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9:50 PM EDT, October 28, 2012
So, the pumpkins are inside...along with the swings, sandbox toys and sports equipment.
The batteries, lanterns, flash lights and battery-operated radio are gathered on the kitchen counter...a fairly easy kit to assemble since the nightmare of Irene is still so fresh in my memory.
But, along with these practical items, I have also compiled four projects for Sam and Ben...because, here, near the shoreline, school has already been cancelled for the next two days.
On our agenda:
1.) Make a cute bat wreath that Mom bought at Target.
2.) Carve our Halloween pumpkins.
3.) Write already belated thank-you notes for the dozens of gifts received at a massive joint birthday party.
4.) Bake apple pie with the $40.00 worth of apples we picked at the farm last weekend.
(Mom couldn't reel in the excitement of this autumnal outing.)
5.) Read a whole bunch of books.
Naturally, we won't be able to test our culinary skills if the power goes out, but I'm attempting to practice The Power Of Positive Thinking.
Come on, Parents, let's pool our resources and creativity.
This storm is supposed to be a long, drawn-out weather event.
How are you planning to keep the kids entertained, relaxed and productive during this scary, confining time?
Do you have activities that don't require power planned?
Good luck...and be safe.