“What did you visit?” my boss asked me after my first time to the US. “Minnesota”. “You must have a boyfriend there”, she figured. Why else would anyone to go to Minnesota on their first visit to America? (Ask me this now, after six years of living in this beautiful state and I can give a million reasons! )
I’ve never dreamed of flying to the States before knowing my husband but once I started I was unstoppable. I flew over the ocean several times till we applied for a fiancee visa and this lead to the cancellation of my tourist visa – it’s a standard immigration procedure. It was now Dan’s turn to come visit my world, meaning Europe. I started by introducing him to Belgium, where I was living at the time. I gave him a tour of Brussels but also some other adorable little surrounding towns.
When we went to Oostende I remember Dan being blown away that it was past 10 pm and the sun was still up. He documented the late sunset in the photo series below.
Those were the times when we were able to stay up late, enjoy a beautiful sunset and look at the moon for hours. Now, this time of the evening is busy with kids being put to bed.
I look forward to the days when they’re older and we can stay up later to explore the sky and talk about stars and the moon.
If you have kids who express an interest in outer space or you want to use a fun method of teaching them about the universe, you can put together a moon explorer kit. Start with a book and go from there. Here are just a few examples of items that can be included.
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The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons is a great scientific book for young children age 5 and up. It contains a detailed description of the phases of the moon, teaches about the solar and lunar eclipses and explains how the moon affects the oceans causing tides. There is also a brief history of lunar exploration, starting with the first pictures of moon’s far side transmitted by a Russian spacecraft and ending with the first man to step on the moon: Neil Armstrong. The book ends with moon milestones, legends, stories and more facts.
Some of the items on this list are mentioned in the book and others are just nice additions: binoculars and telescope, Moon in my Room light, astronaut costume or just a space helmet and a rocket ship tent .
Happy moon exploring!