How's that for a title? Let's take one at a time.
As most of you probably heard, we had a general natural gas crisis here in Europe. As a result of some Russian/Ukrainan disput, the gas supply to many states was cut off and for a few days our home was without heating. Praise God for a day we were able to keep it warm with an air-conditioning unit which can also generate a bit of heat. But then the outside temperatures dropped and that was not possible anymore. So we were able to get a small electric radiator and that kept the house from cooling down too much. We are so thankful that our home is so well insulated that even without the heating, it was still comfortable (many other houses in town got extremely cold because they are not as well insulated). But praise God some gas was borrowed from other countries and our gas supply returned. We have a warm home again and must seriously consider finishing the chimney to have an alternative way of heating (a wood stove) should another emergency like this arise in the future.
We are in our third and last week of winter school vacation. We are so enjoying the time without stress, schedules, schoolwork, music lessons, etc. I finally feel like I came up for a bit of fresh air. The children are happy to be home. They spent a few days at the grandparents home, but generally they are just happy to hang around the home, do crafts, draw, watch some movies and jus tbe together. It's been a very relaxing time and I am sorry it's almost done.
But I have been able to plan a bit more and make some new schedules for a smooth running of our home. I am very thankful that we were able to purchase a printer for Christmas. We have been without one for two years now and I really missed it. I love printing out tools that help me run my household. I am working on an update to my household notebook and will share as soon as I have a few more pages done. I have been able to sit and dream a bit and even organize a few things. So, even though I'd like the winter vacation to last a bit more, I think I am ready for the second semester of school.
It's very cold outside. We have a bit of snow, just enough to make the roads slippery, but not enough to go sledding =(. So we only take walks in the afternoons. And here is a parting shot of my 4th girl, who just turned 9 two days ago: