A Fun Day and Fireworks to Boot

Weekly Happenings: This past week, we did all the fun stuff at the beginning of the week. Paul had the day off on Monday, so we decided to do a couple of fun things. We visited the Japanese Tea Gardens, went to the zoo, and then out for lunch. Tuesday was Fourth of July, so we spent the day as a family (including attending a ward breakfast) and then popped off fireworks with friends in the evening. The rest of the week was pretty average. We did visit Bass Pro’s Shop earlier in the week…oh, and yesterday, Paul took Joseph to go see the new Spiderman movie. They both had a really great time.

The Weekly Weather: Pretty much a repeat of before: warm, humid (though not too bad), and dry.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mostly just work, school, and the like.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Another week of keeping the littles happy is in the books. Other than that…not much.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a great time going to the movies with Paul. One-on-one time with Daddy is always one of his favorite things. He also had a great time going to the zoo and the Japanese Tea Gardens. Oh, and popping off fireworks was, of course, another highlight. Other than that, he continues to enjoy summer vacation.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: The major breakthrough this past week was that she finally had a tooth poke through! She learned rather quickly that biting her thumb with that tooth hurts a lot and has learned to be careful while sucking on her thumb.

This Week in Pictures:

Japanese Tea Gardens.
It was built inside an old cement quarry (which was the quarry they got cement from to use in the building of the state capitol, interestingly enough). The grounds are beautiful!
All the little ponds and vegetation are really nice.
This was over by the giant furnace/kiln on the property…goofball!
A more normal pose.
One of the outbuildings. There were several on the property and we noticed chimneys on them, so we’re guessing they may have been little houses for workers to stay in when it was still a working quarry, but we don’t know for sure.
The giant bugs were still at the zoo, so another picture on the huge caterpillar was a must.
Hanging out on the bronze Komodo dragon.
The lions are always a favorite.
Abigail knows how to cruise the zoo in style.
Getting ready to head out to the ward breakfast.
Brother had to get in on the act.
Testing out their new hearing protection before going out for fireworks (the neighborhood gets pretty loud). Joseph still loves showing off his “goofy eyes”.
Sparklers are a Fourth of July tradition. I like the idea of using the cup to keep the sparks from getting on his hand.
Watching the “big booms”. I had the phone on “selfie” mode, so she could see herself. It was the best reaction.
Fireworks for the win!
Little Miss Sunshine.
Getting some pointers from Daddy.
Trying it on his own.
Hanging out at the movies. Joseph said his favorite part of the movie was “all of the awesome parts”.

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