BEGIN August 2017 | Corina's Corner

Princess Baseball Game


The night before we left for Scottsbluff, Jordan took Reagan on a daddy daughter date to the Bee's game. They were having princess night. They had all of the princesses there and played princess songs between all of the innings and had fireworks after the game where they played princess songs. She got to dress up in her princess dress and they handed out crowns. Just look at that picture above. She was in heaven! I'm so glad they went and can have this special memory together.

P.S. Reagan gets SOOOO shy when she's taking pictures with princesses. She usually forgets to smile or even look at the camera, but these turned out pretty cute.



I have a few more pictures from our trip to Nebraska for the eclipse. We had a fun little weekend that included a trip to the Scottsbluff Zoo with Splash Pad, and a swim at the country club. We played games and met Addie's sweet new baby, Odin. We also visited Rebecca Winter's grave. She is my 7th great-grandma who died of cholera in Scottsbluff while crossing the plains. After the eclipse and on our way to Colorado I got my first taste of Runza.

I should have taken a few more pictures at the zoo, but we weren't there very long and kind of all got separated. I hope we can go back again next time we visit. Reagan loved the splash pad, and we had a great time watching the spider monkeys swing around. I didn't get to see the lion but I sure heard how mad he was when they put him inside for the night.

I snapped a few pictures of Odin literally minutes before we walked out the door. He's sure a cute little thing.

Totality in Alliance | Eclipse 2017


When you have a free place to stay that is directly in the path of totality during an eclipse (and you already like visiting those people) you take a trip and go see it. My aunt lives in Scottsbluff, Nebraska which was already in the line of totality, but just 30 minutes north is Alliance which was even more on the path of totality so we drove up there to watch. If I understand correctly, driving the 30 minutes enabled us to see totality for a little bit longer than we would have in Scottsbluff (I think that's how it works :/ )

We had eclipse glasses for everyone thanks to my cousin. Reagan was pretty great at wearing them, Naomi not as much, but we kept a close eye on them to make sure they weren't staring up without glasses. When the eclipse started I thought it just looked bizarre to see a chunk of the sun "missing." It got way darker than I thought it would (on the drive to Nebraska Jordan and I were making fun of the signs that said, "Headlights on during Eclipse") and the process of dusk to dawn in the middle of the day was nuts-o. Totality was absolutely amazing. To see that ring of light surrounding the sun/moon was incredible. During the entire process we had to look at the sun with our eclipse glasses but during totality it was almost too dark to be wearing the glasses, so we were able to take the glasses off to look. I also really liked that moment right at the end of totality when you can see the "diamond ring."

When we were contemplating whether or not to go to Nebraska for the eclipse we kept wondering what the difference would be between 90% totality in Salt Lake or 100% in Nebraska. We kept saying that in college we were usually pretty satisfied with a 90-92% but I think in this case we made the right choice in choosing the 100%. It was AMAZING!

^^We watched the Eclipse at the LDS church building in Alliance Nebraska. There was a nice big field for us to sit and lay in, the girls were able to run around, and we were able to meet up with some of our friends from Castle Rock. We weren't the only ones who had this idea. There were a few other mormon-eclipsers from out of town who had the same idea as us. The bishop from Alliance stopped by at one point to let us in to go to the bathroom. Pretty thoughtful!

^^We kept monitoring the progress with my dad's binoculars. We could see it with our eclipse glasses but it was fun to project it onto the sidewalk too.

Alturas 2017


Last weekend we took our annual pilgrimage to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. This is such a pretty place and I'm happy to have married into a family with this awesome tradition. I love traditions and habits because it makes the good things in life even easier to accomplish, especially when those things require a lot of work and effort. I'm happy that they have been doing this for many, many years and I hope we continue to do it for many years to come.

This year we camped at Trap Creek and had so many tents set up it seemed like a little neighborhood. We also had lots of hammock sleepers this year (everyone has these awesome hammocks from Costco). We were much more prepared for the cold nights this year and thankfully didn't freeze our bums off while we tried to sleep. I was warm all three nights and our girls slept really well so I think they were pretty cozy too.

Reagan and Naomi spent the weekend doting on all of the big girl cousins and loved all of the attention they give to them. Reagan was mad every time I tried to talk to her because it took her away from her playtime with the cousins. Reagan was so brave when it came to swimming in the lake this year. I think she jumped in about 40 times on Friday. It was so awesome to watch her swim and love it. Naomi jumped in a few times too but realized just how freezing that water really is and always wanted to warm up afterward.

We enjoyed lots of tasty food, like aways, spent lots of time around the campfire, got a few too many bug bites, and played tons of card games. Love this trip, love this lake, and love this family.

This was the first year that Grandma and Grandpa didn't come to Alturas, so we packed up camp a little early to drive up to Boise to have dinner at their house before heading back home.

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