It’s Hot, Hot, HOT!

Weekly Happenings: This past week didn’t contain too much out of the ordinary. I think we’re in summer survival mode, haha. We pretty much just puttered along. Yesterday, we all happened to be up rather early, so we scooted over to the zoo. Going early payed off. We were able to get there before it got too hot or too crowded.

The Weekly Weather: As the title eludes to, it’s been rather hot. I think we were close to or in the triple digits for most of the week. When it gets that hot during the day, the nights are warm, too. The other night, it was still 95 degrees at 9:30.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He finished up his semester for school. He’s also kept busy as usual with work, yard work, etc. He did go to see a movie with some friends, which I’m sure was a nice break.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary for me, either.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had another fun summer vacation week full of playing with toys, playing video games, and even a dip in the pool. He is getting excited about school starting at the end of next month, though. He keeps on telling me that it’s almost August and he can’t wait for the end of August for Meet the Teacher (sort of like a Back to School Night that happens before school starts).

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She hit her 7 month mark yesterday. It’s crazy how quickly time flies! She’s been enjoying hanging out in her bouncer and walker. She also likes to lay in the portable crib and play with toys while rolling around. Oh, and both her center bottom teeth are all the way broken through. It makes for a pretty cute smile. 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

I was trying to get a picture of her teeth. She was more interested in trying to get my phone. 🙂
At the playground that’s at the nearby outdoor mall. He’s really into taking silly pictures right now.
Little Miss Seven Months Old!
I came back downstairs from taking my shower to find this. Whoops!

Up To Our Eyeballs in Teeth

Weekly Happenings: I’ve decided the week after a “short” week (Paul had two days off the week before this last one because of the holiday) is the longest week, ever, haha. It’s probably due to the fact that we didn’t do very much, but it seemed like the weekend would never get to us! I tried to set up a few play dates for Joseph to fill up our days. Other than that, we pretty much just plugged along.

The Weekly Weather: Warm, humid, and dry with a few rainstorms mixed in. When we were getting ready to go out to dinner last night, we could tell a storm was rolling in. It hit right after we got into the restaurant and was strong enough that the power went out, briefly, several times. It ended up dumping quite a bit of water on us (the other storms were very light…just smatterings of rain).

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been kept quite busy with work and school (he’s approaching the final week of his semester, so that always entails extra work).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve mainly just plugged along…keeping the small fry of the household happy.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: The big thing that happened for him this past week was that he lost another tooth! It was really, really loose (not to mention that the adult tooth was already growing in behind it). I was watching him wiggle it and told him I wouldn’t be surprised if he were able to just pull it out at that point. He surprised me (he’s shown great trepidation about tooth-pulling) by reaching in to attempt it. He pulled, just a bit, and his tooth came right out! He was excited to get to put it in a container for the tooth fairy to come and get. She left him two quarters, which he was excited about as well.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: The big thing that happened this past week was that another tooth broke through! She now has both her center bottom teeth growing in. She also spent some time perfecting her bouncing in the bouncer and learning to navigate the walker (so far she’s mostly gone backwards, but yesterday she was able to go forwards a bit before getting herself stuck).

This Week in Pictures:

I love his fun, easy-going personality!
I think Abigail might be a little confused by the silly faces…
Joseph and his friend were pretending to be astronauts. 🙂
My old soap dispenser was building up rust since the jar lid was metal, so I decided to make a new one. With this one, the container is a plastic Mason jar mug that came with a straw lid (on clearance for $1 at our local Wal-Mart). I bought a cheap soap dispenser (I think it was $2), dumped the soap in, and traded out the straw for the pump. The hole was a little too small, so I used my scissors to make it bigger (I shoved them, while closed, into the hole and just twisted them around; slowly shaving off bits of plastic until the hole was big enough).

Bonus Video: Abigail bouncing


A Fun Day and Fireworks to Boot

Weekly Happenings: This past week, we did all the fun stuff at the beginning of the week. Paul had the day off on Monday, so we decided to do a couple of fun things. We visited the Japanese Tea Gardens, went to the zoo, and then out for lunch. Tuesday was Fourth of July, so we spent the day as a family (including attending a ward breakfast) and then popped off fireworks with friends in the evening. The rest of the week was pretty average. We did visit Bass Pro’s Shop earlier in the week…oh, and yesterday, Paul took Joseph to go see the new Spiderman movie. They both had a really great time.

The Weekly Weather: Pretty much a repeat of before: warm, humid (though not too bad), and dry.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mostly just work, school, and the like.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Another week of keeping the littles happy is in the books. Other than that…not much.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a great time going to the movies with Paul. One-on-one time with Daddy is always one of his favorite things. He also had a great time going to the zoo and the Japanese Tea Gardens. Oh, and popping off fireworks was, of course, another highlight. Other than that, he continues to enjoy summer vacation.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: The major breakthrough this past week was that she finally had a tooth poke through! She learned rather quickly that biting her thumb with that tooth hurts a lot and has learned to be careful while sucking on her thumb.

This Week in Pictures:

Japanese Tea Gardens.
It was built inside an old cement quarry (which was the quarry they got cement from to use in the building of the state capitol, interestingly enough). The grounds are beautiful!
All the little ponds and vegetation are really nice.
This was over by the giant furnace/kiln on the property…goofball!
A more normal pose.
One of the outbuildings. There were several on the property and we noticed chimneys on them, so we’re guessing they may have been little houses for workers to stay in when it was still a working quarry, but we don’t know for sure.
The giant bugs were still at the zoo, so another picture on the huge caterpillar was a must.
Hanging out on the bronze Komodo dragon.
The lions are always a favorite.
Abigail knows how to cruise the zoo in style.
Getting ready to head out to the ward breakfast.
Brother had to get in on the act.
Testing out their new hearing protection before going out for fireworks (the neighborhood gets pretty loud). Joseph still loves showing off his “goofy eyes”.
Sparklers are a Fourth of July tradition. I like the idea of using the cup to keep the sparks from getting on his hand.
Watching the “big booms”. I had the phone on “selfie” mode, so she could see herself. It was the best reaction.
Fireworks for the win!
Little Miss Sunshine.
Getting some pointers from Daddy.
Trying it on his own.
Hanging out at the movies. Joseph said his favorite part of the movie was “all of the awesome parts”.