Saturday, January 30, 2010

{Out of our Hands}

What is happening in Arkansas right now is completely out of our hands.  We woke up to this yesterday morning:


School was canceled for both of the kids.  For most of you that would be a tremendous blessing, but for our family it made us all a little on edge.

You see, we were supposed to go to:

THE GREATEST SNOW ON EARTH yesterday.  For those of you who don't know about the Greatest snow on earth, it can be found in the greatest state of


All flights were canceled.

It was rescheduled for today...

That flight was canceled.

My sister is blessing her new little Luke tomorrow, and we won't be there.  BOO HOO!! I have cried all morning, but...

it is out of our hands.

Yesterday, was a little out of control.  I had already packed(for 6 people), cleaned the house from top to bottom, and had done all the laundry.

By last night, this is what our house looked like:


I didn't have the energy to stay on top of it  so....

we had a giant cookie for dinner.

That seemed to help, and then...

I woke up this morning, and it all fell apart.  My mood was sour.

I think I am in control again.  I finally decided that I must do what I have been putting off...

Work to Do..

I unpacked the bags.

We are not going to Utah.  We will not see Luke on his blessing day.  I will not get to take pictures of him all in white.  Jonathan's family will not have the get together that we had planned.  My sisters will not see Tessa for the first time.  My Father will not get to hold her for the first time.  Our kids will miss being with their loved ones, but...

it is out of our hands.

So... we did all we could do.

We bundled up, and took it outside.


You see, the snow is so bad that we can't even get out of our neighborhood.

Our neighbors took their four wheeler down off this mountain that we live on to the Dollar General to buy us some milk. 

Why buy milk when you are going to Utah?Lets just say I was not prepared.  I am Mormon, that is our motto... but I did not live up to that this time.

Thanks to Summer and Chris, we now have milk.

I think the kids enjoyed the snow, and it took their mind off their disappointment.


Our neighbors came over with their dog who loves the snow.

Stella and Emma

This is their beautiful daughter Emma, and dog Zoe.

When they came, they came with their make shift sled, and...


the daddies pulled the kids up and down the road.  The dog followed along.

Jonathan sledding

This brightened their day for about an hour. 

Winter wonderland

Then their piggies got cold.  Mine did too.

Tessa seemed to stay warm.

Tessa Bundled

I kept telling her that her tongue might freeze if she didn't keep it in her mouth, and then...

she fell asleep, and was comfy enough to sleep in her crib like a puffed pink marshmellow.

Puffed pink Marshmellow

Our trip to Utah is out of our hands this time.  Hopefully there will be a next time, in the next few months.

As for today... I am just going to feel sorry for myself, because I want to and...

that is in my hands.

P.S.  Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins: I am hoping to get a video of Tessa soon.  You just need to see her at 3 months.  She has the most adorable smile.  Stay Tuned!! 


Pam said...

I know it stinks, but it looks like you are making the best of it!! I just keep telling myself, you can be here longer if you come later :] luv you all!!

Roxanne said...

I am sorry!! I'm sure you are making the best of your situation.

Beth Curtis said...

oh man! That is a bummer! You did all you could. There will be a next time :) Tessa is the cutest as a pink marshmallow.

JoDean said...

Hi guys! We are seriously bummed that you can't come. My kids are really disappointed. Brigham keeps talking about how big Jex is. Meg was bringing up memories of Jex and Stella. She pointed out that she doesn't have any of Isaac, (and obviously Tessa too), "It's just so sad, mom, that I don't know them better because I sure love them." Nic wants to talk about hunting and golf with Jonathan.

You know, you guys are seriously lucky to have older cousins for your kids. I have come to realize that cousins can be an enormous influence, even if they aren't close in age. I wish my kids had older cousins in addition to being the older cousins themselves.

Tara said...

Oh, Andrea! I'm so sorry - what a sad weekend. At least you have a really cute pink marshmallow to snuggle. :)

Alaina and Mitchell said...

I'm so sorry! I love how you're taking pictures of it all the way through! You'll make it! Good for you for turning the not-so-great day into a fun one with the kidlets!

Lorinda said...

We are missing you...but just think, when you come soon, you will be able to see our little munchie because of that nasty ice storm! That's something positive, isn't it? How frustrating to put in all that effort and not be able to come. We love you and hope you are doing OK.

Jerald and Lorene said...

Yes, we are all pretty bummed about the disappointing events of the weekend. I'm glad to see that you are enjoying each other in spite of the canceled vacation. The cousins were pretty well distraught about not being able to see their AR cousins. But we are resilient and will count our blessings and look forward to your visit in a couple of months.

Alison said...

What a bummer! So sorry! I feel for you!

Krysta said...

I'm sorry! I would have put off unpacking too. I love the laundry basket as a sled. Too funny! You made memories anyway and you will get to stay longer when you go, plus you won't have to deal with the snow...maybe.

Jasons girls said...

Oh Andrea I am so sorry, but it is better to be safe !! My Mom canceled her trip at Christmas because of the weather. Miss you all

Brunson's said...

I am so sorry! I know how exciting it is to go home. I feel your pain. THose times home seriously kept me going. I am glad you made the best of it. Just to give you a laugh, Taylor walked in while I was reading your post and she always asks who people are and I said " Do you remember Jex and Stella and it was so funny she said "yes mom I remember Rex and Stellie!" I had to laugh.

The Coburn's said...

That just stinks! When you do get to come to Utah, give me a call. I would love to get together and meet your new little one.

melissa said...

We were all disappointed with the lack of events this past weekend. I think Emma cried enough for all of us. She said it is the worst winter ever because "I was sick on Christmas and then my cousins couldn't come because of a dumb storm." We are anxious for your trip to see all of you and meet little Tessa! Hurry, please!

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