Well, it finally stopped raining (for the time being…we do have more rain in the forecast for next week). Once things dried out a bit (even on dry days, it takes a bit for the ground to be less muddy), we ventured out to do some fun things: playing in the back yard, going to the park, and going for a zoo trip today. We were able to let Abigail loose at the zoo and she did great listening and not running off. It was awesome! One funny story about her: At the end of her baths, I always tell her that she can play until all the water is gone…so she always gets a cup full of water and waits until all the rest of the water in the tub is gone before she gives me a mischievous look while holding her cup full of water. She always looks a little bummed when I tell her she has to empty her cup. Smart yet sassy girl! In other news, Joseph is really enjoying being back in school. He says it’s much better than trying to learn remotely from home. He’s also been able to choose a prize out of the prize box for good behavior/staying on task, which has been a highlight of his week (his teacher recently started this with the in-person learners and loaded the prize box with different toys that are good for hands that need to be kept busy…which are toys that he loves, so it’s a win-win).
Oof. We have gotten a ton of rain in the last few days. We’ve had brief breaks between storms, but it really feels like we’ve had 4+ inches of rainfall so far (and it’s currently raining, as I type). I can’t really complain, though. We just entered Stage 2 water restrictions, which means we can only water on our specified day and at a specified time. Hopefully this rain will help! We had a pretty crazy storm a couple of nights ago. It dropped hail the size of nickels (luckily it was really sporadic, so no damage) and a ton of rain. Luckily, it wasn’t as bad as areas further out. They had tennis ball sized hail and there was even a small tornado that briefly touched down (thankfully, it didn’t sound like anyone was hurt). Yesterday’s rain and today’s rain has been a little less volatile.
In other news: Paul has been making the most of this rainy day. Since he can’t do yard work, he’s been doing some work around the house. He’s already replaced the insides of one of the toilets and he’s currently switching out the faucets in our bathroom sinks. He’s also got a new light for the entryway that he’ll switch out at some point. I’m so grateful for all of his hard work that keeps our house looking nice! As for me, I got the second round of my COVID shot last night. So far, other than a rather sore arm, I haven’t had any other side effects. Joseph had a good week at school, and Abigail lost another tooth!
Bonus Video: the light show from the other night. Our trash cans were on the porch because the next day was trash day, but we didn’t want them to blow down the street or tip over during the storm.
I’m starting to notice a trend in our family dynamic. Joseph has taken to hanging out in his room more and more. At first I was a smidge concerned, but then I realized he’s NINE. He’s practically a preteen. Yikes! He’s got a room full of LEGOS, books, and his different video games. No wonder he’s almost always in there. It seems like, as of late, when I post pictures on here, they’re always Abigail and not Joseph. I need to try to get more pictures of him before he turns into a crazy teenager who refuses to be photographed, ha. So, I promise we have two kids…one has just become rather…elusive.
In other news, the mockingbirds have been rather cheeky as of late. I was out watering on Monday and had to duck as about four of them raced over my head, chasing each other. Then, a couple of days ago, I heard them going at it again in the front yard. All of a sudden, I heard a big crash against the storm door (the regular door was open). I realized one of them must’ve hit it, but I didn’t see a bird on the ground. Hopefully it’s okay!
As far as things going on in our lives: Paul’s been busy with work and yard work, I’ve been busy with the kids, house, and teaching piano, and the kids have been busy with their own things. Joseph is doing well at school, but I think he’s ready for summer break. We’ve got about a month and a half to go. Abigail keeps me on my toes with her shenanigans and active imagination. 🙂