Monday, September 28, 2015

Memory Verse

Each week the boys have a Bible verse to learn and quote to their teacher at the end of the week.  Last night while taking a bath I decided to work with Sam on learning his verse.  With both boys I will say the first few words of the verse and let them say the rest (at least at the first of the week).  Consistent with this practice, I looked at Sam last night and said. "The Lord . . . "  Without missing a beat, Sam responded, "of the Rings."   Ha Ha.  Just to be clear, Sam's verse this week is "The Lord is my Shepard."

Today is school picture day.  We were instructed to put our children in their neatest chapel uniform. This morning I woke up and ironed Finn's chapel uniform.  He looked pretty darn good - except that he couldn't find his tie ANYWHERE.  Michael, ended up putting Finn in one of his ties. It was huge. All I could think about was our instruction to put our children in their neatest uniform - go figure the Begleys would mess that up.   I was pretty flustered, so I didn't think to take a picture (I so wish that I had).  Later that morning Michael called me and told me that Finn left his tie at school - so problem solved!

Tonight we pulled out the game table to see what it could do.  We played air hockey, target practice (with bean bags) and Sam's favorite, soccer.   We had a really good time.

Finn's new backpack! Its getting him some attention from upper classmen - 3rd graders. The other day as I was picking Finn and Sam up from school I heard a kid say "Hey Finn, are you watching wrestling tonight."  Finn said, "I'm watching Night of Champions."  The kid nodded his head in approval and told Finn how good the event was.  As we walked off Finn looked at me and calmly said, "he's a third grader.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Finn's 6th Birthday Party

Saturday was Finn's 6th Birthday Party.  He has been looking forward to this party for about 360 days.  But he has been really talking about it for the past 3 weeks.  He wanted a wrestling party, so we borrowed a bouncy house from my aunt Tracey and uncle Jerry and Gran brought over WWE party decorations.  By the time the party started the place looked pretty good. 

I had a lot of help with the party.  Gran made egg casserole, Gigi made potato casserole and Nana made apple cinnamon muffins.  I made chocolate oatmeal cookes, ooey gooey cookies, ham and cheese finger sandwiches.  We also had ice cream and WWE cupcakes.  

The party got underway around 10:00 and ended around 12:30. During that time Finn and his friends played in the bouncy house, played air hockey and played with the toys upstairs.  It really appeared that everyone had a good time. 

Finn and Cooper putting a spin on typical air hockey. 

Finn and Jack. 

The bouncy house.  The first thing that Finn did upon getting into the house was to "spear" the Space Ape. 

Papa playing with the wrestlers in his wrestling shirt with his wrestling pose. 

Jack, Finn and Ethan

Finn got some awesome gifts and . . . 

awesome birthday cards. 

Finn got wrestling bedsheets/spread, wrestling figures, paw patrol pup and car, money to go shopping with, Scooby Doo wrestling movie (which is perfect for the boys), Jurassic Park blanket, wrestling shirt, an air hockey/game table and others.  Michael and I got Finn a PS4 and James and Chelsea brought over the wrestling game and gave him a gift card to get more games. 

The party participants. 

I love watching Finn during his parties.  Nothing makes Finn happier than having a birthday party.  I know that all kids love their own birthday parties, but Finn's face is SO happy the whole time.  He really enjoys having his friends over and having his friends have a good time at his party. 

Sam and his buddy John Matthew. 

James and Chelsea

Grandad, Cooper and Hank with their balloons.  Cooper spotted the balloons immediately!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Green v. Gold Day

Friday was the last day of Spirit Week - Green and Gold day.  The boys wore their Crusader Kids shirts and I put some green hairspray in their hair.  

I also didn't comb Finn's hair either.  I though the extra body went well with the green color. 

On the way to school Sam was bothering Finn which was making Finn really mad.  I tried to explain to Finn that while Sam was being a little annoying, Finn should try to remember that Sam is much younger and much more immature than he (Finn) is and that as such Sam is less culpable for his actions.  Finn looked at me as if I had lost my mind and in a very perturbed voice said, "mom, I don't even know that means, so I don't care!"  And with that statement he continued to be mad at Sam. 

Grandad and Gigi surprised the boys by picking them up at school.  When they brought them home we started getting them ready for the Homecoming Parade. 

Sam was on the "Frozen" float - so we dressed him as Sven. Just so you know, I made those antlers myself. And I added the sign for good measure. 

Finn was on the "101 Dalmatians Float."  I bought pull and peel felt to use for the spots.  I might have made the spots too big because Finn ended up looking more like a diary cow.  

We all met at Drake's Creek park to put the finishing touches on the floats.  Finn and Sam were so excited to see Nana, Papa, Cooper and Hank at the park.  We had about an hour before the parade started, so the boys ran around the park, looked at all of the floats, and patted the "Little Rascals" dog. 

See, Finn really does look like a dairy cow. 

Finn and his friend Jackson.

Sam in his full gear.  The head piece was pretty heavy so Sam didn't like wearing it. I did manage to get a few pictures though. 

The parade started off the with band. 

Sam's float was the first one in the parade.  He was so precious!   He was so excited to see us - even though he had just seen us five minutes earlier.  I think that was what made it so sweet.  He did exactly what I told him to do - he kept his antlers on and he wore his sign. The second he saw us he held his sign out as best he could and waved to us. 

As much as I love my children, my favorite part of the parade was watching Cooper follow the Lego's float.  He loved this float.  He walked behind this float the throughout the rest of the parade.  They invited him several times to ride, but he preferred to walk. 

Hank was handed a cupcake from one of the kids on the "Little Rascals" float. It was a pretty good night to Hank too. 

After the parade we walked back to the car.  Sam and Hank got a little bit of swinging in. 

After leaving the park we went to dinner at Shanes and then we went back home to get ready for bed.  I think we all ended up going to be around 9:30.  Grandad and Gigi slept on the bottom bunk and I slept on the top bunk with Finn on his new "WWE" sheets and bedspread.   Grandad and Gigi surprised him with an early birthday present!  As we were laying in bed Finn whispered to me, "mom, I am so happy to have this new blanket - I think it is even more comfortable than my old one."  He was so happy!  

I didn't end up sleeping in his bed for too long.  As it turns out, Finn puts out a lot more body heat than I remember and it felt like I was sleeping in a furnace.  So I got up and joined Michael and Sam in my bed. 

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 ...