Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Bathroom Blues

Sunday morning Finn and Sam came down and crawled in bed with me and we snuggled and talked for a few minutes. (I have decided that being woke up each morning with these sweethearts is one of my favorite things in life! They are just precious!) We had Dinosaur oatmeal for breakfast, then we brushed our teeth and I got them dressed for church. I turned on the cartoons for them to watch while I showered and got myself ready. When we all ready, I asked them to stop on the patio to take a picture. They both posed wonderfully and then Finn wanted to take a silly picture so I said okay. It was really cute. 

Once we got to church , I turned off the car, and we had the talk- you know, all about being polite, shaking hands, giving hugs, sitting quietly and not running in church. Sam and Finn agreed that they would remember the rules and off we went. We sat on the front row, and the boys were absolute angles! They stood for the music and prayers and turned to proper page in the song book each time. When the offering was taken they each gave the money that I had given them. Once Tim began to preach, I handed each of them an invisible ink coloring book, They sat quietly and colored Scooby Doo and Ninja Turtles until we sang the invitation song. They spoke, shook hands, and gave some wonderful hugs then we headed out for lunch and Aunt Nellie's house.

After much debate we decided to go to Chilis for lunch. We didn't want to wait for a table and there was an open booth in bar so we took it. ( I know it was bad, but I had two very hungry boys) The service was terribly slow and our server said they were working as fast as they could but were short handed and that even the manager was in the kitchen working. I told her not worry, but when she brought my salad my grilled chicken was cold and tasted raw! I sent it back and just ordered our desert.Finn and Sam had cheeseburgers and they seemed fine and that was all that really mattered. They both wanted vanilla milkshakes and I got a cookie monster. As we were eating Sam announce that he needed to go poop! So I flagged our waitress and told her that we were not leaving, just going to the bathroom and she said she would hold our seat for us. Once we were in the bathroom I told Finn to go so I wouldn't need to make a second trip. There were three stalls and someone was in the last one. I got Sam on the potty and stepped out to hold his door, (he likes his privacy). Finn was finished quickly and he and the other lady came out and were washing their hands when two other ladies came in. Just as the other two ladies got in their stalls Sam says in a very loud voice, "Hey Gran, I really have to poop a lot!" I answered back reassuringly, that I was proud of him for telling me he needed to go potty. A few minutes later, he let out this long moan and said again in a very loud voice, "I really do have to poop!" I was try not to laugh and talking through the door asked if need me to come in with him? He answered back and said, "no, I'm still not done". Finn and I were trying not to laugh  out loud as well as the lady washing her hands. Just then in a loud voice Sam let out the biggest groan! We all lost it even the ladies in the stall next to him were laughing out loud! I know he wasn't trying to be funny but we were all just about to die of laughter! The ladies came out and then Sam announced that he was all done. I helped get his pants up and he came out, looked at the ladies washing their hands and said, "I did a good job". They all thought he was adorable! It was no doubt the funniest bathroom experience of my life!

When we got back to our table both boys wanted to sit in my lap so they piled on and we decided to take a selfie and send it to Mommy and Daddy! They received it and sent one back! The boys loved it! We paid our bill and headed to Aunt Nellie's.

When we got to Aunt Nellie's the boys gave her big hugs and sang three songs for her- Jesus Love Me, If Your Happy and You Know It, and This Little Light. They also said their memory verses, Sam said Genesis 1;1 and Finn said Romans 3:23 and John 3:16. We showed Aunt Nellie pictures we took on the playground and then took some pictures with her. She just loved having the boys there and said that Michael and Erin sure were doing a great job raising them, and that they were the most well behaved children she had ever seen! That's a complement coming from someone who is 98 years old! And I agree 100%!

When we got home we took baths when Mommy and Daddy called to say hi. The whole time they talked all Sam would say was, " when are you coming home"? I felt bad for him and Michael and Erin, even though we were having so much fun, little Sam just wanted everyone back home. After we hung up I noticed that Michael had sent a workout picture so we sent one back!

After we got our pajamas on I asked the boys what they would like to do and Finn sid he would like to paint,cut and glue. So I got out our art bag and let them make whatever they wanted to. Finn is confidant in his ability to create some exceptional art. He doesn't need any direction at all. Sam was very excited about the idea of painting but was only using water. Once I showed him how to get paint on his brush he took off and never looked back. We had the timer set for 45 minutes. when it went off we cleaned up and had a snack. The boys decide that since Mommy was coming home soon they would give her the art work they made. We read a story and said prayers and went to sleep.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Going on a Pic-Nic

On Saturday morning the boys slept till 6:00 a.m.:I heard them coming to my room and pretended to be asleep. They both climbed right up in the bed with me and were whispering to each other, Finn got as close as he could to my face and I just reached up and gave him a big hug then Sam climbed over and we just snuggled in the bed for a few minutes until Finn said, "Gran, I'm starving". So we all headed to the kitchen. I fixed a big breakfast for them and then we went out to play and water the flowers. I had decided not plan anything for the morning because we had been on a pretty tight schedule and I felt like the boys needed a little down time.

First we watered the flowers, Finn "helped" a lot, Sam wasn't that interested. Then Finn, Sam and Batman started their work out. First Finn and Batman worked on some pull-ups, Then Batman demonstrated to Sam how to climb a tree. Sam decided that Buz Lightyear was better at climbing trees and suddenly turned into him, ran across the yard and made a great effort to climb a very big tree! He was almost up the tree when he looked at me and said, "Gran I need to go poop"! We all headed straight to bathroom and after a short time headed back outside when we noticed that someone (meaning Finn) did not close the door and Kitty Cat Kate was outside! Finn was quick to apologize for not closing the door, but I assured him that it was fine because Kate really doesn't like to walk on grass so she is easy to find. The boys thought it was so funny watching Kate look at the flowers! We went into the house to dressed and Finn wanted to pick out play clothes so I let him help me to look in the closet for something to wear. He spotted a Gravedigger Tshirt that I bought for him years ago and was waiting for him to grow into it. It fit him perfectly and he loved it! I found a Tshirt for Sam with #3 on it, I bought it when he was 2, it won't fit him again, they are both growing way too fast! I let them watch one Veggie Tales and then it was time for naps.
I had been promising the boys that we would go on a real picnic for a few weeks and when they woke up from their naps we started packing our basket. First we got out the Sliced Ham and "Flat Cheese", Sam has been learning about shapes at school so I got out the cookie cutters and let them make circles and squares out of the slices. Sam woke up hungry and ate most of his as fast as he made it! It was so funny! After we made our shpes we began to pack the rest of the basket. They just loved picking out things to take. They packed apples, orange slices, chocolate chip cookies, Doritos, grapes, bottled water and chocolate milk! I knew they would never eat that much food but I didn't care, we had plenty of ice and I just planed to bring home what we didn't eat.

When we got to the park their were a lot of people at the playground and no available picnic tables, so we pulled a blanket out of the car and spread it out on grass near the playground. Finn told me that, "now we are having a real picnic". We were in the shade and it was a beautiful day, it was very humid but the breeze kept everything cool. Sam and Finn ate and ate, finally as I started to put things away Sam looked at me and said, "I just want one more grape," so I handed him the bowl and he ate at least 10 more grapes! I don't know how he eats that much?

After we put everything back in the car we down to the playground, which was just fabulous, they have everything a child could want to play on and it is well separated so the children are not running over each other. It was very busy though and I stayed right with the boys the whole time. There were seesaws, slides, rock walls to climb, a bridge that Sam ran across all by himself, and a pole that Finn went down all by himself! they were having a blast and we stayed until it started to sprinkle. when we got in the car, I gave the both a cold bottle of water and they were ready to go!

We stopped at the church on the way home to get everything ready for Sunday morning, then went to "Clovers" to get drive thru. While we in the drive through behind several cars Sam told me he needed to potty! I asked him if he could hold it since I was trapped in the line, he assured me that he could. We waited and waited, we were getting closer to getting our food when Sam said, "I need to go right now!", once again I asked if he could make it for a few more minutes and he said yes, ( I was ready to let him go right outside of the car,in the line). Soon as we got our food I parked and we ran in, I was so proud of Sam and I told him he did a good job! We came home took baths and at and watched Veggie Tails. Once again, both boys feel asleep during our story . 

When You're in Love

On Friday, I was up before the boys (which means it was before daylight, I had told Finn that he had to wait until daylight to come out of his room, unless he had to go to the bathroom) , Finn knocked on the door as I was getting out of the shower. I quickly dressed and went to the kitchen to get breakfast for the boys. They had Lucky Charms and fresh fruit. Then I helped them get dressed, Finn wears a uniform this year so he could only choose socks and underwear, I had lots of fun dressing Sam and asking him which shirt and shorts he liked best. When it came time to choose underwear Batman always won over Superman and they wore Jurassic Park socks all week. The morning was going along great and it was time to hop in the car so as I got my coffee I told the boys "lets Rock and Roll", (we always say that when it's time to go) without missing a beat, Finn looked at me and said, "Gran, why are you still in your pajamas?" I tried to explain to Finn that I was just wearing casual yoga pants and a T'shirt because I didn't  have to go anywhere after I dropped them off and would just be home doing chores all day. He said "ok", but still seemed a little bewildered at my appearance. I guess its time to update my wardrobe. Everything was going so well, the boys were watching PawPatrol as we drove to school and Little Sam was just laughing out loud at the funny things on the program. We pulled into the parking lot and I got out to help Sam out of his seat when I noticed he was suddenly very sad. I told him he would be fine and what a fun day he was going to have as we walked to his class but when I hugged him goodbye he just cried! I was not ready for that! I took Finn to his class and barely got to the car before I started crying, it was terrible! I just wanted to go back and get him but knew from all the years of working in preschool that I couldn't.

The day flew by and before I knew it I was on my way to pick them up from school. This time I just parked and  as I was going in Finn came out and together we went in to get Sam. He was all smiles and eager to get in the car to watch PawPatrol. I decided to take them to their house and prepare dinner while they played in hopes that it would head off any homesickness. They were so excited, as soon as they got in they played with their WWE toys and Finn played video games. I made spaghetti and cleaned up while they played outside. On the way home while watching PawPatrol Finn got very serious and said, "Gran, theirs something you need to know." I said, " what is it Finn" and he said,"the pink and the blue are in love". I was a little confused then I asked him if he was talking about PawPatrol? He said yes, so I asked him, "how do you know they are in love?" and he said, "I just do". So I pushed a little more and said," how can you tell if they are in love, maybe they are are just good friends?" He assured me that they were definetly in love, and that "when people say they are worried about you, that means they love you." At this point I was being careful not to laugh because he was very serious, but I just had to ask if Pink and Blue were going to get married and he quickly explained that since they were dogs, they would not get married.

When we got home we ate ice cream sandwiches and took a quick shower (Sam did not cry any) then watched Tangled. We went to bed a little later since it was and both of the boys fell asleep in the middle of our story.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Thanks to a shooting over Exit 7 on Vietnam Veteran's Blvd, it took 2 and half hours to get the boys to school yesterday.  I noticed that something was a little off when traffic from the "Beech" side of Long Hollow Pike was backed up past the entrance to our neighborhood.  I chuckled to myself and thought, those poor chumps.  About one minute later I hit the same abhorred traffic going the other direction. I called the school and learned that the Vietnam Vets was closed!

The traffic looked like an "end of times" movie.  About an hour in the boys had had enough! They were picking at each other, whining and intermittently crying.  I felt the same way - but as the only adult in the car, I had to hold it together.  Then the screaming started.  It was so loud and awful that I started screaming at the boys to get them to stop screaming.  Consistent parenting - wouldn't you say.

I may have mentioned that Finn is what I call a "quitter."  If something gets too hard he is the first to give up.  On multiple occasions Finn would look at me through the rear view mirror and plead me with saying "Mom, just give up - please, give up and lets go home."

The only thing that appeased the boys was to yell "MOVE" at the car directly in front of us.  The boys thought that was really funny, and it surprisingly helped relieve my tension as well.  I'm sure we looked pretty silly.

I got the boys to school a little after 10:00.  Finn's teacher said that they were still waiting on other student's to get there. It was really awful.

On Thursday after school, we sat down to watch the last "Monday Night Raw" before "Summer Slam."  In honor of the event I put on my Suplex City shirt. Finn and Sam LOVED this.  They thought it was awesome.  Finn took so many pictures.  He posed me too.  He told me to look tough and strong.

After "Raw" I took the boys to McDonald's for dinner.  Finn wanted his picture taken with Ronald. Sam, being a better judge of creepiness, opted to stay as far away from Ronald as he possibly could. Since I hadn't showered in a couple of days we decided to eat outside to avoid being seen.  I'll tell you, nothing is classier than seeing a greasy headed, middle aged, women wearing a professional wrestling shirt while scarfing down McDonald's food.

On the way home the boys and I established an "air band" and jammed out to "Slumber" by NeedtoBreathe. Sam sang into an air microphone with all his heart and soul.  Finn, pretended his McDonald's straw was a brass horn.  To round out the band, the boys demanded that I play air piano with one hand.   We had a ball!

Finally, during breakfast this morning Finn issued a rather well worded threat to Sam.  Sam was apparently bothering Finn again.  This was Finn's response, "Sam, I'm having a bad day so you may just want to let me be."  I was quite impressed with the authoritative eloquence of Finn's warning. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gran and the Case of the Red Tomatoes

On Thursday morning I went over to Pick-up Erin and the boys. First we stopped at HCA to drop the boys off , then I took Erin to the airport. I spent the day with Aunt Sharon helping her pack for NC. And by helping I mean, playing with and holding little Henry, It's a tough job, but, I am his Gran so I struggled through it. LOL! Just look an this sweet boy!

I went straight to HCA from Sharons to get the boys, I was about 15 minutes early and the line for car riders was already started. Once the classes began to dismiss it moved very quickly and in no time I was picking up Finn. I asked him where we went to get Sam and he said we had to go in so I parked and we went inside to his classroom. I was so happy to see them and we jumped in car and turned on PawPatrol (that's the movie we had playing in the car).

Once we got home, I told the boys they could play outside while I prepared dinner. They were playing on the patio tree when Finn came to get me to show me something he had found. It was a rather large bird nest! We tried to get up high enough to see the top of it but we couldn't.

While I was outside with them I decided to show them the tomato plants. We walked over to see if we had any red tomatoes and we did have three! I picked them and Finn asked me about all the green ones, I explained that we could only eat the red ones.

We had dinner and Finn didn't want to eat his broccoli and I told him he only had to have a small piece of it, then he could have his ice cream so he ate it right up.                                                                                                                                          

After dinner they went out and played some more while I cleaned up. It seems that Batman and Spiderman were trapped by dirt, Both of the Spidermans were able to escape, but Batman didn't make it.  

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 ...