August 21, 2017 | Dave had been prepared for months with Eclipse glasses…and we had discussed so many options on where to go, involve E, camp, rent a hotel (wait no, those were booked forever ago)…then my friend K mentioned that her house was on the path of totality in NE! We hadn’t met each others kids yet, so why not do an overnight with a world-event to boot!
K and her husband cooked all of this amazing food for us and the kids, while E and Z got along really well! That can be a toss-up when it comes to toddlers. Z shared his toys like a champ, and E introduced him to the world of hiding small figures/beads inside Easter eggs…ha! K also made these amazing Eclipse shirts from scratch…complete with bleach treatment, and they are so cool! There were a few clouds that threatened our visibility, but luckily they parted just in time. We were able to corral the kids on K’s deck which meant the adults could totally focus on what was happening above. It was incredibly awesome, and everyone geeked-out so much. Some workers even walked through K’s backyard when it started getting dark, and we offered them some beers… 🙂
At bedtime we played a parent-version of Cards Against Humanity, learned all about E’s journey to America (incredible story), and watched Game of Thrones…poor K was the only person not into it, but the rest of us were so excited we couldn’t wait to watch the new episode. We have been talking about the next time we can get together, because it went so well!
Some cell pics:
July 7, 2017 | It almost never happens that all of my closest friends from high school are in town, with their kids, ready to hang out. It’s amazing! My BFF was here from out of state, and we gathered at Heather’s house with all of the kids for an afternoon of crochet water balloons and endless snacks… 🙂
Then later in the week it was time to get together with the WHOLE crew, where we attempted to go to a toy shop (complete with story-time and free snacks), bowling with 10 kids (which also somehow was free), then out to lunch with this crazy bunch. It was surreal…especially considering Sarah and her boys are in town from KENYA! Each kid took a turn throwing a tantrum or pushing another kid…breaking into tears over snacks, food, cutting in line, whatever. And we just wanted to chat, so kinda let it all happen…ha! So glad the restaurant had an outdoor play area, where it was a revolving door of kids coming in/out to tell on one another for something.
But of course we managed to have dinner with the adults-only…and talked WAY too late into the night. I only snagged a single image…and we were missing Jennifer this whole time because she was traveling for work! 😦 I’m so glad that Heather took one too!