Weekly Happenings: It has been quite the week. I’ve forgotten how trying it can be at times to parent a toddler. Abigail is really determined and, at times, rather demanding. Consequently, I’m faced with “is this the hill I’m willing to die on” moments several times a day. Luckily, the sweet moments outweigh the trying ones (she’s currently singing “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” while “hiding” behind the vertical blinds that are in front of our sliding glass door). Also, there was an unfortunate event earlier this week where a young girl was struck and killed on her way to school when she lost control of her bike and she fell off of it and into traffic. When I read about that happening, it was an immediate thought of, “I would rather have the rough days with her than not have any more days with her at all.” Hold your people close…you never know when you won’t be able to anymore.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a mix of cool and downright cold. The downright cold days have also been humid, which is just miserable. I never thought I would say it, but on days like that, I actually found myself wishing for summer, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He got his stitches out and has been continuing to take it easy since there’s still a little bit of healing that needs to happen. He’s been busy at work (in fact, he’s there today working overtime) and with other things. Such is adult life. 😉

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly just my normal stuff: mom-ing, piano-teacher-ing, and the like. I did host my monthly book club meeting which was fun as always.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been busy at school (and wouldn’t have it any other way) but loves his down time.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She gave me a real run for my money the other night by refusing to go to bed. She didn’t throw a huge tantrum or anything, but just quietly and firmly told me she wasn’t going to go. Because I want her room to be a safe space and not viewed as confinement, I finally told her she could lay down on the bean bag chair in the loft. I then plunked myself down on the couch and waited. Pretty soon she was asleep and I carried her into her room. Another night, I woke up to noises in her room. I poked my head out and saw that her light was on. She was happily playing. At 2 o’clock in the morning. Paul dragged the extra mattress into her room and she and I laid down on it until she decided she needed more room, so she climbed back into her bed. Once she was solidly asleep, I stealthily snuck out and back into my own bed. Thankfully last night she slept all night.

This Week in Pictures:

I needed fresh lemon zest for the cookies I made for my book club meeting, but didn’t want the lemons to go to waste, so I picked up a hand juicer (with the plan to make lemonade). This thing is pretty efficient at getting the juice out and I love that it comes with a container to catch the juice.
This is what happens when you don’t want to go to bed but Mom lays down the law and says you can’t play with toys, either. You sit in the bean bag chair until you fall asleep.
The morning after her last stand against bedtime was full of snuggles.
Playing with the car garage that once belonged to Joseph. This thing is still in incredible shape and is still incredibly fun to play with.
Swinging on her new swing.
She was really loving it! It has a full back like a baby swing, but it’s more open in the front so that it’s easier for us to get her in and out. The chain comes across to keep her from falling out.
She got cold, so we had to go and bundle up. Then she was ready for the slide.
“Making a fire” with some of the sticks left over from Paul’s most recent tree pruning.
Spring is on its way!

Valentine’s Day Fun

Weekly Happenings: This past week was rather uneventful with the exception of Friday, which was Valentine’s Day. Friday was full of fun for Joseph at school and then after Paul got home from work, we exchanged gifts and then went out to eat. It was a nice time, for sure!

The Weekly Weather: It’s been typical February weather: a humid cold that just seems to suck the warmth from your very bones, haha. I think that’s why it’s my least favorite month, weather-wise.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been taking it easy, resting his finger as much as he can. He should be able to get the stitches out in a couple of days.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary on my part.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed Valentine’s Day at school and has also enjoyed utilizing a little “book nook” I set up in his room that has pillows to make it nice and cozy. He’ll sit there and read for quite a bit.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been saying some pretty funny things. Just one example: she came up and told me that her teeth were stuck and that she needed to go to the doctor so that they could take them out.

This Week in Pictures:

I made my nails pretty for Valentine’s Day.
She asked for juice and snuggled right into the newly-vacant spot that was created as I was starting to get up to get some for her. When I got back, she told me “no thank you” when I offered her the juice. I think she discovered a way to procure a pre-warmed seat on a chilly day and that I got played, haha.
Paul’s wood chipper came in a huge box.
The kids enjoyed making it into a playhouse…
…and a rocket ship.
When I realized just how grimy my piano keys have gotten (10 extra sets of hands playing the piano every week tends to do that), I went to town and cleaned them really well. It looks like a whole new piano!
I want to be on whatever team she’s on…I would be kind of scared to go up against her, to be honest, haha.
Abigail watching one of her favorite shows.
It’s a reboot of one of my favorite shows when I was little. Luckily, the humor is still as age-appropriate and fun (sometimes that doesn’t happen with reboots).
Playing with her Little People house and school.
Unwrapping her present from Paul. He got her a little box with a balloon, tiny teddy bear, and some candy. He got me one as well (they were a fundraiser for a group at his work). Abigail has since absconded with both balloons. 🙂
Paul got me pearl earrings to match the necklace I got from my mom quite a few years ago. She bought it, wore it for a little while, and then set it aside to give to me. She said that she did that so that I would have a piece of jewelry that she had worn. I love my momma!
Paul also brought home flowers and chocolate. I have now discovered that 86% cacao is a bit too bitter for plain eating (at least to my taste buds), so I popped it into the pantry for when I need bittersweet chocolate for baking. He also brought home some 70% which was perfect. 🙂
Paul even brought home flowers for Abigail (another fundraiser at work). Before you think the boys got left out, they didn’t. Paul brought Joseph some Kit Kats and purchased a digital copy of an inexpensive Switch game. I got Paul a monocular which is kind of like binoculars but is only one lens. He can even attach it to his phone and take pictures (which will reflect the magnification).
She told me her jammies and slippers were “so sparkly and beautiful.” 😍
All ready for church!
Oh, how I love these two!
She wanted one more picture. She’s saying “cheese” but has her mouth full of pancake. 😂
I had to get a close-up of her shoes because I think they’re so stinkin’ cute!

The Joys of Winter (Tummy Bugs and Cold Weather)

Weekly Happenings: This week was another chill week. I thought that Abigail had kicked whatever bug she had, but on Monday night she popped another fever, this one higher than the ones she had last week. I took her into the doctor to run a strep test and check her ears, because I felt that the fever had come out of nowhere. The strep test came back negative and her ears looked fine. The doctor said that with her one remaining symptom that we talked about, she probably had a stomach bug and a cold at the same time. She was fever-free the next day and symptom-free the day after that. So, that was how we spent the first part of the week. The rest of the week was kind of recovery from the first part, haha.

The Weekly Weather:

We started out warm, but then a cold front moved through.

Much to Joseph’s disappointment, it didn’t actually snow. We just got ice pellets.
The day after that, it was bitterly cold in the morning.
I sort of felt like this owl.

What Paul’s Been Up To: His week was going well until this morning. He pruned the trees in the backyard and was cutting the branches into smaller chunks (he ordered a mini wood chipper that will make it easy for him to mulch the branches so that we don’t have to haul them off somewhere or try to get our trash company to haul them off since they’ll want to charge us extra, but it hasn’t come in yet). The chainsaw kicked back and he sliced his finger pretty bad. I dropped him off at Urgent Care. He’s probably going to need to get some stitches. Poor guy!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mostly my normal stuff. Nothing too out of the ordinary on my part.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had his 100th day of school this week and got to do some fun activities for that. He also loved getting to learn about solids, liquids, and gasses in science by having root beer floats. Oh, and in GT, he learned about crime scene investigation where they learned about fingerprinting and collecting DNA (they even got to practice collecting their own DNA which was fun).

What Abigail’s Been Up To: I’m relieved that she’s finally feeling better. There was a while where she didn’t want to eat anything, barely wanted to drink anything, and was downright cranky. Now that she’s back to her happy and sweet self, it’s a much better vibe around the house.

This Week in Pictures:

Oh, did I mention that our gas prices are amazing right now? This was at the beginning of the week. When I was driving by the gas station this morning, I noticed that it had dropped even more and was $1.89. It’s crazy, but I’m so grateful for it!
For his 100th Day of School shirt, he wanted Paul to make him another 100 different Pokémon shirt.
Paul found an image online that had 100 different Pokémon and printed it onto an iron-on transfer. Then he ironed it onto a white shirt.
Abigail wanted to be in on the picture taking.
She wanted to do super hero poses, though.
When chilly weather traps you inside, you have no choice but to get cozy and read some books.
Playing dress up is another fun option.
One of my favorite sights when I come down the stairs. I love our home (and that little girl, too)!
Snuggling with brother.
The result of that stinkin’ chainsaw.