Spring Break Chill

Weekly Happenings: This past week was spring break for Joseph. We didn’t end up doing too much out of the ordinary. We just sort of hung around the house, had a few play dates, and just relaxed. I had considered taking the kids to the zoo, but I didn’t want to deal with the spring break crowds. Besides, the kids both slept in pretty much every day (we just switched over to DST, so the time change made them not want to go to bed in the evening and sleep in once morning came…thank goodness it was spring break!). On Saturday, we had a “planting day” where we went to Lowe’s and got some new plants for the planters and garden (I’ll go into more detail with what we got with the pictures).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been really nice. It’s been warmer but not too, too hot yet. I don’t think we got any rain last week. We did notice the bluebonnets starting to pop out, so spring is pretty much here!

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been pretty busy with school (this semester is heavy on group projects amongst other things) and work always keeps him busy. He’s also having to start back up with a bit more yard work now that spring is here and the lawns are coming out of their dormant state.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Keeping both kids entertained during the week was pretty much a full-time job. I did take some time on one of the cooler days to weed the back yard (those prickly winter weeds are the worst!).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been soaking up all of the free time that spring break provides. He may have a bit of a rough time tomorrow morning…

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been her normal happy-go-lucky self. She’s starting to cruise the furniture more adeptly, bounces along to music playing, and has become extremely proficient at taking her shoes off and throwing them (usually in the car). Last night, she was fussing a bit, so I asked her if she wanted to take a bath (it was about that time anyway). She stopped mid-fuss and started clapping. She shrieked with sheer joy when I started the water. That girl sure loves bath time! She also loves mandarin oranges. I hadn’t given her any until quite recently (I wanted to wait a bit due to the acidity), but once I did, there was no going back. She’ll polish off an entire fruit cup’s worth in less than five minutes.

This Week in Pictures:

I came upstairs to find them playing dress up. They were both having a ball.
The grass is starting to green up. The trees are also losing their old leaves as the new ones pop out and push them off. Spring is coming! Yay!
Joseph modeling my new succulents (alas, the aloe vera bit the dust when I forgot to pull it in during our freezing temps a few weeks back).
A close-up of my succulents. It’s my first time grouping them together, but I have several friends who have started doing this type of thing and can thankfully give me pointers.
Joseph checking out the new garden plants. Instead of tomatoes this year, we’re doing two different varieties of strawberry (the front two plants) and a zucchini (the one in the back).
We wanted to fill up this bare space next to the wildflowers, so we opted for some mint. We know it will take over that spot rather quickly. The wildflowers are really thickly established, so I doubt the mint will choke them out. If it does, I’ll just prune it back.
The wildflowers in the front are starting to come back and bloom. Paul did toss in a couple more flowers (the purple pansies) to fill in some of the space.
Sporting their green for St. Patrick’s Day.
Swinging after dinner. While I don’t love the mechanics of the time change (mainly getting my body used to it), I do like that it’s still light after dinner.

Park Days and Home Ownership Fun

Weekly Happenings: We practically lived at the park this past week. The weather was so nice that we went almost every day after school (and some mornings with just Abigail and me). We also got the new living room furniture that we ordered (our old stuff was still structurally sound, but the bonded leather was starting to delaminate, which made it start to crack and peel). We ended up giving them to someone who really needed them and didn’t care about the cracking. We found these great couches (and a chair) that are microsuede, but look like leather. We’re really happy with them. We also purchased a new microwave and Paul installed it (I would like to say I helped, but all I did was help hold it steady a couple of times, haha). Some of the number buttons on our old one had stopped working which was starting to make using it rather frustrating. I’m so grateful that we’ve been blessed with the means to make these purchases!

The Weekly Weather: It’s sort of reminded me of Southern California as of late. The mornings and evenings have been cool while the afternoons have been warm. It’s been so nice!

What Paul’s Been Up To: School and work as usual…as well as the microwave installation.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: My regular stuff kept me pretty busy. I also walked to the park and back with Abigail a couple of times. It’s a 3 mile round trip, so it’s a good workout for me and a fun time for her. 🙂

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had Field Day at school, which he said was really fun. He’s looking forward to this next week which is spring break.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s continuing to show us new things every day. She’s really into playing peek-a-boo (where she puts something in front of her own face to do so) and has also learned how to blow kisses. 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

She’s definitely in the “roam the halls” phase at church. Paul took her into an empty classroom and let her pound on the chairs, haha.
This one LOVES the swings.
Where’s Abigail? At the car bin, of course!
Driving through the galaxy.
They BOTH love the swings!
Our new living room furniture.
The love seat is stationary, but the couch has two recliners. The chair (which is actually a rocker) reclines as well.
Enjoying the new furniture.
Daddy-daughter fun.
We went to Dairy Queen on Friday for a little treat.
This one kept me busy by constantly taking off her shoes and socks.
She looks really sorry about it, doesn’t she? 😉
The new microwave. Luckily, we were able to use the mounting bracket and hardware from the old one, which made installation a bit easier. Paul put two Rubbermaid storage bins on either side of the stove to rest the microwave(s) on during park of it which really saved his arms.

Spring is On Its Way!

Weekly Happenings: This past week was a pretty normal one. Joseph had Read Across America Week, which meant a different dress-up theme each day. I didn’t think to take pictures of any of the days, though. Well, there are a few pictures of the last day because one of my friends was so kind as to snap a few pictures of him in the storybook character parade (which I had to miss because it conflicted with Abigail’s breakfast time). Other than that, our week was pretty average.

The Weekly Weather: It’s starting to be a little more consistently warm, but there were a few mornings/evenings that cooled down quite a bit, which meant I had to brush up on my layering skills. A few rainstorms here and there made for a nice change, too. It’s pretty much spring in South Texas, even if the calendar doesn’t agree quite yet. 😉

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been working hard at work and with school. Not too many differences on that front.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary on my end, either.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed getting to go to the park after school a couple of days (the weather really was perfect) and also liked doing all the dress-up days (crazy socks, mismatched clothes, crazy hair, “nerd” day, and favorite storybook character day). He also got a much-needed haircut.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She got the all-clear from her doctor, so no more ear-infection (yay!). She also enjoyed the park afternoons. She would be happy to stay in the baby swing the entire time…in fact, I held my arms out to pick her up out of it (normally she’ll reach back when I do that) and she just sat there with this look on her face that said, “Nope. Not done yet.” 🙂 Oh, and when I pick her up, she’ll sometimes snuggle up to me and then pat my arm or back. I’ll pat her back and then stop. She’ll then pat me again so that I’ll pat her again. We think that’s pretty cute. She also wants to be wherever Joseph is, doing whatever he’s doing. So it begins…

This Week in Pictures:

It’s hard to tell, but Minnie Mouse had to come along on our walk to get Joseph from school.
Kissing the baby in the reflection. I asked her if she was kissing the baby and she did it again, accompanied with a “muah” for emphasis. 😂
Enjoying a stroll in 75° weather.
She was happily playing with toys until she saw Joseph go into his room. She crawled over as fast as she could but didn’t quite make it in time before he shut the door (he was wanting to play with his LEGOS). She then decided to stand up and bang on the door, haha.
Trying to figure out the alphabet bus (she already figured out that if she kept pushing it down, it would eventually fall off the magnet board, haha).
Enjoying the swings at the park.
I used a shamrock decoration as a template to make a fun banner for St. Patrick’s Day.
I picked up some fun decorations for St. Patrick’s Day (and some spring stuff as well).
I really liked this little wooden shamrock.
The shamrock with the Irish blessing on it is something I already had, but I added the rabbits and spring egg decorations this year.
Our new door decoration for St. Patrick’s Day. I had a different one, but the older it got, the more glitter would fall off…not a good thing when one has a crawler who likes to pick up things (especially shiny things) to put in her mouth.
I hadn’t really planned out any of the dress-up days and wasn’t really planning on trying to figure out a costume for him for “dress like your favorite book character” day until he mentioned there would be a parade (and seemed like he really wanted to be in it).
So he wore his Link costume and brought along his Legend of Zelda graphic novel as proof that Link is a book character (yeah, we stretched it a bit, I know).
We went to a friend’s house to play and Abigail discovered the bead necklaces, haha. The best part is that she did this to herself. She tried to put the first one on like a hat (because everything is a hat right now) and happened to get it on. There was no turning back at that point!
Joseph and one of his buddies at the park.
Paul found a Pokémon hat for Joseph. He was just a “little” excited about it.