The Basement is Finished!

So this is my current view:

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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.

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The morning of

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.

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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.

After the surgery

After the surgery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Its been an eventful week around here.

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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.

Lowe's with toddlers

Lowe’s with toddlers

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.

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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.

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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.

We played at this giant pushpin board for the long time

We played at this giant pushpin board for the long time

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Who can be the most empty headed while fielding requests from the babies?

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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.

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Her face here. She looks like my baby again. I don’t know why, but this picture just makes it feel like no time has passed and that’s still the face of my 6-month old

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Recently, any time I ask Jaylee to take her picture, she makes this strange gesture and face.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And then when you’re done? Ride off into the sunset of course.

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She’s really into that map reading

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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.

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Unseasonably Warm

So apparently we broke the record high in my area today. We’ve really been enjoying the round of warm weather.

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Its so strange to be able to eat meals outside in February. And I’ve been able to walk Jaylee to preschool a bunch this week with the boys in the stroller/baby carrier. But no fear – this is apparently all supposed to go away tomorrow when we get snow. Cause that’s how we roll around here.

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The jammies Jaylee picked for him before he was born (since we didn’t know he was a boy till his birth)

It has been a full week, and I’m pretty darn exhausted. Usually, Jace and I get to take a nap together while Jaylee is at preschool and Jaxton is resting in his room.

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Third baby life – getting to sleep in the comfy bed instead of the SIDS-approved crib

But it only happened once this week, which has led to a very exhausted mommy. Add in to that the fact that we’ve had round two of runny noses and coughs, and a full 5-day work week for me (which, oddly, hasn’t actually happened since I’ve been back). I’ll sleep one day, right?

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For now, I’m trying to enjoy my little babies even if they contribute to a constant tired feeling. And I succeed, for the most part. They’re pretty darn cute.

Today we went to a Valentine’s Day party thrown by my mom’s group. This is different, of course, than the separate party at Jaylee’s preschool. Guess you can’t have too many Valentine’s parties, right?

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Lookin snazzy in their Valentine’s outfits

I mean, what’s the problem with celebrating love as often as possible?

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The problem is that, like most holidays, this one comes with a nice round of sugar.

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Which turns this:

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into this:

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which then leads to this:

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that ultimately results in tantrums and early bedtimes.

But hey! Who’s to say that wouldn’t have happened even without the sugar rush. 🙂 So we’ll celebrate love as many times as culturally necessary, and throw out all the candy afterwards.

One thing is for sure: I certainly do love and adore the 4 people I do laundry for. They’re the best.

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Renovation Realities

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.

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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.

Kids play house

Kids play house under the stairs

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.

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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.

Fat face Jojo

Fat face Jojo

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.

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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.

Its too easy to fall into the iPad trap at home

Its too easy to fall into the iPad trap at home

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”.

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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.

Looking around

Looking around

And then falling asleep

And then falling asleep

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.

Occasionally mom lets us lay on the ground after nursing

Occasionally mom lets us lay on the ground after nursing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There’s a mouse about the house!

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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.

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Waiting in line for the zip line

Waiting in line for the zip line

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!

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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!

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All Better!

All Better! That’s the title of one of the favorite books around here. You stick band-aids on the boo-boos of animals. Its a great time.

Baby moccasins!

Baby moccasins!

Its nice to have everybody healthy again, because we get to do things that involve going places and being around other kids. Like hanging out at the library.

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Our library has a wonderful little kids area. The doors close off from the rest of the library, so we don’t have to worry about keeping the kids super quiet (a losing battle anyway). Their area has a little club tree house, doll houses, puppets, wooden trains, and tons of books for the kiddos. Its a great little place to hang out. Especially when you run into friends from Jaylee’s ballet class and they get to play while the moms get to chat.

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So this little guy turned 3 months on Friday. He’s just got the biggest brown eyes, lovely little smiles, and happiest little composure around. If he’s fussing, its cause he’s hungry, dirty, tired, or bored. He’s easy to read, and his boredom is pretty easily solved by just walking around and watching his siblings. Though he does enjoy a nice round of patty-cake. The “throw it in the oven” part makes him giggle every time. And did I mention he’s ticklish? I just adore this little boy.

And he loves his hands

And he loves his hands

Getting back into the swing of things with work has been a process, but we’re all surviving. The students are happy I’m back, and I’m happy to be back for the most part. I really enjoy my job. And its been nice to be able to reconnect with my friends/coworkers. There’s a lot of drama going on with our district right now since they’re 31 million in the hole. And its tempting jump ship to the district my kids will go to school in. But I just can’t leave. My building and coworkers are the bomb.

Babies are always welcome at happy hour

Babies are always welcome at happy hour

So Jordan got an awesome promotion and raise at work – I’m really proud of him. He works really hard and doesn’t do self-promotion, so I don’t feel like he always gets recognized for the excellent work he does. But his boss did take notice and did what he needed to in order to ensure Jordan stays happy there. And it made me very happy. Money is very nice, but I think the fact that someone recognized his great work is even more important to Jordan.

Plus, he captured one of the squirrels that has been eating our trash and pulling insulation out of our attic. So, you know, he’s officially a hunter/trapper now too.

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Don’t you keep squirrels in your trunk?

Jaylee got her first birthday party invitation from one of her school friends. It was a little weird to go to a birthday party for a kid/family we’d never met. But it was at this cute little amusement park for kids with all the kiddy rides. We bought Jax a wristband too and they had fun riding the rides for a couple hours. And when Jaylee didn’t finish her cake, Jax was more than happy to bat clean up.

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I’m not sure if this is common knowledge, but we now have TWO members of the family who get very HANGRY.

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Evidence of the smaller angry one

So keeping Jax (and his daddy) fed has become more of an urgent priority. Its easier with Jordan because he can feed himself. But sometimes I don’t realize Jax is approaching hangry stage until its too late and we have a full-on meltdown. He has to eat the three major meals, plus a significant snack both morning and afternoon. And he doesn’t recognize that he’s hungry, and will just keep playing and playing until he’s reached critical stage. But now that I’ve realized this is what’s going on, I’m getting better at giving him snacks and keeping food on hand. I just didn’t realize how much little boys eat! Jaylee has always eaten like a mouse, while Jax will happily put away 3-4 pieces of breakfast sausage.

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Good thing he’s cute. I imagine this eating-a-lot thing is only going to get worse. 🙂

Playing lite-brite with my oldest little boy

Playing lite-brite with my oldest little boy

Fingers crossed we can all stay healthy the rest of the season!

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Sickness sucks!

It’s been quite the week around here. I saw this quote and had to internalize it to keep me going for this week.

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We’ve been sick.

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And its hard when one kid is sick, because it doesn’t mean the rest of us have any less energy. So we brought out the trusty old bouncy-bouncy to try to burn off some of that energy on our second day of house arrest.

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It was somewhat effective. Poor Jaylee got off her sickbed for 30 seconds to come jump, then announced she “needed a break” and went back to lay on the couch. I felt so sorry for her. And of course, its not as much fun to jump without your BFF. So Jax had a rough time of it too.

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This sickness was some sort of fever-cough-running nose bug. Jaylee is the only one who’s gotten the fever so far, but we’ve all had coughing and energy issues.

Jaylee wanted to write  letter to her cousins Peyton and Conner to tell them she was sick, but they could come to our house another day

Jaylee wanted to write letter to her cousins Peyton and Conner to tell them she was sick, but they could come to our house another day

Luckily, this sweet little guy didn’t seem to get the bug. Sick infants are the absolute worst. There’s no medicine you can give them, and mommy’s milk doesn’t heal fast enough for mommy’s liking. So I’m thankful that he’s avoided this bug, magically.

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Once Jaylee was back to feeling better, its been a pretty standard week around here. But her being down for a couple days made me realize how much she and Jax really do play together. They’re best friends – and sometimes mortal enemies.

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For my special time with Jace last week, we went to a baby-wearing dance class. It was a lot of fun, though he slept through almost the entire thing. I got a nice workout, and we got to enjoy lots of sleeping snuggles and kisses. Good times!

Diaper changes on the dance floor

Diaper changes on the dance floor

Since I’ve gone back to work, its been a lot harder to still have the energy by the end of the day for special reading time. Its really important to me, but I’m just exhausted by the end of the day. Thankfully, parenting is a team-gig.

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But the thing about special book reading time is that it is sometimes too stimulating, and you just don’t want to go to sleep afterward.

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We’re still working on that. 🙂

Jace is getting so big. He’s grown out of a fair number of his clothes. And since he’s the last Ingram baby, I’ve started to offload them to consignment stores, donation places, and people we know who can use the hand-me-downs. But its an emotional process. I’ve saved special outfits from each of my kids with the idea that they may one day want those for their own children. But let’s be honest – its very rare that people actually do want them. And I’ve saved waaaaaaaaaay more outfits than can be considered reasonable.

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Even so, as I part ways with the tiny newborn and 0-3 outfits from my last baby, its a bit more emotional than I’d like to admit. I almost cried after the consignment store called with details about the clothes we dropped off – it became real that I’d never have a need for those tiny outfits again.

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Don’t get me wrong, Jace has completed our family. And I love watching him get older and more expressive (this no-sleep stage is ROUGH). But its been more bitter than I had expected in the bittersweet.

Jaylee decided this week that she really wanted to get her face painted. We have a family membership at the aquarium, and they conveniently do face painting. So we scheduled a fun family day down at the aquarium, and invited my sister and her family to come along with us.

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It was a fun day. Jaylee got Dora the Explorer painted on her face, which completed the quest we had come for. We also got to see a cute little armadillo – which I’d never seen up close and personal before (other than dead on the side of the road). I didn’t get any pictures, but it was really cool to see. The kids even got to pet it. Armadillos have such a funny way of walking – its like a real-life Pokemon.

After that, we just had fun looking at all the fish!

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I was so proud of her for touching the starfish! And for informing Uncle Bucky that starfish do not have bones (how does she know that?)

I was so proud of her for touching the starfish! And for informing Uncle Bucky that starfish do not have bones (how does she know that?)

Our membership comes with passes to feed the stingrays, and apparently the biggest one tried to give my sister a hug during the feeding. I missed out on that exciting event, because I was busy being the biggest softie ever:

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He did actually like it - he was just crying because the chair wasn't in his preferred location

He did actually like it – he was just crying because the chair wasn’t in his preferred location

Our memberships also come with passes to see the 4D movie each time, and fortunately they were showing an Ice Age short this time! Jax LOVES Ice Age. Jace fell asleep shortly after the armadillo experience, and slept through the entire thing until we got to the snack shack at the end. So he was awake, and I didn’t want to take him into the 4D theater because I didn’t think he’s do very well. So we hung out outside.

Not complaining - it was a pretty sweet gig

Not complaining – it was a pretty sweet gig

Hopefully this next week will be a bit easier. No more sickness please! Till next time, stay classy friends.

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Is this the real life?

Well we’re more-or-less back into the normal swing of things around here. The new normal, anyway. Going to the gym looks a bit different:

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Jace is too young to go into the nursery with the other two kids. So Jordan and I have been taking turns wearing him in a baby carrier and walking around the track. That way we each get a chance to work out every other day. And wearing a 13 pound pack weight while walking for 30 minutes is a pretty decent workout too. For the adult, anyway. Jace looks around and then falls asleep.

1/10/17

Jaylee found some videos on YouTube of kids making candy bars using a kit they ordered. So we ordered some molds off amazon and made our own “kit”. It was a really fun project for her. I told her not to touch the silver pot or the bowl where the steam came out, and she make sure not to. I put the chocolate in to melt, but she did everything else – adding sprinkles and wafer cookies, and scooping the chocolate from the bowl into the molds. The candy bars turned out ok, except they’re too tough to eat. The chocolate bark basically hardened back into its impossible-to-bite stage. Jaylee is patient enough to nibble at it, but the rest of us are not. We have some ideas about how to improve this for future batches though. And Jaylee had a ton of fun. Its so crazy that she’s grown up enough to be trustworthy around the stove and with hot tools. I still see my baby girl in her face sometimes.

1/11/17

I realized that we hadn’t really read very many books to Jax during his childhood (see: second child). So I started a routine every night where I go into each of the kids’ rooms and read them a couple books (after Jace is asleep, of course). Jaylee likes to read about how the human body works. Jax just LOVES to read all his books about trains, how machines work, construction equipment, airplanes, and the like. He just keeps bringing me books and saying “another book?” over and over. He’d go all night if he could. Its pretty nice to get special time with my biggest little boy.

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Speaking of special time, we got to have a fun playdate with my niece Jaina the other day. I used to watch her a little bit when she was a baby, and she’s definitely more of a toddler now. We just played trains in Jax’s room the whole time. Jax has a love/hate relationship with playing trains with her. He wants her to play, but he wants to own all the trains. Haha. But if she moves on to something else (due to lack of trains), then he tells her to come back and play again. But not with “his” trains. Rinse, repeat. Its pretty humorous, until mommy makes him share.

1/11/17

One other major occurrence this week is that we bought these “dinner winner” plates on amazon. Jaylee is an EXTREMELY picky eater, and refuses to try new foods or even foods that look slightly different then she’s expecting (think: french fries that aren’t from McDonald’s). When she was almost 2, we could not FOR THE LIFE of us get her to try ice cream. Her pickiness is pretty bad.

But she loves board games, surprises, winning, and chocolate. The dinner winner plates combine all of those. She has to eat her way across the “board” until she gets to uncover the special treat underneath the castle cover. Using this plate has gotten her to eat new versions of approved foods (nuggets and fries from our favorite wing place, rather than McDonald’s). And last night, she even ate pasta with red sauce and sausage! That’s a HUGE stretch for her! We had a little bit of avoidance, but mostly she was motivated enough to win the game that we didn’t have to fight! She ate her whole dinner, and then wanted her game spaces reloaded so she could earn some more chocolate. Hey! Whatever gets her to eat foods besides ramen, cereal, and McDonald’s, I’m all for! Plus, she actually asks to use the plate and gets excited when its time to play “dinner winner”!

Teaching is exhausting. Its nice to be back and be using my brain again, but it sure is a massive juggling act to try to balance work with all the mom responsibilities (playing, loving, cleaning the house, etc). But we’re working through it. Thankfully there are tons of random breaks these next couple of months – president’s day and the like. That’ll make this transition a little easier.

Till next week!

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