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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.


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Mexico Beach

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Gatlinburg 2.0

In mid-June Finn and Sam accompanied Grandad and Gigi to Gatlinburg.  This is their second annual trip so will refer to it as Gatlinburg 2.0. Michael, Will and I were at home, so outside of some awesome pictures and few sweet phone calls, we don't have a great deal of knowledge about the trip. What I do know is that the trip started with hot Kristy Kremes.  Upon arriving in Gatlinburg, Finn asked if the "hot sign" was on.  Seeing that it was, they stopped in for donuts.

They also went back to Clingman's Dome.  They went last year, but I didn't pack long pants and jackets so they were pretty chilly.  It was also really foggy last year.  This year went as planned; the air was clear and the boys were warm.

One of my favorites!

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And . . . another favorite.

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It amazes me how pop culture "savy" kids are at 5.  I was never that "in the loop."