The last week of January we had a BIG ICE STORM! It began rolling in the morning of the 26th bringing frigid temperatures and icy rain. We got the call Monday night that school would be closed Tuesday. Rain continued to fall all night long, freezing to everything it came in contact with. Rain fell all day Tuesday as well. By mid-evening Tuesday, we were surrounded by the snap and crash of tree limbs as they exploded under the weight of the still falling and freezing rain. We knew school would be cancelled the next day so we curled up in our warm, safe house to watch a movie. The power flashed off around 5:30 and came right back on. We thought we were lucky. Little did we know that when it went off again about and hour later it would be 5 long days til it came back on! Fortunatly I was scheduled to leave for Illinois very early Thursday morning to go visit my nephews! 36 hours without power and I was already glad to be on my way. So I hopped on a plane and left the frozen Arkansas behind for and even colder, yet oddly more pleasent Illinois.
I met up with my Aunt Sue, who lives in Connecticut, in the Chicago Airport and we rode together to my sister Amanda’s house in Rockton, Illinois. I hadn’t seen Silas in just over a year and this would be the first time both of us got to meet Salem. I was very excited about seeing Silas but still unsure about Salem. Since I had never met him he almost didn’t seem real. I was looking forward to building memories with both of them.
When we arrived, I immedietly fell in love with Salem. He is such a little man. Silas was walking and talking and just a bundle of energy. We had so much fun playing and laughing and taking baths and reading and eating etc. I was never so tired as when I left to head back home!