Where Are My Ruby Slippers?!

Weekly Happenings: This week started off with a bang. Sunday evening, both my phone and Paul’s phone went off with an emergency alert. The only one that we have activated is tornado warnings, so we checked and sure enough, there was a tornado warning for our area. The National Weather Service had caught the rotation starting on radar. We gathered the kids (and their tablets/electronic devices) and hunkered down in the only place in our house that is on the first level without a window, the bathroom. Abigail thought it was a party, but Joseph was a little more concerned. We talked him through it and told him to play his games as a distraction. Paul checked outside a few times, said he didn’t like the look of the clouds, so we stayed there for about half an hour. Paul looked outside one more time and said the sky looked better, so we came out of the bathroom but stayed downstairs for a little while longer. The warning expired and we got the kids to bed. The next day, they confirmed that an EF1 (winds topping out at 100 mph) did, in fact, touch down very briefly (the officials said they saw a path that was about half a mile long) a few miles away from us, in another neighborhood. There was damage to homes (some missing parts of roofs, holes in siding from debris, and the like), but no injuries that I’ve heard. We were very, very lucky. Then on Wednesday night, we had a hail storm that dropped marble-sized hail on us. It was just crazy! Miraculously, our home, fences, and trees all seem fine. We are definitely saying prayers of thanks right now! Other than all of that, not much else happened this week. Well, except for today. Today, I happened to see a post just in time to get it set up so that Joseph and I could watch the launch of the Space X rocket today. He thought it was pretty cool to be able to see a launch live, with real-life astronauts. I thought it was pretty cool, too!

The Weekly Weather: I think I’ve said almost everything I can about this already, haha. We had a couple of lesser thunderstorms move through and give us a bit of rain, but it’s mostly been sunny and warm.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mostly just work. Not really much else to report on that front.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mostly just keeping up with the tail-end of Joseph’s school work (he now only has four days left…yay!).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: Just cranking out those last few assignments and mostly playing with LEGOs, Pokemon cards, video games. He’s also been devouring some new books I got for him.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has perfected her loft-trashing technique. She can make it look like a toy store exploded in a rather surprisingly short amount of time. Luckily, I have pretty much perfected my put-away technique, so it only takes me a little bit longer to put it all away (with her help, of course…because I’m a mom, not a maid). Assuming she hasn’t squirreled any of the toys in odd places, which sometimes happens.

This Week in Pictures:

One of Joseph’s assignments for school gave him the option of choosing between a few different projects. One project involved a challenge to build a few things with LEGOs. He jumped on that one, for sure. He chose to build a robot (pictured here)…
…an airplane (I love that he included a pilot)…
…and a maze that a marble could navigate. He had a ton of fun doing it. I love that his teacher provided some out of the box assignments.
My basil, that was so little after I had to trim off the infected bits (it only had three little leaves left on it) has really come back!
She said she was tired and asked if she could play with her tablet. She then climbed into bed with it. It’s hard to tell, but in this picture, she’s also wearing her puppy backpack. In fact, she wore that thing all day that day.
Between the tornado and hail storm, I feel a renewed gratefulness for my covered patios. Paul said our tomato had tipped over a bit (not the whole pot…just the cage…I think), so he tied the cage to the post.
Abigail has loved watching these go from green to orange to red. She loves to eat them!
I’m grateful these are under a covered patio in the front. They would NOT have fared well during the storms.
Living the best 3YO life: snacks, a drink, and a favorite show on TV.
I know it isn’t June quite yet, but my Mondays are rather busy, so I thought I’d update both the calendar on the fridge and the quote board.
Just hanging out on a lazy Saturday.
The rocket taking off!
It was so cool to watch! It was also cool to hear the cheers from Mission Control in the background.


Weekly Happenings: It was another typical week in the Darr household. Paul worked from home, I kept busy keeping on top of Joseph’s schoolwork, Joseph DID his schoolwork, and Abigail destroyed the toy room on a daily basis (I wish I was kidding, but every time I stepped out of Joseph’s room after helping him with homework, the loft looked like a toy-infused tornado had struck). Luckily, I have bins for pretty much everything, so it’s mostly just time-consuming to clean up.

The Weekly Weather: This is where the title of this post comes in. There have been several days towards the end of the week where we were supposed to get rain and it hasn’t happened (and one time where the rain all of a sudden popped onto our weather app as we heard it start to sprinkle). It’s mostly been sunny, warm, and humid.

What Paul’s Been Up To: As I mentioned before, he worked from home this week. He also spent his lunch break on Monday taking the van in to get a tire replaced. It was last Friday that I pulled out of the garage to go grab food and the low tire pressure indicator came on. It was still on the next day as I loaded up the kids to go get food, so I had Paul look at the tire. He noticed right away what I had missed: the tire was completely wearing out in one spot and that was making it so that air was slowly escaping. He put Abigail’s car seat into the other car (there was already a spare booster in there for Joseph) and I took the other car to go do what I needed to do. Then on Monday, he called Walmart. Luckily they considered a tire replacement to be an emergency case, so they opened up the Tire/Lube for him to come in (they haven’t been doing most of their typical maintenance appointments since those aren’t considered essential during the lockdown). He got it taken care of, brought lunch home for us (and a surprise for each kid). I’m so grateful for him!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: wrangling kids and household duties…need I say more?

What Joseph’s Been Up To: Cranking out schoolwork, playing, being my runner when I need pretty much anything…he’s such a good kid. 🙂

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s living up the toddler life, haha. The other day, she was pretending to look through binoculars (she was cupping her hands around her eyes) and she told me, “Hey, Mom! I’m using my hand nanocolers!” 🙂 It’s one of the best Abigail-isms, yet.

This Week in Pictures:

This ought to tell you how tired I can be at times: I actually tried to pick up this “fish” before I realized it was actually made of sunshine. 🙂
Paul picked up a veterinarian Barbie for Abigail. It came with a kitten and a stethoscope. She’s been having Barbie check up on all of her toys, haha.
Checking out the Pokemon cards that Paul got for him.
Earlier this week, I had looked at this toy truck and thought to myself that I should probably donate it since Abigail never played with it (it had been Joseph’s). Literally the same day, I came out of my room and stumbled upon Anna and Elsa going for a little joy ride, haha. I guess the truck will stick around a little longer.
I don’t even remember what they were watching, but it had 100% of their attention.
Just when I thought the toad had moved on, I watered him…again. He comes and goes. Paul mentioned seeing him holed up by our trash cans in the back yard, so I guess he has a few places he likes. He doesn’t seem to be digging too deep into my pot, so I suppose I’ll just deal with it for the time being and try not to scream when he startles me.
One of Joseph’s assignments this week was to learn more about the meaning behind Memorial Day (since it’s this next Monday). He learned about the significance of red poppies (and had to draw his own). I also told him a bit about my uncles that had served in WWII (one of which who lost his life while in France).
She needed to have a front row seat, apparently.
I got some new books for the kids (they’ve been having withdrawals since the library has been closed). Abigail was super excited to see “That’s Not My Unicorn”…
…and “That’s Not My Princess” in the stack of books. There’s an entire set of “That’s Not My…” books that are what I call “touchy-feely” books (they have something on each page that is a different texture). She loves all the different textures. She already had two (“That’s Not My Meerkat” and “That’s Not My Dragon”), so she was excited to add these two to the collection. She also had to “read” through them both at least 5-6 times.
I asked her to say cheese. 🙂
Couch snuggles.
Part of today’s errand running yielded a play weapon for Joseph and another Barbie for Abigail. We’re heading into the warmer months (where we would have been spending more time at home inside anyway, regardless of the virus), so new toys help. 😉
Showing off his new acquisition.
Showing me her new “friend”.

Bonus Video: Cabin Fever at Its Finest 😉


Crash! Bang! Boom!

Weekly Happenings: Another week of school from home, mask-wearing while shopping, running the kids ragged in the back yard so they will hopefully go to sleep at a decent time, trying not to go stir-crazy while in the house, running little errands to maintain personal sanity, and the like.

The Weekly Weather: We’ve had a decent amount of rain during the week (which, at times, put a damper on our outside time either because it was raining or because it was still too wet from a recent storm). Walking on the grass right after a good-sized storm is a bit like walking on a sponge full of water. It isn’t pleasant, haha. We also have had a couple of good thunderstorms (hence the name of this post) that Abigail miraculously slept through and Joseph rode out in his room (one he slept through and the other he was still awake for, so it didn’t scare him like the ones that wake him from a sound sleep tend to do). Today has been sunny, but we’re entering into the end of May, so it’s rather warm and humid.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy at work and then busy keeping ahead of the yard work (more rain equals grass growing faster…dang it). He’s also been dealing with some people that keep wanting to ride their dirt bikes on land that belongs to the HOA but is supposed to maintained as a natural area, which has been a frustrating series of events.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not much out of the ordinary on my part. I’ve mainly been trying to keep up with all of Joseph’s school assignments and simultaneously trying to keep Abigail from wrecking the house too bad, haha.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been cranking out assignments, soaking up as much screen time as he can, and does enjoy playing with toys or playing outside once he’s dealt with the initial shock of being unplugged. 😉 We did find out a time when we can go to his school to pick up his personal belongings. He’s excited because some of his favorite books (including one he hasn’t read all the way through…that’s been driving him crazy) will be in with it all.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Bedtime is still rough, but we’re making it through, one night at a time. Luckily, once she’s asleep , she does tend to stay asleep. We got a bag of hand-me-downs from a friend that had a baby doll in it. She was over the moon and has loved on that baby doll so much. She loves playing at “the playground” (also known as our back yard) and we either have to wheel and deal with her or wait until she’s near exhaustion before we can get her to come inside. Her favorite thing to do out there is pick up fistfuls of mulch to throw, which I’m trying to break her of.

This Week in Pictures:

It’s always exciting to discover new flowers. This time it was my miniature rose bush’s turn.
A close up of the bigger of the two roses. The smaller one has since opened up a little wider as well (I just don’t have a picture).
I’m still amazed with how much these trees have grown in the last almost eight years. It’s really nice to stand under the shade, though.
The baby doll she got from friends.
She carried it everywhere, set it up with a snack and a drink, set it up on her riding toys…the works.
There was one night Abigail didn’t fall asleep until 10:30. I woke her up at 8:00 the next morning so that we wouldn’t have a repeat performance…I think she was having a hard time realizing which dimension she was in, haha.
She loves this slide!
Raking some leaves. I joke with my friends that fall comes in the spring time here, when all the new leaves push the old ones off the trees.
Collecting leaves and sticks.
He was trying to balance the rake so that it would stand on its own…then he tried laying it on the ground and seeing if stepping on it would make the handle fly up to hit him (like in cartoons). Luckily, it didn’t. 😉
He came and told me he didn’t know what to do, so I told him to run around the yard, then skip, then gallop. After that, he stopped asking me and entertained himself, haha.
What I first thought was some crumpled up, dried out paper was actually a good-sized mushroom. I think it’s been just a bit humid lately, haha.