It’s Polar Vortex Time!

Do you hear that buzz? It’s the residents of mid-atlantic and southern states not being able to stop talking about the record-low temperatures we’re currently experiencing. While our northern neighbors are rolling their eyes and shaking their heads at the sub-zero freak-out, many of their southern counterparts are dealing with inadequate winter gear, frozen pipes, and lacking the resources to combat such extreme (for this part of the country) temperatures. Our little family is doing just fine (we’re northerners at heart) but I understand why many others are struggling with the windchill.

Here in the Washington DC area, we broke a 120-year record. We woke up to a 3-degree atmosphere with a -15 degree windchill. It would have reminded us of our Fort Drum days but the windows weren’t rattling and cold air wasn’t seeping in through cracked floors and siding so we’re quite toasty and happy. Schools are cancelled so the kids and I are getting ready to brave the elements and hopefully take advantage of empty roads and stores.

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While we don’t mind the cold weather, there is one member of the family who absolutely relishing in the sub-zero temperatures and the lasting snow. Lucy is in her element and loving every single minute spent outside. She is pulling for orders to Alaska, and as much as we would love to be stationed there, unfortunately, it isn’t a possibility for us. So for now, we’ll just have to settle for occasional sub-zero record-breaking weather.

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