Next thing we did was pack a bag in case we had to retreat to our basement for safety. As we were packing the essentials for a damp, dark basement hideout, I was again reminded that I should have an emergency kit down there. That's definitely on my to-do-soon list. We started researching disaster kits as soon as the power was back on last night.
Although we went ahead and put our bag and a cooler in the basement, we never felt the need to go down there. The storm was bad, but the worst of it bypassed our area and our biggest problem was the power was out. Not a big deal, obviously just different from our norm. We sat around our dining room table and lit some candles for light. We were trying to save the batteries in our flashlights, but Zachary kept playing with them anyway (seriously, a flashlight is one of his favorite toys!). He decided we should tell stories. He went first and of course his story was about dinosaurs. He used the flashlight to make a shadow puppet of a T-Rex. It was very cute.
Then it was my turn. My story was about two little boys named Zuchery & Erye (not very original) whose electricity went out after they went to bed. Their nightlight went out and they had to deal with the dark. Zuchery & Erye had to remember their guardian angels were there and to ask them and God to protect them in the darkness. After a while they realized they felt better and even drifted back to sleep. When they woke in the morning, the sun was shining and their power was restored. Zachary giggled at the names in the story, but when I was done he said, "Aww, that's sweet! Now my turn again!"
I decided to grab a pen & some paper so I could take notes by candlelight from his next story. The first one was so cute and I know I don't remember all of it. Zachary's second story was very cute as well although much shorter. Here's his story: