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planning a donut birthday party

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Finch is turning 1 in two weeks! I'm not exactly sure how I feel about that yet...but planning his party has been super fun! I've known I wanted to do a donut-themed party for his 1st birthday since the day he was born -- National Donut Day!

These adorable Donut Miss This Party invitations are perfect! They are from Minted and also come in pink and maple. I've teamed up with them today to give away $150 Minted credit! So many great things you could spend it on - invitations, photo cards, art, home decor! A winner will be chosen Tuesday, May 31. Click here to enter!

For party food we will have donuts (of course), little boxes of cereal, bananas, yogurt parfaits and waffle cones filled with fruit, as well as juice, milk and coffee. The party is at a splash park, so decor will be minimal. We are praying for great weather!


A few other donut party ideas I love (click picture for source):

(plates available in Walmart stores)

(plates available in Walmart stores)

Eek! I am getting excited. Have you thrown a donut party? I'd love to hear any ideas you have! And don't forget to enter the Minted giveaway!


Invitations were provided to me courtesy of Minted. The giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the judging organization (if applicable), or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited.

summer bucket list

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Last summer we were in survival mode learning how to balance a newborn and a 3-year-old. There was no summer bucket list except to survive. Eric would take Rooney to do things in an attempt to give her lots of attention and make her feel loved, while I stayed home with Finch in an attempt to keep him on schedule and learn his signals. While we made the most of it, we felt like we were apart most of the time. This summer we are dreaming of lots of fun family outings - some of our favorites and some new things we have never tried! Here are 15 things I hope we can do!

  1. Van Dee's Ice Cream Shoppe
  2. Eat a crepe and smoothie at the Des Moines Farmers' Market
  3. Walk the Principal Riverwalk (1.2 miles)
  4. Family trip to Okoboji
  5. Des Moines Art Festival
  6. Take Rooney to the Finding Dory movie (fun fact: Eric and I's first movie in the theater together was Finding Nemo)
  7. Get a malt at Snookies Malt Shop
  8. Eat an elephant ear and a bucket of cookies at the Iowa State Fair
  9. Hiking at Ledges State Park
  10. Iowa Cubs game
  11. Cousin swimming day
  12. Heavenly Delights ice cream parlor
  13. Eat a strawberry from our garden
  14. Check out the fountains at Cowles Commons
  15. Find a food truck


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Finch: walking like a pro & working on his seventh tooth

Eric: getting up every morning at 5:30 to study for the Series 65 exam & succumbing to the awesomeness of Gilmore Girls

Rooney: just finished 3-year-old preschool & can name the seven continents

Kelsey: nursing Finch 5x a day & planning our summer bucket list

Every year we take a family picture by this wall at our church. It always ends up to be my favorite because the outfits are not over-thought...everyone just chooses something they currently love to wear and we go with it. We didn't even brush Rooney's hair this year! I love seeing how our family has grown over the years. Here are the past photos, if you'd like to see:













2015 & 2016 photos by Shandy Mikkelsen  

Finch, 11 months

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  • Ceiling fans
  • Balloons
  • Nursing
  • Mommy
  • Walking
  • Baths
  • Paper
  • Windows
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Mall playground


  • Clothing size: 12-18 months
  • Diaper size: 4 during the day and 5 at night
  • Teeth: 6


  • Swinging
  • Swimming
  • Diaper changes
  • Grass
  • Bananas


Breastfeeding is still going well! He usually eats 5 times a day and can go 4 hours between feeds. I really really really love it and get kind of sad when I think about weaning. My favorite is nap nursing him on the weekends - we snuggle up on the couch and I just let him fall asleep on me :-) He also loves being fed in his high chair, or feeding himself.

New table foods this month:

  • Apple (without skin)
  • Avocado toast
  • Ravioli
  • Pineapple
  • Ground beef
  • Shredded cheese
  • Crackers
  • Bagel


  • Bedtime: 5:00-6:00 pm (depends on his naps)
  • Wake-up time: 7:00-8:30 am
  • Eats once in the middle of the night (usually between 4:00-5:00 am) 
  • Takes 1-2 naps
  • Longest sleep stretch: 13 hours

He doesn't take long naps (only 20-40 minutes), but I don't really mind because it allows us to be out and about more during the day, and he is a really awesome night sleeper! I can't even believe it, considering the first 7 months he was up every 2-3 hours. In some ways, he's actually a better night sleeper than Rooney was. She would sleep for a long period, but get up early (5:00 am). She also needed a pacifier to sleep, so sometimes we would have to help her find it in the middle of the night. After Finch goes to bed, we rarely hear from him (maybe a couple times a month). He will sleep 10-11 hours and then get up and nurse, and then go back down for a few more hours. And nursing is super easy because I just have to sit there instead of make and hold a bottle. I'm just really pleased with how it all ended up, even though it was really tough in the beginning!



  • HE IS WALKING!!! It is so fun to watch him. He can even carry things like toys, a rolling pin, a broom, etc. ;-) We've also seen him do a 180-turn without falling.
  • He is getting into a lot more stuff, like the toilet and dishwasher
  • Signs "more" often and "all done" sometimes
  • Favorite word: dada


  • We bathe him once a week
  • He had bronchiolitis for the fourth time...anyone else have a kid whose lungs get attacked with every cold? I'm wondering if he'll outgrow it or if it's forecasting issues such as asthma...


I sure love being his mama. Every night as I rock him before bed, I tell him how much of a joy he is to me. One of the most special times we share is around 5:00 am after I feed him and he falls asleep in my arms. The house is dark and quiet and while his entire body is in my arms I imagine us dancing at his wedding. I just stand there and hold him for as long as I can and soak it all in.

I have no idea when our breastfeeding journey will end, but as his intake of table foods increases in the next couple months, we will probably drop to 3-4 feedings. When he is 15 months, Eric and I may take a little weekend anniversary trip so I'm anxious because I don't know what our routine will be then. I'm not in a huge hurry to wean, so I don't want us being apart to cause early weaning (or maybe I'll be ready by then???). I'd love to hear how it worked for anyone who is willing to share... :-)

Rooney and Finch have also had some really tender moments lately and it touches my heart so much! I love watching them hug and giggle and even wrestle if it doesn't end in crying!



  • 1st birthday party
  • Family vacation to Okoboji
  • Saying "mama"