So remember that election we had (doesn't it seem like a million years ago now)? These pictures are from that week and the following week.
November 6th was Election Day, but I was so excited for it that it sort of felt a little bit like Christmas. I love politics. I hate the divisiveness and the negativity that inevitably tends to dominate the political landscape (and try really hard to steer clear of it), but I am passionate about many of the issues... and probably listen to and read far more political commentary than is considered healthy.
I had many discussions with the girls about the political process leading up to Election Day, and we read a lot of books on the subject. My favorite was Grace for President, which I especially recommend for those with daughters. Be warned that I did cry at the end. After all that talk, I promised Ella and Claire they could stay up later than usual to watch some of the results come in.
Of course, electoral map coloring pages were involved and the girls were really into it. Every time a projected winner was announced it was a mad dash to color in the correct state and write the number of electoral votes in the appropriate column. Unfortunately they only got to finish a small percentage of the map before heading to bed (one of the downfalls of living in the Eastern time zone).
This was also the week things started getting back to normal after Hurricane Sandy. School was back in session, but on a delayed start Monday and Tuesday, which meant that Ella got to attend ballet class with Lucy. Ella was not terribly excited at the prospect, and was planning to just sit on the sidelines with a book, but she just couldn't help herself...
Town trick-or-treating had originally been rescheduled for the Wednesday after Sandy (Nov 7th), but due to another impending storm - this time a snow-bearing Nor'easter - it was canceled for a second time. Many neighborhoods took matters into their own hands and scheduled their own trick-or-treating for alternate dates. Our preferred trick-or-treating neighborhood (around the corner from us) had their festivities on Tuesday night, so we headed out into the freezing cold on Election Night to collect treats.
Claire and Lucy gave up after only a few houses and stayed bundled up in the double stroller. Claire declared, "I am DONE. I have enough candy." Thank goodness for Ella's Halloween spirit (she would never allow such words to leave her lips). She literally sprinted from house to house without so much as a coat on, warmed solely by the thought of all that sugar piling up in her bag. The only time Lucy and Claire braved the cold was when Ella found a house that was giving out full-sized packs of Swedish Fish (smart girls).
We did end up getting some snow on Wednesday night. It wasn't enough to cancel school on Thursday (which was quite a relief after already having had an entire week prior off for Sandy), but it was enough for a decent snowman. Claire and I built this guy together after she got home from school on Thursday.
Ella helped put on the finishing touches after she got off the bus.
A few other random photos:
Visiting day at Claire's preschool. I love getting a glimpse of how she spends her days.
"Chocolate toast" (Nutella + toast) face.