Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving this year started with a drive to Manchester on Wednesday night. When we got to Nana and Papas we ate taco soup and baked potatoes. After supper we watched the boys play and then watched "American Horror Story" in the den. Midway through the show Finn decided that he wanted to sit with us. He came and sat in my lap and asked for his soft blanket. He wiggled around until he got comfortable (not sure how he managed given that I was sitting indian style in the floor) and dozed off.

When it was time to go to bed Finn, Daddy and I crawled into the murphey bed and attempted a restful night sleep. We did pretty good until around 2:00 at which time Finn started sitting straight up in bed and saying random words. Michael would come back at him with inaudible grunts that were clearly complaints. After the next few hours of getting kicked in the back I decided to make a move to the couch. I finally ended up falling back to sleep around 5:00.

At 6:30 mom, Cooper and Finn got up and we started our day. We started the day by making egg souffles. Finn started his day by breaking a coaster, pulling the head off of a "Goofy" Christmas ornament and crushing up a candy cane which collectively lead to timeout. Aunt Em put him in timeout which I think completely disoriented him - it was pretty funny.

The boys were not very interested in the parade and instead opted to play the piano. While playing in the living room Finn tripped over his own feet and crashed head first into the piano bench. He got a nice purple bump over his right eye. Finn's first shiner! And you better believe he let us all know about it.

Prior to Thanksgiving dinner Finn and Cooper played outside.

Check out those super cute boys!

Dinner was great as always Finn ate rolls and homemade ice cream - all the major food groups. After dinner the boys helped us open our Christmas ornaments; the FisherPrice school house, a Santa Clause and the Peek Patrol Car. The boys loved the car. It has a penguin in it and it yells at you if it thinks you are peeking in on the presents.

After dinner the boys played upstairs while the adults digested. Then we got pack up and headed back to Hendersonville. On our way to the interstate we talked to Grandad and he volunteered to keep Finn for the night and bring him home the next day since he would be working in Hendersonville - SCORE! So, we promptly made a b-line for dad's house and dropped Finn off for the night. Finn went immediately for the farm house and didn't blink an eye when he left.

It was great getting to sleep in the next day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

What Time Is It?

This morning about 5:30 a.m. I heard a little whisper say, "Mommy . . . what time is it?" It definitely wasn't time to get up so I grabbed Finn and he slept another hour with me.

After dinner tonight we finished putting the ornaments back on the tree. They were mostly Mickey and Harry Potter ornaments so he was fairly entertained. After we finished up we ate homemade cookies and took pictures in front of the tree.

He looks so grown up in this picture - this picture also reminds me of my childhood pictures.

Next Finn decided that he was going to play with his snow globe. He also thought it important to ensure that his "soft bunny" also known as "mini trash" had optimal viewing.

Finn loves this snow globe. He could watch the train go around the tree for hours. He also has fallen head over heals for his soft bunny.
After looking at the globe, Finn decided that he wanted to torture baby Jesus for a few minutes.

On a completely non-related note, I got a very strange postcard in the mail today. It had a picture of the Rocky statue on the front. . .
. . . and this was on the back. Handwritten, addressed to me, post marked from Philadelphia PA, add signed by Rocky Balboa. The handwriting seems familiar to me, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I have already ruled out Zac and Mat Pauley. I thought it was a pretty neat idea.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving with Gran

This morning Finn was very excited about going to Sunday School. All I heard about were "goldfish" and "colors (coloring). After getting Finn ready we took a few pictures of him in his new Snowman sweater. He looked so grown up.

Finn's new favorite place to play. When I am working in the kitchen he likes to bring his trains to the table and play.
After church we drove over to Gran's church to eat Thanksgiving dinner with her and her church family. Finn wasn't interested in eating, but had a great time running around.

After lunch Finn and I made a quick stop to Target and then we came home to settle in for a long nap. Finn slept 2 and 1/2 hours!

He awoke to find the Christmas tree set up in the den. He was so excited. It didn't take very long for him to discover the train set that goes around the tree.

He also found the music boxes.
This is a picture of Finn attempting to feed a fake holly berry to fish. After so rudely pulling the berry off my decoration, he started shoving into the fish's mouth. When I asked him what he was doing he told me that he was feeding the fish an apple. Then he would periodically say "ummm."

We did have a few causalities - meaning Christmas ornaments. The first ornament that Finn attempted to put on the tree immediately fell off and came crashing to the hardwood. I didn't witness the second one - I only heard it. Luckily it was a glass ball, so it was easy to replace.

Overall Finn and I had a great time. We turned on Harry Potter and Finn played with the train, the nativity scene and the "non-breakable" ornaments while I decorated the rest of the house.

We had planned to complete the tree, but Michael didn't make it home until late. So instead, I put on the "boring" ornaments (non-character ornaments) and decorated the mantle. We will let Finn help put up the Mickey, Elmo, Veggie Ornaments tomorrow.

We also were lucky to see Uncle David. He and Sharon surprised the entire family by coming in for Thanksgiving. Finn doesn't know Uncle David very well, but warmed up to him very quickly. After he left Finn told me that he liked Uncle David because he hid behind the couch. This is code for he played hide-n-seek.

Uncle David also helped put Finn to bed tonight. It was really nice to have him home. It was very good day.

Sam's Shower

On Saturday my family all gathered at Em's house to welcome Sam out of my uterus. He will not be here for eight (8) more weeks, but I am hoping for a December 31st tax break baby.

The hostesses for the party were Mom and Emily. They did a great job! The food was wonderful!
Sadie was the honorary presenter "hander-outer."
Finn and Sadie opening a present.
Finn opening his Percy pillow from Nana.
Emily serving as the "writer-downer." Sam surely is a fortunately little boy. He received lots of wonderful gifts!
The kids . . .

Sadie and Finn blowing bubbbles.
The cousins and their kiddos.
Michael's crew. My crew too of course - just other side of the family.
Hank preparing for his role as baby Jesus in the Christmas play at Em's church.

I want to thank everyone for coming and for loving Finn so much. Thanks especially to mom and Emily for working so hard to make everything so wonderful. I love you both.

When we got home Gran, Mimi and Chelsea stopped by to give Finn some holiday clothes. After they left Finn grabbed his "Percy pillow" and hit the sack hard. He was so tired from playing all day.

The Percy pillow is huge hit!! Finn's love it. In this picture Michael was trying to smile like Finn. As it turns out, Finn was too tired to cheese it up.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


My 31st birthday officially began at 5:45 on Friday morning. Finn came running into the room and whispered "go down stairs? Eat breakfast?" I asked him if he wanted oatmeal or pancakes and without delay he yelled with excitement "pancakes." At around 6:00 Finn had a pancake. He was very exited and very appreciative of his special pancake treat.

At around 9:00 Daddy woke up and he and Finn gave me my present; the 8 disk blue-ray Harry Potter collector's edition - heavenly!!! I was so excited and my excitement rubbed off on Finn. Finn brought in a very nicely packaged bag and said "Happy Birthday Mommy." He could barely contain his excitement over the Harry Potter disks. He sat and looked through them and said "Finn's excited." He wanted to watch one immediately but instead we all got ready and went to IHOP to redeem my free birthday breakfast - a Rooty Tooty Fresh-n-Fruity. Finn was absolutely a mess. He was so keyed from the exciting morning that he couldn't calm down. He didn't really eat anything but he drank quite a bit of coffee. It was pretty hot so I gave to him from a spoon. He loved it.

My birthday always falls on Veteran's Day so Michael got the day off. When we got home Michael worked out while Finn and I went to wash the car. Then Grandad stopped by to say hello and play with Finn for a few minutes.

After his nap we went to Murfreesboro to look at wedding dresses with "soon to be" Aunt Chelsea. I found Finn and Daddy a while later at Chuck-E-Cheese playing. It's so much fun to watch Finn play when he doesn't know your watching. After a few games of basketball we traded Finn's tickets in for some stickers, a whistle and a ruler. Then we were off to Nana and Papa's house for my birthday dinner of Chinese and cake.

We had a really great time at the party. The food was wonderful and the presents were great! Finn had a wonderful time playing in the playroom. He stayed up until 10:30 when he fell asleep snuggling in my arms; that was my present from Finn. Finn slept in between us that night and as restless as my sleep was it was a sweet. Finn was up though at 5:30 laying his head on my face and asking to go downstairs. Begrudgingly I took him downstairs. We ended up snuggling on the couch and watching Mickey Mouse.

An hour later the rest of the house was awake. Finn and Cooper played upstairs in the playroom while Em, Zac, Michael and I chatted downstairs. When it was time to go we said our goodbyes and head for the Mellow Mushroom for my birthday lunch from Michael. Finn fell asleep in the car on the way and was little cranky for the first few minutes. He didn't want to do anything but sit in my lap and cuddle up under my chin. I thought it was really sweet. When Finn realized that he could play with his trains in the window he was gone for good.

When we got home we tried to give Finn a nap - he refused so I laid him down the couch with me to watch Harry Potter. Again, he refused. I let him up and he quietly played trains until Gran and Mimi stopped by to give me my birthday present.

After it got dark Finn helped me to bake oatmeal raisin cookies for Sunday School. He thinks they are for his Sunday School Class. He dragged a chair from the kitchen table over to the counter and helped me pour and mix the ingredients. He loves to help in the kitchen and I love having him next to me. He is so thoughtful and careful when he helps pour in the ingredients. I wonder what age kids are when they decide helping mom in the kitchen is lame?

All in all it was one of the best birthday's I can remember. How it not be with a sweet little boy looking over to me every so often and saying "Happy Birthday Mommy." He said this about 10 times today. Finn sure does love birthdays and he along with the rest of my family and friends made this one great one. 31 has started on a high note. I love you all,


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sweet Brother

This morning while Finn and I were coloring in the floor, Finn, seemingly, out of nowhere, stopped what he was doing and hugged by stomach. He then looked up at me and said, "Maybe Sam watch Mickey Mouse with Finn." I told him that Sam would watch Mickey Mouse with him. He got this big smile on his face and hugged my stomach again. Then, he very excitedly said, "and play trains?" I said, "yes, Sam will play trains with you." His whole body shook with excitement and he threw his arms around my neck and gave me a big hug.

As sweet as that moment was, Finn reverted back to major brat status on our way to Mr. Oliver's office. Periodically I stop in and say hello to Mr. Oliver and Evelyn. Today, I was going to stop by for just a few minutes to pick some things up. On our way I told Finn that we were going to see Mr. Oliver. Very defiantly Finn said "I will NOT go see Mr. Oliver!" I told Finn that we were going no matter what and he would have to be nice. I asked him if he was going to be ugly and he said "yes." I told him that if wasn't nice I would leave him there. I think that did the trick.

When we got inside Finn was well behaved. He was stuck to me like white on rice but he was at least polite. Mr. Oliver really wanted to hold Finn and when I tried to pass him off he clung to me with his arms and legs. I literally held my arms out to my side and he didn't budge. Later on in the day I learned that Mr. Oliver scares Finn. I asked Finn if he wanted to go back and see Mr. Oliver and he said, "No, he scary." Can't say I blame the kid, I was scared of Mr. Oliver at first too.

After his bath Finn decided that he wanted to brush my teeth. I told him that after I brushed his teeth he could brush mine. When his turn came he looked at me and say "ahhh" as if to say 'open your mouth wide.' I did my best to comply but it really hurt. When he wanted to brush my front teeth he looked and me and said "eeeee." It went back and forth from "ahh" to "eee" for awhile. I finally had to put an end to it after I thought I was bleeding.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Tonight Finn helped me cook. I didn't necessarily want to put Finn up in that chair, but I didn't have a lot of options. Michael wasn't home and Finn would not let go of my legs (he wanted me to hold him.) This was our compromise. . .

Yes, we were next to the hot stove and yes, were right next to the knives, but no injuries.

Finn pretending to cook with a measuring cup and measuring spoon. Too bad I read that the culinary arts is one of the ten lowest paying jobs.

Personal Pronouns

This week we are working on personal pronouns with Finn. Finn refers to himself way to often in the 3rd person. To avoid some over confidence issues in the future, we are pushing the pronouns. The problem is its a lot harder than I thought. I have been referring myself as "mama" for the past two years. It sounds like I need the help as much as Finn. Our hard work is paying off. I am hearing lots of "I do it!" I don't know what's worse.

I am always entertained and amazed at the things Finn says, some of his phrases this week include:

1. "No, go this way honey." Finn mimicking his mother giving his father directions.
2. "Love you Sam." Finn as he hugs my belly. Just you wait Finn - you won't be so loving in a few months.
3. "No talking on the phone, Mommy!". Finn asking me to NOT to work after 5:00.
4. "Biggest bite ever seen." Finn after scooping up a spoonful of oatmeal and shoving it in his mouth.

Finn's new favorite book "Llama Llama Mad At Mama."

These are a few pictures of Finn in the morning - meaning 5:00ish a.m. In these pictures Finn is waiting on his oatmeal.

I do believe that Finn is "all done" with his high chair. He only wants to sit in the real chairs. He does alright - he just has a problem with wanting to stand up.

Putting up the Christmas Tree with Buck Denver

On November 12th we started the process of putting up the Christmas tree.  It is now December 4th and I have still not completed the pr...