Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beech Bending It

On Saturday the boys were up at 5:00 a.m.  They were so excited about their trip to Beech Bend.  We met Gran, Pa, Chelsea and James at the Hardees in Goodlettsville for breakfast.  Neither was terribly impressed by the cinnamon raisin biscuit - sacrilege!

We got to the park about 10:30 and immediately started riding rides.  I think that both of my children will be "big time" theme park fans.  Finn, Sam and I rode "the boat" ride first.  They loved it.  Then we rode one of those circular, nauseating rides with uncle James, but every time James would try to spin our seats Sam would yell at him to stop. Next, Micheal and Finn rode the kiddie roller coaster.

Then we found the bumper cars.  Sam couldn't make his go at all - so he basically sat there the entire time wedged between the wall and other cars.

Next they rode the "obnoxious horn ride" (these are my own names for the rides.).  On this ride, the boys rode stationary motorcycles around in a circle and blew the most obnoxious horn I have ever heard.

Then they rode the "Whip."  It was really a very simple concept - you ride around in a oral pattern, but when you get to the turn, the ride whips you around.  The first time they hit the whip, Sam's eyes went huge and I was sure that we would start crying.  Instead, he took one look at Finn and the two of them busted out laughing.  Sam has THE best laugh!

Next we rode Sam's favorite ride - the school bus ride.  He yelled the whole time - "this is fun mommy!"

On our way to eat lunch, Finn and I stopped at the Himalaya - this kid loves thrill rides - and then we rode the big swings.

We made a quick stop for lunch and then it was time for the waterpark section of the park.  We first hit the kiddie area and then we hopped in the lazy river - my favorite.  Finn rode in a double float with Gran while Sam sat in my lap.  The lazy river dumps you out in the wavepool so Sam got to experience the wavepool as well.

On our way out, Finn and I made a quick stop to a ride that is just like "Prime Evil Swirl" at Disney World. Then the boys asked me to ride the monster truck ride.  This was the bumpiest and most uncomfortable ride that I have ever been on.

It really was the most perfect day.  It only got into the 70, there was no rain and we didn't wait for any rides.

Once we got back to the parking lot, we realized that our car wouldn't start. Luckily a car next to us had jumper cables and we were able to get to a store to buy a new battery.

For supper we stopped at Olive Garden where they boys "cleaned up."  Sam had a ton of salad, spaghetti and ice cream.  They were both good as gold in the restaurant.

Uncle James enjoying the water park.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Main Campus

Well, it looks like both boys will be going to the main HCA campus in Hendersonville next year.  We got a call from Headmaster Slater informing us that the Gallatin campus is closing.  I was pretty sad because I love the teachers at the Gallatin campus.  Finn and Sam are so ecstatic to be going to the same school in the Fall.  Finn was pretty sad about leaving Sam behind.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


The boys love having their pictures taken - especially if they can see themselves while the picture is being taken.

Sam in the pool with Michael.  He has graduated to jumping off the side of the pool to me and then swimming to the side.  He swims underwater and can only go a short distance, but he is getting better.  If he determines that he can't make it to the side, he will turn a circle and swim back to me.

Sam modeling the new "headlamp" that I will be taking on our next night hike to LeConte.

The boys playing with their new bath "goo."  Gran took the boys to get a haircut at Giggles and let them make scary bath goo.  It had eyeballs and spiders in it.  The boys thought it was awesome!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Build -N - Grow

This weekend Grandad came to help the boys build the Avenjet at the Lowes Build -N-Grow workshop.  For the last six weeks I have been renovating the house and have gone to Lowes more times that I care to admit.  Every time we walked into the building, Finn would beg to participate in this workshop.

Once we got there the boys suited up.

Then they started building.  It was a challenging little toy to build.

The end result was pretty impressive.  We had a good day - made all the better by the angry Englishman standing directly across from us yelling at his kids while slapping them in the backs of their head and calling them "twats."  It was soooo uncomfortable.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Going Away Party

On Tuesday we went over to Sharon and David's house for a "going away" dinner for Papa, Uncle David, Aunt Sharon and Henry.  We had taco salad, watched wrestling in the man cave and Michael bonded with Henry.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bathroom Humor

Bathroom humor or maybe I should say "potty words" are a staple in the Begley home.  Try as we might, we can't seem to make Sam and Finn understand that while bathroom humor may be funny, it is not always appropriate.  As a mother of boys, I was prepared for bathroom humor - I expected it. What I did not expect was just how nonchalantly little boys address bathroom issues in a serious setting.  For example:

1. On Sunday I took the boys to the pool.  Midway through our day I had to use the restroom so I made the boys get out of the pool and sit on the chairs until I got back.  Our pool area is rather large and always full of people.  When I was on the other side of the pool, Finn decided that he had a important question that could not wait - so he shouts from across the pool for all to hear, "MOM, DO YOU HAVE TO PEE OR POOP?"  I seriously considered leaving and never coming back. 

2. Last night I spent hours in the boys' bathroom washing eye glasses for our trip to Uganda.  I had the entire bathroom floor covered in eye glasses.  As always, Finn decided that he needed to use the bathroom right that very minute.  He had already dropped trau (or lowered his pantaloons as Urban dictionary defines it) and was ready to go.  I told him to go downstairs and use the bathroom.  I turn around just in the nick of time to see Finn standing at the entrance to the bathroom aiming his "man parts" at the toilet and saying, "don't worry mom, I can make it."

3.  Again, while at the pool on Sunday, Sam informed me that he needed to go the bathroom. As he was sitting on the potty, he spots his "manhood."  He looks at it ever so curiously, gives it a flick and said, "it looks like a hot-dog."  

Ah . . . little boys.

Finn and Sam showing Cooper how to pose like Randy Orton.

Friday, June 5, 2015


This week Gran took the boys to VBS at Goodlettsville First Baptist.  Finn had a good deal of anxiety about going on Monday because he was worried that he wouldn't be in Sam's class.  Sam is such a source of comfort for Finn.  Anyway, the anxiety quickly dissipated once he realized that Gran and Pa would be helping with VBS.  They had a really good time.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


This past week I was home with the boys on Thursday and Friday.  Both days the boys asked to go to the pool.  This was a big week swimming wise, because Finn is actually swimming on his own.  He swims under water - which is weird to me because I though that Finn hated putting his head under.  He doesn't get very far - especially when you look at all the energy he is expending.

Sam has been less enthusiastic about swimming - I think it is because the water is so cold and the pool was pretty crowded when we went.  On Saturday, we made it to the pool by 9:00 a.m.  The boys basically had the entire pool to themselves.  Sam loved this.  I put his little float on and he swim back and forth across the pool for an hour.

This is how Sam prefers to dry off.  He doesn't like any part of his body to be uncovered.

I got to noticing the other day that Finn is starting to sit like an adult.  He even is sitting like this in his booster seat. 

This morning on our way to Gran's house, Finn said, "mom, do you know why I do so much dangerous stuff?"  I told him that I didn't know.  He said "well, I have to get use to pain if I want to be a WWE Superstar."  He also decided, at my suggestion, that "Scarhead" would be a great name for him. He is also growing interested in his back muscles.  He will walk up to me, turn around, flex and say, "look my back muscles."  Bless him. 

Just out of curiosity, I asked the boys what their favorite restaurants were.  Sam picked Kroger's.  Finn had a four way tie:  Zaxby's, Chic-Fil-A, Culvers (which they call Clovers) and Firehouse. 

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 ...