Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Magic Bunny

It's no secret that Sam has had a hard time at school during nap time.  Faced with an insurmountable problem, I made the tough decision to send "Bunny" to school with Sam.  I have avoided this because in the event "Bunny" accidentally gets left at school we are in a for a rather unpleasant night.  If you ever see a news report about a crazy person breaking into the preschool at HCA after dark, you know it will be me retrieving Sam's "Bunny."

Well, "Bunny" has worked like a charm.  Yesterday when I picked Sam up from school his teacher said, "that must be a magic bunny."  Since introducing the bunny at nap time, Sam had done great.

This got me to thinking . . . I really need a back-up bunny.  I was able to find the exact bunny  - he is called bashful beige bunny (12 inches) from Jellycat.  So without hesitation I ordered him.

He arrived last night.  This is Sam seeing "New Bunny" for the first time.  He was so excited!  But his excitement wasn't about getting a new bunny for himself - he was excited that the love of his life "Bunny" now has someone to play with.

I promise these are the same bunnies.  Sam's bunny is just well loved.  Bunny is always on his mind. He is so gentle and thoughtful to bunny. If his treatment of "Bunny" is any indication, Sam will be a great father.

When it was time for bed, Sam handed me "New Bunny" and asked me to put him away for the night because he wanted to sleep with "Bunny."  This sounds so silly, but I was so happy that Sam stayed loyal to "Bunny."  Sam has always been loyal - that is just one of his many good character traits.

 Not to get too mushy, but I really love that bunny too because Sam loves him so much.Speaking of, I don't think that I will ever be able to read the Velveteen Rabbit again without drowning in tears.

Just a few pictures of "New Bunny's" first night.  I will probably put "New Bunny" away and only get him out upon the complete disintegration of "Bunny."  That will be a sad day indeed.

This is written by Michael: 

When the boys were riding home from  David's yesterday, Finn mentioned to me how he wishes David didn't leave to go far away again. They talked about Pa being out, then I mentioned how we almost ended up joining the pipeline a year and half ago. It bothered Finn to the point that he said he would be devastated if I was gone that far away. He then said something to the effect of how he would choose having me (dad) around over playing video games. He said the games would be a "zero". I assured him that he wouldn't be leaving. It just goes to show how much young ones can be affected when we may not think things would be as big of a deal to them.

Baby Shower for Cade

On Saturday we had a baby shower for James and Chelsea and Cade.  The theme was "travel" since Cade's middle name is Atlas. 

After the shower James, Chelsea, Michael and I went on a paintball, zombie hey-ride.  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Boo and the Zoo

On Saturday night Gran took us to Boo at the Zoo.  The boys were very happy to get all dressed up. 

We invited Jack and John-Matthew to go with us.   

We ran into Cameron too. It almost like an HCA Gallatin reunion. 

Dancing at the "Monster Mash." 

Sam and John-Matthew jumped in the pumpkin bouncy.  This is us putting their shoes back on. 

Look how cute Henry is!!

Dad's 60th Birthday

On Friday we drove down to Tullahoma to spend the night with Grandad and Gigi in celebration of Dad's 60th birthday.

His party was on Saturday.  Dad and I got up early and went for a run.  When we got home we ate breakfast and then started preparing for lunch.

Elaine came for lunch!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Playing School

Yesterday Finn asked me to play school with him. We went through everything he does during a typical day at school.  We spent quite a long time playing "my favorite."  He explained that Mrs. Raymer asks them what their favorite [insert category] is, asks them to write it out and then to draw it (she helps them spell the words).  Finn explained to me how important it is to play this game because it helps him with his printing skills.

This first picture is of Finn's "favorite food."   Do you see the top line?  This is Finn's illustration of his favorite food.  He was gravely hurt that I couldn't recognize that this is mashed potatoes, broccoli and pizza. Oh, and when did Finn start liking broccoli????

Next was Finn's "favorite song."  On this day he chose the song "Alexander Hamilton."  Below is a picture of our Founding Father's jamming out with a guitar, a trumpet and drums. 

This is Finn's "favorite show;" wrestling, of course.  He drew a picture of Brock Lesner and commented on how much his picture resembled the real Brock Lesner - bless him. 

After it got dark we took the boys on a walk around the neighborhood to look at Halloween decorations.  We made about a half mile loop.  Some of the decorations were pretty frightening, but the boys had fun. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Good Day

I really enjoyed hanging out with the boys yesterday.  Sam had a really good day at school earning a blue sticker - which means that we was "the best" that day. I was so proud of him.  After school we came directly home and did homework. Finn hung close to me the whole afternoon.  After about an hour, I learned why.  He explained that no one wanted to play with him at school.  I knew that the issue would work itself out quickly, but broke my heart all the same.

To make him feel better I started to tell Finn silly stories about things he did and said when he was a baby. Being very narcissistic, Finn loves nothing more than to hear interesting things about himself.  Next, Finn asked me to read "According Finn," a book Nana made for him.  To make this book, mom took some of my funniest blog posts, put them in categories and labeled each page according to it subject matter.  Finn and I snuggled on the couch and read the whole book. Finn thought it was so funny! At first Sam thought it was funny too - then he started noticing that none of the stories were about him. He asked several times when we were going to read his funny stories.

Next we met Daddy at Blue Coast for family night.  On nice nights we sit outside and eat dinner. This is one of my favorite weekly activities because the food is good, sitting outside is very relaxing and the boys run around after they are finished eating.  This gives Michael and I some time to chat.

Then it was off to Wal-Mart to shop for Halloween decorations. The boys love to look at scary stuff.  I scared them pretty good with a skeleton/clown.

Once we got home the four of us played and wrestled on our bed for almost an hour.  It was just a really great family day.

On Thursday Nana and Papa brought us their old couch for our playroom.  The boys were so excited to see them.  They wrestled with Papa and read with Nana. I think that I speak for our entire family  when I say that I LOVE having this couch in the playroom.  It is so comfortable and we have sat up there more this weekend than we have in five years. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Almost . . .

On Saturday were scheduled for family pictures in Murfreesboro with Nana and Pa.  So on Friday I took the boys shopping to pick out their outfits. I really don't like taking Finn and Sam shopping - they aren't good little shoppers.  I told them that if they could be good in the store I would take them to Clovers for ice cream.  They were so excited!  A little too excited maybe, because they were just about as rotten as one could possibly be.  They couldn't manage to be even "decent" for a measly 20 minutes.  

When we got back into the car I dropped the bomb - I told them "no ice cream."  Finn immediately started bawling and begging for another chance.  Sam gave me a dirty look and then proceeded to tell me how mean I was being to Finn.  Leave it to Sam to ignore is own feelings of disappointment and advocate for Finn.  Finn really had no idea how fortunate he is to have Sam. 

As we were leaving the parking lot Finn looked at me and said, "mom, I almost hate you."  He wasn't quiet ready to say that he actually hated me, but he made sure that I knew that he was almost there. He followed it up with, "mom, I almost don't love you." 

After a few minutes, Finn said, "mom, you're right."  I was so impressed with Finn's change of heart. I was so proud of him for seeing that he was misbehaving that his actions were deserving of punishment.  Then, he finished his statement.  He said, "mom, you're right -  you really are the worst mom ever."  Boy did I jump to the wrong conclusion.  Sometimes when we are playing around I will say "Finn, you have THE worst mom ever."  On this day, he was happy to affirm my statement. 

As I mentioned above, on Saturday we had family pictures in Murfreesboro.  The boys were fairly compliant with the photographer's instructions. The biggest problem we faced was the "walking across the bridge" picture. The boys didn't fully grasp the concept of walking slowly across the bridge so that we could get a good shot.  They would take two slow steps and then they would take off full speed. 

I think that we got some cute ones down in the creek.  I put Finn in his "Godzilla" rain boots so he spent every moment trying to get in the water.  Sam also struggled with smiling.  When he tried to smile, he looked "the joker."  

After pictures we went to the "White Reunion. "  

The rest of the weekend was very relaxing.  The boys went to Grandad and Gigi's while Michael and I went to Brixx and then to see Everest.

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 ...