|J posing with the tree in the road|
On the other hand, about 80% of people I know are still without power and/or flooded (including my mom & sister out in Long Island). J and her friends plan on donating clothes and books to the folks in Breezy Point (Queens) who got hit pretty badly - 80 homes burned down and the whole neighborhood is just gone. It's so great to see most neighborhoods come together and say they're grateful their families are safe and that they plan on rebuilding and getting their neighborhoods back together. On the other hand, you see people in other neighborhoods who complain, loot, do nothing, and demand others help them. It's a weird contrast to see on the news. Most places in NYC are, thankfully, the grateful, get-things-done type and because of that, they will probably get the most donations and help.
Halloween was in full-force around here, despite being in this "aftermath". We must have had over 100 kids trick-or-treat at my house. W had a great time trick-or-treating with his friends. His football player costume was just his jersey and black lines under his eyes, but it looked great (W has always kept his costumes low key - sometimes just a new mask every year worn with a hooded sweatshirt - scary and creepy is his usual Halloween tactic). He then helped MIL give out her candy, sitting on her porch with the aforesaid mask and hooded sweatshirt and huge candy bowl in his lap.
J got together with some friends and they all dressed up as ninja turtles. They went around trick-or-treating, too (lol). K has been getting over a cold and fever all week. She went to a big Halloween party at a club in Brooklyn last weekend dressed all in black with Dia de los Muertos face makeup. She looked awesome. She feels better today and went to work.
We laid off most of the academic bookwork this week. The girls and B have been home, so we couldn't really get anything done. Today we picked things up again, though. W did some of his dyslexia workbook, some Saxon Math, some paragraph editing, and right now, B is reading a chapter of Prince Caspian to him. W's Monday animation class was cancelled and will pick up next week. I'm planning on driving out to my mom's tomorrow to see my aunt who's visiting from out of state (great week for her to come, lol), but with no gas, I'm not sure what to do.