Park Fun

Weekly Happenings: The weather this past week was rather mild, so we took full advantage. On Tuesday, I didn’t have piano students, so after school I took the kids to the park. We were there for almost two hours and the kids had a blast. Then, on Thursday morning, I took Abigail back for a scheduled play date with some friends. The funny thing about Thursday was that it had been misty all morning, so a big puddle had gathered at the base of the slide. I didn’t realize it was there until Abigail went down and got her bum soaked. Luckily, her diaper seemed to keep her from being uncomfortable at all and we stayed for two hours to play. It’s getting a smidge easier to handle Abigail at the park because she’s steadier on her feet and she’s beginning to show some restraint and caution (she still has moments where she completely throws caution to the wind, but we’re making progress).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been really nice. It’s been cold in the mornings and then nice and mild in the afternoons (low 70s range).

What Paul’s Been Up To: Aside from work and his calling at church keeping him busy, he helped out with Joseph’s Cub Scout group this week (he taught them how to tie a square knot and then he had them do a Christmas craft which had them using their new skill). Today he’s working on signs to put in yards for the winners of the neighborhood holiday decorating contest.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I had a relatively fun week because I got to go to a Christmas party for Relief Society and I also got to go hang out with friends last night.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: It’s been a bit rough on him getting up for school after having a full week off last week, but he soldiered on. 😉 He enjoyed being back and getting to go to GT and see his school friends again.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s found great entertainment in taking ornaments off the Christmas tree and putting them places I’d least expect to find them. She’s also picked up a new phrase. If she comes up and shows me something she has, I’ll say, “Oh! You have a (fill in the blank)!” Then she’ll say, “I sure do!!” It’s pretty cute.

This Week in Pictures:

She loves this snowman. If you press his hand, he skates along and sings “Let it Snow”.
She decided she needed the Christmas mat from the kitchen in order to get comfy on the floor…I’m not quite sure why she chose the floor over the couches, but to each their own, I suppose.
It’s unanimous: this is the best slide at the park.
The swings are pretty awesome, too, though. The look of pure joy on Abigail’s face makes my heart all mushy.
Just relaxing on a bench. I love our park.
Showing me his climbing skills.
Abigail’s Christmas dress came in the mail. 😀
Chef Abigail is ready to take your order!
Foggy cold mornings mean hats for everyone!
I decided to put new nail strips on…sparkly blue!
I love how they match my fun top.

Bonus Video: Abigail loves to sing along to the song “Baby Shark”. There are a ton of different versions. The version that’s playing here is the Halloween version.


Christmas is Coming!

Weekly Happenings: We have had a wonderful week off. We celebrated Thanksgiving, decorated for Christmas, and have had a lot of family time. It’s going to be hard to go back to normal tomorrow, but at least we only have three weeks until Christmas hits.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a real mixed-bag. Not too many cold days, but a mix of cool to warm, to dry, to muggy. 😀

What Paul’s Been Up To: He enjoyed his time off and used it especially wisely towards the end. He was able to be a huge help putting up our house decorations as well as the decorations for the neighborhood.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: It’s been nice sleeping in every day (tomorrow is gonna be rough, haha). I didn’t do too much out of the ordinary, really.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been enjoying his time off and is already counting down to Christmas. 🙂

What Abigail’s Been Up To: It’s really fun to see the holidays come alive for her this year. It’s been fun seeing her excitement as decorations come out.

This Week in Pictures:

She begged for some pickle, so I gave her a taste.
She “said” it was yummy, but I’m not sure if she convinced herself.
We’re working on the “small bites” concept. Sometimes it works great…other times, she shoves half a tortilla in her mouth. Oh well…
She told me she was getting ready to go to the jungle. 🙂
I once again decided to make pecan pie from scratch (including the crust) for Thanksgiving dinner. It turned out so yummy!
We took the kids to get haircuts the day before Thanksgiving. Abigail got a bang trim.
Joseph got a high-and-tight which he loves since it means he doesn’t have to comb his hair, haha.
She sure loves her daddy!
Joseph was teaching her how to put stuff in her pockets.
I pulled three play necklaces out of her pocket along with two play bracelets. When I went to change her diaper later I found two more bracelets that hadn’t quite made it into the pocket…luckily they were in the front of her diaper which was just wet, so I was able to easily disinfect them.
Homemade pie requires homemade whipped cream.
We got her her own tree in the hopes that she would leave the big tree alone. It’s only kind of working, so I still made sure to only put non-breakable ornaments on the bottom of it.
I had to put this guy up high so that little hands wouldn’t be too rough.
My palm frond reindeer and our Christmas countdown.
The Santa I made as a teenager, my “retro”-looking candy-cane sign, and one of my favorite Christmas signs.
Lights everywhere!
My “kitchen” angel that’s made of dishcloths and a pot-holder.
Constantly redecorating.
Our tree! Our old one had about half the lights not working, so we opted to get a new one this year since we found one for a good deal. Paul gave our old one to a guy in the neighborhood who mentioned needing to get another one. He’ll probably just do what we did last year which was to just put another strand of lights on the tree to fill in the burned out strand.
My piano set up!
We just added this sign this year. It’s my favorite holiday quote.
She found her light-up necklace!
Little elf.
We went out to eat last night and I couldn’t help but snap this shot. The fog, the old buildings, the light poles decorated for Christmas…it was kind of magical.
Santa hat is on even before regular clothes, haha.
I love when Paul “wraps” our garage door.
We added these two light-up soldiers this year.
Gas prices keep dropping…I love when they dip below $2/gallon!
The front with the lights on.
The front entrance with the lights on.
Happy sigh…
A new quote for a new month (tomorrow). 😊

Bonus Blog Post: Zoo Lights 2019

So, we decided to head out to the zoo tonight to check out the zoo lights. I was a bit worried that it would be crazy-crowded, but surprisingly, it wasn’t. It was actually the smallest turnout that we’ve ever seen, I think. We were ecstatic about that, haha. We much prefer it that way. We were able to wander around and check out all the fun stuff that the zoo had to offer without having that crowded feeling. I guess checking it out before December actually has its perks. 😉

This truck was just parked in the parking lot. The entire side of it (including the design) was actually covered in lights.
Da boys!
Abigail REALLY wanted to crawl under the ropes to get to these hippos. There were several light animals (a rhino, a giraffe, a lion, and these hippos), but I was too busy keeping her where she was supposed to be to get pictures of the other ones.
Abigail loved this fishing game.
Joseph liked it, too. There were a bunch of different fish and sea creatures. Each one had information on the specific animal (if it was an animal that needed to be protected from over-fishing or if it was an okay fish to not “throw back”.
We happened to be first in line for the carousel, and Abigail made a beeline for this gorilla. When it came time to get down after the ride was over, she made sure to hug its leg, pat its face, and tell it goodbye.
Words fail me, haha. This dragon is Joseph’s favorite and he was also excited to get a light-up dinosaur wand (Abigail got a light-up snowflake wand, but I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of her with it).
Checking out the *ahem* “snow”.
Trying to get two active kids to both look at the camera at the same time can be challenging at times.
Family selfie with the zoo lights sign in the background.