Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Weekly Happenings: This past week was full of getting back into our routines and me picking up on some things that I’ve kind of left by the wayside.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been another week full of a mix of rain, gloomy days, and some sun mixed in between.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He has been busy at work (he even went in today to do some overhauling of some of the computers since it’s easier to do stuff like that when the students are not there). I love that even though he’s super busy at work, he still makes time for hanging out with Joseph and for helping me with things. I am really blessed in that department.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: When I brought Abigail home, I knew it would change up the way I had been doing things, but I was not prepared for how overwhelmed I would feel at times. I was really struggling with how to balance my time and it was hard to accept help because I felt like I should be able to handle it all, just as I did before she was born. It has taken me a solid three years to figure out how to lay out a routine that doesn’t leave me exhausted by the end of the day (well, there are still days, but it’s not every day). Ticking away at my housework a tiny bit every day as opposed to trying to do it in one or two days was what I experimented with this week and the results are pleasing. Next week I’m going to try to work in my morning workouts again. I think the fact that Abigail is older is a huge help. I also am trying to go to more girls’ nights and outings when they come up. I find that if I do that, I feel a little less trapped in toddler-land. One wonderful thing that I got to do this morning was to go to the temple. It was so quiet and peaceful. I love that it affords me the opportunity to really be in tune with my Heavenly Father.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been busy at school. He enjoys attending the Gifted and Talented program and loves getting a chance to go to the computer lab a couple of times a week.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been busy, busy, busy. One funny thing she did was to tell me she was a snake and then proceeded to hiss at me. The other day she fell down, bonked her head, and then told me (through her tears) that she was sick and needed to go the doctor’s. She’s always keeping me on my toes!

This Week in Pictures:

One thing I worked on this week was organizing my pantry. I didn’t really move anything around. I mainly just cleaned stuff up and got rid of extra boxes/bags/etc.
Here’s the after!
Chef Abigail. This day’s menu included lemon, orange, and tomato soup.
She was really into dressing up this week.
The last time I was in Waco, I had a lemon and lavender cupcake from the Silo Bakery and absolutely loved the flavor profile. So, when Paul got me the Magnolia Table cookbook for Christmas and I saw the recipe for lemon and lavender icebox cookies, I just had to try it out. They are more of a shortbread-type cookie and are so good!

Bonus Video: Abigail Four-wheelin’


All Things Girl

Weekly Happenings: This past week didn’t really hold anything out of the ordinary for us. We’re mostly just working on getting back into the swing of normal life, which I think we’ve pretty much accomplished.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been switching back and forth between rainy and overcast with the sun showing its face every once in a while. I’m going to be honest: it kind of drives me crazy. I’m not saying that I’m ready for summer (I don’t know if I’m ever ready, haha), but seeing the sun some more would be nice.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s busy at work and busy with his calling at church. Add in responsibilities around home and you’ve got a good picture of what his life is like right now. He’s also still fighting the cedar pollen. He even took a couple sick days this week so that he could get some much needed rest.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I almost forgot that at the beginning of the week, I was blindsided by quite a nasty stomach bug/flu. It landed me in bed as soon as it hit (I was glad Paul was already home, even though I felt bad that he needed to take over since he wasn’t feeling good, either). I had some pretty crazy dreams while I had the fever, too. I wish I could remember them! Luckily it was gone in about twelve hours, leaving me exhausted. Paul took the next day off so that we could both rest. I’ve also been challenged by Abigail’s requests for me to make her hair like a princess (Heaven help me). Luckily she’s seemed to like my attempts.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: School, video games, Legos, reading fun books (a friend of ours was very generous and got him the complete collection of Roald Dahl books as a belated Christmas gift which he’s been devouring one-by-one).

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Her imagination is in full force. I stepped into the pantry to grab something and I hear (from the other side of the door): *knocking* “Elsa? Ellllsa…do you wanna build a snooooowmaaaaan?” (have I mentioned she still loves Frozen?). I opened up the door to see her down on the ground, trying to peek under the door. One other funny exchange happened when I was trying to understand which show she wanted to watch:

A: Lego?
M: Lego what?
A: Yes.
M: No, Lego what?
A: Lego boy!
M: What’s a Lego boy?
A: Yes!
M: No, what are you talking about?
A: Lego…mobee?
M: OH! Lego Movie?
A: Yeeeessss!!!

This Week in Pictures:

She asked to play with the pitcher and then came up to me telling me all about her chef’s hat. 😀
It’s hard to see in this picture but not only did she insist that Elsa come on the walk with us, but she also wanted me to tuck Elsa under the “seat belt” so she could be safe, too.
First she wanted butterflies in her hair…
…then she asked specifically for “princess hair” so I swapped out the butterfly ponytail holder for a rosette barrette and some pink butterfly clips.
Luckily that was good enough to be considered “princess hair”. *whew!*

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Weekly Happenings: We spent the majority of this past week getting back into our routine. It was a bit…interesting trying to to get the kids (and myself) back onto Central Time (bedtime felt like it came too soon and it felt like we were waking up in the middle of the night). We also worked on getting the Christmas decorations down since January snuck up on us while we were on vacation. Abigail was rather dismayed to see all the fun Christmas decorations disappear, but luckily she got over it relatively quickly (playing with her new toys and watching Frozen helped immensely).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been mild for the most part: cold mornings warming up to cool afternoons. We did have quite the thunderstorm move through last night, but luckily all the rumblings died down before it got too late.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been fighting mountain cedar pollen since we’ve gotten home (we all have, but it seems to hit him the worst). Today he’s been busy getting the neighborhood Christmas decorations taken down.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mostly my regular weekly stuff of ferrying kids around and trying to get my brain back in Texas. 😉

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s happy to get back to school and back to seeing his friends. He is also enjoying sneaking in playing his new video games whenever he can squeeze it in.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She had her three-year check-up. She is 31 pounds and 37 inches tall. She didn’t need to get any immunizations, but she did need to get her flu shot. Surprisingly, she didn’t cry or even fuss. She looked a bit shocked when she got poked, but the nurse was so quick with it that we had her laughing with silly faces before she could decide to cry. She earned a toy from Target for her braveness (an Elsa doll, of course). One cute story: she was snuggling me after having had to be woken up (she fell asleep while waiting for Joseph in the school parking lot) when my piano student and her mom came through the door. They said hello and she said said, “I Ag-gi-gail. This my mom.” Her vocabulary and socializing skills are just exploding right now. She also still enjoys watching Frozen and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure at least once a day. 😀

This Week in Pictures:

She really gets into the songs and sings along as best she can.
Joseph discovered a recipe for pizza roll-ups in his latest edition of The Friend (church magazine geared towards kids) and wanted to try them. They’re basically pepperoni and half a cheese stick rolled up in a refrigerated crescent roll, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with Italian seasoning, and baked. Joseph came up with the idea of spreading a bit of marinara sauce on the roll before adding the pepperoni and cheese and I think that improved the end result immensely. We also made a plain cheese version.
A new quote for January.
I needed something to go in the spot where my Grinch picture had been hanging and I found this fun sign at Hobby Lobby. I think it’s perfect for where we’ve got it because it’s right where people are coming and going all of the time. It’s also something I remember my dad saying to us on occasion (it’s a lyric from a song that’s in Guys and Dolls, which came out in 1950).
I needed a new filler for my large vase and fell in love with these fake succulents.
I like that it adds green but is still neutral.
I heard her saying, “Look, Mom! I Olaf!”, so I looked over and saw this. I suppose the pointy carrot DOES look like a snowman’s nose.
With her new best bud, Elsa.
She looks like a unicorn-obsessed celebrity who’s upset with the paparazzi for taking her picture.