Saturday, January 24, 2015

Birthday Visit with Grandad and Gigi

On Wednesday Grandad and Gigi picked the boys up from school and took them to eat Blizzards at Dairy Queen.  When they got home they played in the backyard and then Sam opened a few of his presents.   He got the Batman boat and a movie!


Next we went to Cracker Barrel to eat dinner.  Sam ate all of his pancakes.





When we got back to the house Sam opened the rest of his presents.  He was so cute.  When he opened a movie he would turn it around and study the back.  It looked like he was reading. 



They also got blow up hammers.





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Later than evening XMen came on.  This is Finn memorized by Wolverine.


This is me confused by the XMen storyline. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

5 and 3 Year Well-checks.

On Friday we had our three year and five year well-checks.  They went great.  The boys were a ball of nerves and energy.  I told both of them that they would be getting shots a couple days before the appointment.  Sam told me that he didn't want to go to the doctor because the doctor hurt.

As for measurements, Finn is the 91% for height and and 86% for weight.  He weighs 49 pounds and is 46 inches tall.  Finn's hearing and eyes were also tested - both excellent. 

Sam is in the 94% for weight and the 76% for height.  He is weighs 38 pounds and is 38 inches tall. 


While waiting for Dr. Steve, we took a few pictures.  Finn is becoming an old pro at "picture taking." When Michael got the camera out Finn immediately put his arms around both me and Sam.


After school we took the boys to Opry Mills to the Lego store to exchange Sam's Legos.  It was awesome!





They even had a place for the boys to build.


On Saturday I met Emily at the Farmer's Market in Davidson County to do a practice run for the Hot Chocolate 15K.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I was still pretty beat.


That evening Sam and I went to drop some documents off at a client's house and then we went to exchange my watch for something a bit less flashy.  Finn went with Michael and Tommy and Deniece to Michael's office to hang pictures. 

On Sunday before bed we tried to explain "Martin Luther King Day" to Finn.  It didn't go all that well.  It started with Michael telling Finn that it happened a long time ago when Gran and Pa were younger and ended with Finn asking if Pa was in the "Israelite Army."  Some how or another he associated the phrase "a long time ago" with "biblical time" and  "fighting for rights" (or something along those lines) with "army" and put two and two together. Bless him. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Sam

Wednesday was Sam's 3rd Birthday.  We started the day off with Lucky Charms - Frozen style.



Next Sam opened his card from Nana and Papa.  It was an Avengers card so  Sam was super excited.  He asked me to read it to him at least ten (10) times.  The first  time that I re-read the card I only read the part that was printed in the card (I didn't read the part from Nana and Papa again).  Sam then specifically said, "No mama - you didn't read the part from Nana and Papa!"


He was so happy about his card that he took it to school with him as his toy.  (I let the boys bring one toy to school everyday).


This was also Sam's first Chapel day.

For his real birthday, Sam decided that he wanted to go see a movie AND eat popcorn.  We decided to go see the 4:15 showing of "Big Hero 6."  Gran, Pa, Chelsea and Sharon watched it with us.  Sam was a little nervous at first because he didn't like the chairs.  He thought that they were going to close up on him.  After we got him situated he felt somewhat better.  Although I don't think that he was totally comfortable because he held either my hand or my arm through most of the movie.  He also ate popcorn through 90% of the movie.  I really don't know where he puts it all.

At one point in the movie, they played about 30 seconds of "The Eye of the Tiger."  Upon recognizing one of his favorite songs Sam yells, "IT'S ROCKY!"

I tried to take a few pictures of Sam during the movie.  I think I might have scared him.


After he was sufficiently full, Sam decided that he would like to stand up from the remainder of the movie.  We were the only family in the theater so I let him have fun.  At the climax of the movie Sam got really excited and would throw his hands in the air and yell, "Look at that!"


After the movie was over Finn and Sam spent some quality time running through the hallway as fast as they could and then sliding on their knees down a carpeted ramp.

Next we went to Red Robin for a birthday burger.  Sam also experienced his first "Restaurant Birthday Song."  He handled it well.  Probably because they gave him free ice cream.


While Daddy was not able to go to the movie with us (he was out of town) he was able to make it back in time to eat supper.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Photographer

Finn loves grabbing our phones and taking pictures.  Most of his work is notably terrible - but every so often he can catch a moment.  This morning Sam and I were having a "moment" in celebration of his morning potty break.  Unbeknownst to us, Finn was capturing the whole thing.  A little blurry, but I wouldn't trade it.




On the way to school this morning Sam asked the same question he asks every time we drive through the neighborhood, "Is Christmas Over?"  As always, I respond, Yes, Sam it's over" which is immediately followed up with "Why?!?"  Anyway, seeing a chance to start making a new "wish list" Finn inquires as to the next holiday.  I told him MLK Day and Valentines Day - both of which he scoffed at as they aren't big gift giving holidays. When I finally made it to Easter Finn's excitement began to bubble over.  I gently reminded Finn that Easter is not about getting presents.  He "huffs" at me says "I know Mom."   (I wait for him to tell me that Easter is about Jesus). Then, ever so confidently, Finn says, "Easter is all about finding Easter eggs. Official proof that I have failed as a parent.  I say it in jest - but it's kinda true. 

This afternoon I took the boys to Kroger for Sam to pick out 1) his special birthday treat to take to school and 2) his birthday breakfast.  I feel very strongly that Finn had a big influence on Sam's decisions. Sam loves Poptarts.  We don't buy Poptarts, but once a year I will buy Poptarts if that is what Sam wants for his birthday breakfast.  I knew for sure that Sam would pick Poptarts - but "Mastermind Finn" decided that he wanted Lucky Charms - so what did we leave with . . . why Lucky Charms of course. It's really hard to convince a three year old that he is being duped.  Finn also knew exactly what he wanted for Sam to bring as a special snack and tried all of his tricks to get Sam to pick donuts. Luckily Sam held his ground picked cupcakes.  

Later in the evening Finn asked to play the Nintendo.  Sam asked to play too.  Finn doesn't like to play with video games with Sam because Sam doesn't really know what he is doing and it slows Finn down.  But no worries, Finn has come up with a solution.  He gives Sam a controller that is not plugged in, pulls Sam's chair up next to his own and actively convinces Sam that he is playing.  Finn will go as far as to give fake compliments and make encouraging remarks like "good job Sam, you got the bad guy!" to keep the illusion going strong. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Right of Passage

At some point as a parent you are going to make your children mad.  This is a fact.  You are probably also going to hear those three little words - "I hate you."  I would consider this a parent's right of passage.  Well, this hasn't happened to me . . . yet - but we got pretty darn close this week.  One night I asked Finn to turn off his video game.  He was heart broken.  He put forth so much effort in an attempt to get me to change my mind that I thought he might collapse of mental exhaustion. Knowing Finn as well as I do - his pleas, plea bargains, and crafty arguments do not affect me anymore.  In admitting his defeat Finn said through tears, "I am going to run off and get eaten by a wild animal so that you will be so sad."  I wished him well and offered to help him pack his bags.


Just so that I don't forget, Sam calls motorcycles "mertyl-cycles."

And Finn, while playing with his toys today said, "I'm so glad that God made me so curious so that I can know so much about superheroes."


I got in a fender/bender on Thursday - the coldest day of the year. 


Today Michael and I went upstairs to find that the boys were in their bedroom with the door locked.  When we finally got in we found Finn and Sam laying in the top bunk reading a Batman book together.  Finn has memorized this book and reads it to Sam. 





Much to our dismay, Sam has learned to get up and down from the top bunk.  He is very careful, but it still makes us a little nervous seeing Sam in his slippery little socks going up and down that ladder. The other day I went into his room to wake him up from his nap.  I think that he had slept for a little over four (4) hours and I thought that he really needed to get up.  When I walked into his bedroom I didn't see him in his bed.  I walked over to the bed to feel the covers (I assumed he was just way under the covers).  Again, I couldn't find him.  For a split second I felt an overwhelming sense of panic.  Where was he?  I checked the rest of the upstairs - no Sam. I went back into the room and happened to look in the top bunk.  At some point Sam had gotten out of his bed and crawled up into Finn's bed.  (Finn naps in our room because we don't want him to wake Sam up). He looked so sweet just snoozin' away. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Years Day

On New Years Day we traveled to Granny and Papa's for the the Vaughn Family Christmas/New Years Day lunch. Upon arrival, Aunt Tracey was violently tackled by three very blonde monsters.

 Papa was also ransacked by three needy boys.

 We had a really great visit.  We talked politics with Uncle Jerry.

We ooh and ahh'ed over all the kids.

 We got a genuine smile from Michael.

 And we played "Dirty Santa."


 Sam was a little bummed during "Dirty Santa" as he didn't understand 1) the rules, and 2) why he didn't get to open a present.




Hank collected all of the tissue paper for safe keeping. 



Such a good picture of MJ - of maybe I should say "Speed Demon."



All of the great grandchildren playing with silly string.




 It looks like Bruce has cast a spell on Sam.

 Rex and Finn fighting with sticks.




 Our best attempt at a great grandchild picture. Sam, Finn, Quinn, Rex, Sadie, Emmy, Cooper, Hank and Bruce.

 The bookends of the grandchildren - the oldest and the youngest.


The grandchildren - Me, Kara, Megan, Anna, Emily, Josh and Caleb.

Thanksgiving 2017

 The Begley crew arrived at Nana and Papa's house on Wednesday night around supper time.  We unpacked and set the boys up in their new ...