Gorgeous Texas Skies and a Couple of Silly Side-eyes

Weekly Happenings: This past week was pretty average. Since Monday was a holiday, we scooted out to the zoo for a fun morning. The weather has been rather if-y as of late, so we decided to stay local. We also had our annual HOA meeting where Paul was elected to the HOA board, filling the offices of Vice President and Secretary.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been another week full of both rain and sunshine (sometimes at the same time, haha).

What Paul’s Been Up To: He is continuing the work on the little free library. The rain has slowed him down a bit (he wants to do many, many layers of paint so that it can withstand the elements), but he’s kept at it. He also used some scrap wood to make a rubber band rifle for Joseph. Joseph was pretty excited about that. 🙂

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my front. I’m mainly just trying to keep one step ahead of a crazy-active almost-two-year-old. 🙂 Luckily, the just-turned-seven-year-old is a huge help in that aspect. 😉

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He has been loving school, loves to play with Abigail, and loves spending time creating new creations with his LEGOS.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s figured out that her reach is longer and so are her legs. Why is this specific combination important to mention? Well, it means that it’s easier for her to climb up on things…like the coffee table, chairs, benches, etc. I’ve spent a lot of time lifting her back down (sometimes multiple times in a row, haha).

This Week in Pictures:

You know that longer reach of Abigail’s that I mentioned? Yeah…we had to move the Halloween lights because they were too much of a temptation to Little Miss Grabs-a-Lot. The breakfast bar is a bit higher than the bottom of the book shelves.
And she definitely can’t reach these!
I love sights like this!
We let her loose(ish) at the zoo. She had a blast, but it was kind of exhausting following her around and making sure she didn’t get into any scrapes (even being “leashed”), haha.
Baby pigtails!
We did take advantage of a clear afternoon to go to the park.
The kids loved getting out of the house and playing with friends.
They both wanted to snuggle up and watch a show. One snuggly kid on my lap is enough to make me drowsy. Two? Psh. Forget about it! This was the sight that Paul came home to, haha.
Texas does a lot of things right. Sunrises are definitely part of the list. Sometimes they are golden…
…and sometimes they are pinky-purpley-orange.
One morning, we even got to see a rainbow (even though it hadn’t rained). Here’s one side of it…
…and here’s a glimpse of the other side (the middle wasn’t visible). Oh, and a mini photo-bomber, haha.
Here’s one side-eye. We switched out her sippy-cups for spoutless cups. They still have a screw on lid, but instead of a spout, the lid (which has holes similar to a strainer) dips down and there’s a silicone insert that pops in. Basically if she tips the cup and sucks, liquid will get pulled up between the lid and the insert (but the cup won’t spill if it’s tipped over). It doesn’t matter where she puts her mouth, either, which is nice. Plus, we won’t have to keep replacing cups just because she’s gnawed through the spout, haha.
Here’s the other side-eye. He’s posing with the rubber-band rifle that Paul made for him.

Another Fun Week

Weekly Happenings: This past week was rather enjoyable. On Tuesday, we attended the National Night Out celebration at our neighborhood park. Joseph loved the bounce houses, Abigail liked looking at the petting zoo animals, and we all liked getting in touch with our neighbors and friends. Then on Wednesday, I got to go to a fun Relief Society activity. Aside from that, we filled the rest of our time with regular weekly things and some family time as well.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been another week full of sunshine, rain, and rainbows.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly just work and his church calling. He has been spending some time working on a little free library that will be installed at the neighborhood park and will be stocked with books for people to borrow.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much out of the ordinary on my front. I did get to be the “brave” person to kill a scorpion at the Relief Society Activity (it showed up as we were cleaning things up at the end of the night). I just stepped straight down on it, since I was wearing my boots. It was probably a quick and relatively painless death for it.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed attending his first meeting with GT (gifted and talented). He said his favorite part was getting to pretend to be astronauts in training. Since this year celebrates the 60th anniversary for NASA, they are focusing on space, which I think is so cool.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been fighting off a cold, but luckily she seems to be on the flip-side of it now.

This Week in Pictures:

She really, really wanted to touch the lights. We would tell her no, but then she decided to take toys and try to touch them that way. We ended up taking them down since they were too much of a temptation.
It’s blurry because she’s constantly on the move, but I love how she managed to get all of the Halloween buckets at once.
All ready to take Joseph to school on Monday.
Saying, “hi!”
Joseph probably spent 90% of the time at National Night Out in these bounce houses.
It looks like she’s growling, but she’s just in the middle of saying “hi”.
She really liked the alpacas.
A pretty rainbow that appeared after the bit of rain right at the end of National Night Out.
At the activity for Relief Society, part of the time was spent doing a favorite things exchange (you bring three identical things and go home with three different things). One of the things I came home with was this letter board. This is going to be fun to have around!
We hung up the sign in the dining room.
Getting introduced to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Life is always more…adventurous when you have a bucket on your head.
He said that I needed to take their picture because they were cute. Well, he isn’t wrong…

Bonus Video: Playtime with Abigail


We’re Getting to My Favorite Time of Year

Weekly Happenings: It’s crazy to think that September is almost over! I am excited, though, because that means that we’re getting into the holiday season, which is my favorite time of year. This past week was a pretty average one. We didn’t really go anywhere or do anything out of the norm. I’m okay with that…before I know it, we’ll be in the full-fledged craziness that is Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a mix of rainy and sunny, with a dash of butterflies. The snout nose butterfly (it looks like a smaller version of a Monarch) migrates right through San Antonio, so there were several days where there were butterflies everywhere!

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly just work and home life. He did help out with the youth service project for church (he’s the secretary in the Young Men’s presidency).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I have mainly just been doing my thing, too. I did watch a friend’s girls one evening, which was a lot of fun for Abigail.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: We just found out that he’s going to be put into the Gifted and Talented program at school (they meet once a week). We’re all excited for him to be able to get a little more enrichment at school.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been full of sass, but also full of fun, giggles, new words, and cuddles.

This Week in Pictures:

She really loves this beaver (it’s the mascot for this huge and awesome gas station called Buc-ee’s, haha).
This is how we prefer to settle sibling disputes. 😉
She loves her “puppy”, which is a backpack leash.
Play date fun.
This is his “work face”. 😉 I sure love this man and am so grateful for all the hard work he does to make life better for our family!
Looking at a book or two while occasionally watching a show.
I love how cute she looks in this little denim skirt.
There were a couple days this past week that were just barely cool enough to get away with wearing sweaters.
Homemade pizza for the win! I love being able to make dough with my mixer!
I decided to take some time today to put up the Halloween decorations. Paul helped me out by putting up the spiderwebs on the bookcase.
Just a couple tweaks and the fall decor is transformed to Halloween. 🙂