This past week, the weather took a turn. The beginning of the week was like February, but then by the end, it was more like March or April. It even got up to the 80s! We started off the week with a holiday for Paul and the kids (it was a teacher work day for me). Paul spent a big chunk of the day looking at new cars. His Mazda 3 still ran okay, but it was rather low, so it was hard for him to get in and out of sometimes with his knees (wrestling and the Army have taken their toll). He’s been thinking on it for a while and decided to get a CX-5 (which is what our other car is). He got a used 2021 CX-5 Touring (our other one is a 2022 CX-5 Select that we bought new a couple of years ago). The height difference is crazy. It’s much easier to get in and out of and he likes having the space to haul things (today he loaded it up with soil, manure, and plants). When I got off work, he called me and asked that I bring the kids down so that we could get all the papers signed. The rest of the week was spent doing our regular stuff. I had a field trip with my class on Friday to the rodeo. It was more educational than entertaining (there were stations they went to where they could learn about different agricultural things), but they did get to see some animals (they got to pet baby chicks) and watch a trick horse show while they ate lunch. Oh, and they did get to watch pig races, so that was fun, too. It was a busy but good week.
This week was our typical busy week. Valentine’s Day was sandwiched right in the middle of the week. Paul made it special by grilling some really good steaks so that we could have a relaxed dinner at home. Our gifts to each other were food-related (chocolate for me and a variety of smoked meats for him) along with flowers for both me and Abigail. It was so sweet! The events that I have pictures of are from Franklin’s STEM night (where there were a bunch of STEM-related activities set up along with a planetarium exhibit where we watched a video about NASA preparing to go to Mars) and the first grade dance performance for Rodeo Day.
This is the only picture I took this week. Well, I did take other pictures, but they were of my students because of things we were doing at school and even though my students are ridiculously cute, I can’t share pictures of them. I can share a picture of this awesome kid, though. A little while back, he was having a bit of a hard time with band because he reached the point where it was no longer easy and he had to start actually putting an effort into practicing. Instead of quitting, he started putting in the time and this is the payoff: he got a medal and a ribbon at his solo/ensemble contest. I’m so proud of him!! As for the rest of us, we plowed through the week with our normal gusto and can hardly believe we’re halfway through February already.