Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Weekly Happenings: We spent the majority of this past week getting back into our routine. It was a bit…interesting trying to to get the kids (and myself) back onto Central Time (bedtime felt like it came too soon and it felt like we were waking up in the middle of the night). We also worked on getting the Christmas decorations down since January snuck up on us while we were on vacation. Abigail was rather dismayed to see all the fun Christmas decorations disappear, but luckily she got over it relatively quickly (playing with her new toys and watching Frozen helped immensely).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been mild for the most part: cold mornings warming up to cool afternoons. We did have quite the thunderstorm move through last night, but luckily all the rumblings died down before it got too late.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been fighting mountain cedar pollen since we’ve gotten home (we all have, but it seems to hit him the worst). Today he’s been busy getting the neighborhood Christmas decorations taken down.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mostly my regular weekly stuff of ferrying kids around and trying to get my brain back in Texas. 😉

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s happy to get back to school and back to seeing his friends. He is also enjoying sneaking in playing his new video games whenever he can squeeze it in.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She had her three-year check-up. She is 31 pounds and 37 inches tall. She didn’t need to get any immunizations, but she did need to get her flu shot. Surprisingly, she didn’t cry or even fuss. She looked a bit shocked when she got poked, but the nurse was so quick with it that we had her laughing with silly faces before she could decide to cry. She earned a toy from Target for her braveness (an Elsa doll, of course). One cute story: she was snuggling me after having had to be woken up (she fell asleep while waiting for Joseph in the school parking lot) when my piano student and her mom came through the door. They said hello and she said said, “I Ag-gi-gail. This my mom.” Her vocabulary and socializing skills are just exploding right now. She also still enjoys watching Frozen and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure at least once a day. 😀

This Week in Pictures:

She really gets into the songs and sings along as best she can.
Joseph discovered a recipe for pizza roll-ups in his latest edition of The Friend (church magazine geared towards kids) and wanted to try them. They’re basically pepperoni and half a cheese stick rolled up in a refrigerated crescent roll, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with Italian seasoning, and baked. Joseph came up with the idea of spreading a bit of marinara sauce on the roll before adding the pepperoni and cheese and I think that improved the end result immensely. We also made a plain cheese version.
A new quote for January.
I needed something to go in the spot where my Grinch picture had been hanging and I found this fun sign at Hobby Lobby. I think it’s perfect for where we’ve got it because it’s right where people are coming and going all of the time. It’s also something I remember my dad saying to us on occasion (it’s a lyric from a song that’s in Guys and Dolls, which came out in 1950).
I needed a new filler for my large vase and fell in love with these fake succulents.
I like that it adds green but is still neutral.
I heard her saying, “Look, Mom! I Olaf!”, so I looked over and saw this. I suppose the pointy carrot DOES look like a snowman’s nose.
With her new best bud, Elsa.
She looks like a unicorn-obsessed celebrity who’s upset with the paparazzi for taking her picture.
 

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