Getting Closer!

Weekly Happenings: The anticipation for Christmas is strong in our house. We love the lights, the music, the shows, and the magical feeling that comes with it all. We didn’t really go anywhere or do anything out of the ordinary, which was just fine by me!

The Weekly Weather: It’s been clear, cool, and just beautiful. I love December in South Texas! My only minor complaint is that the mountain cedar pollen is starting early this year, which means an early start to sneezy noses and itchy eyes. Bring on the Claritin, haha!

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been extra busy this week. He finally had enough time to install the Little Free Library he’s been working on. It turned out amazing and the neighborhood seems head-over-heels about it. We’ve had so many people say that they have books to donate for it. I love the sense of togetherness it’s bringing already.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my end. Just soaking in all the goodness that is December. πŸ™‚

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He has enjoyed school (as I mentioned previously, December is a fun month for elementary school kids). He is also looking forward to Christmas and getting to see family.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been rather feisty and determined, but I suppose that comes with the territory of being practically two (a week from today, people…a week from today). Also, I noticed a funny/cute thing the other day. She was looking at a book that is full of pictures of different farm animals and I realized that sheΒ calls chickens “bock-bocks”, ducks “cak-caks”, and pigs “onk-onks”. My heart!

This Week in Pictures:Β 

She was putting her fingers in her ears and making random noises. I guess she discovered that she sounds different to herself when she does that.
Climbing on the table to get to her beloved books.
The beginning of the Little Free library. Paul started with a donated cabinet, which he primed.
Then he purchased some plywood to make a slanted roof. He also used some scrap wood as part of the roof.
He built some legs (and drilled holes in them so that he could stake the library into the ground with some heavy duty stakes. This also shows the first of many coats of paint.
He put on several coats of paint and also stained the legs (which you can see in the next picture). Then he spray lacquered the entire thing (after putting on the vinyl lettering which you can also see in the next picture).
He put some solar lights on it to light the area (since it’s sort of dark) and put on some lettering which was donated by another person in the neighborhood. It’s now installed at our neighborhood park.

All stocked with books (with some room to grow).
The first happy customer!
After taking Joseph to visit the Little Free Library, Paul took him around to see lights in the neighborhood. This house always does a different fun theme each year.
Joseph loves Christmas decorations!
Abigail showing me her singing puppy (and stalling for bedtime, haha).
Two little monkeys under the table!

Bonus Video: Joseph showing off the cool moves that one of his toys does. I love being able to just pop out my phone and record a fun moment in our lives!


December Antics

Weekly Happenings: This past week was a pretty average one for us. We just kind of puttered along at our normal pace and just did our thing. The main fun thing that we did was go to the zoo this morning. We like to take advantage of our passes when the weather cools down. Today it was pretty chilly (I think it’s about 47 degrees right now), so the zoo was rather deserted. That was fun for us, though…we got to do a lot of things that we normally don’t do when it’s more crowded.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a mix of mild and cold. We did have a nice rainstorm come through yesterday which made school pick-up interesting, but we survived. πŸ™‚

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy at work along with getting to spend a lot of time with Joseph (who has been soaking it up). Joseph’s favorite thing for them to do is to go out to the office and watch videos and play video games. He loves having “Dad and Joseph time” as he calls it. πŸ™‚

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve mostly been doing my regular stuff. I did get to go to the Relief Society Christmas party which was a lot of fun, as always. 

What Joseph’s Been Up To: December is always fun at school. He’s been doing dress-up days, fun activities, and he loves getting to hang out with his friends at recess.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been a ball of fun, sass, and sweetness, haha. It’s sometimes a challenge to figure out exactly what she wants since her vocabulary is still rather limited. She’s good at telling me what she DOESN’T want (a firm shake of the head and a little sweet “no” usually does it), though, so most of the time it’s simply a lengthy process of elimination, haha. She is running everywhere and wants to do EVERYTHING that big brother is doing. It’s entertaining at times and crazy at other times.

This Week in Pictures:

Showing off his Yo-kai watches.
This is the reindeer ornament that Abigail insists is a cow. She ignores me when I tell her it’s a reindeer (or she just looks at me and says, “Cow…coooowww…moooo!”).
She loves this singing and dancing snowman.
She probably played with it for a good 20 minutes.
I love seeing how happy they get with the fun Christmas stuff.
She looked at this page of the book for a long time. You guessed it, it has cows on it.
Why have only one steering wheel when you can have two?
I was in the kitchen when I heard, “Stuck?! I stuck?!”. I came to check on her and found this. Like the good mom that I am, I took a picture before helping her out (she wasn’t too upset).
Joseph needed new church shoes and wanted new boots. Luckily, those two things are not mutually exclusive in Texas. He also insisted on taking a “dance move” picture.
I told him that if I took the “dance move” picture, I needed a “normal” one, too.
With Little-Miss-Grabs-a-Lot in the house, the lights that I normally put under the bookshelves had to go elsewhere. I really like the effect they have here.
These lights were fine since she can’t reach here yet.
My Christmas lighthouse if probably one of my favorite decorations.
Sometimes I like to just sit and take it all in. πŸ™‚
These two sure love to hang out together!
I’m glad I put some touchable ornaments along the bottom of the tree. She loves to wedge herself in and check them all out.
Friday night selfie! Her reindeer that she got from Santa at Bass Pro’s a couple weeks ago had to be included, of course.
Checking out the spectacle bear.
She kept saying, “rawr!” when she saw the bears.
Nose-to-nose. πŸ˜‰
“Hi, Daddy!”
Joseph loves the bears, too.
This one was walking back and forth so we got to see it a lot.
Hanging out on the hippos.
Abigail wanted to be right on top, but I was afraid she’d take a tumble. She was okay with me being behind her.
It’s rather hard to get them to both look at the camera at the same time.
There we go…but what’s with that tongue?!
That girl and her crazy tongue!
Sitting on the lions is something they don’t normally get to do on busier days.
Joseph wanted to be staring off into the distance like the lions. Abigail apparently followed suit.
A boy and his boots. 😊
We let Abigail have her first Dum-Dum. She seemed intrigued by it but was done with it after about a minute or so.
When you didn’t really get a nap yesterday (other than the 20 minutes you snuck in while on the way home from the zoo) AND then you didn’t get a nap today (1:00 church), you fall asleep on the way home from church and fall asleep so hard that you don’t even wake up during your diaper change (you finally wake up when Momma changes your clothes since she has the audacity to make you sit up). Sweet baby girl.

Holiday Fun

Weekly Happenings: We got to do a few fun holiday things this past week. Last Saturday we went out to the zoo to see the Christmas decorations. It was fun seeing how excited the kids got. I think that’s what makes the holidays for me as an adult. Then on Monday, we went to Bass Pro’s Shop to see their holiday fun and to get our picture taken with Santa. Abigail was NOT going to be left with Santa (even with Joseph there), so we all stayed in the picture so that she’d be comfortable-ish. She still was apprehensive, but she didn’t cry (if that had happened, we totally wouldn’t have left her on his lap). She really liked the plush reindeer that she got after taking the picture (I kinda wish they’d given her that first…she might have been a bit happier for the actual picture, haha). Both she and Joseph loved playing with all the toys in the kid area afterward. It was a pretty fun night.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a mix of colder weather and then milder weather. I must say, November might be my favorite month for weather in South Texas.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He helped decorate the neighborhood entrances, he’s been busy at work (getting some overtime in), and the like.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Errand-running, play-dating, baby-snuggling…

What Joseph’s Been Up To: His class went on a field trip to the Doseum, which is the children’s museum downtown. He had a ton of fun and then was excited that they’d get to go to a nearby park to eat lunch afterward. It was a really fun day for him.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s popping more words out (she’s pretty good at repeating stuff if I say it slowly enough). She understands A LOT of what we say, and can follow simple commands. It’s crazy to think that she will be two in just a few weeks!

This Week in Pictures:

She had just figured out how to turn on the singing Santa dog.

I love seeing these two play together.

This was a really fun cut-out at the zoo.

Next to the Zoo Lights sign.

The sign behind them says “North Pole”. They loved this section a lot because…

…there was fake snow falling.

Abigail loved the “snow”, too.

These wreaths are some of my favorite decorations there.

I love these boys more, though! If Joseph looks bummed it’s because right before taking this picture we told him to take a break from eating his popcorn. He loooooves popcorn!

Since the Zoo Lights tickets are included in our annual pass price, we decided to splurge and get each kid a (luckily rather inexpensive) souvenir. Joseph got this light-up sword.

Abigail got a light-up necklace.

Soaking up the silence with just the tree for light is one of my favorite things to do in the evenings.

Here’s our Santa picture!

Target practice.

Big brother duty.

The decorations at Bass Pro’s were so fun!

Playing with “dirt” (kinetic sand).

Playing with Lincoln Logs. It probably looks like she’s building here, but nah…

…she was dismantling ones that other kids had made and left…

…one log at a time, I might add.

So, Joseph is really into Beyblades right now (even though he has yet to actually own any). They are basically a spinning toy that has a zip-launcher. Once they are launched, they can “battle” each other and whichever one falls over (or falls apart, depending on the type) first is the loser. Joseph loves to create things that look like a toy he likes, even if it can’t necessarily function like that toy. This is the perfect example: he found stuff on the playground at recess and made his own Beyblade and launcher. That kid!

That little thing in her hand is a tiny plastic sea turtle. She carried that thing around all evening, was extremely upset when she couldn’t find it (she was sitting on it), and was just as relieved when I retrieved it for her.

Enjoying the park on a nice day.

I found this adorable ornament and couldn’t help but bring it home with me.

I also found this cute candy cane sign.

I love anything that looks vintage-y and this fit the bill!

Joseph and one of his buddies at the Doseum. His friend’s mom went as a chaperone and sent me any pictures she took that happened to have Joseph in them.

Eating lunch at the park after visiting the museum.

I sure love this boy!

His class.

Whenever I turn the phone so that she can see herself, she always wants to push the button to take the picture.

Someone absconded with my necklace…good thing she’s cute!

My December board. πŸ™‚

Wahoo! That says $1.98/gallon for gas, y’all.