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A Castle in the Making

March 11, 2013 · filed under: Kids, Madelyn Estelle, Projects by Jill

Our prior post was titled “Madelyn’s Bed.” As the photos showed, the progress we had made had created just that: a really large bunk bed frame. In the last week, that bunk bed has begun to transform into a little girl’s dream: a castle! At this point, two towers are in place, complete with windows to peek through and built in cubbies and shelves. Along the way, we got Madelyn’s new mattress, took down her crib, and officially moved her into the big bed, work in progress that it is. We both smiled when we heard our big girl happily reading aloud to herself while sitting on her bed the afternoon we set it up. More photos are to come, but here is a taste of the castle for now:

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Here are all of the new pictures:

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Madelyn’s bed

February 27, 2013 · filed under: Kids, Madelyn Estelle, Projects by Jill

Two years ago when we started preparing for Madelyn, Grace got her big-girl bed. And a heck of a big-girl bed it was. The only problem – we knew that one wouldn’t be enough and that Madelyn would need her own.

So about a month ago Geoff & I started designing Madelyn’s bed. We had been hearing all along that Grace wanted us to build Madelyn a castle bed, so a castle bed it is. No slide this time, but it’ll still be a really fun place to play.

Here’s a few of our favorite photos:

Madelyn helping Dad:

Grace pointing out Dad’s mess:

The kids playing on the bed:

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All of the pictures so far:

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My first camping trip – by Madelyn

June 25, 2012 · filed under: Family, Kids, Madelyn Estelle, Trips by Jill

So, I had to wait until I was exactly 1 year, 1 month old to finally get to go camping. Word is, my sister got to go when she was just 2 months old… and she says I’M the spoiled one! In any case, my day arrived this past weekend when Mommy and Daddy took Grace and I camping at Ledges State Park.




I am learning new things every day, but I learned LOTS while we were camping. Here are some of my latest:

1. The camper is a really fun place to crawl and bounce around.
2. There are lots of things that I’m not supposed to eat or put in my mouth while camping. This is hard to remember.
3. I have difficulties sleeping when there are loud noises in a campground.
4. I LOVE to walk around a campsite with Mom or Dad holding my hands…even though they never want to keep this up as long as I do.
5. Smores made over a campfire taste better than those we roasted at our firepit at home.
6. I am really good at getting really dirty while camping.
7. I’m perfectly happy riding in my backpack carrier with Daddy on long walks.
8. It’s nice to splash in the creek like the big kids on a hot day.
9. I like Daddy’s blueberry pancakes made on the griddle.
10. I can’t wait to go camping again later this summer! Hopefully then I will be walking so that I can keep up with Grace. (Mom and Dad hope for this, too!)

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