Monday, August 05, 2019

Dear Finn Mostyn { 5 months }

Dear Finn Mostyn,

... 5 ... you're a whole handful buddy... and we just can't believe it!

Your love for dinosaurs continues on... You've dug deep into the Jurassic World movies, not one part of it frightens you. You call out what kind of dinosaur it is, and a whole plethora of facts about it... and then carry on watching the video. You've started drawing more and more and dinosaurs are still something you refuse to draw, because you want them to be JUST right. You love your dinosaur stencils though, and use those to create many dino field guides. Stapling it all together, is just about your favorite part in creating it.

You started whining a whole lot this year... and we're not quite sure if it's because you were a pretty amazing 2 and 3 year old... so you're making up for it in your 4th year, or what!?! Any little thing can set you off, oftentimes it's when you're exhausted... or hungry... but you're pretty much hungry all the time, so, that's not a good excuse.

So much growth in just one short year. You're taller and bigger than your older sister Marley... you outgrow clothing and shoes in such a short period of time, and are eating us out of our house. You're a snacker... you can eat nonstop if we let you. Mommy had to start regulating the snacks, just so that you'd have room for meals. You could eat your weight in anything that's in chip form... or in the berry family. You suck down your yogurt with your water bottle's straw, and taught the twins how to do the same... to get every last drop out of those containers. You have this habit of chewing on your shirt... like, A LOT... and we have no idea when/how/why that started. You go through most days without a shirt on, because anytime we see a giant water spot around your collar, we know what you've been up to, and make you de-robe. You've shredded some of your nicer shirts, and we just can't support this habit. Perhaps it's also why you love when Daddy sneaks you bubble gum...

Your love for the great outdoors has only grown more and more this year. Exploring new places, digging in our dirt, trips to the beach, and of course creating a place for your dinosaurs to live.... are at the top of your favorite things to do while outside. You grab your breakfast, and head right out... but before you do, you always pack your book bag with a cheese stick, orange, and granola bar. Your book bag, goes everywhere that you go.... but you never have shoes on. You're always forgetting your shoes... or love to go barefoot. The rocky ground doesn't even phase you. You enjoy spying on the bunnies in our yard, creating little forts around the yard, helping Mama plant and dig holes, and always ask Daddy how you can help him in the guest house. You make your rounds daily... wanting to give everyone a little bit of your time, asking that they give a little bit of their time in return.

Your sisters think the WORLD of you... do you annoy them from time to time? yes. You also know when you're in the wrong, and are ALWAYS the first to apologize. You follow along well with your big sisters... but boy oh boy do you love to take the lead when they're at school, and only the twins are around. The twins don't always want to go along with what you want to do, but you usually win them over. You have this sweet, kind, lightheartedness about yourself, that draws people in. That tender side that developed last year, stuck around.

Your snuggles and cuddles are out of this world... anyone would be lucky to receive a hug from you...  anyone would be so lucky as to have you as their buddy...

You are so loved... so, so loved,

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Marley, Josephine and Mable.

Click here to check out Finn's birth story.
Click here to check out Finn's first letter.
Click here to check out Finn's 1 year post.
Click here to check out Finn's 2 year post.
Click here to check out Finn's 3 year post.
Click here to check out Finn's 4 year post.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dear Marley Wren { 6 years old }

Dear Marley Wren,

Today you turned 6... six amazing years with you sweet girl... they have been some of the best years...   the very very best.

Little bird... you never cease to amaze me, with the way you melt our hearts. You have this way about you... that anyone who crosses paths with you, delights in knowing you. You're sweet and kind, and always including others. You speak your mind, and do it with such honesty.... you know, like when you kindly tell me that my breath smells like coffee... or when you tell Charlotte that her outfit doesn't look right. You know you're doing us a favor... and are confident while doing so.

You are crafty and clever and always ready to make a mess (and not clean up after yourself). You are obsessed with anything unicorn... or magical really. I wonder, if I painted a unicorn on a piece of broccoli if you'd eat it... hmm. I might have to try that.... still not a fan of broccoli... but you've grown to love many vegetables, so long as they're served raw. You also love hummus and pickles, and asked for it all school year long (you said some of your friends would snicker about the smell of your lunch, because of the pickles... but you didn't care, because you loved them so much). You could eat yogurt after yogurt, and the way you figured out how to pull your string cheese down... instead of eating it bite after bite, is so cute. You have a sweet tooth like no other... and sushi... you can pound some spicy tuna like the best of them.

You lost your two bottom teeth just a few short weeks ago... it just made your growing up, all that more real. We knew it was inevitable... but you can slow down now... please. You're doing so well as big sister to Finn and the twins. You know what they need, and how to comfort... and you also know how to push their buttons... but boy do you love them dearly. Your relationship with Charlotte has changed so much in just this year alone. You know you're a "little" sister to her... but you want to lead and take charge, and that often times has you two butting heads. Watching you two come to decisions together, and figure out how to get along... it's awesome. When you two get along... you're like best sister friends.

Your love for the great outdoors continues. You're amazed by anything and all around you... plant life, wild life... wanting to know every detail about it, all the interesting (and not interesting) facts. You always volunteer to water my garden. While doing so, you talk and sing to the plants... You love the entire process. You love picking out the seeds to planting them... you love cutting bouquets and arranging them... and help with dead heading and digging them up for the winter (if it's tubers) and planting the bulbs to winterize... a true gardener. You still love listening and looking out for birds, rabbits, deer and anything else that crosses through our woods.

Marley, continue loving life sweet girl... continue being you, the one we love so dearly,

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Finn, Josephine and Mable.

Marley's birth story here
Marley's 1st letter here
Marley's 1st birthday here
Marley's 2nd birthday here
Marley's 3rd birthday here
Marley's 4th birthday here
Marley's 5th birthday here
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Guest House { weeks 45-53 }

It's been two months since the last update... and there has been SO much change on our little guest house. Since the last update, when electrical and plumbing passed inspection... my hubby got straight to work on the insulation stage. That took a little longer than anticipated... we needed to make sure every place (on a wall) that we wanted to hang shelves had some sort of blocking on it, to make drilling into the wall, a lot easier when the time came. The moment he was done, we called the inspector out, and he passed the insulation stage... so right now, we have ALL inspections (other than the final inspection) passed... and that is a huge relief.

Onward we moved along to the shiplapping stage. SO many trips to Home Depot... but worth every trip. The place looks so much lighter with the boards on the wall... and the hubby planned it all out so well, that the lines matched up SO well. It's impressive the amount of detail who put into it, because my brain just doesn't think that way. The loft was done, and the main living space... the bathroom will have to wait until we get a valve in the mail, to finish plumbing out for the bath tub that arrived.

Along with the shiplap, came trim and window framing... he did it so wonderfully, it matches the inside of our home (with the doorways and the windows). I think convinced the hubby to let his littles help me patch up all the tiny nail holes... I mean, their little fingers could get the job done, right? RIGHT. They went to town, and had SO much fun while at it. I helped get all the holes they forgot, and the ones too high for them (which was still a lot)... and then I spent a few days sanding the walls and trim, to a nice smooth finish. Sanding... is such an important step... and if we're going to do this well... I figured I needed to spend a good chunk of time doing it well.

While the hubby has been at it, I finished building the wall to the right of the guest house. There will still be rocks stairs that'll lead the way up to the pavilion... and a natural hot tub is in the future for that space... all with natural landscaping. It's one of my favorite places right now in our yard.

Paint and a good sprayer were purchased... I taped all of the windows, and then left the painting for the hubby... that's where we are at currently. A few coats have gone up.. and a few more will be needed, especially to get those beams as white as they can be (without any yellow-ing showing through). It's exciting to know that lights/sconces/ceiling fan/and the like can be hung soon...

In the midst of it all, we hunted down our flooring. We wanted to match what we had in our house... so I took it on as my challenge, and to save time, by calling our builder in hopes that they had all the information on file from our build. After not hearing back from them via emails and calls for over a week, I finally got a call from the owner, who directed me to his partner that would for sure have all that information on his computer. Just moments later... I had the name of our flooring, what store it was purchased from, the invoice number, the person to talk to at the store.... and a few days later, my hubby brought home all the square footage that we'll need to cover the main living space and the loft. The bathroom will be all tile. Right now the flooring is sitting in the space, getting acclimated.... but I can't wait for it to go down. It's going to pull everything together... make things look more neat and tidy.

Take a good look at the outside the way it is now... by the next update, it'll look totally different...

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Time With Grammie

My mother-in-law, Grammie... recently retired... and when she planned her trip out here for 2 weeks, we were beyond THRILLED to have her. Two weeks of cuddles, reading lots of books, celebrated a birthday, celebrated graduations (Kindergarten and 5th grade!) and the start of summer, yard work (she helped us finish up our massive rock wall) and adventuring to new and old places... the very best. The kids have already been asking when she'd be back.

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