Monday, June 27, 2016

Camp Badger

For Jonah's fourth Birthday Jeremy built a playhouse and we named it "Camp Badger"....

It was a labor of love, built completely by Jeremy for his boy and I am so very proud of my Husband!!! With no prior wood working skills to speak of (does shop class in High School count?!) he tirelessly worked on this playhouse for 6 months straight. January to June, of 2016. This was our project.

He would come home from work (and let's get real, we are talking 12-13 hour days with his daily commute) and work on the playhouse. It is HOT in Texas y'all and he tirelessly worked on this beauty. Little by little making progress in the evenings and on weekends. The result is truly adorable, and unique!!

Made with love for his boy.

I got the idea from The Handmade Home. Our idea is based loosely on their Handmade Hideaway (which is SO cute!). Because we are rookies we took the idea, and tweaked it. Using it as a guide for what to do first, and so on. 

The general process-
1. Jeremy used four wooden crate bases as the "floor".  He braced them together underneath with added support beams and then built the base.
2. For the next step he framed the walls and secured them to the base
3. Next, he added cedar fence boards to the exterior as "planking" for a cottage look
4. Then he created the roof (here is where we got really crazy and winged it! Do you know how hard roof angles are?!) and added the tin roof
5.  I was responsible for all of the painting. I chose Jonah's favorite color (cookie monster) BLUE for the interior and classic white for the exterior
6. Lastly, he added the steps

We bought a small white peg board and added it for a little fun as well as this IKEA table and chair set. We also added a ship's wheel, compass and telescope for more imaginative fun. Jonah can pretend to cook (he likes me to come order at his window), play pirate chef, or just use it as a fun hideout. 

There are a few things I plan to add over time as Jonah grows but for now Camp Bader is perfect!! 

Cooking up burgers before 10am. My kind of restaurant!

Ahoy, Mates!! 

Thank you for loving Jonah (and me!) so well, Jeremy! We are THANKFUL for your love, influence and integrity every day!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jonah Knox is Four

My baby is officially four years old. And I promise I feel the same way each year. 

How is this possible my head thinks??
Ohhh, slow down time, my heart yells!

But time goes on, y'all. And he is really four years old. Jonah asked for a space party (he is TOTALLY into all things space these days. Harry and Horsie is still his favorite book!) and Houston...we have a space party:

I made the invites again this year, ordered a NASA space jump house and we had a PARRRRTAY. The kids had loads of fun, and it completely wore me out. Sign of a good party, I think. 

Parties for people I love are my love language. They aren't a chore for me. It comes naturally. I don't try to out-pinterest anyone. I truly, truly love to throw parties, craft for parties, and do little things to make them special. It is my gifting, I suppose and I am owning it from here on out!!

My little guy felt so loved, and honestly had the very best day of his little life. I feel like I say that every year. 

Happy 4th Birthday, Jonah. I remember this day four years ago so vividly. It was the best day of my life. You brought a JOY I could never have imagined. I am proud of you- and love you so.

I love you, baby Badger!!!