Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Carving Fest

Today after I got the boys completely ready and in the car, I got a call from the Judge's office letting me know that Judge Brown was sick and would not be in.  I was pretty excited as I have worked a lot lately. I pulled back into the garage, got the boys out of the car and put my warm jammies back on.  

When we got back into the house Finn wanted to play dinosaurs so I sat in the floor and played with him until Sam started crying.  When I picked Sam up to comfort him Finn started crying.  When I put Sam down to pick Finn up Sam would cry.  I ended up with one crying on one knee and another one crying on the other knee. Thankfully Michael called and we met him at Qdoba's to use our free lunch coupon.  Sam sat in his seat and drank a bottle (I love that he can hold his own bottle now) and Finn ate a few beans.  

When we got home Finn took a two and a half hour nap (YAY!).  Sam took a nap too . . . 

Sam finished his bottle in the den floor while I was putting Finn down.  The next thing I knew he was napping. Never wake a sleeping baby.

 When Finn finally woke up he decided that he wanted to brave the cold and play outside. Sam felt so left out.  He watched Finn with such interest. I decided to open the window so Sam could listen to Finn.  Finn came over to the window and started talking to Sam - they are so sweet.

 After supper we carved our pumpkins.   First, Finn cleaned the pumpkins off.  He did a thorough job.

 Next, he cleaned out the inside.

 After they were all hollowed out and clean, Michael and I started carving.  Michael carved a traditional jack-o-lantern face while I carved Finn's triceratops. Finn about drove us both crazy.  He wanted to help, but we couldn't let him actually carve the pumpkin. 

Finn with his pumpkins. The flash was so bright that you couldn't see that it is actually pitch dark outside except for the light from inside the pumpkins.

 Sam found a new favorite toy - an empty formula container.  He spent the latter part of the evening pushing it around the kitchen. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sam

Saturday night was ROUGH.  After we got back from Dad's house Michael and I went to hang out at "Sam's Sports Grill" with Brandon and Carissa.  When we got home Gran had  Finn and Sam both in bed.  We thought we were home free until about 11:00 when Sam started crying hysterically.  Michael rocked Sam back to sleep.  He was up again at 12:30.  I got up with him.  He would not stop crying - I couldn't console him.  I gave him some pain medicine and rocked him for an hour.  He finally fell asleep close to 1:30. At 1:35 he was back up screaming his lungs out.  I got him and put him in bed with me.  He slept directly on top of me laying on my chest.  I couldn't sleep with him there because I knew I would drop him.  So after I was sure he was asleep I eased him next to me.  He was up again at 4:00.  But this time he was ready to laugh and play.  I chucked that baby back in his crib, closed the door and turned the monitor down. 

He was an angel at church, of course.  When we got back to the house he started getting fussy again.  I gave him more pain meds and we took a nap on the couch. In order to get away from the screaming Michael and Finn went to the park.  Sam and I went shopping. The change of pace was a good choice - he seemed to enjoy himself.

Happy Birthday Grandad

On Friday we had planned to take the boys to the Zoo - we changed our mind after seeing how cold it was outside.  Instead me and the boys went to Tullahoma to celebrate Grandad's birthday.  We arrived at the house right around 5:00 and Finn and Sam played in the floor.  As it got closer to 7:00 we bundled the boys up and went to the Tullahoma High School football game. 

It was so cold.  Sam didn't seem to mind the cold at all.  Finn was a different story. After sitting on the bleachers for ten minutes Finn decided that he was too cold and wanted to go back to Grandad's house to play.  I wrapped Finn in my extra coat to keep him warm.  That wasn't warm enough so he climbed into my lap cuddled up next to me and then I put a blanket on his legs. I was toasty warm with Finn sitting in my lap, but poor Finn was still miserable.  Selfish as I can be sometimes, loved Finn being miserable, because he never sit in my lap anymore.  He was so cold that he didn't want popcorn or candy.    In addition to being cold, Finn didn't watch too much of the game either.  Instead, he sat and hummed along with the band.

A little before half time we left.  We made a quick stop to Sonic and then went back to the house to warm up.  Finn wasn't acting quite right so I put him to bed soon after we got home.  I laid with him in bed and watched "Thomas" for about 10 minutes before he zonked out.  Sam was pretty keyed up and played for another hour.   When Gigi got home from the game we ate a little bit of Dad's birthday cake (carrot cake).  Sam ate some of the icing.   Then we took a bottle and went to bed.

When it was time for bed, I grabbed Finn and put him in bed with me.  He either kicked me in the ribs all night or he slept right on top of me.  I finally kicked him out of bed around 7:00.  I slept another two hours.  After breakfast Finn and Grandad went to buy carrots.  Sam played with Gabby.

When Grandad and Finn got home we took the carrots and walked across the street to feed the horses.

Next we made a quick trip to Gene and Minnie's where Finn acted like a complete dork.  I love these pictures of Sam.

After we got back Grandad put some steaks on the grill and we watched the first three episodes of "Nashville."  Fun day.

The Wish List

On Tuesday we got the big "Toys-R-Us" catalog.  After supper Finn and Daddy sat at the kitchen table and Finn circled everything he wanted.  At first he wanted everything he saw - even girls toys.  Michael explained to him that he can only pick out a few toys.  He finally got the hang of it and had a really good time.

On this particular evening we had spaghetti.  I made sure to feed Sam before we sat down to eat but It didn't matter at all.  The minute he smelled my spaghetti he went into freakout mode.  So I guess you could say that Sam had my spaghetti for dessert.  Both of my boys love spaghetti.  After ever few bites Finn would say under his breath, "this is so good."

Later in the evening I crawled into the attic and pulled out Finn's old jungle activity center for Sam to play with.  Finn helped him figure it out. 

Monday, October 22, 2012


Finally . . . . Sam got a tooth! I have been waiting for months for a tooth to break through and today was the day.  Actually, it may have come in a while ago, and we may have missed it.  It is the eye tooth on the upper left side.  I noticed it today when Sam was trying to suck on my face (not sure why that has started).  I kept looking for a bottom tooth to come in and completely overlooked the uppers. 

Finn is venturing into new and exciting "potty" techniques.  Sunday when we got home from church Finn ran straight into the bathroom and closed the door.  Closing the door is unusual for Finn, but I didn't think too much of it.  When he came out he had little spots of wet on his khakis.  We then noticed that there was a huge puddle on the floor.  Finn proceeds to tell us that he tried to use the bathroom standing up.  He was very disappointed when we explained to him that he is not yet tall enough to "stand up" while using the potty. 

Before his nap Finn watched this new Dinosaur movie.  During one of the fighting scenes in the movie Finn  exclaimed, "He just got OWNED!"  If you know Michael, then you know that this is one of his "sayings."  Finn speaks so much like Michael.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Buddy Walk 2012

Saturday was the 2012 "Buddy Walk."  My two little walkers were up at about 7:00.  Finn strolled into the bedroom around 6:30 and I let him crawl onto my side of the bed and snuggle for a few minutes.  Once Sam was up we went downstairs and I made Finn some pancakes.  Next it was time to get the boys ready for the walk.  I managed to get everyone in the car by 9:30ish.  

Once in the car Finn asked me to turn on the song "he listens to on the way to JT's house" which is just a song from my Mumford and Son's CD.  He sat in the back seat and sang.  As I was driving down Long Hollow Pike I noticed that the leaves were turned.  It was quite pretty.  At that moment, with the sun shining,    looking out over the landscape, listening to Finn singing and Sam laughing, I felt just about as blessed as one could feel.  (Super sappy, I know - but I wanted to remember how thankful I was for that drive to the Buddy Walk). 

Once in Nashville my serene and thankful attitude turned into one of complete frustration with the Auburn fans.  Vanderbilt's football stadium is right across the street from Centennial Park. The Vanderbilt/Auburn game started at the same time as the buddy walk. Finding a parking spot was a nightmare. By the time I was finally parked, it was 15 minutes until the walk was set to start.  I grabbed Sam, put him in the stroller and then took off walking as fast as I could.  In order to keep up Finn had to run.  After about five minutes of running as fast as he could he looked up at me with this panicked face and said, "mom I'm tired."  Not being one who relishes being late, I gave Finn a pep talk and we were off again.  

We met up with everyone in the nick of time.  Finn and Hank played with Finn's monster trucks.  Finn did share with Hank but he was so nervous the whole time.  Sam chilled in his stroller through the entire walk.  I put my shirt on his legs to keep him warm (it was kind of chilly) and he didn't make a sound. 

Once the walk got started Finn was all over the place.  I don't think that I walked with him once.  He would run with the front of the pack and then fall to the back.  One thing is for sure, he was having a great time. 

Feeding the ducks.

After the walk was over our group found a nice place to have a picnic.  Before leaving the house I packed a few sandwiches for me and Finn.  Mrs. Cyndi brought blankets and we had a nice lunch at the park.  

 Sam loved the picnic - he spent his rolling on the blankets.  

Finn opted for a hamburger over his peanut butter sandwich.  Actually, I think he ate mostly cookies. 

I spent some time making Hank love me.

After lunch Finn visited the Parthenon with Papa and played in the balls with Grandad.  He also played catch (which he never managed to do) and just ran around.  He did ask me to take him to the bathroom.  I did.  It was the dirtiest bathroom I have ever seen.  He took one look at the toilet and said, "this is too dirty - I don't have to go anymore."  I put some toilet paper down on the seat and made him try. 

One last shot with the "man of the hour." 

Before leaving the park Mom and Greg drove us back to our car.  On the way she gave Finn a Disney movie called "Dinosaur."  I had never heard of it before but Finn was very excited.  She also gave Sam a book - all about him.  It was an ABC book with song "A - You're Adorable."  Each page had a different letter along with a picture of Sam.  It is the sweetest book. 

Once we got home the boys took a nap.  When Finn got up he watched "Dinosaur."  He loved it!  

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