Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Twelfth Man

This fall, Baxter has developed a deep interest in football. We have always been big supporters of UGA (Go Dawgs!), but are really not aligned with a particular NFL team. 
I, personally, cheer for Peyton Manning no matter what team he plays for, and 
occasionally Eli Manning as long as he isn't playing against his brother:-) 
Nathan has been weighing what NFL team he wants to pick, but has not settled yet.

But #finnling2 has.

Last year, when the Broncos (PEYTON!!) played the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, we were all cheering for the Broncos...until a few minutes into the game, when Baxter decided he liked the Seahawks more. He's always been a contrarian, plus they have blue in their uniform 
(he likes to cheer for "blue teams").

It has stuck, and as we started following NFL football late in the season, Baxter decided the Seahawks would be his team.

The Seahawks call their fans the Twelfth Man--the extra person on the team, the support for the players. It's a pretty awesome concept. Baxter embraces his fandom wholeheartedly

Since getting his t-shirt last week, Baxter has worn it multiple days in a row.
Today he made signs for us to use during the Super Bowl game next week.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas Eve at the Finn house - 2014

 The Finnlings are completely like this on Christmas Eve:

(no Finnlings were harmed in the making of this picture)
 This was our Christmas Eve dinner at Waffle House. It's a fun treat.

Then we came home to open one present--pajamas--and watch Miracle on 34th Street for the kids' first time! It was so much fun.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reenactment of Gettysburg (as imagined by the Finnlings)

Here is a flashback to 2014

We visited Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky, and at the museum shop we purchased a special set of army men--Civil War figures! 

Baxter and Georgia spent a long time setting up elaborate fighting scenes between the gray and the blue. Military history studies, anyone? :-)

Thanksgiving Day 2014

This Thanksgiving, we welcomed two seminary families into our house to celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner together. Thanks to the generosity of these two couples, I only had to cook the turkey! It was amazing to only juggle that one thing. The food was delicious and the company delightful. We are so grateful for the family of believers in which God has placed us here at SEBTS.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Read our Christmas Letter!!

Check out our Christmas Letter (see the menu bar above, or click here
to read a recap of this past year! Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

An Usborne adventure!

Last summer, a friend hosted an online Usborne Books & More party.
I had heard of the books, but never taken the time to look at them closely.
I started searching the online catalog, found several titles that would be helpful for homeschooling, and bought them.

I fell in love with these books.
They are educational, colorful and fun.
They are sturdy and well-made.
My kids love them. There really has not been an Usborne book that they have not adored, poured over again and again, and worn out.
The Finnlings especially enjoy the sticker books...and the Illustrated Stories...
and the non-fiction books. I could just go on and on.

In July, Usborne had a special offer on the consultant kit.
After weighing the advantages of becoming a consultant against the requirements
(there are none), I bought a kit.

See my excitement?

These are all the books inside my kit!! Hooray for more books!!

The Finnlings are hard at work on their sticker and wipe-clean books!

I promise not to bog down my blog promoting Usborne all the time.
However, these are great books and I would LOVE to tell you more about them.
You can check them out online at
or stop by my house and I can show you in person.
Christmas isn't far away, and books make wonderful gifts for the children in your lives!

The joys of Cookout

In early August we had lunch after church on Sunday and conversation turned to milkshakes (I don't know why). We then learned that our friends had never had Cookout. 

So we parted ways for an afternoon nap then met back up later for milkshakes. We drove down to Raleigh to get the shakes and then relished the lovely weather outside at Lafayette Village where the kids played after enjoying their own milkshakes. 

Though they are playing it cool, these cuties really like each other a lot.

Finnling #3 loved running around the lawn, and she was pretty precious in her little tutu outfit.

She could be a model for Cookout shakes.
E makes me want to buy her lots of them...
but I know about the sugar crash that follows

It was fun to introduce Libby and her husband Josh to the joys of Cookout!

Date taken: August 3, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Attack of the Giant Winged Thing

Each fall, there is a cookout for new students that faculty are encouraged to attend. We eat outside, hang out with students and friends, and have a good time.

This year, Moe's catered the event. 
It was exciting because the Finnlings like tacos, so I thought they might eat it for once.
The folks serving us got a little carried away with my helping of sour cream and guacamole.
As in, my plate was swimming with sour cream and guac.
I love both, but it was a little much...
which was confirmed when a giant winged creature landed on my plate
and couldn't. move. off. 
A BUG got stuck in the goop on my plate, people!
It was disgusting.

So of course I took a picture (click below to enlarge)

Then I had to show it off, naturally (Nathan had killed the bug by this time, though I think it was mostly suffocation by sour cream).
BQ2 decided it looked like extra protein!
The things we do for funny pictures :-)

Memories. Good times. Tacos and bugs. Sounds perfect, right?

Date taken: August 15, 2014

Diet Coke and Mentos, frame by frame

For our first Science/Art Project day,
Terra Jones started off with a bang--
Diet Coke and Mentos!

To say it was a big hit would be an understatement.