So this past week has been a little more difficult then normal. If you have been living under a rock you might not have known that most of the US has been hit with drastically cold temps. We also had 12 inches of snow come down with pretty gusty winds, it lived up to the one winter when I was in high school back in MN and the governor called off school. Before the storm hit on Sunday, we escaped Saturday to St. Louis and ate lunch with good friends at PF Changs, hit the mall while the boys watched the 2nd part of the Hobbit movie in a 3D Imax theater and then spent almost 2 hours watching the kids jump at Sky Zone.
Thankfully the marathon of fun prevented the boys from going too stir crazy during the storm. Monday rolled around and school and base was closed for the day, we were house bound for the day. We shoveled the driveway and helped with a few other driveways that needed tending to, while the boys played on/in the giant piles of snow left by the snowplows. J also took the day to finish up on some packing, we had a good run...18 months of no all expense paid trips to the sunny dessert, but it was his turn once again to live apart from us.
Tuesday rolled around and once more the boys had no school, but J was running out of time to get his to-do list at all the different offices. He had a very frustrating morning, but went out of his way to make sure he could still leave...since it was the big day. The roads were tricky heading to the airport to drop him off with cars in the ditch and the side of the road broken down, with only a single lane plowed and dry, and ramps being a total mess. We managed to get to the airport and he managed to get tot he gate in the nick of time...only to find out the flight was 40 minutes delayed.
As Wednesday rolled around, the boys once again had no school. It was really turning into a Christmas Vacation that never ended. The boys spent the day playing outside in the snow and then inside playing video games. The older two boys had friends over, I cleaned the stove...yup did some deep cleaning while waiting to hear from J and if he made it to his new home for the next couple of months. Finally later in the night the phone rang and we were able to FaceTime and learn about his long day of travels.
As dawn broke on Thursday I got the dreaded text message that it was going to be ANOTHER snow day. Forecasted rain and sleet were going to make the already messy roads even worse in the rural areas. The boys went out early to play with their friends in the snow, the weather had really warmed up to a balmy 30 and so one of my friends stopped by and we decided to walk the neighborhood to get some fresh air while the kids were playing. After some time outside, we decided to head to the bowling alley for some lunch and see how many pins we can knock down. We mailed a box of goodies to J that he requested (yup, he just go there and I'm already sending his stuff), and then the boys enjoyed some more time in the snow and video gaming with friends.
Friday....the boys went back to school.
The new normal...
The new routine...
Short lived since it is now the weekend.
There have been some tears and emotional outbursts, possibly not all from the boys...I blame all those snow days in a row ;)