Monthly Archive for August, 2017

A Friday Morning Hike

In addition to doing a quick hike with Claire in the mornings before school, a friend and I have been meeting after school drop off to get some steps in once a week, too!

She is new to the area, so I’ve been exploring some trails with her. The best part of this is seeing how all my familiar trails are connected! (In this area, there are some trails I’ve done many times with Claire, all from different directions, and I knew they were all connected if you go far enough, but I wasn’t sure *how*…and now I do. I love it!)

Yuck. What a dump. I can’t believe we have to hike in these conditions.

 

Shadows at the Spillway

Early Morning Hikes

Well, good morning to you, too!

Before school started for the year, Claire asked me if it would be possible to get in our morning hikes before school. More than anything, this is what she said she was going to miss when school started. (This summer, we’d started a habit of hiking in the mornings, and we both love it.)

I wasn’t sure how this would go with our morning routine, but we decided to give it a go. It’s been amazing. We’ve worked it out to where we walk down to the lake and around to a certain spot and then back. It’s about a mile roundtrip, which is just a perfect way to get the day started. It helps us re-center and works as a greatĀ attitude adjustment. It’s empowering, invigorating, and we’re not so harried in the mornings because of it.

Perfection!

Sunrise Collage from 8.22.17

Selfie with Supergirl! (picture taking today.)

Solare Eclipse 2017

Claire and I modeling our fancy freebie eclipse glasses. (She got to see it at school with her own eclipse glasses, so these were the ones we used here at home.)

I also made an old-school viewer. Here’s a behind the scenes shot. The wasn’t a cloud in the sky, so at one point, the viewer doubled as a fan!

Old School Viewer

A crescent in my fist

The eclipse shadows were so creepy and fun to play with! Look at the crescents and claws!

And then we got 93% of totality here. The crickets started chirping; the temp dropped 10 degrees, and it was like it was twilight, but the sun was in the wrong place. Such a wonderful experience!

6th Grade!

First Day of Sixth Grade

Nooooooooo, summer’s almost over!

Tell me how you really feel…

Back to School Selfie

(This may be Claire’s favorite part of school. This year, she gets a LOCKER!)