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A Windy Day

What does a family do when they wake up on the living room floor to a stormy morning? (We were having a sleepover in front of the fireplace because Stuart is out of town.)

7:30 Lay under the covers and watch the wind bend the trees vigorously in every direction. Enjoy being cozy together.

7:52 The wind blows the power lines down somewhere and the clock stops.

8:00 Send a kid to the front windows to see if the broken branch in the tulip maple has finally blown down.

8:01 Pray that the wind will be strong enough to blow the branch down when the report comes back that it is still trapped out of reach in the tree.

9:00 Have milk and cereal for breakfast because the power is not yet back on.

9:00 Instruct the children on the importance of keeping the fridge door shut.

9:30 Read the last two chapters of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Wish that it were a little longer. It's such a good book!

9:45 Have a longer Bible time than normal because there are no distractions. Thank God during prayer time that the giant limb that blew down from the top of the tulip maple (not the one that we prayed to blow down) did not hit the car. It missed by one inch.

10:30 Work on Christmas project. (Can't tell you about it yet.)

12:00-12:30. Go outside in the pouring rain and fill the garden wagon seven or eight times with fallen sticks and monster branches. Explain to the neighbors that being outside in the rain with the children is better than being trapped inside without power.

12:30 Drip out of wet clothes in the garage. Yell loudly at Charlie and John for dripping into the living room. Change into dry clothing and corral the renegade wet stuff.

1:00 Eat cheese and crackers for lunch.

1:01 Repeat the importance of keeping the fridge door shut.

1:15 Move puzzle table close to the window so we can see to put a Christmas puzzle together.

1:30 Give a gift wrapping lesson to the three little ones. Shout instructions loudly over the squabbling about what paper to use and who gets to cut the paper.

1:45 Send the beaming children to the walk-in-closet with their wrapped gifts.

2:00 (exactly) Cheer loudly because the power comes back on.

2:01 Groan because it goes back out again.

2:20 Cheer again.

2:21 Groan.

2:21 1/2 Yell at Charlie for unplugging the Christmas tree which fooled us all into thinking that the power was out again.

2:30 Turn on Adventures in Odyssey and sit down at the computer to post this. Type quickly because the power is still spotty.


ValleyGirl said…
Sounds like a full day! I love how you share your family situations with us ~ especially the not-so-stellar parenting moments! Keepin' it real. My kinda gal!!
Mama JJ said…
I totally freak out when the power goes out. And then I curl up in the fetal position and suck my thump.

Mama JJ,

I think of you as such a do it yourselfer that the thought of you not being able to bear facing life without electricity is unfathomable.

What a day! It has been raining like crazy here as well but our power stayed on. Big difference! :)
Much love,
LOL! It sounds like you live in Louisiana! It just needs to look like it might rain or be windy, and the power goes out.

I wonder where Charlie gets his smaty-pants from?? Hmmm....

Mary@notbefore7 said…
Actually sounds like a cozy day, other than the dripping clothes in the living room :)

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