Monday, February 16, 2015

Lame Recap

I am going to try for a quick recap.

I used to love blogging, but lately it has seemed like a chore on the never-ending list.  The good news is that the list is getting smaller and I don't feel so overwhelmed.  Last year was a really tough year and quite emotionally draining.
Christmas was a success in the Finn household.  Our children still remember what the true meaning is and it warms my heart that gifts aren't the main focus.  I do not remember being this way as a child.
The kids are doing great at school.  All A's for the most part.  A couple of B's for the Dude, but he has assured me that it will be all A's on the next report card.  He strives really hard to do good.  He is a good boy.

Miss Boo has really excelled on the piano.  Actually, she is amazing.  Her sight reading is phenomenal.  Her teacher says she has never had a student that sight read like her.  In some ways it is her weakness as she relies on knowing and not practicing.  I told her to think about how amazing she would be is she spent time practicing and not just getting by.
She can actually sight read so well that she can play a song so good the first time that it is equal to an average student practicing for a week.  I wish I had her talent.

The pets are good.  Let me rephrase...the pets are the same.  Leaving lots of little piles of hair bunnies all over the house just so I can love them more.

Mr. Finn likes his job so that makes things a lot easier for us all.

We went to Arkansas over the weekend and I am always surprised by how beautiful it is.  If it wasn't for the fact that it is Arkansas, I would totally live there.
Oh!  A big one.  I went to New York with my sisters and cousin in September.  Way fun time!  We walked an average of ten miles a day and saw everything that we all wanted to see.  We avoided the subway system after the first trip on it.  Ewwww!  I really don't ever need to go back again.  Way too many people in that city, but such a cool experience to see it up close.  It looks so much bigger and cleaner on TV.  Ha!  There is scaffolding everywhere, so hard to see the buildings.  You don't see that in the movies!  I enjoyed the trip even though I felt like we were in a marathon.

I found out I have Plantar Fasciitis in both feet.  The doctor saw fit to inject both feet on the same day with cortisone shots.  Ouch!  I should have questioned it when I asked the Doctor if it hurt and he replied with, "A little, I think".  Seriously!  I have had the worst week with my feet since them.  They swelled up and they ached just for the sake of aching all week.  Today I finally have relief as long as I wear my orthotics.  Boy, I feel old.

A dear friend and her husband completed their mission to Ohio and dropped by on their way home.  Couldn't be more grateful for her in my life.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Halloween

I totally get that I am really late posting.  I seem to have an aversion to the computer lately.  It might have to do with being called to the school board of my children's school.  And because I am the newest member, I get the privilege of taking over the secretarial duty of taking notes.  I am awful at taking notes.  Dare I use the "H" word?!  Lets just say it isn't going well.

Anyways Halloween came and went without a single decoration gracing our home.  The children, especially the Dude was very unhappy with me.  I get it!  Although it is one of my favorite holidays to decorate, I had zero desire to do anything and so I did nothing.  Mr. Finn even had to buy the candy.  Costumes were up to the children as I mentioned earlier, I was a huge flake.

 Miss Boo decided at the absolute last moment that she wanted to be a salsa dancer.  Thanks to a friend for painting her face after school.  Miss Boo has her own flair and I loved her costume.  Her attitude was spicy to match.
 Mr. Finn always loves a good picture of him, so this is gratuitous. HA!
 And the Dude...

He will be a source of amusement forever.  He wanted to be an old fashioned ghost.  I did go to the thrift store to pick up a white sheet.  Not a completely lame mom.

But when he found this Blues Brothers mask, he knew that this was to make him the coolest ghost around.  Btw...he has no clue who the Blues Brothers are, but he liked the look.
 He totally made me laugh.  Such a cool kid.
 Ti was super cold this night after having hot weather for weeks.  The Dude and I bailed to pass out candy at home shortly after this picture.  We don't enjoy the cold at all.
 We even took Palmer with us in costume of course which didn't make it through the night.  It now resides in the trash, but he was remarkably well behaved.
I enjoy this cooler weather.  Well, er...cold weather, as long as it stays cold.  What is killing me is the days of 70 degrees followed by 19 degrees.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hay Kittens!

 I love this time of the year.  Although our Fall was very short and had many days of 80 degree weather, we were able to enjoy a few of them.
The children are growing up so much.  We come to this pumpkin patch every year to play with the cats.  This year they had two mazes for the kids.  They loved jumping on the top of the hay maze versus going through it.  As you can see by the Dude's body language, he is irritated with someone.  He is a total "fister" when he is angry
 As I said, it's really all about the kittens.  The children fall in love immediately.  Because it is so cold, the kittens love to be held and warmed up.  They almost always instantly fall asleep.
One of these days I am going to pull all the above photos for the past years and put them side by side to see how the children change.  The sign has not.  It is weathering along with them.
 I love this time with the kids.  Everything is so peaceful.
 The next three photos tell a story about Miss Boo.
 She is falling in love...
 She is determined to have one and is preparing to call her Dad.
She is heartbroken that the answer was no.

She was so sad.  She had found this sweet kitten that was so cuddly.  Unfortunately our Cat isn't so cuddly and Miss Boo really needs that kind of attention.  Oh well, maybe one day we will go and come home with a new kitten.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trying to Transition back

Shannon challenged me to get back to blogging.  I have wanted to, but haven't been able to find my inner blogger voice.  I have been reading a lot of them but haven't had much to say, so here goes.

Thanks Shannon!


Top Ten Thoughts While Transitioning


1. Favorite memory from June

Can I say I don't remember that month, because I don't.  Not so much!
2. Favorite memory from July
Nyoka and the kids came to visit for a week and then the Jacksons came for a day and then Cherra for a couple hours.  This happened back to back.
3. Favorite memory from August
Painting the rocking chairs turquoise blue. (Mr. Finn was not as excited.  He says they go with nothing.  My point exactly.)  And I decided to cut my hair off and dye it Chocolate Cherry. Figured if I couldn't lose the weight, I could fix the hair.




4. Best thing you ate over Summer vacation
Red velvet cheesecake
5. Something you wish you did, but never got around to
Swim more with the kids.
6. Favorite song right now
Spirit in the Sky.  Hasn't changed much since the 80's for me.  Could listen to it at any given moment and it would make me move.
7. Favorite fall fashion item
Grey mid thigh sweater.  Goes with everything.
8. Favorite thing to do with your family in the fall
Pick out pumpkins at the patch and play with the new kittens that roam free there.
9. What you can't wait to cook/ eat this fall
Hot Cocoa with baguette bread every morning.  Makes me happy.
10. A goal you have for this school year
Have the kids be more self reliant.  i.e.: make own lunches, etc.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Eight is Great



 This amazing little boy got baptized on April 12th.  It was short and sweet, covering all the points and in the end he was baptized and confirmed by his Dad.  His biggest fear is that he would have to do it twice and it happened, just like his Dad 42 years ago.

His Grandpa gave the opening prayer and his Uncle Homer gave the talk.  I love how he used examples from his mission in Korea and he talked solely to the Dude.

 This little boy brings so much laughter and life to our home.  He made the choice to be baptized and am grateful for his obedient heart.
We love him so much and are happy to be his parents.