Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
As for our day, I woke Finn up at 6:30 to feed him and then he sat in the swing while I had breakfast. Mom made a great breakfast - cheese grits, apple crumb muffins and egg casserole. After breakfast we sat in the den and watched a few minutes of the parade.
Next, I attempted to take our family Christmas picture. I put Finn in his Christmas outfit and less than 10 minutes later "excrement" had exploded out of his diaper and up the back of the outfit. So we had to wait until his clothes had been washed and dried before we could take the picture. Okay, after we got Finn redressed we went outside to take our picture next to the holly tree. I underestimated how cold and windy it was outside so we were only able to take a few pictures. They weren't very good because our hair was blowing all over the place and Finn wouldn't look up because it was so windy. So, on to plan B - inside pictures next to the tree. Well that didn't work either because Finn was unconsolable. At that point we scratched the whole thing and I put Finn down for his nap. It was at this time that the wheels started to turn for plan C. After I was sure he was really asleep I moved him back under the tree and Michael and I got down right next to him and we got the perfect shot - thank goodness. (The picture I posted is not the one we are using for the card).
Next we had lunch - I don't remember a Thanksgiving where we laughed so much during dinner. I can't really blog about what we talked about because it is not what one might consider appropriate for dinner time conversation, but it was so much fun. Best Thanksgiving dinner EVER! The boys missed out because they were asleep.
After dinner Ruby Jo (Greg's mom) and Julie came to visit and play with boys. It was at this point that I changed Finn into his Turkey onsie. It wasn't five minutes later that we had to wash that onsie too. While that onsie was being washed we put him in another onsie and you guessed it, Finn had an encore. We washed a lot of onsies. At that point I gave up.
Next Em, Zac, Michael and I went outside and played with Zac and Michael's new balls. Mom always gets us a present for Thanksgiving - Em and I got ornaments and Michael and Zac got huge super balls with glitter inside. We were having a really good time until one of us accidentally hit mom in the face with the ball (these ball are really heavy and hurt really bad when you get hit - I got hit several times) but she handled it like a champ.
Then we played Taboo - boys against girls - girls won. After the game I decided to put Finn back in his Turkey onsie - I love this onsie and I refused to let Thanksgiving pass us by without Finn wearing it! Happily there were no more accidents and we were able to take a few pictures.
About 30 minutes before we left Finn woke up and was in a good mood - go figure. Even though Finn was not as perfect as I would have hoped - this was a wonderful Thanksgiving and I can't wait to do it all again next year.
Later that day Michael and I packed up the car and we left to go to mom's house for the night. When we got there we had dinner and then sat around and played with the babies. Finn kind of sat up today. I would sit him down and he would lean forward to balance himself. After a few seconds he would fall over. (Once he fell right on his face - oops.)
Next we made up Finn's bed. It was a little pallet on the floor next to our bed. I don't really like for him to sleep in the bed with me anymore because all he wants to do is eat all night - hence the pallet on the floor. He did great - we put him in bed at 10:30 and he slept until 6:30.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
After an enjoyable car ride complete with the singing of Christmas Carols such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Joy to the World" (yeah right, Michael is kind of a "Scrooge" when it comes to Christmas music) we arrived our destination - a snow covered forest (or the Home Depot). We all got out of the car and took off on foot to find the Begley Family Christmas tree.
After a long and thoughtful search, we found it . . . the perfect tree - a 7.5 foot pre-lit Wesley Pine Tree! Then we began to cut the tree down (actually, we put the pre-boxed tree in the buggy and went to the checkout counter).
After acquiring the tree, we drug it through the snow all the way back to the car. Then we proudly posed for a picture next to our great find. Clarke Griswold would be proud.
All joking aside I was so happy to go tree shopping with Michael and Finn. While picking out the family Christmas tree has changed a lot over the years, it is still exciting and fun. Finn was amazed by the Christmas light on the display trees!
On a more serious note, on the way to pick out the tree I sat in the backseat with Finn so that I could feed him. As we were pulling out of the driveway the song "Welcome to this World" came on the radio. It is a sweet, simple and beautiful song about welcoming Jesus to the world as a baby. I have always thought the song was touching but after today I may never be able to listen to it again without crying. During the song, Finn stopped eating, looked into my eyes and smiled the most sincere and precious smile. Watching this precious boy that I love so much smile at me filled me with such love and gratitude for God that I couldn't contain my emotions - I was crying and smiling at the same time. It is probably my favorite moment with Finn so far. I love him so much and want to remember that feeling forever.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
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