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January 30, 2016

2016.01 // Elliot’s 5th Birthday

For the record, Elliot has never seen a single Star Wars movie... yet. That hasn't stopped him from loving it though. He really wanted a Star Wars-themed birthday party, and being fans ourselves, we couldn't resist!
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May 10, 2011

Elliot 0-3 Months

Elliot Graham Reed is now approaching four months of age.  Here is a collection of pictures from the first three months including many of friends and family who have been a blessing to the Reed family.
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May 9, 2011

New Kid On the Block

New kid on the block, not to be mistaken for the much older, and much less 'new' New Kids On the Block, Elliot is indeed the newest addition to our neighborhood.  Most of the families here have teens, or elementary-age kids.  When we moved in we were the only ones in our neighborhood without kids -or dogs.  As we were…
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April 14, 2011

I Am Tougher Than A Desert

As it turns out, Matt and I are tougher to survive than a desert.  For fun, I'll use a favorite desert of mine as an example.  The Great Sandy Desert (gotta love those Australian's and their naming prowess, this creative name makes me laugh almost every time I think of it).  Matt and I are deadlier to a cactus than…
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May 18, 2010

Composting Concepts

As you know, we've been tearing out a bunch of shrubs and trees around our house.  The landscaping was neglected for years and we've found it's easier to just start over on some things rather than try to redeem them.  Some friends of ours are even taking the badly placed oak tree in our backyard.  Now we have bags of…
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May 10, 2010

Backyard Trees

This is a picture of two flowering trees in our backyard. You can see a fall picture of our yard here: http://mjreed.com/?p=1554.  It's the two trees on the left.
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May 7, 2010

Garage Sale Day -MN Style

It's May and as many would assume, it's perfect garage sale weather.  Yes, and yet, perhaps those 'many' are not familiar with Minnesota.  It is May 7, and I am huddled near the small space heater we were going to sell in this very garage sale, until the weather made me rethink the wisdom of that.  Besides, our poor little…
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April 3, 2010

Landscaping and Lawncare Resources?

There are faceplate-less light switches everywhere in our house.   We've done a ton of work, but there's still lots to be done and we've mostly concentrated on "larger" indoor projects like flooring and painting.  It was one year ago our offer was accepted and it's hard to believe how far we've come. Today we spent some time ripping some sort…
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March 1, 2010

Camera Fun

We've owned a Canon Rebel xsi for about a year and are just now beginning to understand the wonders of digital SLRs.  Thanks to friendly inspiration both at home (via Redmanns) and beyond (via SLR for dummies App) we're having fun messing around with a ton of different settings and learning the basics of aperture, shutter speed and more.  We…
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January 10, 2010

Garage Weather

It's funny when the 30's are described as "bitter cold"... Poor Florida.  Just this past Wednesday we were loading in sound equipment for our youth service and we were amazed how warm it was... and even more amazed that the "warm-up" was actually 15 degrees.  Honestly all this sub-zero weather hasn't bothered me at all and I think I know…
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September 22, 2009

Fruit Flies

We sorta forgot about a garbage bag upstairs this past weekend and came to a house full of fruit flies.  So for the past couple days, we've set up these traps.  We wrapped saran wrap around a bowl with an orange inside.  Then we poked a small hole in the top.  They can sneak in, but can't find their way…
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August 27, 2009

CSI Bird of Prey?

A few minutes ago I ventured into our backyard and found a headless rabbit.  At first I thought that maybe we had some weirdo trying to play some creepy pranks on us (we also found a flattened bunny outside our front door the morning we left for Nicaragua).  Examining the scene a little more closely, I found a dozen or…
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May 6, 2009

Too Close?

Okay, I've come to the conclusion that we are situated too close to our current neighbors.  If I wanted to, and I don't, I could easily leap from our living room window onto their house.  If I wanted to, and I don't, I could see into every window of their house that faces us.  I feel this is too close. …
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May 4, 2009

Party Time!

It's been a little quiet on our website the last few weeks.  A lot has been happening since the beginning of April that has kept us really busy.  It started out with us finding a house that we REALLY liked.  We placed an offer that was accepted and have spent the last few weeks working with our lender and realtor…
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April 15, 2009

$855,232 in taxes

This is the first year that we didn't file any taxes on April 15th <gasp>.  Instead we filed an extension for our federal taxes because we want to get the $8,000 first-time home buyer credit this year, but we can't claim it until we close on the house.  So now we have until Oct. 15th to file. Oddly enough, in…
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February 24, 2009

Stimulus

Regardless of where you stand on the Stimulus Bill that was passed, it's hard to argue the tremendous incentive given to first-time home buyers.  If you meet income qualifications, you get an $8000 tax credit if you purchase a home between Jan 1 and Dec 1 this year.  That's a credit, not a deduction... which is basically money in your…
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March 27, 2008

Dent

Recently someone hit our parked car and took off. We woke up one morning and noticed it. The dent was small but expensive and we're still trying to figure out how they hit us. The location and lightness of the dent was baffling. Was someone trying to turn around in the middle of the street? Or were they trying to…
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