Monday, December 11, 2017

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 room - the garage!  Papa and Nana completely redid their garage and set up mattresses so that the boys and Nana could all sleep together. 

After supper, they all laid down and prepared to watch "The March of the Wooden Soldiers" at Nana's insistence - of course. They made it about 15 minutes into the movie before a mutiny broke out - the end result of which was the abrogation of Nana's movie and in the insurgence of "Elf."  

Even before the movie started, the boys took a long, long time to simmer down. 

Will did not sleep in the garage - but enjoyed the insanity. 

Will was also the only grandchild that had the slightest interest in the movie. 

The next morning we got up and had breakfast.  I mostly ate monkey bread.  Then we got ready and hung out until it was time for lunch. 

We all opened out ornaments. 

I shopped for a used piano. 

The boys played football, horseshoes and climbed trees. 

And Sam pushed Will and Cooper around in the Gator.  

The ended the night with a game of charades. Sam tended to make up the answer as he went along. He was so funny. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Putting up the Christmas Tree with Buck Denver

On November 12th we started the process of putting up the Christmas tree.  It is now December 4th and I have still not completed the process of putting up my Christmas tree.  I made a conscious decision NOT to put my fragile ornaments up this year due to Will's ever  increasing interest in destroying everything in sight.  This year, in an attempt to avoid a nervous breakdown, I only let the boys put up ornaments that are shatter proof.  Only Finn noticed the difference. 

We ended up having a really good night.  It was Finn's idea for he and Sam to decorate the tree in their Christmas pajamas.  While decorating we turned on the "Buck Denver" What is Christmas special.  

Such concentration.  He must have known that if he messed up my tree or my ornament that I would write unflattering, though well deserved, things about him on my blog. 

 Well, Will has learned that dreaded word - NO.  But man, it is so cute when he says it.  I find myself asking him questions so that I can hear him tell me no.  He doesn't do it in an ugly way - instead, he politely tells me no.  For example, I ask:  "Will, can Mama have a hug."  He will look over his shoulder and say "no."  I wish that I could convey how precious he is when he says it - but I can't.  Luckily I have it on video.

He has also learned to say "look!"  When he wants to show up something incredible.  He will dramatically point to an object and exclaim "wook!"  This, too is precious.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


This is a little late - but I am finally getting around to publishing pictures of the boys' Halloween pumpkins.  The timing on this post is actually fitting as the boys finished these pumpkins about 10 minutes before they were supposed to go to bed on the night before Halloween. So basically we got to enjoy these pumpkins for approximately one day before we threw them over to fence for the deer to eat. Oh, and as it turns out, I don't even have a picture of the finished products.  Congrats Erin. 

Working with Mom

Since Finn spent much of Monday night throwing up, we spent much of Tuesday at work with me.  I had to be in court all morning, so I set Finn up with Netflix on my office computer, my Ipad, a pastry from the coffee shop around the corner, and pallet on the floor just in case he started feeling poorly again. Fortunately, Finn was very excited to go to work with me. Unfortunately for the office, Finn was feeling much better by the time I left him the capable hands of Lori and and Lawren. 

Whilst sitting on the bench, pretending to be a grown-up, I received the following pictures via text from Lawren.  

At some point Finn went rummaging through the office and found some old swords that Butch had laying around. After much struggle, Finn was ultimately defeated. 

After getting back from court, I found that Finn had left me sweet notes and pictures all over my office.  Writing this blog reminded me of when I use to bring Finn to work with me when he was a baby. Really, not much as changed - he still rolls around all over my office floors, tried to steal my chair, bangs on my computer keys and whines to go home. Regardless, I love having the boys at the office. 

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 ...