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VD and Osteoarthritis

Let me start off my saying that this was not one of our better Valentine's Days.  It started very early for us. Michael left the house at 4:00 a.m. to drive with Gran to Williamson Medical Center for Surgery.  This left me to get all of the boys ready and out of the door by 7:00 a.m.  On my way to the bus stop I got a call from Gran informing me that Michael's surgery was going to be a bit more complicated than they had originally thought and that he was not permitted to drive for four (4) weeks. This was not at all what I wanted to hear.  I pushed that thought to the back of my mind and dropped the boys off at the bus stop and went to work. 

Work was hard.  I got yelled at several times during the Child Support Docket.  I'll tell you, nothing screams Valentine's Day better than two divorced people yelling at each other over child support.  Because Michael's surgery went later than we originally thought, Gran was not available to pick the boys up from school.  Howe…

My Valentines

After work on Friday, Michael and I went went out on a date.  We ate dinner at Johnathan's and then we went to see "The Post."  We went to the Indian Lake theater - like normal - but we were elated to see that they had taken all of the regular chairs out and replaced them with recliners!  With great anticipation we settled in with our Skittles and Reece's and waited for the movie to start.  After a few minutes we noticed two other couples stroll in the theater.  One couple sat right next to me and the other sat right next to Michael.  It didn't feel weird until the other couples reclined too.  I really did feel like I was laying in a big bed with six people.  It was really strange.  But like most everything else in life, I got used to it and enjoyed myself despite it. 

While we were out at the movies, Gran came over and helped Finn and Sam design and construct their Valentine boxes.  Finn's was an Oklahoma City Box and Sam's was a Spider Man Box. 

After …

Online Ordering

Yesterday as I was getting ready for work, I walk in my room to find Sam lying on my bed reading "Muscle and Fitness" magazine.  He tells me, "Mom, this turkey and these blueberries look delicious so I am going to order them online."  He is so precious.

Will eating peanut butter.  When I get the peanut butter out to make sandwiches, Will drags his little chair over to the middle of the floor and begs or a spoonful.

Learning to Play

Will has now hopped on the WWE bandwagon.  He can sit and play with wrestling figures for at least 30 minutes (which is a long time in baby world).  He likes to fight with them in the ring.  It is so cute to watch him play.  Before he would just carry toys around.  Now, he knows how to play them them.

Yesterday when I went to get him out of bed, I found him standing in his crib pointing and reaching for one of the wrestling figures that was completely out of reach on the other side of the room.  He was so excited when I gave it to him.

He also likes to make the boys' other toys wrestle as well.

But his favorite thing to play with is still a ball.  Will doesn't say a whole lot; mostly "no."  However, Will often talks about balls.  Yesterday as we were walking into school, Will starting pointing to the building and yelling "BALL." There must have been a ball in his class that he was really excited about playing with.   When I asked his teacher about it she p…

Super Bowl

Last Sunday the Begley small group/Sunday School class met at the student building at Long Hollow for the Super Bowl. Having it at the church was great because the kids spent most of the night running in the meeting halls. This worked out particularly great for Will. Will really liked the half-time show. He shimmied the whole thing.

First Shiner

On Thursday, while sitting in a CLE, I got a call from the school. The call started as follows:  "Mrs. Begley, I want you to know that Sam is okay and that he doesn't have to go to the hospital."  Mrs. Davida then tells me that Sam scraped his eye up playing football. 

The story would have been pretty cool if he was popped in the eye while catching a football.  Nope.  Instead, Sam earned his black eye when he leaned down to pick up the football.  While doing so he hit is face on a concrete column.

Sam's first spelling list.  Oh, and Finn is watching "The Office" in the background.  Finn loves "The Office."


Last week the boys started Upward for 2018.  Everyone came to see Finn and Sam play.  Unfortunately, I had to go to an event and only made it for half of Sam's game.  But . . . from what I have been told, Sam did great.  He made the first 7 baskets for his team.  Sam's team is probably going to be pretty good.  Finn's team on the other hand was quite awful.  I think that they only scored 2 baskets during the entire game. Finn seemed to forget everything he had learned to date and just started chucking balls in the general direction of the goal.

My favorite part of Finn's game was the introduction.  Since it was the first game of the year all of the kids ran out from underneath a big balloon canopy.  When Finn's name was called he ran out with his arms spread out to his side and then started twirling.  Finn has watched a lot of professional basketball and decided that any good entrance required a twirl.  Well, Finn didn't account for the fact that he is not all…

Shoot Out

During the snow break Sam and Finn started watching a YouTube channel where the children dress up in super hero costumes and film short movies.  Sam thought this was awesome and spent the following two days in his Flash costume.

Will is starting to warm up to Sam.  Up until recently Sam and Will mostly ignored each other.  It is precious to see them become buddies.

After days of being stuck inside, Finn and Sam got creative.  They built forts and shot at each other across the laundry room. Will opted instead to eat peanut butter.


Tonight Will started eating with a fork. I can't say that I am surprised.  Will watches us very carefully then copies what we are doing.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

At noon on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Finn and I marched in the Sumner County Martin Luther King, Jr. March.  It was pretty cold - in the 40s for the entire walk.  But considering that we have had several days of weather in the "teens" and snow on top of that, 40 degrees was a welcomed relief.

Some of the younger children spent the morning making signs to carry to during the march.  Finn did not make this sign.  I couple of little girls gave us these signs.

There was  a great turn out.  They closed main street and we walked from City Hall to Gallatin High School.  During the march all of the cars on the opposite side of the road pulled over as we walked by.  I was really glad to be able to do this with Finn.  We were able to talk about the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fact that we all have value because we are made in the image of God.

Finn did great during the march.  He didn't complain about the walk or the weather.  What I enjoyed most ab…