A Forced Slow-down

I’m breaking from my typical format for this post mainly because we had a very atypical week. I don’t remember if I mentioned it in my previous post, but my back went all sorts of wonky, which landed me in Urgent Care (thankfully we have a lot of stand-alone UCs, so we were able to find one that wasn’t busy). I left with some muscle relaxers and some Ibuprofen 800…and hardly being able to move without being in pain or without having severe muscle spasms. It’s now been a full week and I’m just barely starting to be able to get around. Paul jumped right into the trenches and took over everything. I am so, so grateful for his willingness to do so and for the fact that he was able to take time off of work so I could focus on healing. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I think (fingers crossed) that by Monday I’ll be able to handle enough of my daily tasks so that he can return to work, because I know he’s really needed there, too. Since I’ve mostly been in bed, I didn’t take too many pictures this week, but I got a few:

Abigail was just soaking in all the extra “Daddy-time”.
I mentioned to Paul that I wanted a better way to store my cooling racks/platters/cutting boards. I had found an organizer on Amazon that I thought might work, so I talked with him about it and he agreed it would work. I love that they are not all leaned up against each other anymore. I do still have a couple of things double-stacked, but because they are straight up and down (instead of at an angle), it’s still easy to get the things I need.
Our favorite BBQ place set up a food truck at the park in our neighborhood…so Paul went and grabbed dinner for us one night. It was soooo yummy!
I absolutely love sunset clouds…
…especially when they go all purpley-pink.

A {Thankfully} Uneventful Week

Weekly Happenings: Thankfully, this week was rather uneventful. Last week’s knocked out tooth incident was enough for the time being. 😉 I think the only thing that was out of the ordinary was that Paul took Thursday off (he had some use-it-or-lose-it time-off time) and the two of us took Abigail to the zoo. It was tiring (we’re trying to get her used to not wearing the puppy backpack/leash but still stay close to us) but still fun. I would add more, but there really isn’t anything else to add.

The Weekly Weather: The mornings have been really cold (30s) and the afternoons cool (50s-60s). Sunny for the most part (we did have a storm come through on Sunday, but that was about it).

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been working from home, which was nice. I was able to leave Abigail at home quite a bit while I ran Joseph to and from school and ran other short errands.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I went to book club, which was fun as always. I also managed to tweak my back yet again (I seem to do it about once a year, it seems), so a trip to urgent care to get some prescription-strength Ibuprofen, some muscle relaxers, and a steroid shot was what we did today.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s still plugging away at school. Wednesday was a half day (to let the teachers have some extra planning time), so he enjoyed the extra time off.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She was her normal, cheerful, sassy self this week. One funny thing that happened this morning: she was playing in her room and the light bulb for her light happened to burn out. She told us her light needed new batteries. 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

A six minute breakfast, thanks to my breakfast sandwich maker. I scramble an egg, put it in the sandwich maker, put in an insert to hold a pre-cooked sausage patty, and put on the lid. Then I stick it in the microwave for a minute and a half. There is another insert for it where you would put the English muffin in (for the last thirty seconds of cooking) to get steamed, but I prefer my English muffin toasted, so I toast it while the rest is cooking. Then I just add a slice of cheese when assembling it and Voila!
Watching Blue’s Clues while playing with her Blue’s Clues toys…she’s living the life!
Sitting on top of the platform for the slide in our back yard. It was a beautiful day, so we made sure to get some outside play in.
Zoo time!
She started flapping her wings like a butterfly…she’s also wearing the only mask she’ll wear: her vampire one from Halloween. 🙂
Looking at the monkeys (I just realized it’s hard to see the monkey…he/she is sitting on the hammock, right up on the edge of the fence…but it does look like just a big ball of fuzz, ha).
It’s rare for the jaguar to be right up along the fence, but he was that day!
She really liked the bright blue birds in this enclosure.
Meal prep for the win! I love it when I can dice up things ahead of time so that when dinner time hits I can just dump it all in and go.


Weekly Happenings: This week was going as regularly scheduled until Thursday afternoon. Thursday afternoon, Abigail was taking a drink and somehow, her cup hit the entertainment center and then her cup hit her mouth. I was making dinner, so I didn’t see it happen (I’m going off of what she told me, which is that her cup hit the center and then hit her mouth). About a beat later, she said, “Mom…my tongue is getting my tooth.” She then used her tongue to push out one of her bottom teeth! There was very little blood (maybe one or two drops) and the tooth looked completely whole, so we concluded it was probably already a little loose and was just hurried along the falling-out process by the cup. To be safe, I set up a dentist appointment for her yesterday (I’m so glad they had a cancellation). They took an x-ray and everything looks good. They did point out that another tooth was a little grey and slightly wiggly (there was a time when she was two and she ran into some playground equipment and busted her lip…I’m betting she also hit her tooth and I just didn’t notice), but the area around it looked healthy, so we just need to keep an eye on it and not be surprised if it falls out earlier than expected as well. Hoo-boy!

The Weekly Weather: It’s been cold in the mornings and evenings and mild in the afternoons. It’s been really nice!

What Paul’s Been Up To: With the uptick of COVID cases, it was determined that (mid-week), he would go back to working from home until further notice. I’m so grateful we have his office where he can go and be away from the chaos of the house! It probably makes working a lot easier.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I did two things I’ve been putting off: I cleaned the tops of my kitchen cabinets (they were disGUSting) and I loaded up and donated a bunch of stuff that had been accumulating in a corner of our bedroom. It feels good to have a few other parts of our home tidied up.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a good week at school, got a haircut today, and also had a play date today, which was a lot of fun.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She did pretty well at the dentist. The dentist and hygienist were so good and so patient. They only did things that she was comfortable with (a few x-rays were needed, but then they just did an exam with the mirror and a quick brushing with a manual toothbrush). She’s cavity free, which is great to hear! Funny story: the hygienist who was taking Abigail’s x-rays said she liked Abigail’s boots and asked if she could try them on. Abigail said “Sure!”, kicked off both boots, and then took off her socks (I could only look on helplessly from the exam room which was across the hall from the x-ray room). Thankfully, the hygienist just rolled with it (and was cracking up). She just said, “Oh, that’s great! We’ll just put these back on after we finish your x-rays.” 😂

This Week in Pictures:

Why take a picture of a partially-eaten hard-boiled egg, you ask? Why, to remind myself why I will not ever leave two hard-boiled eggs on a plate on the counter to have as a snack after I finish folding laundry, of course. I was upstairs for all of five minutes and came downstairs to find this (and a 4YO with a mouth that was VERY full of egg). She had no issue telling me that she had eaten some eggs and they were “Yuuuuuuuummmmmy!” I thought I had pushed the plate back far enough, but apparently her reach has gotten longer, haha.
Pile on Mom!
Abigail is suspicious of this interloper who is sitting on HER mom’s lap, too. 😉
Everybody has to wear a hat, I guess.
Gorgeous blue skies, pleasant cool breeze, and a balmy 68 degrees. I love Texas in January (just don’t ask me in August)! 😀
When I took down the stuff that was along the top of my cabinets to clean up there, I discovered everything was covered in a sticky, grimy, dust. I did some serious thinking and decided that the majority of the things that were up there were things that, while I liked them, I decided I didn’t like them enough to have to keep cleaning them. I decided to donate most of what was up there and relocated the few things that I decided to keep.
I told her she was cute and she agreed. She then asked me if I would take her picture. 😀
These are two things I moved down from the tops of my cabinets: my abalone shell that I got in Ensenada a very long time ago, when my family would camp down there with my dad’s best friend’s family (the story goes that my dad’s best friend’s son, who was either an adult or practically an adult, found the shell while snorkeling and brought it back to camp…where he saw my itty-bitty self with some candy…he offered me the shell for some of my candy and I readily agreed to the trade), and a really beautiful glass teacup that my sister-in-law’s mom gave me (she was working in an antique store at the time).
Another fun item: my Galileo thermometer (the little vessels have liquid of varying densities that float at specific temperatures, which are noted on little metal discs attached to each vessel).
My non-holiday piano set-up.
The new hole in Abigail’s mouth.
Toothless smiles are fun!
Waiting for the dentist to check out her mouth.
Here’s her x-ray. The adult tooth is quite a bit higher than the one next to it, so the dentist was sure it would come in pretty soon.
Joseph occasionally likes to play dress-up still. This is a costume that I picked up for him to wear for dress-up and/or Halloween next year (going to get costumes on clearance right after Halloween is great for this).
Dress-up time can be quite interesting at times. Abigail is wearing her dress-up/next Halloween costume as well as the mask from Joseph’s costume. 😀