Friday, July 13, 2012

#008 You Might Live in Scotland If...

... in the Summer you get about 16-18 hours sunlight a day!

Yup, that means on the summer solstice (June 22nd) the sunrise was at 4:13am and the sunset at 10:08pm! That's a lot of sun! Although I suppose "sunlight" might be a relative term here. It's more often cloudy and rainy than it is actually sunny.
But I suppose it's more the "daylight hours" we are talking about!
 I can hardly complain though because if you remember from my post about the winter darkness, there was only about 6-8 hours of sunlight a day! So I suppose it all works out in the end :) As I had mentioned in that previous post, winter was dark and a bit lonely, but the Lord carried us through until it started to get brighter, we made more friends, found a church we love,  and had visitors again! 

The adjustment now is how sunny it is so early and late in the day! I had to get black out blinds for the girls' room to help normalize their schedules again. It's not like in the states where I could say, "It's getting dark so it's bed time."  We decided to help them out with knowing when they needed to stay in their beds and when they could get out (despite whether it's dark or light), we got a "Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer".  Basically we set it to be blue when they are to be sleeping or in bed.
 When they are allowed to get up and get out of their beds to come get us (7am) it turns yellow :)

It has really helped with making sure they get the sleep they need (and that we do too)! One of the best investments we have made while being here!

---> And ONE more interesting thing about the light here is that even if you wake up at 1, 2, or 3 am, there seems to be a haze of orange/yellow light in darkish blue sky. It doesn't ever seem to get pitch dark.
This is the view outside of our living room window at almost 1am!

"Things that make you go hmmm..."


Paula Hong said...

love that clock. may have to get one!

Jessica Gardner said...

That is so weird! It would be hard to get used to! still pray and think of you often! Hope things are going well