Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Then there was snow...

When I say we get snow in Maine- we get snow. We live in the Western Foot Hills of Maine and the past 2 years we have received so much snow- it truly is unbelievable.

I knew there was supposed to be a big storm coming in Sunday night but hubby was so sweet and said he would watch the 3 kids for a few hours while I went to the movies. I don't get out much so I decided to take him up on the offer. I headed out about 6pm and went into the theatre to purchase my ticket. I decided to splurge a bit- well a lot- and loaded up on Sour Patch Kids and Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Bits. I figured after going to Weight Watchers and loosing 52 lbs that I deserved a treat. My other thought that Riley nurses all the time. They say you burn 600 calories a day when you nurse. I swear I burn double that the way he nurses (LOL).

Speed up to the end of the movie. I come out of the theatre sugar charged and get into my Jeep. I call the house to check on the kids. All is well. Riley has been down for a bit and the Olivia and Hanz were reading. I decide I am going to go get a few items at the store. It had starting snowing quite a bit at this point and probably had 5 inches on the ground.

I went in the store and took my time. I was in there for an hour! I am so used to rushing around all time. I was a treat just to take my time. "Take my time" is not a term that I say very much!

I checked out and pushed my cart out to my Jeep. Oh my goodness...in an hour the storm turned into a blizzard. A 20 minute drive took about an hour to get home. We live 3 miles on top of hill and even with my 4 wheel drive and couldn't make it up. I found a place to turn around and drove around town to the other entrance of the road which had a less steep incline. I felt I was on one of those Jeep commercials on the top of the mountain. As I was going thru the unplowed dirt road the snow was literally flying over the top of the Jeep. I have to admit it was scary but in some way fun.
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I walked into the house with the few things I purchased and headed to bed. All thru the night the power flickered on and off. By the time we all got up we had no power. We walked downstairs and opened the front door. With the drifts the snow was up to our necks. We could not get out the door. My two older kids exited the house thru our side shed door where the wind had blown and the door was easy to get out of. We all took turns shoveling and finally reached the road. Hurray!
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My hubby, Scott, went down mid morning to check on the shop- aka "Diaper World". He called on the phone and there was no power there either. Oh boy. We just had 170+ orders come in over the weekend. I was getting a bit stressed as I was afraid we might be days without power (yes, this has happened before)
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We do have a generator set-up at our house which is about a mile from the shop. I was able to get online with my wireless card (our cable was out so we didn't have the internet). Let me tell you the wireless card is my best insurance policy ever!
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After the snow removal and the constant tending of fires we sat down, all five of us and just hung out and talked. Wow- it has be way too long when we just all sat down in one place. Usually Scott is on the road for work, the kids are at school, and Riley and I are at the shop. Without power it forces you to slow down a bit. I am a true believer that a "higher power" directs how our lives flow. This day was meant for us to get closer again as a family. It was nice to really re-connect with everyone as it was truly and fun and special day. Oh...and by the way...we received over 2 feet of snow!
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- By Kelly Wels (aKa the Cloth Diaper Whisperer)

42 comments:

Jess said...

Holy cow Kelly! Now that is SNOW! Here in Utah we get snow but dang its almost March & almost all our snow is melted! Thank goodness you made it home safe & sound & how dang fun to get out by yourself!!!!

Kelly said...

Sounds like an exciting weekend! I'm in Minnesota - we're supposed to get 6 inches of snow tomorrow. I've been inside with my newborn and toddler all week and had hoped to go to my Moms' Club meeting tomorrow...but if the snow is bad, we're staying in! Where oh where is spring?!

Dani said...

The photo of Hanz in the snow had me laughing out loud!

Kira said...

What a great reminder that we all need to slow down once in a while...no snow here in California, so I'll have to find another excuse! You have a beautiful family!

Serena said...

Oh Kelly I just love reading your blogs!

This was THE perfect thing to read just before going to bed. It was heartwarming and funny - I actually laughed out loud and I LOVE the pictures.

A picture truly is worth a thousand words. The picture of all that snow, especially Hanz in the midst of it- priceless!

I imagined you all got a lot of snow - after all, you're at the tip of the US. I was asking my husband about Maine - as he traveled there once, and it's relatively close to Montréal Québec where he lived for many years (a good portion of my in-laws are still there though)... I said maybe we should move there and he laughed and simply said I'd probably die from the cold and snow.

I was born and raised in sunny San Diego - so "freezing cold" for me is in the 60's! HAHA!

melissad.williams said...

Wow, what a nice day you had together! I wish it would snow like that here, but I live in the south! We're lucky if we get a little dust once a year!

Denise said...

Wow, that is a LOT of snow!!! Glad you had a nice reconnecting day with your family, I think everyone needs those from time to time.

Amanda said...

That's an awesome story Kelly. That snow looks AMAZING!!!

I can only dream of seeing so much snow. I was born and raised in FL and the most snow I ever saw was in Chicago 2 years ago...maybe about 2-3 inches. (I was pregnant w/ Mikaela at the time and did not know it) I went ice skating outside, wrestled w/ my friends in the snow & drank tons of coffee to stay warm in the 9 degree weather. I had a blast. I hope I can see TONS of snow one day.

Amanda G.

TheOGMamaBear said...

I know all about snow! They are estimating we will get 250 inches here this winter! We are in Marquette Michigan. It snows all the time!

Erika said...

Sounds like the Snow Day was a good excuse for a Family Day.

Yes, my parents, MIL, and sister also got dumped with loads of snow in Maine too!! They lost power as well...and my parents still don't cable/phone!

Kind of makes me miss Maine winters. We have zero snow here in Maryland.

Kristen said...

Your post made me want to move to Maine! What gorgeous pictures and a great opportunity for family time!

Kelly said...

Wow, that is a lot of snow. But I have always wanted to visit Maine, and now I think maybe I want to visit in the winter. We get plenty of snow in Chicago, but your pictures make it look so magical and cozy!
And I am totally with you on a higher power directing our lives. Glad you were able to appreciate the day for what it was. We all need a day to slow down and reconnect with what is truly important every once in a while (actually, probably more often than that!)

A Psych Mommy said...

Wow, two feet! That's a lot of snow! I live in So. Cal and we don't get snow, so I've always wanted to live where it does, but I think two feet is a bit much even for me!

Maggie said...

Wow, I complain about the winter here in Michigan, but it looks like you have it worse. I hate having to shovel snow. You have cute kids by the way!

Katrina said...

Wow, that is a lot of snow! I've only lived up north (WI) for six years, so the most I've seen on the ground at one time is about 20 inches or so. I too enjoy when we have a snow day and my husband stays home from work and spends time with me and the boys.

*~*a.l.s*~* said...

Oh my goodness! I don't miss living in the Northeast during the winter, that is for sure!

Thankfully you use cloth diapers so you don't have to go out to the store in all that mess if you'd run out of sposies! One more perk of cd'ing!

Nikki said...

Wow, that is a LOT of snow! And I thought we had it bad here in the Midwest earlier this winter. We're getting ice today. Ick. I"m so ready for spring! Glad you got to enjoy your snow day!

Montana Mama said...

Don't you love those days when you're forced to just sit down and look outside the window and be cozy and warm with those you love? It's actually what I'm doing today. :)

JamesandJennie said...

WOW! Living in Southease Texas, we get excited to see flurries! I might like to witness enough snow to make a snowball, but I don't think I'd be in for snow up to my neck! lol

Meghan said...

What a great day to spend with your family! We have only gotten that much snow here in Western North Carolina once in my lifetime. 2 feet in March of '93. I loved it but I was only 13. Snow is a completely different story as an adult! Around here though, we don't have the equipement to deal with a lot of snow and I dread when we get 5 or 6 inches because I know there will be a lot of accidents. We southerners don't know how to drive in it!

angelina said...

darling knitted beanie~

Katie said...

That is great!! I love the pictures of the snow. As a girl that came from Buffalo, NY, I miss not having snow like that where we live now!! I remember times when we would lose power and the whole family would be stuck at home in front of the fireplace! Those were some of my most favorite memories from growing up.

brandi said...

in utah too here- in the mountains so we still have alot of snow. the slight warm up of weather has been good for the february funkies around here though! snow in maine looks beautiful.

Kelly said...

See all that snow makes me miss living up North. I grew up in Massachusetts but my mom (who still lives up there) reminds me that I never had to get up and go to work in all the snow that lasts so long. Then, I think I am greatful that I live in the South now and get to enjoy some spring like weather when it is still so cold up North. Glad that you got to enjoy the day with your family.

Cecile said...

Wow! Two years ago, my husband applied to a bunch of pediatric residency program, including one in Maine. He got matched with a program in Virginia, where people get excited when they see one little snowflake... Schools close down when the weather forecast says that there is a small possibility of snow... Anyway, we're moving to Rhodes Island next, and I imagine we might get some snow there!

EdenSky said...

Wow, I live in Ontario and we know snow but haven't yet had to climb through windows and tunnel down to the door!

Matt, Sara and Kinsley :) said...

Great story. One of my favorite times is when the power is out. It brings back the simplicity of life and families actually have a chance to get together.

Katie said...

crazy!! we get snow in MI, but almost never 2ft. at once. It's actually 45 degrees here today, and it feels like summer!!

Chic Mama said...

Isn't it crazy how snow can totally change everything!? We had record snowfall in Eastern Washington this year- the most we have EVER received in a 24 hour period! It was crazy!

AScott said...

I think the pic of Hanz is awesome! I live in Texas, so we are lucky if we get one day of "snow".

Day to Day Tripper said...

Love the pictures of the fresh snow. It is snowing here right now..I love clean white snow.

Isn't it nice to take your time shopping! It so rarely happens.

KellyOhana said...

HOLY MOLY!! Hubby and I were complaining about how cold it was last night... our temp was 60degrees... yep, I know what you mamas are thinking, "are you kidding me, 60's pretty warm". Guess depends on where you're at, here in Hawaii, that's considered super duper cold! I guess I shouldn't complain too much when you gals are getting 5+ inches of snow... so, I am sending you the sunshine with warm vibes to you and your families!!

Liz said...

Cecile- I'm from RI!!!! We actually just moved to GA over the summer and we are enjoying our first winter with no snow! Yes, it can be beautiful for the first day but then...I have always liked the warm weather.

Having Family Days are great! Instead of losing power because of the snow, we lose power with major thunderstorms (but usually only for a few hours). The girls love playing with the flashlights and watching the candles and playing board games.

Sheezwhiz said...

Wow, that is serious snow! I thought it snowed a lot here in the Boston area but holy cow, it looks nothing like that right now.

one_lucky_mom said...

Wow, I don't know what I would do if I woke up to that much snow!

the momma said...

I'm just a bit north of you, Kelly... 2 weeks ago I took a pic of the 2 ft patch of grass that was the only clear spot on our lawn- a robin was even pecking around there! And then, God "blessed" us with PLENTY of new snow, covering up that one spot as well as providing a fresh, clean layer on the several feet of snow blanketing the rest of our yard. When I look out the window and can only see white, it can be breathtakingly beautiful... or dismally depressing, depending on how much (or little) sunshine breaks through. Many praises for the brilliant blue sky today- totally lifts my spirits!

Senior Family said...

that is a ton of snow !! wowie !!

Kelly Wels said...

Hi Everyone!
I had a blast reading all your great comments. We had a wonderful day together for sure.
I headed out tonight to go grocery shopping and couldn't open the door again. The snow fell off the roof and filled up part of the walkway again. Scott went thru the shed again walked thru the snow(almost up to his chest in areas)just to get to the door so he could shovel us out!

MKury said...

Our entire town closes down over a threat of snow, much less actual white stuff on the ground. It is amazing that you can actually function in it- because according to folks around here, that's not possible. :o)

Suzy said...

It is nice to get that family time. Snow is good at keeping everyone together.

I haven't seen snow like that in years since we left Illinois and the crazy amount of snow.

Trisha said...

We recently moved to Maine and I still get excited every time it snows- I'm even excited about the snow we are supposed to get tonight.

JoMama said...

I was wondering what your family looked like!!! Thanks for the photos. Here is eastern (middle of nowhere) washington state it has been bare & fairly dry with intermittent days of sun... bring on spring!!!