Thursday, May 31, 2012


Well, "Big Sam" has mastered the roll.  Sam has always been very happy to lay on his back in the floor.  But lately he has been working on rolling over.  He is now proficient in rolling from his back up onto his forearms.  He can do this for a few minutes and then it's back to rubbing his nose in the carpet whilst screaming in protest.

He has also decided that he will be a side sleeper.  On Tuesday night I walked into Sam's room to see him laying on his right side.  I rolled him back over but within minutes he was back over on his right side.  Every night this week he has slept soundly rolled over.

 This week has been a great week for us because our fence went in.  The "worker men" finished up tonight.  It is so great to let Finn "have at it" in the back yard.  In celebration, we all went to Marble Slab for a buy one get one free ice cream. 

We ate our ice cream on the bench outside the movie theater.  When Finn was finished he decided to play in the bushes.  On the way to and from we listened to Finn new music.  I made him a c.d. of all the music he loves from "his kind of shows" (as he calls them).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day - Three Little Boys - No Naps

On Monday we hosted our inaugural Memorial Day Extravaganza.  Nana, Pa, Em, Zac and the boys arrived at the house around 11:30.  At 11:25 I learned that our community pool would be closed due to the fact that it had been vandalized the night before.  So, our main event has been cancelled.  We did improvise though - we pulled out Finn's little swimming pool and Finn, Cooper and Hank swam.  

While the boys were playing Mom and I cranked the ice cream while Michael patted out the burgers.  This was Michael's first time to pat out hamburgers and had gone to great lengths to find and print directions for the perfect burger.  I couldn't help but laugh when Michael raised the lid to the grill and showed me the finished product - a huge mound of crumbly burgers.  Much to Michael's dismay he couldn't keep the burgers together for very long.  So we had burger balls instead.  To his credit, they were delicious.  We also had hotdogs and grilled chicken to fill the gap. 

During the time that Michael was grilling I took the water balloons outside and attempted to bust one on Finn.  I threw it at his belly fairly hard - it bounced right off.  He looked at me with this really confused look on his face - I felt bad, but it was pretty funny.   In addition to water balloons Finn was also exposed to silly string and poppers thanks to Nana and Papa. 

After lunch I learned that the pool had reopened so we took all the boys for a swim.  This meant that Sam was able to to wear his trunks for the first time.  He looked so cute.

Cooper and Hank loved the slide.  They were so cute going down.  Finn didn't like it as much as I had hoped.  He preferred to play in the water away from the play area.  He did play in the deep end in hew new water wings.

When we got home Finn asked to watch "Ice Age - with the Dinosaurs."  I accidentally put in the 3D version so  we pulled out the 3D glasses and had a grand ol' time.  

After a long day of fun in the sun, Cheetos and triple threat dessert, and no nap,  Finn threw in the towel.  This is how I found him.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Finn has Figured Me Out

On Sunday Finn had to go to a new Sunday School class. Since it was a holiday weekend there were several Sunday School classes closed.  I acted really excited about the new class so that Finn would be excited too.  I was so proud of him when he walked straight into the unfamiliar room.  He has come so far.

Sam came with me to Sunday School.  Dr. Thompson told us not to take him to the nursery  this week.  Since we just finished a long study we had a class social.  This worked out great - Sam wasn't a huge distraction.  Unfortunately I forgot to bring a diaper and wipes.  So when Sam had a rather loud bowel movement in class I had to go searching for a diaper.  I am such a lousy mom.

After Sunday School we came home and the boys had a nap.  After they woke up I started cleaning up the house.  Every time I clean up Finn will ask one of two things:  1) Is Nana coming? or 2) Is Grandad coming?  Clearly Finn thinks that I only clean the house when one of my family members is coming to visit.   As it happens, I was cleaning up because Gran and Pa were coming.  Maybe Finn really has figured me out :)

Around dinner time Gran, Pa, David and James came over for dinner.  First Finn and Sam opened their presents from Pa.  Finn got a dart board, a big Mickey ball and paddle board game.  Sam got a big infant flower.  Finn was really excited to get to hang out with Pa.

Finn also spent some time watching Cars with Uncle David while Pa and Sam hung out in the floor.  Dinner was great - Michael grilled fillets and Gran made asparagus and sweet potatoes.  We ate at the new patio table and overall had a great time.

After dinner I spent some time preparing for our Memorial Day party and Michael went to see Men in Black III with his family.

The Surplus

On Saturday I decided to take Sam to the doctor.  He was still coughing, had a runny nose and looked liked he felt awful.  I had a lousy thermometer that only works half of the time so I didn't know if he was actually running a fever or not. I decided better safe than sorry and took him on in.  Finn and Michael went to the Home Depot while we were gone.

A few months ago we got some terrible news that our pediatrician was retiring.  I really like Dr. Thompson.  She is calm and really sweet.  We decided that if we stay with the practice we will be going on with the other Dr. Thompson.  As it turns out Dr. Thompson (the new one) was on duty.  The meeting was a little awkward as he walked in on me breastfeeding. When he checked in Sam's left ear he saw that he had an ear infection. When he looked in Sam's right ear he saw nothing but a mound of wax (hint the surplus).  He actually had to go get a wax spoon to scrape out all the excess wax just so that he could check his ears.  I was so embarrassed. 

I also felt bad because I let Sam hang out all week with an ear infection.  He seemed like he felt bad but he didn't really complain that much.  When Finn gets ear infections he vomits and acts very dramatic.  I guess we will just have to watch Sam pretty closely.

When we got home I checked the mail to find my new/used IPOD.  Thanks to my good friend Mat I was able to get a second hand IPOD touch loaded with 39 audiobooks!  I am so excited; and I wasn't the only one.  When Finn saw the IPOD he immediately said, "let me play with your phone mom."  Finn plays with IPhones at JT's house so he knew exactly what to do with them.  Here we have Finn teaching me how to use the IPod.

Later that night Brandon and Carissa stopped by the house for some cookies and conversation.  Finn and Addison played upstairs in the playroom together the whole time.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Today Michael and Finn got haircuts.  Finn was wonderful.  He even got to wear the big boy apron.  I don't know if I have ever seen him so well behaved.  Sam was still a bit sick so I was worried the entire time that he would freakout.

On the way to get Finn's hair cut we passed a "Dave and Buster's" type of place.  The building is neon Orange and had a ton of loud colors on it.  Finn took one look at the building and with all the awe he could muster said "that's beautiful."  It sounded like he was looking at one of the world's wonders.  I was so tickled, first because his voice was so serious and second, because that building may be the tackiest building in town.

After the haircuts we went to Firehouse for lunch.  Then we headed to Old Tyme Pottery to get some cushions for the patio furniture.  Sam cried most of the way there, but did much better once we got into the store.  I wonder if he was just too hot in the car.

When we got home Finn took a two hour nap while Sam fussed on and off.  I was able to get him to go to sleep by snuggling with him. 

After supper Finn and Michael weedeated the yard while Sam and I rocked in the swing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Some Firsts

Well, last week was a first for me - the first time I missed a doctor's appointment.  I have been to every appointment for both Finn and Sam until last Thursday.  I was scheduled to be in an all day trial and could not make it. Instead, Michael took Sam for his four month appointment.   At this appointment Sam weighed in at 17 lbs, 10 oz. and was 26 inches long.  I also learned by way of text message that Sam handled his shots really well.  (I was happy to get the text message - but heartbroken that wasn't there).

Today was a first for Sam - his first cold; or at least I hope it is only a cold.  He has a chesty, rattly cough and a runny nose.  He woke up at 3:30 coughing, but went back to sleep fairly quickly after a little rocking.  He sounded so awful when I got him out of bed at 6:30 that I decided to keep him with me today.  He was so sweet.  He had the worst sounding little cough all day, but smiled right through it, literally.  The instant his coughing subsided, he grinned from ear to ear.  He really is a remarkably happy child.  I was so happy to have him home with me for the day.  I worked mainly on the computer or in the floor so he was able to stay with me the entire time - well except for his 4 hour nap.  His napping blows my mind.  Finn only slept for an hour tops during nap time.

On Monday, our family got our first patio set.  Gran gave it us as an anniversary gift.  It is exactly what I wanted, a seven piece wrought iron, set with chairs that rock.  We all met Gran, Chelsea and James at Firehouse for dinner before going to the Home Depot to pick out the furniture. We are so thankful for the furniture!. In the parking lot Finn got really excited about something and had a hard time completing a sentence.  Finally I said, "spit it out Finn."  To which he immediately stopped talking and spit. 

After we got home James and Michael worked out while Chelsea helped me unwrap the chairs.  Gran gave Sam a bottle and Finn attempted to do pullup on the power tower.

On that same topic (patio furniture) we had our first family dinner on the patio tonight.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

White Family Reunion

Today was a big day for the Begley boy's.  The started the morning off nice and early.  Finn decided he wanted pancakes.  I was in a big hurry, so I made two pieces of regular toast and put syrup on them.  He didn't even notice the difference.

My breakfast was a bit better.  I met Victoria and Sharon for breakfast at Mimi's to celebrate Victoria's 3?th birthday :)  It was an enjoyable and entertaining meal that I hope to make a more regular occurrence.

Once I got home me and the boys traveled to the Green Hill's area for the White Family reunion.  Finn discovered early in the day the desert table.  He went back several times for chocolate covered almonds.

The reunion was really nice. Admittedly I only knew a handful of people, but the ones that I knew I love dearly.   I have posted several pictures as a summary of the day.

Emily and I discovered that Hank thinks his cousin Finn is pretty neat.

Nana reading Finn's new dinosaur book.

On the way home we got stuck in a big hail storm.  The boys slept soundly through it while I listened to Harry Potter.  When we got home Finn went outside and helped Michael mow.  Later in the night we all went upstairs and played with Finn's kitchen. 

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