The ice was followed by a huge snowstorm that shut down the schools for Lauren and Dominic until this past Thursday.
I think this is the first time in the 12 years we have lived here that Lauren and Dominic have missed three days in a row of school (not counting the Friday before Christmas that Dominic was also off for the impending ice storm that was coming). My hubby's office was also closed on Monday and Tuesday, which is unheard of too! Between the holiday break, ice storm and snowstorm, my whole "gang" was home for the better part of three weeks. The temperatures were subzero for part of that time, so you really couldn't go outside. I parked our van in the driveway and there was actually ice on the inside of the windows!! Now, that's cold!!!!!!!
The picture below of Dominic sitting on the snowdrift was when it was a "balmy" 18 degrees. Yes, I have lived in the Midwest long enough to consider 18 degrees warm! Luckily, the weather started getting a little warmer yesterday so some of the snow started melting. I actually saw someone wearing shorts last night outside, I'm not kidding :)
Some members of this household (who shall remain nameless) were beginning to experience some "cabin fever." According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, cabin fever means, "extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time." The word was first used in 1918. I thought the word originated back in the mid-1800's, when more people lived in log cabins. We are a pretty tight knit family, but I think we were all glad when things started to get back to some kind of routine and normalcy :) Hopefully, we have gotten our allotted amount of snow and ice for the season, but since it's not even the middle of January, who knows? I have a feeling it's going to be a LONG winter!