9:15PM - Winds really starting to pick up. Eye went right over us. Heavy winds on the back end of the eye headed this way.
Well, it's just about here, it's been raining on and off all day and the winds are really picking up. I went to BJ's on my way over to see the kids and it was open! Practically had the place to myself! Looks like I may be riding out the storm at the Lambert's house.
We set up tents tonight in the living room at the Lambert's. It's been quiet for the last couple of hours, but the winds seem to be picking up now that Hurricane Sandy has made landfall. We still have power, but if we lose it, we have plenty of flashlights and some toys that light up, so we'll have fun camping out!
8AM Monday: Wind and rain starting to pick up a bit.
Some heavy rain earlier, but mostly dry now. Wind picking up a bit. Did some last minute shopping a few hours ago, mostly snacks.
4:30PM Sandy now one of the largest cyclones ever to form in the Atlantic. Rain has started here near Philadelphia.
All is calm here Sunday morning as we await Hurricane Sandy. All models seem to have the Hurricane making landfall at the South Jersey Shore, meaning we will likely see some hurricane force winds in our area. Hopefully it fizzles out or takes some other track that takes it out to sea, but that seems unlikely now. Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
Today, we went to the Linvilla Orchards, to go Pumpkin Pickin' with the whole fam. Truthfully, the kids spent most of the time feeding the animals, but they had a great time nonetheless. Eliana rode a pony for the first time! She was such a brave girl. Looked like a natural. We could not be more proud.
Evan, Frankie, and Eliana. The Sun sure was bright today.
L-R: Brad (Ava's boyfriend,) Evan, Eliana, Ava, and Frankie.
Sadly, we had to say farewell to Genevieve's Uncle Steve on Wednesday. It was the first funeral we have taken the kids too, and I think they did alright. The day was more about a celebration of his life, which I imagine is how he would have wanted it.
The Fall weather is starting to settle in, and we're having some nice crisp days and chilly nights. I've been so busy with work, I've hardly seen the kids in the past month. I was home for a few hours today and spent some quality time with them. We piled up leaves in the front yard, then Evan and Eliana took turns jumping in them. I use the phrase 'took turns' lightly, because there was some rather heated territorial debate about who's leaves where who's. Then their cousin Ava came over and we all went to the local church carnival. There were games, rides, and prizes! Eliana won a stuffed red duck in a fishing game, and Evan won a Shark! There was Skee Ball, and Evan and Eliana went on this ladybug ride. I was a bit nervous about putting them in a ride on their own, but there were a bunch of other kids their age on the ride, so I gave it a shot. It went a lot faster than I thought it would! But the kids didn't seem to mind. Then we finished off the night at McDonald's with some sundaes and French Fries that they shared with Ava. We need to
do this more often.