Friday, May 31, 2013


We have a new pancake lover. Sam asks for them by name now. It sounds a lot like "p cack."  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend 2013

 The boys spent Memorial Day weekend with Grandad and Gigi.  Dad picked them up Saturday afternoon.  Here are some pictures of their fun trip.

 On Memorial Day Michael and I went for lunch at Grandad and Gigi's house.  When we got there Sam was napping and Finn was playing in the pool.  Finn was excited to see us.  I think that Sam missed me - when he saw me he threw both arms around my neck and squeezed me really tight and kissed me about 10 times.
 Next we had lunch - Grandad grilled hamburgers.  Then it was off to the lake to ride the jet skis.  Sam hated them.  Finn didn't like the water hitting him in the face - so we went pretty slow most of the time.

 While we were riding Finn noticed the beach area and insisted that we go.  The boys had a great weekend!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sticks and Rocks

On Friday the boys went to work with Michael for a few hours while I was in court.  I met them at the Sonic on Long Hollow Pike around 11:00 and the boys and I traveled to Clarksville for a home visit.  Finn loved this particular visit because he found some "really cool stuff MOM!"  The "really cool stuff" that Finn found comprised of sticks and rocks.  When I got home I found four (4) large sticks and one (1) large rock in the backseat of the car.  Finn was so excited to play his new stuff when he got home. 

Finn and Sam both took long naps after we got home.  Finn slept for two (2) hours and Sam slept for four (4) hours.  By the time Sam woke up Michael had already made it home for the day so we decided to take the boys down to the creek.

Finn road his bike and Sam rode in the wagon.  Both were happy as could be with their modes of transportation.  Finn did a really good job on his bike.  He didn't want to wear his helmet at first, but he got used to it.

We hid our keys and phones in one of the compartments of the wagon.  Within a few seconds Sam had discovered them.

Michael and Finn worked on stopping.

One of the things that Finn loves most about going to the creek is throwing rocks.  We checked for snakes and seeing none got in.

It really is a nice little creek.  I do worry about snakes though.  On Sunday I was running next to the creek and stepped right over a small brown snake.  I had planned to stomp on its head on my way back through but a guy helped get it to safety.  I asked him if he knew what kind of snake it was and he answered no.  I felt pretty certain he helped a copperhead back into the creek.  Live to bite another day - as Michael said.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sleeping In The Den

Today Michael told Finn that they could have a campout in the living room floor.  Finn has been so excited all day.  To prepare for his big night he and Michael went to Kroger to buy snacks.  They came home with "Cars" fruit snacks.   In addition to the fruit snacks I introduced Finn to homemade blizzards.  At least once a week I make homemade ice cream (if the health of the world rested on the Begley shoulders it would be doomsday indeed).   It started out as an incentive for Michael to watch The Bachelor with me.  I called it "Bachelor and Blizzards."  Selfish as we are, I always waited until Finn was fast asleep before serving.  That being the case, Finn has neither helped me make ice cream nor tasted homemade blizzards.

When I told him that we were making ice cream he was so excited.  He wanted to do everything by himself. He kept saying, "this is going to be tee-wishous." (delicious).
Here is a picture of Finn's Tasmanian Devil shirt. This is his FAVORITE sleep shirt.  He specifically asks for it most nights.

Next we went into the laundry room to start the ice cream maker.  I took the frozen bowl out of the freezer and put it in the base.  Finn immediately sticks his tongue to the frozen bowl.
Here we have Finn "cooking" the ice cream.

Apparently no one has told Finn about "a watched pot."

After ice cream and fruit snacks the boys were tucked in for the night. Michael let Finn choose a movie and picked out "Cars."  He was excited about this special night - it is precious.  I must say I am pretty excited to have the bed to myself :)

Monday, May 20, 2013


On Monday Finn had a small "end of the year" ceremony for his time spent at Whiz Kids this year.  We all got dressed up and went to Immaneul Baptist Church in Lebanon.  All of the kids in Finn's three/four year old class were instructed to wear Red, White and Blue.   A quick picture of the boys before the ceremony began. 

There were three different ceremonies; Finn was the second one.  When it was his age group's turn they marched all the kids on stage.  First they sang two songs; "If Your Happy and You Know It" and something about the parts of a bug.  Finn was so sweet.  He sang the first stanza of "If Your Happy" and then developed a bad case of stage fright.  He didn't cry or leave the stage, but he did stop singing - he stood still as a stone and cluthed his hands together in the front.  Every so often he would look up and make eye contact with me.  I thought that he might cry, but he held it together.  I did manage to get him to wave at me.  Even though he didn't sing, I was still proud of him because he did such a great job holding it together inspite of his clear discomfort.

Next it was time for the specific award.  Finn got the "best manner's award."  Mrs. Wanda said that Finn had excellent manners and always said, "yes ma'am"  and "no ma'am." I was so proud of him.

After the ceremony was over we took a few pictures.

Next we went to get ice cream to celebrate.  Finn had vanilla ice cream in a cone.

Finn with his award.  After Finn brushed his teeth he said, "I have something to show you."  He started singing, "If Your Happy."  Finn got to sing his song afterall.

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