|Watchin' the storm a-brewin'.|
|Good thing we visited the pumpkin patch before the hurricane!|
Which is all very surprising since we tend to have limbs fall around the house at least once a month. Just this summer alone we got a hole in our roof, lost a section of our gutter and had to repair the hood of Jon's car - all compliments of the trees in our yard.
|I *think* he liked riding the pony, you never can tell ...|
In case you're wondering, I still love them. The trees that is. All the work is worth it (then again, Jon does the brunt of the outside work). I love how they shade the house in the summer, how they cause the light and shadows to dance across our walls whenever a breeze blows across the bay. And I love how, in the dark days of winter, our house is flooded with more light once the trees lose their leaves. And of course, I love the leaves. I love the colors. I love how they swirl and float to the ground. I love the way they crunch underfoot when we go on walks.
And speaking of those leaves, they hunkered down too. The practical part of me, along with my husband, was hoping the storm would knock the majority of them down so we could get most of the yard work done in one weekend. But those leaves are tenacious and despite the piles and piles of leaves that will need raked tomorrow, my right-brain is thankful for the palette still sprinkled high up in the branches.
|Check out those birds!|
Jack and I have gone on numerous "leaf walks" over the past few weeks, trying to find the most beautiful, colorful leaves. We weren't having any success prior the storm. Not that Jack minded, his ultimate goal was to get his fingers and toes just cold enough to beg for some hot cocoa once we returned. But the leaves have finally peaked and we gathered up and pressed a few of our favorites to laminate and hang on the window. Here's to preserving some fall all year round!
So yes, we made it through the Frankenstorm unscathed. In fact, the most difficult aspect of the whole ordeal was being trapped inside the house with three little kids. Our friend "Miss Kylee" was in for the weekend, and we opted to hold her captive two extra days rather than send her back to the Jersey Coast during the hurricane. Uncle Jared also came to visit and both of them were a huge help in keeping the children occupied. PlayDoh, water paint, crayons ... books and puzzles ... choo choo train tracks and legos. We went through all of them over the extended weekend.
|"Pleeeeaaaasssse hold me!"|
|Oh I so wish I knew what she was thinking sometimes!|
|Jack, checking out the llamas on our hay ride.|
|Jude, picking his nose on our hay ride.|
|Prior to the storm though, my hubby did manage to leave me alone with the boys right in the middle of pumpkin carving time.|
|Jack asked for a "spookey smile that goes up and down" (on the right) and a girl-smile with curly hair.|