The Minnesota Project: December

December was busy.  And with the cold weather keeping us indoors, and the holidays keeping us busy, we didn’t get to explore too many new places.  But we did get out- even it was just to visit our favorite haunts…

Capped off swimming lessons for 2016 (at the Ridgedale YMCA)- the boys really improved his year, which was fun to see.


Had an Ikea playdate/photo date with our fellow MN blog circle participants, Jo Davis and Emily Ockwig.  B/c who doesn’t love Ikea photos?!


I got to accompany Finn’s class on a field trip to the Mill City Museum.  (Checking out the river from the observation deck…)


Celebrated Max’s Young, Wild and Three birthday at The Little Gym of Edina (which is actually in St. Louis Park). Highly, highly recommend them for parties.  Max had a blast.


Made sure to hit up our faves, Brueggers and Target…


And of course we got to see Santa (at J. Arthur’s Coffee in Roseville). Max was pretty sure Santa was his new best friend (which is pretty cute considering he doesn’t associate Santa with presents- he just really likes the guy)!


Hope everyone had a great holiday season and a great end of the year. 2017 here we come! Make sure to follow the blog circle around to see what everyone else was up to in December.  Next up is the talented Jo Davis!


10 months old today!

IMG_8808Things about Max at 10 months:

1. Kind of a giant- wearing clothes his brother was wearing at 18 months, and bursting out of them.

2. Almost walking.  We’ve taken a few unofficial steps, but give it a week or two…

3. LOVES to climb stairs, turn on the bathroom faucet, empty the dishwasher, and eat whirly birds (all things we’re not allowed to do).

4. Happy 99.9% of the time.  Such a smiley baby (except, apparently, in any of these pictures).

5. Has the world’s best big brother- who might not always be gentle and listen to cues, but tackles and hugs and kisses with the best of intents (usually…).



Happy 10 Months, Maxer!



a finn-tastic “four”



Finn’s fourth birthday came and went to much fanfare (naturally).  We’re kind of birthday fans over here, if that wasn’t obvious. Finn’s actual birthday was on a Thursday, and we celebrated at school on Friday, and his party was on Sunday, so we had (what he called) a Home Birthday, a School Birthday and a Friend Birthday.

Since Finn is a tiny bit into superheroes and costumes, we, of course, had a superhero themed party.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to serve at superhero party, so we went with a build-you-own hot dog bar, because who doesn’t like to build your own anything??

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And we had Robyn from I Heart Kids Art ( come and make superhero capes and wristbands with the kids… Which we then displayed in our photo booth.


Not going to lie, this was my favorite part… (how cute are they??!)

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Some more cuteness…



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Don’t worry, Finn didn’t forget about his other favs (TMNT).  They’re kind of superheroes, right?  His cake was TMNT and of course, he insisted on eating the fondant Leo head straight up…

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Happy 4th birthday to my favorite superhero… I hope you always remain as fun, creative, quirky, and independently minded as you are right now!

july fourth- nailed it!

Another holiday weekend done right. A BBQ, a picnic, a gathering with friends, a play date, a bike parade, fireworks, the splash pad… Happy Birthday, America- we celebrated the heck out of you!

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Carrying on the new/old tradition, we had the requisite July 4th picnic (held on July 6th). This one included three generations of picnickers.  We’ve been family friends since preschool and elementary school. Almost 33 years of friendship and now our kids are friends. Not many people can claim those kind of relationships- we’re pretty lucky.

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And Finn beat Grandpa at arm wrestling, so he was feeling pretty lucky too…

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Of course, the actual 4th included sparklers and fireworks, a sprinkler, BBQ, cute babies and 2/$5 flag t-shirts- does it get more American? (Note Max’s tank top and a lady on both arms…)

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We also got to spend time with some of Drew’s junior high friends (it’s not preschool, but 20+ years of friendship isn’t too shabby either) and their adorable kids.

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Finn had a play date with one of his school best buds…

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Reenacted his school bike parade (several times)…

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And did a little star gazing… (surprisingly we didn’t see any)!

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Maybe we could just have a three day weekend every week?  Seriously… we promise to do it right!

Happy Fourth of July!

we kicked memorial day weekend’s, er… bottom!

Anyone who lives in MN knows that you make the most of a perfect (weather) weekend when you have the chance. We totally followed through this weekend. Here are the stats:

  • playgrounds visited: 6
  • trips to the library: 2
  • BBQs with friends: 2
  • trips to the splash pad: 1
  • trips to the dog park: 2
  • The Cat and The Hat and overnight with Bubba and Nana
  • Mom and Dad sort of date night (only one kid with us totally felt like a date night)



Growing up, we had a group of families with whom we picnicked every Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Seriously some of the best memories.  Two of our families have decided to carry on the tradition with our kids (and some newer friends). Image

The toddlers had a blast and I got to hang out with some cute babies (my own included)…


The boys decided to pose for their first album cover… (This wasn’t on purpose, they just refused to stand next to each other.  Goofs.)



Finn wouldn’t appreciate if I left out one of his highlights- new Captain America Shandals (yup, what they’re called) with light up stars…


And you know it was a good weekend when you find this…


Happy Memorial Day!