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A Get-Well Poem

When Finn was sick for a week back in December, an elderly couple from church sent him the following get-well card.  We thought it was funny that they sent this particular card and assumed that they didn’t get the joke (otherwise they wouldn’t have sent it).  When Lisa talked to the husband later, it turned out that he did get the joke and thought it was funny…which made it even funnier to us…that they had sent it to Finn on purpose.



Football Photos 2011

Here are Elliot’s and Finn’s football photos from 2011.  My previous collection of mine is here: link.




Finn’s Favorite Tridge Memory Reprise

Tonight Finn reprised his favorite Tridge memory story at a Midland Area Community Foundation event (the original performance is here).  Below is a photo and video from today:


Youth Football 2011 Week 5

For the second game in a row, the Knights faced a team with whom they were evenly matched.  Unfortunately, it didn't work out as well as the first time.  After giving up several turnovers and losing their starting QB to injury near the end of the first half, they lost 22 to 2 (dropping their record to 1 win and 4 losses).  Early in the game, Elliot had a nice end-around run that went for a first down.  After the Knight's QB was injured, Elliot played the rest of the game at QB and linebacker (instead of the usual receiver and linebacker).  He completed two passes (one of which came agonizingly close to a TD on the last play of the first half), but he had a rough time overall (since the Knights had a hard time getting a running game going or stopping the pass rush).  Considering he hadn't played any QB since pre-season practice and none in the shotgun formation that they're running now, I thought he did a good job.  On one play when they were backed up to their goal line, he called a hard count and drew an off-sides penalty on the defense to get five extra yards of cushion.  I was impressed that he thought to call that play in that situation.

Finn's team lost too…28 to 21.  His TD streak ended at six games.  He only carried the ball twice, so his opportunities were limited.

Youth Football 2011 - Finn

Finn is playing flag football on the Chargers.  After finishing last season with a 2-TD game (link), he started this season with the same.  He's now got streak going of six straight games with a TD run (not counting the recent game in which he played only defense).

Here are a couple of videos and photos.  The first video is the one that features the Finnster.




Youth Football 2010 Weeks 4 to 6

I never finished reporting on the boys youth football seasons last year.  Here is what I wrote about Week 1 and Weeks 2/3.

After playing RB the first half of the season, Elliot played QB during the final three games.  He played well, but his team continued to struggle and finished the season winless.

Here is video of Elliot at QB pitching to his friend Ethan who makes a long run before being tackled just short of the goal line:

Here's a video from the final game of the season with Elliot at QB:

Here are some photos:







The last game of Finn's season was a special one.  He carried the ball twice and scored both times.  The first one was a short run off tackle.  The second one was more adventurous.  Below are a couple of videos of Finn's team.  The first video focuses on the two TDs.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the good video camera with me, and it wasn't quite in focus for the second TD.  As you'll hear, I get pretty excited during the second run.  Below are a couple of photos too.



Finn's Favorite Tridge Memory

From Wikipedia:

The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way footbridge above the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities. The bridge was constructed in 1981 at a cost of $732,000 and took 6,400 hours of labor. The site also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.


The Midland Area Community Foundation web site described the Tridge's 30th birthday celebration:

To ensure another 30 years of great community and great times, the Midland Area Community Foundation has undertaken the Tridge renovation project.  Our local citizens, foundations and businesses have contributed money to the project, resulting in new electrical & lighting, new structural components and new railing.  The Foundation is excited to celebrate this achievement  on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Tridge.

Ms. Tina VanDam will present memories of her involvement in the original celebration of this unique piece of architecture and Mayor Donker will speak to the continued value of this asset in our community and the Midland Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Craig McDonald will speak about the Foundation’s commitment to the Tridge.

In conjunction with the Tridge renovation project and 30th birthday party, the Foundation held a “My Favorite Tridge Memory” story-writing contest for elementary-age children. The stories that were submitted were greatly enjoyed by the committee that selected the two winners:  Mia Allen and Finn Moore.

Here are some photos from the event:






Here are some videos.  The first video has the introduction by Craig McDonald, memories from Tina VanDam, and Mia's story:

The second video is Finn reading his essay.  As you'll see, he did a great job!:

The third video has the speech from Mayor Donker:

Here is a link to the coverage in the paper: link.

Here is the text of his essay:

There is so much to do at the Tridge! I went to the spray park. It was so cool! I got to get wet, have fun, and it really cooled me off. You can also watch fireworks. You can go fishing too. You can go on a bike ride, go to Tunes by the Tridge, and go to the Farmers Market to buy food.

I like going to the farmers market to get honey sticks, and I sometimes get donuts if there are any. Okay, I like looking at the water too. I sometimes see fish – well mostly turtles.

But my favorite part of the Tridge is definitely climbing in the big, well not that big, park. About that – I go to the park a lot! Its so fun to play there and there you can slide down the awesome slides. I like the big fast red one the best. Once when I went on it I flipped. It was so cool!

Sometimes I go to the place where there are statues. By the way, this was all with my mom, brother, and dad so my mom sometimes takes pictures of us there.

I can’t wait to go back!

Updated 2011-08-06:

Here is the City of Midland's video about the Tridge renovations (Lisa, Marcelle, and John make a cameo at around 1:37):

Here is MGTV's video of the Tridge birthday ceremony featuring Finn and others:

Little Drummer Boy

Here is some video of our little drummer boy:

And here is a photo:


Animal Fair

On Friday the animal fair was held at Carpenter, and Finn was the resident expert on howler monkeys.  Here are a couple photos of the monkeys that Lisa took:



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