Turkey out brining in a bucket in the snow.
Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, the power goes out. That is what happens when a foot of HEAVY snow falls hard and fast.
The snow blower also breaks. All within like... five minutes!
Derek's sister and her sweet family are wending their way to our house in a blizzard from the south.
We have no power.
Take out pizza by fire place light.
It's cool. We have a generator.
No. The generator doesn't run. AWESOME.
Amber's family shows up in the very very very dark, and I offer them left over glow sticks from Halloween. Cousin fun will not be hampered by silly things like power outages!
The men-folk (neighbor friend included, good friend from the ward also included) attempt to get our generator running. In the snow. And the dark.
Two generators. One works! One doesn't.
Finally, good friend brings us HIS generator, because the show off had power at his own abode.
Generator comes to visit. Power is marginally restored. But no water, because we can't be greedy.
Thanksgiving dawns bright and early. MORE COUSIN FUN. Derek takes his 4wd out to get more gas for the borrowed generator.
Brother in law and Morgan FIX THE SNOW BLOWER. WE ARE AWESOME.
Brother in law snow blows! Then it breaks again.
Neighbor texts, they have no power, they need their generator.
QUICK! Cook the turkey before they come for their generator! We'll have Thanksgiving dinner at noon!
Melting snow to wash dishes.
GO GO GO.
Kids in and out, no one has snow boots for the season yet (I'm a terrible mother.) In and out, in and out. In and out. Wet. Cold. Change clothes, lather, rinse, repeat.
Cousins in the snow.
Dinner is almost ready. Generator is still running. All is well.
Ezra is crying. Ezra is coming closer. I turn to see. Ezra has a gaping head wound.
Derek is dispatched again in his 4wd to get Ezra's head sewn back together.
The generator is staying! Friends have borrowed one from someone else. We can keep our power! Hurray!
Ezra gets nine stitches.
Poor Ezra's head.
We give thanks, we eat. We play. In and out and in and out and in and out.
Ezra in the window.
Black Friday, we declare we are all disgusting and need baths. Still no running water.
To the church we go to play basketball in gym, and shower, etc.
Less cold and wet!
Morgan buys snow boots for everyone.
Did you know snow boots are not big "Black Friday" sale items? We paid full price. FULL PRICE.
Get home. The driveway is blocked by work crews removing the felled tree from our wires. Our felled tree. Our wires. Power? Soon?!!!
Power crews working.
FLUSH ALL THE TOILETS!
WARM UP ALL THE THINGS!
TURN ON ALL THE SWITCHES!
GOD BLESS US EVERYONE!