Friday, August 31, 2012


This has been a fairly busy week.  Michael had the draft at our house Sunday night so we spent the weekend, cleaning, cooking and generally preparing for that.  Finn was so excited for the "football party" as he calls it.   He didn't know what to do when the party was in full swing.  He was so excited for cookies while at the same time so excited that Greg (one Michael's friends) was playing dinosaurs with him.  Once dinner was over I took the boys upstairs.  Finn and I played trains and hide-n-seek until bedtime.  I can't really explain why, but I had so much fun playing with Finn.  After making one final appearance to tell everyone goodnight Finn went to bed.  He woke me up at 6:00 the next morning and whispered, "Mom, can I go back downstairs to the football party."  Poor child thought that everyone was still at the house.

This week Finn has been obsessed with detours. When I picked him up from JT's house on Tuesday the first thing he said as we were pulling out of the driveway was "MOM! Will you make a detour with me."  He immediately went onto say the following: "A detour is when you go one way to go the right direction."  I felt like I was in the middle of a definition bee.

When we got home Finn got all of his blocks out and we sat in the floor and built an elaborate road system and then built a big road block.  It was pretty impressed.  This child may be a civil engineer after all.

Thank goodness Finn has been pretty good this week because Sam has been awfully whiny.  I'm sure, or rather I should say, I hope that Sam is only fussy because he is teething.  Since he is teething he is chewing on anything and everything he gets his hands on.  Case in point a green marker.

Not only do we get a good view of the "incredible hulk" (green mouth and bad attitude) we also get an accurate glimps of Sam' general disposition over the past few days.

He does seem to feel better when I hold him.  Therefore, I have spent an awful lot of time holding this boys lately.  I can't complain though - he is sweet.

I also bought him some Baby Mum Mum Rice Rusks.  They are messy and seriously gross - but they keep him pretty happy.

I went a bit overboard on the rice rusk pictures.  Anyway,  in addition to crying, Sam communicates with us in other ways.  When we really wants something, such as a bit of food, he will reach his hands out to the side and rotate his wrists. I think that Finn might have done the same thing.

The last set of pictures are of the "Sam Taco."  He rolled himself up in that blanket in no time flat.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

On Friday the boys and I went to Chic-Fil-A in Mt. Juliet for Jake's First Birthday.  Jake is one of the children that Gran nannies for.  Finn had a ball.  He ate chicken nuggets for the first time (and loved them), he had cupcakes and he played with a very bossy little girl (not anyone from our group) in the play area. 

We were very happy to get an invitation and we had a great time!

Sam was not as good.  He was uncharacteristically fussy the whole time.  Finn left the party with Michael and the two went back to Michael's office for a while.  Sam and I sat in traffic on 109.  When I got home I took a 2 1/2 hour conference call - I thought I was going to die!

Promptly at 7:00 both boys took baths.  Since I spent the whole day with them I felt no guilt whatsoever putting them to bed right at 8:00. 


This week Sam made the upgrade to the family table.  Before, while we ate, he rolled around on the floor and played with Finn's toys.  Well, we decided it was high time for Sam to eat with his family.  In order to make this work we had to assign Finn a new chair so that Sam could sit next to me.  Finn now sits at the end of the table.  Sam enjoys sitting with us.  He eats his food and plays with his toys until we are finished.  The only major problem that I am having with Sam and his eating is that he blows his food out of his mouth.  It goes everywhere and it is gross.  He thinks its funny.  I almost gag every time.  I have decided that I will just stop feeding him altogether until he can start behaving.  He catches on quickly.  When he wants another bite he opens his mouth really wide, leans in toward me and rotates his hands.  I just ignored him for a while.  When I finally gave him his next bite he swallowed politely and gestured for more.

This week our neighbors Caroline and Hannah came over to play with Finn.  Finn likes to play with Caroline; probably because she is older than him.  Once again, Finn likes older kids.  Midway through the visit Finn asked for a Popsicle.  We gave one to each of the children.  Caroline grabbed one of Finn's chairs from the backyard.  Finn grabbed the other and sat it down right next to her.

Usually Finn goes to bed before Sam; we get Finn settled down and then we start working on getting Sam to bed.  The other night while we were tucking in Finn I heard the loudest noise.  I looked downstairs to see Sam playing with a cup.  I would compare his playing to "fetch".  He rolled the cup away and then would go get it again. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cheesesteak and Pizza

After Phillip's ToyMart Finn went home with Grandad and Gigi to go to the football game while Sam and I went to spend the night with Nana and Papa.  Emily, Coop and Hank were there too.  I always look forward to spending the night at Nana and Papa's house on Friday nights because I know that I am going to get pizza.  This particular evening Emily and I decided that in addition to pizza we wanted to split and Philly Cheese steak sandwich.  We washed it all down with cookies and ice cream.  Sam sat at the table with us and dinned on his toes.  He sucked on his little toesies, just like he sucked his thumb. 

We all sat up really late talking.  Sam split his time between Nana and Aunt Emily until he couldn't hold his eyes only anymore and feel asleep on the floor.   Mom made him a pallet on the floor next to my bed and he slept soundly through the night. 

The next morning mom and made waffles and we relaxed around the house.  One of the reasons that I came home for the weekend was to attend my friend Brandy's baby shower.  Before leaving for the shower I went to pick up Finn.  Finn and Sam hung at mom's house while I went to Hillsboro for the shower.

When I got back Finn and Nana read one of my Berenstain Bear's books and then we headed home.  I really had a fun time. 

There's A Great Big Smile in Every Single Aisle

Last Sunday we met Nana and Papa in Nashville and spent the afternoon at Cheekwood.  In the week preceding Finn had asked several time if he could go to Phillip's ToyMart.  Phillip's ToyMart is only about 2 miles from Cheekwood so I told Finn that after we go to the tree houses we would go to Phillip's ToyMart. 

When we got there we found an empty parking lot and a locked door.  Finn was so excited until we told him that the doors were locked.  With the sweetest face he looked up at me and said, "maybe they can borrow your keys mom."  He was so hopeful that we, as his parents, would be able to fix this situation.  Even though it sounds silly, I was so heartbroken for him.  I could see the tears hanging on the edge for several minutes as he walked up and down the building looking into the windows.  Finally he looked up and me and I said, "it's okay to feel sad."  At that moment he burst into tears and hugged me. I almost cried myself.  Michael and I decided that we would make every attempt to make the long trip back before the end of the week.

On Friday my all day trial only lasted half a day so I picked up Finn at JT's house and we drove to ToyMart.  On the way there I turned on my "Game of Thrones" soundtrack.  We listened to the Main Theme over and over the entire way to Bell Meade (which is about 45 minutes).  Finn banged his head and fists exactly with the beat of the music.  He almost looked like he was directly an orchestra. Every time the song ended he would ask me to play again (or as Finn says it "aden").  I am only happy to do so.  I love that Finn loves soundtrack music; it is certainly something we can enjoy together.

When we got to Phillip's ToyMart I took a few pictures of Finn with his giraffe bank.  We give Finn coins for nights when he sleeps all night (this is few and far between).  We hoped that by letting Finn pick out a toy and purchase it with the coins he earned from sleeping through the night that he would do it more often.  Only time will tell.

I have to admit that I was impressed with Phillip's ToyMart.  I have never seen so many toys in my life (well, that is except for at FAO Schwartz).  It didn't take long for Finn to find the dinosaur aisle.

 After playing with the dinosaurs we made our way through the rest of the store.  Finn looked at almost everything but showed the most interest in the dinosaurs and the dragon figurines.  He also liked the hat aisle.

When we had looked through everything Finn decided that he wanted to buy a "spinosaurus." We took the toy dinosaur up to the counter, emptied his bank and let Finn make his purchase.  Michael had to make up a few dollars of the difference. 

Finn had a such a good time and I am so happy that I was able to have this day with him.  I just love him so much.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

FAO Schwartzin' It

Just a few pictures of the boys in their FAO Schwartz shirts. Gran and Pa got the boys these shirts when they went to New York City for Thanksgiving.

I should carry a note pad around just to record all the funny, smart and/or ironic things that Finn says.  Today he said while putting his puzzle together - incorrectly, I might add, "now I'm making some progress.  He said it with such conviction inspite of the fact that he put it together wrong.

Later in the day he had done something to irritate me.  He looked at me and said, "Is something wrong mom?"  I said "no Finn . . . nothing's wrong"  He followed up with "is everything wrong?"  If I hadn't been so amuzed I would've been tempted to say yes.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Disorder in the Court

This is a picture of Sam taken at 8:00 p.m. The events leading up this complete "zonk out" are as follows:

10:00 a.m.
Early Monday morning I learned that my morning cases had been removed from the morning docket so I decided to keep the boys home with me.   Well, after Sam took one of the worst falls I have ever seen off of the couch I wished that I hadn't.  Poor little thing fell face first off of the couch straight into the hardwood.  I heard every joint in his back and neck pop.  I was terrified.  I made sure that he could move all of his appendages and then sat and held him for a long time.  After he ate he seemed to be just fine.  I kept a close eye on him the rest of the day.  How did he fall you ask?  Well, as I was "adjusting" to feed him he slid right off. 

11:00 a.m.
I learn that my case had not been cancelled but instead moved to the afternoon docket. Oh no.  Since it was an easy case I decided to just bite the bullet and take the boys with me.  

12:50 a.m. 
 We arrive at the Courthouse.  It is pouring the rain.  I have the diaper bag over one shoulder, Finn on my left hip, the carseat carrier (with Sam in it) over my right arm and the useless umbrella in my left hand.  Note, I am wearing a suit and 4 inch heels.  I'm sure I looked hilarious. 

1:00 p.m.
We walk inside the courtroom.  Finn is cranky.  Partly because I woke him up from his nap in the car (we had a 45 minute drive to Lebanon) and partly because he doesn't do well around strangers.  Sam felt right at home.  In fact, I didn't see Sam most of the time we were there.  Stephanie, the DCS paralegal grabbed hold of him and took off.  Before the day was through Sam had been passed from the DCS paralegal to the DCS attorney to the Court Clerk to the Court Officer and then to the Judge.  Sam looked so funny sitting up at the bench with the Judge.  After a while Finn looked at me and said very seriously, "I think I need to go get my brother."  I am really fortunate to work with such sweet and understanding professionals.  

Finn got his share of attention too. Judge Tatum gave Finn two suckers to keep him happy during my hearing.  He ate both and played quietly with his dinosaurs.  We were in and out in about 45 minutes.  In the car he told me that he listened to me talking and that I did a good job.

1:45 p.m.
 We stop at Sonic to get ice cream. Since Finn was so good at court I stopped to get ice cream.  He asked for "banilla" ice cream with Snickers.  He told me over and over how "banilla" was his favorite.  He truly is my child. 

2:30 p.m.
We arrive home.  Finn takes a nap in his room and Sam and I sleep on the couch until 4:15. 

8:00 p.m.
Both boys are sound asleep.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cheekwood: Take Two

Sunday after church we met Nana and Papa at SATCO for some tacos out on the deck.  The tacos were the prequel to our fun trip to Cheekwood.  A couple of weeks ago we made an attempt to take the boys on a Monday just to find out that it was closed.  Today was our day of redemption.

When we pulled into the gardens we saw tons of cars.  We assumed that it would be packed, but it was actually really nice.  First we stopped to buy our tickets.  Next we started on our journey to see the seven tree houses.

The first tree house was my least favorite; it looked like a stained glass window.  Finn didn't really like it very much either.  He was terrified of the slide for some reason.  I later learned it was because he went flying off the end of the slide and fell on his bottom.

Next we stopped in the amphitheater to give Finn an opportunity to perform a soliloquy.  Then we went to what I call, the "Swiss Family Robinson" tree house.  I climbed into the loft and I thought that Finn would join me - but he didn't. 

Next we went to the tree house shaped like a sea shell.

Channeling his inner zebra.
For the first part of the trip Sam rode in the stroller. 

Finn is now obsessed with dinosaurs and often pretends to be one.  Here he was walking around like a T-Rex. However, when mom took the picture he immediately stopped.  So I was the only one walking like a T-Rex.  Thanks for leavin' me hanging Finn!

It didn't take long for Sam to decide that he was missing out on all the fun.  In his attempt to get out of the stroller he threw a screaming fit.  Sam spent the last half of out trip in the baby carrier were he was much happier.

The fourth tree house was called the "Jolly Roger."  It was pirate ship complete with a compass, helm, and lower deck.
Family picture on the "Jolly Roger."

The fifth tree house was called the "Hobbit Hole."  It was so cute and it had a slide.  Finn went down the slide several times.  Finn later told me it was his favorite tree house.

Finn and Papa had a wild ride down the slide.

Even Sam took a turn.

The sixth tree house was shaped like a fish with scales made of c.d.s - it was very impressive.

Finn loved the inside of the fish.  He walked around saying that he was "Jonah in the whale."

The last tree house was shaped like an enormous ball of yard.

  Welcome to the "gun show." 

Thank you Nana and Papa for a really wonderful day at Cheekwood.  The boys had such a fun time and we (Michael and I) enjoyed watching them. 

At the end of the day Sam was pretty tuckered out.

And . . . CUT!  Check the gate.

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