Art Museum

This morning, Zac and I filed our taxes, visited Cups for breakfast, then headed to the local library to renew my card and pay off late fees from 2012 (lol). Zac wanted to surprise the kids with a trip to the Planetarium, but there was a private “wine and film” event taking place. Instead, we crossed the street and visited the Mississippi Museum of Art. Neither big kid was excited about looking at “other peoples’ drawings”, but after a few minutes, they didn’t want to leave. Being surrounded by art makes me want to start painting again, but all of my supplies are in a metal cabinet in the garage beneath a very large, very heavy dollhouse. Tomorrow, Zac may help me carefully move it so I can get my brushes and paints out.



A Rough Few Weeks

The past few weeks have been crazy with stress and worry over the youngest in our brood. Zac and I planned a date on the 3rd of this month since Mom offered to watch all the kids as a “thank you” for taking care of Dad. James was in the sunroom keeping an eye on Elias while I was upstairs getting dressed when I heard Elias start screaming. I hurried back down the stairs to check on him and James told me he had tripped and smushed his nose against the wall of his play yard. I picked him up and consoled him, then set him back down. He started screaming again (something not uncommon when he wants to be held). I finished getting ready and decided to hold the baby while I waited for Zac to get home. I tried to let Elias walk around, so I stood him up, but his knees buckled and he started screaming again. I looked at his legs, but didn’t see any swelling, though he’s still got chunky baby fat. Zac came home, so I told him what was going on. Elias wouldn’t walk or stand without collapsing in pain. We decided to cancel our date and head to the emergency room.


After the first ER trip, we were told he had no “bone abnormalities” and we were sent home. Elias was still refusing to stand or put weight on his right foot, wouldn’t let us touch it, and woke up early the next morning in pain. We took him to a different ER for a second opinion and a second x-ray (since the first ER refused to send the previous x-ray over) and were told my three different techs that there were no broken bones, but he did have a sprained ankle. They didn’t wrap his ankle since he’s a toddler and would try to pull it off which would only cause more discomfort. We were told to give him Ibuprofen for two days and follow up with his pediatrician on the 14th.


Dr. Y inspected his ankle at his 18-month checkup this morning and confirmed a sprained ankle, so he’ll be sensitive for a few more weeks. He’s growing on schedule, gaining weight as he should and is 2.5 feet tall. He had his last dose of vaccinations, so we don’t go back for more of those until 2019 (phew!).


Family Outing

Saturdays have been my favorite days lately. Zac’s been getting us out of the house, spending quality time together and with the kids. Today, we hung out in Jackson to check out the Highland Village shopping center. It reminded me of being at Epcot in Disney World as far as the stoned sidewalk and general layout goes. Quite fancy. The kids wanted some treats, so we picked out some gourmet popsicles from Deep South Pops.


We stopped by Petsmart on the way home to check out the fish and furry critters. There were actual scorpions at this location! James wanted us to buy one, but no thank you. We’re probably going to get a Betta fish eventually. I miss having one… I just wonder how Fig will react.