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We have been wanting to build a playground since we’ve moved in three years ago and this summer we finally did just that. Eight random days, my Dad and I took to building Cole’s Cabin one math problem at a time. Since I can’t commit to actual designs, I like to have a concept in mind and then eye ball it, somehow I’m always more accurate than actual math, lolol.



Party Like a Pirate. Well.....Let's just say. I'm spent. 

A four year old's Birthday Party is exhausting. Like grab a group of 21 year old's and a bunch of Red Bull, mix it with techno music and pulsing lights with glow sticks. That will not even come close to the amount of party hard that these kids did. It's been a week and I'm still taking naps to get over my pirate hang over. No there was no alcohol involved. Unfortunately! 

Pinky the Elf comes to visit | Wisconsin Winter

Pinky the Elf comes to visit | Wisconsin Winter

Each winter a magical elf named Pinky makes an appearance and causes mischief in our home. This year was the first time we noticed her more than years past. This winter she was up to no good. Swinging from the lights in the dinning room, unrolling toilet paper in our bathrooms, dumping out cotton balls, and starting a snow ball fight with Cole.


This little man could not wait to get his hands on some cherries off our trees. Since it is his Birthday and he only asked for the Thomas Cake, which you can check out here. We figured that a few not so ripe cherries would be okay. So we entertained him and he entertained Mama for a few images of him being cute picking cherries with Daddy.

Cole had such a special 3rd Birthday blowing out his candles on his cake, picking cherries, and then going to A Day Out With Thomas at our National Train Museum. We celebrate simply and we like to keep it just Mama and Daddy. I mean we are the three that were there the day he was created and born so it seems only right.

A Day Out With Thomas was above everything Cole could have ever dreamed up. Although, a little overwhelmed and tired from all the festivities he was ecstatic to get to see Thomas up close. Thomas even talks and has moving facial expressions, which kinda freaked me out at first but we warmed up to quickly because who can resist cute little Thomas...or in this case huge Thomas!

Comment below. Have you had Door County Cherries before? If not, what is your favorite fruit to pick your own? Have you been to A Day Out With Thomas? Who is your favorite Thomas character? Personally, I love Cranky because he's my twin and Cole loves Percy a ton!

A Day Out With Thomas

Also known as the Cole's 3rd Birthday Part II. 


I want to preface with. I have the sweetest boy. Plain and simple.

For Cole's 3rd Birthday all he wanted was a Thomas Cake. Now let me also tell you.

 I DO NOT BAKE. Like not a lot of people in the World suck more at baking than I do. True story. But......I do know my way around the kitchen and I love creating new recipes and experimenting. So I took the challenge.

I have not baked a cake since becoming plant based when I was pregnant with Cole so I took to Pinterest to find the easiest and least likely for me to screw up cake recipe I could. I stumbled upon one of those recipes we've all heard of, mixing a box cake mix (which most are vegan, woohoo ) and a carbonated beverage. I choose Coconut La Croix. It was easy peasy cute kid squeezy. Iced it, thank goodness I was able to cover my mistakes with icing. Squoze ( no squoze is not really a formal word, please roll with it. I'm from Missouri where we say 44, as FARTY-FAR ).

Overall, my kid was pleased and that's all I could have asked for. Since, I better have delivered...I mean the kid only wanted a Thomas Cake. Thank the stars it came out pretty freaking adorable. 

After he enjoyed his Thomas Cake and opened presents he could not wait any longer to pick some cherries from our not quite exactly as ripe as they need to be to pick cherry trees...but who can deny a Birthday Boy. You can follow the rest of Cole's Big Day here to see our cherrylicious trees and Thomas Adventure.

The following weekend we continued his celebration by riding the rails with Thomas himself at our National Train Museum for A Day Out With Thomas. We try to stretch his Birthday as long as we can since they are only this little once and it goes way too quickly.