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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cameron Three Months

Cameron turned three months old on Friday but it's been a little crazy so I'm just now getting his update written. Alan fractured a bone in his foot on Thursday so he's got a boot and crutches for a few weeks and on the couch with his foot up and icing it when at home. 

This kid. He still screams, but when he's not screaming and wanting to be held, he's so alert and looking around. And smiling. He squeaks instead of laughs, like he just can't get a laugh out yet. He's got to be held up so he can look around and take in the world. Even though he smiles a lot, I still can't gotten one on camera. The photo above is the closest I've gotten and as soon as I was done with his three month photos he was all smiles. 

I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was just going to have to deal with using a breast shield because he just wouldn't latch to me. But we've now gone over 24 hours with no shield so I'm really really hoping that he's over it. It's so annoying and cumbersome to nurse in public with it so it would be awesome if it's no longer needed. 

I also was brave and put him in child watch at the Y so I could get some much needed exercise. I've been run/walking with the dog and Cameron through the neighborhood while Cecily's at prek in the mornings, but the few weeks of cooler weather appear to be over for awhile and since it's nasty humid, I needed to get over my trepidation of leaving him. I was gone about 30 min and he slept the entire time in the swing. It was amazing to get that time to myself. 

Which brings me to my next big announcement...I'm now a stay at home mom! Things didn't work out with daycare so we made the decision that it would be best for me to just stay home. I am enjoying my time with Cameron, but it's definitely different not working!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Kids Behind the Blog: September 2017

A day late but who's counting, right? Time just seems to blur together!

From our recent trip to Northeast Indiana over Labor Day

How is school going so far? Tell me something you have learned.
C: Today I learned the noodle lasso game and everyone lost.
E: Good. Umm...I don't know.

Have you made any new friends yet?
C: No. I only have Brantley and Felix there. She has said multiple times that she doesn't like the girls in her class because they only want to play Barbies instead of ninjas.
E: Yes, Landon, Kaiden and Gabriel

What is your favorite thing to do after school?
C: Play with Faye. Complete with an eyeroll...
E: Play at home

What is your favorite TV show right now?
C: You know...Agent P! aka Phineas and Ferb
E: should know that!

Do you have any pets? Tell me about them.
C: I said I'm not gonna do anymore questions...
E: One is Honey Bear she's a beagle dog mixed with a lab. We think.  And the other ones are both cats, Domino and Powder. They're both girls, Powder's grey and white and Domino is kind of greyish whitish.

The hosts of this link up decided that this would be the last month for it and I'm gonna be honest, I'm sad. While I don't really write all that much anymore, I love this because it enables me to share little bits with you. So to our hosts: thank you for doing this for over a year and a half. It's been real!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Great American Eclipse 2017

Sunday we drove to Murray, Kentucky to stay overnight for the total solar eclipse. Evansville was just north of the totality zone so it got a 99% eclipse. I was originally planning on staying here for it, but as I started doing research totality sounded really cool and like a necessary experience. So I figured out a of where to go. 

I live about 1.5 hours north of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which was one of the best places to view the eclipse in the nation. But since the estimated traffic was over 100,000 people, I decided there was no way we were gonna deal with that. I decided to go to Marion, Kentucky originally because we would get 2.5 minutes of totality and it's off the beaten path, but large enough that it has a park and a McDonalds and stuff.

But, Alan did a hotel search on Friday and found a hotel room in Murray for Sunday night, so off we went. Murray was just outside of totality, by about 10 minutes so we still had to travel, but we were already in the area. The hotel gave us a list of places that were having viewing events and we decided to check out one that was supposed to have a farmer's market but it was kind of lame and there was nothing for the kids to do for five hours since we left super early to get into the zone. So, we went to Hardin, a tiny town about 15 minutes north of Murray with a park and a library that was having a eclipse party. We got there around 9AM and there was one other family there. The kids played at the playground and we went over to the library to do some crafts and just hung out. 

It was really cool seeing it gradually get darker and more like twilight all around us. Except when it was about 20 minutes until totality and these giant clouds started going by. We weren't sure we were going to see it at all and sure enough, we saw maybe 10-15 seconds of totality before the sun was covered by a cloud. It was really really cool and I wish we could've seen more of it.  It got really quiet and the cicadas started buzzing. It didn't get completely dark, but it was like a 360 degree sunset and you could see a few stars, which were actually Venus and I think Jupiter. The temperature also dropped. 

The photo I took on my phone. Venus is the star on the upper right, the sun is the tiny speck of light in the cloud. I'm pretty disappointed that that happened because I keep seeing photos from others on Facebook that actually got to see it. It is what it is, but it was a let down.

Ewan thought it was really cool and Cecily was just like oh it's dark, I'm gonna go play on the swings now. The good news for us is that in 2024 there's another total solar eclipse and this time Evansville will be in totality. All I'll need to do is go out into the backyard to see it!
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