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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:

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

Happy birthday Madelyn!


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:


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!

All of the photos from the project so far:


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

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