Brrrrr! Oh, and a Taste of Home

Weekly Happenings: This week was pretty laid back as well. I think I subconsciously plan less stuff during this time of year because I know that the holidays are going to be crazy busy. If we ever did escape the house, it was mostly local stuff (Target, the mall, etc.). Toward the end of the week, the new In-N-Out that they have been building was finished and had its grand opening. Needless to say, it was pretty busy. We’re going to wait a little while before going in order to let the crowds die down a bit.

The Weekly Weather:  It started out chilly and dry, moved to chilly and wet, then went to warm and wet (yesterday we had a rip-snorter of a thunderstorm), and today was warmer (mid-70s) and clear. That’s Texas for ya’!

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and school as normal. He also had to brave the storm last night to make the stuff on our back patio more secure with the high winds and rain that happened.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I finished up my visiting teaching this week (which is a record for me, ha!) and have been working hard on getting the ward choir ready to sing in a few weeks. It’s hard to believe that this month is almost over!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He has a new obsession: tubas. Yeah, I have no idea where that came from either, but it’s there. He started out using one of my old boots to “play” as a tuba, requested a book from the library about tubas (which Paul was able to find), and was very excited about his tuba that Paul made (using toilet paper and paper towel tubes, duct tape, and parts of a 2-liter bottle). He’s also showing an increased amount of compassion. The other day, I was putting on his socks and he had his shoes on his hands, making them dance. He inadvertently clocked me in the nose, which made tears well up in my eyes. He got very concerned and practically begged me to stop crying. He then showered my face with kisses. He’s such a sweet boy! A couple of random things: last Sunday, he came up to me and told me that he was going to huff and puff my skirt. He then proceeded to “huff and puff”. When it did not garner the results he expected, he said, “Huh. That not working.” and then went back to playing with his cars. The other random thing was that I discovered that he can do somersaults. I’m not sure he knows he can do them, but I saw him do several in succession. Crazy!

This Week in Pictures:

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Cuddling under a blankie.
Almost always a happy boy.
He loves my stuffed pumpkins.
Pretending my old boot is a tuba…
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Showing Daddy one of his favorite stuffed animals, “Ellie” (so named after the elephant on one of his favorite shows, “Pocoyo”).
I was cleaning and he wanted to help. After we were done, he refused to put the sweeper back. A little while later, he was ready.
After an hour and a half of piano lessons with no break, I waled upstairs and found this. I guess he read himself to sleep? 😉 After he woke up, he was sitting there, kind of groggily as I cleaned up the mess (I wasn’t about to make him help). As I finished, he looked around, kind of surprised and said, “Oh! You cleaned up my room! Thank you, Mommy! Give me a hug!” He then gave me a very loving hug. It was classic. 🙂
Sitting on the table to catch a show…because the open couch and chair were apparently not good enough to sit on.
Riding on the Bob the Builder ride at the mall.
His expressions are the best!
Working with Daddy to build a helicopter out of LEGOS.
The finished product.
Playing with the tuba that Daddy made him.

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