Weekly Happenings: August has shown up, and is welcome (anything to make this crazy year go by faster, in my opinion). We’ve found out a little more about how Joseph will be starting school at least. He’ll be starting out fully virtual on the 24th of this month. The school hopes to be able to have any students who are comfortable with in-person schooling to start with that after Labor Day. After discussing what the two models would be like (virtual vs. in-person), we decided that it would be best for Joseph to go back as soon as they deem it safe. We feel that school will prove to be a better learning environment (less distractions) and home can continue to be the place to go to escape the stress of school. We did squeeze in some fun things this week: playing in the back yard (this is note-worthy simply because it’s usually too hot for them to stay outside for too long) and going to the zoo.
The Weekly Weather: We did have a couple of random rainstorms come through right at the beginning of the week. By random, I mean they weren’t even on the weather forecast. I would hear the thunder rumbling, check my app, see nothing mentioning rain, see rain start to fall, check app again, and finally see it updated to show rain. Silly weather! After that, though, it was clear and warm for the rest of the week. I have to admit that summer in San Antonio is not my favorite. I think late fall through mid-spring is my favorite time. 😉
What Paul’s Been Up To: I forget if I mentioned it before, but last weekend he went up to Big Spring, TX for the State Libertarian Convention. He left on Friday and got back on Monday. He then went in to work for the rest of the week. Today, he’s been working on another big wood-working project: building a loft bed for Joseph. We feel it’ll make Joseph’s room feel less crowded if we can put his desk and bookcase UNDER his bed.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve been mainly keeping the kids happy, fed, and entertained. 😀
What Joseph’s Been Up To: Not much different for the boy, either. He did use some of his allowance money that he’s saved up to buy a new game for his Switch, so he’s been excited about that.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s basically been doing her same thing as well. She’s currently on a Lion King jag…so she’s been asking (a LOT) to watch the original Lion King, Lion King 1 1/2, Lion King 2 (Simba’s Pride), and The Lion Guard (Disney Jr. series about Simba’s kids). Hoo-boy.
Weekly Happenings: This week has been pretty average, with one highlight for the kids: Paul was able to finish up the swing set in the back yard, so the kids have been enjoying playing on it in the evenings, when it has cooled down a smidge. Oh, and today I took the kids to the zoo to help chase away the cabin fever.
The Weekly Weather: It’s been a little cooler, thanks to a tropical storm that was off the coast (which gave us some rain). We also got a good thunderstorm that came through last night.
What Paul’s Been Up To: He got the swing set done, which was a huge project. He was working from home this week, so that helped him to be able to squeeze in working on it.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve mainly been keeping the kids happy, healthy. and the like. I did host book club, though, which was fun. I had a few of my friends in the house and then we had more friends join via Zoom, which is a computer program that allows for people to “meet up” virtually using computers, phones, tablets, etc.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: Pretty much a rinse-and-repeat from last week: summer vacation fun. 🙂
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s also been pretty much doing the same stuff. She did learn (the hard way) not to walk in front of the swings while Joseph is swinging. 🙁 I was across the yard, so I couldn’t stop her from walking where she wasn’t supposed to. Luckily, even though she got knocked over (poor Joseph tried so hard not to hit her, but it really was unavoidable), she didn’t get hurt too badly. I’m kind of hoping it was enough of a traumatic experience to help her remember not to do it in the future, though.
Weekly Happenings: I almost didn’t have any pictures for this post. We haven’t really gone anywhere or done anything out of the ordinary. I jokingly say that we’re basically in survival mode when we have weeks like this one, but in reality, it isn’t far from the truth: we’re just trying to survive the summer, haha.
The Weekly Weather: It’s been hot and humid. We are supposed to get a bit of rain over the next few days, though (there’s a tropical storm coming in from the Gulf), that is also dropping the temps a bit. Yay!
What Paul’s Been Up To: He worked…at work…this week (as opposed to working from home). He also spent this morning starting on a big project in the backyard. Joseph is starting to get too big for the swing set that we have (it would actually rock back and forth when he was on it it), so Paul got some lumber and is in the process of building a bigger swing set. He got the frame assembled and stood up today (which was a BIG job, because he’s using pressure-treated wood, which is heavy) with a little bit of help from our neighbor (he’s a bit taller than Paul, so he was able to help lift one of the ends of the center beam up high enough for Paul to be able to get the other set of legs onto it). All he has left to do is to trim off some excess wood from some supports and then install the swings themselves. He’s going to do that another day, though, because he’s understandably beat.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve pretty much just kept the kids alive and relatively happy. It’s definitely a full-time job!
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s mainly been soaking up as much of his free time as possible. 🙂 Ah, summer vacation is the best when you’re a kid!
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been soaking in extra play time with Joseph. She’s also been enjoying playing hide-and-seek with anyone who will play, and just about loses her mind any time anyone comes to the door because she’s figured out it’s either going to be some sort of delivery (with a slim chance of it being something for her) or will be someone who just might say hello to her (my poor social butterfly of a child has really been struggling with having to stay home more than usual).