Bike Rodeos and Ponytails, Oh My!

Weekly Happenings: This past week was a pretty average one. Joseph participated in the annual “bike rodeo” at his school. They had certain tasks they were supposed to do (ride in a straight line, go in-between cones, ride in a circle, etc.) and whoever had the most points won (points were also awarded for items on the bike like reflectors, a bell, and things like that). Since Joseph still has his training wheels on his bike, he wasn’t able to compete, per se, but he still got to ride in it and got a spirit stick (a small piece of embroidered fabric that the kids at his school collect…he likes to get the ones from the library whenever he turns in a reading log, so a bike rodeo one was icing on the cake), which he was pretty happy about. Also this week, I’ve been trying better to actually do something with Abigail’s hair every day. It’s still rather short , so she’ll still get mistaken for a boy rather often. I’ve been practicing with what I call a “whale spout” ponytail. Funny enough, as soon as I started to do that, no more mistakes have been made, haha.

The Weekly Weather: It was rather warm at the beginning of the week, but has since cooled down nicely. We’ve also had a bit of rain, which is always appreciated.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work, working on the little free library, and getting the neighborhood Christmas decorations out of storage so that he can have them spruced up enough to install in two weeks (they usually decorate the entrances the Saturday after Thanksgiving). He has to take advantage of sunny days between rain storms.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve pretty much been just pluggin’ along, doin’ the mom thing. 🙂

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He thoroughly enjoyed the bike rodeo (this was the first year he was able to participate). He also enjoyed riding his bike around the neighborhood on one of the clear days we had this past week. Other than that, his days have been full of school, reading fun books, playing games, and entertaining his sister.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been her regular happy self, for the most part. There has been a slight increase in “demanding-ness”, but I figure that comes with the territory. She will be two in just over a month, after all. Both yesterday and today she refused to go in for a nap. Yesterday she seemed fine without it (and so far today seems okay), so we’ll see how it goes, but she might be stopping naps (enter big sigh here from Momma, but I’ll deal, haha). Joseph stopped about this time, so I can’t say that I’m awfully surprised, but I was hoping to stretch it out a little bit longer.

This Week in Pictures:

“Oooooh! Mom left the ‘lock’ off!”
Too cool for school (not really…he just really likes his sunglasses).
A foggy morning walk to school allowed us to stumble upon this phenomenon. Apparently there is this insect called a webworm that will leave webs all over trees. Even though it’s cool-looking, I’m glad this isn’t our tree. I’ve heard it’s a lengthy process to rid the tree of the pests without damaging the tree.
Putting a ponytail in means that I can pull out all the clips I’ve acquired from friends.
Ready for the rodeo.
Testing out the brakes.
Going around the circle.
He got his spirit stick!
Ponytail aftermath…I had taken the rubber band out about 30 minutes before taking this picture, and most of her hair was still sticking straight up, haha. This bodes well for when she’s older and I try to curl it, haha.
She’s been trying to jump lately. This involves crouching down and popping back up. Her feet haven’t left the ground yet, but they will soon!
After school bike ride!
I came upstairs and saw this…
I love sights like this!
I think this narwhal clip is one of my favorites.
One of my friends gave me narwhal, octopus, and shark clips (there are two of each, but for right now I’ve just been using one at a time). I love how quirky they are!
That, ladies and gentlemen, is an entire chicken nugget in her mouth. I’m not sure why she decided to shove it in her mouth whole as opposed to taking bites, but luckily she eventually swallowed it all.
Wearing the mask that came with her happy meal. I think it’s a mask from the new My Little Pony movie.
 

Boo-fest to the Extreme

Weekly Happenings: This past week held Halloween, which Joseph had been looking forward to for weeks. I watched the weather forecast with bated breath because rain kept popping on and off the radar. It ended up pouring buckets right before we planned to go out, but luckily it was a quick storm that passed and we were able to go out and trick-or-treat in freshly-cleansed air that contained just the slightest nip. It was a pretty great night. We had gone to the church trunk-or-treat a few days prior (and the school one before that), so it wasn’t as if Joseph was hurting for sweets…but it is fun to get to actually walk around the neighborhood. Especially our neighborhood. People decorate, dress up, and sit outside to hand out the candy. It’s a really fun atmosphere. I took the kids out and Paul stayed home to pass out candy. After Halloween came to a close, I packed up the spiders, jack-o’-lanterns, and witches hats and tidied up the rest of the fall decorations that will stay out for a few more weeks before the Christmas magic takes over. Some other fun things that happened were that we had some friends come over for dinner last night and then this morning we decided to take advantage of this gorgeous weather and scoot over to the zoo.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a mix, really. Rainy days, warm days, cool and crisp days. Typical South Texas fall weather, I suppose, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly just work and staying on top of his calling at church. He did take advantage of the clear weather and did more work on the Little Free Library that he’s building for our neighborhood. His plan is to put it in the park, stock it with donated books, and let people take and leave books as they so choose.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve been busy keeping the kids healthy, happy, and uninjured (Abigail tests this last one on a daily basis, it seems).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a great week at school (fun Halloween-themed projects seemed to make it even better than usual).

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She really knows how to get into mischief at the drop of the hat. As soon as my back was turned she’d be climbing onto the bench in our living room (to stand up on, of course) or on the coffee table…or anywhere else she could get a leg up on. On Halloween, about five minutes before I had dinner all pulled together, she face-planted on the living room floor and bit her bottom lip pretty badly. She did NOT like it that I was holding a paper towel on it to try to get the bleeding to stop, but as soon as I let her back down, she returned to her happy-go-lucky self. We went trick-or-treating as planned and everything. It’s healing nicely and hasn’t seemed to bother her much.

This Week in Pictures:

Here’s a better version of the Bass Pro’s Shop picture we got of the kids.
Trunk-or-treat at the church. Joseph is Ash (a Pokemon trainer) and Abigail is his Pikachu (a type of Pokemon).
Abigail’s hat kept covering her eyes, but she didn’t seem to mind too much. Once the music started (we had a DJ) though, she had me take it off and she danced for probably 30 minutes straight. When it was time to go home, she pitched a fit until I said she could watch Baby Einsteins on the way home.
Paul found a really awesome pumpkin this year. I had told him in passing once that this type was my favorite (I think it’s called a fairytale pumpkin). He came home with one a couple days before Halloween. 🙂
This boy really loves his pickles!
Joseph made a cute bat and jack-o’-lantern at school, so I hung them up. Abigail really liked seeing them up there.
I love this one!
Any guess as to what she’s watching? 😉
It’s a tradition!
Instead of carving pumpkins, I decorated milk jugs. Paul filled them with water, put a few drops of food coloring in, and then dropped a couple glow sticks into each one.
Getting ready to head out for trick-or-treating.
NOW I got one with all of them looking at the camera, haha
We have to stop by this house every year…because, well…Charlie Brown!
This kid definitely won funniest costume of the night.
Post-trick-or-treating fun: another traditional movie! Abigail really liked all the singing in this one.
What the milk jugs looked like once it got dark.
Thursday morning, I had some friends come over for a play date. Abigail was in seventh heaven when they showed up.
A new month/holiday means a new quote for the board (I’m going to have a lot of fun with this!). Thankfully, the Internet is full of great quotes for every occasion. This one in particular was said by Melody Beattie. She’s an author who writes self-help and relationship books. I haven’t read any of her books, but I did think this was a great quote.
This is how most afternoons go in our house, haha.
This is the view I’m met with almost every time we have to get ready to get Joseph from school. She gave me quite the stink-eye when I woke her up (I can’t really blame her, though).
Checking out the turtles (and possibly seeing if she can get her head through the railing).
Petting pigs at the zoo’s petting zoo.
Joseph likes to brush the pigs and goats here a lot.
Petting a goat (I love how docile they are).
And back to pet the first pig again.
 

Fun Fall Activities

Weekly Happenings: This past week has held some fun fall activities. One was getting to go to Bass Pro’s Shop for their Halloween fun. There was a Charlie Brown-themed backdrop for people to take a picture in front of and some games for the kids to play. After we went there, we went to our favorite BBQ place to have dinner. It was a fun night. Another fun night was the trunk-or-treat at Joseph’s school. It was a little loud for our taste (they had a DJ), but Joseph and Abigail seemed to have fun and a lot of people thought their costumes were pretty cool. Finally, we had our annual trek to the pumpkin patch. We finally have a weekend where it isn’t raining, so this morning we headed out to the Hill Country for some fun walking around, riding the barrel train, petting the animals, and other fun. Other than those two things, not much else happened out of the ordinary for us.

The Weekly Weather: It started out rainy but finally about Thursday, the sun made a reappearance. It’s been so nice to see blue sky!

What Paul’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary for him. He has been kept busy with work and helping out with Young Men’s at church.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I had a pretty typical week as well. I did get to go to a baby shower for one of my friends which was fun.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a good week at school. He loves GT (the gifted and talented program at school) and is learning all sorts of awesome things about the moon and space.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been her typical happy-go-lucky girl. We let her loose at the pumpkin patch, which was so much fun for her (a little tiring for me, but it was better than trying to maneuver the stroller through the muddier parts).

This Week in Pictures:

Here’s the picture of the kids from Bass Pro’s Shop last week when we went to their Halloween-themed fun day. Joseph had a hard time getting Abigail to hold still, haha.
I think this playground outside of our favorite BBQ place is the biggest draw for the kids.
Abigail loves crawling around after Joseph.
Someone thoroughly enjoyed her blueberry pancake.
Playing dress-up right before bed.
“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!”
Joseph getting in on the act.
She loves hats of any sort…
…even if they’re a little big.
All ready for the trunk-or-treat.
Cutest Pikachu I’ve ever seen!
Trying to figure out the trike.
Gorgeous Texas sunrise.
Joseph loves to decorate a scarecrow every year at the pumpkin patch.
Abigail was more interested in trying to break free, haha.
Running through the hay maze.
Goin’ strong!
Not gonna give up…
You know there’s been a lot of rain when the hay starts sprouting mushrooms, haha.
He made it!
Abigail’s turn!
I think she would have been happiest unleashed, but she came to accept it after a bit.
She made it, too!
This is always a fun cut out for Joseph to pop his head into.
It’s hard to believe that we used to have to hold him up to see into this and now he can stand on his own.
The cutest pumpkins in the patch!
Petting a very bored horse, haha.
Joseph was being very patient and brushing the horse’s mane.
Waiting for the music show to start.
They let the kids play instruments along with the show. Abigail loved it and kept dancing and clapping along.
Visiting the animals in the petting zoo.
Getting ready for the barrel train ride.
This is probably his favorite part of the patch!
Wee! My legs still kind of hurt on the sides, haha.
Looking at butterflies.
Abigail REALLY wanted to get up close and personal with those butterflies.
It was such a beautiful scene out there…
…and a beautiful day to boot!