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.

First Field Trip of 2014

This year, my friends and I decided to form a 'low involvement' homeschool co-op for our children.
Our goal: one field trip a month, one science/art project day a month
Very easy, very low key, very little prep work involved
It is an opportunity for interaction and 'educational exploration' for our children,
and hopefully some good conversations with the mommas:-)

This fall we are visiting the many free museums in Raleigh!

Our first field trip was to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

The whale skeletons are always impressive!

Three handsome boys just cheesin' for the camera

The Discovery Room at the museum is a wonderful place for children to experience hands- on learning! We could have spent much longer in that room:-)

Meet the animals is always a fun activity--
we saw a Madagascar hissing cockroach, 
a black milk snake, and a caiman (which is a small crocodilian)

Four families, twelve children--trying to fit everyone in was quite the task!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Back to school interviews with the Finnlings

My First Day of Second Grade
Georgia Finn

I am 51.25 inches tall and weigh 61.8 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Lydia W. and Grace S.
My favorite thing to play: dolls.
My favorite color: blue
My favorite book: the Laura series (Little House on the Prairie)
My favorite TV show: The Lego Movie
My favorite food: Pizza
When I grow up, I want to: be a nurse
Something I really like: is to dance
Something I really don't like: being annoyed
My favorite thing about myself: is reading
Something I want to do this year: sewing

My First Day of Kindergarten
Baxter Finn

I am 47 inches tall and weigh 48 pounds
My best friend's name is: Benjamin.
My favorite thing to play: Battleship  & Legos.
My favorite color: blue
My favorite book: Special Forces
My favorite TV show: The Lego Movie
My favorite food: Pizza
When I grow up, I want to: be a builder
Something I really like: Emmett (Lego Movie)
Something I really don't like: Wyldstyle (Lego Movie)
My favorite thing about myself: Master Lego builder
Something I want to do this year: draw

My First Day of Preschool
Eleanor Finn

I am 39.5 inches tall and weigh 32.6 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Russell
My favorite thing to play: babies
My favorite color: blue
My favorite book: Daddy Hugs
My favorite TV show: Lego Avengers
My favorite food: Pancakes
When I grow up, I want to: build
Something I really like: to watch something
Something I really don't like: hitting
My favorite thing about myself: building
Something I want to do this year: build Legos

First day of Clapham Academy, 2014-2015

August 18 was our first day of school for Clapham Academy. It was also the same day that SEBTS students returned to classes--it is a lot of fun for Daddy's first day of class to be the same as the Finnlings' first day.

Since my kids do not go to public school, we do not HAVE to have backpacks or school supplies...
but who doesn't love school supplies?
Each kid (minus Fuller) received a 'school kit' with some fun items like new crayons, tape, and scissors

I attempted to make pancakes in the shape of their grades.
That's 2nd grade, Kindergarten and Preschool...
sort of :-)

Obligatory pictures--the kids wanted to hold our sign!
My favorite part of the picture below: Baxter has stashed his weapon for quick use after the picture:-)

My two school aged kiddos:

My big girl is a second grader!

The crazy one is in Kindergarten

Showing his ninja skills and making a "K" with his body

The preschooler

Every school needs a mascot! 

Because we are trying to sell our house, the plan is to homeschool out of this--keep everything I need in here so we can pick it up quickly. We shall see if this works...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our HOUSE is for sale!!

Life in the Finn land--in addition to wrapping up summer activities,
preparing for the new semester to start,
we decided to put our house up for sale!
Right now it is For Sale By Owner,
and we have already had a few showings.
Pray for this to be a smooth, peaceful, relatively easy process.

And please know--we are NOT leaving this area. Wake Forest and SEBTS are home.
We just need a different space.
Curious about our house? I have a blog for that:

Friday, August 01, 2014

Summer Splash Pad!

While Nathan spent time in England, we had busy days with VBS, playdates, and more.

We spent one day hanging out in Durham with friends,
playing at their house,
and visiting a local splash pad.

The temperature was pretty cool for mid-July (high 70s), 
but the kids didn't care.
Splash pads are always a blast!

Playing in the splash pad

It's always fun to sit on the fountain:-)

This boy. Goodness. He is edible.

This girl. A mess. Still adorable, though.

She wanted to play in the splash pad,
but insisted on wearing googles to protect her eyes.
Googles that were too big for her.
Such a mess.

These friends are a big blessing to us.
We LOVE the Renstrom family.
And see B's arm around that little blondie's shoulder?
He thinks she is fabulous, and I hope I can show this picture to them again one day :-)