Seventeen Years Down

Weekly Happenings: Today is our seventeenth wedding anniversary. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long! I think of all that has happened in the last seventeen years and I am struck with a wave of gratitude for Paul and for the amazing partner he’s been through it all. We went out for dinner yesterday and gave each other gifts. I got him an electric chainsaw and he got me a watch and some kitchen stuff (new mats and some new knives) as well as some flowers and chocolate. Other things that happened this week were dentist appointments for both me and Joseph and then we got to go meet Joseph’s second grade teacher. He should be all set to start school on Monday. 🙂 Oh, and we bought a new fridge. After the water stopped working in our current one, we tried a couple of different things to fix it without any success, so we’re going to move it into the garage to use as an extra fridge and freezer (since both of those still work). The new fridge is being delivered tomorrow!

The Weekly Weather: The heat has continued but we did have one surprise rainstorm move through on Thursday. I hope we get more of those, because it’s been pretty dry around here!

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work, as usual…he also cleared out the space in the garage where our current fridge will go, which was a big job. He needed to get rid of some extra things we’d been storing in there but no longer needed (luckily, by putting them at the curb, our neighbors or people driving by took them off our hands, just like we were hoping) and relocate some things that were in that corner.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve been making sure Joseph’s got what he needs for school and have been busy with piano students as usual. I also went to book club (yay!).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed meeting his teacher and seeing his new classroom. He is super-ready for Monday.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has been doing this cute thing at bedtime. She asks if she can kiss different parts of my face (head, eyes, nose, cheeks, ears). The only one I say “no” to is my mouth (because only Daddy kisses me there). I’m not sure if she’s being sweet or if she’s stalling, haha.

This Week in Pictures:

Wearing Grandpa’s hat (my mom sent it home with Paul as a work hat).
All ready for church and thinking she scored by getting hold of the water spray bottle (I made sure it was closed, first).
The face that’s usually behind the camera…
I got Abigail some more barrettes for her hair.
She loves wearing bows “just like Minnie Mouse”.
The kids got Snoopy books in their Happy Meals. Abigail then asked to watch Charlie Brown, so we started with one of my favorites (“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”).
All wrapped up after a bath…she was on her way to her room but got distracted by the show Joseph was watching.
Pop-up rainstorms usually mean beautiful sunsets.
Playing the NES Classic. He doesn’t get the chance often because Abigail usually gets all up in his business.
My pretty new watch. It’s a subtle nod to The Nightmare Before Christmas.
What better way to celebrate a wedding anniversary than by cleaning the church? 😉 At least it afforded us a nice backdrop for a family selfie (and yes, Abigail got to “push ‘da button”). 🙂

I’m Gonna Melt, Y’all

Weekly Happenings: Well. we’ve survived another week. I’m now convinced that August in Texas is like childbirth. You get through the tough part and then the memory of the pain (or in this case, discomfort, really) fades until the next time you experience it. 😉 The only really noteworthy thing that happened this past week was haircuts for the kids. Other than that, we basically just sat in the AC as much as possible.

The Weekly Weather: I think we’ve already determined that it’s hotter than all get-out. I don’t feel I need to expound, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work as usual. He’s currently trying to figure out why our fridge’s water system isn’t working. Yay…

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly keeping the kids from get cabin fever…I wouldn’t complain if a cold front came through…even if it rained (we could use it!).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He got to go to a kids’ game night where they did their own roll-playing game. He had a blast! He also had his baptismal interview (where the bishop of our ward meets with him and makes sure he understands what he needs about baptism before committing to it). It’s hard to believe we’re getting to this point!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has thoroughly enjoyed playing with toys, dancing to fun music, and pestering her brother. 😉

This Week in Pictures:

Eating some “soup”.
I was trying to keep her awake during “witching hour” (she sometimes gets sleepy but I don’t want her to nap because then she ends up waking up at night), so I told her she could push the button.
101 degrees at almost 9 PM. No good, y’all.
Fresh buzz cut for the boy.
Getting ready for a bang trim.
She’s much happier when it’s not constantly falling into her face.
Cool kids wear sunglasses inside.
Don’t mess with her, haha.
I love when rays of sunlight light up the clouds during sunset.
Ah, Texas sunsets!
I never know what I’m going to walk in to find when I go to get Abigail in the mornings. Sometimes she’s retrieving lost toys from under her dresser…
…and sometimes she goes directly to the source.
Abigail loves to dress up and this old Happy Meal toy of Joseph’s is the perfect thing.

Hot, Hot, HOT!

Weekly Happenings: This past week really did a great job letting me know it’s August in South Texas. It’s been so hot that we haven’t done much. We pretty much hung around the house unless we needed to go somewhere to do something (we did accomplish both grocery shopping and a trip to the library, but that was about it, haha).

The Weekly Weather: As I mentioned before, it’s been super hot. I still forget how different a humid heat is from a dry heat. Growing up in the inland part of Southern California, I was used to a dry heat. When we moved here and I realized that the air actually felt…thicker, I realized it was something that would take some time getting used to. I’m still not sure I’ve acclimated and we’ve been here for seven years now. 😉

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and he’s also been working on repairing a few of our sprinklers. He’s got them better, but needs to wait until it’s a better time to dig deeper around them to really fix them (the grass would really suffer if he tried to do a lot of digging in this heat).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mostly just entertaining kids, keeping my plants alive, teaching piano, and…so on.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: There isn’t too much I can add that I haven’t said in past weeks. I think he’s pretty ready for school to start so that he can see his school friends again and have a bit more of a structured day.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been keeping all of us on our toes and making us laugh every day. We’re sure glad she’s a part of our tribe!

This Week in Pictures:

I’m not sure how she got in this position (she was in between the seat of the stroller and the undercarriage storage). She kept telling me that she was stuck, but she didn’t seem concerned at all. I asked if she needed help and she declined. A few minutes later, she got herself out, just fine.
This is how we grocery shop now. She won’t sit in the cart, so she wears her harness and we walk. This particular trip, she became rather…attached to a package of bacon and wanted to carry it. Whatever (within reason) gets us through the store, right?
I love seeing teeny rosebuds pop up.
Pile-on-Momma time!
This is a different day than the previous picture, but almost an identical situation. This is what Paul saw when he walked in from work.
Wearing Daddy’s old patrol cap (backwards, but that’s how she wears most hats).
Two little baby birds in a nest.
She finally found the book she wanted…
Sometimes Saturday mornings call for pajamas, dress-up, and cars all in one.
Not much surpasses a toddler in a hooded towel as far as cuteness is concerned.