This post may be late, but I wanted to share the craziness and beauty of the first storm of the year. On Jan 16th, we had our first snowfall, and school was delayed 2 hours. That was the only time school was in for the week. The rest of the week was canceled because of the crazy amount of snow and then ice we had. It was beautiful, the girls loved to play in the snow, and we all just stayed home and didn't go anywhere as the roads were pretty dangerous.
After the ice storm, power was out for almost 200,000 homes in the area. We are lucky that we live on the same power grid as the fire station, so we lost power several times, but never more than 10 hours. A lot of my friends weren't so lucky and were without power for 5 days. The beauty of the frozen trees came at a hefty price, so many trees snapped in half under the weight of all the ice. Thankfully we didn't lose any trees, just lots of big branches.
During all of this, I also packed in the dark to got to my sister's home in Texas. Some wonderful friends agreed to take me to the airport on Thursday morning because neither of our cars would have made it, and sadly once we were 10 minutes away from the airport, my flight was canceled. By Sat morning, most of the snow and ice was gone, and I was happily boarding my flight to Texas.