Thursday, October 23, 2014

Solar Eclipse PinHole Camera

Today there is going to be an awesome SOLAR ECLIPSE!

However, looking at the Sun directly will damage your retinas and well that is bad.

I really want to teach my children about science and why it is so cool!  So creating a way to see the solar eclipse is something that is easy and fun.

Enter the PinHole Camera!!!

Sorry about the low quality photo...I took these with my macbook at school 
So if you are like me and you forgot your solar eclipse glasses (or you do not own a welding mask), you can quickly and easily create pinhole camera to watch the eclipse for next to nothing and in about 5 minutes.  QUICK-EASY-LEARNING CRAFT!

1. Get a box.  The bigger the better :)
2. Get a piece of computer paper (or a few pieces) and tape it to the inside of the box.  This is where you will "project" the eclipse onto.

2. Cut a small aperture hole in the side of the box for you to look through during the eclipse.  Mine is about 1.5 inches wide by 1 inch tall. 

3. Get a piece of aluminum foil and tape it to the opposite side of the box (opposite from the paper and the aperture hole).  Then take a push pin and puncture the tiniest hole you can through it (and the box if necessary).  This will be the end that will face the sun.

Hole so tiny you cannot even see it!  This is good! Larger holes will distort the image and make
eclipse harder to see
4. Close the box off and tape up ANY light that you can see coming through.  Duct tape works great for this.  The only light should come from the foil and your aperture hole.
5. During the eclipse, place the box on your shoulder, turn your back to the sun so that you are perfectly aligned with your shadow and then look through the aperture and watch the eclipse!!!!

I have been showing this to my students all day!  I am super duper excited about this!  

Happy Viewing!


Monday, October 20, 2014

If at first you don't succeed...

We went to the pumpkin patch...a different one.  I took pictures and feel like less of a mommy failure.  I won't annoy you with the details, just enjoy the photo dump. 

I also worked on Eyan's costume.  People it is epic...I cannot wait to reveal it!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pregnancy & Infant Awareness Month

This month is near and dear to my heart.  This is the month that I lost my first baby.  Today is actually the day that Jason and I found out that the baby we were so hopeful for, was not going to make it.  I was about 7 weeks along.  I had not realized that I was actually pregnant for about 6 weeks but I knew my date exactly.  We had told tons of family and friends about this and were elated! Jason's mom had just gotten the terminal diagnosis and cried when we told her and said that she was going to hold on to see that baby.  A week later it ended, and I thought I would never make it through.  It was one of the final blows to our life after Jason's terrible accident, subsequent loss of job, Cheryl's terminal diagnosis and other awful circumstances.  I remember crying for days, and not leaving my bed.  I remember how empty I felt and how I had somehow let everyone down.  I remember the amazing words from people who had also suffered loss, and the not so nice words from those who had no idea.  Statements like "it probably had a genetic defect" or "it wasn't meant to be" were just not helpful, and made me feel more angry and sad.  It took until Eyan was safe in my arms for some of that hurt to subside, but still not a day goes by that I do not think about baby #1.

Eyan was a distraction and wonderful and amazing and everything I could imagine.  I am SO thankful that God placed that boy into our lives and our family.  I wouldn't change the course of events leading up to him.  We tried for number 2 (technically number 3) and then just stopped trying. Then got pregnant...at a pretty inopportune time in our lives.  It didn't mean we didn't want the baby, we WANTED that baby!  Excitement was high, symptoms were crazy, I was uneasy.  It is like I knew something wasn't right.  By mid-December I had some spotting and an ultrasound that confirmed my fears.  Baby #3 was not viable...although it had a heartbeat, the heartbeat was too low and I would miscarry in a couple weeks.  7 weeks later through more symptoms, the baby's heart finally stopped and on my sisters birthday I went into labor and delivered that tiny baby at home.  It was heartbreaking.  I spent the entire day in bed, empty, sad, unable to even talk to Jason.  Losing a baby felt so lonely...even the second time around.  Even with the amazing support system.  Even with "already having a healthy baby."  I was NOT quiet about this loss.  I chronicled it right here on this blog.  I questioned a lot of things after this second loss.  We almost didn't try for Emberlynn.  We couldn't handle losing another angel.  Emberlynn's pregnancy, delivery and life helped the healing, but never replaced either of my angels and neither of my children ever will.  I mourn those loses consistently and it makes me more appreciative of my sweet babies here on Earth.  I am lucky, I survived these losses, I am not just a statistic, I am a person, a REAL person and what I have learned is that when you talk about this, more people reach out to you that have gone through this horrible loss secretly.  It helps to have that support, to not feel so lonely, to realize that even though you feel empty and awful, that you will survive this.

Give Pregnancy Loss & Infant Loss a voice, speak up, share your story, support your brothers & sisters that are dealing and will deal with such a tough time.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Y3W: Daddy Weekend Snuggles

LOVE these three


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#DIY Lace Boot Socks

So I have been really working on creating my style, my 30 something adult style with those key pieces that I just love but feel comfortable and confident in.  I have particularly been focusing on accessorizing.  I fell in love with the lace leg warmers that I had been seeing all over Etsy, but the price was ridiculous ($25.00 for a cheap pair)!  So I set out to make some lace boot socks on a budget...and I think I succeeded!

Lace Boot Socks

I succeeded for a total of $3.00.  Yes THREE DOLLARS folks.  I ran to Walmart, grabbed a $1.67 pair of knee high socks and then over to the craft dept for a roll of lace ($1.00 on clearance)!  I headed home and knocked these adorable socks out in about 15 minutes. 

  • Knee High Socks
  • Roll of lace
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Large mouth cup
  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Place a sock on and then measure the lace ribbon around the top of the sock.  Overlap 1 extra inch for just in case!
  3. Take off the sock and then place it on the large mouth cup.
  4. Start pinning the ribbon to the top of the sock.  As you do this, allow the ribbon to bunch up.
  5. Once the ribbon is pinned, remove it from the cup
  6. The most difficult part was stretching the sock out as I was trying to sew the ribbon on.  It is very important that you stretch the top of the sock out as far as you can as you sew the ribbon down so that it will fit all the way up your leg (particularly if you are not using elastic thread...which I totally didn't).
  7. Repeat for sock 2
  8. Rock these adorable socks and do it knowing how much cash you just saved.


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