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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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in Elsa, Finn, Kids, My Life

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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in Finn, Gus, My Life
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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in DIY, Finn, gardening, Tutorial

Busy Building a Bunk Bed!


Hey guys, sorry for the recent absence. I have been so busy this last week trying to get all the tile installed, cut and grouted before the weekend. Also we got the bunk bed delivered, check out the vid for all the celebration excitement. You know what that means; rearranging the kids room, organizing closets, disassembling old cribs, moving beds and building new ones! Things are crazy around here!

Don’t expect to see me much this week, but don’t fret – I’ll be back next week with lots of home progress pics to share!

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in Around the House, Kids

We Ordered a Bunk Bed!

Okay, I'll fess up, I think I may be more excited about the new bunk bed then the boys are. Gus does say "wow" when I show him pictures of it, and Finn is pretty stoked, but really, I'm the one who thinks this will be awesome. We just ordered the "Perch Bunk Bed" from Oeuf this weekend. It's on backorder and won't be available to ship until mid-October, but that's cool, we can wait. I love Oeuf products, the "Sparrow" crib we purchased from for the kids 5 years ago has been wonderful. It's held up really well through the two kids, plus I love the changing table that rests a top the crib (anchored by straps of course). Oeuf has it figured out when it comes to beauty and function. So when it was time to purchase the bunk bed I was more than happy to patronize Oeuf again. Our boys love hanging out together; they enjoy each other, they play well, they look out for one another, and they have lots of fun. When we asked Finn if he would want to share his room with Gus, he quickly responded, "yeah, and maybe we could get a bunk bed too". The boys have never slept in the same room together, because Gus is still in the crib in his room. Gus is more than ready to get into a big kid bed though, and wishes he could crawl into bed with Finn every night. The time to get Gus sleeping in a bed and the kids sharing a room is now! We have some time before the bed arrives, giving us some wiggle room when it comes to pulling the boys' room together. One of the biggest things we have to do is merge all the boys' stuff, organizing Get the Scoop [...]
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in Decor, Finn's Room, Kids, Nursery