This One’s About The Girl

Looking at the pictures that were taken this past week, the majority of them are of Abigail. That’s mainly because I didn’t take many pictures and most of the pictures are from her grade-level performance or from her asking us to take her picture. There are a couple of garden pictures tossed in to mix things up, but this week is all about Abigail. Joseph does have his last concert and awards ceremony tomorrow, so I’ll have some pictures of him for the next post. 🙂

It was a “barnyard moosical” and all the different classes were different animals. Abigail’s class were the funky chickens.
She really channeled a chicken for her dance and song.
She did such a good job remembering all the moves!
This is what we’ve resorted to in order to get tomatoes to ripen on the vine without pests getting after them. It seems as soon as the tomatoes start to go from green to red, the birds or mice/rats will go after them.
Paul got this awesome picture of the miniature rose bush on our front porch. This is a plant that Paul got me years ago and it has survived so many heat waves and hard freezes (well, we do move it into the garage when it gets really, really cold).
I can’t help but laugh when I see this picture. The baby headband that she insists still fits (and that she wears that way because she says it looks cool) and the look on her face. She was so excited to see this cutout at the fast food joint we went to this past Friday and insisted that Paul take her picture. I have no idea why she didn’t smile.
She is currently obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so she was excited to take a picture with this guy.
Showing me her baby Rainbow Dash.

Playing a Little Catch-Up

I skipped doing a post last week because I was…tired, ha. I had only taken one picture and decided it could wait. This past week Abigail and Joseph both had field trips. Abigail went to Sea World and Joseph went to the Scobee Center which is a place kids can go to do space-related activities. He and his fellow GT friends each had a job to try to successfully simulate a Mars mission to look for water on Mars. It was a really neat experience for him! We wrapped up the week with Mother’s Day which was a great day. I got to sleep in, had a yummy breakfast, and got gifts from Paul and the kids.

This is what happens when your kid says she doesn’t want to have crazy hair for Crazy Hair Day but then she changes her mind literally five minutes before you’re supposed to leave. 🙂
This is what I do for my students, haha. The little Star Wars porg is Abigail’s, but I borrowed it for the day. The Vampire Teddy is mine. I promised my kids that if they could be quiet, I’d keep these guys perched on my shoulders (they have magnets) for the rest of the afternoon. It worked!
I sure love this cutie!
They were tasty!
Abigail and Ms. Neel getting geared up for Sea World.
This guy has grown 3.5 inches since September.
This past week was also Teacher Appreciation Week. I got this sweet bookmark from a kiddo.
I got these fun earrings from another kiddo. I also got treats, gift cards, and more.
Years ago, we tried to grow bell peppers (in the ground) and they didn’t do too well. This time, they’re doing great!
Our tomato garden.
Pumpkin plant!
Paul added this cloth covering to the swing set. Now Abigail can live her dream of being a pirate on a ship. 😉
She told me that she was a turtle named Leonardo that was a mutant (she’s been binge-watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). The backpack was serving as her shell and she wore it for the majority of the day.
My Mother’s Day gifts from Joseph and Abigail. The butterfly is two separate necklaces that we can each wear.
Paul got me this fun bag.
It lights up!!
Abigail’s magic trick!

A Busy Week and a Fun Day Off

This past week was a busy one. We’re getting quite a bit closer to the end of school (we’ve got about a month left). We were quite busy with school and work. Friday, the kids and I had the day off because of Fiesta/The Battle of the Flowers Parade (which is a San Antonio-specific holiday). Paul was able to get the day off and we decided to head over to Six Flags. It wasn’t too crowded (there were quite a few school groups there, but other than that, it was pretty light…while the schools had the day off, not a lot of other workplaces had it off) and the weather was perfect: overcast and breezy. We saved the Gully Washer for last (it’s a ride that takes you down river rapids in one of those circular boats), which was good, because we got SOAKED. There were a couple of waterfalls that we thought would turn off as we got closer to them, but we were wrong, haha. It was nice having Friday off because I was able to split my normal Saturday workload into two days AND still have time for fun. Now tomorrow can just be about relaxing and fully enjoying my Sabbath day!

Paul harvested some of our potatoes!
I never know what I’m going to encounter when walking up the stairs…but it will almost always be cute.
Paul will occasionally take pictures of the jack rabbits that are on the base where he works.
I have no idea why she insists upon taking her picture here (it’s right after we get into the park at Six Flags), but she sure is cute!
Paul took Abigail on the smaller rides while I took Joseph on the bigger ones. She liked this ride a ton!
One of the first things she said when I mentioned we’d be going to Six Flags was that she was excited to meet new friends.
I’m pretty sure that happened during this ride. 🙂
Waiting for them to do the final safety checks on the first ride (we got to the park right at opening).
On the swings.
She likes that the characters for Six Flags are the Looney Tune characters.
I think this is the second time she rode this one. I think the kid next to her is a bit unsure about the entire thing. 😉
The last big ride we went on was The Joker (part of the park is DC super heroes/super villains-themed). Before we got on the ride, we had to walk through this creepy fun-house as part of the line.
Getting ready to ride The Joker. It was essentially a huge circle that sat about 40(?) riders and then the entire circle swung back and forth while slowly rotating (not enough of a spin to make me nauseous, thank goodness).
Family picture!
I love that we get songbirds in the spring. We’ve got tons of doves, mockingbirds, and grackles as usual, but we also get little brown birds, finches, and cardinals (like this one).
I stumbled across this recipe for pecan pie muffins. It’s got similar ingredients to pecan pie filling: brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, and pecans, but it adds in flour (and doesn’t have corn syrup). After filling my normal tin full, I realized there was quite a bit of batter left. I didn’t want to do more than one batch (I only have one tin), so I opted to do some mini muffins instead. I think I got twelve mini muffins out of the remaining batter (a couple got stuck in there and crumbled and this is after I tasted one…purely for science, haha). They’re pretty tasty!