16 hours and 52 minutes.
This is precisely how much time we can spend together as a family without technology.
Saturday night at 10:30pm we lost our power.
I've mentioned how much I love snow and winter right? This past weekend solidified exactly how much. (That would be in sarcasm font if I had one.)
It wasn't until the morning when the fun really started.
The BF and I were out of bed before 6:30am Sunday morning in order to get the fire going in the fireplace. Our new windows kept the house fairly tight overnight, so with the fire going the temperature stayed around 60 degrees inside.
So just to recap, we had NO POWER, which meant that there were 3 teenagers with...
no phone/texting (once their phone batteries died)
and most importantly
no unrestricted refrigerator access
2 adults with...
Yeah, you think you know, but you don't.
Do you have any idea how long it takes to perk coffee in a fireplace? About forever. Move the fuck over Pioneer Woman (I do love you but this weekend meant war.) I broke out the cast iron skillets and the camping percolator and made breakfast.
In the fireplace. While the kids played games at the dining room table.
I'm sure if you're a parent you're familiar with Hasbro's widely advertised, 'Family Game Night', not the video game, the one where people actually play board games and interact together. In the commercials everyone looks happy and there's family bonding and such.
These people do not exist.
You see, at our house, when the kids break out the games it's like the US, USSR and China pull up chairs on opposing sides of our dining room table. Bet you didn't think Sorry, Pictureka, and Jenga could draw proverbially blood, but you'd be wrong.
There were multiple outbursts of
IT'S MY TURN!
I DON'T HAVE ANY CARDS!
NOW YOU'RE BOTH GANGING UP ON ME!
IT'S MY TURN! YOU JUST WENT!
NO, YOU SHUT UP!
I do not care what Hasbro promotes, I'm fairly sure the above description accurately describes most family game nights.
At 5:22pm EXACTLY the power came back on. I actually ran out into the driveway shrieking to the BF that we had power.
Or more importantly, the children could stop interacting and there would be peace once more.