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 :-)

Dr Finn in Scotland

Nathan had the privilege of teaching part of a travel course in England and Scotland this summer.
He gave several lectures on Baptist History from the very spots where those activities took place!
More pictures will come later, but this was a highlight:

Nathan lecturing outside
in Scotland
with Arthur's Seat in the backdrop


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Life with a 15 month old

My life with a 15 month old

He dumps stuff out

So I let him eat it as a snack

Then his sisters decide to join him
(Maybe not my greatest parenting moment,
and I cannot claim that the floors "really were clean")

Once the Cheerios were boring (or Mommy swept them up),
Hurricane Fuller moved on to toilet paper

He is SO proud of himself, the little rascal

Good thing he's so cute.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This is what summer evenings should be

Playing outside, 
enjoying the pleasant weather and the soft grass, 
and perhaps,
on occasion,
tackling the giant.


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Moving fun...

We packed up.

Fuller unpacked a lot.

We rented a trailer, which was really fun.

We slept on an air mattress, which the kids loved.

The Finns love being home in Wake Forest, but 54 Royal Oaks Place in Jackson was our home for six months. It was a blessing, and a sweet sanctuary while we were on sabbatical. Thankful for God's provision while we were in Jackson!

Back in Wake Forest!!!

Hi y'all!!

The Finns are BACK in Wake Forest!

~And there was much rejoicing~

LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of rejoicing!

Thanks for your patience with my lack of blogging. My computer crashed and then summer started and then we moved back to Wake Forest. Maybe, should time allow, I will catch up some. We shall see. Just know that the Finn family has returned to Wake Forest after a wonderful sabbatical in Tennessee, and we are thrilled to be in our home, with our church, and serving at SEBTS.

Until the next post...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Finn Family Fun In Frankfort, pt. 1

For Memorial Day Weekend, we drove up to Kentucky and visited our friends the Weavers. Nathan and Steve have known each other for years, but this was the first time the wives and children met. Steve asked Nathan to preach at his church on Sunday, and to spend the weekend seeing historical sites around Frankfort. Since Nathan is teaching a class in Lousiville this week, it was the perfect 'add-on'. Steve and Gretta have six kids so for our outings we piled into the hutch can! It was a lot of fun to see all the sites and I get to know this sweet family. He Finnlings love the Weaver children and were so sad when we left. We look forward to the next time we can visit with them!

Lots of kids in a van:

Visiting the 'new' state Capitol and governor's mansion:

Seriously, when did we become the grownups with four big kids? That seems surreal:

Baxter loved these steps!

Fuller, being the youngest, was doted on a good bit:

Governor's mansion:

Georgia and her new best friend for always:-)


Gorgeous mansion:

Fun at the fountain:

Downtown Frankfort (which is adorable and has some great shops!)

My laptop has died so I am posting this from a Blogger app on my phone. I have no idea if it will turn out well, so bear with me:-)