Wednesday, July 30, 2014

9 Year Anniversary

After our canoe trip on Sunday,  Michael packed up and went to West Tennessee for the week.  His trip conveniently coinsided with the week the boys weren't in school.  This meant that they were either home with me or with Gran all week.  On Monday the boys went to Gran's house while Mimi and I went to give and take depositions in Springfield.

On Tuesday, the boys stayed home with me all day.  Inspite of spending a good portion of the day preparing for trial - we had really good day.  The boys played nicely together and didn't get too frustrated with me vegging on the couch with my file. We also played outside and went to Kroger to buy a new trashcan.  Fancy!  Later that night during prayers, Sam thanked God for "Splash Mountain." MInd you, Sam has never riden "Splash Mountain" but was thankful all the same. 

On Wednesday I had to be in trial all day so the boys spent the day with Gran. 

The big event of the day was the much needed haircut.  Gran took both boys to see Mr. Danny.  He gives the best boy hair cuts hands down. 

After getting their hair cut they (Finn, Sam and Gran) met me at Parker Uniforms in Goodlettsville.  Upon seeing me, Finn jumps out of the car and proudly states that Sam didn't cry during his haircut. Yes, that's right - it was a tear free venture.  Since school is starting back up we had to go get Finn's new chapel uniform.  We also got Sam a little blue HCA polo shirt.  

Next we walked over to Longhorns for dinner.  Finn had a hamburger and Sam ate mostly brocolli. Gran promised that if they were good during their hair cuts she would get them milkshakes.  Longhorn doesn't have milkshakes, but they have pretty good ice cream sundays.  Sam shared half of his with me.  Sam really is a good little "sharer."  If I even look in Finn's direction when he is eating sweets he panics.  Sam would say, "here's a bit for you mommy" and shove the spoon in the mouth (whether I wanted it or not).

When we got home we were surprised to see Daddy.  He wasn't supposed to be home until the next day - so we were all pretty happy to see him.  Especially since it was our 9 year anniversary.  He brought home one of the prettiest flower arrangments that I have ever seen. 

We spent the rest of the evening watching "House of Cards." 

Before going to bed I went in to check on the boys.  Sam looked so sweet that I had to take is picture. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


On Sunday a group of us from Sunday School ditched church went canoeing on the Harpeth River.  Okay, we didn't ditch church - we go to Service and Sunday School at night. 

We all met in the Kroger parking lot and carpooled out to Kingston Springs.  Elena had made both healthy and nonhealthy mexican breakfast burritos.  

We got on the river around 10:30 a.m.  It was an 8 mile trip from start to finish.  I am not a master canoer and Michael had never canoed before so it took us a few minutes to get the hang of working as a team.  Michael sat in the back and I sat in the front.   Once we got the hang of it we were a well oiled machine.  We ended up paddling pretty fast. 

About 3 miles down the river our friends April and Jason tipped their canoe.  The rest of us paddled hard to grab their missing items. MIchael and I ended up with a flip flip and a paddle. 

Next we stopped and ate lunch on the river bank.  Our entire bag ended up in a puddle of water so we had squishy sandwiches and wet almonds.  It was pretty gross.  After lunch we played in the water for about an hour. 

During the next leg of our trip we really pushed it.  They had told us that storms were coming and to not linger on the water.  About half a mile from the end we stopped again.  We all sat in the current and chatted.  It was the best day. 

On the way home we stopped at Jim-N-Nicks and stuffed ourselved with cheesy muffins. 

Circus World

Friday was the boy's last day of Summer Camp.  In honor of Daddy being home from Seattle, the boys wore their Space Needle shirts.  When we picked the boys up we learned that Ms. Sonya was staying to teach the two year old class on a fulltime basis.  I am so excited!
In preparation for school starting we have been working on the alphabet flashcards.  Finn has remembered all of his letters and most of his sounds.  Sam can recognize and say the letters "I" and "J".  He also knows the letter B, C, D and S.  When I show him the "b" card, instead of saying the letter shown he will say, "oh, that's Ms. Beth."  When I show him the "c" card he says, "oh, that's Caleb."  "D" is for Drae and "S" is for Sam.  So while he doesn't say the letter, he does have some letter recognition.

On Friday night we went for a cookout at Gran and Pa's house.  Finn spent the night with Gran that evening with a few of the kids from Gran's church.  The next morning they woke up and made dinosaur crafts.  Sam and I then met the group at Circus World for a day of games and bowling. Our first stop was to the climbing area.  Gran and I sat on the couch which Finn, Sam and the other kids climbed around.  After a few minutes we heard a blood curdling scream.  We recognized Finn's scream immediately.  This meant that I had to crawl up three stories of multicolored tubes to try to find Finn.  It took me a while to find him, but when I did I realize that Finn was completely lost and couldn't figure out how to get down.  I can see how you can get turned around in those stuffy little tubes.

Finn was immediately drawn to the "shooting" games.

Check out Sam's enthusiasm.

Sam watching Finn ride the bumper cars.

Next we ate pizza and Icees. 

We also bowled a game.  Finn got his first strike.  He did use the "positioner" and the "bumpers."  Both he and Sam loved bowling. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Tonight we went to Firehouse Subs for dinner.  We ordered the boys a grilled cheese and Cheetos. Sam ended up eating two bites of grilled cheese and four long spear pickles.  He ate both mine and Michael's pickle and asked for more.  We asked if we could have a few more pickles.  They brought us at least twelve.  Sam's eyes were a big as quarters.  All was going well until Sam accidentally bit his thumb while eating his beloved pickle.  He was so pitiful.  He just cried and cried.  And with that unfortunate incident we left.

Next we ran over to Best Buy to get a TV mount.  We plan to mount the TV in the playroom on the wall.  Finn and Sam were mesmerized by the wall of televisions.  You could hear them screeching all over the store.  On the way out we looked at the kids movies and the Disney Infiniti games.

Once home I gave the boys baths and they are currently watching a Mickey Mouse Christmas program.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bunk Beds

Well July 20, 2014, was definitely Christmas in July.  Gran and Pa got and assembled bunk beds for the boys. While the boys were napping Daddy and Pa put the beds together.  Gran and I went to Target to pick out bedding.  We found the cutest dinosaur patch work quilt bedspreads - they were perfect.  When the boys saw those bedspreads they went absolutely bonkers.  I really don't know if I have ever seen them so excited before.

Once the beds were assembled, Gran and I put on the dinosaur sheets and the bedspreads.  Then we put the boys to bed - Finn on the top and Sam on the bottom.  Sam really wanted to sleep on top and spent all of his energy trying to sneak up the ladder.

 Pure joy - thank you Gran and Pa, and especially Pa for assembling the bed.

After putting the boys to bed we waited for the fallout.  We fully expected Finn and/or Sam to get up a hundred times.  Well, Finn only got up once to tell on Sam for talking too much.  Michael put a stop to the talking and they slept like logs through the night.  The next night was even better - Finn allowed us to close the door all the way.  Sam has always slept the door closed, but Finn hasn't.  The next morning Finn told us that he really liked sleeping in the same room with Sam.

Earlier in the day (Sunday) we met Gran and Pa for Gran's birthday lunch at Monell's. Monell's is right past Finn and Sam's school so the whole way there they asked if we were taking them to school.  They knew it was Sunday and could not comprehend why we would be taking them to school on a Sunday.  Even after repeated promises that we were not taking them to school, you could tell the boys were still nervous.

Lunch was really good - everything is always good at Monell's. Sam ate a little bit of everything, corn casserole, green beans, potatoes mac-n-cheese, pork roast, corn bread, pineapple casserole and cake.  Finn ate rolls and cake. We did managed to get him to eat some corn casserole (big whoop - it is straight sugar) and a few green beans.

Pa also got Gran a cake and shared with everyone sitting at the table.  Sam wanted to make sure everyone got a piece of cake (especially the people we didn't know) and would say, "do you want a brown piece?" (It was a chocolate cake).  He was quite the talkative little boy.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Week with Mama

Michael has been out of town at a judicial conference all week.  This meant that I have had a lot of quality time with the boys.  This is also means that I have been pretty tired.  To make things easier on the boys during those times that I Michael is away, I let them do things that they normally don't get to do.  For example, we eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. watch too much TV and I allow Finn to sleep in my bedroom.  

Today is Saturday and Michael will be getting home in a few minutes.  Earlier this evening Finn told me how much he enjoys our "special time together when daddy is gone."  It wouldn't have sounded more sincere had he not been glugging down chocolate milk at the time by the gallon. 

The week has actually been pretty good - it also flew by.  On Tuesday night we went to suprise Gran with some birthday cupcakes.  Finn was insistent on cupcakes, so after school we headed over to GiGi's cupcakes.  Well, as it turns out, GiGi's was out of business so we went back across town to Publix were we bought cupcakes.  Within ten minutes of arriving at Gran's house, both boys were covered in icing.  

After cupcakes we went to Sam's Club to look at new beds for the boys.  Finn and Sam both tried out every piece of furniture in the store.  They were precious - but a little noisy.  They loved the bunk beds that we picked out.  

On Friday, the boys went with Gran to pick Pa up from the airport.  Next they went to see the new "Planes" movie. After the movie I met them for dinner at O'Charley's.  These two boys were terrible at dinner.  They weren't mean or ugly - they were just so happy and excited that they couldn't sit still to save their souls. 

On Saturday I got a wonderful surprise.  Em called me and said that she and the boys were coming to Hippity-Hop in Hendersonville to play for the day and asked if we wanted to come to.   We had a great time!  The four boys played well together.  Finn always enjoys Uncle Zac and followed him around the entire time.  He would regularily come up to me and ask where Uncle Zac was.  

Sam didn't really like the bouncy houses all that much.  He much of his day running around in circles and see-sawing by himself.  

This is the see-saw that Sam loved so much.  Every so often Finn would hop on with him.  Otherwise, my good served as the other passenger. 

I took so many pictures of Quinn.  I just couldn't help it - he is so cute. 

Coop decided that it would be way more fun to eat his yogurt in the middle of the floor. 

By the end of the day Finn and Sam were both soaked due to the water fountain in the lobby.  They would regularily sneak out of the play area and go get a sip of water. 

I did manage to get Sam to go down the slide.  He was happy as long as I was with him.  At one point it was me, Finn, Sam, Zac, Coop and Hank.  It was complete takeover. 

When we got home both boys took long naps - and so did I.  After we were all up, we organized the playroom.  It was a great day.  I will be happy to have Michael back. 

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