Storms and Power Outages Oh My!

Last week I didn’t write any posts here on the blog, which is VERY unusual for me since I’m a hard-core stickler for posting Tuesdays and Fridays.

Why no posts?

Massive storms ripped through our part of Oregon, leading to high winds, ice-covered powerlines and trees, and ultimately power outages. A branch fell through the roof of our gazebo and our backyard is littered with larger branches. A tree fell at the entrance to our cul-de-sac but thankfully it was small enough that it only blocked half the entrance so we could get in and out. All over town fallen branches and trees disrupted normal routines, and we got nearly eight inches of snow (I lived in Minnesota so I know that isn’t a large amount, but for west coasters it’s HUGE) and then a powerful ice storm hit.

Unpictured: A massive section of the branch sticking out of the top of the roof. It looked like our gazebo had deer antlers!

Unpictured: A massive section of the branch sticking out of the top of the roof. It looked like our gazebo had deer antlers!

All this meant no school for the kiddos, who didn’t mind the disruption at all because it meant “camping” in front of the fireplace. We hung a blanket over the hallway entrance and closed off the rest of the house so our living room stayed warm and cozy. To their complete delight, the beast dog slept on his back with his legs in the air between them, and even our cat pried herself from her usual spot on our bed (no power meant our room was chilly and she loves warmth) and spent time with us in a curled up ball on the back of the couch.

Huge Dog

Now, while our twins found all the disruption to be a big adventure, me and the hubby–who got the short straw and spent time outside warming soup on the camping stove–missed our power, but enjoyed seeing how much fun our twins were having. So much in fact they were actually disappointed when the power came back on.

Now the Corbett kids are at a grand total of NINE snow/storm days out of school this year. Yesterday was Presidents Day, a traditional no school day for most American children but mine spent they day making up their first “snow” day.

What about you? Any fond memories of family fun during power outages?