Perhaps the biggest story from this week isn’t actually a single big story at all but rather a series of little adventures. I’ll share a few of them.
Every Tuesday during the summer, Pflugerville has a farmer’s market at a historic barn in Heritage Park. They usually have some decent produce and some fun jams and butters. It’s not a huge market but it’s fun to go to none the less. Sarah has been wanting to take the kids down there for a long time and this week they finally actually went! They got some gelato (severely overpriced) from a vendor there and got some yummy jams. Eliza was excited to go because there’s a fun playground at the park that she was looking forward to playing on. Unfortunately, it was pretty hot that day and even though the playground is covered the slides weren’t covered and other equipment were too hot to play on so they had to just come home. Eliza touched the slide and said “Ooh, it’s too hot!” As you know, Eliza loves the playgrounds and so this was a huge letdown for her but they had a good time at the market otherwise.
Sarah and I decided that we want to have a mini block party for our neighbors. Because of this, we decided that we need a grill. We’ve been saving our cash back points from our credit card and so Monday I went and got a grill and spent the evening putting it together. This is probably a bit immature, but I felt like I had another point on my man-score after I got it! We’re hoping to use it soon.
Sometime in the last little while we had a lizard invade our house. One night we opened the back door and he just slipped in and we couldn’t find him. This week Eliza saw him in the family room and said “Mommy, wus dat?” pointing to the lizard. It ran up in the chair we have and she’s been on the lookout for it ever since.
On Saturday, Sarah took Eliza on a little outing while the men (James and me) stayed at home and held down the fort. Mom and Eliza went to target to get some things. Eliza got some new Sunday shoes. She wants to wear them all the time. They also got some towels and a new shower curtain for our upstairs bathroom. Poor Eliza has been using little baby towels her whole life and she could hardly get dry with one anymore. We finally realized that she needs her own so they got one that day.
Friday was Pioneer Day. This obviously isn’t a Texas holiday so I didn’t get work off but I have a fun tradition that I do for Pioneer Day at work. We always make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and I take them to work to share. I’ll send an email to everyone with a little blurb about the holiday and usually something about the church. This time I sent this video that I really like. People have started looking forward to the cookies every year and many of them tell me that they have been “waiting for this day to come.” It is kind of a fun little tradition.
To celebrate Pioneer Day at home, we decided that we would cook a dutch oven dinner and invite some people over to eat with us. In the hot afternoon the power went out for half an hour — how appropriate. We invited our friends Jon and Marti over to have dutch oven “Texas Pioneer Pie” and peach cobbler. The “Texas Pioneer Pie” is basically a chili with cornbread baked on top of it. It was quite tasty and the cobbler was delicious as always. It was fun to have our friend’s daughter here to play with Eliza. They are pretty close in age and had a good time playing once they got over their shyness.