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A fireplace update

April 22, 2010 · filed under: Projects by Geoff

Well, its been a crazy spring, and being far behind on pictures has been the name of the game.  Here’s a quick update on the fireplace.  Although it has taken a back seat to the gorgeous weather and springtime fun with Grace, we’re still whittling away at it on those rainy evenings.

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Spring Time with Grace

April 21, 2010 · filed under: Family, Grace Evelyn, Holidays by Jill

Spring time = busy at the Janes household. There seems to be much to do as the world awakens from winter, and keeping up with Grace has added to that this year. Needless to say, one project that has been neglected has been posting recent pictures. Here are some highlights from the last month:

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Top on the list is Grace’s first Easter holiday. This year she spent Easter with Mom’s family, seeing Grandpa Paul & Grandma Darla’s farm first. After visiting the cows and new baby calves, it was on to Guthrie Center for her first Easter egg hunt. Although her bucket wasn’t exactly brimming after the hunt, Grace enjoyed watching the other kids and seeing the Easter Bunny. When the excitement of the hunt died down, Grandma Donna & Grandpa Ron took her for a quick stop at the farm and home store with baby chicks and ducks. Unfortunately, Mom said no to Dad and Grace, and we did not return home with a duck. Finally, Grace practiced hunting eggs again on Easter morning with cousin Landon before church. It was quite a weekend!

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And the unfortunate baby chick incident:

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Grace & Landon getting into trouble:

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Aside from the holiday, its been project time at home again. Grace’s projects including pulling herself up and “helping” with everything. Recently, she has “helped” clean up dinner, she “helped” Dad work on the car, and she “helped” inspect the basement work.  Although it seems her help usually slows the job, it certainly keeps things interesting. And Mom and Dad keep thinking about how fast time goes and how soon she really will be helping with everything as she proves what a big girl she is becoming.

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See more pictures of our big girl this spring in the gallery.

The new bathroom

April 20, 2010 · filed under: Projects by Geoff

It’d been 30 years without a touch. Let me just say it needed to be updated pretty darned bad. You can use some of these original pictures as a guide to help you determine whether or not the overhaul was warranted:

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So, Greg decided to plan everything out, and Jill and I joined him for a fun-filled 5 days of overhaul.  Let me say it wasn’t the funnest 5 days I’ve ever had, but in the end the result was worth the work.  So here we go, the demo:

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With the demo completed, it was now time to start putting everything back together.  Considering demo only took 4 hours, we were on a good schedule.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of the work encompassed putting things back together….  🙂

First, the plumbing, electrical, framing, drywall and painting.

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Next comes the tile:

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And then the finishing touches with the floor tile, toilet and sink base cabinets.

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And the final product, apples and oranges compared to the original:

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