Sleep is for the Weak

Weekly Happenings: This week was a pretty average one filled with errand running, playing, schoolwork, work, chores, and so-on. Nothing really out of the ordinary happened, so I think I’ll just leave it at that.

The Weekly Weather: Not much has changed from last week (other than no crazy rain or thunderstorms): hot, humid sunny days.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been starting to wrap up final projects, papers, and the like. Just one more week and he’s done! His allergies (or maybe a small cold) morphed into a sinus infection, but after a trip to urgent care for a steroid shot, some OTC sinus medication, and a bit of extra rest, he’s starting to feel better.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly my same-old, same-old: keeping the kids happy, the house {relatively} neat and orderly, and having a bit of fun in the mix (my monthly book club meeting was this week).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He continues to soak up summer vacation. I’m glad he gets some down time before heading back to school at the end of next month.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Now we get to the reason behind this week’s title. She has been fighting sleep like it’s nobody’s business. It has come in the form of one super early wake-up call (we’re talking 3:45 A.M., y’all) and pitching monstrous fits at nap time and bedtime. A couple nights in a row we got her to go to bed happily by making it look like Joseph was going to bed also (one of those nights Joseph decided to put his pajamas on over his clothes since he wasn’t quite ready for pajamas yet). This is a challenging stage of life to be sure.

This Week in Pictures:

She was rather excited that her pilfered item lit up.
In an attempt to tame the mullet, I tried for a pony tail. She’s almost there, ha.
I put her shoes on her only to find that they were rather tight. When shopping for new ones, I decided I’d let her choose between this pair and a much more neutral pair. I’m not really surprised she went with these. As soon as we got home she wanted them on.
She’s really into stacking right now.
This is what happens when you pitch such a fit about taking a nap that Mom lets you skip it…I put her in here for snack time and walked away. About ten minutes later, I heard snoring. Yup…
I pulled out the old doll stroller that a friend had given Joseph when he was around this same age. After she had properly self-accessorized (I am NOT taking credit for this particular combination of clothing), she was ready to take it for a spin.
The next day she decided to take her doll for a ride.
I wanted to find a tray that might fit the travel booster seat we already have, but when I started searching, this thing popped up. I couldn’t believe how compact it was.
It folds out into a nice-sized seat and the tray is a decent size as well.
It even came with straps to secure it to a larger chair. When it’s all folded up it fits into that black bag (even the tray). The stuff they have these days…
Working on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills while snacking…she would pop one into her mouth and then while she was chewing she’d put the others into the canister and then take them back out.
Bringing another car to add to the pile in my lap.
 

Time Seems Like It’s Just Flyin’

Weekly Happenings: It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that we are already halfway through July. Well, in reality, I often catch myself thinking how did we get all the way to 2018 already, ha. This past week was a rather average one for the Darr household. We did go to one of our favorite BBQ places (a place called B. Daddy’s) as a family treat which was nice.

The Weekly Weather: We got quite a bit of rain at the beginning of the week…who am I kidding? A torrential downpour is more like it. It was a nice break from the heat (since it cooled things down a smidge).

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work and school. He’s down to just two weeks left before he’s done with his final classes. We’re all so excited for him!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve mainly been trying to keep everyone under four feet tall occupied and happy during summer break. I didn’t realize how much I’d gotten used to the school routine until there wasn’t one. Man, there are a lot of hours in the day! 😉

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been soaking up this break. He also got a new LEGO kit which he was super excited to get to put together.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She is getting more and more into what I like to call the “I-do-it” phase. She wants to be in charge of closing any doors that are open, go up the stairs by herself, put things away, the whole nine-yards. Also, she has been letting us know (in a very screechy-Hulk-smash-like way) when we do something she doesn’t like. It’s got to be frustrating to realize that there are some things you can do, but others you can’t (but don’t know why), and you lack the vocabulary to communicate what you need or want. Luckily, those fits are (so far) few, so we almost always get to enjoy our sweet baby girl who has also spent a lot of this week waving and saying “hi” to anyone and everyone. 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

It’s hard to tell, but the entire street had water running down it (not just in the gutters).
Darr Lake reappeared. Also, we didn’t need to top off the pool with the hose (because of evaporation) like we normally do once a week. Thanks, Mother Nature. 😉
He loves setting up his different action figures in various scenarios.
We had a $5 credit for the LEGO store, so we put that towards a new kit. He did probably 2/3 on his own. I helped with the last bit.
LEGOS have come a long way since I was a kid.
Look…there’s even a LEGO bat!
Checking out the car shopping cart.
Brother getting in on the act.
Going up the stairs.
We moved her Mickey table up to the loft play area. She approves. 🙂
She also approves of a show called Pocoyo. It’s an animated show about a little boy and his (I think) imaginary friends. It was on PBS when Joseph was little and I found out that Netflix has it.
The BBQ place we went to has a fun play structure out back. Here the kids were enjoying pounding on this plastic dome.
Checking out the big, wide world.
This was almost like a baby treadmill, Paul said. She was crawling as fast as she could and getting practically nowhere. It was kind of amusing.
She. Loves. Hats…any time of year, any type of hat.
I added a new succulent to my front porch. I love the simplistic look with it right in the center of the rocks. 🙂
 

A Whiz-Bang Week

Weekly Happenings: The main happening this week was our Fourth of July festivities. We went to a waffle breakfast at church, Paul grilled hot dogs for dinner, and we enjoyed the neighborhood fireworks show (the rain almost made us postpone, but it stopped in plenty of time for us to still have fun). We’ve also enjoyed having Paul home from work since he took the two days after the holiday off from work. It made for some good family time.

The Weekly Weather: Mostly warm and dry (by means of precipitation, not humidity, haha), but we’ve had a few storms come through, which were much needed.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work, school, and family fun. He was also called to be the secretary in the Young Men’s Presidency.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’m just trying my best to keep the kiddos happy, healthy, and relatively entertained.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed the Fourth of July fun (especially getting to try a root beer float for the first time, which he said he really liked). He’s also been a super helper with Abigail. She loves to play with him (he’ll get her to chase him around the house, which is pretty entertaining to watch, albeit a bit hard on the ears, what with all the shrieking). I’m so grateful for the great little boy that our family has been blessed with!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been battling a bit of a summer cold, which has made her a little crankmeister at times, but for the most part, she’s been her normal happy-go-lucky self. She’s getting better at walking and we purchased a Mickey table and chairs set for her to be able to practice sitting (she’s had a couple of tumbling-out-of-chairs moments at nursery, so we felt the need to give her a bit more exposure to see if the practice will help avoid that in the future).

This Week in Pictures:

Constant growth means new dresses for church. 🙂
I told him he could help carry the recycling to the street. Next thing I knew, he had it out the front door and down the driveway all on his own. Workin’ myself out of a job and not feeling the least bit sorry ’bout it.
Getting the both of them to settle for a picture can prove…challenging. Joseph is usually a willing participant, but now that Abigail is even more mobile…forget about it.
Yup. Still trying to escape.
I gave up after this one, haha.
She loves looking out our storm door.
Taking advantage of the covered patio to grill the hot dogs for dinner (since it was raining at that point).
Catching rain on his tongue.
Enjoying a root beer float.
Sparkler time!
A pinnacle of perfection for food placement.
The other night, Abigail decided I needed all of these things in my lap. She’d bring something over to me, shove it in my lap, say “thank you”, and then she’d be off for the next thing.
Checking out her new Mickey table. It’s got a storage area in the center that’s covered by a panel. She seems mostly interested with taking the panel off and then trying to put it back on, but she’s getting better at sitting on the chairs (as opposed to trying to scale them and then jump off).

Bonus Video: The fireworks that our neighbors were setting off (hopefully the fact that Joseph was wearing hearing protection in that one picture now makes more sense).