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Celebrating Grace, Rapunzel – Style

May 6, 2013 · filed under: Family, Grace Evelyn, Kids by Jill

What a weekend for our new four-year-old! The anticipation for Grace’s birthday had been building, evidenced by her recent comments that April was “taking a long time!” Finally May (and more snow!) arrived and Grace couldn’t wait to celebrate her fourth birthday with family and friends.

Family celebrations came first, with Grandpa and Grandma Janes arriving on Friday night for a few early birthday presents. A porcelain doll was a happy surprise! Saturday morning meant more presents from Mom and Dad, including the Rapunzel doll she had been asking for since February. The rest of the morning was spent playing with new toys and helping prepare for the upcoming party.

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3:00 p.m. = Party time, Rapunzel-Style! Grace was so excited for her first birthday party with friends from school. She greeted her guests with Rapunzel dress up aprons and Rapunzel braids (Thanks, Aunt Jinny, for all of your help in making both of these!). When everyone had arrived, the girls decorated their braids with flowers and then took turns “letting down their hair” in Grace’s house bunk. Pretending to hit Flynn Rider with frying pans, building snack “towers”, and setting off our own floating lanterns added to the fun. The final hit of the party was the cake. The girls couldn’t wait to dig in, and all wanted a purple piece…Good thing there was plenty of purple frosting to go around!

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When the party excitement had wound down, the rest of the weekend was spent enjoying more family time and playing with birthday spoils. Though Mom and Dad are feeling spent, the smiles and squeals of delight throughout the weekend were worth all of the efforts. Happy birthday, Grace!

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March 30, 2013 · filed under: Grace Evelyn, Kids, Madelyn Estelle by Geoff

The other day our friend/neighbor/hairdresser came over and gave the girls their first haircuts. It actually went far better than I expected. Check out the pictures:

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Spring Break = Project Time

March 25, 2013 · filed under: Kids, Madelyn Estelle, Projects by Geoff

It seems spring break at our house always means project time. With extra time off, the Janes crew manages to find something to keep us busy each year: fireplaces, bathroom remodels, landscape planning…the list goes on. This year’s project: major work on the castle bed.

Though we have been plugging along on the bed for over a month now, it was time to get down to business. With grandparents and an offer to help paint on the way for a weekend visit, Geoff took two days off so we could forge ahead with the castle. Jill’s motivation = her OCD for unfinished projects. Geoff’s motivation = the fact that he very much dislikes to paint. And motivated we were! With no progress on the project since our last post, we worked hard in the last four days to finish a third tower and entryway, archways to a balcony, the front of the castle and windows, and the balcony railing, as well as paint the majority of the structure. The hard work was met with happiness by two little princesses!

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All of the photos from the project so far:

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Stay tuned for more pictures as we add the finishing touches!

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