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Kindergartener!


You guys, something big happened earlier this week. My eldest son/dude started kindergarten. That is a crazy huge milestone for both him and me. I’m so totally excited for him as he’s been way ready to start school. He has one of those funny summertime birthdays and you can choose to send the kids when they are either five or six, we decided to send him when he was six, because it was good to have him around for just another year. However, he’s been out of his mind this summer – a ball of energy and questions with nowhere to unload them. I love the kid to death, but it was time for him to get out of the house and go hang out at school.

He’s done fine with the transition, and I know he’s gonna do great at ruling this school thing.

So that means I’m at home with just one kid, which is also totally crazy weird. I had worked up until Gus was born and was never at home with Finn full time. I’ve never had just one kid in my house day after day. I’m very much looking forward to having one-on-one time with my Gus.

Big things, big changes. Have a cool weekend, dudes!

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August’s 3rd Birthday

We spent Tuesday celebrating our little guy, Gus' 3rd birthday! If you haven't been keeping track, that's 2 birthdays in less than 2 weeks. We've been busy! It's always been very important for me to give the kids killer birthdays that are each their own special day, even though they share birthdays so close together. Me and my young bro have birthdays that are 3 days apart, so I understand the importance of separate birthdays. Not wanting to impose on our friends and family during the busy summer days, I invited everyone over for two very casual birthday celebraishes in the back yard, both took place on weekday nights as not to clog anyones weekend. Anyways, back to our little G-man and the 3rd anniversary of the day of his birth. We spent part of the day at the train museum in St. Paul - Gus totally loves this place, and is infatuated with anything that has wheels. The museum is located in an old railroad building and boasts a miniature model of Minneapolis and St.Paul, pretty cool huh? We watched the trains go around, and around, and around, pretty exciting stuff for a three year old. Later in the day we had the fam and a few friends over for cake, ice cream, bubbles, glow sticks, and a train party in the backyard. It was a pretty happy day for our little guy. It's bittersweet to watch the smallest one grow up but I am so excited for Gus to keep on growing and learning! Finn starts all day kindergarten this year and I am secretly (and not so secretly) super amped to have the next year to spend a bunch of Get the Scoop [...]
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Finn’s 6th Birthday

Guys, I may have been a little MIA this week. We've been busy celebrating the birthday of our young man, Finn. He's six now you guys, that's super old. If you've been coming around this blog for awhile now you probably already know that Finn shares a birthday with his good buddy, Elsa, who turned 5 yesterday (also super old). Elsa and Finn have grown up together, they are the oldest kids of all our friends and thankfully they enjoy each others company because their parents hang out together all of the times. I babysat Elsa (daily) for a couple years, and she has practically become a member of our family. Anyways, Elsa totally skipped school yesterday and spent the day with Finn (so badass at 5). It was pretty awesome. The kids started the day in a sweet royal-blanket-play-fort that somebody's mom (a-hem) set up for them in the backyard. Pretend coffee and raisins anyone? These kids really know how to party. We followed it up by a trip to the MOA (aka the mall of 'merica) for Burger King and rides, because there is an indoor theme park inside of the mall! You guys, two words, "Mirror Maze". It's not part of Nickelodeon Universe, only the true heads know where to find it. Look for it the next time you are at the mall, you won't regret it. Later in the afternoon we made ice cream, set up a chill party scene in the backyard, lost a few balloons (don't ask) and got prepared for a majorly awesome party by stuffing ourselves with the best frozen pizza in town, heggies. Super tyte. Then there was the party, Get the Scoop [...]
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Puddle Stompin’


Oh man! It downpoured for 15 minutes late yesterday afternoon, and as soon as the rain was over the kids went out to splash in some puddles. Typically they like to truck through the puddles at a million miles an hour trying to make as much sweet spray as they can. They like me to take videos of them so they can see how cool it/they look(s).

So I obliged, I ran inside to get my phone because that’s how I take videos (duh). I used to use my camera to capture moments, but now I use my always-at-the-ready phone. Isn’t that so lame? I mean it’s good in a pinch, but I’ve really come to rely on it.

Sitting on my desk was my phone and my camera, guess which one I grabbed – I bet you can already tell by these pics. I used my camera! I love all these photos I took of them puddle stompin’ – I realized I would really like to try and get my camera out in the action a bit more.


Aren’t these kids getting so big? They are going to be six and three this month and I wish I would have taken the time to document more of the last year on my real camera.

It’s on. I’m going to do better!

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Hey Guys! It's finally feeling like spring is happening here in the midwest. Trees are budding, grass is greening up and everyday I spy more and more plants in my yard that are poking through the dirt. It's all really exciting, and is by far my favorite time of year. Finn and I have been planning an addition to our raised bed veggie garden for months. We've been waiting weeks for the weather to turn so that we can build it. Finally, that day has come! We spent all of the day yesterday outside building our new raised bed garden! Two years ago we built our first raised bed garden on the side of our house. Since then we have become much better gardeners and have learned a lot about what grows well in our tiny space and what we like to eat. We finally felt like we were ready for an expansion, adding more leafy greens and trying to grow some french fries (aka potatoes) for the first time. Supply List (Supplies for 2' x 8' Raised Bed Garden) 2 - 2" x 6" x 8' Cedar Boards 2 - 2" x 6" x 2' Cedar Boards 32 - Screws Drill Bits Rubber Mallet 4 - Burpee Pivot Corners Level Square Shovel Edger 4 - 40lb Bags of Top Soil 4 - 40lb Bags of Compost 1 Large Bag of Peat Moss This is the second time we have used pivoting corners to build our gardens. Now you could just skip this using 2x2 boards to square off your garden but I think the pivot corners are really great for a few reasons. Firstly, you can angle your garden, not everything has to be square people! Our first garden angles and follows Get the Scoop [...]
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