Thursday, June 28, 2012

Finn Gets a Phone Call

Today around 5:30 my cell phone rang.  I saw it was mom and picked up.  Instead of regaling me of tales of her Summer she asked to speak to Finn.  So Finn and Nana had a conversation about Finn's day.  Finn is get pretty good at talking on the phone - a skill that will no doubt come in handy when he is a teenager.

On the way home from JT's today Finn asked me if he could watch "Bolt."  I told him that he could watch it for a few minutes before bed.  Finn, immediately started his very loud, fake crying.  In response I turned the radio way up and let him get it out of his system.  He wailed until we pulled into the driveway.   When I turned the car off and all was quiet Finn said, very seriously, "mom, you hurt my feelings." 

When we got inside we ate dinner.  I prepared chicken tenderloin, asparagus and sweet potatoes.  Finn thought that the chicken was a piece of fish and asked for a piece.  I gave it to him hoping that he would take a bite of what he thought was fish and decide that he liked chicken.  But alas, he wasn't fooled.  It took one bite, furrowed his brow and asked "is this chicken . . . "  He promptly put the chicken back on my plate.

Next he went outside and helped Daddy water the plants.  We are in the middle of drought and it was 105 degrees today.

Sam is getting better at sitting up.  He can't really balance yet, but he can put his hands on the floor and sit up for a few minutes at a time.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blondie Got A Haircut

This week has been one for the books.  I have never had so many trials in one week - well that is except for last week.  Basically for the past two weeks I have either been in court or preparing to be in court.Thankfully my sweet husband has taken the lead.  He has both dropped off and picked up the boys, he has fed the boys on my late nights at the courthouse, and he has done his darnedest to console a very fussy Sam.  Alas, the other shoe has dropped.  Today while Sam was crying Finn looked over at him and said, "it's okay little buddy."  So much sweeter than "STOP CRYING STOP CRYING STOP CRYING."

Friday was my first day home with the boys in weeks. We slept in, ate toast for breakfast and then lounged until it was time to meet Daddy at Firehouse for our weekly family lunch.  Afterwards we went home to clean up the house while Finn watched "Kung Fu Panda;" Finn's new favorite show. 

That night David, Sharon and Chelsea came over for supper.  Finn and Uncle David threw the football and played with the Frisbee.

The next morning Mom and Emily picked me up and we went to get pedicures.  They were so much fun.  We sat in massage chairs during the pedicures.  Next we had a lovely lunch at Mimi's and followed up with a Sonic drink.

When we got home I went for a run while the boys played in the backyard kiddie pool.  Later that even Sam not a major haircut.

 Sam's favorite way to sit in his "Nap Nanny."  He exerts so much effort trying to get turned around.  He can't get in this position all by himself though.

The before picture - that kid had a lot of hair.  The "Conan" quaff is no more. Sam's hair reminded Nana of Conan O'Brien.

Sam is starting to get the hang of thumb sucking.  Sometimes he gets it right - other times he sucks on his fingers.  

Goodness he is sweet.

Father's Day at the Bass Pro Shop

Father's day began with presents and cards in bed.  Finn energetically crawled into bed with Michael.  Michael, not being a morning person was no doubt thrilled to see us.   Finn gave Michael a personalized Mickey Mouse card.  I asked Finn what he wanted to say to his dad and he said he wanted to tell his daddy to "clean up."

After church we took the boys to Opry Mills to go to the Bass Pro Shop.  We started the day with a little "Which Wich" in the food court.  Finn was super restless during lunch - mainly because he wasn't hungry; he ate too many pancakes for breakfast.  Next we started off toward Bass Pro Shop. We never found it - it must not be attached to the mall.  We walked the entire mall - I forgot how huge it is.  Sam rode in the stroller while Finn walked next to us.  Finn really wanted to push the stroller - that was a battle. Midway through Sam decided that he wanted to be held.  So I spent the better part of the walk holding Sam - and he is so heavy.

In an exasperated state, we went back to the car and drove to Bass Pro Shop.  Finn immediately jumped onto the four wheelers and gators out front.

Once we got inside Finn looked at all the taxidermed animals.  He was pretty nervous about getting his picture taken with the big bear.

 Finn fending off the bear with a pool noodle.

He really loved the fish tank.

On the way out Finn decided that he wanted a toy.  He found a stuffed deer that he claimed to want.  Michael and I new better and steered him in the direction of a monster truck water toy.

When we got home both boys took naps while Michael and I watched Dexter.  I had a great Father's Day and I hope Michael did as well. We (Finn, Sam and I) are so blessed to have Michael.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Normal Shirt

On Wednesday while getting Finn ready for his day at JT's I put his VBS t-shirt on him.  He defiantly told me that he could not wear this shirt because he WAS NOT going to bible school.  He proceeds to tell me that he needs a "normal" shirt.  

Later that day Mom came to help me for the rest of the week (I had three trials this week and could not adequately prepare and be a single mom).  The first thing we did was pick the boys up from JT's house.  Upon seeing Nana, Finn ran right up to her and gave her a hug.  Next we went to Wal-Mart where Finn conned an employee out of a bag of Cheeto's.  We had to pay for it of course.  Next we went home and made hamburgers steaks.  Finn even ate an entire "mini-hamburger steak" and professed to love it.  Next he played in daddy's special dirt (mulch) and emerged filthy. Nana gave Finn a bath while I prepared Sam for bed.  Before bed mom and I had a cup of coffee which kept her up most of the night (sorry mom).

On Thursday I took Finn to JT's while Nana had a "Sam day."  I thankfully got out of court by around 1:00 so I was able to come home and prepare for my trial on Friday.  When I got home Sam was in his swing and Nana was manually swinging him.   After lunch Sam took a short nap while I worked.  At 4:00 I left for a meeting and after my meeting I picked Finn up from JT's house. 

JT loves walking Finn to the car.  He will open the door and either attempt to get in with Finn or play with the toys in the floor board.  On our way to the car Finn turned to me and said "JT is my best friend."  It was so sweet. 

When we got home Nana had prepared field peas - which Finn ate and then we settled in for the evening. 

The next morning Finn and Sam spent the day with Nana while I went to court.  They watched "Lady and Tramp" and snuggled on the couch while I was gone. 

I got back home around 1:00 with a splitting headache and took a nap while the boys napped.  Mom left a shortly after I got back home.  Thank you mom for helping me out the last half of the week!

Michael got home around 4:00 and we took Finn to Sonic for a Wacky-Pack.  We parked at Sonic and ate on the picnic table.  Finn even got his very own diet vanilla coke.  The remainder of the evening was pretty restful.  I napped off a headache while the boys played outside.  Then Finn worked out with Michael he looked so funny doing squats and lunges.

Finn specifically asked me to take these pictures - he laid in the floor next to Sam and said "take this picture." 

A Very Big Uh'oh

On Sunday Michael left for the entire week for a leadership conference in Knoxville (and took my laptop with him).  Early that morning we went to church, and then to Firehouse for lunch.  When we got home Michael packed up and was out the door by a little before 2:00.  Grandad and Gigi arrived a few minutes later to stay with us overnight.

That night we ate supper at Brixx where Finn stabbed Grandad under the eye with a fork, bringing blood.  I think that Finn felt pretty bad because he wanted to lay in the booth and hide his face.  Despite the assault with a deadly weapon incident, Finn enjoyed a dinner of breadsticks followed shortly by chocolate ice cream with M'Ms at Marble Slab.  On this particular evening Finn ate his ice cream out of a cone.  He didn't understand exactly how to eat from the cone.  He would eat the ice cream down to the cone, and then hand it to me to eat the cone down so that he could get more ice cream.

On our way back to the car it started to rain so we had to run with both boys.  When we got home Finn watched the "Penguins of Madagascar" and ate popcorn with Grandad and Gigi while I prepared for court.

Finn didn't get his nap today he was pretty tired at bedtime and went to bed without a scene.  In the middle of the night I felt someone crawl up into bed with me.  I look over to see Finn getting under the covers.  I was too tired to argue with him so I snuggled up next to him and went to sleep.  The next morning I explained to Finn that he can only sleep in my bed with his dad is out of town.

 On Monday I had to be in court in Lebanon by 8:30 so I left home early in the morning.  Unfortunately I didn't get back home until close to 8:00 p.m.  Finn and Sam stayed with Grandad and Gigi all day.  I learned that they made a trip to Wal-Mart where Finn picked out two dinosaurs.  When I asked them what their names were he said "Rudy" and "this one."  Later he was dubbed "Rex." Thank you Grandad and Gigi for staying so late.

Finn had a hard time sleeping Monday night - he got up every thirty minutes or so, so I let him sleep with me again.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Europe's Most Wanted

Today we took Finn to see Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.  Finn has been asking to see the "new Madagascar" for weeks.  He looked so cute sitting in those big movie chairs.  He wasn't quite heavy enough to weight the seat down, so his little legs angled up.  As you can see Sam came too.  He did really well. He sat through the entire movie without fussing.  Well, there was one little "change my diaper fuss."  Gran took him out to change his diaper and he was back in business.

Finn exiting the theater.
For some reason, Finn decided to scream right before I took this picture.  He just walked in front of the screen and just squealed as loud as he could.
I had a lot of fun taking Finn to the theater.  When he got home Finn took a three hour nap.  Not too shabby.

All Good Things . . .

Well, its Friday and VBS has come to an end - a truth that Cooper and Finn must come to accept.  Nana is clearly thrilled - just kidding.  Thank you Nana for taking on the mountainous task of two rambunctious little boys for a whole week. 

Right about this time mom called me from VBS.  Finn decided that he wanted to talk.  He was very excited about something, but I couldn't quite understand what he was saying.  Mom told me that he was sitting on the table eating a push-up.

After VSB mom, Emily, Cooper, Hank and Finn met me and Sam in Murfreesboro for lunch. I was so excited to see Finn. I had visions of him running to me, giving me a great big hug and telling me how much he missed me.  Instead, the minute he saw me shrunk down next to mom and looked very shy.  After I got sat down I asked him to come over and give me a hug.  He willing complied.  I guess once he hugged me all of his emotions came rushing up and jumped into my lap and hugged me for a long time.  Then ever few minutes he would look at me and say "I missed you mom" followed by "I love you mom."  I was truly a wonderful homecoming.

On the way home Finn didn't sleep a wink.  Instead, he told me what he did with Nana and Papa.  He even admitted to throwing a bag of marshmallows into the swimming pool (a factoid which mom confirmed to be true).  Finn also made his best attempt to sing me a song he learned in VBS.  When we got back to the house Finn reacquainted himself with his toys.  Next rested on the couch while we waited for Michael to get home from work. Once home, Michael fired up the grill and we patted out hamburgers.  Greg, Shelley and their two girls arrived a little while later to join us for supper. Finn showed little to no interest in anything but his own toys.  He was very quiet all night and mostly played by himself. I think we was just exhausted from a fun week.  Thank you Nana for giving up your week to take Finn to VBS.

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