A Quick Trip To SoCal

I’m breaking from my regular format for a blog post. We took a quick trip to California, because my dad’s health hasn’t been too great. We feel blessed to have been able to have a good visit with family and to have had some fun times as well. We mostly stayed at my parents’ house to visit, but we did take a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm (and Paul also took Joseph to go do some miniature golf). Right before we left, we found out that the tummy bug we though Abigail had was really salmonella (most likely picked up from the swings at our park…but it really is a shot in the dark as to where exactly she contracted it), so we were giving her antibiotics right before leaving as well as all throughout the trip. That was a challenge, but we made it through! One special memory from the visit: my dad was kind of floating in and out of lucidity while we were visiting, but right as we were getting ready to get on the road to go home, he told us he wished we were staying longer and then asked if we had prayed yet (I remember that all growing up, we always said a prayer for safety any time we went on a road trip). We hadn’t, so he said a prayer for our trip. He didn’t lose his train of thought at all during the prayer. It touched my heart so deeply to hear my daddy praying for our safety, as well as thanking Heavenly Father for the time we had been able to enjoy together. I’m so grateful for eternal families! Now…ready for the deluge of photos? πŸ˜‰

Our Trip in Pictures (they are all mixed together since there were too many for me to feel like organizing):

This is right before we left for California. She sure loves ceiling fans!
Handsome boy with a new haircut for the trip.
Glad to be out of the car and at the hotel (in New Mexico) for the night. We split the trip out there into two days.
Joseph and Luna (Jason and Saira’s daughter) playing with moon sand.
Hanging out with Uncle Aaron.
My brother, Gary brought his bagpipes. It was so great to hear him play again (even if Joseph said the sound was annoying his ears, haha).
Bouncin’ away.
Sleepin’ cousins, haha.
Playing on the tablet…
Playing games together.
I promise this isn’t all they did…it just looks that way, haha.
Trying to get a picture with all the Darr cousins all looking at the camera at the same time proved…challenging.
Airplanes at Knott’s.
This happy girl just chilled with me while the boys rode the rides.
The carousel.
Playing piano with Grandma.
Hangin’ with Daddy at Knott’s.
Abigail meeting Snoopy.
She seemed a bit confused by him…
I still can hardly believe he went on this ride solo…
Getting ready to ride the roller coaster.
She eventually decided Snoopy was okay.
Sitting on Grandma’s lap.
Getting rather wiggly.
Joseph with Snoopy.
Hanging out with Charlie Brown. Joseph was making goofy faces for the camera.
Meeting Grandpa.
Miniature golf with Paul.
Oddly enough, this is one of his favorite rides at Knott’s.
Holding Grandpa’s hand.
Any time Grandpa saw Abigail, he wanted to hold her.
I love that I can see the love for his grandbabies in his eyes!
Joseph on that crazy ride…
Another miniature golf shot.
I sure love these two!
Paul says that he kept sticking his hands out…the daredevil!
Another plane shot…
Riding on the swings.
Grandpa really enjoyed talking with Joseph.
Another shot of Joseph and Snoopy.
Abigail checking out Grandpa’s fish pillows.



Hello, August!

Weekly Happenings: It’s surreal to realize that it’s already August. This year is just flying by! We didn’t do very much this past week. Abigail has been fighting a tummy bug, so we mostly stayed home. Towards the end of the week, when we felt she was no longer contagious (still icky diapers but no fever) we ventured out for a couple short trips to have dinner out and run some errands. It made Abigail less fussy to be out, so I’m guessing she was getting slightly cabin-feverish.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been mostly sunny. There was one big rainstorm that came through. The humidity and warmth stuck around rain or shine (though it did get a teeny bit cooler when raining).

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and home life. His two big projects were draining and flushing out the water heater (a must-do every six months or so, with how hard of water we have out here) and taking down our pool since the grackles (similar to crows) were turning it into a birdbath. We had a cover on it, but the cover has small holes in it as part of the design (to let in a small amount of air, I suppose) and they figured out how to land on the cover to make their weight cause more water to come through the holes. They made a thorough mess. Dumb smart birds, haha.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I spent most of the past week tending to the sickie and making sure the well one didn’t get too bored since we were stuck at home.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He mainly spent this past week entertaining himself while I took care of Abigail. I’m so lucky he’s good at that!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been pretty manageable, considering. I took her to the doctor to confirm that it was just a tummy bug and not an ear infection or anything else on Β top of it. Here’s to hoping that we don’t have too much longer to deal with this thing! One thing we’ve discovered is that she likes to sit in the walker and look out the storm door. She also really likes to watch Baby Einstein videos. There was one evening when I was holding her and watching a show on TV. She started getting fussy, so I switched it over to Baby Einstein. It was an immediate reversal of behavior. Methinks she’s becoming quite the master manipulator. πŸ˜‰

This Week in Pictures:

She played herself to sleep.
During our rainstorm, one of the huge toads that lives in our yards (at least we think there’s more than one since we’ve seen toads both in our front and back yards) came to chill out on the front patio. They’re quite large…about as big as one and a half of Paul’s hands.
Totally into Baby Einstein.
Watching Daddy mow the lawn.

Long Summer Days

Weekly Happenings: We’ve reached the point of summer vacation where Joseph is asking more frequently just how much longer until school starts. I can’t say that I blame him, though. It’s been so hot that we haven’t done much. There were a few play dates and a trip to the zoo, but other than that, not much out of the ordinary.

The Weekly Weather: This previous week was another scorcher. We had temps in the triple digits with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Poor Joseph had a hard time understanding that it was hot enough that it could actually make him sick if he played outside for too long. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s still on break from school (and will be until September). Work, yard work, and spending quality dad/son time with Joseph (not to mention time with the whole family) still kept him pretty busy.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my end. The kids kept me pretty busy most of the time. I love it, though. πŸ™‚

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had fun playing at the park, going to the zoo (both morning trips to make sure it wasn’t too hot yet) and having a friend over to play.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Cuteness overload, as usual. She has been figuring out the walker (she’s still pretty much stuck in reverse, though) and has also been trying to figure out how to throw things that she’s holding (still working on the whole “letting go” aspect). She likes to shriek and if she sees something she really wants, she gets so excited that she literally start shaking. It’s pretty funny.

This Week in Pictures:

At the zoo, roaring like a lion…
Giving me a “creepy bug face”.
Hanging out on the hippos.
I walked out one morning to find this guy (or girl…who knows) just chilling on our front walk. I’ve heard cicadas in our trees plenty of times, but I’ve never seen one this close up.
I love how she smiles with her whole face!