Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holy Moly!

It's been a while since I posted! We're still here, and we've weathered the recent New England ice storm. We were very fortunate that we were only out of power for a little over 24 hours. We spent Friday without power, and bailed after Greg got out of work as the house dipped to 57 degrees. Greg's parent's were kind enough to let us, along with Greg's brother spend the night in their living room. They have a generator so they have heat, their refrigerator, and a little light so we played dominoes and made the best of it! Up until yesterday, we were the only ones in our family with power; but as of today, everyone except Greg's parents have been restored, so we're hoping that today will be their day! There are still about 150,000 people waking up without power this morning in NH. The damage this storm caused is unbelievable, you can still drive down almost any road and see the evidence. Our school is still set up as shelter, and the Emergency Alert System is still being being played throughout the day to urge people to seek warmth. We have had people from all over the US (I think there were trucks from Canada as well) come and help the electric companies gain some ground and I was so disheartened to hear Greg tell me the story he heard on the radio yesterday of the man who called the electric company and was so angered by his power not being returned, that he told the operator that he wished death upon him and his family. It's unimaginable how someone could be so cruel, there's just no excuse for it. Sure it's frustrating to be without power but these people are working their butts off to get the job done! So today I'm thankful for warmth, for the safety of my family and friends, and for the thousands of people who have left their families at such a busy time of year to help those who have been so affected by the storm.

More updates coming soon, with pictures I promise!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Another Blogger in the Family

Ian has really been into writing stories on the computer lately, and he wanted to start his own blog with his stories. He just completed his first post. If you would like to check it out, click here! He's very proud of himself!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Some Days Are Just So Good!

We had a great day today. Stevie was in a great mood, he took an extra long nap that coincided with Ana's nap, and there was no toddler to baby abuse! Ana was extra cute in her antics today, and Ian came off the bus in a really good mood! He came in, did his homework with no prodding, played a little Wii, and then asked to use the computer to type (he likes to write letters and books on the computer). This was the conversation that followed:

"Mumma, can we make lots of copies of my book?"
"Sure, but what do you need them for?"
"I'm gonna sell them!"
"Oh! What will you do with the money you make from selling your books?"
"I'll keep half for our family, then I'll give the rest to charity"

Holy moly! That was not the response I was expecting! I was so pleased! Now, I wouldn't be surprised if the answer tomorrow is, "I'm gonna buy all the Bakugan's in the world!", but I'm going to relish in today's response. But that's not where it ended. He out of the blue asked if he could read Ana her book before bed tonight, and he remembered when it was bed time and asked again. She sat right there with him in the glider while he read her "Moo Baa La La La" by Sandra Boynton. After he was done he asked if he could rock her, and I told him he could try, thinking it wouldn't really work. I put her back in the rocker with him and she laid her little head right down on his shoulder. I nearly cried it was so sweet. I helped him to hoist her into her crib and he tucked her in, gave her her silky lovey, and a book to look at and said, "night night Ana". I am just brimming with pride tonight. Somebody remind me of this moment next time I complain that he's being a pain in my tushy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Day One Down!

We had our first day with little Stevie today, and we made it through relatively unscathed. He took all his bottles well, and took 3 nice naps, and besides a little cranky spell that was more due to me not knowing his schedule, we did pretty good! That is of course barring the little incident where Ana head butted him, then hit him, then tried to throw a shoe at him, but we're not counting that are we? Really though, I think this will work quite well. It may take some time for Ana to get used to the idea, but I know it will work out. I'm actually kind of glad in a way to see some jealousy issues in Ana because it just reassures me that she has bonded well to her mumma!