Amidst the flash of camera's and the scratching of pencils, Cannwin spoke to reporters this morning about the whirlwind that struck her home over the weekend.
"I'm just glad we all made it through in one piece. To be quite frank, I was certain we were going to have some bumps and bruises."
It all started last week when Cannwin realized she'd taken on to much. "I looked at my calendar and thought to myself, 'I'm only one woman.'"
Cannwin, a professed member of the LDS faith did not blame her religion for her overscheduling. "Many people think that Mormon women are 'forced' to be perfect. That's a common misconception. I never feel pressure from the men in my life to be better. It's all self-inflicted."
She went on to describe the events of those harrowing 48 hours. "Friday night I told my husband that I'd rather not go to bed, because then I'd have to wake up. It was a hard moment for me, knowing what was coming."
Yet Cannwin managed to drag herself into bed. She never made it to REM. "The kids tagged teamed us, it was like they'd planned it out in advance." One by one her children woke her, leaving Cannwin red eyed and groggy when she forced herself out of bed on Saturday morning.
"That's when I first saw the clouds hanging over our house. When I woke up, I knew it was coming."
Tears stream down Cannwin's face as she recounts those harrowing moments. " I was overseeing a crafting day at our church. Twenty women were expected to come for a wild four hours of mod podge, stitching, and food and I hadn't slept. I had to be there at 8:30 AM and I didn't leave till around 3 PM. When I got home I was worn out, hungry and grumpy."
The trauma was to much and Cannwin excused herself from the interview. When she returned she continued; "I had to teach at church the next day and I hadn't even started on my lesson. Plus the children were going to be singing for our congregation and I needed to make sure they looked tip-top. I was in the midst of the whirlwind and I wasn't sure what was going to happen to us all. I didn't know if we were going to make it through the night."
Make it through the night they did. Sunday came and Cannwin braced herself for a morning without her husband. A day without her husband. "He helps conduct the service and sits on the stand throughout our meeting. It makes for some interesting pew action. Like when the baby started crying and the two year old took that chance to run for his dad's lap. He bolted down the aisle, me trying to grab him and hold our 3 month old at the same time. It wasn't pretty, and if it hadn't been for another mom I'm sure we would have made quite the scene."
Sam Samson from Daily, Weekly, Monthly wanted more- "So you're saying that your husband just leaves you alone to deal with four children by yourself... every Sunday?"
Cannwin rolled her eyes, "And what does your wife do when you are here? My husband has responsibilities and we work together to see that they are fulfilled. I have responsibilities as well. When I teach my lesson's at church he takes the baby."
"What about this last Sunday though? You yourself admit that you were being bombarded from every side... where was your husband then?"
"You can hardly fault my husband for the behavior of his son's. I'm used to the boys running off on me. It happens nearly every day. What's one more time."
Cannwin is of course referring to the two seperate incidents on Sunday when one or the other of her sons was nowhere to be found. Her charming Albowin was the first to disappear, creating quite the stir amongst the adults in the building. One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, explained, "She told him to go wait in the truck while she rounded up her other children, but when she got out to the truck he wasn't there. That's when the searching started."
"I wasn't afraid." Cannwin admits, "the thought did cross my mind that he might be dead in some gutter, but I try not to dwell on those things... besides he wasn't, he was just in our roommates car, hiding."
Later on that same day the younger of her two boys went missing as well. "I heard Albowin hollaring and I went to see what was up. That's when I learned that Iyawin was running away. So I ran after him in my socks. I didn't even stop for a coat."
Iyawin was found down by the street corner throwing his brother's shoes into the frigid 40*F air. He was in his underwear.
"You think that these things only happen to other people. You look at your schedule and you say 'oh I can do that' but what you don't realize is that those other people thought the same thing. I don't know if I'm going to be able to avoid another whirlwind. It's like anything, I suppose, once it's hit you it's more likely to do so again. My only recourse is to learn from it so that next time I have an emergency plan ready."
Cannwin ended the interview rather abruptly when she realized Iyawin was peeing on the neighbor's leaves.
* Travelin' Oma assignment: Write a newspaper article about yourself.