up and the potatoes are in the ground with other things soon to follow. Looking forward to the gardening!
Lots of new pics coming soon as soon as I make time to download them so enjoy!
Well, the official decision from the doctor''s office was RSV for Kara. She narrowly missed being admitted to the hospital only because her level of activity remained high. The doctor was comfortable with us taking her home and administering medications. Kara was a true trooper and although she is still struggling with terrible coughing, she is recovering. We''ve been told to expect long-term lung issues with her due to the fact that this is her second bout of RSV and also because she had it so early in life (at 10 weeks). Yippee. Oh, well. At least we know what to look for.
We are officially on spring break. And of course, the weather is decidedly UN-spring-like. So the kids are cooped up in the house...they are doing well considering the circumstances. We are all looking forward to warmer weather. Our garden is ready for planting and I''ve got plants on order to start making our yard our home. The potatoes are ready to go in to...(too wet and cold to do it today, although technically, you''re supposed plant them today!).
Eric''s FPU classes are beginning to wind down. Will be done in April. It''s been a great class: lots of debt paid off and good words coming from everyone. As much as Eric enjoys this class, I think he''s ready to have his Sunday evenings back! :)
Even though sickness has plagued our house (Kara''s RSV, my cold/allergies, Matthew''s cold/allergies, Eric''s and Allie''s colds), we''ve been really busy each weekend. Engaged Encounter a week ago, then to Garden City this past Saturday to see Uncle Will play percussion instruments at a dress rehearsal, Mom singing in the Messiah at Windthorst yesterday (that went well), Chrism Mass last Thursday (got to visit with several people we knew throught the Diocese...that was really nice), birthday party in Ness City for a close friend (Happy Birthday, Loren!), FPU, etc. The list goes on. Life in the Haselhorst household is never boring, that''s for sure.
May you and your family have a Blessed Easter weekend...
It amazes me how, even when feeling terrible, kids can still be happy and can show off how smart they are! Kara is very sick today...fast breathing, fever, cough, runny nose (very RSV-ish..has dr. appt. this afternoon). But, while lounging on my bed with her sister, she decided to remove her socks and shoes. She immediately started counting her toes and she got them all right! ''Course, Allie had to join in to show me how FAST she could count..ha!
75 degrees yesterday (but really windy) and now there is a wind chill of 28 and they are calling for snow this evening (still really, really windy)...that''s living in KS for you. Ugh. I am soooo ready for spring...
We were able to go to Great Bend this past weekend for an extended visit. We haven''t done that in a really long time and it felt good to not be rushing through town as we usually do. I worked Friday and Saturday morning, Eric visited friends, stopped by the school/church, and hung out with the kids. Kids got to go to a friends house Friday afternoon into the evening (their friends'' mom went in to labor after we left and had their baby, Joselyn Kaye: 8 lbs, 1 oz, 19 1/2 inches long at 5:09pm on Sat....congrats, Michelle, John, A.J. and Johnelle!). Saturday, we spent the afternoon visiting some friends, attended church, and went to the hospital to see the newest member of our circle of friends (see pics on front page!). Eric and I had a night out after that on our own with friends and had a GREAT time! It was kinda hard to leave last night...we both felt so good after visiting with so many people that we know and love.
Allie seems to have come down with some sort of ear infection/earache (we aren''t sure). May head to the dr''s ofc tomorrow if she doesn''t improve.
We are gearing up for the Easter holiday. I''m participating in the Holy Thursday bilingual Mass as well as a community choir sing of the Messiah on Palm Sunday, so I''ve been busy with practices all over the place. We''ve made our final travel plans for our yearly trip to Bowie to visit Amy and Greg and the boys...looking forward to that trip: it''s been awhile since we''ve been there.
Well, I''d better sign off. Since I''ve unpacked from the weekend, it''s become abundantly clear that we need some laundry done...fun, fun. So I''d better at least get piles started. Have a great week!
Sickness has hit us hard again...Matthew got over his strep throat from 4 weeks ago, only to come down with one whale of a cold last week. Lots of coughing, stuffy nose, etc. The humidifier has been running constantly in someone''s room for at least a week. Kara has come down with the same symptoms...poor thing didn''t eat well over the weekend. Then, I (Chris) became sick on Monday...by Wednesday I couldn''t eat or drink or get rid of the fever I''d had for 2 days. Diagnosed with strep yesterday. The doctor put me on antibiotics and a really strong pain reliever (to help me sleep...I hadn''t slept in 2 days either). I''m still in pain, but I was finally able to eat something last night. Sounds like strep, influenza, and RSV is what is going around like crazy...and it''s not just here in Kansas, it''s everywhere. Eric and Allison have escaped so far and I''m trying to keep it that way. I''ve run out of Lysol (I''m spraying EVERYTHING)! I seem to be falling apart (fell on ice right before the Superbowl and jammed my left wrist; popped some adhesions from an old injury in my ankle Saturday morning).
Attended Aunt Harriet''s memorial service in Manhattan on Monday. It was small, quiet, and very nice. Was able to reconnect with some cousin''s we hadn''t seen in awhile. It was a good trip considering the circumstances.
Matthew''s basketball team ended their losing season on a high note by winning their last 2 games on the same day this past Saturday. He came home shocked and excited by the wins! I asked him if he was happy the season was over and he gave an emphatic NO! So, looks like he will do this again next year!
Well, nothing much else to report. Looking forward to all of our sickness to go away so we can go visiting as a family again (we are beginning to miss so much..here in Dodge and in Great Bend). But, for now, we are hunkering down with our fluffy blankets and our Tylenol.
Matthew had a great birthday...was able to take a few friends to Wichita for the monster truck rally again. Had a terrific time, especially since mom and dad relented to have a sleepover after they all got back to Dodge. Nobody slept much, but it was a great time.
Unfortunately, birthday or not, strep throat hit Matthew Jan. 8th. The girls had bad colds at the same time so we had line-ups for the medicine distribution! Ha! Everyone is better now (except for Mom) and we are all looking forward to SPRING!
Eric''s Financial Peace University took off in the diocese...he has well over 120 people enrolled all over southwest KS and after a few initial glitches in the networking software, things are going smoothly and I''ve heard nothing but good things about the class. Had lots of credit cards get cut up last week and a few announced that already they are debt free! How cool is that?!
Work for Mom has been going well...Medicare is shaking things up again so the Advil is always close by. Looking forward to less transition amongst insurance companies and more stability...yeah, right.
Looks like some warmer weather is headed our way this weekend...after being -7 this morning, we are certainly excited to see that Saturday might actually be in the 50''s...we''ll see. (Ready to see the ice melt around here...Kara and Mommy took a spill this morning; we are OK; just banged up a bit but otherwise OK).
I hope everyone is having a beautiful Christmas Eve!
Thank you to David Kauffman (composer/singer) for sending us the Companion on the Journey (COJO) Series Grief Journal/CD gift set! I met David in Indianapolis this summer...a few e-mails later and it was decided to put our story about Justin in his new COJO series on grief. We received our copies yesterday and it is really beautiful. Justin''s story isn''t, of course, the only one in the journal, but it is among good company. Each story depicts a different situation and really make you think of how to get through your grief and get back on the path to God. We are honored that we were asked to participate and we can only pray that in some way, these journals help others who are traveling along in grief. God Bless you, David, and everyone at Good For The Soul Music (www.goodforthesoulmusic.com).
Attended the memorial Mass for Father Joseph Bahr today...a terrific priest from Garden City who collapsed suddenly and passed away last week. Mass was beautiful and it was so wonderful to see the outpouring of love from the large amout of people there.
On a happier note, the kids opened gifts tonight (a shift from our normal tradition of Christmas morning, but early travels tomorrow made us decide to change to this evening). They had a ball...Matthew''s mouth was hanging open when he opened up his electric train. Has been playing with it all evening. The puzzles were a huge hit with Kara...she hardly moved and we couldn''t get her to open any more of her gifts, so we left her to her fun. Allison fell in love with most everything she got (including what other people received!). Had a hard time convincing her we couldn''t pack all of it for a trip to Topeka tomorrow! Ha! I received a beautiful bracelet from Eric...uh...I mean, Santa...that has all three kids'' names on it. Thank you, Am-uh-Santa, for making such a beautiful gift. I love it and it fits perfectly. Eric really like the clothing he received and the chimenea cover was a true hit!
Well, better get to packing...early Christmas Day Mass tomorrow morning and a big day on the road ahead. Headed to Topeka for Christmas there! May all of you have a Blessed Christmas week!
Just got the call: Isabelle Williams was born at 1:15 this afternoon in Corpus Christi. She''s 7 pounds, 1 ounce, 20 inches long, and a full head of hair. Anna told Eric that Isabelle is a screamer and has made her presence known! We look forward to seeing pictures soon and we can''t wait to meet our newest niece!!
Boy! What a week! Early this week brought an ice storm (see pictures)...although we were lucky to have missed the worst of the storm by about 30 miles. Not to say we didn''t have any problems, but ours were fewer than others so we are counting our blessings. Today brought a snow storm...the girls and I got a late start out of Great Bend and took almost 2 1/2 hours to get home (it took nearly 20 minutes to get from Spearville to Wright...that''s about 8 or 10 miles). We made it, slow and steady, but it was near whiteout conditions most of the way. We are really happy to finally be home.
Last Sunday we went to Great Bend for Christmas parties and visiting with friends. It was a great time and the kids are already asking to go back. Matthew had his first basketball game on Saturday (also the "pre-cursor" to the ice storm...had quite a bit of ice on the roads that day). They lost the game but only by one goal. Matthew had 2 baskets, several rebounds and one assist. He was pretty pumped. Gearing up for their second game tomorrow...provided everyone can get to it! Matthew''s Christmas program was also this week (Wednesday)...it was nice and the kids did a great job.
Because the girls and I got back to Dodge today by 4:30, we were all able to play out in the snow. It was coming down so fast that within 15 minutes of Eric and I shoveling the driveway, we were pulling the kids around on the sled. I took plenty of pictures, so be sure to check them out, too!
Anyway, hope you are all recovering from the ice storm, have electricity back, and are gearing up for the snow...it''s hit us and is headed your way. Have fun! But, more importantly, stay safe and warm...