Ice Storm

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Our town was hit by a devestating ice storm 12/11. We heard the 1st branches fall around 11 PM, and woke up at 4 AM to the almost continuous sound of falling branches. We lost power around the time we heard the 1st branch fall, and didn't get it back for 11 days. Late on 12/22, they finally got our street running, but we were not so lucky with our furnace. Got that working on 12/23 and spent most of the night defrosting pipes.
It hasn't been all bad for the kids. We camped out in the house for the 1st 4 nights, with everyone sleeping on air mattresses in front of the fire and going to bed by 7:30 PM (what did people do before electricity?). On Monday, we moved to Grandma and Grandpa's house, where we spent the next 5 nights. Finally, Sat., 12/21, we came to our senses and got a room in a hotel. Two families with kids in Rebecca's ballet class were also staying there so they got to play in the pool, see each other at breakfast, etc. Gregory also enjoyed the pool and is under the impression that if he just throws himself off the side, someone will catch him.
We finally got to go home Monday, 12/23. No Christmas tree this year, but at least we have heat now. Rebecca said the worst part was "when we had to check out of the hotel and go home".

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