This week was our typical busy week. Valentine’s Day was sandwiched right in the middle of the week. Paul made it special by grilling some really good steaks so that we could have a relaxed dinner at home. Our gifts to each other were food-related (chocolate for me and a variety of smoked meats for him) along with flowers for both me and Abigail. It was so sweet! The events that I have pictures of are from Franklin’s STEM night (where there were a bunch of STEM-related activities set up along with a planetarium exhibit where we watched a video about NASA preparing to go to Mars) and the first grade dance performance for Rodeo Day.
This is the only picture I took this week. Well, I did take other pictures, but they were of my students because of things we were doing at school and even though my students are ridiculously cute, I can’t share pictures of them. I can share a picture of this awesome kid, though. A little while back, he was having a bit of a hard time with band because he reached the point where it was no longer easy and he had to start actually putting an effort into practicing. Instead of quitting, he started putting in the time and this is the payoff: he got a medal and a ribbon at his solo/ensemble contest. I’m so proud of him!! As for the rest of us, we plowed through the week with our normal gusto and can hardly believe we’re halfway through February already.
This past week, Mother Nature came to her senses and the weather shifted back into what I am accustomed to for a Texas winter: chilly mornings and evenings, but nice, sunny, warm afternoons. I think I’m happiest when it’s 70 degrees, ha. We got some rain, but it was overnight and led to a fresh, crisp day the next day. As for the home upgrades, we got a couch for the upstairs that is a sleeper sofa, so if anyone comes to visit, we have a bed for them. 🙂 Paul also spent his Saturday morning combining two planters in the front yard into one larger one. One fun thing that he got to do was to go out and go deer hunting with coworkers/friends. One of his former coworkers (who has since retired) has some land, so Paul and one of his other coworkers went out there on Friday. Paul was able to get a deer, so after the meat gets processed, we’ll have some venison. Work has kept me busy and the kids have been kinda just plugging along as well.