The First Official Week

Weekly Happenings: This was the first full week of summer vacation. I don’t think I realized just how much of our day was filled with getting ready for school, being at school (well, Joseph, at least), doing the whole pick up, drop off thing, etc. until we weren’t doing it. I haven’t launched the workbooks at Joseph quite yet (I felt he deserved a break from school for at least a tiny bit), but that should start soon here. We filled our week with running errands, going to the zoo, a fun trip to the mall (hey, anywhere with AC!), and just relaxing around the house. Oh, one funny story that I keep forgetting to put in here: it was a couple of Sundays ago that this happened, but it’s still seared in my mind, haha. We were enjoying a typical Sunday service when one of the speakers pointed out that there was a scorpion just hanging out in one of the light fixtures (a large dome-type one that is open to the ceiling and hanging down by a thick wire). Well, it’s safe to say that most of the congregation (especially the kids) spent the rest of the meeting a bit distracted, watching that thing slowly walk around in the light fixture. None of us were too worried because scorpions have a hard time getting traction on glass (or it might even be impossible, once it gets to a certain angle), so it was pretty much stuck there, seriously reconsidering its life-choices and probably praying that bugs would fall in there as well, haha.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been hot and dry (and by that I mean no rain…it’s been plenty humid, ha) but we’re supposed to get some much-needed rain coming up this next week.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Pretty much a rinse-and-repeat of last week: school, work, and the like. It will most likely be like this for the next month or so as he digs his heels in for this last session of school.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve added “chief entertainer” to my job description, ha. In all reality, it isn’t that bad (check back with me mid-August, though). There are plenty of things to do around here that are fun. We usually still wake up relatively early (thanks to the alarm clock that is named Abigail), so we even get most of the things done before it gets too warm.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: Playing video games, playing with his sister, working on becoming a LEGO master builder, reading…typical summer stuff.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has become a firm believer that the people or characters in the television are talking to her specifically (especially Mickey Mouse or Daniel Tiger), so when one of her shows is ending, she’ll babble (I’m pretty sure she’s trying to say, “see you later” or “see you soon”) and wave. She also LOVES to dance to any music (moves that have bounces and knee-bends at varying speeds and depths). Oh, and she has decided that if she gets hurt, she needs to “get loves” (hugs) from everyone present. She especially loves to get hugs from Joseph. When he hugs her, she’ll put her head down on his shoulder and pat his back. It just might be one of the cutest things she does…though, when I’m holding her and she grabs the end of my braid to rub in her face to tickle herself…that’s pretty cute, too.

This Week in Pictures:

Giving “Bubba” (that’s what she refers to him as) “loves”.
One of her favorite past times: taking all the books out of her book bin and looking at {some of} them.
Checking out the dinos.
She loves being strolled around so that she can see all the animals.
Learning all about owls and checking out the taxidermied one.
Chillin’ while watching “gickey” (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). Why does she look so huge in this picture?!
Showing off his latest LEGO set: a Minecraft mini-scene.
Sweet baby girl.
It’s hard to believe she’s going to be 18 months old this next week. Where has the time gone?

Hello, Summer Vacation!

Weekly Happenings: This past week contained some fun things: Joseph’s end-of-the-year awards ceremony, another trip to the zoo, the last few days of school, and the start of summer vacation.

The Weekly Weather: Sort of a rinse-and-repeat of the week before: hot, humid, and sunny.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He rearranged the furniture in the loft, moving the couch away from the ledge (since Abigail is showing signs of crawling). He’s also been busy with work and school (he was able to take the day off on Monday to attend Joseph’s awards ceremony, which was really nice).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I got to go hang out with friends one night, which was a nice break from the mundane. Other than that, it was the regular routine.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a fun time at his awards ceremony as well as at the zoo (since they let us take him out of school early, we decided on a spontaneous zoo trip). He also had a ton of fun at a friend’s birthday party today (a lot of friends, a bounce house…yeah, I totally get why he had a blast).

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has started pointing to things and saying, “That?” so that I can tell her what it is. She also is taking more tentative steps on her own. Oh, and she really likes to try to put her clothes on. She also likes to pick her clothes. I’ll hold up two options of something and she’ll either shake her head “no” when I offer one or she’ll take both and then give me the one she doesn’t want. She’s actually getting really good at shaking her head “no”. She’ll do it if I offer her more food and she’s full, or if I offer a toy and she doesn’t want it, etc. It’s hard to believe that in just three Sundays she’ll be old enough to go to nursery at church.

This Week in Pictures:

Our new loft set-up. I would have never thought to arrange it this way, but I love it!
The couch is moved away from the ledge which also creates a playing area right here…
…and then another playing area over here.
She loves hats.
My zucchini sort of grew…a lot…when I wasn’t looking. I used it to make two loaves of zucchini bread, which turned out delicious (I knew it wouldn’t be good to eat in normal form since it was so big).
I love it when birds visit our yard. This particular time was two cardinals (male and female) and a finch. I watched as the male cardinal found a large bug (I think it was a beetle) and immediately hopped over and gave it to the female. Chivalry at its finest. I also watched as the finch tried to take the beetle from the female cardinal and got pecked by her for its attempt. She showed that she could hold her own, haha.
Joseph’s class sung a song for the parents before the awards (the awards ceremony was camping themed, which is why the room is decorated the way it is).
The song they were singing talked about being strong.
He got the Most Inquisitive Award. Very fitting!
Y’all. His teacher was amazing. She pushed him just enough that he improved without getting frustrated, made sure he was always engaged in what they were doing, and made learning so much fun. We struck gold with Ms. Adams! And can I just point out her dress: those are pictures that each of the students drew on pieces of cloth with fabric markers that she then ironed onto her dress.That made me cry a bit. I love that he had a teacher that truly loved and cared for him for those many hours that he was away from my love and care.
Walkin’ with Daddy at the zoo.
This bear had the right idea. He was just chillin’ in his pool.
With some more of the animatronic dinos that are all over the zoo.
We discovered this part of the zoo that had metal musical installations. Abigail liked using this mallet to hit the flower petals.
Joseph liked this one the best, I think.
Trying to get Daddy’s phone.
Cooling off in the hippo area.
They were sitting there, watching the fish swim by, and then all of a sudden one of the hippos just walked by (I find it fascinating that they don’t actually swim; they walk along the bottom).
She decided she wanted to put on her headband by herself…for about thirty seconds, haha
I love his crazy personality.
Sweet baby girl.

Bonus Video: Abigail drumming (you can also hear Joseph playing a different instrument in the background)


More Zoo Fun and a Couple of Sickies

Weekly Happenings: Since Joseph and Paul both had Monday off, we got an early start and headed to the zoo before it got too hot. It was surprisingly not busy (I suppose more people were hitting up Sea World/Aquatica, Six Flags, and the like). We had a great time and then headed home to just rest and relax in the air conditioning. The rest of the week that followed was pretty average. Friday, I started feeling sick again (pretty much the same symptoms I had a couple weeks ago), so I asked Paul if he could come home early. I went into urgent care and found out I had strep. Again. Two days after I finished the antibiotics for my first bout with it. I got my new antibiotics and headed home. A couple hours later, Abigail popped a high temperature, so (with my diagnosis in mind) Paul and I agreed that he should probably take HER into urgent care as well. She also had strep. Boo. So she got set up with antibiotics, too. Here’s to praying the boys don’t get it!

The Weekly Weather: Hot. Humid. We’re just going to leave it at that, haha. Pardon me while I go make sure all the curtains and blinds are closed, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: School and work have been keeping him rather busy. He’s also had to once again take on the role of “disinfector” as we try to cleanse the house of germs.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: My pretty normal stuff. Luckily I didn’t wait to see if I would get worse before I went back in to urgent care, so I’m already starting to feel better.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: School, a play date with one of his buddies, and being his normal happy self.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been pretty happy even though she’s had her grumpy moments (she doesn’t understand why she doesn’t feel good…she just knows she doesn’t…that would make me grumpy, too). Hopefully we caught it early enough with her, too, so that she won’t be uncomfortable for much longer. It hurts my heart a bit when my babies are sick.

This Week in Pictures:

Posing on the hippos before they got too hot!
His choice this time was the hummingbird because “they can fly really fast!”
Joseph really wanted to feed the lories. He sort of changed his mind when they started getting close, though.
Brushing a sweet little goat in the petting zoo area.
Munching on some popcorn while checking out one of the many dinosaurs scattered around the zoo.
Checking out the miniature mongoose…and the camera.
Double Daddy Duty.
A friend of mine gave Abigail a bunch of those little square board books. Those are probably her favorite size because she can hold them in her hands better than bigger books.
Joseph teaching his friend how to play Pokémon…while Abigail tries to figure out how to get up to all of their stuff.