My New Happy: Motivational Monday XXII

Monday, August 31, 2015

Motivational Monday XXII

While all eyes were on Erika's path towards the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest decided to have a big storm of its own this weekend.

On Saturday we had 60 mph winds and several inches of rain - not unusual in winter, but record breaking for August.  Our power was out for over fifteen hours, and every store in town was closed.

We decided to make the best of things and pretend like we were camping out. My husband cooked homemade pizza on the grill and popcorn over the propane stove.  We played games and sang songs along with a battery operated radio - our kids thought turning the dial to find stations was hysterical and so much work.  Sigh.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


  1. Love how you made the best out of the situation!

  2. Oh gosh 15 hrs?? I'm glad you're ok!

  3. Love the inspo despit that situation - have a great week though Lana!


  4. That was quite a storm! Sounds like you made the best of it with some fun family time!

    Doused In Pink

  5. I saw the weather and was wondering how you fared up there! Glad to know you made a party out of it. We missed it here to bad I always wanted to have a hurricane party, but Erika stayed out on the banks and didn't come far enough inland to hit us!

  6. Wow, crazy weather! But I admire your perspective, Lana. THANKS for the wise reminder above! I needed this. xoxo

  7. Crazy storm!

    But sounds like you guys made the best of it.

  8. Oh. My. Goodness! Talk about making something positive out of what could, to some people, be downright scary! You've brought back such an amazing memory . . . Where I grew up, it wasn't unusual for the power to go out. We all thought it was a holiday! We'd get out the candles and play games on the kitchen table. Such sweet memories. Now, when the power goes out, I'm suddenly swept with the urge to get out a game. Childhood conditioning! :)

    1. P.S. I'm SO glad you survived the weekend!

  9. It is always about attitude - you can't change the situation but you can decide how you'll react and you guys were amazing. Glad your kids enjoyed family time as well :)

  10. What a great quote and I love how you coped with the power outage! That sounds like a memory for the record books.

  11. I'm happy to hear you got through the storm okay... when we had hurricane Juan many years ago and had no power for 3 days... we did a lot of community barbecuing and went to bed early... it was okay. We survived it okay but I also hope I never have to go through it again ♡

  12. Glad things are back to normal. We just had a few outages and some debris but nothing huge. Power outs in warm weather is much more fun than our ice and wind storms during the winter!

  13. Bravo for turning an unfortunate situation into so much fun!
    Living in Spain during my high school years, we had frequent power outages. At first they were fun, but doing my homework by candlelight got old very quickly. I had a whole new respect for Laura Ingalls Wilder!


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