Monday, February 22, 2016

Officially Moving

Well, we are moving.  Our house was listed for sale on Wednesday of last week.  On Friday of last week we started showing it.  We had 18 showings from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.  We had 8 offers.  It all happened very fast.

I am so thankful the house has sold, but I will say that it has been a little stressful.  Keeping the house spotless with two (2) young boys has been a challenge.  The biggest challenge has been keeping our carpet clean.  Fannie, for example, throws up no less than two (2) times per day.  We had the carpets professionally cleaned last weekend so Fannie has been locked in the garage for almost 10 days.  We thought we had this problem licked until Saturday morning at 12:30 a.m. when Finn came into our room and told us that he had thrown up.  Finn sleeps on the top bunk so when he throws up, it goes everywhere - including the carpet.  You know what they say about best laid plans.

Well, we cleaning everything up and managed to keep the smell at bay.  We were scheduled for an open house the next morning at 10:00 - so we had to make sure everything was washed and cleaned. Meanwhile, Finn threw up three more times so we were up every hour with him.

At 7:30 a.m. I dragged myself out of bed, preparing to spent a couple of hours insuring that our house was in tip top shape. I happened to look over at my phone to see that we had another showing scheduled for 8:30.  I ran around like a crazy person getting the boys, myself and the house ready.  At 8:28 I threw the boys in the car and we peeled out of the driveway.

We spent the rest of the morning at Gran's.  For lunch Pa treated Gran (at the rest of us) to lunch at Coco's Italian Market.  The food was great!

We got back home around 2:00 and we all slept until 5:30.  We were all so tired.

I have attached the professional pictures taken of our house so that I can remember what my house looked like when it was really clean.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Art of Obedience

The tablet has been a huge hit.  Sam loves to play his "Thomas" game on it.  The only problem is that Sam is not so keen on putting it away when it is time to get ready for school.  One day this week I caught Sam playing with his tablet before school.  I asked him to put it away and go upstairs.  A few minutes later I noticed that Sam was nowhere to be seen.  I looked and looked and finally Finn told me that Sam was in the coat closet.  

I went back downstairs and opened the closet door to find Sam sitting in the coat closet, naked as a jaybird, playing with his table.  

On Sunday morning during breakfast we started discussing Valentines Day.  Finn, who regularly asks me about marriage, asked "how many people can you marry?"  I told him that you can only marry one person.  Finn, without missing a beat, responded, "but Jacob had to two wives."  Sam then informs me that he isn't going to get married because he doesn't like girls.  Finn really tickles me with the words that come out of his mouth.  On Friday night we ate pizza.  Finn looked at the pizza and said, "do we only have pepperoni?"  We said, "yes."  He replied, "that's unfortunate."

Later than evening we met Gran ate Casa for dinner.  Since Michael and I had worked all day on the house, we decided to give the boy's their Valentines at dinner.  I got them stylus pens for their tablets and they seemed to really like them. 

Sam and his friend Rowdy at his Valentine Party.

Hot Chocolate 2016

On Saturday, Dad, Emily and I participated in the Hot Chocolate Run.  Last year at this time I was in tip top shape and ran the 15K.  This year, I was lazy, pregnant and decided to walk the 5K. Emily graciously walked with me.  

Despite our super slow pace, we started in Coral C - which specifically said "no walkers."  So, we ran for about the first minute and then found a nice spot on the sidewalk to start our long, cold walk to the finish. 

It was really, really cold.  I think it was right at 20 degrees.  Since we weren't running I never really warmed up. Dad ran it of course - and did really well.  He finished in 28 minutes. 

Em and I, on the other hand, took our time.  While all the other people around us were running their guts out, we stopped at the chocolate stops and leisurely ate chocolate while the runners dodged us.  

After crossing the finish line we went over to pick up our "spoils" of victory.  So yes, I ate more chocolate.  The only problem was that my hands were so cold that I couldn't hardly use them.  

After the race I headed straight to the church for Finn's basketball game.  Finn made two goals!  He is still trying to guard people while on offense - but we are making progress.  Next we had breakfast with Brandon and Carissa. 

Later in the day we went to look at a house.  Yes, we have decided to put our house on the market.  It is scheduled to be listed tomorrow.  You might ask - with a new job and a new baby is it really the best time to be doing this?  The answer, of course, is no, but we are excited and going to give it a try anyway. I must admit that I am really nervous.  Houses in Sumner County are selling within days so we are having a hard time finding anything that we want to buy. In fact, we went to look at one on Saturday that we really liked, but it sold on our way over. Bummer. 

We did manage to look at two more.  They were both awful.  Really, discouragingly awful. Finn and Sam loved them both.  They especially loved the basement in the first house.  While the agent was showing us around Finn and Sam were rolling on their stomach in the floor.  

Later than evening Michael and boys watched the NBA All-Star competitions.  Finn was so into it.  It was really sweet. 

Cade Atlas Begley

Well, Michael and I are official and Uncle and Aunt again.  James and Chelsea's baby was born on February 2, 2016.  His name is Cade Atlas Begley and he is precious!

We all went up to see them later that week.  Chelsea was doing great. 

After going to the hospital, we took the boys for pizza at Mellow Mushroom.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sam's Fourth Birthday Party

On Friday night, in celebration of his Fourth Birthday, Sam had a sleepover with Cooper and Hank.  The boys arrived at our house around 4:00.  They started the evening by playing outside, but moved upstairs once it got dark.  By the time I got home from work Nana had arrived.  Nana came up to help me with the boys. 

The evening went pretty well.  We ordered pizza, watched Scooby Doo Wrestling and blew up the air mattress.  The sleeping arrangement were akin to musical chairs.  Sam, Hank and Cooper started out on the air mattress. 

Finn, feeling a bit left out, opted for the corner. 

By the time the night was over, Finn was in my room, Cooper was on the top bunk, Hank was on the air mattress and Sam was on the couch. 

The next morning we took all the boys to Finn's basketball game.  He made a goal!

Then we went to Chuck-E-Cheese for Sam's party. 

He seemed to have a really good time. 

After the party Jack and John Matthew came back to the house to play for a few hours.  Grandad and Gigi also came back with us to fix my toilet.  He did a great job!

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 ...