Am I a bad mom for sending my kids out to play in winds so strong they made national news? Probably. But boy did they have fun. Ella did get smacked with a face full of leaves a couple times, but she's a tough kid.
The girls backed up all the way to the neighbors driveway to get a running start to jump in our leaf pile. (I'll have you know- it's tricky keeping a leaf "pile" in these kinds of winds. Maddie got upset that her pile kept blowing away.)