Yesterday, I came home with my two favorite five year olds and sat in the driveway for about 2 1/2 minutes pressing the garage door opener and watching in disbelief as nothing happened! Thinking my opener was broken and being the non-lazy person that I am, I got out of the van, unlocked the front door and then asked JW if he would run and push the garage door button from inside the garage. I climbed back in the van and waited at least another 2 1/2 minutes before finally killing the motor to go see what the heck was going on. I asked JW why he hadn't done as I asked and he informed me that he tried but it didn't work. Apparently, he saw no need to come inform me of this find as he and Luke were now on the trampoline jumping away! Because I'm also rather intelligent, it only took me another 2 1/2 minutes or so to realize that our power was OUT!
This continued to be the case well into the evening so I dug out every candle in my candle stash and lit the place "old fashioned" style! We had some serious candle-light flickering...and I've still got a slight headache from all the various aromas...total olfactory overload!
We had our traditional Tuesday night dinner plans with James and Leigh, so instead of cooking, we did a little Taco Tuesday take out! It was quite a sight...the ten of us eating by candle light! I wanted to snap a picture, but as luck would have it, my camera battery was also DEAD!
Anyway, we had a great evening of singing, dancing, and story-telling on the night that would have probably found us glued to the television watching the election results otherwise. At some point in the evening, James decided to check his iphone to see who was leading. After reporting that Obama had quite the margin on McCain, Emma (who up until this point had not seemed to be clued in to what was going on in the world) GASPED LOUDLY. She whined, "NOT OBAMA. IF HE WINS, WE WON'T HAVE ANYMORE RECESS AND HE WILL KILL ALL OF THE BABIES IN THEIR MOMA'S TUMMIES!" I said, "Who in the world told you that?" She replied (as if she were annoyed that I had asked), "People."
It's amazing how they gather bits and pieces of information from reliable second grade sources and form strong political opinions based on the only information they have! She added that "they" should have let the kids vote too because McCain won the election at her school!
All in all, going without power made for an AWESOME night with the family. We sat all aglow in the livingroom and, well, TALKED! Sometimes, losing a "necessity" can be a huge blessing in disguise!