Since my family and I have been on vacation for a couple of weeks, I have not had the chance to write very much! I’ve also been worrying about Hurricane Irma, currently on its course through Florida, and praying that everyone is okay. David and I have family in Florida and surrounding areas, so we are praying for their safety. Although that is the case, I am still determined to write so that Kaleb can learn more about his life and hopefully help others through their journey as well.
As we finally arrived at Pensacola, Florida, our first destination, I was exhausted. We stopped at a restaurant called Charley’s (which is out of this world) and sat down to eat with Liz’s father. I ordered a shrimp plate and chose a strawberry lemonade cheesecake for dessert. We were literally the last people in the restaurant, but they were oh so patient with us as we ate our meals. I felt like a mess in my attire in such a nice restaurant and it reminded me of the time I went to Olive Garden with my parents after returning from Florida. Anyways, after enjoying such a great meal we went back to the hotel that we were going to be staying at for a couple of days.
The next morning we ate breakfast at the little restaurant downstairs and we were planning to see the eclipse. Before we had left for our trip I had read about the eclipse that was going to be passing through, but we did not prepare for it! The only way to see the eclipse was through special glasses or if you made something to view it with. We were unable to get a hold of any glasses so we had to create our own eclipse viewing mechanism with a cereal box, tin foil, and toothpicks. Honestly, I did not believe that it was going to work, but it turned out to be a really awesome way to view the eclipse! While we were at the hotel pool we viewed it through our home made eclipse viewer. At the same time, Kaleb got into a pool for the first time in his life! He really enjoyed it because the water was warm and the temperature outside was perfect. Unfortunately, we were not in the path of totality and the sun was only 88% covered. In the path of totality, the sun was almost covered 100% and it resulted in darkness for a bit.
Later on in that day, we went to eat at another restaurant (that I forgot the name of) but the food was also amazing. There was an aquarium and these awesome looking fans that looked like oars in the ceiling. Somehow, all 8 of us were able to fit in a booth and were able to eat without bumping elbows. As we were waiting for our meals, Kaleb was beginning to fuss so I made him a bottle. After drinking the rest of it he fell right asleep in his stroller while we ate our dinner… Seeing it was our first time at the restaurant, the waitress gave us all free cookies that were gooey and delicious. After our meal, we returned to the hotel to sleep for the night.