Happy Daddy’s Day!

Weekly Happenings: We had a pretty quiet week this past week. The weather has been sort of…oppressive. Due to that, we spent most of our time indoors. There was one day where Joseph had a friend over to play, but other than that (and getting to meet up with a friend from high school who was in town for work), it was a pretty average week. Today is Father’s Day, so I made Paul breakfast, and Joseph gave him a card he made, along with a Google Play gift card.

The Weekly Weather: Rather hot and humid. We finally hit triple digits. I’m surprised we made it this far into the warm months before doing so, though. There is rain in the forecast for this next week, but it will only cool down a bit. I guess we’re in for the long haul until October/November now, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Typical stuff for him this past week: work, school, yard work, etc. For a while now, he’s been saying that he wants to find a good deli to have a legit deli sandwich. Well, he was able to find one and we went yesterday for lunch. They were really good! We’ll definitely be going back. πŸ™‚ On the way home from lunch, we stopped so that he could go get his main Father’s Day present. He purchased an AR-15 to add to his gun collection. He’s looking forward to when it will be cool enough for him to go target shooting with it.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’m just pluggin’ away with the mommy-life. I’m so grateful for Paul’s good job and for the fact that the cost of living here in Texas is low enough. It makes it possible for me to be able to stay home with the kids. This is something I don’t know we would have been able to accomplish in California. One thing I did that made me sort of nervous, but wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, was that I cut Joseph’s hair. We’ve been taking him to a kids’ salon up to this point because he has sort of freaked out whenever we’ve tried to cut it. The combination of the noise and vibration of the trimmer was just too much (the more expensive ones the salon has are much quieter, plus the distraction aspects of getting to sit in a cool car chair and watch videos while they cut his hair made it tolerable). A while back, Paul purchased a quieter trimmer, but the vibration still bugged Joseph, so we were still going to the kids’ salon. Well, I went to take him to get his hair cut only to find that they were too busy to squeeze him in. That meant that with our schedule the way it is, I wouldn’t have been able to take him back until mid-week this next week. I didn’t want to wait that long, so I decided to swallow my apprehension and do it myself. I had watched them do it enough times that I had the concept down. It was just putting it to use and praying I wouldn’t butcher it, haha. It wasn’t too bad! It definitely didn’t turn out as well as if the salon had done it, but he doesn’t need a hat to cover his head, either. πŸ˜‰ He did really well, too. I promised that he could run in the sprinklers afterwards, so that incentive helped a lot.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He did enough pages in his workbooks to earn a “big prize”. We got him some Minecraft magnets. We also purchased a small cookie sheet so that he has a building surface to make stuff with. He was pretty excited. πŸ™‚ Other than that, he’s been pluggin’ away with fun summer stuff: playing with toys, some electronics time, swimming and sprinkler playing, etc.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Yesterday I successfully got her to eat baby food without the dried oatmeal mixed in. I’m hoping it sticks, since I really want her to get used to different textures, but we’ll see. πŸ™‚ She’s starting to try and move her knees/legs a bit when she’s on her tummy…scooting won’t be too far behind! She also likes to try and stand on my lap. It’s hard to believe that this next week she’ll hit her six month mark. o.O

This Week in Pictures:

Even though the water only comes up to his waist, he likes the sensation of floating, so he sometimes asks to have his life-vest on. He was showing me his “back swimming” in this picture.
He’s really into taking goofy pictures right now. He’s also just learned how to cross his eyes. This is the result, haha.
Hanging out in the swing while big brother plays in the pool.
Post-haircut. I cut it on the back patio and already had him in his swim trunks so he could go straight to sprinkler playing as soon as I was done. I basically did what they do at the salon: a “high-and-tight”. I buzzed it all over with a three, then made the sides a bit shorter (using a one), and figured out how to use the tapered attachments to fade the two lengths together. I then cleaned up his neck and around his ears (there’s a special attachment for the ears that makes it so nipping them with the clippers is pretty much impossible).
I wonder if this marks the beginning of the “will you PLEASE just give me a normal pose” phase…haha

Another Milestone Moment

Weekly Happenings: We survived our first full week of summer vacation, haha. I don’t think I quite realized just how much time was eaten up by dropping Joseph off at pre-k, having him there for a few hours, and then going to pick him up until we weren’t doing it anymore! We’ve been eating up all the free time, though. It’s nice to be able to relax. We went to the library to get Joseph new books, had a park play-date, had friends over (when my visiting teachers came), played in the sprinklers (well, Joseph did), etc.

The Weekly Weather: We had a storm come through last Sunday while we were in church, but the rest of the week was sunny. I think we’re supposed to have another storm come through this next week, but it’s supposed to mostly be like this past week was: warm and sunny.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been working on projects for school and has been busy as usual at work. He also put our pool up so that we could go swimming yesterday. He got to do some fun stuff, too. He went to go see the new Wonder Woman movie with a friend on Friday night…then another friend asked him yesterday morning if he wanted to go see it in the evening, so he saw it again, haha. He said it was a good enough movie that he didn’t mind seeing it twice. πŸ™‚ He doesn’t get much “guy time”, so I’m glad he has some friends that he can get out and do stuff like that with.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: My first experience teaching Gospel Doctrine (last Sunday) went off without a hitch. Since the other teacher and I flip-flop, I get a break today. Other than that, I mainly just kept the kids healthy, happy, and entertained. I took the kids to the park to meet up with friends, enjoyed a visit from my visiting teachers, I set up the sprinkler so that Joseph could play in it, and the kids and I took the inaugural dip in the pool (Joseph stayed in longer than Abigail and I did…since she’s still so little, she gets cold easily, so we didn’t stay in very long).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a great time hanging with friends. He also had fun doing his normal fun stuff: playing with toys, video games, “tablet time”, and entertaining Abigail. Paul ordered him some workbooks, so he does a page out of each of those to help keep his mind fresh. πŸ™‚ He keeps asking me when it’s going to be August and tells me that he’s “sooooooo excited for kindergarten”. πŸ˜€

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Now to get to the “milestone moment” that I eluded to in the title of this post. We’ve transitioned from one meal of solid food per day to four meals. She has oatmeal in the morning and evening and then for her two other meals, she has a veggie and a fruit. She still gets a sizable bottle with each meal to make sure her belly gets full. πŸ™‚ At first, she didn’t seem very excited about the baby food itself, but would practically devour the oatmeal (as in, I couldn’t get it into her mouth fast enough). After thinking about it, I thought it might be a texture thing (the baby food is quite a bit runnier than I make the oatmeal). So, acting on what can only be described as a prompting from Heavenly Father, I added a bit of the dried oatmeal to the baby food, making it the consistency of Β her oatmeal. It was like night and day! She ate really well yesterday, without getting frustrated. It was so great. πŸ™‚ She’s also sleeping better (she normally wakes up a bit any time between 3-5 but goes back to sleep pretty quickly and sleeps until about 6:30 or so), hasn’t been spitting up much (or some days, not at all), and is an even happier baby (if that could be possible). We also got a new baby swing (we pulled out Joseph’s old one to realize that it was pretty worn; luckily they’re pretty inexpensive) which she loves.

This Week in Pictures:

Trying to sit up. She kept simultaneously lifting her legs and head to see if that would make her sit up. Methinks she won’t be able to be in this thing for much longer…I don’t want her to flip herself over in it.
I also decided to start putting her in the bouncer for short amounts of time so that she can get used to it. She seems to like it, in small doses. πŸ™‚
I love how much these two love each other! Whenever they see each other, they both get huge grins on their faces.
Her first time in the swing.
Running in the sprinkler.
Hanging out in the swing while brother plays in the sprinkler.
Pool time! It was surprisingly hard to find a one-piece suit for Abigail. It seems like bikinis are popular for baby girls now. o.O
She’s much happier on her belly if she happens to get her arms positioned right. It makes it so that her face isn’t smooshed into the blanket.

Picture Overload?

Weekly Happenings: After a few almost picture-less posts, I think I’ll make up with this one. Monday was a holiday (Memorial Day), so we headed out for some family fun. It was raining in the morning, so we headed to the mall to wait out the storm. After it cleared up, we headed to the kiddie park (a small amusement park from the 1920’s designed especially for small kids) and then to the zoo. It was a pretty fun-filled day. This past week also included Joseph’s awards ceremony due to it being his last week of pre-k. He’s already asking me when it will be August so that he can start kindergarten. πŸ™‚ I also took him to a birthday party for one of his school friends while Paul and Abigail hung out at home.

The Weekly Weather: It rained quite a bit. Tuesday had the worst of it with flash flooding happening throughout parts of San Antonio. The other storms didn’t yield quite so much at once.

What Paul’s Been Up To: The only really out of the ordinary thing that happened for him was that his commute was rather interesting on Tuesday. The flash flooding closed one of the connectors that he normally uses, so he had to find a detour home (he saw cars stuck in standing water while doing so). Luckily, that was the worst of it, and he got home safely.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary for me, either. I teach my first lesson in Gospel Doctrine (adult Sunday School class) today, so I spent some time getting that ready.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had tons of fun on Monday and then again at his awards ceremony. It was also an ice cream party, so one award he got (other than his completion certificate) was ice cream-themed. He received the “voluminous vanilla fudge award” for having such a voluminous vocabulary. πŸ˜€ He also had fun at the birthday party playing in the water with his friends.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s gotten pretty quick at rolling over onto her tummy (but gets irritated rather quickly because she can’t get back over). One night, I went to check on her because she was fussing in her bed. I was surprised to see her turned completely 180 degrees from how I had left her in bed. So it begins, haha. One cute thing she did happened while I was holding her. She noticed the shadow of her hand on the back of the chair and kept trying to pick it up. I love all the discovering that this age yields! I also moved her up a size in clothing. Now she’s in 12 month/9-12 month stuff (mainly for length; the 9 month/6-9 month stuff was getting too short).

This Week in Pictures:

It ended up not raining every single day, but there was still a lot of rain.
On the carousel at the kiddie park. I loved that it was an old wooden one.
Riding a train ride. All the rides were these old cast-iron ones.
Riding the ferris wheel.
A cool b&w that Paul got of the ferris wheel.
Riding the spaceships.
Joseph loved that he could go on all the rides by himself.
Riding in the boats.
The airplane ride.
He liked being in the bus. He told me he made friends with the other kids in the bus.
Checking out the jaguars at the zoo.
Posing for a bug cut-out picture.
Normally when I put her on this mat, she’ll do this exact thing after playing for a while. Extra naps aren’t a bad thing. πŸ™‚
On Tuesday, we had gotten home from school pick-up about ten minutes before this happened…
When cars would drive by, the water would splash up past their windows. The bases of the driveways were all flooded and we had this mini river in between our yard and the yard next to us.
Wearing one of her new onesies (a friend of mine got it for her). It says, “I’m a little ball of gas”. πŸ˜€
Getting his awards.
Singing their “kindergarten here we come” song.
Class picture!
Hanging out with his friends at the ice cream party (Ian, Jax, Mia, Olivia).
I love all the friends he made (Rosemary, Jax, Ian).
With one of his besties, Jax.
This was the teacher’s assistant, Ms. Bea.
His awesome teacher, Mrs. Weiland.
Another bestie, Ian.
And yet another one, Sullivan.
Oh, wait, we can’t forget Ronny (and Jax again).
Hanging out with another friend, Baylee.