Black Eyes, Happy Faces, Christmas & Happy Basement

Ok, this will probably be a long post. I was thinking about some of the stuff that has happened in the past week or so and realized that there is a lot going on.

1st the Black Eye. Calvin seems to be our most injury prone child. He is very tough, nothing seems to bother him, but he is getting hurt all of the time. Last week he was pushing a glider swing in our backyard when he went too far. The end result was a trip to the Walk-in Clinic and this…

He’s doing quite well. It only split open one more time. The doctor said the cut wasn’t deep enough for stitches or anything like that. We were glad. He said if Calvin needed stitches we would have had to gone to the ER because the clinic won’t touch anything that close to the eye. He also told me, trying to get me to watch him more closely I believe, that had it been his eye, we’d be headed to surgery. We were very blessed that it wasn’t anything bigger. It was quite crazy, though. He pushed the glider swing and then tried to walk under it as he let go, not realizing that there is another part that is going to come back down and nail him. His head was pinned between the ground and the bottom of the swing. I actually had to move the swing back and up to get him out of there. Like I said, we were very blessed that he only got the cut on his eye.

Halloween came and went with a bang. I already told you how the kids got tons of candy. I finally decided to download these pictures to my PC, so I figured I’d throw a Halloween picture up. Here are the kids in their Halloween shirts. Not the costumes, but still cute.

It seems Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year. It’s not that we don’t like to celebrate the birth of our Savior, but it seems too commercialized and all about Santa and the toys. Every Monday we hold a Family Home Evening. We make sure that the entire family is together that night and we have some fun together. We usually have a little lesson, a fun activity and snacks. Let’s not forget the songs that we sing either. If someone were listening in on our Family Home Evening I’m sure they’d have a good laugh. Beautiful voices just aren’t one of the gifts we’ve been given. We switch who does what each week. This week Monty had the activity. Mom had a brief lesson about Christmas and how we are celebrating the birth of Jesus. Monty’s activity was to decorate the house with Christmas decorations. The kids had some fun with it. Here’s Calvin wearing the Tree Skirt as a dress…

I’ve been especially happy the last couple of days. Besides continuing to work from home we hired a friend to frame and drywall our basement. As most of you know we are running out of room in our house. 3 kids are in 1 room right now, which makes for a very interesting (read trying) bedtime. Our basement has come a long way. It used to flood every spring. We had that fixed. We had only 1 window down there. We had 2 egress windows installed so we could have legal (and safe!) bedrooms. Our staircase was ugly and facing the wrong direction. We had it flipped.

I was planning to do much of the work in the basement myself with the help of many wonderful people who had offered to help. After talking to this friend we decided to hire him. He does construction for a living. He’s really really good at it. I’m pretty sure we made the right decision now. He’s been here the last 2 days. He’s detailed every aspect of our basement plan in chalk on the basement floor. I did some of that prior, but not to the level of detail he’s doing. Today he put up insulation and began framing the exterior walls. He’s framing the exterior walls with steel studs so he can get it up quickly. The interior walls will be framed with 2×4’s. Here’s one corner of the basement so far. Ella likes the pink walls and doesn’t want us to finish them. She wants her room to be pink.

That’s all for now. Mike (the friend doing the basement) is coming back tomorrow. Then it will be a short week for me with Thanksgiving. So far the plan is to go to Marinette to have Turkey dinner at my Aunt’s house. It will be good to see some relatives that we haven’t seen for a while!

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2 Responses to “Black Eyes, Happy Faces, Christmas & Happy Basement”

  1. Amy B Says:

    Hi! I was excited to see more on the blog! The basement is really coming along now. I think Calvie looks like he is wearing a kilt. And those are for boys anyway, right?

  2. Nana Stublaski Says:

    Wonderful — I love to be able to read and see pictures(they are worth 1,000 words) of all of the happenings of the Gasall Family —
    Fred checks very often to see if there are any additions to the blog The one thing that would be better is if we could be there in person. Thank you so much to creating it for our enjoyment and connection.
    Nana and Papa Stublaski

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