One Last Week

Weekly Happenings: This was our last week of summer vacation before school starts (virtually) on Monday. We went to the zoo, hung around the house, did a drive-through Meet the Teacher, and just relaxed because we know that from here on out, it’s going to be back to business as usual.

The Weekly Weather: It’s really been a mixed bag. We’ve had random storms come through (and by random, I mean they weren’t showing up on my weather app until it was actually raining…and then the app would update and all of a sudden show rain, haha). The only time it was really irritating was when I walked out of the grocery store with a cart full of bagged groceries only to find it raining…that was a fun run. I am grateful for the rain, though…we always need it!

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s finished and installed Joseph’s bed! It was a big job, but so worth it. Joseph has a really cool set-up in there now. Other than that, he’s been busy at work (as usual). This next week will be a work from home week, which I’m grateful for, since it’ll be Joseph’s first week of distance learning. It’ll be nice having my resident IT guy here to help with any technology hiccups.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I took the kids to the zoo and then did a bit of organizing. I had a gigantic pile of stuff in our room that I’ve been meaning to donate but haven’t had a chance to. That pile was giving me major anxiety (I’m kind of anti-pile), so one morning, I loaded it all up into the back of the car and hauled it off to the donation station. It felt really good to get rid of it all! I’ve also washed all of Joseph and Abigail’s new clothes and gotten them into their drawers.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He has been soaking up every last minute of this last official week of summer vacation. He enjoyed getting to meet his teacher and finding out more about how things are going to be for the first little bit of school.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has really gotten used to Joseph being home. It might be a little rough come Monday when Joseph needs to be doing school instead of being able to play with her. She didn’t really understand it last year when Joseph was home but not able to play (and she really didn’t like that she was closed out of his room). Hopefully Joseph will be able to go into his classroom after Labor Day…because that’s the type of schedule that Abigail is used to when I say that Joseph is doing school. 😉

This Week in Pictures:

Laundry Day in 2020 looks a little different than I imagined…I needed to wash my masks, one of Paul’s, and all of Joseph’s (since he’ll need to wear them when he does eventually get to go back to school).
Checking out the spectacled bear at the zoo.
Zoo train!
Say “cheese” everybody!
All snuggled up to her big brother.
Do you see the satisfaction on her face? She had been asking me for a banana for two days before I had the chance to get some from the store. She was especially excited that I let her just hold the entire thing instead of cutting it up and putting it on a plate.
Some days, breakfast and lunch kind of meld together for me. I’ve discovered a pretty yummy smoothie combination, though: frozen mixed fruit (peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, and pineapple), frozen blueberries, milk, plain Greek yogurt, cashews, and a bit of honey. It’s so good and so filling! I love that I’ve been able to add a little more fruit and protein into my diet in such an easy way! I took a picture of this because right as I set it down, Abigail was next to me, asking to share my banana and my eggs. I wanted to document it before it got gobbled up by the resident food thief. 😉
She wanted to wear her Vampirina costume AND her Texas boots. Why not?
All painted…
…and installed.
Paul added a bit more of a railing so Joseph would feel more secure up there. I like that his bookcase, desk, and nightstand all fit under there. His room feels a lot more open now.
When trying to figure out a way to get more light under there, Paul came up with the idea of using some old LED lights that we were no longer using (they had been in Paul’s office until he got more lighting in there). Joseph seems pretty pleased with the result.

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