Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam's Last Day of Preschool

This past Friday was Sam's last day of Preschool.  I was a bit sadder than I expected.  Mostly, because I really like Sam's teacher - Ms. Mandy.  He has been with her for both K3 and K4. She is so fun and patient - and she really gets Sam.  Plus, Sam really loves Ms. Mandy.

As all big days do, this day started with a "big event" picture.  I explained to Sam that this was his last day of preschool and that we needed a really good picture to commemorate the occasion.  This is what Sam gave me.

We did a second take.  Not that the first wasn't - memorable - just not what I had in mind. 

We dropped Sam off at school at 8:00 and then Michael, Finn and I went to McDonalds for coffee. 

The program started at 9:00.  We arrived a few minutes early. 

First, Ms. Mandy gave out awards.  Sam got the "Super Scientist" award because he is always trying to blow things up.  Upon receiving his award, Sam walks to the podium with both hands raised high in the air - nodding his head and giving a "hard" expression. It was quintessential Sam. 

The "dab" shot. 

At the end of the ceremony, one of the moms wanted to get a picture of the all the boys.  This was Sam's expression for the "boys shot." 

Then, he breaks out into an impromptu "dab." 

After the ceremony, all of the kids went to the gym to play on the bouncy houses. While Finn and Sam played, Michael and I were able to talk with Ms. Mandy and with Finn's new teacher, Ms. Lockherd. 

Next, we all went to the cafeteria and ate pizza.  It was a fun day for Sam, but a fairly hard day for me.  I fought back tears on several occasions.  I am so thankful for Sam's time at HCA preschool. Now, on to Kindergarten!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last week, Finn and Sam went to visit Nana and Papa.  They were gone from Wednesday morning through Sunday afternoon.  While they were gone, Will took the opportunity to rummage through some of their stuff.

Will is starting to take an active interest in books.  He loves to look at them and turn the pages, however, he does not like for me to read to him yet.   I can usually get only half way through the words on the page before Will is ready to move on.  I hope this is not a sign of things to come. 

Here, Will is reading one of Finn's old books - "Go Train Go."  Finn was a huge "Thomas" fan, and this was his favorite "Thomas" book.  I hope that Will starts to like "Thomas."  Sam never really got into "Thomas" - mostly because when Sam was old enough to start liking things - he liked whatever Finn happened to be obsessing over at that time.  For example, Ninja Turtles and WWE. Will, being much younger, may have a change to escape the wide net that Finn casts. 

Will and I also played in the tent.  The tent has three different holes to climb through.  When he would try to crawl out of one of the holes, I would stick my head in the same and scare him.  He laughed and squealed and had the best time. 

Pretending to be an only child wore Will out.  I just love his little curls. 

Here we have Will sitting in Sam's NXT ring.  I was getting ready in my bathroom and heard Will laughing.  I walk in to find Will perched in the ring playing with Sam's wrestlers, naked as a jay bird. Sam would be so mad. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Monday Night RAW

This past Monday, Michael, Finn, Sam, Uncle James and I went to Monday Night Raw at Bridgestone Arena!  I have been looking forward to this for weeks.  We all wore our WWE gear - Michael wore Bobby Roode, I wore Braun Stroman, Finn wore Roman Reigns, Sam wore John Cena, and James wore Seth Rollins.

We all met at James and Chelsea's house around 4:00 to pick up James.  Then we went downtown to park and get a quick bite to eat at Jimmy John's.

After supper we walked down to Bridgestone Arena.  

About the time I took this picture, a side walk preacher started yelling verbatim, "when will you wicked parents stop taking your children into the den of inequity."

We arrived at 6:00.  The pre-show started at 6:30 so we had a few minutes to find our seats and get situated. 

Finn and I were trying to do the Ws.  Sam didn't get the message. 

At 6:30, the pre-show started.  They showed some WWE promotional videos on the big screen.  Then RTruth came out to wrestle Curt Hawkins.  Then Heath Slater and Rhino fought Anderson and Gallows.

At 7:00 Raw started. It was so exciting. 

The first person out was Dean Ambrose.  The boys lost their minds. I have never seen freak out harder.

Enzo.  Finn and Sam were really excited about Enzo and Big Cass.

Big Show!

Doing the "Finn Balor" entrance.

Sam doing "Roman Reigns"

The boys laughing at Samoa Joe's music.

This really was one of they great nights.  The boys did so good - even though they were us so late.  I particularly enjoyed my time with Sam.  I sat on the end next to Sam so I spent most of the night with him.  He was in rare form with this dancing and yelling and general excitement.  

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 ...