That was the name of a favorite show that Jordan and I used to watch on some network (HGTV?). They would follow normal people through some sort of major home renovation, so you’d see all the normal events that happen during a renovation – fights, things going wrong, things taking way too long, weather delays, etc.
Luckily, we turned our basement renovation over to the pros. We just plain don’t have the time to do it. We’ve got about an hour of “free” time after the kids go to bed and all the chores are done. And the last thing we really want to do is go work on the project where we’ll disagree on how things should be done. So hiring it out is the best decision we’ve made so far this year. Bonus – its getting done a HECK of a lot faster than we would have been able to do. They finished the mudding and taping of the drywall today. Its going to be so nice to have this space. Plus, we’re finishing a little space underneath the stairs for the kids.
Its gonna be the bomb. I’m really excited. And they’ve only been working on it for a week a half. There’s NO WAY we’d be even this close by the beginning of summer time. I’m SO GLAD we hired out.
Its been a pretty good week around here. Of course, Thursday and Friday were days off for me (parent conference trade days). So any super short week is going to vastly improve my attitude and outlook.
Jojo ate something that he’s allergic to, and his face and ears have been swollen for about 24 hours now. Its actually pretty funny. This happened when he was a puppy and he ate a bee, and the vet told us to give him half a benadryl. So we’re doing the same thing this time around. Not sure what he got into that he’s allergic to, but hopefully he’ll stop having this reaction soon.
Jace went to the gym nursery for the first time this week. It was nice that both Jordan and I got to do our workouts, as we’ve been swapping out who wears the baby for the last several weeks. But I’m training for my 10k races and the baby carrier hurts his back after a while, so its nice that Jace is old enough to hang out with the other kids in the nursery. We’re on a first name basis with most of the ladies there, and they’ve been excitedly waiting for him to be old enough to stay with them. They even gave us a baby gift when he was born. It makes leaving him with non-family a lot easier.
I try to arrange some sort of “event” for each weekend, as the hours can get very long just hanging out at home. We’re all happier if we can get out of the house for a couple hours. Luckily, we have memberships at most of the major museums in our city for this very reason.
Today we went to the Children’s Museum. And what’s even better is that we were able to meet my sister and her family there. Which meant that we all had to wear our matching “bird pants”.
Yes, we have matching pants. You wish your family was this cool. What’s even better is that Jaylee was the one who initiated the uniform for today. I was getting her dressed and she chose her bird pants, and asked me to go put on mine. Which meant I had to text Jess, and there you go.
We were at the museum for a couple hours, and Jace hung out in the carrier. It was my first time using the Ergo, and I really liked it. It was much easier on my back than the bjorn. The bjorn is WAY easier to get on, but I think I’ll learn and it should get easier with the ergo. And I think the ergo will allow me to wear him when he’s a lot bigger – up until he’s walking well. So that’s a major plus.
Third child problems – you have to ride in the baby carrier. Jaylee would have simply been carried in our arms. But both boys have had to ride. They don’t seem to mind though.
The Children’s Museum is such an awesome place. I wish it was closer to our house, as its kinda a production to get there and back with three kids. But its such fun that its mostly worth it.
The water play place is a perpetual favorite. We were hoping Jaylee would be big enough to go into the three-story climbing tower. She is tall enough, but she got in there and it was a little too difficult for her. Luckily, the “baby” climbing boxes are right around the corner.
Jax’s favorite exhibit is the big kinetic ball machine. This time around, he figured out that he could control parts of the machine that launch the balls. So he had a good time gathering balls and launching them in the walls.
Jaylee’s favorite exhibit is actually the “baby” area, which she is technically too big for. But she’s gentle and generally plays with the toys the babies aren’t interested in. So its fun to go in there and hang out. Plus, this is really the area that’s best for my niece, and we wanted to hang with them. That didn’t happen too much (see: children). But it was fun anyway.
It was a nice enough day that we were actually able to go outside! 60ish and windy, but the kids didn’t mind. And it was nice to soak up some sun while playing outside.
The very first time we ever visited the museum (before they expanded and when Jax was just a baby), we didn’t really make it past the very first exhibit. Because the very first exhibit you walked in to (at the time) is a fire truck, complete with hoses and fire coats and hats and all that jazz. The first time we came, we couldn’t even really pull Jaylee away from it to see what else there was to play with!
Its still a favorite of hers, though we don’t spend the majority of our time there anymore. This place is just too cool – we never make it to all the exhibits during a visit. I’m very happy we’ve kept renewing our membership. Its been a great investment for our family, and a nice place to go and have some fun for a couple of hours. Membership is the only way to go – its way too expensive for just day passes.
Till next week!