A Bunch of Sickies

Weekly Happenings: The beginning of this past week was mainly spent trying to get over whatever gunk we all had. Paul had bronchitis and the rest of us had a bad cold. We stayed home from church to make sure we didn’t share our germs and Joseph ended up staying home from school on Monday. I took Abigail in to be checked out mainly because her appetite had been decreased for quite a few days. She checked out okay (no ear infection or anything else), so it was just her cold making her not want to eat. She also gained almost two pounds in a month, so I don’t think I need to be worried about her appetite (especially since she seems to be back to eating normally), haha. Yesterday we decided to go to the zoo after Abigail got up from her afternoon nap. It was so nice! I love having passes. Since we’re not paying for entrance for just one day, we can show up about an hour before closing (when it’s not crowded because most people are heading out at that point), wander around, and not worry about not getting to see everything.

The Weekly Weather: It’s really been a mix. Cold, dry, rainy, warmer…we pretty much experienced it all, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: I think he might finally be feeling a bit better, which is good. Other than that, work and school have kept him pretty busy.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Laundry, disinfecting stuff, etc., haha. Toss that in with my normal weekly stuff and I found plenty of things to keep me occupied. πŸ™‚ I also went to book club, which was really nice. I haven’t been for quite some time. It was nice to see friends I hadn’t seen in a while and to have an intellectual discussion about a good book.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: Once he got over his cold, he went back to school and had a grand ol’ time. πŸ™‚ Other things that keep him busy: making his own LEGO creations, reading, playing on his DS and tablet, and watching Abigail for me.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been getting steadier on her feet (standing), loves getting into things she ought not to, and enjoys making a myriad of sounds accompanied by slobber, haha. It’s a good thing she’s so cute! πŸ˜‰

This Week in Pictures:

Cute lil’ dino!
She’s ready for her close-up!
She kept trying to take them off…until I told her I was going to take her picture…then she stopped, looked right at me, and smiled, haha.
THIS is the Texas January I’m used to! He’s blowing bubbles to entertain her. πŸ™‚
Entertaining themselves…
Baby boots!
She was NOT happy with me when I had to wake her up to go get Joseph from school, but she stopped mid-cry when I showed her the boots. She then reached for them with a little smile on her face. A girl after my own heart! πŸ˜‰
Posing with the bear at the zoo (darn sun in his eyes).
Checking out the small cats (this was the caracal, I believe).
The zoo is getting ready for a dinosaur exhibit in the summer. This animatronic dino was pretty awesome.
Zoo train fun!
The boys on the train.

Up and At’Em

Weekly Happenings: This past week was rather interesting. Monday was a holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Then Tuesday, a cold front came swooping in, taking the form of an ice storm. The entire city pretty much shut down. Joseph didn’t have to go to school and Paul didn’t have to go to work. The ice pretty much stuck around all day, so we just stayed home to stay out of it all. The rest of the week after that seemed to get back to normal rather quickly, but it was quite the way to start the week!

The Weekly Weather: Sunday and Monday were really nice (60s-70s), Tuesday was, well, kind of gross (it didn’t get out of the 20s for the entire day), and then the rest of the week was pretty normal (50s). This is why we can never pack away a certain type of clothing. We end up using short sleeves and long sleeves all in the same week, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been pluggin’ away at work and at school. Not much else to report on that front.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mainly just keeping the small fry happy and entertained (especially during the coldest days).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed having two days off of school (the holiday and the “ice” day), but also enjoyed going back to school to see his friends.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Here’s where the title to this blog post comes from: she’s figured out how to pull herself up into a standing position! At first, she was trying to stand tippie-toe, but I’ve been working with her to stand flat-footed and now she’s doing it more and more on her own.

This Week in Pictures:

Playing with her reflection. πŸ™‚
Playing outside on Monday (before the big freeze).
She loves the swing!
Joseph’s dinosaurs were just enough motivation for her to pull herself up. πŸ˜‰
Discovering more things that she can get at, now that she’s on her feet.
We were greeted with a thick layer of ice on our windows on Tuesday morning.
It was still there in the late afternoon…in fact, it didn’t start melting until the next day.
Checking out what Joseph’s up to.
Standing flat-footed is much sturdier than on tippie-toes.
Cozy jammies to stay cozy on a cold night.

Another Week Gone

Weekly Happenings: January can be rough. It comes on the tail-end of the magic that is the holidays, it’s cold and sometimes dreary, and it can just end up feeling kind of ho-hum. We did our best to chase away the January blahs by going to the park to play a couple times, going for a bike/stroller ride, and hanging around, having fun at home.

The Weekly Weather: It was mostly on the cooler side, but there were a few days that were beautiful and warmer (those were the days we went to the park, haha).

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s back into school, so that keeps him busy. He also went to PAX South, which is a gaming convention. He went with one of our friends and the two of them had a pretty good time looking at all of the different gaming stuff.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I didn’t do too much out of the ordinary. It was fun to get the kids out of the house a couple of times to go to the park.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s finished up the testing process for the Gifted & Talented program at school (we should get the results some time in the spring). He enjoyed getting out in the fresh air (even though it’s currently full of mountain cedar pollen which we are all allergic too) at the park and also enjoyed having a play date at a friend’s house.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Crawling like crazy, playing peek-a-boo (where she actually will put something over her own eyes and then move it to see the other person), teething like crazy (I think her first set of molars is working its way in), putting EVERYTHING in her mouth (ugh), clapping, “dancing”, “singing”…this is such a fun and entertaining age!

This Week in Pictures:

Someone was tired and cozy enough to fall asleep on our way home from dropping Joseph off at school.
I sure love this little girl!
She loves to see herself in the camera, haha.
She loves the swings at the park!
My first attempt at making cornbread, from scratch, in my new skillet.
Ta-da! It turned out so good and went perfectly with the roast and veggies I made in the crock pot.
It’s a savory cornbread (no sugar or anything sweet in the recipe), but we found that we liked that better because then it went well with the roast (soaking up the juices) but then also could be sweetened up with a drizzle of honey (yum).
It’s nice to know that weaponry of all sorts is ready wherever I might need it…in this case, the kids’ bathroom (Joseph had set it there while he brushed his teeth and then forgot about it). πŸ˜‰
Joseph needed new bedding, so Paul found him a bed-in-a-bag that was PokΓ©mon. His face when he first saw it was so great. Several times that night he would come up to either Paul or me and thank us for it. I love that he is such a grateful kid!
Going for a bike ride through the neighborhood (I was following along with Abigail in the stroller).

Bonus Video: Abigail clapping!