Around 6:45am I wake to the cat standing at the foot of the bed begging to be let out. As I let the cat out I noticed it snowed a little bit during the night, so I warn my husband that he had better get a move on it and get out of bed to get ready for work incase the roads are bad. Then I feed and water our baby chicks, let the dogs out, and sit down to check my facebook and email notifications. By the time I finish, both my girls are awake and out of bed and asking about breakfast.
I decide to make pancakes for breakfast and get working on that while my 7 year old picks out clothes for herself and her little sister.
Around 8:00 we eat and then I work on cleaning up my breakfast mess in the kitchen and then do a quick pick up around the house. By then my 7 year old is begging to go play in the snow so I help her bundle up and send her out to play. I try to get my 20 month old interested in coloring while I get our school work for the day out and organized, but she has other plans and spends the next 20 minutes while I work, throwing crayons on the floor, picking them back up, and then repeating the process.
Around 10:00 my 7 year old comes in and gets dry and warmed up and we get started on our school day. We always start with calendar and weather. We've been recording the weather daily and using the data for math and science projects for several years now. She just records each day's weather on our calendar by drawing a sun, a cloud, rain, or snow. At the end of each month we make a graph with the data we recorded that month.
Next is free choice reading time. My 7 year old has been on an Amelia Bedelia kick lately so that's what she chooses. She curls up and reads in her saucer chair while I keep little sister busy with some wooden puzzles.
When she's finished reading, we do a short math worksheet together. And then watch a Bill Nye The Science Guy video about rocks and soil on YouTube. I had planned on doing a soil layers experiment but with the ground all fozen and covered in snow, going out to collect soil samples didn't sound like much fun so I opted to save that project for another day.
By the time we finish the video, it's time for lunch. I make us some quesadillas and peel us some oranges and we sit down to eat. Around then, the wind outside picks up and our power flickers on and off a few times. I decide we better fill some water bottles with warm water for the chicks and the snake tanks. I don't like leaving the heat lamps plugged in during power surges, it tends to blow the bulbs. And thank goodness we did because as soon as we finish, the power goes out.
My girls think the power being out is just about the coolest thing ever. They get out some sheets and blankets and chairs and build a fort in the living room and spend the first half of the afternoon pretending they're camping.
Around 3:00pm my 20 month old finally decides it's nap time and passes out on my lap. My 7 year old and I usually watch movies and relax for a little bit while the baby naps but with no power that was a no go. Instead she decides she wants me to read the next few chapters from On The Banks of Plum Creek, which we've been working on the last couple weeks.
My husband gets home around 4:30 and I wake up my 20 month old. The power is still out and our kitchen appliances are all electric so any real cooking for dinner isn't happening. We decide to go out to the grocery store to pick up a pre cooked rotisserie chicken and some sourdough bread to go with some salad fixings we have at home.
We come home, eat, and pick up dinner. The power finally comes back on around 6:30 pm, just in time to get the chicks brooder cleaned out and get the house picked up before we all get ready for bed. I get the kiddos in clean PJ's and help them brush they're teeth and we all crawl in bed for the evening.
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