Monday, January 1, 2018

Go Outside!

Happy New Year! My family has enjoyed every single minute of our winter break. We have barely left our house and have played more Yahtzee and Quixx games than I count. We also completed a 550 piece Harry Potter puzzle, learned how to wire circuits, and also built a small engine (well actually that was Jeremy and Eli, but we all spent time around the table watching them work). We stayed in our pajamas all day every day and watched movies and Netflix (is anyone else watching The Crown?!? LOVE IT!), while feasting on all the goodies from the holidays. I can effectively say that I feel relaxed, rested, rejuvenated, and ready for the New Year.


I have been working for a few weeks on my resolutions for the new year. I take my resolutions pretty seriously and don't resolve to do anything that I don't actually think I can do. This year, one of my big goals is to be outside more and hike more! I am totally bummed that we have a negative windchill here which is keeping us from our New Year's Day hike, something I was really looking forward to. But never fear, because the Super Moon is here, which gives us another excuse to head out tonight for a good view. We have the perfect spot, away from the lights in town, to get the best view of the Wolf Moon.

There are 13 full moons in the year 2018, and I love that the first one is on New Year's Day, giving us a reason to head outdoors, (even if we don't get out of the van.) I only recently learned different cultures assign names to the full moons depending on the time of year they occur (tonight's full moon is the Wolf Moon.)  Just in case you want to get outdoors to enjoy some full moons this coming year, here is a master list of the dates and names (I used NASA's names) of all the full moons in 2018.

January 1, 2018 WOLF MOON
           This one is also a Supermoon - the closest we will have in 2018!)
January 31st, 2018  SNOW MOON
            This is also a Supermoon, and is also being called a BLUE MOON. Not only a full moon, but                a supermoon AND a total eclipse of the moon.
March 1, 2018 WORM MOON
March 31, 2018 PINK MOON
April 29th, 2018 FLOWER MOON
May 29th, 2018 STRAWBERRY MOON
June 28th, 2018, BUCK MOON
July 27th, 2018, STURGEON MOON
August 26th, 2018, CORN MOON
September 24th, 2018 HARVEST MOON
October 24, 2018 HUNTER'S MOON
November 23, 2018 BEAVER MOON
December 22, 2018 COLD MOON (Also the day after Winter Solstice)

Moon and star gazing is a great way to get the family outdoors. I am a sucker for full moons, but I also find anything celestial to be magnificent and fascinating. If there's something interesting happening in the sky, I want to know about it.

In case you don't want to use this reference every time you want to view a full moon, there is also a cool app at the Play Store that will do all the tracking for you.

Other Moon resources that you might find interesting are:
Farmer's Almanac Full Moons
NASA's List of Full Moons (Space.com)

So with that done, Happy New Year, and may the New Year bring your family peace and happiness!