God didn't make me pretty...he made me cool!
Toots are poop signals.
Finn had a good time on the soccer field today too, scoring a goal and running really hard chasing the ball all over the field. Here are some videos so you can see what I mean:
We never showed any photos from the Nashville-KY-Knoxville trip we took in August...After a few days at the Lake Cumberland Resort, we spent the last weekend of our vacation in Knoxville. Saturday night UT's Christian Student Center (CSC) was having a cook-out at the World's Fair site, so we went with the Bells.
At one point, a bunch kids (including Finn) were chasing a huge beach volleyball around the field. I was sitting in a lawn chair and watching. A few minutes later, Lisa and I realized that we couldn't see Finn. We gazed around the big field but still couldn't see him. Each of us and a few of our friends scattered looking for him. Lisa went into the men's restroom looking for him. We couldn't find him. Now it's about 5 minutes later, and we're about to start panicking and calling the police. At that point I see Finn walking towards us with our friend Kelly. She said that she had seen a small kid walking outside the park, just past the spray park. She ran to him, and sure enough it was Finn. He had crossed a small street and was walking down the sidewalk. He couldn't really explain why he had walked off.
What a relief to find him! We decided to get each of us one of the Road ID's (link) to wear when I'm biking by myself, Lisa is walking by herself, Elliot is at soccer practice or Tae Kwon Do, we're at an amusement park, or wherever.
Here are some photos from Knoxville:
The weekend before last we spent a few hours at the Fall Harvest Festival at the Chippewa Nature Center. Some of the more memorable observations were of the guy scraping and preparing the skin of a bear that had been killed in the UP a few days before, Prairie Pete and Miss Sarah portraying early Michigan settlers, and the folks plowing the field with plows pulled by oxen. We learned that the difference between cows and oxen is that oxen have been trained to pull the plow.
Here are a couple photos of the boys helping to back apple butter.
This morning the TV was on, and one of the morning shows was airing some footage of some recent flooding in TX. With a certain amount of alarm, Finn said something like: "God promised not to cause a flood again, but he did!" I thought that was a good example of taking God at his word while thinking critically about whether or not he has kept it. I told him that the promise was about destroying the whole world and that this was just flooding in TX.
1. While talking about how much he loves camping, Finn said "I especially love TORTURING my marshmallows." Probably came from when Elliot caught his marshmallow on fire and we said it looked like a torch.
2. While playing a "touch and feel" game that involves notable attractions from various cities (statue of liberty, San Fransico Bay Bridge, eiffel tower....) Finn reached in and grabbed a piece of the game and shouted "I found the Arc De Tree Stump". I guess thats what Arc de Triumphe sounds like in my best French accent.
3. Today at the Chippewa Nature Center we took a tour of the visitors center. There are many "stuffed" animals on display. Standing next to a deer I heard Finn telling his friend Wiiliam "Look at that deer. I think it was sacrificed". I guess all that old testament study in Sunday school is a bit confusing for a 4 year old.
Today while Elliot was at Nature Camp, Finn was hanging out in the backyard by himself. After a while I called out to him inviting him to come in the house . i figured he was lonely out there. As he approached the door, he says "your name is Laura". I laughed and asked him why my name was Laura, He said," my mom is in England and you are my babysitter". We giggled about it.