Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5th, 3rd and Pre-K

Summer time came to a close and school started up.  The boys were excited to see their friends but not ready for school work to begin.  We now have a 5th grader, a 3rd grader and one in Pre-K.  I'm looking forward to next year when they are all in the same school.

Ok, so the thumbs down was their initial reaction to school starting.

I asked them to do a normal pic.  Don't they look thrilled?

Emma, on the other hand, was ecstatic that school was starting.

She is our child that thrives with structure.  I think all the free time and no routine over the summer just about put her over the edge (and her behavior put me over the edge). 

She looks like a little old lady in this pic

Ready for school!!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Solar Eclipse

A day before school started was the big solar eclipse. We were all ready with solar glasses in hand.  I got ours just before everything sold out.  They were going like crazy around here.  I ended up paying $5 a pair but it was totally worth it.  
We were not in the path of totality in Black Mountain but we didn't want to fight the crowds to get there.  At home we were 99.6 % so we figured that was close enough.  
The big event was amazing.  Hard to put in words but made me feel so small.  As the moon covered the sun, it looked like dusk and the crickets came out.  It was eerily quiet.  All of our neighbors were out to watch.  Grady was jumping around with excitement, Myles exclaimed, "it's not that cool", and Emma didn't know what was going on.  Pretty much all par for the course with those 3.  I enjoyed every moment.  What a an awesome experience. 

Checking out the start of the eclipse 

I tried to get a photo on my phone with the glasses over the camera.  It didn't work.

Our tiny house neighbor, Terry, came to watch with us

Pip was not impressed

Terry was trying to get a photo through glasses

We were afraid these big puffy clouds would block our view

Waiting for the full coverage

The clouds cleared up just as we went into the 99% coverage

Eclipse Time!!!!  99.6%!

I hope this is an event that the boys will remember

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Goodbye Summer

We had a super full weekend before school started.  The kids had a lot of things they wanted to do before they had to get back to the books.  We went to Spruce Pine and visited the gem mines, then to the lake and on the last day, Dollywood.  It was a great way to end the summer.

Emerald Village gem mine

Entering the cave

Getting a little history lesson

Mining for gems

Myles was very serious

They all found a lot of cool gems

Showing off her finds

Sachi was all tuckered out after her day at the mines


Myles was crusin'

Myles and Josh on a ride.  The rest of us chickened out on this one

Getting ready for the big drop

Myles was kind enough to ride the baby rides with Emma.  Look at his face when the music started up on this one.  Favorite pic of the day.

Grady jumped in on this one.  Haha

Emma and Josh

Grady and Myles

What a weekend!