Saturday, May 28, 2011


This morning after taking my medicine I turned around to see Finn sitting in my seat (the seat I always sit at during dinner). He was sitting very still and very politely asked for something to eat. He wanted dry cereal so I poured some out for him. I asked him to go sit in his chair and he responded, "no, sit here." Since he wasn't acting like an orangutang I decided to let him. Surprisingly Finn sat there the entire time without incident.

Well, Finn has learned to "fake" smile. I didn't even have to prompt him this morning, I just put the camera on him and started doing this smile. I knew this was coming. It was cute today, but I'm sure after two years of this it will get old. I will take some time to enjoy it though because I presume it is a milestone for a toddler.
Next Finn and I went to store to get a few things for our cookout with Greg, Shelley, Macey T. and Gabby. While at the store Finn spotted the Pop-Tarts and everyone in the store new about it. Next went home about put on a bottle of sunscreen and headed toward the pool.

The pool was a bit of a disappointment. All across the pool you could see babies crying, parents flinching and kids mindlessly jumping it. It was freezing. Michael and I both lost our breath just by putting our feet in the water. I don't know if I have ever felt pool water that cold. Finn put one toe in and immediately said "all done." He wanted nothing to do with that cold water. We were able to get him to put his feet in the water and splash around, but when Michael put him in up to his waist he screamed. I felt so bad for him. Unfortunately our pool trip only lasted about an hour.

The essence of our day at the pool. With as much as we pay in homeowner's fees, you'd think we could get a heated pool.

He was so tired on the trip back home.

Then we all started getting ready for our guests. Finn went to gran and pa's house while I cooked and cleaned and Michael mowed and picked weeds. Around 4:00 Greg and Shelley arrived and we all ate. Finn and Macey T. played for a couple of hours and then Finn fell asleep in my lap.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Barnes and Noble - A,K,A

Finn's new favorite place. Today was a Finn and Mama day and after a long day of sitting a home, we got in the car and made the trip to Barnes and Noble. The purpose of the trip was to buy a book for me, however the minute we walked in the door Finn was mesmerized. First we saw the Harry Potter display. He yelled "MOVIES" and took off toward them. Then we ran over to the children's section. Finn very quickly found the "Thomas" and trucks section. We sat in the floor and looked at Thomas books for about 30 minutes. Then we found the Mecca of Barnes and Noble - the Thomas the Train table train set. Finn played with the train set for a while until a little girl came up and wanted to to play too. The little girl ran over to Finn, gave him a side hug, and said "I like this baby." In response Finn grabbed his crouch and said and "poo poo." We certainly don't have to worry about Finn being a "ladies man."

Next we went to the adult section. Finn had to touch every book on the way and say "mama's book." I ended up having to carry him until we found my section. When we finally got there I put Finn down and started looking for my book. Then I heard a thud and turned around to see that Finn had knocked about 7 books off the shelf. I hurriedly put the books back, sat with Finn on the floor, held him down with my legs and continued to took for my book. We looked ridiculous.

After we left Barnes and Noble we made a quick stop at Kroger and then came home to start preparing the Lasagna. I turned Mickey on and Finn sat in the floor and watched. After a few minutes I heard Finn whine. When I went into check on him I saw that he managed to get one arm out of his shirt.
As the day went on, Finn felt worse and worse. He hasn't eaten well all week and didn't eat hardly anything for dinner. After dinner Gran and Pa stopped by for about 30 minutes. Then Finn sat with me and went to sleep.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Grandmother Bryant

Today Finn attended his first family funeral. On Saturday of last week, his great, great Grandmother Pearl Bryant passed away. Today was the funeral. Due to all the family from Ohio coming into town Uncle David, Uncle James and Chelsea spent the night with us. Finn was a little apprehensive about Uncle David. While I was getting ready, Finn was running up and down the hallway and into the bedroom. When he saw Uncle David, he immediately threw the toys he was holding to the ground and latched onto my thigh.

Since we had such a long trip to Erin, TN, Finn was only at Victoria's until 11:00. After we picked him up, we headed straight to the funeral home. On the way there Finn was really fussy so we stopped and got him some Teddy Graham at a gas station in Clarksville and let him stretch his legs. This stop bought us 5 miles of peace. For some reason Finn would only chill out if I was rubbing his leg.

The service was graveside which meant that Finn was ready to play. Michael and I sang the Garden Song and sat in the second row, pointed and said "mama" through most of the song. After we sang, Finn saw some big rocks that he wanted to play with. Big rocks meaning tombstones. To ensure the service could be enjoyed without distraction Finn and I set off for the back of the cemetery. Finn spent a majority of his time cleaning grass and hay off of the headstones. The service was actually great for Finn because was able to play outside for a while.

After a few pictures we went back to MiMi's house for dinner. While there Finn and Daddy rode Uncle Charlie's 4 wheeler. Finn loved it! Thank you Uncle Charlie and try not to work too hard tomorrow.

Finn slept most of the way home from Clarksville, but woke up in terrible mood. When we got him in the house, we stuffed him full of allergy, pain and cough medicine and he snuggled up on the couch with us for about an hour. Right about 8:00 he got a huge burst of energy, but went to bed without a fuss nonetheless.

It was nice day to spend with family; and we are so happy that Grandmother Bryant is home.

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