Weekly Happenings: Today’s the first day of fall! I love this time of year! Other than that, it was another average week for the books. We did take advantage of today’s cooler temps and went to the zoo today, which was a fun family outing.
The Weekly Weather: We have had so much rain this past week (all of September, really). A few days ago the news reports were saying that San Antonio has gotten fifteen inches in just September. That number is sure to go up, though, since we just had a huge storm come through last night. It’s been a bit cooler (mid-80s) but today has been really pleasant (low- to mid-70s).
What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and trying to squeeze in yard work between storms (we don’t want the grass to get too high because, well…critters like tall grass). He also has done some stuff for his calling at church (secretary in the young men’s presidency). We also celebrated his birthday this past Monday. 🙂
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve been mostly trying to keep the kids from going stir crazy, haha. I did get to go to my monthly book club meeting which was super fun.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been having a good time in first grade. He loves doing what they call “specials”, which are P.E., art, music, and computer lab. I love that he’s getting exposed to those things each week. 🙂
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s displayed just how smart she’s getting. One day, I ran upstairs to grab something, leaving her downstairs. About a minute later, I thought I heard her on the stairs. I ran out of my room in time to see her get to the top of the stairs, so I quickly let her into the loft. At first I thought I just hadn’t gotten the downstairs gate latched (even though I swore I had). I texted Paul about it and he suggested I put a D clip/caribiner clip on there just in case. I still wasn’t sure if it was a fluke, so as a test, I left the clip off at a point where I could watch her. Joseph went upstairs, latching the gate behind him. She was there in half a minute and I watched her use both thumbs to pop the latch up. Yup. That D clip went right back on, much to her consternation (and another one went on the upstairs gate).
Weekly Happenings: This past week was a pretty average one. We basically did our normal things with not too much out of the ordinary.
The Weekly Weather: It’s been a smidge cooler and we’ve had quite a bit of rain. It almost feels like fall. 😉
What Paul’s Been Up To: There hasn’t been too much out of the ordinary for him.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: There hasn’t been much out of the ordinary for me, either. We’re getting back into our daily routine with school drop off, pick up, errand running and the like.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s transitioning back into school pretty well. His teacher seems really great and does some fun things with them. He gave us some fun ideas for at-home science experiments that we could do together. We decided to do the “bouncing egg” experiment where a raw egg (still in the shell) is soaked in vinegar for 24 hours. The shell is dissolved, leaving just the membrane around the egg. In this state, you can still pick up the egg and handle it (even squeeze and bounce it) even though it’s still technically raw. Joseph had a great time doing the experiment.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been letting me know that she’s getting pretty close to two this past week, haha. Opinions are stronger, displeasure is voiced louder, and we’ve even had several “floppy baby” moments. Luckily, this has all been mixed in with her sweet hugs, blown kisses, cute little “thank yous” and other phrases, and overall loving personality. One day, Abigail pointed to one of the elephants on my shirt and said, “Was’dat?” I told her it was an elephant. She smiled, took a deep breath, and then did her best elephant sound (kind of like a “raspberry” but without sticking out her tongue). She can also mimic some other animal sounds and I catch her quite often trying to say a word that I just said. Oh, and she’s gotten quite good at coming up to us if we’re sitting somewhere and asking, “Sit?”, meaning she wants to come up and sit with us.
Weekly Happenings: This past week contained both Joseph’s actual birthday and his birthday party. In between was a regular week. 😉 On Joseph’s actual birthday, we took the kids to this place called Main Event that has casual dining and then a bunch of arcade-like games. Both kids had a blast. Then for his birthday party, he had friends come over to play, as well as enjoy pizza and cake. It was a fun day.
The Weekly Weather: We’ve gotten a bunch of rain, but the weather has stayed warm. It’s been interesting to say the least!
What Paul’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary for him. 🙂
What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much for me, either.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed getting to go to Main Event and also having his friends over. I’m glad he’s so easily pleased!
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s starting to speed up on her feet (not running quite yet, but almost). She’s also beginning to show more interest in playing with toys (as opposed to just emptying all the bins). Oh, one funny story: she loves crackers and loves to say the word “cracker”. She will whisper the word almost reverently when asking for crackers. Unfortunately for me, apparently any crunchy snack is a cracker. One day, I tried offering her two different types of crackers, receiving a shake of a head and the word “no” as a response. I finally offered her these other crunchy snacks (not crackers) and she got all excited and kicked her legs. She keeps me on my toes for sure!