I’m breaking from my regular format for a blog post. We took a quick trip to California, because my dad’s health hasn’t been too great. We feel blessed to have been able to have a good visit with family and to have had some fun times as well. We mostly stayed at my parents’ house to visit, but we did take a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm (and Paul also took Joseph to go do some miniature golf). Right before we left, we found out that the tummy bug we though Abigail had was really salmonella (most likely picked up from the swings at our park…but it really is a shot in the dark as to where exactly she contracted it), so we were giving her antibiotics right before leaving as well as all throughout the trip. That was a challenge, but we made it through! One special memory from the visit: my dad was kind of floating in and out of lucidity while we were visiting, but right as we were getting ready to get on the road to go home, he told us he wished we were staying longer and then asked if we had prayed yet (I remember that all growing up, we always said a prayer for safety any time we went on a road trip). We hadn’t, so he said a prayer for our trip. He didn’t lose his train of thought at all during the prayer. It touched my heart so deeply to hear my daddy praying for our safety, as well as thanking Heavenly Father for the time we had been able to enjoy together. I’m so grateful for eternal families! Now…ready for the deluge of photos? 😉
Our Trip in Pictures (they are all mixed together since there were too many for me to feel like organizing):
Weekly Happenings: It’s surreal to realize that it’s already August. This year is just flying by! We didn’t do very much this past week. Abigail has been fighting a tummy bug, so we mostly stayed home. Towards the end of the week, when we felt she was no longer contagious (still icky diapers but no fever) we ventured out for a couple short trips to have dinner out and run some errands. It made Abigail less fussy to be out, so I’m guessing she was getting slightly cabin-feverish.
The Weekly Weather: It’s been mostly sunny. There was one big rainstorm that came through. The humidity and warmth stuck around rain or shine (though it did get a teeny bit cooler when raining).
What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and home life. His two big projects were draining and flushing out the water heater (a must-do every six months or so, with how hard of water we have out here) and taking down our pool since the grackles (similar to crows) were turning it into a birdbath. We had a cover on it, but the cover has small holes in it as part of the design (to let in a small amount of air, I suppose) and they figured out how to land on the cover to make their weight cause more water to come through the holes. They made a thorough mess. Dumb smart birds, haha.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: I spent most of the past week tending to the sickie and making sure the well one didn’t get too bored since we were stuck at home.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He mainly spent this past week entertaining himself while I took care of Abigail. I’m so lucky he’s good at that!
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been pretty manageable, considering. I took her to the doctor to confirm that it was just a tummy bug and not an ear infection or anything else on top of it. Here’s to hoping that we don’t have too much longer to deal with this thing! One thing we’ve discovered is that she likes to sit in the walker and look out the storm door. She also really likes to watch Baby Einstein videos. There was one evening when I was holding her and watching a show on TV. She started getting fussy, so I switched it over to Baby Einstein. It was an immediate reversal of behavior. Methinks she’s becoming quite the master manipulator. 😉
Weekly Happenings: We’ve reached the point of summer vacation where Joseph is asking more frequently just how much longer until school starts. I can’t say that I blame him, though. It’s been so hot that we haven’t done much. There were a few play dates and a trip to the zoo, but other than that, not much out of the ordinary.
The Weekly Weather: This previous week was another scorcher. We had temps in the triple digits with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Poor Joseph had a hard time understanding that it was hot enough that it could actually make him sick if he played outside for too long. Thank goodness for air conditioning!
What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s still on break from school (and will be until September). Work, yard work, and spending quality dad/son time with Joseph (not to mention time with the whole family) still kept him pretty busy.
What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my end. The kids kept me pretty busy most of the time. I love it, though. 🙂
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had fun playing at the park, going to the zoo (both morning trips to make sure it wasn’t too hot yet) and having a friend over to play.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: Cuteness overload, as usual. She has been figuring out the walker (she’s still pretty much stuck in reverse, though) and has also been trying to figure out how to throw things that she’s holding (still working on the whole “letting go” aspect). She likes to shriek and if she sees something she really wants, she gets so excited that she literally start shaking. It’s pretty funny.