A nor'easter storm hit our area on Thursday. School was canceled, streets flooded, trees toppled and power lines came down. Our house is on a hill so we were fine but we did lose power which makes for long days with three kiddos home for an impromptu four-day weekend. The storm kept us indoors all of Thursday so we painted and Abigail came up with this clever idea for stationary - perfect for our next letter to grandma.
We ate well because we managed to bake two pies early Wednesday before the power went out for good.
Then we saw this post about making stuffies on Hip Mountain Mama's blog and knew that some handsewing was in order. Ezra worked on a relief map for school while David and Abigail sorted through hundreds of buttons, dozens of ribbon scraps and just the right color felt for their "sweater stuffie." Yes, these are made from the sleeves of an old sweater. After a good hour of planning and design we began to sew - constructing 'Sam' and 'Lizzy."
On Friday the storm broke and we ventured out for a walk.
Even Shadow the kitty was feeling restless and decided to join us.
He checked out the neighbors' mailbox...
While the canine members of our family stopped for refreshments.
Ezra and David stopped to shoot some baskets - but abandoned the game once their ball rolled into the muddy woods.
And I got to air out my no-nonsense "there's mud everywhere" boots.
Finally, on Friday evening the power came back on, everyone took a warm bath, and dad came home with Chinese food. We stuffed our bellies and spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the sofa and recalling all that we were able to do without electricity. After the kiddos went to bed, Greg and I went right back to snuggling on the sofa while watching The Namesake. We absolutely loved this film about finding one's place in the world.
We concluded that huge storms are not so much fun, but two extra days of rest and play are not so bad. Not bad at all.