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Solar Eclipse 2017

We weren’t in the path of totality, but I still thought it would be fun (and yes, even though we haven’t started school yet) educational, for the kids to watch a solar eclipse.

A friend gave us 2 pairs of Eclipse Glasses. But, I was still hesitant to encourage my kids to look at the sun. Even through safety glasses.

So, we made some simple viewers

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The kids had fun trying them out, figuring out the best way to see the semi-circle of the moon passing in front of the sun, and tracking the progress of the eclipse throughout the day.

I read that the gravitational pull is different during an eclipse.
Supposedly, this means that a broom can stand up by itself, and an egg can stand on its end.
So, just for fun, we decided to try it out…IMG_4133Here is the broom…standing up all by itself!

And, here is the egg…082It stood up all by itself too!

(I have no idea if either of these are actually due to a difference in gravity during a solar eclipse. Several websites claimed that both are possible at various times throughout the year. We may have to do a follow-up experiment and see if either one happens again!)

I did end up giving in, and allowing the kids to take turns using the glasses.
After some very stern lectures on how we never, ever, ever look directly at the sun!
We also invited our friend, Mrs. Vicky, to come over and watch with us during the peak of the eclipse.

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(We are having a little bit of remodeling done in our entryway, so there was a large piece of sheetrock waiting to be cut in the front yard. It was perfectly placed under the tree, which allowed the crescent shape to show through all of the leaves! So, the kids took turns using the glasses, and watching the shadows!

IMG_4209“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

~Psalm 19:1 (ESV)

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Rachel’s Minnie Mouse Birthday

IMG_0744I like to save the “big” decorations for birthday party time. But, I do like to a few fun decorations up when the birthday boy or girl wakes up on their birthday. Once they are able to express an opinion about it, I more or less let them choose the theme of their birthday parties. But, until then, it is always fun to surprise them with something that I think they would like. And, this year, I was rewarded with sweet squeals of delight when this birthday girl saw her Minnie Mouse decorations at the breakfast table.IMG_0746

We had our traditional “Birthday Biscuits” and Strawberries for breakfast.2017_03_231After breakfast, Rachel had fun opening some gifts from her brother, sisters, and mommy and daddy. The Minnie Mouse toy makes noise when it is touched…but…I forgot to turn off the “test mode” before I wrapped it. So, when she grabbed one of the smaller packages in front, it was just enough to set it off! It started singing, and lighting up under the wrapping paper! Oops. But, even if the surprise was slightly ruined, she was still very excited about it!

2017_03_232Dinner was the birthday girl’s choice: Tacos! And, that top picture? Not chocolate. This is what happens when this girl eats black beans. She loves them.

2017_03_233After dinner, it was time to open gifts from her grandparents… A Minnie Mouse suitcase, a wooden dress-up Minnie, a kitty book, and a super soft kitty!

Then it was time for cake!

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Rachel!!IMG_0750

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Christmas Day

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I took hundreds of pictures. Yes. Hundreds…with an s. But, I won’t subject you to all of them (unless we’re friends on Facebook, then you’ve already seen them all!). Here is just a little glimpse of our day…

img_6041wmBefore…complete with Christmas music and a fire in our TV fireplace.

We started out the morning opening stockings…

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Then, after breakfast, we were off to church…

2016_12_251{Aren’t they adorable?!}

I love that Christmas fell on a Sunday this year! I wish it always did. We had a sweet time, worshipping, and celebrating the birth of our Savior together with our church family!

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I know that Christmas isn’t about the presents. But, I just love picking out special gifts for my family, and watching the excitement on my children’s faces as they open their presents! This year, I especially loved seeing them choose gifts for each other, and truly experiencing the joy of giving.

2016_12_253Favorites this year included books (of course!),
Transformers, American Girl accessories, a Minnie Mouse outfit, and a bike!

The kids had some time to enjoy their presents…

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Then, we continued the celebration into the evening with Grammy and Grampy!

2016_12_255It was a busy, busy day. But, so fun.

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Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

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Hannah’s 10th Birthday

Hannah's 10th Birthday

Hannah is quite the little party planner! {And, as an afterthought, I may have made a mistake introducing my artsy-crafty girl to the world of Pinterest.} She had the decorations, guest list, food, cake, and activities planned for months! Actually, her organization and detailed lists, along with Grandma’s help, were the only reason we were even able to pull off a party less than 2 weeks after adding a new baby to our family!

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The theme was “Frozen.”

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The menu:IMG_2482wmSouthwest Pinwheels
Carrots, Celery, and Pita Chips with Hummus
Strawberries, Grapes, and Blackberries
Snowcaps Candy
Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes
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“Melted Snow” (Water)

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{The Snowflake and “Happy Birthday” banners, and the water bottle labels were another Pinterest find.}

And, as always, Hannah had very specific ideas about her cake…or her cupcakes.
Chocolate, with vanilla (white) frosting…and snowflake decorations!
She and Grandma baked and decorated them together.

20150403_114129Licking the spoon is the best part.
And, like the sweet big sister that she is,
Hannah shared this privilege with her little sister.

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The actual party was a bit more low-key than Hannah’s original plans.
But, everyone seemed to have a good time.

We invited several girls from church…

The girls had fun making paper snowflakes. (Yes, in Texas. In April.)

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And, then they talked and giggled some more as they enjoyed the snacks.

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Hannah has very sweet friends, and received some very thoughtful gifts…

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A beautiful purse, books, and several craft projects!IMG_2503wm

Then, it was time for cupcakes and ice cream!

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After our friends headed home, we continued the celebration with dinner, and gifts from the family…books about horses, doll clothes, more books (about more horses!), and a t-shirt and flip flops with horses on them! That theme was unintentional…but very appropriate for our horse-lover.

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We are so glad Grandma & Grandpa could be here to celebrate with us.IMG_2541wm

It was such a fun time of celebrating our firstborn!!

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Happy 10th Birthday, Hannah!!

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Semantics

(Saw this on Facebook this afternoon, and it was just too good not to share!)

 

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