Last weekend, the remnants of Hurricane Ike literally blew into town, wreaking havoc on our normally quiet city. 70+ MPH winds blew over trees and light posts, causing over 225,000 households to lose power--some for a couple of minutes, others, like us, for many days. There are few who are still without power, 8 days later.
I have lived in Dayton my entire life, and I have never seen anything like what we experienced last Sunday. A few of my college friends were in town, and we were walking the streets of Oakwood, and at one point, we were literally almost blown off the sidewalk. I felt (and continue to feel) for the residents of Texas who had it so much worse than we did (wind+rain).
The boys definitely appreciated the weather, if only for its beneficial windfall:
PEARS!! We lost a couple of smaller branches from our pear tree in the back, and HUNDREDS of pears fell into our yard. The boys had a field day, running around, eating as many pears as they could get their teeth into.
This did lead to a slight problem: big, pear-filled poops spread out over our whole yard. Eventually Nick and I realized we weren't going to be able to let them be, because our little poopy boys weren't going to get any nutrition--the pears were running straight through them! All-in-all, we ended up filling our 40 GALLON trash can with pears. I think the boys were disappointed they were losing their sweet treats, but it was that or pick up 40 gallons of poop over the next month. Um, no thank you.