To say that the weather in our area has been unpleasant lately is an understatement. My city was hit by Hurricane Sandy’s leftovers. We’ve had high wind, rain and a surprising number of power outages. On Halloween night the weather will be cold and rainy, not great for trick or treaters.
We are going out anyway. I think the only thing that could stop us is an actual hurricane.
On Sunday I took the three kids out to a local community Halloween event – there was a historic house, a reptile show, and children’s musicians. It was also too cold and wet to even wear costumes. I put Baby Dunk in lion outfit to help keep him warm.
That Sunday morning the kids were hanging out with Hubby in the living room. I was trying to work from behind a closed door. I was very stressed with too much to do and too little time. Through the door I could hear Mr. Sensitive shouting, Baby Dunk crying and Little Miss Adorable screaming whenever one of her brothers went near her baby dolls. Poor Hubby was trying to feed them all breakfast. I needed a lion tamer to control those kids.
We live in a spacious apartment – one level living is the way we go. I used to love the convenience and community. Now we know we need more outdoor living in our lives. Mr. Sensitive becomes nearly ‘normal’ outdoors. Indoors or with any transition he is his own force of nature – a small tornado of stress and anxiety throwing toys and yelling erratically. He may whine and cry on his way outdoors, but once out in nature he calms and is happy.
When I announced we were going, the kids raced for the door. They were thrilled to go in the car and watched the raindrops bead on the windows. I desperately wanted to spend time with the kids. And Hubby desperately needed a break from them.
When we reached the outdoor Halloween event I pulled up the hood of my rain jacket, bundled up the kids and grabbed an oversize umbrella. There was no line-up – heck, there was no one else around.
You can tell from the pictures how few people there were – just brave souls like us out in heavy rain.
The kids had a blast. So did I.