Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Today, my favorite guy turned 8! Wow! Hard to believe.... eight..... already!

It's hard to believe that I have been a mother for eight years. And it's hard to believe how much a child changes in that amount of time-- from a helpless little bean to a fully capable and quite mature little man. And it's hard to believe how much I have changed in this time as well.

I know that all moms think their kids are the best, but, well.... Finn is amazing. He is such a kind soul, has a great sense of humor, and is a caring and sensitive guy. I am so lucky to be his mama, and oftentimes feel like I don't deserve such a great kid.

We celebrated big this year. Finn wanted to go to Great Wolf Lodge (a huge indoor water park about 2 hours away). So (thanks to Groupon), me, Todd, the kids and one of Finn's friends spent Friday night there. We spent hours at the water park, had some arcade time, and played a cool magic quest game as well. I think we are all pretty wiped out! However, I will say that not having to throw a birthday party is pretty darn nice. No cupcake stress, no last-minute crafting, nor lots of messes to clean. Eight is already feeling like smooth sailing... ;)

Happy Birthday Mr. Finn! I love you to the moon and back!

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  1. Happy birthday to your sweet 8 year old.
    Just wait until you are saying that about your grand! It does go

  2. happy birthday to your sweet older boy!! A water park sounds like a fun time :)

  3. Happy Birthday to your little guy (or not so little). I remember now that our kids share the same birthday! That sounds like a great way to celebrate.

  4. Happy Birthday to your sweet Finn! Sounds like an awesome Birthday celebration too, we'd love to one day visit the GWL!