Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Our family was very lucky to be in the "path of totality" for this year's solar eclipse, along with all of our friends in Southern Illinois! I'm not sure if this was nearly as big of a deal in other places, but where we are from ALL anyone has been talking about is the ECLIPSE! Or, as Reagan kept saying this morning, the "apocalypse." 

"Mom, are we going to have to go inside during the apocalypse?"

"No, son."

"Mom, did you know that zombies come out when it gets dark during the apocalypse?"

"There are no such things as zombies, son."


People from all over the country have been pouring into our region, but we were super fortunate to be able to enjoy the show from our own yard. The girls' school planned an entire days worth of activities around the event, so we tried to have a little fun with it at home, too! We started the morning off with some eclipse pancakes.

We made mini pancakes, spread on some syrup, and then sprinkled them with powdered sugar.

Wala! Eclipse pancakes. Haha.

The kids got a kick out of it and said that they were the best pancakes they had ever had...which pretty much means I'm never going to make pancakes again without creating a giant powdered sugar mess. :)

The little ones and I watched some kid-friendly videos explaining the eclipse (because my son was obviously very confused!) and then we set out to do a few projects for fun. We whipped up a modified pair of special glasses for the kids to use, and we made eclipse handprints from tiny traced hands and white chalk. They turned out super cute!

I tried to make the day a little more special by ordering a super fancy lunch for us to enjoy.

I mean, it was round. Theme, people, theme!

Soon after lunch it was time to start going out and checking on the progress of the eclipse! For us, the eclipse began at 11:45am and it reached totality at 1:15pm. I can honestly say it's one of the COOLEST natural wonders I have ever seen. I am SO thankful for the sharp scientific minds who can keep track of this stuff and let us regular people know about it. :) God's creation is amazing, and I think it's absolutely brilliant that there is such order to it all. The more we learn about the world around us, the more we learn about the God who created it! 

Every 15 minutes or so we were outside looking for changes in the sun. Reagan was tickled each and every time. "It looks like the moon!"

As we grew closer to totality, the temperature definitely dropped and the lighting became other-wordly. I think that was one of the coolest parts. :) I wish that was the legit lighting we had on this planet all of the time. Cool for us, but I'm sure the plants appreciate the sunlight we have, haha.

Phone cameras aren't great for picking up the true lighting, but it was already dusky when Lincoln and I attempted a sun-selfie. Not something I would ever attempt on a normal day!

Linc was really only interested in grabbing the phone!

Soon the streetlights popped on in the middle of the day, and we got the coolest view EVER of a total eclipse! For just a brief moment we were able to remove our glasses and take a look at the sun. Goosebumps! I only wish I could have gotten a good picture of it, but I assume there are about a million floating around on the internet by now. :)

Distant cheers from kids who stayed home from school could be heard in our neighborhood. I saw a few other neighbors who were home enjoying the display, too, some with telescopes! 

Was it worth all of the hubbub for just a few minutes of astronomical splendor?


It really was.

I'm not saying I would join the throngs of people who travel the world chasing these things, but if it ever happens in your own backyard, totally make sure to enjoy it. I can't wait for the girls to come home from school today and tell us all about their experience!

I know that most of our friends and family live near us and were also in the path of totality. I hope you were able to get out and take in the sites! For everyone else, I wish I had better pictures to share, know...that internet thing can definitely hook you up there. :)

Thank you for sharing our experiences today with us! Have a great day, friends!

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