Friday, November 2, 2012

Action Kids!

Right before Brett, Quinn and I left for Duke in early September I sat down with Colin and Reid to decide on Halloween costumes.  Because we were unsure of our decision on the SCT at the time, I did not know if I would be home with the boys for Halloween and it was super important to me to have at least a small part in their day of fun.

Surprise, surprise - the boys decided on superheroes. Colin picked IronMan, Reid SuperMan and they selected BatGirl for Quinn.  'Action Kids', as Colin calls the troublesome trio.  

Action Kids!  dressed for the town parade, Sunday before Halloween

cute Bat-Quinn

Well, none of us were home for Halloween.  Instead, we were seeking refuge in the warmth of my brother's house as he was the only one among us with power and the more important HEAT!  (And we were able to enjoy another of Quinn's List items while there - a sleep over at uncle Brian's house :) )

Long Island, along with the five boroughs and the Jersey shore, has been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, which hit - and hit HARD - on Monday night well into Tuesday evening.

Homes, cars, businesses, lives have been irreparably damaged by this tremendous force that barreled through.  Friends and family have been displaced for months to come, their homes and cars miles from the nearest shoreline, flooded with sea water; entire towns merely blocks away from our home will inevitably be condemned.  There are gas shortages and no heat for millions, with temperatures dipping into the 30's at night.  

those cars didn't drive to those positions... they floated there

near our water treatment plant :(

It is devastating.  And it is a reminder.  A reminder that with all the good that people are doing for us, we have the opportunity to pay it forward, give something - anything - back.  

We were able to return home this evening, the news of our power restoration coming in when I was just a few blocks from our third destination in three nights, trying not to overstay our welcome with our large family of five invading other peoples' homes.  We enjoyed a (cool) evening at home - Quinn even gave a big grin as I laid her down for her first real nap in days in her own crib - with internet, cable and our own couch and beds.

But it's not over.  Staten Island, Breezy Point, the Rockaways - they're gone.  GONE.  And it is incomprehensible.  For anyone who is looking to help, texting REDCROSS to 90999 will donate $10 to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.  And keep those who did not fare so well in your good thoughts.

Tomorrow each of us will be going through our toys, clothes, gadgets, foodstuff - everything - and parsing out what we can certainly live without and will bring it down for donation.  It doesn't feel like enough - it's NOT enough - but it's a start.  

Action Kids, take action!

Quinn's Idea(wo)men: Colin, Reid, Grandma

Quinn's Wingmen: Colin and Reid

sleep over at uncle Brian's
Quinn's Ideaman: uncle Brian

Quinn's Wing(wo)men: mommy, daddy, Colin, Reid, uncle Brian, aunt Maria, Maria, Brian


  1. wow, that is so intense! Jarrett and I have been talking about it how it is so sad that it hit during winter, being cold is absolutely miserable and deadly. I am so glad you are all safe and warm now and had good friends and family that took you in. I LOVE bat girl, she is so sexy:) and of course Colin and Reid are soo super cool, Conner and Peyton were checking out their costumes:) It was so good to get an update on your family. Even though I get an email when you post I still check everyday just to see how you guys are. sending our love, Chelsea

  2. So glad everyone is safe and dry! Sending lots of love to all of you! So happy you were able to have some Halloween fun before Sandy hit.

  3. I've been checking for updates and have been praying hard everyday that you all are ok. So glad to hear you are ok and safe and hopefully warming up. Will continue to pray for you all and all those displaced by Huricane Sandy.

    ~ The Giesbrechts

  4. Awww - little Bat Girl! And her handsome heroes! So glad that you are home safe and sound. And thanks for posting so quickly and letting us know you were ok. And thanks for the info on the Red Cross donations - it doesn't get any easier than that!

  5. Glad you are all safe. And that is one of the cutest halloween pictures I've seen!

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