Wednesday, June 27, 2018


So we did a little thing.  We took a last minute trip to Conor's hometown in Montana. for a long weekend.  The flights may have been wicked expensive, but so so worth it!  Conor's parent's are selling the family restaurant after 35+ years!  It has been such a huge part of his life, that he wanted to make one last trip home to be there with his family.  One last meal, one last turn in the kitchen, one last drink, one last toast.  But many many cheers to his parent's retirement and all the relaxing and travel that will come along with that! 

The weather wasn't great, but we were there just to be with family.  To enjoy Montana for the slower pace.  We stayed in his parent's condo in downtown Bigfork, just across the street from the clocktower that chimes every hour.  It's familiar sound always seems to be the first thing to welcome us.  I love staying in the heart of the one stop light town, where coffee and pastries is just a stroll down the street, as is the lake and river.  There was swimming & boating & hiking.  And rain.  Lots of rain.  There were deer and baby birds (a robin built a nest right underneath the huge deck umbrella at his parent's house).  There were wild turkeys and red winged blackbirds.  Bald eagles & western meadowlarks.  A bird loving boy's dream.  Oh my little Finny loved watching all the new birds.

There were cousins!  Likely the boys' favorite part!  All that playtime made for much needed adult relaxation.  Late dinners on the deck were the norm, along with gorgeous sunsets.  Bottle after bottle of wine opened.  Golf balls hit into the lake.  Icecream.  Lots of lots of icecream, which is what happens when your in-laws open lots of icecream shops.  And their minivan that you are borrowing smells like waffle cones.  All minivans should smell that way just saying.

And it just so happened to be Father's Day weekend, which we rarely get to spend with family.  Such a treat to be with Conor's dad as well as our brother-in-law Sam, whom Kane took a particular liking to.   Within seconds of Sam walking in the room, Kane nuzzled him.  For minutes!  Such a sweet, pure love.   He even fell asleep in Sam's arms on the boat and later when we were at their house!  Conor & I so enjoyed the break of not always being responsible for naps.

We don't make it to Montana nearly as often as we would like, but hopefully that changes are our boys get older.  Conor wants to road trip there, but I'm not quite ready for a 10+ hour drive with a baby.  Perhaps in the older kid years.  But here's to hoping we get back more than every 1-2 years!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you likely saw many of these photos already, but there were just far too many to only share there.  Next, we are off to my parent's lake house in Idaho for two weeks!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BirdDay Party

With Finn's current love for birds, a party at our local aviary was an obvious choice!  Especially since we still have no landscaping at our new house, I was excited to be hosting the party elsewhere.  It was so easy to just show up with treats & favors and not worry about the rest.  Instead, I put my energy & creativity into some of the minor details.

The invitations were designed by a friend of a friend, and she completely nailed my vision!  They were perfect for the party!  For favors, I wanted to share the bird love with all of Finn's friends, so we made a bird seed mix and formed them into heart shapes.  We followed this recipe, and used bakers twine to finish them off.  For the hummingbird nectar, mix 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then cool.  I packaged them in mason jars, which I swear are nearly impossible for kids to break.  And of course, the favors needed a sweet treat, so we made dirt cups with oreo crumbs and added in gummy worms.  The kid friendly "bird food", even though Finn kept asking if he could eat the actual bird seed as well, ha!

The party itself was a small, intimate group.  Huge amounts of people are so not my thing, so we focused on just Finny's core group of friends, which of course I did not snag a picture of... grr.  The party was laid back and perfect for our new 3rd year.  A story, a craft, and a walk around the aviary where everyone got to feed the ducks.  Given the time of year, we spotted many baby ducks which were quite friendly.  Finn has a favorite duck, the American Coot, if you ask him.  But "Mr. Mallard" is a close second thanks to the book Make Way for Ducklings.  Bird shirts were necessary and so so so cute!  Who knew Amazon has quite the collection?!

We ended the party with icecream sandwiches (Finny's request) and a walk around the aviary with just our little family.  It was the perfect opportunity to try out the new binoculars he received from friends for his birthday.  We also gifted him with a new suet feeder as well as a book called The Fog, which is about a bird who is a people watcher, adorable!  Bird everything!  We're just living our best bird lives over here in the Keenan House!

A huge thanks to all who celebrated with us near & far.  And for those who will sit and talk birds with our Finn.  This is such a fun hobby to foster, and it has cultivated many special moments for our family.  We're headed to Montana in a few days, and Grandpa has sent pictures of baby robins that just hatched!  And I hear that his Nana is already planning his big Christmas gift which will be a bird house.  Hopefully next spring we will have birds nesting nearby!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Finn: 3 Years Old

It's that time when I get to gush on my kiddo and try to remember all my favorite little things about him at age 3.  We are already a month into 3, and I am loving it.  He's matured recently.  His body is thinning out, aside from those sweet kissable cheeks he still carries around. He no longer resembles that chunky baby he once was.  He has the darkest brown eyes, and the straightest blond hair.

When he wants an answer to any question quickly, he follows it with "yes or no?".  He often asks the same thing over & over, even when we respond the first, second, third time, always double checking that the answer stays the same.  He's our funny one!  He's personable.  He has this wild imagination.  He loves making up his own stories and never stops talking.  Ever.  We log many hours in the car, and he talks the whole time.  Occasionally he may read through books or bring a few toys and come up with some game with them.  But mostly talking.

I always used to describe him as my brute.  My bruiser.  My little football player just waiting for the day that he could light up some kids on the field.  And he definitely still has that side of him.  But just recently, we have started to see this pure, sensitive side to him.  He cried his way through the Lion King when Mufasa died.  Huge tears, streaming down his face and full-on buried his head in dad's chest.  He cried when he saw a tortoise at the zoo being a big bully and pushing another tortoise into the water.  He notices other's feelings.  He shows empathy.  He's a huge snuggler and is such an affectionate boy.  Learning about this new tender side of him has been a joy. His emotions are as big as his strong little heart.

He has settled into his role as a middle child quite nicely.   He has the personality to pull it off and will never get lost in the shuffle.  He has learned his place on the sidelines at all of big brother's sports, but is anxiously waiting for the day he too gets to play.  He wants to keep up with Liam.  Hates being left behind.  And is so fiercely independent.  He loves helping in the kitchen or with projects around the house.  Finn always wants to join in on errands, or crash anyone's shower.  He has the biggest sweet tooth and thinks every meal should end with dessert.  He asks for treats all day and truly makes life decisions based on whether or not it will result in a treat.  His current favorite song is Hallelujah.  He asks us to play it almost daily. And his sweet voice singing it just makes me melt.

He's more than ready to start swim lessons this summer, and then preschool in the fall.  He wants to grow up far more quickly than I am prepared for.  He loves hiking, trail riding on his balance bike, and just generally being outside.  The endurance and stamina on this kid amazes me.  He has a love for birds, which is an interest we have truly fostered over the past month.  Our house has 4 bird feeders which he helps to refill.  We have multiple bird books around the house, that he often carries room to room and puts under his pillow when he sleeps.  They are grabbed at a moment's notice to identify any new birds spotted.  I hope this love of birds will continue to grow, because it is such a sweet hobby.

Finny is such a joy in our life.  He's still crazy stubborn and is quite the handful at times, but he brings such a crazy, wonderful dynamic to our family.  We cannot wait to watch him grow and change and continue to just be so very him!  Happiest of birthdays to you Finn! 

And because I love to look back at compare all the boys' stats:

Height: 3'3 (82%)
Weight: 34 lb 3 oz (75%)

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