Weekly Happenings: This past week was another survival week. We all kind of just plugged along, doing our things that needed doing. Thank goodness we have each other to buoy us up. The kids get along (most of the time) and always make me laugh with their antics (hence the title of this post). Paul is insanely helpful with stuff around the house, with the kids, and is the best partner a girl could ask for. I strive to be the same for him. It’s really the only way we’re getting through this whole pandemic thing. It’s rough at times, but the good times still definitely outweigh the rough patches.
The Weekly Weather: It continues to gradually cool down, but it’s been humid as all get-out. That is all, haha.
What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been taking a course for work. He’s got one more week to go with it. He says there’s a lot of information to absorb in a short amount of time, so he’s got pretty packed days.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve pretty much just been pluggin’ along with housework, child-rearing, piano-teaching, meal-making, etc. Toss in helping Joseph with digital learning and I’ve got a pretty full line-up each day.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been doing school, playing with Abigail, playing games, and the like. He has such a quick sense of humor that makes raising him so much fun. Just the other day, we were talking about gnats (he hates how they buzz around his head) and how spiders probably eat a lot of them. Then he came up with these gems: “Hey Mom! What do spiders eat for breakfast? ‘Gnat-flakes’! They’re BUZZING with flavor!” He then continued with “What is a spider’s favorite channel to watch? GNATflix!” (as opposed to Netflix). He’s a riot sometimes!
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been keeping me on my toes with everything that she wants to do every day (some approved and some most definitely NOT approved, haha). It can be challenging at times, but I’m so grateful she’s part of our family!
Weekly Happenings: We’ve made it through another week! We’re now one week closer to my favorite time of year (I love, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). It was another typical week in the Darr household. Distance learning, toy playing, family time, chores, and the like. Oh, and we also celebrated Paul’s birthday. 🙂 It was a small family celebration (as they have been due to the pandemic). I made cheesecake (Paul likes it better than regular cake), we grabbed food to bring home from one of our favorite burger joints, and had him open his presents (a new vice and an angle grinder). Even though we didn’t do our normal celebration with friends, it was still fun.
The Weekly Weather: It’s been slightly cooler than last week, which is nice. Fall in San Antonio isn’t like fall in other parts of the country, but it does cool down a smidge, at least.
What Paul’s Been Doing: He has been busy with work and the like. He does have a training to attend for work, but luckily, it’s virtual, so he’ll be doing the training at home (thank goodness he has a dedicated office space).
What Sarah’s Been Doing: I had a full week of piano students, helped Joseph with school, kept Abigail entertained, and even managed to do a little bit of cleaning every day so that by the end of the week, the house is pretty clean (I tidy every day, but it had been a little while since I’d really cleaned the bathrooms, vacuumed, etc.).
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He got through another week of school. He’s been doing so well with everything being on the computer. I was just thinking that if there had to be a situation where kids couldn’t go to school, at least it happened during this generation. The technology we have has made it possible for kids to still get their education, even if they can’t be in the classroom. Oh, and he was so excited that his Halloween costume came in the mail that he wore it all day yesterday, even during his Zoom meetings (his teacher was fine with it and his classmates got a big kick out of it).
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been quite the ham this week. She’s got some new catch phrases: “Oh, brother!” “Alright, alright, alright” (in an exasperated tone), and “Oh…my…gosh”. She has also started pretending a lot more with her toys. Just this morning, she told me how Mickey had to save Minnie from a witch (her stuffed bear), and that Snoopy and Woodstock had to fly in their rocket (she has a Happy Meal toy that is Snoopy and Woodstock sitting on a rocket) to help Mickey save her. This age can be challenging, but it is also so much fun!
This Week in Pictures:
Bonus Video: Abigail’s primary teacher dropped by with a note and some Pop Rocks candy. Since neither kid had ever tried them, I knew I needed to film it. After I finished recording, Abigail decided that they were okay one at a time (as opposed to trying a lot at once, which she did in the video). Joseph really liked them, though.
Weekly Happenings: I feel like we’re almost in a routine. I keep adding things, though, which makes it difficult at times, haha. We survived another week of distance learning, and I started back some of piano students (with more starting back next week).
The Weekly Weather: We’ve had mostly warm and humid days, but we did have one glorious day where it dipped down into the 50s in the morning and only barely got into the 70s. It was so nice. We also got quite a bit of rain.
What Paul’s Been Up To: He worked from home this week, which was nice, because he was able to help me with some technology issues that arose. He’s also been working a lot with the local Libertarian party since election day is swiftly approaching.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I got to go to book club, which truly is a highlight of the month for me. I also (as was previously mentioned) started back some piano students (two new and one returning). It was a bit strange working in masks, but I think we’ll adjust. Next week I’ll have three more new ones and two more returning students. So that will be eight students coming. I have three more who want to come back, but want to wait things out a little bit more.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had his annual physical and everything turned out well there. He also did really well getting his flu shot. He gets such anxiety about shots. The nurse was awesome and really accommodating (she let Joseph play his games and sit next to me…and she also tried talking to him about his game while she was getting things ready and during the shot so that he was a little distracted). Other than that, school was pretty average this week for him.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been busy, busy, busy. It’s hard for me to keep up with her some of the time. She likes to pick her clothes most days (and the combos are really…unique sometimes), and has enjoyed getting to play with me during the day (in between helping with Joseph’s schooling).