To Make Up For Last Week

Weekly Happenings: I think all the things we did this past week made up for all that we didn’t do the past week, haha. On Monday, Joseph didn’t have school and Paul didn’t have work, so we headed off to the pumpkin patch. Thanks to Abigail waking up early (regardless of the day), we were able to get an early start and had a nice visit while it was still cool. A fun time was had by all. 🙂 On Thursday, we attended an awards ceremony for Joseph. His school has different values that they teach the kids about and will choose kids who they feel have used those values. Joseph was picked for “Speak With a Purpose”. His teacher said that he always thought before he spoke and tried to always speak kindly and patiently with his friends. That’s our awesome boy! Finally, yesterday (after another almost-regular-time wake-up call from Abigail) we decided to head out to the zoo for the morning. In the afternoon, Joseph and I worked on his pumpkin for the Storybook Pumpkin Patch at his school (each kid who wants to decorates a pumpkin like one of their favorite storybook characters) while Paul spent some much-needed time on homework.

The Weekly Weather: We’ve had quite the mix. The week started out warm, but then a cold front dropped in, making it cool for a couple of days. It warmed back up after that, but we have another cold front working its way in as we speak. It’s pretty typical for this time of year, though.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work and school as always…he did make sure to make some time for some fun family time, though. I’m so grateful that he strives to do that.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly just my typical stuff. It’s amazing how the days just seem to fly by!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been enjoying school and GT. He also enjoys helping with Abigail and playing with her.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s pushed out yet another tooth…so the count is now 6. She will be 10 months old next week! She isn’t crawling yet (still rolling like a fiend) but enjoys seeing what mischief she can get into whilst in her walker. 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

She is super-interested in child-locks right now…
Building a scarecrow at the pumpkin patch (with a real life scarecrow photobomb, haha).
Chillin’ on a hay bale.
Family selfie #1…
…family selfie #2…
…and family selfie #3. 🙂
Getting ready for the barrel-train ride.
He loves this thing!
I think we’ve taken his picture here every year that we’ve been. It’s fun to see him grow.
Another must-take-a-picture spot.
Going for a hay ride.
King of the hay bale!
Bundled up baby!
One bonus of cooler weather: she gets to wear her cute cold-weather clothes.
Playing with the edge of the rug is much better than playing with toys!
Getting his award.
Each award comes with a certificate and a medal.
Posing with the principal.
With all the other recipients.
With his teacher. I think we’ve been really blessed to have her as his teacher. He says she does all sorts of fun stuff with them (like putting glitter in their Play-Doh as a surprise one day).
I “spiderwebbed” the bookcase for Halloween.
I also put up some fun ghost and pumpkin lights…which Abigail spent a LOOOONG time trying to get to.
Chilling with the Komodo dragon.
Monkeying it up with the gibbons.
We always need to make a stop here!
Joseph’s pumpkin for the Storybook Pumpkin Patch. He chose a cute squirrel named Scaredy Squirrel.



Back in the Swing of Things

Weekly Happenings: This past week was spent mainly getting back into the swing of things after I got home from my trip to California. We didn’t do too much out of the ordinary. It was nice being back with the family and getting back into the routine of school, work, and so on.

The Weekly Weather: It was rainy one day, but the rest of the week was clear and warm.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly just work, school, and maintaining the house and yards.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly just trying to get back into my routine.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s enjoying school. He goes to the GT (gifted and talented) teacher a few times a week to do additional enrichment activities, which is good. He also enjoys hanging out at home and doing things to make Abigail laugh. He’s an awesome helper whenever I need him to be.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s popped out another tooth (so that makes five so far) and is an altogether pleasant baby. We’re so blessed!

This Week in Pictures:

I was attempting a candid shot of them both playing, but then Abigail happened to look up and smile at me right as I took the picture. 🙂
Playing with the plush spider that a friend got for us many moons ago.
One of the reasons I refer to her as “monkey-toes” sometimes.
Out for a morning stroll after taking Joseph to school.
I love Texas sunrises!
Playing with what is probably her favorite toy.
The first thing she always does is rip off the flag so she can chew on it.


Weekly Happenings: This past week was a bittersweet one. At the beginning, it was a normal-ish week of school, work, and the like. On Thursday, I flew to California to be with family and attend my dad’s funeral. I got back yesterday. Paul did an awesome job holding down the fort.

The Weekly Weather: We got a lot of rain last week! Joseph kept saying he wished it would stop so he could play outside. Sorry, kiddo. Fall in South Texas usually means rain.

What Paul’s Been Up To: As I mentioned before, he held down the fort while I was gone. He did an awesome job! He also managed to score a Super Nintendo Classic (a mini Super Nintendo with a ton of the classic games loaded onto it) as a surprise for Joseph.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I soaked up as much family time as possible. My dad’s funeral was on Friday. It was a really wonderful service. It was so good to see everyone I did (family, old friends) even though it was under sadder circumstances.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: Mainly just doing his thing. He really enjoyed getting to do Google Hangouts with me while I was gone. He also enjoyed playing the SNES Classic. It served as a good distraction, I think.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She also enjoyed the Google Hangouts (even though she looked confused as to exactly where I was since my face was in Paul’s phone) and has been jetting around the house in her walker. I also moved her into 12-18 month (or just 18 month if it’s a single-size option) clothing.

This Week in Pictures:

I sure love these two!
She got a hold of Joseph’s sword and was ready to use it. Watch out, world! She wasn’t too happy when I took it away, either. She followed after me, “yelling” at me.
Such a happy baby!
Google Photos did this “then-and-now” thing and I got this. Almost two months versus nine months.
Another Google Photos comparison shot.
Playing with the plush milk carton a great friend of mine found for her.
Flying over the mountains that are close to where I grew up.
Flying above the clouds.
Paul sent me this one on Thursday (I flew out Thursday morning).
Joseph playing the SNES Classic.
It’s like a mini gaming system, but there aren’t game cartridges. All the games are loaded onto the system itself.
Trying to get out of the portable crib to get at all the stuff in Daddy’s office, no doubt.
Kick, kick, kick!
Enjoying General Conference.
My brother was driving me to the airport on Sunday so that I could fly home. My sister was in the back seat and we saw this driving down the street by us. My sister got this shot while we were stopped at a red light. The stuff you see sometimes!