On Friday 20th March, I walked Harry to school, and just as we were arriving, we could see the Solar Eclipse starting! We were lucky that the clouds were just right to be able to see it. We were quite excited!
I walked back with Donna, and we each went to our houses to take photos of the eclipse! It wasn't a full eclipse, but was still really good! This is the sun, made into a crescent by the moon passing in front of it.
The eclipse was at its fullest at about 9.30am. It didn't get properly dark, but made an eerie kind of dusk light. I tried to get photos of how dark it went in the house, but my camera compensated too well, and it doesn't look very dim in these pictures - it was though!
On Friday evening, I took a car full of kids plus Ben Conway to Northampton for a Stake Seminary meeting, plus Deacon and Beehive Forum. I wasn't running the activity, so it was strange not to have a car full of stuff to take - I'd just been cutting out words and pictures from magazines for a few days, for the collage activity Gill was doing.
Part way through the activity, I left to go and look after Bea, the autistic daughter of the Claytons. Claire and President Clayton both had meetings to be in, so we'd arranged for me to look after Bea. I haven't spent time with her before, but we seemed to get along OK, doing a puzzle together and reading a book. She doesn't have a great deal of language, but it was lovely being with her - I felt a really peaceful spirit around her. When President Clayton came back in the room, he realised Bea was trying to get him to go to a meeting again, so she and I could play for longer! I said that would be fine, so we had some more time together. I felt really pleased that Bea and I had made some kind of connection.
On Sunday 22nd March, I went with Becki Cain to Kettering Ward Conference. Managed to miss the turn-off yet again!
Emma Corre taught a great Young Women lesson on goal setting, then we had a very long meeting with the Ward Council afterwards.
On Monday 23rd March, it was Scott's and my 19th Wedding Anniversary, though we had both forgotten, and not got gifts or cards for each other! Not that that bothered us very much - we were both more pre-occupied with thinking about our trip to America.
By the end of Monday, we were all pretty much packed - I had done all the laundry over the weekend, and did ironing on Monday - carefully packing things. Most the cases and bags were in the living room, so I just added things as I remembered them. It was pretty stress free.
In the evening, Scott and I had a good talk about our marriage and us - a 'state of the nation' kind of thing. We aren't perfect at being married, and I came away some thoughts on how to do things better, and looking forwards to having an American adventure side by side with Scott.