I can't believe there isn't an A but Kate just so happens to be the first person in her class alphabetically. So she had the honor of being Student of the Week first aka "Super Bear!" Kate was pretty jazzed about her week which including making this "All About Me Poster," bringing in her favorite book (Fancy Nancy Aspiring Artist), something special (Kit, her American Girl Doll) and an estimation jar (full of Shopkins). She also got to bring Fuzzy, the class stuffed animal, home for the weekend! It was a pretty fun week and perfect timing to help this worry-wart girl ease into school.
Monday was Eclipse Day! I don't know what I was thinking but I guess because I knew we were in the path of totality I didn't plan very well and come the week before called 16 places looking for eclipse glasses to which everyone was out and one lady laughed at me and told me good luck finding any. I was just about in tears due to my disappointment. But fortunately my mom is amazing and totally saved the day! She ran down to her planetarium in SLC and scored us two pairs of glasses the day before they ran out and 2 day shipped them to us. She is THE best!
It was pretty cute... the Tuesday or Wednesday the week before as I was calling places Millie of course heard me asking about eclipse glasses to which she asked me, "Eclipse? Like in Elena?" This girl doesn't miss a thing and has an amazing memory. Turns out there is an episode of Elena of Avalor that involved a solar eclipse, this moth fairy comes trying to keep them in endless darkness and Elena saves the day with her scepter of light.... Millie saw the episode at my parents house at Christmas and I guess it made an impact. She seemed to know a decent amount about eclipse all thanks to Elena. Tim and I were the lame parents that hadn't even talked to our kids about it yet. Then Saturday morning while were were at the pool the mail man came. I anxiously ran to see if our glasses had arrived. And that's when Kate learned about the eclipse coming. To which she replied, "like in Elena?" These silly girls! Kate later told me how she knew you couldn't look directly at it because it would damage your eyes and told me how in the episode Elena's sister Isabel, who's an inventor of sorts, builds some cool telescope/contraption that reflects the image onto the wall so all can see. Who know this episode would have been so important.
Anyway, we were all pretty excited about this eclipse! We went an picked up Kate from school at 10am since the ideal time would be at 10:33am. The girls were super interested and since we only got I think 70% of it they called it a "crescent sun." A bunch of clouds quickly moved in and we almost missed it. But miraculously they cleared just enough that we got a great view. Oh and of course the girls had to watch the Elena episode. And for lunch we made "crescent suns" with our cheese and crackers and nectarines. I had meant to make smoothie eclipse bowls for breakfast but it just didn't happen.
Millie insisted on dressing up as Elena for the occasion, of course!
Our good friend in Phoenix took this picture and I was so impressed!
I was so happy with our eclipse experience. That was until I talked to my brother who had driven up to Idaho for it as well as a few friends that got to experience it in totality. Man! Sounds like it was just incredible. Getting dark and cool, seeing stars and Venus, a 360 degree sunset. Man, I've got to see that one day!
I snapped this picture as I read to Henry before his nap one day. I just can't get over how cute he is and how much this boy loves dogs. He's giving the dog a hug.
In very exciting news, our AC went out Monday evening. Yes, again! Our AC went out in June if you will recall. Monday as I was cooking dinner I thought it felt a little warm but I was in the kitchen with the oven on etc. I finally went upstairs to check the thermostat and our house was up to 83. I keep our house at 78. I immediately called our landlord. But since it was 6pm and I foolishly figured it probably wouldn't get too much hotter, plus we had fans and our landlord wanted to use their warranty/company they use I told them taking care of it Tuesday morning would be ok. Boy was I wrong. Fortunately, the kids and Tim slept just fine but I had a pretty terrible night. Our house was 88 when I attempted going to bed. It was just too hot.
Fortunately Kate and Millie both had school Tuesday morning and Henry and I had made plans to go to a splash pad with friends so it ended up working out. Our house did get up to 92 but the repairmen came at 11:30am. We had lunch here at home while we fixed it and we then headed to a dear friends so Henry could nap and we would have a place to be while the house cooled down. Thank goodness for friends! By the time we picked up Kate and made it home the house was already down to 83 so thus we survived another broken AC adventure.
Here's a couple pictures of Kate having fun with Fuzzy! It was pretty cute how we took him everywhere we went over the weekend.
I also got a text from my best friend Ashley, who I've been friends with since I was 2. We grew up on the same street, both had 3 older brothers, she was the sister I never had. She somehow stumped upon this in an old journal and it made my day.
Saturday was game day. BYU Football started. We need a new cheerleading outfit. We only have one that fits. Gotta get on that. Henry sported his Cougar pride and we were happy to pull out a win. Although they didn't look very good. But look that that sweet boys smile!!! That's something to be super excited about.
Tim and I got a babysitter Saturday afternoon and were able to go to the temple. It was so nice! And then Saturday night our Stake hosted their Annual Daddy Daughter Princess Ball. It's the sweetest thing. Tim went to great lengths to change his schedule so he could take the girls. I am so so thankful he could. It worked out pretty well. He was working nights and usually has to go in at 6pm (right when the ball was starting). Some kind coresident willingly stayed 2 extra hours for us so Tim could go. The ball was island princess themed. Kate was sure to wear her Hawaii jewelry my parents have given her over the years and Millie originally planned to go as Moana but last minute switched to Ariel. Mermaids swim in the ocean around the islands, right?!
Tim had to literally drop off the girls before speeding down to the hospital for his shift. But they had a magical evening. The girls were so excited to tell me about the decorations, the little sand dollar necklace craft they made, what songs they danced to and what yummy treats they got to eat. I am so thankful for our church leaders for putting on this sweet, memorable night.