Hanging out in the Dark

We’ve been getting hit with snow and freezing rain for the last five days. It’s been a miserable time. Hubs and I have been waiting for the power to go out. It always does. And it didn’t disappoint. Yesterday afternoon there were a couple flickers followed by darkness. Now, it’s been overcast outside, so there wasn’t much light to begin with, and it gets dark around 430-500. So when the power went out at 3, I was filled with a sense of dread about entertaining 2 toddlers and an infant in the dark. Among other things. But, I learned a lot last night. 

First off, I learned that all the nagging to put the outside stuff in the basement before the snow fell that my husband ignored worked out in my favor. Hubs was able to go out and BBQ supper last night, and we were able to give the kids a hot meal. I still think it should have been brought in before the snow fell, but I’ll get over it. 

I was really worried about how we were going to entertain the kids in the dark. Alex gets anxious when there are no lights and Nick tends to follow in his footsteps when Alex gets upset about things. But, it ended up being pretty easy to entertain them. We played trains, we read some stories and then we played tickle monster until bedtime. The laptops were both fully charged so we let them watch movies in bed using those until they fell asleep. 

Finding light sources was fun. We have flashlights, but the kids had been playing with them and I couldn’t remember where I had put them when I took them away from the kids. I have one candle. One. Because I don’t like using them with the kids around. It turns out though, the kids have lots of toys that light up. And there was even a toy flashlight in their tool box that my mom just bought them. We were set. 

My other biggest concerns were that I only had enough water sterilized for about 24 hours worth of bottles and I was going to run out of diapers in about 18 hours. (Since I use cloth, not being able to run the washer poses a bit of a problem) We decided that we weren’t going to worry about those things though. The weather was supposed to clear up in the morning and we would be able to head out and find a store that had power (worst case scenario we could venture into town and go to Walmart. On Christmas Eve, ick!) and grab some sterile water and diapers. It would be okay!

We lucked out, it was only going down to -7 C last night. So we knew it wouldn’t get too cold in the house. We dressed the kids in warm Pj’s before we put them to bed, because all of my kids like to kick their blankets off and I wanted to know they would be warm! 

We lucked out though, our power was only out for 9 hours. There are people in our community we are going to be waiting until the 28th. There are 45,000 people in New Brunswick that are without power as of this morning when I was looking at the NB power website.

I am blessed that we were so lucky with the power outages, and I was lucky that the kids were as cooperative as they were. This is the second year in a row that we lose our power days before Christmas. Last year we weren’t as lucky, we were without power for over 24 hours and it was a lot colder outside. Our house dropped below 15C in the first hour of the power going out. (We didn’t wait that one out here, with a 9 month old and a 2 yr old we braved the roads in a snowstorm to get to Hubs dad’s house before it got dark outside) 

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! (Or a Happy Holiday regardless of what you celebrate!) 

Love, hugs and more to come later! 
Lynn

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