Yesterday we got our first big snowstorm, and this morning the driveway was covered with a couple inches of thick heavy cold stuff. After waking up screaming around 3 am, and finally ending up in our bed, the kids let us sleep in (that is to say, they played peacefully in their room while we caught up on sleep uninterrupted by screaming or kicking) until 9:30 or so. Of course, that meant we got a late start to the day, and the driveway looked awfully daunting. Fortunately, our neighbor across the street saw me out there and came over with his snowblower, clearing everything out in 15 minutes or so. I took Squeeker and DemonChild out to watch, one after another, and they had a great time.
So, saved by the neighbor with the snowblower, I managed to take a shower and run to Target to buy gifts for our friends’ twins, whose 1st birthday party we were invited to attend this afternoon (if you are getting the impression that I am disorganized as hell, that would be a correct one). Brian & Erica used to live 20 minutes away, but now are in the Green Bay area, 2.5 hours away. BelovedSpouse, myself, the kids, and Jen braved the light snow/sleet/rain and arrived at the party only 45 minutes or so late (which is pretty good for us).
We had a very good time. It was nice to catch up with friends. DemonChild, despite being very excited about going to see Emily, developed a case of shyness once we got there, and actually wanted us to be in the room while he played. Squeeker, though also clingy at first, soon felt at home enough to start getting into everything. By the end of the party, he was stealing other people’s sippy cups and attempting to push the long-suffering dog around. DemonChild found a string of red beads and proudly wore them the whole evening. Erica trusted me with taking photos of the twins as they dug into the birthday cake. I hope at least some of them turned out good! Of course, I forgot my camera, so we don’t have any pictorial evidence for future blackmail 🙂