Fourth of July Fun and a Day Trip to Boot

Weekly Happenings: This week held two fun events. On Thursday, we celebrated the Fourth of July by grilling, relaxing, and popping off fireworks with friends. It was pretty exhausting keeping Abigail from running after the fireworks, though. She still doesn’t have much of a sense of self preservation. We ended up heading back to our house (we were only two doors down) as soon as we finished with our fireworks. The kids were a bit bummed, but once we pulled out ice cream, their frowns disappeared and were replaced with smiles. Friday morning, we took a spontaneous trip to Waco so that we could check out the Magnolia Market (of Fixer Upper fame). Paul kept an eye on the kids outside (there’s an open space where kids can run around and play) while I checked out the market. We didn’t stay long because it was pretty hot, but I’m glad I got to see what I did.

The Weekly Weather: Warm, humid, and sunny…with a mix of rain here and there. It’s pretty typical for July. ๐Ÿ™‚

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy with work and Daddy duty. I mention that last bit in particular because, as of late, Abigail has not wanted to be left behind when he goes somewhere. I’ve heard, “Daddy! Daddy, wait!” quite a bit the last little bit.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I have basically been doing my typical summer stuff: entertaining kids, piano students, housekeeping, and the like. I also got my eyes checked and my astigmatism is a bit worse, so I need to order new glasses and sunglasses.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been pretty much enjoying the summer life. He had a ton of fun with fireworks. He also recently finished the second Harry Potter book.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: As I mentioned before, she really liked the fireworks and wanted to get right up close to them. It was hard keeping her out of harm’s way. She actually pitched the biggest fit when we headed for home, but luckily, since two-year-olds are rather fickle, she was also the first to perk up at the mentioning of ice cream. I joke with Paul that trying to raise her sometimes feels like raising Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Luckily, most of the time she is sweet and cute with only occasional bits of fury.

This Week in Pictures:

One night with a bad dream followed by the next night full of thunderstorms equals for a sleepy baby.
I thought a Ben Franklin quote would be fitting for my board during the month of July.
I changed out the look for my big vase (before it had some multi-colored glass stones and some battery-operated tea light candles in it). I wanted to lighten it up by switching out the rocks to plain white ones and put some artificial flowers in it.
A close-up of the vase.
She insisted on having her bear ride with her.
Snuggling and watching cartoons.
A Google Photo’s mash-up. They’ll do this every once in a while with photos that are spread apart in time.
All ready for the fun Fourth of July festivities.
She let me do her hair!
Playing piano with her “bubba”.
More couch cuddling.
She discovered that this page had a mirror on it and was trying to see her bow.
Eating a red, white, and blue popsicle and playing with a sparkler. Quite the bit of Americana right there, haha. This was at our friends’ house. They’ll be moving soon, but they’ll still be relatively close, so hopefully we won’t completely lose touch.
Watching the Daddies pop off some fireworks. It wasn’t dark yet, but they could still see a lot of the “sparkles”.
Abigail and her buddy were checking out each others’ head gear.
Watching the “sparkles”.
Enjoying her first popsicle.
She got quite messy, but that’s part of the fun, right?
Demolishing her ice cream.
He was excited that we got waffle cones.
Making sure she got every last drop of ice cream.
On our way to Waco. There’s not only one, but TWO Bucc-ee’s (a super-awesome HUGE gas station). The kids were just a bit excited.
Coming up on the silos (where Magnolia Market is centered).
The silos and the Magnolia sign.
The outside of the market.
I got this fun mug (which I purchased to use as decor rather than drink from)…
…along with a comfy T-shirt.
Playing with her “baby animals”.
Our beautiful front yard. I’m so grateful for all the hard work Paul puts into it!

Just Chuggin’ Along

Weekly Happenings: This past Sunday, my friend Stephen (who I met in college) was able to hang out for a bit with us (he’s in town for some training for the Army). It was nice getting to see him again. The piano tuner came for his annual visit (my piano sounds sooooo good right now), we went swimming at a friend’s pool (which was really more like a mini water park), and then the boys got to go see the new Spiderman movie (and Joseph even got to pose with Spiderman, which he thoroughly enjoyed). Abigail and I went for a play date and then came home for lunch and hang-out time while the boys were gone.

The Weekly Weather: We had a crazy storm come through on Monday (my weather app mentioned the possibility of a small storm but it was essentially a monsoon). Other than that, it’s been pretty typical June weather: warm, sunny, humid, and a few small thunderstorms here and there.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s replaced a couple different parts on our lawnmower but has had to wait for clear weather to test it out to see if it’s working now. As I mentioned before, this morning he and Joseph headed out for a showing of the new Spiderman movie. I think they both had a great time.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I got to watch my piano tuner tune my piano, which is always a bit fascinating. I also had fun taking the kids swimming. Other than that, it’s been a pretty typical week for me, which is nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a blast at the aforementioned activities and has been really soaking up summer vacation.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been a ball of pure energy this week. She’s busy, busy, busy which in turn keeps my busy, busy, busy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This morning, Abigail woke up at 4:00 (I think it was a nightmare) and she and I slept on the couch until about 8:15 (well, after she finally fell back to sleep around six-ish). Consequently, she was trying to fall asleep at 4:00. When I wouldn’t let her (because, wellโ€ฆyeah), she pitched a bit of a fit but then she popped up, ran for the bathroom, and climbed into the tub (fully clothed), asking for a bath. When I asked why she wanted a bath, she said, “Bath and night-night.” Wellโ€ฆsince that wasn’t going to happen (little miss smarty-pants), I decided to let her play with her tablet for a bit while I made dinner. ๐Ÿ˜

This Week in Pictures:

I love stumbling upon Joseph’s creations. ๐Ÿ™‚
Abigail was quick to warm up to Stephen…he was good at playing games with her.
Paul went and got Stephen from his hotel (he is without a vehicle for the training), brought him back for dinner and hanging out, and then we went and dropped him back off. It was so good seeing him!
I went to get her up one morning and was greeted with: “A-gi-gaiiiil, where ah-oooooooh?”
Then she added a: “Keep-a-boo!”
This was right after the crazy storm. We dropped almost twenty degrees in just a matter of a couple of hours.
I’m always amazed with how beautiful the sky is after a storm.
Playing the piano.
I love these two!
Abigail loves getting to push the button for selfies.
Do you remember when I said she was busy, busy, busy?
When she saw me taking her picture, she insisted on climbing up so that she could “push da button”. In her haste to push the button, she got the camera into portrait-mode which blurs the background but leaves the objects in the foreground in focus.
Swimming fun. Joseph loved getting to swim with friends. He’s in the blue and his friend is in the bright yellow.
This one had a blast, too.
She was even brave enough to lay back and try to float a bit (the water right here was only about a foot deep).
I love when there are holes in the clouds. This was after a pop-up thunderstorm.
The sun was breaking through and lighting up bits and pieces of the clouds. It looked so neat!
I love being outside when it’s all pinky-orange from the sunset.
Playing in the sunshine.
Strike a pose!
Spiderman checking out Joseph’s pose.
Waiting for the movie to start.

Summer is Officially Here

Weekly Happenings: We didn’t do too much this past week. The weather was rather uncooperative, haha. We went to Toddler Time at the library, hung around home, and just soaked in the air conditioning. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We did scoot over to the zoo this morning to see the animals before the heat of the day set in too bad.

The Weekly Weather: It’s been hot, hot, hot and rather humid. There was one day where when I was walking around outside and found that I couldn’t even take a full breath because it was so humid (I think it was around 83% humidity and it was around 95 degrees…that’s a tough combo). I didn’t even realize something like that was possible!

What Paul’s Been Up To: I forgot to mention that this past Sunday was Father’s Day. Since we have 9 o’clock church, we weren’t able to make a fancy breakfast for Paul, but I did make one of his favorites for lunch (fried egg sandwiches) and dinner (meatloaf and roasted potatoes). For his presents, he got a new computer monitor and Joseph made him a tie (a few months ago at school and then they sent it home with him on the last day and he hid it for Paul to find, using clues) and colored a rock for him. It was really sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ As far as what else he’s been up to, he replaced our kitchen faucet, and is currently waiting on parts to get our lawnmower going again. I am so grateful that he’s so handy!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I have mostly just kept the kids alive, haha. I did get to go to book club, which is a highlight of the month for me for sure!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s been soaking in the extra time he has to play as well helping a lot with Abigail so that I can get things done.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s adding to her vocabulary on an hourly basis it seems. She is now blurting out 3-4 word sentences on the regular now. It’s entertaining and fascinating to see.

This Week in Pictures:

She was totally into the story the librarian was reading for Toddler Time.
Here’s the old faucet, which had started to leak pretty badly.
Here’s the new one. I love the curve of the faucet, and I also love that it has the two separate knobs.
She sat down, looked over at me and said, “Bye Mom!”. Then with a wave, she scooted off.
Every once in a while, Google Photos will do a “then-and-now” photo. This one is so great! It’s crazy to see how much she’s grown in less than a year.
She popped these blocks together and then was putting her creation up to our ears, pretending to look into them. I think this, combined with the fact that she also checks our heartbeats with her heart-shaped magnet from her Magna Doodle, is a good indicator that we need to get her a toy doctor set, haha.
The 98 degrees wouldn’t have been too bad except it felt so much hotter thanks to the humidity.
I had just gotten home from book club and realized it was still 90 degrees. At 10:35 PM. Ew.
I’ve been reflecting on how big our trees have gotten in the 7 years that we’ve been here. This was the front tree when we first moved in…
…and this is it now!
The two trees in the back in 2012…
…and the two trees in 2019. We actually get shade form them now, haha.
Joseph got her all cozied up last night and she was quite pleased.
This spectacled bear was just chilling in a tub of water, trying to beat the heat.
This other one had just gotten out of his pool of water.
Checking out the different alligators.
This koala was…less than receptive to visitors, haha.
I couldn’t help but get a picture of this squishy sleepy koala face.
One of the lions making the most of a shady tree.
I love this sculpture!
Checking out the elephants.
This cool guy wasn’t part of the zoo exhibits…he was just sunning himself on a rock.
I love walking through the bird enclosure.
Riding on the train next to the zoo.
Girl selfie!