Our week started off with several resounding CRACKs, as tree limbs fell during New England’s big October storm. We lost power shortly after 11:30 Saturday night, and didn’t get it back until Thursday evening. This is what our street looked like the next morning. We were just happy to find a way out – some friends were trapped!
We escaped to my sister E’s apartment, where the kids enjoyed trick or treating. Emma dressed as Cinderella, Johnny as a mask-less Spiderman (hand-me-down from Mike’s cousins), and Lily was “Lily”. She surprised me by having absolutely zero interest in dressing up. When people asked, she told them she was “warm”. Incidentally, this is the first time I’ve gotten her to keep her coat on all fall – and so far the last. She refuses to trade her crocs for boots, too. I got her to wear boots into a store once, and halfway through she took them off. And wouldn’t keep them on after that.
My sister lives closer to Boston than we do, and the houses are much closer together. The kids were amazed at all the candy they got. Usually they only visit four or five houses!
They were so in awe, that they spent the entire evening arranging and rearranging their candy, especially Lily. None of them even thought to eat any of it! They’ve made up for that since. =)
While at my sister’s we visited The Island Yarn Company’s tiny (but very well-stocked) yarn store. I wanted to look at all the different kinds of yarn, but Johnny had a hard time resisting the urge to run around and around the central aisle of the store. So we picked up some wool to try out wet felting and left. All three kids enjoyed playing with the wool roving in warm soapy water.
I had hoped to make little felted balls, but we must have done something wrong because I couldn’t get the fibers to felt together enough. So we made some “snakes”, as the kids dubbed them. They thought they were cool. I think I need to learn more about wet felting before we give it another try!
We got our power back on Thursday, but there’s still plenty of clean-up to do, especially with our willow tree (see above). I just hope it manages to stay alive! I love that tree, and the storm left it pretty beat up.
I’m linking this up to the Afterschool Blog Hop, hosted by Julie at Just Playin’ Around this week. We mostly had an unschooled week (school was cancelled every day except Friday), but I think the kids learned a lot about storms and emergency preparedness (we need a generator). And we got to spend some great time with my sister!