Fast forward to about 1:30 am. N has come in to my room - stumbling a bit - since it's completely black out. The flashlight I had left in their room to work as a nightlight is flickering & not working right. I get out the other one, put in new batteries & put him back to bed. I just want to sleep at this point!!!
Fast forward to about 4am. B (the oldest) wakes me up by yelling my name loudly. I grab my flashlight & head out to see what's wrong. It's dark & he wants a flashlight. Sorry - no more working flashlights are in the house & all batteries are in use currently. He grudgingly goes back to sleep & I also head back to bed.
My next recollection is J again climbing in bed with me. I start to go back to sleep & decided (thankfully!!!) to check the time. I pull out my insulin pump again. It's 6:30am. I need to leave the house by 7am.
Three of us are planning to spend the day at an event where my in-laws work (a private school for troubled kids). We have 13 hours of uninterrupted time with free meals. Can't beat that! I, however, had little sleep & no shower to wake me up this am. I'm dragging. Another friend who lives north of me didn't have power either. We manage to get lots done though!
I completed an 8x8 album of J's 2nd birthday. I had taken so many photos that I figured I'd just put them in their own album to save space in our family one. It came out cute. My MIL had made him a Blue's Clues cake - his favorite show then - so I had bought a blue album & had a Blue's Clues paper/sticker pack that I used. I'll post some scans later.
Throughout the day I tried calling to check in. Not only did we not have power but the phone lines were down as well. I finally got through to my MIL around 5pm. They had gotten power back around noon but didn't get phones back until much later in the afternoon.
Life in rural Maine is never dull during the fall/winter season around here! This is not the first time we've lost power this month alone & there are many more times this winter I'm sure we will loose it as well. I'm going to start stocking up on batteries & glow sticks for the boys. Thankfully my dh's grandfather has a very large generator that handles his place & ours. When it's going & we are hooked up we have our furnace, fridge, & one outlet that we can plug extensions in to. We usually use it for a bright light in the living room. My in-laws also have a generator & when it's going we have running water here as well. All three of us share one well.
Today is very rainy & I had B do school on his own by doing some stuff on his computer (educational games) & reading some books. I'm updating my blog, checking e-mail, & then I'm going to clean out my pantry. I have to admit to having canned goods from about 2001 in there. We've been moving them with us for that long! That was about 2-3 moves I think. Time to clean it all out & put up the newly canned things I made this fall!!