The Start of Summer Fun

Weekly Happenings: This was the first full week of summer vacation for Joseph. We didn’t do a whole lot, but what we did do was really fun. We went to story time at the library for Abigail (Joseph brought along his tablet since the subject matter was a little young for him), Joseph tagged along with a friend to see the second Lego movie (during the summer the theater by us does free movies for kids during certain show times), and we got to go swimming with friends at the pool in one of their neighborhoods. We stayed for close to three hours and neither kid was ready to go when it was time.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been typical June weather: warm, humid, overcast for a few days, sunny for others. I don’t remember if it rained at all…I think it might have? If it did, I don’t remember, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy at work and at home as well. Today, he spent the majority of the day setting up our back yard pool. He used some wood that was left over from Joseph’s old fort to piece together a mini deck for around part of the pool so that there’s a place to get in and out without dragging in too many little pieces of wood chips. We have a corner of the yard that is squared off with wood chips, which is where Paul sets up the pool every year. In the past he’s put down a tarp before setting up the pool (so the wood chips don’t poke through the bottom of the pool), but this year he opted to put cardboard down instead. It’s thicker than the tarps, so I think it’ll be a better option.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I haven’t done much out of the ordinary. I’ve mainly kept the kids happy, taught piano, and the like.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been enjoying his increased down time. He also finished the first book in the Harry Potter series. He’s going to be eight in less than three months and I’m trying to figure out where the time has gone.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been expanding her vocabulary (sometimes letting loose sentences that have four or five words) and her imagination. One cute thing she did was she took her heart magnet (from her Magna Doodle) and ran up to Paul while saying, “Doctor, doctor!” She then held the magnet up to his chest like a stethoscope. He was quick to catch on and made a heart beat sound. She was delighted! She then had to check me and Joseph as well. When we went swimming, she found out real quick that she will, in fact, go under the water. I had put on her puddle jumper (thank goodness), sunscreened her up, and then we were headed to the pool area. The entrance to the pool was very gradual but then had several steps that went down. Abigail took off down the slope, but missed the steps, so she ended up falling, flailing her arms, and getting dunked once before I got caught up (thankfully I was only two or three steps behind her) and pulled her up. She didn’t inhale any water, but was a little shook. After that, she was happy to be in the pool if I was holding her or if she could hang out in the splash area which only had about four inches of water. She also liked the mini fountains that were in one part of the pool area.

This Week in Pictures:

My little…astronaut?
Doing a test-fit of her puddle jumper. She didn’t want to take it off. The arm floaties are sewn to the vest, but if she slips out of them, she can’t get the rest of the vest off because it goes over her shoulders. There are other versions without the fabric over the shoulders, but I have friends who have seen their kids get completely out by slipping their arms out and then pushing the vest down and stepping out of it. I thought Abigail might be like that, so we opted for the slightly more secure version.
This is what I was met with when I told her it was bedtime.
I love sights like this.
This is not for the movie that Joseph and his friend went to, but it was a fun cutout that was in the lobby. My friend offered to take Joseph along to the movie (her son is in the same grade as Joseph), which was so great because he got to see the movie and I didn’t have to try to wrangle Abigail at the theater.
Silly geese.
This little…punk was chasing off any other hummingbirds that came up for a drink.
She was SO happy the entire time (once she got over the shock of being dunked).
Playing with the mini fountains.
Where Joseph is in this shot is where Abigail ran off. There are three steps there that she didn’t see. Whoops! Luckily her puddle jumper kept her mostly afloat until I could get to her.
My friend got this great shot of her. She was dropping these toy fish over the edge that would sink to the bottom (they are meant to help kids learn how to swim down to retrieve things) and I would get them for her.
My friend also got this shot of Joseph. He really liked playing with the pool noodles. The pool at its deepest was only four and a half feet deep, so he was able to touch bottom for most of the pool. He did also enjoy practicing some swimming techniques (kicking and some basic strokes).
Enjoying a relaxing Saturday morning.
Wearing Daddy’s hat and her boots. She’s ready to go!
Still. Wearing. Her. Boots. About eight hours had elapsed between the last picture and this one…and she didn’t want her boots off at all during that time. In fact, they are her first choice for footwear as of late. My little Texan. 😉

We Made It Another Year!

Weekly Happenings: We made it through another school year! Joseph had a great year this year. He enjoyed getting to be in class with several of his friends, learned a ton, and loved GT. He’s excited to get a break though, too. Abigail and I filled up the first part of the week (when Joseph was still in school) by running errands, going to the library for story time, and going for a play date. She is excited to have her playmate back, though. In other news, the baby bird that was in the nest in our bird feeder survived long enough to fly away. We’ve been trying to give the birds as much space as possible, but it had been a couple of days since I’d seen the parents or any movement. Paul checked inside and found the nest, of course, but no baby bird. I’m relieved, because I was worried it wouldn’t be able to get out. Now we can have our patio back, haha. If we get another bird feeder (we tossed the other one because it would have been too much work to clean it out), we’ll make sure to get one that’s less tempting for birds to nest in, haha.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been overcast, warm, and humid. We’ve also had several thunderstorms move through. The next few days are supposed to be sunny and very warm (breaking 100). I guess summer is officially here.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work, yard work, lots of Daddy-Joseph time, and relaxing when he gets the chance.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Keeping Abigail entertained, house work, teaching piano, and making sure Joseph got to and from school (I’m not going to miss that over the next 2.5 months).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed the last week of school (especially the last day when his teacher let them bring in electronics). Now he’s soaking up the beginnings of vacation.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She really enjoyed going to story time at the library. It’s designed specifically for young toddlers, so there was a lot of singing and dancing with one short story. Then they got to play with toys like blocks and Duplos. I’d like to try and take her each time (it’s once a week) so that she gets used to a little structure (aside from what she gets with nursery at church).

This Week in Pictures:

Dinner prep in our house can be…interesting at times.
Playing with scarves during story time.
She kept putting it over her face and letting it fall.
There were a lot of songs with hand movements, which she loved.
Building a tower with Mega Bloks.
She emptied out her books so she would have a rocket ship (she sat down and said, “One, two, three…bast off!”)
We used to have a play tent in the corner, but Abigail knocked it over, stepped on it, and managed to snap two of the tent poles in the process. I piled the pillows and blankets that had been in the tent into the corner and now the kids have a cozy spot to read.
Last day of school!
I love this kid!
Rockin’ out.
While the temperature isn’t too high in comparison to other parts of the country, the humidity and dew point is what gets me. Every time.
Pile on Momma! Abigail was super-excited because I let her push the button to take the picture…and she likes seeing herself in the picture.
Oreos are delicious.

Some Bad, but Mostly Good

Weekly Happenings: This week was really a mixed bag. It consisted of Joseph getting sick, recovering, a trip to the Kiddie Park (a cool kids’ amusement park downtown that’s from the 1920s), Joseph’s awards ceremony, Paul getting sick, a trip to the zoo, Abigail getting sick, and finally ended with me getting sick. Let’s just say that stomach bugs will take their toll on EVERYBODY. Luckily we all seem to be better (I’m still quite weak, but recovering).

The Weekly Weather: warm, humid, breezy, and the like. Pretty typical for late May.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He has been busy with his normal stuff. The aforementioned stomach bug attacked him right as we got to Joseph’s awards ceremony. He was able to hold it together long enough to see Joseph get his award, but then went home. He got better just in time to take care of me a few days later.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I spent most of the week taking care of the sickies before I got sick myself. At least the bug had the decency to kind of stagger itself so that there was at least one of the adults well at a time.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He was the first to get sick (a week ago). He enjoyed our trip to the Kiddie Park, liked hanging out with his friends at his awards ceremony, and enjoyed getting to leave early that day to go to the zoo.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She got sick the same day as Paul, but later (after we got back from the zoo). I mostly cuddled her for two days and then just waited for it to hit me, haha.

This Week in Pictures:

For a while now, I’ve wanted to print up some snapshots of the kids and frame them. I finally got around to doing it and I love how it turned out. Our life is not formal, so it’s only fitting the pictures represent that. 🙂
She crashed while watching a show.
I moved her around, thinking I’d wake her up, but no dice.
When she finally woke up, she almost immediately asked for “the shark”. This is a very popular cartoon song with toddlers right now, but I didn’t realize she would remember it well enough to ask for it. I think she’s seen it two times.
Okay, this beats all. I was standing on our back porch and noticed movement coming from inside the bird feeder. My first thought was that wasps or bees had moved in and made a nest.
Well, while it was a nest, it wasn’t for insects. It’s a bird’s nest. INSIDE my bird feeder. The movement I saw was a gaping baby bird’s beak. Pretty soon, the momma flew up and I watched her wedge herself down to feed her baby the bug she had brought back. Our current plan is to leave them be since we don’t really know what else to do.
Kiddie Park fun.
This was the first time Abigail has been able to go on the rides (the last time we went she was still a baby).
She had so much fun!
Riding the Ferris wheel.
They both really enjoyed these planes.
I love that all the rides are original.
Joseph was shooting pretend enemies out of the air.
I think this one was probably their favorite.
Riding the school bus.
Joseph had just gotten over his stomach bug, so we were watching him closely to make sure the spinny rides weren’t too much for his tummy.
Rockin’ the boat.
Abigail liked it whenever there was a steering wheel of any type.
She also kept trying to reach over to touch the water…luckily she didn’t actually touch it.
Her face says it all in this one.
These metal cars were a favorite, too.
Joseph loved seeing how much Abigail loved the rides.
On the carousel.
Hey! I got him to smile!
Can you spot the baby? She thought she had hidden so well, haha.
At his awards ceremony.
One of his new friends.
These two were happy to be in the same class this year (they had been in pre-k together but were in different kinder classes last year).
He’s going to miss this guy, who will be moving soon. They’ve been friends since we moved here.
Another of his new friends.
I couldn’t help but snap a picture of him and his cupcake-loving pal.
Another fun friend.
Checking out the kangaroos.
Yet another shot of my favorite animal at the zoo: the okapi.
Abigail loves elephants.
Checking out the Nile crocodile.
The miniature mongoose were super curious.
They both really loved checking them out.
Checking out the lions.
Learning about feline bone structure.
Checking out the giraffes.
The ostrich was rather curious about us.
After such a fun morning at the zoo, I was not expecting a sick baby.
She was better enough the next day to ask for noodles for lunch.
The day after that, she was asking me to put onion rings on her fingers.
This was from this morning. After I was down for the count all of yesterday, Abigail was a bit clingy this morning.
I love how much she loves to play with this thing.
And last, but not least: we’re officially into June!