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French toast rush..

Gooood morning!

Well giving the fact that our area hasn’t had any snow this year and we have 2 snow storms heading this way..everyone is in panic getting ready for this suppose to be 3 feet of snow. Possibly 9 inches an hour. Whose complaining..not me!  There’s not a better way to spend time with your family than to be snowed in together for a couple days! I really do want my children to expience the tall snow and having to walk in it.

Quick story..I was about 11 my brother was 8 in the blizzard of 1994, we lived in an apartment complex at the time. Our mother had to walk to the store to get us bread and eggs. The snow was up past the door at least half way. My brother and I dug us out with spoons! Soo fun, sledding on a trash can lid!

Now we have saucers and running sleds to use! But we haven’t put them to use this year. And I finally got my Hubby to enjoy winter time! Now I need to get up off this and go get our French toast ingredients! Have fun!!


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Blizzard 2015..

Let me start off by sayin that I am a born Northerner. I moved to the south for a couple years, found and married my husband (who is also a born Northerner), and decided to move back North with our family. Our kids are so young and haven’t gotten a real chance to live the snow life. Growin up I had the chance to deal with a couple snow blizzards and was the best thing ever! From igloos, to tunnels, to sledding there was always somethin fun to do! With all the ice we got last year we got a chance to have a small snowball fight which led to an approximate 10 ft. by 5 ft. igloo or as we called a long house. This year was a big tease! It never really snowed decent enough to go outside and enjoy it let alone when it did were we off work at a decent time, lol. Finally, it started to snow Saturday morning and didn’t stop until early Sunday morning, ending with ice showers. Yep..the weekends we work morning and get out shortly after lunch! 😀 Yay, can it be? Is it possible we can actually enjoy what everyone is callin “Blizzard 2015”?! We sure did, we got dressed very warm to the point of not being able to move, since the temperature is about 15 F plus the snow is still fallin with a slight wind, grabbed the 3 runner sleds, 1 saucer, and our swimming tubes and took off to the park..No one was there when we first arrived, next thing you know there is about 3 adults and 6 kids not includin our 4 adults and 3 kids (my mom drove us). We decided shortly after we arrived that we would make a ramp, yes a ramp! So we gathered snow as a family. Dad is shovelin the snow onto the sleds, kids pullin the sleds to me where I built the flume. At first we built a single ramp with walls down the hill, shortly after my sister-in-law arrived with her son we decided we would build a double ramp with walls to the next ramp! So much excitement you can’t even tell how cold it is! So after an hour of play we went home to enjoy coffee and hot cocoa. A fun outside winter sport to keep the family active!

Our home <3

Heat mid winter..nah Ill pass said no mother ever..

So when we moved into this place it was October, therefor when cleanin and first dealin with the house is was the endin of summer with very warm temps boostin the house temp normally. Givin the false impression that the house is well insulated, we thought we could manage the heat durin the winter with some space heaters, fireplace (yes we know its not to keep the house warm, however it keeps a room warm), and dressin in layers. However, shortly into November we realized the house does not keep the heat, most of the windows feel windy, and hardwood floors are ice cold! So we decided to get a delivery of oil hoping to make it last all winter by regulatin the temp at a comfortable 64 F with long clothes on, slippers and a robe (or a blanket if you like to snuggle). About a month later I go to the basement to see how much oil we’ve used…hmm.. the fill gauge is on empty’s probably stuck, so I bang on the gauge..bang on the tank..doesn’t budge. The furnace is still runnin, the tank is obviously not empty. So we realized the gauge is broken and we have no idea when were going to run out of heating oil. In high hopes we think positively that the oil will last all winter, we are being conservative after all. Eh.. It lasted until January, not bad..hoped it was longer. So now we have the question to buy oil or not? Well being that it’s January, we haven’t had snow yet really, and winter has only 2 more months we thought we could manage stayin warm. The kids stay at my mothers on the weekends so we have to put the space heaters in their rooms during the week. After 2 weeks of testing this theory we realized this is not going to work either! Ok! Think Jazzy, you can figure this out…yeah get more heating oil! No your stubborn and realize you can do this, its not that bad plus it is teachin the kids that life isn’t always great, easy, and smooth..there are rough patches, hard times, and things are never easy! But if we come together as a family we will always get thru! So needless to say we have a quilt stapled to the upstairs doorway, we keep all the bedroom doors open, the boys have the heaters in their room (our room in the middle of theirs) and with slippers and a robe we can stay warm and the upstairs is maintainin about 64 F. Now the downstairs is a different story, it stays at 42 F…brr that’s fridge temp. So I hung a blanket on the entrance of the kitchen and exit of the dining room (all the rooms are connected in a circle, drives me nuts when I have to chase an animal or kid around it!) If I turn the oven on 450 F for 10 mins it heats both the rooms to about 68 F. Did I mentioned its the end of January and we just got about a foot of snow in the past day and it’s still coming down? Lol. But if you think about it, the Amish community doesn’t believe in using electric, so many of them are toughin it out as well! Why? You might ask. Because I think this is a great life lesson for the kids and its really not that bad. Stick around to see how long we make it.