OK, not really. But, I'm not loving it right now!
The rain won't stop. WILL NOT STOP.
I don't want to complain because there are plenty far worse off than us in neighboring counties, experiencing flooding and mudslides. But, it's been raining since Friday. All day, every day.
Sweet Carter stood out in the rain after the Nazi-esque (yes, it's a word) 5th grade crossing guard refused to let him get in our car on the residential street rather than the carpool lane. He had his hand on the door, with it open, when she scolded him. Kids were running everywhere. But, Carter got busted. And, stood, hand-made gingerbread house in hand, watching it melt with the falling rain. It was ruined.
Not as tragic as this story, but it was pretty bad. Click on the link to read about southern California's reaction to the rain, how its affecting everyone and such. Notice the people leaving Disneyland poncho-clad and drenched. Do you know how much ponchos cost at the park? $10-$15 a piece. For that reason, cloudy skies or not, we bring in the dollar store version on each trip out there.
Anyway, we're getting off subject here.
The rain has kept us inside, using our creativity to cope and we've had a lot of fun.
Sweet friends, Hann and KS from While We're Waiting, sent the punks the most thoughtful and adorable gift package recently. I allowed them to open their gifts - 2 each - to keep them busy.
Laine was READY! Two thumbs up. She's so cute sometimes, I can't stand it.
Him, too. All 3!
Lainey received Mistletoe Kitty, which she's now been calling Mr. Toe Kitty. We'll work on that. Also, 3 tubes of princess lip gloss. I assure you, there is not a chapped lip in this house right now.
Carter got a word game and a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Batman got a game day jersey. I don't know what in the hell Carter is wearing here. Those athletic UA shirts are to be worn for sports only. I'm losing control.
Fat guy in a little coat. Sing it with me.
Batsy boy has made a resolution to lose weight in 2011. Promise.
Daylight creeped in and we got busy.
Paint for everyone!
Jack received a Melissa and Doug train to paint, sticker and assemble from KS and Hann. And, a train sticker book. Kept him busy! Which, also seems like a gift to me. :)
There was paint everywhere.
This morning, we ventured outside a bit to survey the damages. Even Thomas was having a hard time.
Our chalk bucket was left out and has been overflowing for the past 2 days.
A tree limb is down. Several parts of the garden are under water.
But, the roses are blooming!
We have no view. Clouds and fog.
Yuck. It should all end tomorrow......just as Blake returns from traveling to L.A. He planned that well.
*Deliver baked goods to civil workers (trash guys, recycle guys, gardener, mail man, etc)
*Craft and snack with neighbors. Making Martha Stewart's magazine trees.
*And, maybe.....just maybe.....if we're feeling really wild and crazy......a trip to Costco!