When is Spring?
Is it really March already?!?! I can't believe it! We have had five days in a row of sunny(ish) weather and the piles and piles of snow are finally melting! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the drama of the blizzard. At least for the first week. That first week we were prepared. I had gone to the store and stocked up on milk, toilet paper, diapers and wipes. You know, the essentials! I had lots of ingredients for baking bread, cookies, making homemade soup, stew...all of the fun wintery type foods. And then the second week of insanely cold temperature and ridiculously heavy snow fall set in. The magic was gone. The kids got bored and snarky. And I am sorry to say it, but I got really cranky. The fun of playing in the snow wore off after the third time of trying to track down gloves and hats and scarves for the little ones. And lets not forget about the battle of the snow pants! We have a trillion pair of snow pants in various sizes. Unfortunately, the only purple pair was in Gia's size so I handed Hannah a black pair. Not good!! "Why can't I have purple pants?!?! Why does Gia get pretty girl pants!?!? It's not fair! UUGGGH Life isn't fair!!!!" Seriously?! I finally said, "Do you want to go outside?" "Yes." Hannah sniffed. "Do you want to be wet and cold?" I asked. "No." Hannah sulked. "Then put on the black pants please." I calmly said, secretly begging in my mind. "Fine...but they are ugly." Whatever. It is next to impossible to reason with a diva, especially one who is six. But occasionally practicality will win out over fashion....ok, maybe not occasionally, probably more like rarely. Whatever the case, I was truly thankful that it all worked out in this case!
There was also the drama of the dryer. Of course in the middle of all of this our dryer died. It was a slow and painful death. Although we knew that the end was near, we were still unprepared. RIP dryer, you had served us faithfully for 11 years! In this house that averages at least 3 loads of laundry a day, that's a good long time. But it doesn't change the fact that we were pretty much hosed and in desperate need of a replacement. Brian and I headed to Sears (the only appliance type place around) and bought a new dryer. My joy over our purchase was unfortunately very short lived. The salesman informed us that they wouldn't be able to deliver it until Wednesday and it was Sunday. Again, my response was...whatever. We had made it a couple of days by making a few trips to the laundromat and by taking a few loads to our parents' houses. We could handle a few more days...at least we could until round two of the blizzard hit on...you guessed it WEDNESDAY!!! They finally delivered our dryer on Friday. Yes!!!! I was so excited, at least, I was until the delivery man explained that our new dryer wasn't working. Seriously!?! Apparently the electrical receptacle was bad. Sadness again...until my brother-in-law came to the rescue. (Thank you Chad!) While he was replacing the receptacle, Brian realized that the old propane line from our old gas dryer was leaking propane!!! Thank heavens the new dryer hadn't been working or we could have blown up our house! We are back in business and laundry is finally caught up! The kids are back to school! The snow is finally melted... SPRING here we come!!!
DJ and Jake
Hannah...love the black pants!