Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Snow Again!

We got a second dose of snow a few weeks ago.  It followed a day or so of ice, which caused widespread power outages.  We were among those without power, and the temperature in our house started dropping as soon as the lights went off.  We had to decide quickly what to do as the roads were becoming dangerous, and as we were panicking a friend called - a friend with power AND a back-up generator.  We packed up and headed for our friends' house.  Two other families joined us for most or all of our time.  That's four families, which meant 10 kids who were all 5-years-old and younger.  It was so much fun and not as chaotic as you might think (although if you haven't spent a lot of time around young kids lately it was more chaotic than you can imagine!).  We all had an amazing time and came home feeling very grateful for good friends!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Outside Time

Today I (Jay) took the big kids outside for a while after lunch. We brought our bicycles with us and did some routine maintenance while Simon was inside getting a bath.
Idyllic, right? So wonderful a day, in fact, that I left the garage open while working, for ease of access to my tools. The kids, however, rode their bikes in and spotted the shelf where we keep most of our children's books, the ones that have been off-cycle for a while. General glee was quickly followed by this lengthy scene:
Yep. Like parents, like children. It's the Wamsted way. I've been told some children go a little stir crazy when they can't get outside and play. Hmmm.

In case you were worried, they did come back to their bikes. However, they flipped them over onto their backs and worked on the tires, spinning wheels to nowhere. Also a Wamsted way, I suppose.