What to do when we're being hit with the worst storm we've seen in about 7 months? What to do when your curious and sleep deprived toddler has been up since 5:00am with said storm? Head to the post office in the pouring rain to submit passport documents and deal with government bureaucracy? Uh, yeah, not such a good idea - although when are we not faced with chores and obligations that don't coincide with things we can't control. So my little California Chickpea was terrified of the rain and refusing to wear her rain boots and rain jacket. Which left us with changing wet pants not once but twice and quite a few tears. Again, what to do to make that smile reappear? Pull over, slog in through the wetness and stop for brunch together.
With our tummies refueled and laughter regained we headed home to find better ways to spend our energy. Like calling public works to have the giant fallen tree branch removed from the top of some poor guy's dented car in front of our house. Or clearing the leaves that dammed up the storm drain in front of our elderly neighbor's house. I wish I had a picture of the wet Chickpea watching me do that under her little "ubunda". Back inside our warm house we made time for coloring and stamping in between watching all the "fix-it men" out front cleaning up the carnage. I'll bet their morning sucked more than mine.
Today was just a reminder that Fall is here and that means being prepaired for rainy day activities to keep us all happy. So my plan is to stock up on some ideas from Kids Craft Weekly for next time. Any other suggestions for thing you love to do when going out is not an option?