There was a huge storm system that was on track to hit Rochester last Thursday. It started at 11am when all of a sudden the sky began to look really dark and the wind started to pick up. Quickly we put all the toys in the garage and closed up all the windows. Then, the sirens started up. We (including myself) were all concerned with the onset of the sirens. We didn't retrieve to the basement yet, as it appeared ok outside for the most part and the kiddos were getting very hungry. I quickly turned on the weather channel while I made lunch for the kids. The TV emergency alert system kept replaying the weather warnings every couple of minutes. "The National Weather Service....Severe Thunderstorm warning...Olmstead county." You get the point. Joshua peered out the window and gave me play by play updates of what was happening outside (dark sky, mamma, big storm coming, windy). After eating lunch in the basement, we stepped outside to talk to the neighbors to see if they heard anything about the bad weather. Every time a breeze came up, Joshua would say, "com'on inside mamma, storm coming!" Both kids were starting to show signs of weariness, particularly Audrey so; we did our normal naptime routine.
After I got the kids down, the phone rang - it was my daily phone call with Rebecca. We had our usual interesting conversation, and then I asked if she had any ideas for rainy day fun activities. She suggested dumping out a can of Quaker Oats on a cookie sheet, and placing dump trucks, bowls, spoons, etc. that Josh could play with. So, I got everything all ready while the house was quiet. When Josh woke up from his nap, he was elated to play with everything I set out for him. Great idea, Rebecca! To see the mayhem, click here.
Another fun and cheap idea, I heard this week, was getting a few balls of yarn and letting kids unwind it and wrap it all around the house. I will let you know how it goes. I bet it will be another A+ activity.
The storm didn't actually hit Rochester until about 8pm at night. Not a drop of rain fell from the sky until then. I don't know about those weather forecasters... We caught the "big storm" on tape though, with Joshua reporting live from the scene. The rain crashed on the windows and the thunder roared steady from about 1-3am. I thought the kids would be up from all the racket, but I was up instead. It's amazing what they can tune out!