Weekly Happenings: This past week, I was in a bit of a funk…I suppose it was a result of getting back into real life after having partied it up with Tracie fora few days there. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Texas, but man, there are times where I still get struck with waves of homesickness for my family and friends that knock me back a few paces. When that happens, I’ve found that I need to look around and recount my many, many blessings (my immediate family, the new friends I have made here, our beautiful home, the fact that I can stay home to raise our children, and many, many more). When I’m able to do that, I can put that grumpy gal back in her corner and feel more like myself. This was a pretty average week as far as activities go, so that has helped me get back into the groove of things, too.
The Weekly Weather: It’s kind of been all over the place. We’ve had warm days, hot days, cool days, dry days, soupy humid days…pretty typical for this time of year when we’re kind of in-between summer and winter, haha.
What Paul’s Been Up To: He worked from home this week, which was nice for when I needed to run a few errands that were easier done sans bringing the toddler with me. I’m so grateful for such a supportive spouse!
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I had a couple nights where I got together with small groups of people for some fun activities: a girls’ night where we each brought some fun items and exchanged them amongst ourselves and then a movie night with my book club friends where we watched a movie adaptation of one of the books we just read.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s battled an allergy attack this past week that he seems to be getting better from finally…and he still is enjoying going to school in-person.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: Her imaginative play has just exploded this week and she’s getting a bit better at entertaining herself (without destroying the house, haha) rather than wanting me to entertain her all of the time.
Weekly Happenings: On Monday, I had one last day with Tracie before she had to fly back to Utah that evening. We got up early and drove out to Fredericksburg to hike Enchanted Rock. It’s a huge rock that, if you hike up to the top of it, you get really beautiful views of the Hill Country that surrounds it. After we hiked the rock, we walked around Fredericksburg (Main Street is full of historic buildings, cute shops, and yummy restaurants) and also checked out the area around the Pacific War Museum (the inside of the museum was closed for cleaning) which also included a Garden of Peace that was donated by the Japanese people to the people of the United States. Oh, and we stumbled across one area that had an old water wheel that had been restored with the help of funds from our church (as well as a plaque that commemorated the memory of the Zodiac Colony which was a colony of pioneers from our church that apparently settled in the area in 1846). It was neat to see that bit of history that I wasn’t aware of. We grabbed lunch at a yummy Italian place and then headed home. On the way home, we stopped by a roadside stand. It’s normally only open during peach season, but they decided to stay open a little longer and sell some melons, apples, and pumpkins. We didn’t buy any produce, but I bought some homemade peach preserve and Tracie went home with some goat’s milk lotion and a really good smelling candle. After I took Tracie to the airport, life kind of returned to normal: work, school, errands, piano teaching, etc.
The Weekly Weather: Our mornings have been cool and pleasant with it warming up in the afternoons. Not much rain to mention (I think it might have sprinkled this morning). Hopefully it’ll start cooling down some more. It doesn’t feel much like fall when it’s 80-90 degrees outside.
What Paul’s Been Up To: He worked at work this past week (except Monday) and will work from home this next week. He’s also been busy with HOA stuff (trying to get ready for the annual meeting) and stuff for the Libertarian party (since election day is swiftly approaching).
What Sarah’s Been Up To: Other than playing on Monday, I didn’t do too much out of the ordinary…oh, except I did also get to go to book club, which was fun as always.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had another good week at school. I don’t see much of him after school because he makes a bee-line for his room. I figure he probably needs a bit of time to unwind after school, so I let him be.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been busy as usual. She still tells me on a regular basis that she’s ready to put on her costume and go get candy. 😉 She is slowly adjusting to having to leave Joseph at school (but still tries to latch onto him as soon as he gets home…maybe that’s why he heads for the hills, haha).
Weekly Happenings: This past week held some fun times for a few people in our household. We had General Conference (a worldwide conference for our church) last weekend, which was wonderful as ever. It’s still weird to see it being broadcast from a smaller room with just a few people in attendance, but I’m grateful that it could still happen. I’m so grateful for technology! Monday, Joseph was able to go back to school in-person. He said that it was a bit weird wearing a mask all day, but he’s really glad he gets to see his teacher in person and see all his friends (and recess with friends is good, too). AND. On Thursday, I got to pick up my best friend, Tracie, from the airport. She has come down for a short trip (she goes back to Utah tomorrow evening), so we’re soaking in as much San Antonio and Texas sights as we can. So far, we’ve been up to Waco (the Silos, Magnolia shop, Harp Design Co., the suspension bridge, and the Dr. Pepper museum) and have seen some of the Downtown sights (the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Riverwalk, the Alamo, and La Villita (and the Arneson River Theater). Tomorrow, we’re going to hike Enchanted Rock and check out Fredericksburg (so those pictures will be on next week’s blog). Paul was able to take a couple of days off so that Tracie and I could have a lot of time together. I’m so grateful for him!
The Weekly Weather: I wish I could say that the cooler temps have been hanging around, but they haven’t. At least the mornings have been cool, though. I think we’re supposed to have a cool front move in soon…so that will be nice.
What Paul’s Been Up To: The poor guy got a sinus infection the day before I picked Tracie up from the airport. He was pretty sure that’s what it was, but he still went in to urgent care to be sure (and to get some antibiotics). They did a chest x-ray and a COVID test (which came back negative, thank goodness) and then gave him some antibiotics. He’s starting to feel a bit better now that he has a couple of days of antibiotics in his system.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: As was already mentioned, I’ve been traipsing around town and around Texas. 😀 I’ll go into more detail with the captions for the pictures.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He really enjoyed getting to go back to school. He comes home happy every day. It’s so great!
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She doesn’t like leaving Joseph at school, but she sure is happy when he comes home! She does like having more “Mom time” now that I don’t need to be helping Joseph with school.