Luckily, I began preparing for Hurricane Sandy last Friday. My parents came down to visit so I was busy stocking up on water, batteries and non-perishables while they played with the kids & before the public rush for supplies began.
I was in nesting mode and the house was getting a good clean-up as I expected many days of a house full of children and sure enough, that is what happened.
You could feel the tension around town by Saturday evening and by Sunday afternoon, people has emptied the shelves of water and were in lock-down mode.
Since we figured Halloween just might be ‘postponed’, the kids dressed up and marched around the house a few times, ringing the door bell each time around.
The next 2 nights were restless, nerve-wracking and quickly became dark and ominous. We had power until close to lunchtime on Monday but by that time there were already photos online of flooding in the local areas so the reality was surging in our faces.
In our neighborhood, just as the storm began, we heard a loud noise as saw the neighbors lovely pear tree was ripped in half and a tree in the back was looking like it was the next to go.
The kids were home from school and already running through all the fun crafts and keeping me busy with activities.
By mid-afternoon it was dark and we began to cuddle up and listen to the radio. The Nintendo DS came in handy….
The whoopee cushion kept us in silly spirits…..
I bundled the kids up with dad in the room that was furthest from the trees we thought were most vulnerable to falling and I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. in protective momma bear mode.
Tuesday morning arrived after a few hours of sleep and the kids and I peaked out windows for damage. We saw one tree did fall (as well as many large branches) but far enough in the backyard that we were not threatened in any way. Another wave of darkness ensued….
However, considering the photos we saw online Monday morning before we lost power, we knew that nearby, a catastrophe was occurring. In the afternoon, we caught a glimpse of blue sky and it was a welcome, although short-lived sight….
More to come after a good night’s rest….sleep tight.