A Visit From a Fine, Furry Friend

Weekly Happenings: We didn’t do too much out of the ordinary this past week. Park play dates, school, work, and the like. The Easter Bunny did visit our house last night, which always garners a fun result in the morning. πŸ™‚

The Weekly Weather: It’s been typical spring weather: warm with a mix of either sunny weather or crazy thunderstorms (I think we got several inches in one day).

What Paul’s Been Up To: Work and school, mainly. He’s coming up to the end of his current semester, so there’s all that goes with that.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my end, either. Mainly running around with kids and doing the typical “mom” stuff.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had an egg hunt at school, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He alsoΒ  spent a lot of time playing with friends at the park.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: I took her to her 15 month check-up. She weighs 22.01 pounds and is 30.25 inches long. We switched her off of bottles and onto sippy cups, which she is doing really well with. We also switched her car seat around from rear-facing to forward-facing, which she enjoys immensely. She had recently begun fighting getting into the car seat when it was rear-facing, so when I asked her doctor about flipping it around and got the go-ahead to do so, we flipped it around and she has been much happier.

This Week in Pictures:

Since General Conference is today, we put the kids in Easter attire for church last week.
Trying out the sippy cup for actually drinking (as opposed to just playing/experimenting with it).
Happy to be flipped around!
Warm, sunny weather calls for a romper, jelly sandals, and a sun hat!
Joseph decorated a bag to use for his egg hunt at school. I really liked his rabbit.
He drew a basket on the back, which I was also impressed with.
Sporting some of her new warm weather attire.
Brother had to get in on the act. πŸ™‚
I sure love these two!
Trying to put on the Batman mask. I think that she thought she had it on, haha.
An updated picture of Abigail’s room. It’s definitely becoming more girly and less utilitarian.
I saw this succulent with this magnificent blossom spike when we went to our favorite BBQ joint. I hope I get to see it bloom!
More dress up fun…
She was trying to climb up and get me (or my phone, haha).
Easter goodies. The Easter Bunny leaves the candy (and fills the eggs) and Mom and Dad do the rest. πŸ™‚
Checking out her first Easter egg.
She was happy to find out the Easter Bunny had filled her eggs with…
Joseph checking out his goodies.
He got a Yo-kai watch (a toy he can wear on his wrist that projects different little cartoon creatures and also makes some pretty cool sounds).
First chocolate bunny.
She smiled at it for a little bit before diving in.
The aftermath…
I think she liked it (she only bit off a small corner before showing that she was losing interest).
Playing with the cars that were in her basket.
Checking out her new book.

Bonus Video: Abigail cruisin’


Spring Has Sprung!

Weekly Happenings: It was a bit rough getting up on Monday morning after a week off for Spring Break, but we eventually got back into the swing of things. We spent most of our afternoons at the park, soaking in the beautiful spring weather (spring really is beautiful in South Texas). On Saturday, we had the annual Easter in the Park, where Joseph got to participate in a fun egg hunt.

The Weekly Weather: Cool mornings, warm afternoons, cool-ish evenings…it really was great this past week.

What Paul’s Been Up To: Mostly just school, work, and the like.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Mostly just keeping the kids healthy and happy. I did go to my monthly book club meeting which was a lot of fun as it usually is. πŸ™‚

What Joseph’e Been Up To: He loved getting to go to the park so many times this past week. He and his friends (we almost always ran into someone from school, but if we didn’t, he’s always been quick to make friends with kids he doesn’t know) really love playing with rocks and sticks…not to mention trying to climb the many, many trees that are there. They do still go on the swings and play on the equipment, but it’s more often than not that they’re playing in nature. πŸ™‚

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s getting a bit braver with furniture cruising and has even used the little “baby walker” to walk around in the loft a bit. Maybe now she’ll start walking along when we try to hold her hands and walk with her (up to this point, she’s kind of planted herself and hasn’t wanted to walk forward). One cute thing: the other night, I was putting her in her bed to go to sleep. I handed her a stuffed animal which she promptly hugged tight and then patted its back (like I pat her back). It was pretty sweet.

This Week in Pictures:

She loves it when we walk to the school to either drop Joseph off or pick him up.
One of Joseph’s “homework” assignments was to go for a nature walk and find five interesting rocks. We didn’t need to go farther than the walking paths of our park to do so.
Joseph and one of his best buddies showing that they can get pretty high on the swings.
Abigail enjoys the swings as well. πŸ™‚
She loves it when he pushes her and he loves to push her…we call that a win-win.
I let her go explore one of the play structures at the park. It was pretty fun, except…
…now that’s all she wants to do, which is a bit tiring for me, trying to keep her from falling off the edges, haha.
I really went out of my regular cooking routine one night and made mulligatawny. It’s an East Indian soup that has chicken, onion, garlic, curry, apple, chicken broth, and half & half. Basically you cook the chicken, onion, and garlic in butter, add some flour and the curry, and then add the broth, half & half, and apples. The flour serves as a bit of a thickener. I served it with store-bought naan (basically a flat bread). It was pretty tasty!
Our little tree climber…
Before the egg hunt…
…and during (hence the blurriness).
Finally, it wouldn’t be spring in South Texas without a picture of our kids with bluebonnets! πŸ˜‰

Spring Break Chill

Weekly Happenings: This past week was spring break for Joseph. We didn’t end up doing too much out of the ordinary. We just sort of hung around the house, had a few play dates, and just relaxed. I had considered taking the kids to the zoo, but I didn’t want to deal with the spring break crowds. Besides, the kids both slept in pretty much every day (we just switched over to DST, so the time change made them not want to go to bed in the evening and sleep in once morning came…thank goodness it was spring break!). On Saturday, we had a “planting day” where we went to Lowe’s and got some new plants for the planters and garden (I’ll go into more detail with what we got with the pictures).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been really nice. It’s been warmer but not too, too hot yet. I don’t think we got any rain last week. We did notice the bluebonnets starting to pop out, so spring is pretty much here!

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been pretty busy with school (this semester is heavy on group projects amongst other things) and work always keeps him busy. He’s also having to start back up with a bit more yard work now that spring is here and the lawns are coming out of their dormant state.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Keeping both kids entertained during the week was pretty much a full-time job. I did take some time on one of the cooler days to weed the back yard (those prickly winter weeds are the worst!).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been soaking up all of the free time that spring break provides. He may have a bit of a rough time tomorrow morning…

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been her normal happy-go-lucky self. She’s starting to cruise the furniture more adeptly, bounces along to music playing, and has become extremely proficient at taking her shoes off and throwing them (usually in the car). Last night, she was fussing a bit, so I asked her if she wanted to take a bath (it was about that time anyway). She stopped mid-fuss and started clapping. She shrieked with sheer joy when I started the water. That girl sure loves bath time! She also loves mandarin oranges. I hadn’t given her any until quite recently (I wanted to wait a bit due to the acidity), but once I did, there was no going back. She’ll polish off an entire fruit cup’s worth in less than five minutes.

This Week in Pictures:

I came upstairs to find them playing dress up. They were both having a ball.
The grass is starting to green up. The trees are also losing their old leaves as the new ones pop out and push them off. Spring is coming! Yay!
Joseph modeling my new succulents (alas, the aloe vera bit the dust when I forgot to pull it in during our freezing temps a few weeks back).
A close-up of my succulents. It’s my first time grouping them together, but I have several friends who have started doing this type of thing and can thankfully give me pointers.
Joseph checking out the new garden plants. Instead of tomatoes this year, we’re doing two different varieties of strawberry (the front two plants) and a zucchini (the one in the back).
We wanted to fill up this bare space next to the wildflowers, so we opted for some mint. We know it will take over that spot rather quickly. The wildflowers are really thickly established, so I doubt the mint will choke them out. If it does, I’ll just prune it back.
The wildflowers in the front are starting to come back and bloom. Paul did toss in a couple more flowers (the purple pansies) to fill in some of the space.
Sporting their green for St. Patrick’s Day.
Swinging after dinner. While I don’t love the mechanics of the time change (mainly getting my body used to it), I do like that it’s still light after dinner.