Well, it’s been a rough few days on the Ponderosa. Single digit temps have no place in Georgia! Sunday my inlaws came down to winterize our pump house and well (they are way good to us kiddos!). Monday we covered all the water hose faucets, put the kitties in the barn with food, water, a space heater and a blanket and forgot to leave our water running when we went to bed. Dumb, dumb, dummies!
Yes, we are obviously animal lovers! These really are great little kitties.
I woke up to take a shower Tuesday morning and no water. BOOOOO! I still can not believe we did that. Luckily, again, we are right across the pasture from my in-laws. This meant pancakes and bacon for breakfast while we showered and dinner and dessert for bath time. While the fellowship and food was wonderful, it has been very stressful getting dressed with 2 toddlers (is a 4 year old still a toddler? Or a kid?) in 2 homes. And even though it’s close by, going outside when the wind chill is below zero is not acceptable. Plus, yesterday morning Amelia’s school was delayed 2 hours due to cold weather. Since my office was not delayed for cold weather I had an intern for a few hours. She’s cute but my productivity is way down when she participates.
These past 2 days have made me a grump. Cold weather alone puts me in a funk. Add on the stress of no indoor plumbing (no showers, no way to brush teeth, no coffee, no way to wash lunchbox items, no washing hands after changing diapers, no flushing of toilets) and trying to get back into a routine from Christmas break all in one week about did me in. I also have not had a way to work in quiet time since Sunday and I feel the difference.
Today I was sitting at my desk eating lunch. This is after I was 15 mins late to work thanks to children with no sense of urgency, not sleeping well, so waking up late-with no coffee and a train. So as I sat at my desk eating warm soup that my mother in law sent with me I realized the blessings in this story. It’s almost like that soup warmed me all the way to my soul
Every family has frustrations, but I have a mother in law that randomly brings frozen garden veggies to my freezer and sweets to my kitchen table when I’m not home, who sends lunch with me to work many days and does a whole host of other things to help us raise our children.
While being at work for almost 2 hours was not ideal, it is always nice to sit beside this girl and learn about her. She sat on her side of my desk at her “office” and drew a picture of herself with her teacher and her teacher’s daughter. They were on a play date together. I love that she adores her teacher. Always good to have affirmation that your children are were they are supposed to be.
Annie’s school sent home Snowman Soup (marshmallows, hot chocolate and a candy cane) to warm them up from all the cold. Not only did they give Annie one but they also sent one home for Amelia. They are always so kind to think of both sisters!
And these two, there are no words! There is no way I would get through a day without the encouragement and support my parents provide. In about a year they will be living in our town. There have been very few times when I regretted being an only child. Maybe because I am still spoiled???? Nah!
THEN I got home this afternoon and we had water! No busted pipes or anything! We got lucky this time! The sinks are already dripping for tonight. Tomorrow is a new day and while I’m excited to see it, today wasn’t too shabby itself. I should spend a little of my fingernail time on my toenails.
I bought some chalkboard paint today for a fun upcoming project. Stay tuned! All these ups and downs are what make up life, whether you are on a “ponderosa” or not!