January 2014 marks ten years that Danny Akin has served as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Nathan and I moved to Wake Forest in May of 2014, so this anniversary also marks ten years of our life in Wake Forest. The Finns love Danny and Charlotte Akin, and so we were thrilled to celebrate their anniversary on campus March 31-April 1. There was a 'dress up' dinner for the adults on Monday evening, March 31st, and then a campus-wide carnival for the entire family on Tuesday, April 1st.
Sadly, Fuller had been running a fever for a few days so we took him to the doctor right before the carnival. His fever was ruled a virus, and though he was clingy and a little fussy, I strapped him to me and went to the festivities anyway.
We arrived early enough that the kids didn't have to wait long for the pony rides!
We were also able to get in line fairly early for the food trucks, of which there were six. The Finns LOVE a good food truck, and Nathan has been asking for awhile for SEBTS to bring one on campus. The lines quickly grew long, with some people waiting over thirty minutes just to place their order. SEBTS blessed all of the students by providing these food trucks, which served well over 1000 meals that day.
There are no pictures of our food, but we ate American Meltdown--gourmet 'melts' that we all liked! Nathan got one called the Dirty South with pimento, andouille sausage and sweet corn. Mine was the Orchard with ham, apples, and cheese, and the Finnlings all had grilled cheese. Yummy yummy yummy.
The Finnlings have never been on a pony ride, so the fact they could do this one so easily and for free was a huge blessing! Eleanor made it about half a loop around before she started screaming, so she didn't finish her ride. Baxter and Georgia, however, loved every moment of it. I could not get them to look at me for anything, but my friend Cara captured three great pictures of the grinning Finnlings for me (see the last three pony ride pictures).
My poor sick baby was a trooper during this time!
Truth be told, the Finnlings enjoy the inflatables MUCH more than their parents
(who inevitably have to rescue someone from inside)!
Happy anniversary, Dr. Akin! We love you and look forward to the next ten years at SEBTS!