Another “Firsts” Week

Weekly Happenings: The beginning of this week was pretty average. It wasn’t until the end of the week that we did some fun things (an egg hunt in the rain and haircuts for both kids to be specific).

The Weekly Weather: It’s been warm and dry until this morning when it decided to start raining right before the neighborhood egg hunt at the park was supposed to start, but luckily it let up enough for us to still go (with a delayed start) and now it’s just gorgeous, with blue skies and big, poofy clouds.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s really attacked the weeds and bugs in our yards this week. He also has made some helpful posts on our neighborhood Facebook page about yard care (which a lot of people have really appreciated…our next-door neighbor even brought him a gift of a really nice hose that he’s been wanting to get because he found out that Paul had also treated the weeds in his front yard as well as ours).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Between kids, piano students, housework, and Relief Society planning, I’m quite busy, which is great!

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He lost another tooth, had a great time at the park for a play date mid-week, and really enjoyed the egg hunt today.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: After several episodes of “wake up in the middle of the night and just want to be awake for 3-4 hours” that have happened over the past couple of months (and two in a row this week), I’ve decided that she needs to stop napping so that she’ll sleep better at night. So far, it seems to be working. She occasionally starts to fall asleep on longer car rides in the afternoon or evening, but that’s to be expected. She also enjoyed the egg hunt (I think she liked getting rained on as much as she did gathering eggs). She even found a golden egg which garnered a set of outdoor/indoor toys (so think Frisbee, ping pong paddles and ball, and some other assorted items) that are Mario Bros.-themed. She and Joseph are enjoying sharing that fun prize. Finally, we took her to get her first haircut today. Nothing major…just a bang trim. She looks so cute!

This Week in Pictures:

She was hiding from me because she didn’t want to go to bed yet.
I found some really nice artificial plants to go in my hanging buckets in the kitchen. I think they are the perfect addition.
She and Joseph were pretending to go camping and were “sleeping”…until she noticed me sneaking in with my camera.
Yet another tooth gone (to the left of his two front teeth). He was brushing his teeth and it fell out.
Chilling at the park. He really liked this forked stick he found…and he always loves finding cool rocks.
She discovered that she could climb the steps and go down the slide all by herself. She did it over and over again. It was pretty great (and much better than what she was doing right before this: gathering handfuls of wood chips and leaves and throwing them up in the air).
When we were last in California, Paul ended up with my dad’s old yard hat, which he gave a good washing. Abigail loves it whenever it makes an appearance.
Showing off his haul.
She loved getting to pick up all the eggs. She just said, “Egg, egg!” over and over again.
Before her haircut.
After her haircut.
Getting a pony-tail.
All done!
Joseph also got a haircut (though it’s definitely not his first).

There’s some serious cooking going on in here. The red glow is coming from the burners on her play stove, which light up.
Our beautiful front yard after all of Paul’s hard work battling weeds. He also pressure-washed our front walk. It looks so great!
And here’s the backyard. It’s hard to believe that a week ago there were a ton of weeds back here. He’s really worked hard to irradicate them!

Bonus Video: Abigail playing peek-a-boo with the Easter Bunny at the park.


Best Buddies

Weekly Happenings: This was another week without anything too out of the ordinary happening. While not too eventful, it did give me the opportunity to observe just how close Joseph and Abigail have gotten. They are really building a close relationship. I know it won’t be always like this (especially as we approach the teen years), so I’m trying to soak it in while I can.

The Weekly Weather: We had a couple of colder days, but for the most part, it’s been warm and sunny. I think spring is finally in full swing.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s been busy at work and busy at home. He continues to valiantly battle the weeds and it seems like he’s beginning to win. It’s a tough battle, since seeds from weeds are coming from all directions into our backyard. He also has been spending a lot of time with Joseph, who enjoys having “Dad and Joseph time” immensely.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Not too much on my part, either. I did get to go help at a Relief Society activity where we put together bags to donate to one of the local hospitals. The bags are for families that have a baby in the NICU. They have practical things like lotion and chapstick, but also fun things like a banner to decorate the isolette and cards that mark major milestones for the baby (first outfit, first time to be held by Mommy, etc.) that they can use when they take pictures.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a good week at school and enjoyed getting to take in one of his favorite toys for show and tell.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Her speech is really starting to take off. She’s trying more phrases instead of just single words. A few gems this week: “Oh, thank you, Momma!”, “Oh dear! Oh no!”, and my personal favorite, “Catch, Momma!”. This last one was uttered just before she winged the wooden lemon from her play food towards me…luckily I managed to catch it, as it was going right for my face, haha.

This Week in Pictures:

I love my morning concerts that often happen before leaving to drop Joseph off at school.
She said, “I hold a hand?”, so he gave her his hand to hold. 🙂

Time is Just Flying

Weekly Happenings: This past week didn’t really yield anything out of the ordinary for our family. It’s hard to believe that we’re two days away from it being April. Where is the time going?

The Weekly Weather: It’s been really nice this past week. We’ve had warmer temperatures, but it hasn’t been too bad. When July and August hit, I’m going to have to close my eyes and try to remember how today has felt, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He’s really been working with our yards. We’ve had quite the influx of weeds (unfortunately, none of our neighbors seem to have quite the same desire to keep up their yards, so we get a lot of stuff blown from their yards over to ours). He’s been working hard to eradicate the issue.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I tweaked one of my back muscles pretty severely, so I’ve been trying to take it as easy as I can while it recovers. I did feel well enough to attend my monthly book club meeting though, which was fun as always.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He continues to be a big help watching Abigail while I teach piano. One fun thing that he did was that he brought his recorder in for Show and Tell and played a song for his class. 🙂

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has demonstrated that she has quite the interesting palate when it comes to food choices. The other day, she was in the pantry with me and she started asking for chips. Since we didn’t actually have any chips, I looked around to see what she thought were chips. She was referring to my rice crackers that are flavored with soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds. Well, okay then. She was happy to get some with her lunch. For our splurge eat-out lunch today, she ate more of my onion rings than she did her own fries.

This Week in Pictures:

She does this quite often…it keeps her busy for quite a while, which is nice.
I saw this porcelain succulent at Target and thought it would look perfect in the powder room. I was quite pleased with the result.
Abigail has been big into giving kisses this week. I brought this bear out for her to play with (it’s one I got as a teenager) and she had to immediately give it a kiss.
Playing his recorder for his class. I didn’t realize he would be able to play it, so I’m grateful his teacher got this picture and shared it with me.
I’m a coupe days early for April, but I figured I would change out my St. Patrick’s Day decorations for my springtime ones today, since Monday will be a bit on the busy side.
This is a little banner I made last year (?) to go over our electric fireplace.
I went to take a picture of the decorations I put on the piano and decided that this shot was much better.
My spring door hanger decoration. I think I made it a couple of years ago out of stuff I just had lying around. Those are often the best projects, in my opinion.
Yet another entry in the “Everything is a Hat” Hall of Fame. 😉
I put her in her room for “quiet time” so that she could watch a video and play while I got some things done. She fell asleep right before I went to get her, apparently…and slept through me cleaning up the toy-nado in her room.
Paul was able to complete the framing project for our TV by painting the sides and staining the front.