Rain Event

Local weather forecasters called the storm that woke me up at 3 AM on Saturday morning blowing sustained 55 mph winds, dumping huge amounts of rain, churning up 20+ foot seas, downing fences, and uprooting trees a mere “rain event”.  In actuality it was an unnamed tropical storm that formed right on top of us and stayed there for 48 hours.  The gust were strong enough to break away three huge pieces of soffit from beneath the roof on the back of our house.  I found the giant puzzle-like pieces littering our yard when the sun rose on Saturday morning.

I had to go out into the squally weather to teach Zumba.   While my in-laws watched the kids I decided to run a few errands after class.  You would think nothing was going on by the looks of things inside the stores I visited.  Beall’s was hosting a darn fashion show and Publix was bursting with the usual weekenders clamoring to stock up on barbecue supplies and beer.

I spent the rest of Saturday cleaning our house from top to bottom in preparation for J’s homecoming.  He had been in DC for four weeks only coming home for two days early in September.  He was driving home from three straight weeks away and I wanted him to find the house in good order.  Unfortunately, he had to drive in the “rain event” from Savannah, GA all the way to our door.  The nasty weather made his drive miserable.  He managed to finally get here at 3 AM on Sunday morning.

When J woke up on Sunday, I suggested that we assemble the 1000 piece puzzle that I had bought this summer in the event of a hurricane.  It seemed like we were living through such a storm and I didn’t want to just plop the kids in front of the television all day.  So, as a family we worked all day to get the puzzle 75% complete by bed time.  I was amazed at what a fun family activity this was.  It was something everyone could participate in and it held the boys’ attention for quite some time.

I had picked up this cool sandart kit from Walmart a while ago thinking that the boys might like to do this as a Halloween craft.  It came in handy as a rainy day project as well.  Wildman convinced J to help him with his bottle while we waited for our pizza to arrive.  Cutie Pie opted to do his later in order to play the DS…

I think Wildman’s bottle turned out great!  He proudly took it to school on Monday to show his friends.  Thank goodness for fun rainy day projects like these!


Wordless Wednesday

Oatmeal Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

We were running low on sweets at our house.  If the truth be told, it was more like my sweet tooth was in overdrive…  The jar of cookie mix that Mimi gave us at Christmas has been staring me in the face every time I open the pantry. The time had come…

The boys and I broke down and made up the batch of Oatmeal Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies while J was out kiteboarding on Saturday afternoon.

I lost the little instructional card that was tied to the top of the jar so I improvised with what I thought should be mixed with the dry ingredients.  I added a stick of softened butter, two eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla.

They were ready for the oven in no time!

Wildman could not wait to try one of the finished cookies.  He blew on them to speed up the cooling process.  Good thing they are only for our family…

Check out this adorable strawberry cake plate from Pier One.  I love it!

The boys enjoyed their yummy cookies while putting together a dinosaur floor puzzle.  They worked together to finish the puzzle all by themselves.  It’s the first time that Cutie Pie has been able to put a puzzle together without asking me to help.

Big brothers are terrific!

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