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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

At noon on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Finn and I marched in the Sumner County Martin Luther King, Jr. March.  It was pretty cold - in the 40s for the entire walk.  But considering that we have had several days of weather in the "teens" and snow on top of that, 40 degrees was a welcomed relief.

Some of the younger children spent the morning making signs to carry to during the march.  Finn did not make this sign.  I couple of little girls gave us these signs.

There was  a great turn out.  They closed main street and we walked from City Hall to Gallatin High School.  During the march all of the cars on the opposite side of the road pulled over as we walked by.  I was really glad to be able to do this with Finn.  We were able to talk about the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fact that we all have value because we are made in the image of God.

Finn did great during the march.  He didn't complain about the walk or the weather.  What I enjoyed most ab…
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Will cried all last week.  He wasn't feverish, but we could tell that he felt so bad.  Last Wednesday he screamed and writhed in pain for three hours.  The pediatrician told us to take him to Vanderbilt. 

So, from midnight to 5:00 a.m., Will and I were at Vanderbilt ER.  Even though we were there for 5 hours and seen by two (2) doctors - we didn't learn anything.

The next day we took him back to the pediatrician's office and found out that Will had RSV and a double ear infection.  I am so glad that we spent all night at the ER - NOT!

Snow Weekend

On Thursday evening, we received the text message that the boys' school would be closed for inclement weather.  Our bad weather hit on Friday afternoon and into the evening.  The next morning we had a layer of ice covered by a little bit of snow.  Since it the first snow we have seen in approximately two (2) years, the boys decided to get bundled up and play.

We bundled Will up as well.  Unfortunately, we didn't have any tiny gloves for Will. 

Will was pretty excited.  I let him look out of the window earlier in the day.  He looked so confused when he saw the ground mostly covered with snow.

I loved the way he looked in those big snow boots.

Sam trying to making a snow ball.  This snow didn't pack at all.

Sam making a snow angel.  I asked Sam what he was doing.  He said, "I don't know what it's called, but I know what I am doing."  Good to know Sam.

Next, Michael, Finn and Sam went sledding on the road in front of our house.  Will and I watched from the …

Sam is 6

Today is Sam's sixth birthday.  Church was cancelled due to inclement weather so we spent the morning at home.  Later that day we took Sam to Chuck-E-Cheese to play. Sam loves playing games and was pretty excited to drive.

We also let Will play and ride too.  He was on information overload and spased out for two hours.

Next we went to Texas Roadhouse for his birthday dinner. My kids love steak - so they were very happy to go.  We told the server that it was Sam's birthday so she brought out the saddle and let Sam sit on it.  He was pretty pumped about that saddle. Happy Birthday buddy - we love you.

Monster Jam 2018

On Sunday, the Begley boys (minus Will) accompanied Pa, Uncle David and Henry to Monster Jam at Bridgestone Arena. When they got home that evening they told me that they sat so close that they thought the mud from the tires would get splashed all over their clothes. Of course the first thing they did when they got home was to play with Finn’s old monster trucks. They built ramps and raced each other. Will was so excited at the sight of all the trucks that he just stood in the middle of the room and gasped over and over. Then he would point and say “LOOK.”


Today Finn and Sam put on their new Upward  uniforms. Sam took one look at Finn and said “Finn, do you want to be twin basketball brothers?”  Even though Sam said it with as much sincerity and excitement me had in his little body, Finn respectfully declined.
Instead they danced like ladies and gentlemen danced in days of yore. They looked hilariously awkward.