Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 2 Eclipse and an old friend in Missouri

We started the day with rain. Lots of it. But it didn't slow us down! We drove 4 hours from Des Moines to a little town in central Missouri to see an old friend of mine. My kids were seriously angels in the car the whole morning and we made GREAT time! (And no potty accidents all day!)

Julia and I were roommates in Holladay, Utah from August 2009 to February 2011. She was definitely one of my favorite roommates! We watched lots of tv shows and stayed up too late talking. We ate at Apollo burger all the time where they knew my order...veggie burger with ketchup, in a smiley face on the patty, and cheese fries. (It helped that she worked there, too.) Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for her, she got married and moved so we couldn't be roomies anymore. I still remember dropping her off at the Salt Lake airport thinking I'd be picking her up in 5 days...but she never came back. I missed her tons, but due to circumstances at the time she was needed with her fiance at the time.

I met her kids and sister for the first time today. Her husband was at school so I still haven't met him yet. Maybe someday! Jackson and T hit it off pretty quickly. T and B are such handsome boys!!

I was there in time for the Great American Eclipse so we made our way outside after lunch. We watched as moon slowly made its way over the sun.

We all took turns with the eclipse glasses that I brought.

The shadows cast from the leaves on the trees were all crescent shaped. Super neat!

And a video!

The eclipse looked just like it does in pictures. It almost looked photo-shopped in the sky. It was seriously brilliant! The insects got louder like they do at night and the temperature dropped, but only slightly. During totality it felt and looked like dusk. I wish the video did it justice. It was so much darker outside than it looked like in the video. I promise.

Jackson and T running through a tunnel bridge.

We made it to the park for some playtime after the total eclipse was over. We kept sneaking peeks at the sun and moon as they continued to pass each other.

The extreme humidity didn't keep them from playing. I felt like I had stepped into a shower.

I love this picture of a crescent shadow.

We went back to Julia's house (well, her mom's house because they are transitioning between homes). The kids played together for a few hours until it was clear my kids were done playing, tired, and hangry. I could have talked with Julia and her sister, Helen, all day and night, but I supposed I had to go sometime. They are so easy to talk to. It almost seemed like no time had passed since we were living together in Utah.

We continued on to Independence, MO. My kids slept for the entire hour and 20 minutes, so I got to listen to my book on tape.

It feels so good to lay on a nice bed after a hot day. Jackson is watching Cars on the DVD player we are borrowing from Christy and Emma is trying to fall asleep. Two days down...two more long days to go. So excited for Utah!

I'm very bummed that I brought the wrong charger for my laptop so I may not be able to post again until Christian brings my charger with him on Friday. :(

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 1 Water Heater and Des Moines

Today was the day! I stayed up late last night getting ready and woke up early this morning to get a shower and get ready for church. After I finished getting dressed and doing my hair for church I was about to get the kids ready when I noticed the ceiling in our kitchen was dripping water! I thought our washing machine was leaking but Christian noticed that the water heater was flooding from the top. GreAAAt! So much for going to church...

I helped Christian clean up. I swept and mopped the floor in the kitchen so the dog didn't have to walk around in puddles. I can only assume he was avoiding the drips all night, poor dog!

It DID give me extra time to clean a few more things before leaving on our trip though. That was nice.

Since I couldn't bathe my kids at home I took them to my parents house and used their bath. We ate lunch there, too, so I could spend the first couple hours of the drive in silence (naptime, and they sleep in the car really well!).

 Time to leave!

Jackson only made it 10 minutes in the car before falling asleep, and Emma was able to make it almost 30 minutes. I listened to a book on tape. The first book of the Bartimaeus trilogy. I happened to find it in a bag at home before I left. Christian and I forgot to download a book that I wanted to listen to, but this one seems pretty ok.

When they woke up we stopped at a rest stop for a potty and snack break.

Emma really wanted Jackson's water bottle instead of her juice box.

In an attempt to keep his water bottle from Emma he dropped it and I happened to get this shot of the water splashing up and out.

I let the kids walk around to get the wiggles and out. Only Emma really took advantage of the time out of the car.

And then there was this picture of the levitating flip flop!

This is Emma's first time in Iowa. Jackson hasn't been since he was 6 months old when we moved to Minnesota and drove through. Welcome to Iowa!

Jackson found a dead butterfly on the sidewalk on our way to the car. I told him the butterfly had died and he told me he wiped the butterfly's tears and blew him kisses. My sweet and sensitive boy!

We finally made it to our motel room, after 4 1/2 hours of driving plus stops. Enjoying some nuggets and fries.

We watched Disney Junior for a while and now I'm snuggling with Jackson in the bed.

Good night Iowa! Tomorrow we are making our way to Missouri for the solar eclipse and to visit an old friend of mine!

PS. Christian bought a water heater soon after I left. Him and his dad installed it and it only cost us $600. Thank goodness for handymen in the McCall family! We saved a LOT of money not having to pay someone to bring it to us and install it.


We squeezed another little playdate in on Friday morning before leaving on my Utah trip.

Carly showed Carter a fun game. Balance the plastic stacking cup on your head. Maybe if he gets really good he can start balancing a tower of them on his head.

Emma was no good at it. She purposefully knocked it off her head.

Jordan, Jackson, Aubrey, and Ethan.

Emma, Jackson, Aubrey, and Ethan.

Cute kids!

Lunch with LaLa

We had lunch with LaLa earlier this week. It's fun to see grandparents during the day! And it's nice for me to be able to talk with Candelyn without Christian. (No offense Christian!)

Jackson got to wear a special apron at lunch.

LaLa read books with Jackson and talked to Emma. 

A fun way to spend a Monday morning and mid afternoon!


There were two days this last week where Christian and I had decided we needed to re-home Napoleon. We were getting ready for it and it was completely depressing. I've never had an anxiety attack until we got Napoleon, and since then I've had many. I've never felt more stressed. With prayers, professional help, and a change of heart I'm happy to say we won't be rehoming our Napoleon!

He is a sweet pup! And I'm not just saying that. We have spent a lot more time together this last week. (I hope he doesn't miss me too much since I'm gone for 2 weeks.)

He loves his bones.

He's so gentle with Emma.

Hiding and being silly.

Selfies with Napoleon.

Every time I lay down he squeezes himself in to snuggle.

A puppy profile. :P

Seriously...this is every time I lay down. And when I am in the kitchen he has to be touching my legs or feet. It's like he obsessed with me. Cute pup!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ward corn feed

I didn't take many pictures at the ward corn feed. It was fun to socialize and let the kids play!

My parents were there, as well our friends the Congdons, Johnsons, Steinkuhlers, and Nicholes. We had a nice big group sitting in the grass.

Jackson had a great time in the sand. Sister Hadley was showing him and another boy a frog in the sand and Jackson immediately started stomping at it. Luckily Jackson missed. I'm going to have to teach him that frogs aren't bugs...and that we only squish bugs in the house. (Actually, most bugs he likes to pick up and throw outside.) Wow.

Pictures from my mom's snapchat.