‘Til We Meet Again

Weekly Happenings: This past week has been a heart-heavy one. On Wednesday (September 20), my sweet daddy passed away. We knew it would be soon, since about a week prior it had been decided that he would no longer be able to continue doing dialysis. It still was a bit of a shock to my system, though. It was a tender moment telling Joseph. We’d been preparing him for the event as much as we could. He was still understandably sad, but we stressed the fact that we would see Grandpa again, and that families can be together forever. That seemed to help him process it a bit better (way better than I anticipated, actually). The rest of the week was spent letting people know, making plans for the funeral, and scheduling flights. We decided that Paul will take the time off to stay with home with Joseph and Abigail while I fly out to California for a few days. I’m so grateful for my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and eternal families!

The Weekly Weather: It’s been mostly warm, but the last few days have been slightly cooler. We did have one thunderstorm that came through and seemed to clear out a bit of the oppressive humidity, which was nice.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly just work, school, and work around the house. Not too much out of the ordinary, really. He also did all of the hard work researching and setting up my flights to and from California. I’m so grateful for him!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Typical home/momma stuff for me. I did attend the General Relief Society Broadcast last night. It’s so uplifting hearing leaders of our church speaking to all of the women. It was also nice to see friends I haven’t seen for a while.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with school. His teacher let me know that she’s going to start sending him to meet with the GT (gifted and talented) teacher to do enrichment activities. Hopefully this will keep him active and engaged so that he won’t get bored when they happen to be doing stuff in class that he already has knowledge about (my experience as a teacher taught me that bored kids sometimes end up making mischief because of that boredom, so I totally understand her motive, haha).

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She officially turned nine months old on Friday. She now weighs 19 pounds, 12 ounces and is 28 inches long. She’s sitting up on her own even better, and is continuing to work on pushing out those top two teeth. She’s rolling like a fiend, but still is showing absolutely no interest in crawling, haha. Oh, and she figured out how to make her walker go forward (and can also execute a pretty good 3-point turn, haha). Life is beginning to get…interesting.

This Week in Pictures:

It’s blurry (she was trying to grab my phone, haha), but you can sort of see her top two teeth coming in.
I found this awesome fuzzy flower while on a morning walk I was taking with friends. I expected it to be like a dandelion (the “fuzz” being seeds designed to be spread by wind or wishful children), but it wasn’t. When you touched it, the “fuzz” wasn’t fuzzy and it stayed attached…because it was actually the flower petals. It was the palest pink and each needle-like petal was tipped with an iridescent white dot, so the entire thing looked shiny in the morning sunlight.
My $5.00 find: a soft, fluffy unicorn that plays music. She loves it!
We also ordered Abigail’s Halloween costume (we already have Joseph’s…he’s going to be Mario from Super Mario Brothers and Paul found a costume for him online). I’m sort of excited about Abigail’s. 🙂
I love capturing moments like this! He was reading a book to her. 🙂
This is still hard to wrap my head around, haha.
Now that she can navigate this thing better…it’s on, haha.
 

Three Down, One to Go

Weekly Happenings: Not too much happened this past week, actually. We just kind of did our thing. Towards the end of the week, we went out for dinner one night and then had friends over the next night to celebrate Paul’s birthday (which is today). I made him cheesecake as normal. 🙂 Today I made him one of his favorite breakfasts (a fried egg sandwich) and we gave him his present (a belt sander to add to his tool collection). Now we have three birthdays down and just one more to go for the year (Abigail’s in December).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a mix of hot and slightly cooler. 😉 That’s pretty typical for this time of year, though.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s started back to school, so the homework routine is back on. He also keeps plenty busy at work and maintaining at-home stuff (yesterday he mowed and edged both yards before it got too hot).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not much on my part…mainly keeping the littles happy.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He won a drawing through his dentist’s office (all the kids that are cavity-free get put into a drawing for gift cards to a local arcade/bowling/games place) and is looking forward to using his prize. His teacher also told me that his reading is quite impressive. His school was having students read parts of the Constitution (I believe they’re going to piece it all together and make some sort of audio/video presentation since Constitution Day is…today, actually) and his teacher told them that she had a few students that could probably handle reading parts of it. Joseph was one of them, and his teacher told me that he read his part in one take, without any mistakes. That’s pretty impressive.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been practicing sitting up on her own some more and is starting to reach for things she wants (mainly toys and people). 🙂 There was one time she got a hold of something that she wasn’t supposed to (the section of pool noodle that I had wedged on the edge of the changing table to prevent possible bonked noggins). I took it away and she let me know, in no uncertain terms, that she was irritated with that outcome. It’s kind of entertaining to see her personality shining through more and more.

This Week in Pictures:

Playing with the Little People pirate ship (we had gotten this for Joseph when he was just over a year old…so glad it’s lasted this long).
She was pretty impressed with herself for finding the edge of the rug.
Getting some bike riding practice in. He’s getting pretty fast.
Playing with another of Joseph’s old toys: a little house made by Leap Frog that has a ton of fun things on it to play with.
She figured out rather quickly that the crow’s nest and flag come off.
Now the first thing she does when she plays with it is to take those both off and suck/chew on them, haha.
Reaching for the pool noodle…I eventually just took it off.
Paul’s new belt sander.
One of our good friends also got Paul a present: this card game that’s based on a series of books that he really likes.
 

A Fun Family Day and Another Party for the Books

Weekly Happenings: This past week was another one of those “bookend weeks” as I sometimes call them. We did fun stuff at the beginning and the end, but the middle was pretty average. Since Paul had Monday off, we got up, got ready, and headed downtown to hit up the Kiddie Park and the zoo. Well, we were supposed to go to the zoo after the Kiddie Park, but after the train ride to the Kiddie Park (the train depot is in the same parking lot as where we park for the zoo, so we planned to ride the train to the Park, ride it back, go to the zoo, and then head home after that) and tiring himself out on all the rides, Joseph said he didn’t really feel like going to the zoo (I think his legs were tired, haha). We opted for stopping at the mall on the way home to get lunch and visit the LEGO store, which he liked a lot (especially since we decided to get him a small LEGO kit as a special treat for his birthday, which was the day before). Yesterday we had the actual party for his birthday. It was as we always plan them: laid back and easy. The kids played video games, played outside, had cake and ice cream…that was it. They loved it, and I loved it because it was the most stress-less party ever.

The Weekly Weather: It has been gorgeous! It’s still been warm, but not nearly as hot as it normally is this time of year. The mornings and evenings have actually cooled down, and the afternoons have been mild. I love it!

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly enjoying his last little bit of freedom before another semester starts up tomorrow. Other than that, he’s been pretty busy with work and other things.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much for me, either. I attended the orientation for Joseph’s kindergarten class. I found out that other than reading and practicing letters and sight words, Joseph won’t have any homework being sent home. I am so excited about that! I feel like there is plenty of time to be teaching him what he needs to know while he’s at school…he doesn’t need more to do once he gets home. He can relax and get rested for the next day. It’s so nice!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been having a good time at school and loved his fun days on Monday as well as yesterday. It’s so hard to believe he’s six now! Oh, and at his annual check-up he weighed 44 pounds and is now 45.5 inches tall.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Rolling, shrieking, and just being pleasant overall. The other day, I thought I heard her grinding her teeth, which confused me since, to my knowledge, she only has her bottom two center ones. I decided to investigate (which she found mildly irritating, haha) and found that she’s got her top two teeth coming in at the exact same time! She’s getting so big!

This Week in Pictures:

This is after church last week. Sunday 1:00 church is rough for a little girl who is used to getting a monster nap from about 11:30 to 2:00 every day.
On the train going to the Kiddie Park. She wasn’t too sure of the whistle or the conductor’s voice over the speakers (or the tunnel…I think this was actually right after we got out of the tunnel).
Luckily, there was a LOT to look at. She liked that part.
Riding the boats at the Kiddie Park. We did have to tell him not to put his hands in the water, though…while it looks cleaner than that of other water rides I’ve seen, still…
Getting ready to ride the airplanes.
Riding the school bus ride…
…and the spaceships…
I think this might be his favorite one.
He does like the carousel, though.
This is the play area at one of our favorite BBQ places (B-Daddy’s in Old Town Helotes). They have a giant Jenga set that Joseph and Paul (and some other kids there) had a good time playing with.
The banner for Joseph’s party. Thank you, Amazon (and Paul for getting the letters on the string and getting the whole thing centered)!
My first attempt at a layered cake. I think it turned out pretty great! Originally it was just going to be Minecraft-themed, but someone (*cough, cough* me *cough, cough*) didn’t think about cake plates and napkins until the day of and my knight in shining armor tried to find Minecraft ones but couldn’t (they have them online, just not in the stores). Luckily, there were Pokémon ones, so we just added Pokémon to the mix in the form of some characters on the cake and some yo-yos tossed into the guest goody bags (they already had some Minecraft sunglasses and bracelets in there).
The kids playing video games.
Opening presents. He was super excited about getting this Nerf gun (I didn’t even realize he knew about them).
A new Pokémon shirt…
A Roblox character (don’t ask…I have no idea…one of those games he likes to play, haha).
A “Where’s Waldo” book.
A “How to Draw Pokémon” book
One more view of the cake.
Singing “Happy Birthday”.
Blowing out the candle.
Doing part of his “homework” (aka story time).
Someone found the edge of the rug!
Playing with the Little People pirate ship. We had gotten this for Joseph when he was about this same size (maybe a little older, actually). I’m so glad it’s well enough built to still be in good condition for round two, haha.