Summer Joy

Hmmm, is it more entertainment they need, or is it just too hard to be siblings sharing a house during the summer? Either way, these two were doing this long enough that I had time to leave the room and find my camera. Cracked me up!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Ahh, I remember those days when school was out and my two little girls found “different” ways to amuse themselves. They also seemed to find all sorts of ways to make each other laugh too. But as carefree as summer can be, I have to admit the two of them AND me were excited when a new school year arrived back towards the end of August! They were tired of playing with each other and anxious to meet their new teacher and see old friends again. There was a refreshing energy that replaced the unstructured life of summer with the back to school agenda.

    Have a great 4th of July weekend with family and friends!

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Painting 101

Our first summer project required getting out some paint, on a five-gallon scale.

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The girls were actually a big help and made a lot of progress for about the first four feet up the walls.

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I wore Mia out, and she only got a little paint plastered to the back of her head. That’s what I get for taking a picture!

On a side note, I found it helpful while they painted to stand back and clean up messes and drips, which seemed to occur fairly often. I’m glad I didn’t attempt to paint with them. I saved my painting for the above-the four-foot-line after they were done and plum tuckered out.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I bet they had fun doing that painting. There is something sort of magical to apply paint to a surface and see it transform right before your eyes. That is at the 4 foot level!! LOL!!

  2. Cindi says:

    Painting! So much fun at that age. You have just created great memories for them! To this day the memory of the heat in my grandmother’s upstairs bedrooms, the scratchy sound of that tiny transistor radio, the scent of wallpaper paste and visions of my parents working as a team to hang strips of wallpaper while I spread the paste on the next brings a huge smile. Simple acts create wonderful life long memories of things we never thought worthy of being a memory. Having met the requirement for getting paint in hair ~ those girls deserve a beginner’s badge in interior decorating 🙂

  3. Karlyne says:

    It doesn’t look like you have the floor covered-did the drips just wipe right up? Or are they much, much neater than I am?

  4. Debbie says:

    So cute, Meg! Way to get them started early! I haven’t painted our daughters room in three years… she does it all herself now… 🙂 Your girls are getting so big and adorable..I agree with Cindi…they’ve earned a badge in ID!
    Love to all,

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School’s Out for Summer!

We are happy to announce we made it through another school year. We hope you all survived and enjoyed it, too!

The last day of school!

Their teachers finished off the day with some pretty fun adventures, including this huge game of Twister!

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We can proudly say we officially have a first grader and second grader. In the meantime, we’re ready to tackle summer.

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We hope you’re looking forward to summer as much as we are!


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I got a twister game (much smaller in size)for my 16th birthday and it was so much fun to do. Enjoy your summer carefree days, Stella and Mia!

  2. terry steinmetz says:

    I hope the girls and you have many wonderful adventures this summer. I will have my grandgirls here in July for 3 weeks. They already have made many suggestions, including glamping with me. Oh what fun!

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Behind the Scenes: A New Swing

We asked the girls to showcase the new swing we recently finished at the farm. They were happy to accommodate. (Look for instructions for making a barrel-stave swing like ours in the next issue of MaryJanesFarm, out mid-July.)

Uncle Brian gave them some pretty big pushes.

And if only he could have pushed them for hours.

I would say the new swing is going to be the highlight of the summer, since all four cousins can fit on it together.

But there’s always a new pile of gravel being delivered that looks pretty enticing, too.

And somehow, they didn’t even get their white dresses dirty!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Now that is a proper swing!! I am assuming adults get to take a few turns?!

  2. Cindi says:

    A great swing, plus a strong uncle to push a load of wiggly cousins, equals absolute delight on all of those bright faces ~ look at them bubbling with joy! I can almost hear their squeals and laughter coming out of the picture. What wonderful memories that swing is about to create. And three angels in white dresses on top of that pile of gravel, hahahaha, just wait.

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    How fun! Great idea! Love it!

  4. bonnie ellis says:

    What absolutely precious pictures! Those kids are a treasure Mary Jane and Meg. Brian is so cool, I would adopt him but he’s already taken (sorry Ashley). He looks like he is having fun too.

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