So this is my current view:
That may not look exciting to you, but it is thrilling to Jordan and I. Our basement is finally finished! So I get to sit on the couch in front of the (electric) fireplace to write my journal entry for the week. We’re pumped that its done. Most night, you can find us down here in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed. In fact, the wifi down here was named after our evening video game shenanigans. 🙂
Technically we still need to finish installing the shower door in the bathroom. But we’ve already begun spending time down here. The kids have a super fun little clubhouse they can run laps through. And all their toys are stored in there as well. We’re loving the addition of this new living space. It makes our house much more comfortable long-term for us. From concrete walls to finished took about 5 weeks. But it was totally worth it.
In other news, Jax had surgery this week.
Back in November, I took all three kids out by myself for the first time to meet some friends at a playground. Jax and Jaylee were playing while baby Jace slept in the carrier and I talked to my mom friends. And then suddenly, Jax came walking up to me holding out his hand covered in blood. He wasn’t crying or anything, just held it out to me for cleaning and a bandaid. So I did just that. But apparently I didn’t clean it well enough, as there was a foreign object underneath that his skin eventually healed over.
It was so deep down that we had to take him to a specialist to see if they wanted to remove it or not. They said because of its location in his palm, and the fact that it continued to grow in size, we needed to get it removed because it would affect his fine motor development. So we took him to have it surgically removed this past Friday at 8am all the way across town.
Turns out, it was a piece of glass.
The hospital was great. They had a green tractor sitting on the bed when we arrived, which Jax immediately started playing with. And they came in and answered all our questions while he played on the bed. When it was time to wheel him away, they let him keep the tractor with him. The doctor who came out to tell us the results said Jax was the best behaved 2 year old he’d ever worked on – accepted the anesthesia like a champ, followed all the instructions, and went right to sleep. I was glad to hear that he wasn’t scared when they took him away – I certainly didn’t feel happy about it. But all is well now. It should close up and be just fine.
A cute moment – they gave Jax an orange popsicle in a cup to eat after the surgery was over. He hadn’t had anything to eat or drink since dinner the night before, so he was very hungry. After he finished the popsicle, he said “I need a pink” (popsicle). So we knew he was starting to feel more like himself. 🙂
There were a couple other fun events this week. My mom’s birthday was this past Saturday, and my dad arranged for us all to be at her house to surprise her when they got home from church. That was fun.
And the weather has been unseasonably warm and dry. So we’ve been able to play at the park, which is always a fun time. Jace likes to fall asleep in the carrier, and I get to enjoy the baby cuddles while the other two run their energy out.
There’s been a fair amount of playing with toys and drawing pictures, on faces as well as on paper. Jax also decided to go enjoy a nice mouthful of sand from his sand box.
Today has been quite exhausting, as we had a lot of cleaning to do around the house. Luckily, we have the budget now to be able to afford a housekeeping service. We got several bids, and found a person who I think is going to work really well for us. I’m really excited to have some help in the housekeeping area, as I feel like I can’t keep up with the messes that form around here! I want to be able to enjoy my kids, not spend all my weekends cleaning. So ideally this was the last weekend when I’ll have to do that.
There was a little extra pressure today because we had to make a trip to IKEA.
But we were also having a bunch of friends over for dinner and games in the evening. Luckily, these are great friends. Because we didn’t have time to really get the house presentable. But these people (thankfully) don’t judge us on our dirt. So I was able to let go of the need to have a clean house and just enjoy the madness around us.
There were 7 adults and 8.5 kids running around the house. It was fantastic. I love being able to invite people over to our home for a meal, lots of playing and screaming, and some fun watching parts of Planet Earth II and a live stream of some giraffe about to give birth. It was a good time.
I love this life!