An Awesome Lunar Experience

Weekly Happenings: This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to see a “blood moon” lunar eclipse. It was so cool to see how bright it was and then to see the transformation to the full eclipse. Since we knew the next day was a holiday, we let Joseph stay up to see the full eclipse (it was at about 11:00 PM) since he would be able to sleep in the next day. He really enjoyed getting to see the transformation. Monday, we got up and took a family trip to the zoo. After that, we settled down to have a normal rest of the week. 😉

The Weekly Weather: We’ve had a couple of regular cold days (I keep having to pull my succulents into the garage to avoid the freezing temperatures at night), but mostly just regular cold days.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He enjoyed the gaming convention he attended this past Saturday. It was a good break from the mundane for him.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my end…just the regular stuff, I suppose.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed seeing the cool moon. He also enjoyed getting to tell his class and GT group all about it.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been sweetness and sass this past week. She has a firm grasp on what she wants to do and how she wants to do it, which can sometimes make us butt heads. Her sweetness (like when she comes over and kisses my leg as I’m making dinner, or when she asks for a hug many times throughout the day) makes up for it rather quickly, though.

This Week in Pictures:

Paul at his gaming convention.
While at his convention, he took this picture of one of my favorite downtown structures: the Tower of the Americas.
The moon before the eclipse started. It was huge and bright!
The moon during the eclipse.
Since the camera always makes it look smaller than it actually is, Paul zoomed in so the color was more visible.
This is what it looked like through the viewer, though.
Paul got this cool picture of one of the giant anteaters at the zoo.
He also got this great shot of the tiger.
Posing on the hippo statue.
Joseph was having a hard time with the sun and Abigail just wanted to be let go to climb all over the statue.
This was the moon on Monday night: big and super bright again.
Trying to work the door to get out.
She insisted on wearing her hat.
 

Settling Back In

Weekly Happenings: This past week was rather uneventful. I don’t mind, though, because after the crazy rush of the holidays (which I also love for different reasons), it’s nice to slow back down to normal pace.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been a real mix. We have had days that have been sunny and warm, days that have been foggy and cold, and even days that were sunny and cold.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He was able to get all the neighborhood decorations taken down. He’s also been busy as all get-out at work. Today he’s gone off for a much-deserved break. He got himself a ticket for the gaming convention downtown (table-top, RPG, video gaming, etc.) and is meeting up with friends down there.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I got to attend my monthly book club meeting, which was a hoot as usual. I also got to attend the temple this morning with some of my sweet Relief Society sisters. It was a wonderfully spiritual experience.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He has been ticking away at school. He was bemoaning the fact that his little toy recorder (it was a prize-box quality one, so it didn’t really work) was no longer around, so I dug out my recorder from college and gave him that one. That was two days ago and he’s already got a modified version of “Hot Cross Buns” memorized. He was also excited that I was the “surprise guest reader” for his class yesterday. Basically, parents are able to sign up for time slots on Friday mornings to come read to the class. The kids never know who’s parent is going to show up, so it’s super fun for them.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: An allergy attack of epic proportions has her a little runny-nosed (luckily with a regimen of allergy medicine in place, the crazy cough has finally abated), but still happy as always. She is starting to pick up on the routine things that we do and will remind us in her own way if we have forgotten a step, haha. The other night, Joseph and Paul were out while I was getting her ready for bed. After I got her into her pajamas, she immediately folded her arms, ready for prayer, and said, “Pray?” Then, after we finished prayer, she started to wave her arms around like she always does when we sing a fun I love you song…so of course I needed to sing the song. Then she was ready for bed. Sometimes, if she’s still awake after her night-light turns off (one of them is on a timer), she’ll say, “Oh no! Light!” and then occasionally she’ll add (rather tearfully), “I sad!” If I happen to hear this through the monitor, I’ll go up and comfort her a bit, after which she usually settles right down. It’s sad sounding, but cute to hear her little communication. She’s becoming rather parrot-like, which is entertaining for all of us,

This Week in Pictures:

I love stumbling onto sights like this!
I added another succulent to my indoor collection (so now I have a grand total of two, haha).
 

Back to Reality

Weekly Happenings: This past week held a big dose of reality as we came off of our vacation high. We miss family a lot, but it is good to be home. Joseph got settled back into his school routine, Paul back in his work routine, and me and Abigail back into our “everything else” routine. It took a few days for the kids to get back onto Central time, but they seem to be adjusted now.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been cool and misty with a few rainy days mixed in, but mostly sunny days.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mainly just getting settled back into work and helping out in Young Men’s. He also took down our outside Christmas decorations and today he’s working at getting the neighborhood decorations taken down.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Trying to get the kids settled back in was time consuming, but nothing I couldn’t truly handle. I also packed away all the inside Christmas decorations.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He was sad to leave Grandma and his cousins, but enjoyed seeing his school friends again.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She had her two-year well-check this past week. She weighs 26 pounds and is just shy of 35 inches tall. She was a champ during her shots. She was actually rather calm while getting them, just a little surprised. She actually didn’t cry until after they were done but she stopped as soon as I picked her up to soothe her.

This Week in Pictures:

I love being able to find neat quotes for my board just by doing a quick search on Google. This particular one is by a woman named Ruby Archer and I think it fits the idea of January perfectly (even if there isn’t a lick of snow on the ground in good ol’ San Antonio).
My piano looked so bare after putting away all the Christmas decorations. I wasn’t quite ready for pink, red, and hearts, so I decided to put my patriotic stuff back up. I figure they’ll be good for whenever there isn’t another holiday to decorate for. 😊
Each of my siblings have been blessed with amazing talents in all shapes and forms. I’m always beyond grateful when they share the fruits of those talents with me. Whether it be beautiful music or art, an amazing sense of humor, showering my children with love and patience as they play with them, giving me advice when asked, or just continually being good examples to me, I’m grateful to have each and every one of them in my life. For Christmas, one of my brothers gifted this beautiful bowl he made. I was excited to get it home and put it next to another beautiful piece of his work.
Abigail and a couple of buddies at a play date yesterday. I couldn’t help but snap a quick picture of all their cute little heads bent over this fun fishing game that my friend has.