When asked to change her nice clothes before working on her Halloween pumpkin, Maya opted to go topless (a behavior that will need careful monitoring in the future). Each year we struggle with pumpkin carving tools that are designed around child safety rather than cutting efficiency. This year, after Maya traced out her design, we went to the basement and used an in-line pneumatic reciprocating saw to make quick work of the job. It took less time to carve the entire pumpkin than to write this account.
Although the rain stopped today, the wind was insane. On the way to and from my soccer match we passed numerous downed power lines and cars damaged by fallen trees. When we drove by the first time, the trunk of a tree, about three feet in diameter, was laying across the top of three cars. When I returned with my camera the tree had been removed and two of the cars had been towed away. The wind was gusting to 55 mph which made for interesting soccer. You don’t often see a goal kick reverse direction in mid-flight. My team battled to a 0-0 tie against a good team. Kyle’s team did not fare as well losing 2-0. Maya and I drove to Manchester, NH to pick up Jeanine who had been driven there by Susan and Rose. It is nice to have her back; we had real food for diner.
This morning I took Maya to her swimming lesson. All soccer games for the day have been cancelled due to relentless rain. Last night, Kyle had friends Seth and BenT spend the night. Sometime after 11PM, the boys made a batch of brownies. When I went down for breakfast this morning, I found half of the pan remaining. I cooked eggs for all the kids and they had the rest of the brownines for desert. Jeanine, enjoying herself in Vermont, has abdicated all rights to criticize my dietary selections.
Jeanine returned to Vermont with Susan this morning so I have the kids for the weekend. After rounding them all up (Kyle had 2 soccer games, Nico had soccer practice, and Maya was on a play date), we went to the Concord-Carlisle football game. The boys went their own way connecting with friends. Maya and I hung out together and I explained the rules of the game. I had assumed Maya would grow bored within minutes. On the contrary, she was totally engrossed with the game, the bands, and the crowds. Fortunately the third quarter ended coincident with her bedtime and I was able to drag her away under this statute. In this photo, Maya is the small object standing at the fence.