Time Seems Like It’s Just Flyin’

Weekly Happenings: It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that we are already halfway through July. Well, in reality, I often catch myself thinking how did we get all the way to 2018 already, ha. This past week was a rather average one for the Darr household. We did go to one of our favorite BBQ places (a place called B. Daddy’s) as a family treat which was nice.

The Weekly Weather: We got quite a bit of rain at the beginning of the week…who am I kidding? A torrential downpour is more like it. It was a nice break from the heat (since it cooled things down a smidge).

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work and school. He’s down to just two weeks left before he’s done with his final classes. We’re all so excited for him!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve mainly been trying to keep everyone under four feet tall occupied and happy during summer break. I didn’t realize how much I’d gotten used to the school routine until there wasn’t one. Man, there are a lot of hours in the day! 😉

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been soaking up this break. He also got a new LEGO kit which he was super excited to get to put together.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She is getting more and more into what I like to call the “I-do-it” phase. She wants to be in charge of closing any doors that are open, go up the stairs by herself, put things away, the whole nine-yards. Also, she has been letting us know (in a very screechy-Hulk-smash-like way) when we do something she doesn’t like. It’s got to be frustrating to realize that there are some things you can do, but others you can’t (but don’t know why), and you lack the vocabulary to communicate what you need or want. Luckily, those fits are (so far) few, so we almost always get to enjoy our sweet baby girl who has also spent a lot of this week waving and saying “hi” to anyone and everyone. 🙂

This Week in Pictures:

It’s hard to tell, but the entire street had water running down it (not just in the gutters).
Darr Lake reappeared. Also, we didn’t need to top off the pool with the hose (because of evaporation) like we normally do once a week. Thanks, Mother Nature. 😉
He loves setting up his different action figures in various scenarios.
We had a $5 credit for the LEGO store, so we put that towards a new kit. He did probably 2/3 on his own. I helped with the last bit.
LEGOS have come a long way since I was a kid.
Look…there’s even a LEGO bat!
Checking out the car shopping cart.
Brother getting in on the act.
Going up the stairs.
We moved her Mickey table up to the loft play area. She approves. 🙂
She also approves of a show called Pocoyo. It’s an animated show about a little boy and his (I think) imaginary friends. It was on PBS when Joseph was little and I found out that Netflix has it.
The BBQ place we went to has a fun play structure out back. Here the kids were enjoying pounding on this plastic dome.
Checking out the big, wide world.
This was almost like a baby treadmill, Paul said. She was crawling as fast as she could and getting practically nowhere. It was kind of amusing.
She. Loves. Hats…any time of year, any type of hat.
I added a new succulent to my front porch. I love the simplistic look with it right in the center of the rocks. 🙂

A Whiz-Bang Week

Weekly Happenings: The main happening this week was our Fourth of July festivities. We went to a waffle breakfast at church, Paul grilled hot dogs for dinner, and we enjoyed the neighborhood fireworks show (the rain almost made us postpone, but it stopped in plenty of time for us to still have fun). We’ve also enjoyed having Paul home from work since he took the two days after the holiday off from work. It made for some good family time.

The Weekly Weather: Mostly warm and dry (by means of precipitation, not humidity, haha), but we’ve had a few storms come through, which were much needed.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work, school, and family fun. He was also called to be the secretary in the Young Men’s Presidency.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’m just trying my best to keep the kiddos happy, healthy, and relatively entertained.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He enjoyed the Fourth of July fun (especially getting to try a root beer float for the first time, which he said he really liked). He’s also been a super helper with Abigail. She loves to play with him (he’ll get her to chase him around the house, which is pretty entertaining to watch, albeit a bit hard on the ears, what with all the shrieking). I’m so grateful for the great little boy that our family has been blessed with!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been battling a bit of a summer cold, which has made her a little crankmeister at times, but for the most part, she’s been her normal happy-go-lucky self. She’s getting better at walking and we purchased a Mickey table and chairs set for her to be able to practice sitting (she’s had a couple of tumbling-out-of-chairs moments at nursery, so we felt the need to give her a bit more exposure to see if the practice will help avoid that in the future).

This Week in Pictures:

Constant growth means new dresses for church. 🙂
I told him he could help carry the recycling to the street. Next thing I knew, he had it out the front door and down the driveway all on his own. Workin’ myself out of a job and not feeling the least bit sorry ’bout it.
Getting the both of them to settle for a picture can prove…challenging. Joseph is usually a willing participant, but now that Abigail is even more mobile…forget about it.
Yup. Still trying to escape.
I gave up after this one, haha.
She loves looking out our storm door.
Taking advantage of the covered patio to grill the hot dogs for dinner (since it was raining at that point).
Catching rain on his tongue.
Enjoying a root beer float.
Sparkler time!
A pinnacle of perfection for food placement.
The other night, Abigail decided I needed all of these things in my lap. She’d bring something over to me, shove it in my lap, say “thank you”, and then she’d be off for the next thing.
Checking out her new Mickey table. It’s got a storage area in the center that’s covered by a panel. She seems mostly interested with taking the panel off and then trying to put it back on, but she’s getting better at sitting on the chairs (as opposed to trying to scale them and then jump off).

Bonus Video: The fireworks that our neighbors were setting off (hopefully the fact that Joseph was wearing hearing protection in that one picture now makes more sense).


Lazy Summer Days

Weekly Happenings: This week was pretty much the quintessential definition of “lazy summer days”. We didn’t really go anywhere (well, one morning we did scoot over to the zoo) or do anything (other than avoid the heat at all costs). It was rather nice.

The Weekly Weather: I’m not sure why I keep this as part of my posts during the summer…it doesn’t really change much: hot, humid, bug-filled…ha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s still pluggin’ away with school. The end really is in sight, though. He just has a few more weeks and he’s done! It keeps him busy along with work, of course.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve mainly been keeping the kiddos entertained. My calling (assignment) at church; secretary for the Relief Society (women’s organization) presidency keeps me busy, too.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been soaking up sleeping in, playing, and all the other lazy summer days things.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She rocked her first day in nursery at church this past Sunday, even though she fell out of her chair and destroyed 3 paper water cups (consequently we’ve been practicing chair-sitting and she’ll just bring her sippy cup into nursery tomorrow).

This Week in Pictures:

All ready for nursery.
Practicing chair sitting.
Can you spot the Komodo dragon?
Checking out the elephant (“Okay, Mom…it’s starting to get a little warm.”)
An okapi and a boy who is DONE. After this, we headed back to our air conditioned car.
Trying to figure out how to build things.
She loves to give him hugs.
She also loves to back into his lap, sit down, and shove her head into his face…I guess this is the flip-side of the cuddles, haha.
Can you spot the baby? I’ll give you a hint: she and her stuffed unicorn are plotting their escape.