Its been an eventful week around here.
Our basement is ALMOST finished. Carpet was installed yesterday, and there’s just a couple things left for the contractors to do before its completely done (finish electrical, install toilet, etc). But we were a able to move a fair amount of our furniture down there this weekend. So its starting to feel like a real usable room. We won’t end up having to buy any furniture, just steal some from other less-used areas of the house. So that’s definitely a plus. I’ll save photos of the finished area for next post since it’ll all be done. But we’re pretty ecstatic about it.
Life is crazy right now. I’m having a really hard time keeping up with all my various responsibilities – teaching, motherhood, housekeeping, marriage, etc. I just feel like I’m constantly rushing from one thing to another with no downtime – compounded by the fact that Jace is pretty far away from sleeping through the night. By 2pm I’m running on fumes every day. But it doesn’t feel there’s much a can do to take anything off my plate.
Jordan did mention looking into perhaps getting a housekeeper. We both just got raises recently. And so I’m hopeful that when we redo the budget, we’ll be able to scrape away from other areas and be able to afford some help. I just feel like I’m drowning with all of my responsibilities, and it would be really nice to have some help. Its hard because I don’t have any problem keeping up when I’m not working (like summer break). But right now? I just can’t.
Last weekend, we went to the natural history museum with my sister and her family. Jaylee’s favorite exhibit is this giant screen where they overlay video of the kids with images of cheetahs and astronauts and such. But when we arrived, they had that area all set up with tables full of educators so they could hear about field trip opportunities at the museum. So we got the opportunity to explore other areas of the museum that we hadn’t been to yet.
Like the hall of life area.
It was an absolute blast. We still played in the “little kids” area, of course. Jax definitely can’t pass up an opportunity to completely soak his shirt at the water area.
But of course, it hits 11:00 and there’s a constant high pitch whine coming from Jax. Which means we have to go buy lunch in the cafeteria.
But overall, it was a great time. And if the only cost to us is about $15 for lunch, then that’s still a pretty great deal. Memberships are the way to go, man.
This week was also Jaylee’s preschool Valentine’s party. Jax, Jace, and I went for the last 30 minutes of her class for the party. Jaylee spent the night before personally writing her names on each of her valentine’s cards.
And the actual party was fun. Jax just fell right in to the preschool routine – washing his hands before the snack and waiting in line at the boys’ bathroom. The sugar crash after the party was fun.
Interestingly enough, all the kids actually went for the grapes before any of the sweets. Don’t get me wrong, the sweets were also devoured. But the grapes were the most prized food.
Preschool has been really good for Jaylee. She’s learned to write her letters, spell her name, play with other people, work through conflict, wait in line, etc etc etc. She’s such a social little girl – its really been worth every penny we’ve paid. And its fun to play school with her at home and see her enact the same rituals and routines that she has in her class at school.
Recently, any time I ask Jaylee to take her picture, she makes this strange gesture and face.
I’m not sure where it came from. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, she also enjoys coloring on her face. She does it as often as she can. Which does get some strange looks and comments from strangers when we’re out on the town. But oh well – I can’t stop her every time (nor am I really willing). She’s a preschooler. Its probably better that she draw on her face than on her walls or furniture (which she has also done).
We went to a super fun event at our old church today. They had a Preschool Tricycle Rodeo. My mother-in-law wanted to take the kids, and I decided Jace and I would tag along for fun. And I’m really glad we did.
It was a blast! The church volunteers really put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into decorating the building and creating all kinds of fun experiences for the kids. Plus Beth put together adorable little western outfits for the kids to wear. They had fun riding their bikes out on the trail, which included a cool blacklight cave and some railroad tracks. Jax didn’t ride for very long, but he had fun walking the trail.
There were a bunch of little craft stations with activities for the kids. Like building little stick horses out of pool noodles, making hats, panning for gold, and photo ops.
One of the kids’ favorites was the little fishing hole where they got to catch a magnetic fish, and then trade it in for a bag of goldfish. They were both pretty good at catching the fish! And Jax was pretty excited for the bag of goldfish.
Of course, mommy and Grams loved all the little photo ops they had set up everywhere. My kids are pretty darn cute on a normal day, but throw in a little photo booth prop? It kills me every time.
And then when you’re done? Ride off into the sunset of course.
It was a blast. And it was kinda fun to see some old families that we hadn’t seen in a while (since we don’t attend this church anymore). This church still feels like “home”, even though its changed dramatically (and even though we have a new church home). I’m glad I went with the kids.
Till next time! When hopefully I will be journaling from our new, totally finished basement.