These Are the Days

Weekly Happenings: This past week, I was in a bit of a funk…I suppose it was a result of getting back into real life after having partied it up with Tracie fora few days there. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Texas, but man, there are times where I still get struck with waves of homesickness for my family and friends that knock me back a few paces. When that happens, I’ve found that I need to look around and recount my many, many blessings (my immediate family, the new friends I have made here, our beautiful home, the fact that I can stay home to raise our children, and many, many more). When I’m able to do that, I can put that grumpy gal back in her corner and feel more like myself. This was a pretty average week as far as activities go, so that has helped me get back into the groove of things, too.

The Weekly Weather: It’s kind of been all over the place. We’ve had warm days, hot days, cool days, dry days, soupy humid days…pretty typical for this time of year when we’re kind of in-between summer and winter, haha.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He worked from home this week, which was nice for when I needed to run a few errands that were easier done sans bringing the toddler with me. I’m so grateful for such a supportive spouse!

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I had a couple nights where I got together with small groups of people for some fun activities: a girls’ night where we each brought some fun items and exchanged them amongst ourselves and then a movie night with my book club friends where we watched a movie adaptation of one of the books we just read.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He’s battled an allergy attack this past week that he seems to be getting better from finally…and he still is enjoying going to school in-person.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: Her imaginative play has just exploded this week and she’s getting a bit better at entertaining herself (without destroying the house, haha) rather than wanting me to entertain her all of the time.

This Week in Pictures:

She told me she was all ready for Halloween. 🙂 She is also getting better at looking at the camera and smiling at me when I ask her to (this is her “Cheese!” face). When I look at pictures like this, I’m so grateful I can bottle these moments: when she loved to dress up…when she loved wearing her Christmas shirt in October…she can be challenging at times, but she really is a blessing and delight.
I’m experimenting to see if I can keep a centerpiece on the table again. There was a while that Abigail would climb up and take everything down (if you notice, the salt and pepper aren’t there because I’m still burned from the time that she made it “snow” in the dining room with salt…and the napkins aren’t there because she would scatter them on a regular basis). Obviously the spiderweb fabric will only be there for Halloween, but I pulled down the wooden place mat again. I already had the plant (it had just been living on the breakfast bar before), but the candle sticks are new. When I went to Waco a couple weeks ago, we went to Clint Harp’s store (Clint was the guy who would do all of the custom woodwork on the show Fixer Upper) and I bought a couple candle sticks. So far, Abigail has done really well with them all. I told her they were special to me and they needed to stay on the table. I also let her play with the green bucket that had been up there before, so that definitely sweetened the deal, haha.
She’s ready for her close-up!
In order to get the nice picture…
…I had to promise to do a crazy one.
The aftermath of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I gave it to her to eat and then walked off. A few minutes later, I hear, “Mom…Momma…Mom! I LOVE peanut butter cups.”
She had dressed up like a princess (complete with magical flying horse, a magical sword, a princess crown and dress, and her favorite sparkly Anna and Elsa shoes) right before it was time to get Joseph from school. Since I’m a firm believer in picking my battles, we drove to go get him. That way, we could just wait in the car for him, haha.
It was a bit chilly this morning, so she decided she needed to snuggle with her Minnie Mouse blanket and all the clubhouse pals.
Paul picked up some mini pumpkins so that Abigail could decorate one. He put the others on the table to give the centerpiece a bit more of a fall look. I love it! When November hits, I’ll tuck away the spiderweb fabric, but I think I’ll leave the pumpkins as far into November as I can (before they mold).
The blank spot above the dinosaur poster had been niggling at me, but I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted up there. A couple of days ago, I went to Hobby Lobby for something completely unrelated and I found the perfect thing.
These two canvas prints are perfect with what I’ve already got going on. Paul hung them up today and they look great!

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