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Happy Holidays 2018

December 19, 2018 · filed under: Family, Holidays, Kids, Projects by Geoff

Happy holidays!  This last year has been crazy for our family, most notably by spending nearly 9 months of the year working on a complete overhaul of our home’s main level.  Jill and I, and the girls, did nearly all of the work ourselves, and it was just plain crazy to do so.  It technically started last Labor Day with the sunken room, and resumed New Years Eve for the majority of 2018.

The great news is that Jill and I are still speaking, and nobody was seriously injured.  🙂  Happy holidays from our family to yours, and best wishes next year!

Additional photos from last year’s adventures are available in the following albums:

Summer vacation

September 7, 2013 · filed under: Family, Kids, Trips by Geoff

It has been an incredibly crazy spring and summer, and thus we’ve allocated no time to getting photos up. But this weekend in the hospital has given me an opportunity to get a little caught up.

Our one vacation of the summer came early and was a chance to combine trips to visit family with an educational and fun sailing trip on Lake Superior.

We started the fun with a trip to visit Jinny & Justin in Chicago. This trip included a train ride (which was a huge hit with the girls), a bus ride, the zoo, and Giordanos pizza:

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And next came a trip to the children’s museum, which the girls LOVED:

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Then some time to grocery shop and prepare for the sailing trip. Next it was north to the lake, and the beginning of Greg and I’s captain certification course. We spent 2 days with a US Coast Guard certified captain who put us through the wringer with emergency procedures, docking, foul weather preparedness, and funny enough, manual charting and navigation without a GPS.

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After Greg and I passed the course and got our certifications, we spent the next 3 days sailing with the girls and Grandpa & Grandma Janes:

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The girls had a great time playing on the deck of the boat, even though they were required to wear their life jackets, and their life jackets were tethered to the boat. They still managed to show off some dance moves, feed the ducks, and enjoy the scenery.

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Finally we finished the trip with a stop at the cabin for a little bit of unwinding time. Everyone had a good time relaxing a bit, and the girls managed to catch a fish and some turtles.

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To view all of the photos, check out the albums on Google+

Happy birthday Madelyn!

May 20, 2013 · filed under: Family, Kids, Madelyn Estelle by Geoff

Madelyn spent this last weekend stealing the show as she prepared to turn 2. Our little girl continues to prove to us day-in-and-day-out that she’s not that little anymore. Suddenly she’s a little chatter-box, with something to say just about all the time. And not only that, but she manages to string together pretty complex sentences. Man, they grow up too quickly.

The first part of Madelyn’s celebration was her Minnie Mouse party on Saturday afternoon. She had a blast, especially when everyone put their Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears on:

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After the party was over, we weren’t finished! It was time to pack up and head over to Jack Trice Stadium for a fun-filled movie-night! Hundreds of families with even more kids packed onto the field at the stadium to watch Wreck it Ralph. Both Grace and Madelyn had a great time:

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And finally we capped out the weekend with a trip to the Des Moines zoo!

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Happy birthday Madelyn!

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