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Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy 15th Birthday, Erin!

 The birthday girl
 Erin had help from her nephews to open her presents.  They had a lot of practice at Christmas time.  
Speaking of blizzards…we were just speaking of them in the last post…Erin was born during a blizzard.  We were planning a home birth, and the snowplow had to plow the road for the midwife to get to the house.  He said that was the first time he'd ever plowed someone in to have a baby!

The Blizzard of '14

That's how it will come to be known, I'm sure….the blizzard of '14.  While we were snowed in last weekend, we were reminiscing about the blizzard of '78.  I'm sure our girls will reminisce about the blizzard of '14 when they're older.
 With wind chills -40 to -50 on Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon, the girls had to wear many layers and try to cover every bit of exposed skin when they went to feed the cattle.  The cold stung their eyes so that they watered.  Then their eyelashes froze to their faces.
 This is how deep the snow was in the driveway before Gary cleaned it out with the tractor.
 Panoramic picture of the front yard
 See the rainbow between the trees?
The mighty billows roll…..an ocean of snow

It's just unbelievable that we had that much snow and those dangerously cold temperatures just one week ago.  The roads in our county were closed to only emergency vehicles from Sunday at 11 a.m. until Tuesday evening.  Krissy was snowed in at work in Lafayette from Saturday through Tuesday.  Now most of the snow has been melted by rain, and today was 65 degrees warmer than a week ago.  Welcome to Indiana!!

Christmas with the Kids

 Grady with Laura
 Ryan likes the beanbag chair.
 Caught Grady with his eyes closed, but he & Pop were having a good time.
 Had to try to squeeze the whole gang in the circle
 Leah is excited to open her presents!
 Nanna is in a silly mood!
 Heather, Laura, Erin
 Elly says Merry Christmas!
 Kara & Nanna
 Meagan helps Laura assemble her marble run.
 Leah loves her Rapunzel and tower.
Nanna is thrilled with her doll house, complete with a doorbell that rings!