Some {Super} Early Christmas Fun

Weekly Happenings: This past week held a fun family outing: on Friday, we were able to go to the zoo to see the Zoo Lights. It’s something they’ve started to do for Christmas. Yes, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but they were letting zoo members get in before they opened it up to the general public. We decided to go early and beat the crowds that seem to get bigger and bigger the closer it gets to Christmas itself (in other words, any time after Thanksgiving). The zoo was decorated with lights, there was music…plus the novelty of being able to go at night. It made for a fun night.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been rather warm, actually. We even had it get into the 80s a couple times. A cold front did move in last night, though, so we should have some cooler weather for a bit.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly work and school. He has worked some more on the baby gates for the stairs and has spent quite a bit of time with Joseph, doing what Joseph likes to call “Dad and son time” (video games, playing in the yard, etc.).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly just my main deal right now: keeping the kiddos happy and healthy!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed his last week of school before the Thanksgiving break (they have this next week off), and has been a continual help with Abigail. I’m so grateful for my big helper!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: We’ve been trying to give her more “floor time” so that she can continue to work on scooting around. I’ve already seen an increase in just this past week. She’s also been better at accepting being laid down for an actual in-the-crib nap during the morning. Afternoon naps have never been an issue, but she’s always struggled with morning naps. Most up to this point have been in the car, on the floor, on my bed, etc.. I’ve noticed that her demeanor is even better than normal with a little bit of extra sleep. Oh, and she has decided that completely pureed food is for the birds, and will only eat food with little chunks of food in it (as well as little puffs and bites of her teething wafers). Such a big girl!

This Week in Pictures:

Photographic evidence of her accidental napping.
Not much can be better than snuggling with a lovey and watching Baby Einstein.
All dolled up for church.
Latest installment of “Now Where Did the Baby Go?”
Tangled up in the tunnel.
This one always keeps me on my toes.
Exploring the downstairs from ground level.
At first, she decided that pounding the floor was more fun than playing with toys…now she goes in between the two.
Playing peek-a-boo.
She thought it was the funniest thing when I would appear at the other end of the tunnel.
Dancing in the spotlights at the zoo.
Riding one of his favorites on the zoo carousel.
“Good dragon!”
Hanging out while Joseph and Paul were on the carousel, taking in all the lights.
Chillin’ with the lions.
The lights were pretty cool.
Another lion shot.
In front of the Zoo Lights sign.
Striking a pose!

Family Fun

Weekly Happenings: This past week yielded a spontaneous zoo trip which was so much fun. We also attended the Veterans’ Day assembly at Joseph’s school (I didn’t take any pictures because we were too far back to see him when he performed with his class) which was a really nice tribute to the men and women who have served our country. Other than that, it was a pretty average week.

The Weekly Weather: We had a good mix of cold days and warmer days. Pretty typical for early November around here.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been rather busy with work and school. He also started building some baby gates to install on the stairs. They’ll look like swinging gates.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary for me…mainly just keeping the kids happy and healthy.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s got the beginnings of another loose tooth. 🙂 He has been spending a lot of his free time playing games with Paul and entertaining Abigail.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s continuing to work on popping out new teeth. She’s getting rather good at “low-crawling” (hence Paul’s sudden desire to pop out those baby gates, haha). She’s also decided that teething wafers are the bees’ knees (it’s pretty funny to see her chewing them). 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

A man of many hats…
This is what happens when one skips one’s morning nap: a sleepy lunchtime.
He loves this Komodo dragon statue.
Roaring for the camera.
The hippo statue is another favorite.
“Flying” on the lion.
The momma lion is one of his favorites, too.
Reading to a friend while waiting to go to class one morning.
She is into everything at this point.
She was so fascinated by this toy hammer.
I love watching them play together!
I was surprised she could even pick this ball up. She seemed pretty proud of herself, though.
The boys were having an epic Pokémon battle while Abigail was checking out PBS.
Paul and Joseph working on the baby gates. Joseph was so jazzed that he could actually help Paul.
Tangled up in the pirate ship.

Ushering in November

Weekly Happenings: This past week held the end of October and the beginning of November. It’s hard to believe that we’re already at this point of the year. We had a good time on Halloween (even if it did sprinkle on us while trick-or-treating). I took the kids around and Paul stayed home to hand out candy. Joseph had his class field trip to a pumpkin patch, and we squeezed in some fun family time as well.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been all over the place. We had some cool-ish days, followed by a couple of cold ones (Halloween included), followed by some warmer ones. It’s supposed to be more of the same this next week.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been really busy with homework, work, etc. Luckily, he still is able to make time to hang out with the family as well.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly just my same routine of keeping the kids healthy and happy…with a little housework, cooking, etc. thrown in.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed Halloween (we ran into some friends while trick-or-treating, so that made it even more fun) and had a really great time at his field trip.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been her happy self as usual. I took a peek into her mouth and discovered that it looks like she’s going to be adding three more teeth in the near future (possibly all at about the same time).

This Week in Pictures:

All gussied-up for church last week.
Smiley baby…
Sleepy baby…
Busy baby…
Using the washcloth I use to wipe her mouth after meals as a lovey.
Letting his personality shine through.
Someone found her shadow.
Happy girl.
Since it was actually cold, I had to put tights, leggings, and a long-sleeved onesie under her costume to make sure she’s be warm enough to accompany us for trick-or-treating.
Joseph and Paul. Paul would lay like that and see if the kids (only the older ones, of course) would come up to him. Then he’s startle them, haha. With the little ones, he’d sit up, take off the mask, and give them the candy so they wouldn’t be too scared.
Joseph found a mini-me (our neighbors’ baby).
Posing with some of his favorite characters.
Painting pumpkins on his field trip.
With one of his best buds.
On the hay ride.
He had such a fun time.
Blowing raspberries at Momma (Paul put the gates up to help me keep my heels intact while doing stuff in the kitchen).
Taking advantage of the last week of still-light-after-dinner and swinging at the park.
She loves the swings.
Trying to get her toes.
He scored a new hat when we went to the local market day and wanted me to take his picture.

Bonus video: Joseph pushing Abigail on the swing…I love her laugh!