Monday, May 21, 2012

An evening outside with the fam.......

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So, it's so rare when there is an eclipse - and one that you get to see the Ring of Fire right in your back yard.  We had a ton of fun with the little monkey's last night getting our glimpse of this spectacular event.
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Clint thought ahead and got us some glasses for our viewing pleasure.  We read about "fried eyes syndrome" and I made sure I freaked out the kids so they wouldn't look at the sun without the glasses on.  It is amazing how bright the sun was, even though it was being covered by the moon.

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I should have taken some of my "freaked out" advice and not taken a glimpse at the sun.  It's amazing how badly I wanted to see the eclipse in it's full glory with my own eyes, but it was completely impossible!

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Here's the older brother explaining the "shooting stars" that were going to come out - not sure where he got this idea, but he was pretty excited about the show in our backyard.  It was a 2 hour show that was so much fun for the kids.  I am so happy they loved it.  

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Don't you just love the turned down pants and sizing elastics hanging out? :-)
This kid had no clue what was going on, but he did have fun walking around the yard and getting into everything.  Luckily it was bedtime at 7:00 - so, chasing him back from the front yard and away from the road only lasted for an hour. 

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Clint figured out how to get a picture by putting the glasses in front of the camera lens and zooming all the way in.  We told the kids that a bite had been taken out of the sun and they loved that thought.  

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Not all the shots were perfect, but with our glasses it was too, too cool!
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Almost there!
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The ring of fire! It was so amazing. When the sun was covered like this, the lighting outside was completely different and a little darker. The trees and grass looked so much greener and it was beautiful! Wow, I am so thankful for events like this and so grateful we can share God's beautiful creations with our kids. It was such a wonderful experience!

22 comments:

Sunnybec said...

We have just seen this on the news! They said it would be another 90 years before we would see this with the ring around it (France/UK) .... guess that counts me out then!!! Thanks for sharing. Linda

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Your kids have grown so!!! Love the bug-eyed glasses. What great photos - we forgot about this - normally watch the night skies.

Sharon S said...

Lucky you! Cloudy in the Northwest(no surprise). So no eclipse for us. Your littlest guy is such a cutie!

Melissa Corry said...

We watched this yesterday as well. It was so cool!!!

Monica said...

Thanks for the pics...here in the midwest I don't think we could have seen much anyway, but it was cloudy and rainy, so no sun!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

What beautiful 'family time' pictures of your beautiful family! Thanks so much for sharing them! Such an awesome nature event too...online pictures were all we got to see of it though! Yours were the best!

MGM

bmayer said...

Thanks for sharing. We didnt get to experience this in Fl.

Dawn Hendrix said...

WE couldn't see it here on the East Coast.. so I am WAY JEALOUS of you.. but thanks a MILLION for showing us the picts... WAY COOL!

Kate C said...

I was hoping that you would post about the eclipse! We are on the east coast, so photos only for us- thanks so much for sharing!

♥Duff said...

coooool! thanks for sharing family time with us!

Dorian said...

What great photos Clint took! We, too, enjoy the eclipse. We didn't have glasses but we made a pin point device that displayed the eclipse on some white cardboard.

Laurie Parrack said...

We were in Salem, Oregon when the sun eclipse happened. It was cloudy here but the cloud layer was thin enough for us to see it and what a show we got. We were able to actually look at the sun through tinted glass the hubby brought home and it was great. It actually got pretty dark here. It was like when the sun goes down but still has light out. Like dusk here. The kids were so excited about seeing it, especially since it will not happen again until 2023.

Esther said...

Your pictures of the eclipse are wonderful. I never thought of doing it that way. We were able to use some welding glass, and I loved seeing the eclipse for real. First time I have had such a great view. It really does show us just a hint of all God's wonders.

Karen said...

The kids are so cute - you were lucky to see it - we missed it here in Florida :(!

Florence said...

we used a welding mask,,,,,,,,,,, wasn't is awesome,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Eu vi um assim quando criança(faz teeeepo)deoia de adlta só assim em fotos.Ou o tempo está nublado ou esqueço a hora que a televisão fala.kkkk.Muito obrigada por compartilhar.

Vesuviusmama said...

How did I miss this!?!

Marika said...

Wow that is so impressive !!! You are so lucky that you were able to see this !!

Josie McRazie said...

Boy I must have been asleep under a rock or something! I did not even know we had one! OOOOPS!! Side note that is really odd since I have three kids in school! One would think they would have said SOMETHING!! LOL

Tamie said...

Thanks for sharing this. We could not see it in the southeast. So cool.

Di said...

How absolutely amazing! Thank you for your great photos. We didn't experience this phenomenon here in Australia.

Jenny said...

Love that you made it a family event!! Thanks for the pictures!