Slightly Dreary Days

Weekly Happenings: This past week was pretty cold (a cold front came in rather quickly on Monday). The weather kind of affected what we did, which was not much, haha. We did go out to eat on Monday since it was Veterans’ Day. Normally we can find a place to get Paul a free meal, but we were encountering crowds…who woulda thunk it…in “Military City, U.S.A.”? 😉 so we ended up just going to one of our regular favorites (who was awesome enough to give us a veteran’s discount). Other than that, we pretty much just hunkered down to avoid the cold.

The Weekly Weather: When I say cold, I really mean it. The lows were below freezing or right at freezing for a few days in a row. The highs weren’t much higher, either. We just did our best to layer, layer, layer.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and his church calling. He’s also prepping to get the neighborhood entrances decorated for Christmas (he plans it all out and then does the installation the Saturday after Thanksgiving). It’s hard to believe that we’re already at this point in the year!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve enjoyed not having my finger all wrapped up. It’s so much more convenient!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: Mainly just school. He’s got one more week of school before having a full week off…which I think we’re all looking forward to!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She likes to pretend that her plush Pluto is a real dog who needs to sleep right next to her. She’ll carefully place him on her pillow, tell him to stay, and then pat his head, calling him a “good dog”. 🙂 She has also wanted me to play Hide and Seek with her for a good chunk of the afternoon yesterday. When she hides, it’s pretty much out in plain sight, so I have to pretend I can’t find her…but if I take too long, she comes to find me (she’s also giggling in anticipation the entire time). When I tell her to count, she usually gets to three before coming to find me (though once I heard her get up to twelve). I usually toss a blanket over myself and hid that way. Then she comes up to me and says, “Mom! Is that you?!”, uncovers me, and bursts out laughing. It’s pretty fun.

This Week in Pictures:

When the temps dropped twenty degrees in less than two hours, I was scrambling to find my warm clothes!
The boys at dinner on Monday (Abigail was the photographer).
The girls. Abigail was focused on hitting the button.
She was so proud of herself!
All better!
In the time that I ran upstairs to hang up a couple of shirts (so I was gone for a max of two minutes…maybe), she accomplished this.
Her feet were cold but I didn’t want to just put socks on her (she tends to slip on the floors), so I scrounged around and found Joseph’s old slippers. She said that her “bear feet were sooooo fuzzy!”
A two year difference between these two pictures…I love that I can still see my baby’s face in my big almost-3-year-old!

A Low-Key, {almost} Picture-less Post

Weekly Happenings: This past week was pretty low-key. We sort of just did the things that were absolutely required (on my part at least). When I think about the fact that we’re done with the first full week of November already, I realize that the holidays are swiftly approaching…so low-key weeks like this are good because soon enough life will be hectic. 🙂

The Weekly Weather: It’s been mostly mild, but we did have one cold front come through that reminded us that it IS November. I love this time of year, though. I hardly ever break a sweat simply by walking outside, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mostly his regular stuff. He did have to take his car in to get one of the tires looked at since it kept losing air. Luckily, the shop was able to do a patch on it which only cost $10.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: The most notable thing was that I was able to get my stitches out today. Yay! My finger is a bit tender, but it’s nice not having to have to have it wrapped up.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He used some of his allowance money that he’s been saving to buy a couple of video games, so he’s been enjoying that. He also discovered that he could download some of his favorite comic books onto his tablet, so he’s one happy dude right now. 😉

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Her imaginative play has exploded this past week. If she sees something on one of her shows, she almost immediately starts pretending to do something that the character has just done…or she mimics everyday tasks (as I’m typing this, she’s pretending that the vertical blinds next to the sliding glass door are a mailbox and she’s putting junk mail which she calls “letters” in-between the blinds). It’s fun to witness these milestones.

This Week in Pictures:

I had Joseph take our picture so we could document our matching leggings. 😉
She picked her own clothes and I (realizing we didn’t need to go anywhere where she would have to actually leave the car) conceded. Those are dinosaurs on her leggings, if you’re curious.
I sure love this cutie!
Sometimes it’s a snuggle-under-the-blanket-with-Momma kind of day.
I love catching this view whenever I walk past the piano. It makes me feel all warm and cozy.
She re-discovered the winter hats. 🙂
We got this jacket handed down to us from some friends. Abigail was super-excited to put it on. She said, “I look like a zebra! Neeeiiigh!”
No more stitches and it’s all scabbed over. Yay!


Trick-or-Treat Fun and a Big Oops

Weekly Happenings: This past week contained Halloween which was full of trick-or-treat fun. Other than that, there wasn’t much else we did out of the ordinary (I’ll get to the “big oops” in a bit). It’s crazy to think we’re already at this point of the year.

The Weekly Weather: We had an actual cold front come through that really dropped the temperatures. One night we actually got down to official freezing temperatures. Halloween was actually pretty cold which was great!

What Paul’s Been Up To: Nothing too much to note for him.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Here’s the “big oops”: I was prepping dinner on Halloween and while I was slicing apples, I lost grip on the apple and sliced my finger pretty bad. We tried to get the bleeding to stop for a while but were unsuccessful (well, it would stop for a bit and then start up again). After I got Abigail in bed, I hopped over to urgent care. They looked at it and decided it needed a few stitches. I also ended up getting a tetanus shot since I couldn’t remember when I got my last one and I also got a round of antibiotics to complete just in case there was anything there that would cause infection. Weeee, fun.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He was excited that he got to wear his costume to school twice this past little bit (once for superhero day and then again on Halloween). He also had a great time trick-or-treating with friends. I let him stay with his friends (under my friend’s watchful eye) when Abigail was done with walking but it was clear he wasn’t.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She really enjoyed getting to actually trick-or-treat this year. Everyone thought her little “Trick-o-tree” and “Thank-yoooou” was really cute. She did try to give people candy out of her bucket in exchange for what they were trying to give her (maybe she thought she was supposed to trade?), which was funny. She also encountered an older teenager who was dressed as Minnie Mouse who was handing out candy. She was super excited to see Minnie and waved goodbye to her (while repeatedly saying, “Bye-bye, Minnie!” until we turned a corner.

This Week in Pictures:

The dinosaurs were attacking the town.
She wanted to take a picture. 🙂
On the night I was anticipating really cold temps, I pulled out Abigail’s really warm pajamas (since she still tends to kick off her covers). I asked her to smile and say “cheese” but she decided to roar like a dinosaur instead. Oh well.
Oh, how time flies!
I was excited that I got to actually wear a hoodie on Halloween (instead of sweating), haha.
Getting ready to go trick-or-treating. Paul was staying home to hand out candy and scare the pre-teens and teenagers.
Abigail got super excited when she saw all the other trick-or-treaters.
Telling me all about the flowers on my friend’s bush.
Going to visit the Great Pumpkin display that one of my friends puts up every year. Abigail decided that witch Lucy needed a buddy.
Joseph’s landforms project.
My “owchie finger” as Abigail calls it.
The board for November. 🙂
This is one of my favorite outfits that I have for her.
Of course her baby doll had to be included in the picture taking. Abigail even told her doll to say “cheese”. 🙂