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In Protest of Snow (Or: Knock on my door at your own risk!) March 8, 2011

Filed under: The Looney Bin,weather — Kemi @ 11:39 am
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Yesterday was lovely.  Slightly overcast, with just a drizzle of rain off and on, that turned into a steady shower by mid-afternoon.
My girls even came home from school and begged to play in the rain, because, according to them, “It hasn’t rained in, like, a YEAR!”  (I don’t know where they’ve been the past few months, when it’s rained at least once a week, but okay…)






Towards the end of their rainy frolicking, about the same time their bare toes turned a chilly pink color, the rain turned slushy and I made them come in.  (After which, Hannah immediately started crying because she was just so, so cold.  After which, I, always the sympathetic, caring mother, said something along the lines of, “Well, duh.  I told you it was going to be cold.  It’s still WINTER, after all.”)  And then I made hot chocolate with marshmallows, and all was forgiven.


About the time they finished warming up, (more…)


Baby, it’s COLD outside! December 30, 2009

Filed under: kids,The Looney Bin,weather — Kemi @ 11:43 pm

     It has snowed off and on here for the past two days.  (Mostly on.)  We don’t have nearly the snow as our friends to the east, but we have snow, nontheless. 


     Because they are kids, or because they’re crazy, or maybe some of both, my offspring actually wanted to go outside and romp in the snow.  In fact, they’ve been begging  me to allow them to go out since the first snowfall.  (At what age does one lose the desire to roll around in it and freeze to death– on purpose?  Ten?  Twelve?  …  Oh, that was just me?)


     Now, we’ve already established that I’m NOT a huge fan of playing in the snow, and I’m even less of a fan of getting kids bundled into winter gear, only to have them come back inside five minutes later because It’s cold!   or   I have to potty now!   or   I am wearing half the snow on the lawn, and I’m COOOOOLD!  But I really want to be outside with my siblings, so I’ll stand at the window and cry because I can’t decide which is worse:  being cold outside or warm and toasty inside with my booooring mom.  However, today I decided to suck it up and let them go outside, which gave me nearly an hour of peace and quiet.  (The neighbors?  Not so much.  *snicker*)  They had a blast playing in the snow, and were definitely not ready to come in when I called them.  Even though their cheeks resembled flash-frozen tomatoes, and Kendra’s hair was dripping wet and starting to freeze.  Even though they had so much snow packed on them, you could barely tell the color of their coats.  Even though I made them strip down on the rug, one at a time, so I could gather up the snow and throw it back outside.


     So I am left with one question:  Is it worth the extra load(s) of wet snow laundry, plus the hassle of dressing them, plus the hassle of UNdressing them, just for a protest-free bedtime and four little bodies sleeping soundly?


     Let me get back to you on that.  We’re going to test the theory again tomorrow.  😀



And the heavens opened, and we were sore afraid. (Mostly irreverent.) June 14, 2009

Filed under: Church,kids,weather — Kemi @ 11:55 pm

     We were sitting in Sacrament Meeting this afternoon when the clouds rolled in and it started to pour.  Anthony was sleepily cradled in my arms, and at the quietest part of the meeting, we saw a flash of light through the windows and heard a loud clap of thunder.


     Because we’re idiots  Because it’s a habit we started ten years ago, we sit on the very front row in the chapel.  Imagine the delight of the rest of the ward sitting behind us when Alex and Kendra heard the thunder, giggled gleefully and Alex jumped to his feet and pumped his fist in victory.  Hannah shrieked in mock terror, and Anthony opened his eyes wide for a minute, before smiling a drowsy grin and saying, “Awesome.”  Loudly.


     That was pretty much how my kids spent the remainder of the meeting– listening for thunder, watching for lightning (or “strips of bacon”) (yeah, don’t ask), giving the occasional high-five when the rumbling was particularly noisy, and giggling –loudly– about how cool it was. 


     It was cool, even I have to admit.  (I don’t remember ever being in church during a thunderstorm, so it was a new experience for all of us.)


     It was also embarrassing. 


     My kids are heathens.  😀




Sunny with a chance of water balloons April 22, 2009

Water balloons     Yay! I have a [fairly] quiet minute to sit down and post!


     Today has been one of those days where I have been busy ALL DAY LONG, but I have nothing to show for it.  Or, I have things to show for it, but not a single one of them have to do with the million things that need to be done inside my house.  It’s enough to make my head hurt.  Truly, it is.


     I woke up just a little past 7:00 AM, but I forced myself to stay in bed until my alarm clock went off at 7:30.  What a waste!  I should have just gotten up.  Because I slept in, I didn’t get Kenny’s lunch made in time, so we had to take it to him.  Normally it isn’t a big deal, but I had Abbie today.  Normally SHE’S not a big deal, but I was trying to get Kenny’s lunch ready, shower, talk on the phone (Rachel, again, you made my day!  I SO needed that conversation!), get some laundry going, get some updates on my mom (who had gall bladder surgery, but she doesn’t want anyone to know, so ssssshh!), get a dinner prepared I could take to my parents, and keep the house from falling down around my ears.


     It was a long morning, and aside from the phone call, not a very good one.


     I DID get (more…)


Heat me, baby, one more time… November 12, 2008

     This post is based on a 13-year-long fight over the thermostat.  Not a fight, really, as much as a sneaky contest to see who can keep the heat at their desired temperature the longest.


     Kenny is always turning the heat up.  He gets cold very easily, and because he’s diabetic, his circulation is poor.  His feet are always like ice, and he is never without socks and slippers.  (He refers to them as “foot mittens”.  I’m not sure if it’s a German thing or what, but it’s annoyingly endearing.  Most days.)  (more…)


Before and After November 8, 2008

Filed under: weather — Kemi @ 3:26 pm
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     I took these pictures last Sunday, about an hour BEFORE it started to rain.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but there was such a beautiful contrast between the heavy, gray sky and the brilliant autumn leaves.  My neighbor laughed at me for standing in the middle of the street and taking pictures of the sky, but it was too pretty not to capture.  Even the atmosphere that day was exciting– you could feel the tension and turbulence in the air.  It was like the sky was holding its breath, and the sixteen-hour rainstorm that came later was nothing more than an enormous celestial exhale.





Goodbye, Fall! November 5, 2008

Filed under: weather — Kemi @ 8:53 am

     I woke up to snow this morning.


     Lots of it. 


     Big, fat fluffy flakes that are STICKING.  *sigh*


     At least now the weather matches the music