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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!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cameron: Two Months

Cameron, or Little C as I like to call him, is two months old today! It's hard to believe he's been here that long already. I seriously have a hard time remembering what life was like without him. 

He is still fairly fussy, but it's gotten a little better. As in, he only screams some of the time instead of all the time. I'm able to put him down on his play mat or have Ewan hold him for a few minutes so I'm able to go to the bathroom or do the dishes or laundry. And he smiles and coos all the time when he's not screaming, although I haven't been able to catch a smile on camera yet. He's got crazy spit up still and I go through at least two shirts a day. I gave up dairy for a bit to see if that would help but didn't notice a difference. Maybe he's just one of those kids that's a geyser? I really don't know.

He still hates the carseat and it's pretty much a given that he will scream the entire time we're going somewhere in the car. We're also still using a nipple shield but I am determined to get him off of it. I've gotten him to latch to me a couple times when he's not frantic so I'm hopeful that by the time he's three months we won't be using a shield anymore. Cameron is solidly in three month clothing so I'm curious to see how much he weighs at his appointment next week. Especially given all the stress to regain his birth weight. 

The kids adore him and are always wanting to hold him and be in his face. I feel bad for the kid because they always wake him up. Not gonna lie, I'm glad we get some quiet time just the two of us in the mornings!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What We Were Up to This Summer

Since I was able to be home with the kids most of the summer, I thought I would share some of what we were up that school has started! Honestly I will never get used to the kids starting school at the beginning of August. For someone who always started around Labor Day, it's just so weird...but I digress....

Anyway, enjoy the photo dump!

We went to several library programs...our favorite was Bubblefest.

While Ewan had a playdate, Cecily and I had an ice cream date.

And we all had a Starbucks date.

We went to several parks, but we also spent several days at our local YMCA splash pad.

Just this past week we made glue slime. The kids loved it, but I was totally grossed out!

I did my best to try to make sure they weren't stuck in the house all day everyday, but with a newborn we had plenty of days at home. Luckily Alan loves playing with PVC pipe and made them a water table and we got a pool for them to swim in some.

And Cameron was cute as usual.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Kids Behind the Blog: 2017 Back to School Edition

Today is actually the big kids' first day of school. Cecily started pre-k and Ewan started first grade. I cannot believe my babies are this big already!

Cecily wasn't having it this morning...

If you could change one of your family's rules, what would change?
E: That no one can hold or touch Cameron but me.
C: I get all the cartoons.

Are you a good friend? Why or why not? 
E: Yes, because I have no idea.
C: Yes, because I love my mommy. 

Where is your favorite place in the whole world?
E: That would be our house.
C: The haircut store She got a haircut the day I asked her. 

If you could invent anything in the world, what would it be?
E: A machine that makes Pokemon cards come to life when you scan them.
C: Robo Perry As in Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb...the girl is obsessed!

What are you most excited about this year in school?
E: Umm....everything!
C: I don't like school!

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