Friday, April 28, 2017

Bottom Milk

Sam has never had a compact bowel movement in his life.  Michael and I decided that we would give lactose free milk a try.  We told Sam that he got him some special milk that I will help him have an easier time going to the bathroom.  Sam voiced his understanding.  

Yesterday, Sam asked me if he could have some "bottom milk."

We was so serious; he wasn't trying to be funny.  He legitimately thinks that lactose free milk is called "bottom milk." 

Finn's Buckle Fracture

On Tuesday, the school nurse called and informed me that Finn had fallen off of the monkey bars and he needed to have the arm x-rayed.  Michael picked Finn up from school early and took him to the emergency room.  Sure enough, Finn has a buckle fracture in his right forearm. (Of course it would be his writing hand.)  The ER doctor wrapped the arm and made an appointment for Finn to get a hard-cast later that week.

We met Finn and Michael at Dairy Queen for some "I'm so sorry you broke your arm" ice-cream.

Finn did really well.  He said that it hurt when he fell, but it didn't hurt too bad when he kept it still. He hated the sling and refused to wear it after we got home. 

He slept well considering - and we iced it the next morning. 

On Thursday I took Finn to the orthopedist to have his arm casted.  He spent the first part of the morning at work with me - which is appropriate since it was nation "Bring Your Kid to Work Day." 

Finn opted for an orange cast. He like the hard cast much better.  Afterward I took Finn back to school.  (He was really excited to wear plain clothes to school.) 

Gran had balloons and a "better bear" delivered to Finn's school.  This was so special to him. 

Morning Time

Morning is my favorite time with the boys.  They are really supposed to stay in bed until 6:45 during the week, but for the past few weeks they have been up by 6:00.  I am usually up and getting ready at that time and really enjoy the company. They are so sweet and talkative in the mornings.

They really like to get in my bed.  They think my bed is the most comfortable. 

Sam decided to read his school books. 

This morning, Finn laid down in the bathroom floor and we talked for an hour. 

Sweet pictures

Just a few pictures of the boys being sweet.


Will is starting to recognize our faces in pictures.  This picture is on our dishwasher in the kitchen.  Will gets so excited every time he happens to spot it.

Recognizing Sam's coloring - he is so good! Last week after school while I was cooking dinner, Sam sat down at the bar and colored this for me. 

I was browsing the HCA website the other day and found this. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The "Real" Easter Story

In an attempt to keep the Easter post as sterile as possible - I didn't mention what actually happened on Easter.  Sam had the stomach bug.  Sam has had stomach bugs before and knows what to do - i.e. get a bucket! Unfortunately, this "bug" was uncharted territory for Sam.  I am speaking about "diarrhea." All I have to say is poor, poor Sam.  He didn't know what to do.  He felt like he needed to throw up, so he stood face down over the commode.  That's when it happened.  And, yes, it's what you're thinking.  Poor Sam looked up at Michael with confusion etched on his face and said exclaimed what had happened (as if an explanation was necessary).  

This happened early in the morning so we put Sam back in bed and hoped that he would feel better before church.  No such luck. His second episode came after he was fully dressed - in his Easter clothes.  Fortunately, there was no "leakage" so the Easter outfit remained in tact.  I put Sam in a pull up and put him in the car.

Sam and I spent much of the Easter service in the bathroom.  He didn't have anymore episodes at church, but his previous episodes upset him/spooked him so badly that he was afraid to be away from the toilet.  

The next morning, we decided to keep Sam home from school.   His face sums up how badly he felt. 

Sam, showing me his Easter cup.  He is also wearing his "Sam" Easter shirt that Gran and Aunt Chelsea made. 

We sent Sam back to school on Tuesday.  He was a little embarrassed that he had to wear a pull-up, but I assured him that no one would know unless he told them.  He promised that he wouldn't tell his friends.  When I picked him up at the end of the day, his teacher told me that Sam was in the bathroom.   As I was turning the corner, I heard a loud sound from the bathroom.  "MOM! WILL YOU WIPE ME?" The school is not allowed to wipe the children so Sam decided that he would sit on the potty until I got there. I got so tickled at him! There is no telling how long he waited.  

Overall, Sam's stomach bug - and accompanying side effects - lasted four (4) days.  We kept him hydrated and everything had completely cleared up by Thursday morning. 

Easter 2017

Well, here it is . . . the Easter Morning family picture session.  I thought the boys looked quite handsome. Thank you Gran for the adorable Easter clothes. Thank you Emily for the little white shoes - I love Will in little white baby shoes.

Sam took this one.  

Sam's booger shot. 

As per tradition, we attended church with Gran and Pa. 

When we went to Gran's house for lunch, Easter baskets and egg hunt. 

The "crew." 
Griffin Thomas Begley "Finn" - 7, 
Samuel Hunt Begley "Sam" - 5, 
Charles Henry Begley "Henry" -2, 
Cade Atlas Begley - 14 months, 
William Rex Begley "Will" - 9 months, 
Mason Thomas Begley - 5 months 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wilderness Trip

Our "wilderness" trip entailed both a stay at the "Wilderness in the Smokies" waterpark lodge and an actual trek through the "wilderness" in the Smokey Mountains National Park.  

Our first stop was the water park.  We got there a little after noon and immediately went to the outdoor park first.  Finn and Sam both warmed up on one of the smaller slides.  Then I took Sam up to do the big double float slide.  He was a nervous wreck and almost "lost it" when I put him into the float. I had to lace my feet under his armpits and squeeze so that he wouldn't jump out.  The lifeguard gave us a push and off we went down the tube slide.  When we hit the bottom, Sam immediately yelled "THAT WAS AWESOME! I want to do it again."  

His second time down the tube slide was with Papa.  From that moment on, Sam rode every slide that he was physically big enough to ride and loved every second. 

Finn did great too.  His first slide was a fast, solo slide, with no inter-tube.  But, like Sam, he came out euphoric and looking for more. 

I didn't have any swimming trunks for Will, so he took the "European"  approach to swimwear.

For mid-April it was surprisingly warm. I didn't realize that there would be outdoor slides, so I didn't bring sunscreen.  Emily let me use hers, but after a couple of hours we decided to give their shoulders a break from the sun and bring the boys to the inside portion. 

The slides were easily better inside, but the humidity was gross. The boys' first stop was the to wave pool.  

The boys spent most of their time on the big multi-rider raft slides.  The "Green Slide", as Sam calls it, was his absolute favorite.  He rode it with me, Michael, and Finn; then with Uncle Zac; then with Nana (and two other kids because Sam and Nana didn't make the weight limit); then with Me, Finn, Nana and Papa.  Finn's favorite ride was the "Orange Slide."  This slide had a height requirement and was pretty terrifying.  At one point you go down (what appears to be an almost vertical drop) into a huge funnel.  I wish that I had been able to capture the look of sheer terror on Finn's face as we dropped down into the funnel.  But once we got in the funnel, Finn was yelling with pure joy.  He loved it and rode it again with Michael, Zac and Papa.

When I wasn't sliding, I sat and held Will.  By around four o'clock he was exhausted and couldn't keep his eyes open.

We decided to go to the rooms around 5:30.  We were all starving and needed to get showered for dinner.  The rooms were so neat - especially the bunk beds. The five older boys bunked with Nana and Papa, while M.J., Zac, Michael, Will and I stayed in the other room.

After getting cleaned up, we went into Pigeon Forge to eat at Mellow Mushroom.  On our way out of the hotel, Finn offered "curb side" service to his cousins. 

The boys at Mellow Mushroom - they really enjoy each other's company. 

Will didn't have quite as much fun.  He mostly sat and fed himself leftover black beans and corn from my earlier lunch. 

Next we walked over to the Christmas Village Hotel for the 8:00 p.m. milk and cookies.  On the way over, we saw Finn and Hank take off together.  Emily looked a little nervous and I told her not to worry, and specifically stated that Finn was "really responsible."  Well, the second those words left my mouth we lost sight of them and couldn't find them.  As I was hurrying around the building, an SUV stopped and the driver told me that the boys were around front swinging on poles.  I finally caught up with them as they darting across the street.  So much for "really responsible." 

All the boys enjoyed the Christmas hotel.  Which is a good thing because they were probably the only ones in the building who were.  Within just a few moments, we managed to run everyone out of the serene sitting area. 

Will liked sticking his finger in the reindeer's nostril.  He would do this and then laugh. He also took a liking to a drum covered in glitter and a Christmas bow.  This was easily Will's favorite event. 

The next morning, Nana presented Sam with his "First Trip to Disney" book.  She has made one for each of the boys, but gave Sam and Quinn their books first, because it was their first trip.  Sam loves his book.  He is so proud of it.  (He took it to school today.)

Our next big event was the hike to the two sister's cabin.  

Our "starting" picture. I carried Will the whole time. He did pretty good.  

We accidentally parked in the wrong place, so we had about a half mile walk uphill to the school house. 

The first building was the old school house.  Nana tried her best to evoke excitement. But, alas she was not successful. 

What did evoke excitement or, at least laughter, was Michael's "short cut."  This took him a pretty long time to navigate out of.  He also had faced multiple thorn bushes. 

This is me taking a picture of Finn with his generic GoPro.  He brought his camera and took pictures of flowers, salamanders and snakes. He was so precious. 

Yet, another "so-called" shortcut. 

Here we are at the two sister's cabin. 

In all, it took us a couple of hours to cover two miles.  The boys were pretty slow, but overall did well.  I think that Finn really enjoyed it.  Sam was pretty lethargic - and as we learned later, was sick. 

On our way out, we "all" crawled into Nana's van and went back down to get the other cars. 

Last we had a picnic lunch.  It was a great trip - and I hated to see it end. 

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 ...