Is that snow?!
We'd heard we might get some flurries, you know, a little dusting...
& we were excited to see the swirls start Tuesday morning.
But then it really started to come down & stick!
School was unexpectedly, abruptly closed at 10:30.
Taylor said "This is the best day ever!!"
Teachers sprang into action getting our kids ready for the early dismissal...
Tim left home to get the other 2 boys, but with the volume & speed of the snow & ice, conditions deteriorated very quickly. It was tough for him to get from our house to Homewood. Taylor & I jumped in the truck to go get Timothy, whose school is right down the street from ours (literally 2 minutes). After getting through some traffic at the 1st intersection, I started up the street to his school & my truck wouldn't keep going. I was sliding backwards, rolling at an angle & almost had 3 wrecks! It was very scary!!! I finally just parked on the side of the street & we walked, through the cold, blowing snow, uphill to the middle school & got Timbo. We walked back, slipping & sliding & trying not to fall, downhill back toward my school. Taylor, who was tired & numb by this point, remarked that maybe this WASN'T the best day ever . . . Ya think?!!
Tim was able to get Tanner & came to my school to pick us up. We tried, but w/ conditions getting icier & the unbelievable amount of cars on the road either trying to get home or abandoned, we had to go back to my school. We ended up spending the night there.
We, along with several other staff members & students, had lunch & dinner in the cafeteria, watched movies (we saw "Frozen" which was quite appropriate!), & slept on pallets -- it was just like sleepaway camp!! We were just thankful to be safe, warm, & together!!
We decided to try to get home on Wednesday morning.
We left the school around 9:00 a.m.
It was craziness outside -- slick, icy roads &
a massive amount of abandoned cars parked EVERYWHERE!!!
We inched along until we could go no further.
We finally had to park on the side of the road & walk the last couple miles home.
When we woke up Tuesday morning,
we had no idea how the next 24 hours would play out.
We would have NEVER guessed all of this!
We have a truck parked in Homewood, a car parked down the road, frozen pipes...
but we are safe, warm, home, & together!!!
We survived Snowmageddon 2014!!