It snowed a historic amount in Portland- 12 inches of fluffy, white snow (on 1/11/17).
The snow took out our power for a few early morning hours while we slept. And since we have only electric heat, we were glad when the power came back around 9:00am. We bundled up as much as we could. I left all our snow gear packed up in boxes in Iowa.
Ryan found a cracked sled by our apartments trash cans. We got a little more use out of it before leaving it back by the same trash cans.
We have been through quite a few snow storms but in the Midwest life doesn’t stop. The Midwest is prepared for the snow with salt, plows and shovels. Portland is not prepared.
We headed out on a snowy walk to find unplowed streets and sidewalks. Portlanders were out in the streets walking, skiing and snowshoeing.
Lots of snow people made us smile. One rather large snow person built in a park wore a black wig!
We are now preparing for an ice storm this afternoon. -Carrie
Three Kings Day is the 12th day of Christmas, typically celebrated in Spain and Latin-American countries. I made crowns with the girls on Wednesday leading up to the day and started talking about the day. Ryan ordered a Rosca de Reyes cake.
Thursday night Iola lined up our boots by the back door for the Kings to leave gifts in – similar to Santa leaving gifts in stockings hung up by the chimney. We woke up to our boots filled with gifts! Iola received a pair of socks, orange jello, M&M’s, and lemon gum. Frida got a dinosaur balloon and a pear.
Thursday we picked up the Rosca de Reyes cake from a Mexican Bakery in Portland. The shelves were filled with boxed cakes. The smell of the cake teased us the rest of the day Thursday. It smells so good!
We woke up to our boots filled with gifts! Iola received a pair of socks, orange jello, M&M’s, and lemon gum. Frida got a dinosaur balloon and a pear.
Our friends came over to eat the Rosca de Reyes cake with us. Traditionally the Rosca de Reyes has a baby Jesus doll hidden inside of it. Ours had three hidden in it! Iola found the first little Jesus in her piece. The cake is the shape of a “O” – or looks like a crown or wreath.