Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Treat

Tonight is Halloween.  We have worried about this particular evening for two (2) days.  We kept hearing weather reports saying that tornadoes were coming through and it was going to pour.  Originally we thought that we might postpone our trick-r-treating until tomorrow night.  However, at 3:30 today we decided to bite the bullet and go rain or shine.

In preparation for Halloween we carved pumpkins.  Finn decided on a bat pumpkin.  The boys were really interested in helping Michael clean out the pumpkin but had absolutely no interest in helping me carve.

 Sam had Olive Garden soup for dinner.  Just to clear up that the gunk on his face is not pumpkin waste.

The finished product.

This morning Finn woke up ready to trick-r-treat.  He was pretty disappointed when I told him that he had to go to school first. Sam was kind of beast this morning too.  He most definitely woke up on the wrong side of the crib.  Perhaps he was just mad at his parents for making him breakfast on the kitchen floor.

As it turns out on Halloween 2011 Finn ate breakfast on the kitchen floor too.

I picked Finn up from school at 3:30 and then went to get Sam.  When we got home I put green hair color in Finn's hair.  Before going to get Sam we (Finn and I) stopped at the Walgreens to pick up another bag of candy.  While I was shopping Finn spotted the spray-in hair dye.  I thought it looked pretty neat so I bought some.  After Michael got home from work we put the boys in their costumes.  Finn was a ninja turtle.

Sam went as the grumpiest train on the rails.  Sam hated that costume. Perhaps we was mad at his parents for making him wear Finn's old Halloween costume.  Sam didn't wear the costume very long.  We maybe made it to three houses before we took it off of him.

Finn:  Halloween 2011

Next Gran came and gave the boys their Halloween surprises.

We had lots of friends and family join us for trick-r-treating:  Gran, Aunt Chelsea, Aunt Sharon, Matthew, Stephanie and Parker.  Once we were all dressed and ready to go it was time for a few commemorative pictures.

 A few pictures of me and Michael trying to make Sam happy.  We spent most of our night trying to make Sam happy.

Sam loved this pumpkin.  At first he wouldn't let anyone hold it.  Later in the evening he only trusted Chechy (Aunt Chelsea) to hold it.
A little after dark we set off for trick-r-treating.  Our neighborhood decided to trick-r-treat on both Thursday and Friday nights due to the weather.  Well, I am happy to say that 6:30 it wasn't raining or storming, the weather was mild and there was a nice breeze.  It really was a perfect evening.  There weren't a lot kids out, but there were plenty of homes handing out candy. Finn got the jist of it real quick.  We strolled right up to the homes that had the porch light on and knocked.  If someone didn't open the door immediately we leaned in close and said pretty loudly "is anybody in there?"

Despite Sam's foul mood he seemed to have a fairly good time.  He enjoyed getting candy but didn't want to walk so I held him most of the time. When he wanted to be held he would look up at me and say, "I hold you."  (This is how Sam says 'hold me'). Sam also didn't quite catch on the phrase "trick-r-treat."  Instead, when the doors would open Sam said, "pumpkin treat."    We made a big loop around the back of our subdivision and collected tons of candy.

At one house there was a blow-up gargoyle.  The boys and I called it the scary monster.  I told Finn to walk up to get a closer look.  As he was closing in I grabbed him from the back and yelled.  It scared him to death.  He was pretty mad at me for a few minutes.

It was a really fun night.  I am so glad that we decided to go ahead and trick-r-treat tonight.  Now tomorrow Finn can help hand out candy to the 90% of the other families in the neighborhood that decided to wait.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lunch with Nana

On Friday Finn received a surprise visitor at school - Nana!  Nana called me early last week and asked if Finn could have visitors for lunch.  After getting it all set up Nana asked that I not mention anything to Finn because she wanted it to be surprise. 

Around 1:00 I got a call from Nana - I asked her how it went.  She responded, "well, it wasn't what I expected."  She goes on to say that the kids are not aloud to talk during lunch.  I had no idea.  So it was Nana and eleven kids sitting around a table quiet as a mouse.  I wish I had a picture.  Apparently Finn didn't get his dessert that day because he wouldn't eat his ravioli.  Before leaving Finn told his teachers that his Nana likes to read books so Nana read to the class.  Last, she tucked Finn in for his nap. 

When I picked Finn up that afternoon I asked him about his day.  He responded, "I yelled at Nana."  Finn explained that Nana went into the boys bathroom and he yelled at her through the door that she was in the wrong bathroom.  Finn thought this was hilarious.  This was what stood out most vividly in Finn's mind - not that Nana surprised him at school, not that Nana read a story to his class - but that Nana went into the wrong bathroom.  In Nana's defense this the bathroom that Finn's teachers told her to use.

Saturday evening, after leaving Grandad's party we went to spend the night with Nana.  The minute we pulled up Finn and Sam both ran out to the shed to play with Papa.  They played for a long time while mom and I talked.  Then we went outside to see the new platform (soon to be treehouse).  While outside Finn jumped in a pile of dry grass that was as tall as he is - he had grass stuck all over him. 

When it was time to come in Finn played in the playroom while Sam helped Nana cook supper.  Actually what Sam did was sit on the counter and eat cheese dip.  First he asked for spoon and then a fork.  Then he started saying, "let me try it mama."  (Meaning, let me feed myself.)  Sam talked all weekend.  He is using five and six word sentences.  I wish I could remember them all because they are so cute.  One time after taking a bite of cheese dip Sam go really excited, looked up at Nana, smiled and squealed, "I LOVE YOU."

We put Sam down right before supper. Mom, Greg, Finn and I had supper and then Finn had ice cream.  We put Finn to sleep around 9:30 - he was so tired that he didn't fuss, even when Mom put him in her bed all by himself. 

The next morning Nana made waffles and then we all got ready for church.  After breakfast Sam was nowhere to be seen.  I found him in Greg's office sitting at his desk looking very pensively at a "Due South" DVD box set.  I asked Sam what he was doing and he said, "reading . . . . my bible." 

Nana took Sam and Finn to Sunday School and then I met them later for big church.  Finn sat with us until it was time for children's church.  Finn went to children's church willingly and had a good time.  They brought the kids back up during the offertory.  We didn't see Finn at first, but noticed that Mrs. Cyndi had somebody by the hand - it was Finn.  He made it back to the pew incident free. 

Finn rode back to the house with me and Sam rode with Nana.  Finn and I made back to Nana's first.  Finn was very proud of us for beating Nana.  He then tells me that "it is important to beat other people."  After a pause and quizzical look from his mother he amended his statement to include . . . "in a race." 

We ate lunch in the playroom.  Finn watched the Incredible Hulk and played with Play Doh while I got a pedicure.  Then I took a nap.  When I woke up I found Nana and Finn walking around in the back yard.  Then they decided to climb a tree.

Overall we had a great time.  The boys had fun, I had fun and I got sent home with a few stuffed peppers - one of my favorites. 

Dad's 58th

Friday was Dad's 58th birthday. I picked Finn up from school and we made the long trip to Tullahoma. The trip was made even longer due to the traffic being rerouted on 109. I was on the phone with my friend Samanatha when Finn told me he needed to use the bathroom. We were five miles from the nearest bathroom and in traffic going approximately two miles her hour. I thought this might be a good time to introduce Finn to the perks of being a boy. He was excited by the prospect but said "mom how are you going wipe me?" Great!  I told Finn to dig deep and just give me a few more minutes.  To take his mind off of his bowels asked him about his friends at school. I asked who was the most fun girl to play with. Finn responds,"mom I am NOT marrying a girl. I am marrying a boy because I only have boyfriends." When pressed further Finn tells me that girls get on his nerve. I decided to have the marriage talk at another time and instead thought it was a good time to remind Finn about his bowels. We made to Sonic just in time.  I grabbed Sam and Finn and made my way into the dirtiest bathroom you could imagine. Due to the dire situation I didn't, have time to put shoes on Sam ( Sam refuses to leave his shoes on). 

Due to traffic and bathroom breaks it took us over two hours to get to Dad's house. Sam was getting restless and irritable. Every time I would open my mouth to sing ( which is quite often) Sam would yell "NO SING MAMA."

When we finally made it to Dad's house we were welcomed with pizza. The boys ate for a little bit and then went straight about the business of playing. Lauren showed up a little later followed by GiGi would was at the ball game. Finn ended up sleeping with me. At 2:00 in the morning he got into a coughing fit. We were up for a couple of hours with the cough.  After getting the cough under control Finn started kicking me. I could wait for 6:00 a.m. so that I could send Finn out. Like Clockwork Finn was gone ay 6:00. He was back at 7:00 to show me his new Ninja Turtle dad guy.  I assumed Finn had been snooping and found it in a closet. I scolded Finn and demanded that he take it right back where he found it. (He had found another one last night on the dining room take and assumed it was his - which it was - he just hadn't officially been given it yet. ) a very heartbroken Finn lowered his head and began to sob. So much for sleep. He explained too me that Grandad and Gigi gave it to him. For the second time that morning I felt like a mean old mom. The fist being of course when I told Finn that if he didn't stop coughing I was going to go sleep on the couch and leave him in that big bed by himself. 

We had eggs and country ham for breakfast. Sam loved country ham.  After breakfast the boys played on the deck with the bubble machine. Em and her boys there a little whirl later and we all are lunch. For dessert we had birthday cake- carrot cake for the adults and ninja turtle cake for the kids. 

After lunch Finn put on his warmest clothes and went 4 wheeling with Mr. Gene. Next they played on the swing. Happy Birthday Dad - we love you. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Panty Hose

Yesterday was a very eventful "noneventful" day.  It was the first legitimately cold day of the year.  The boys wore warm jammies to bed and we had our first fire.

Finn playing old Ninja Turtles games on the computer. Sam likes to watch him play - I think he likes the music.

Since it was so cold I decided to pull out my panty hose.  While making breakfast Finn looked up and me and said, "mom, why are your feet black?"  I explained to him that I was wearing panty hose.  I asked him if he liked them and he said "no."  Starts early.  He then reached down and rubbed my calf.  This sheepish look crossed his face and he said, "but your legs sure do feel nice." 

Before bed last night Finn and Sam talked to Uncle James on the computer.  Finn showed James all of his toys while Sam mostly just sat and watched.  He did manage to say "Uncle James a few times.

On Friday I took Finn to school and then came home to stay with Sam.  Sam was in a very sweet mood - he just wanted to sit and cuddle.  During one of our play sessions he found the Noah's Ark puzzle.  He carefully pulled all the pieces out and name them as best he could.  His favorite piece was the "Rhinu."

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Watch This Dad!

Sam is officially a little kid (no longer a baby).  Last night and all day today he has started saying "watch this dad."  Then he will do something silly and then laugh his head off.  It is so precious. 

This morning Finn crawled in bed with us around 6:00.  It was really cold this morning so Finn's little warm jammies felt nice all cuddled up with us.  We did our regular Sunday morning routine - rush around like mad until we finally got in the car.  When we got to church Finn learned that his Sunday School teacher wasn't there and that he had to go to a different class.  I can always tell when Finn is uncomfortable because he hugs me repeatedly.  This morning he hugged about six times.  After what I said was the "last hug" I led him in to his class, closed the baby gate and proceeded to walk away.  All of a sudden I hear a crash and Finn is laying on the floor on top of the gate.  In an attempt to hug me one more time he leaned too far and knocked the gate over.  About that same time he got into a coughing fit.  Finn has learned to cough into his elbow.  So my poor, sweet boy was lying on the gate, coughing violently into his elbow.  I felt so badly for him lying there.  But not badly enough to go back and help him up.  I figured that if I went back he would start to cry.

After church Aunt Chelsea came to take Finn to see a movie.  For his birthday Chelsea gave Finn a ticket for a fun filled day at the movies.  They are going to see "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2".

Finn had a great time with Aunt Chelsea - after the movie they went to Maggie Moo's for ice cream.  They got back to the house later that night and played in the playroom and outside.  Later that evening Sam bit into a glow stick and got some of the glow stuff into his eyes.  Chelsea told us that those things were fills with glass and chemicals.  We laid Sam down on the table and forced warm water into his eyes through a medicine dropper.  He was furious.

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