Friday, March 25, 2016


Brooke was looking at this picture. 

"That's not you and dad!"

Yes, it is. 

"No, it's not!"

Why? Dad doesn't look like himself? He looks different? Because I look about the same. 

"No you don't! You have wrinkles! Look, I can see them right here!" (Points to my forehead)

Me. Laughing. I guess it's true. I remember my mom being old when she was 36. I guess I'm old! 

Monday, March 14, 2016


We're waiting for knotts berry farm to open. Brooke started inspected Scott's hair. And then... "You need to get some more hair! On your scalp!" Oh man, we had a good laugh. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Funday

October 2015

Sometimes these kids can fight and bicker and make it so hard to not sigh in exasperation. Then I catch them in some really sweet moments, where they create and paint and play games together, and suddenly, all is right with the world. They really are great kids. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Sweet Little Girl

I need to figure this girl out. She is so sweet, yet so stubborn and resistant to anything that is not in her immediate vision or plan for her life. We are working on it. Working on responding to her with love. Working on not using harsh words or threats with her, as these have little affect (besides that of digging in those stubborn heels). 

But tonight we shared some sweet moments, Alisa and I. We played the Headbanz game and she was just thrilled to have one on one time with me. Thrilled. Every card I put on my headband was met with her dramatic gasp and a great big smile. Every question I asked was answered, "Not even close!" She was just a darling and a sweetie and the Alisa that I know is in there during those frustrating moments with her. I love this girl to death and am so glad she's mine. Maybe her love language is time... one-on-one time together meant so much to her tonight, and I got to see that sweet baby of mine. I need to make the time to spend alone with her more often. 

Alisa with her buddy Emma after the Polar Express Musical production at school.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Jake's Night Ritual

So, if Jake wakes up to go to the bathroom, he sprints down the hall, into our room, turns in the dim light in our bathroom, relieves himself, turns off the light, and sprints back to his room. No matter what time of night (usually between 3-6am). Never mind that there's a bathroom across the hall from his room. It's hilarious to me that he doesn't sleepily stumble out. It's always at a run.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas is such a sweet time of year. We had a great time acting out the Nativity, singing around the piano (with a picture to prove it!), and cuddling together with our kids. When we got back to our house from a lovely Olive Garden candle lit dinner, we got snacks ready for Santa and the reindeer, then cuddled up to read some Christmas books together. We finally put our kids to bed. The next day, we woke up to Christmas magic. We do a little devotional about the reason for Christmas first thing in the morning. I love hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing Christmas songs as we line up, youngest to oldest, and make our way down the stairs for Christmas morning. It was magical when I was growing up, and it's magical still. The kids gasps of delight are worth it! We had a great time, relaxing, building legos, and hanging out in our pajamas all day long. 

Later in the week, we had a Seaman family variety show. We had a lovely and lengthy rendition of the entire movie Frozen. That was something else. And the kids put it together all on their own. 

New Year's Eve was spent at Grandma and Grandpa Crane's, partying it up with cousins. What a fun time full of late nights, too much food, and laughter. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dance Recital and Brookie's Christmas Program

We joined Miss Jesica's (Barker) dance studio this semester. The girls were thrilled... at first. Then they were more whiny and clingy until I had to wait in the car instead of in the studio during dance. Once I was not physically there, they did fine. The dance was to "Little Saint Nick" and was the most adorable thing I have ever seen (no, I'm not biased! It truly was.). 

Afterwords, they flitted around on the stage in hog heaven. Brookie (who was miss independent during the recital) decided to take a break from dance in January. Alisa signed up for pre-pointe with Ashlyn. Livin' the dream...

Brookie is the far left in the picture. Alisa is the fourth from the left.

Cousins! Ashlyn did a tumbling class this year and her routine was more showing off their tricks and fewer dance steps. It was impressive.

Brookie goes to Flagstaff Christian Preschool, which is held at the Flagstaff Gymnastics Center. She goes Monday-Wednesday. Every day she goes they do a one hour tumble bear gymnastics class. She has gotten a lot stronger and it has been great for that hurt armpit. She loves it. She goes with Treston and Luke (and Aiden... all from Joy School last year). They put on a very Christian nativity. She was darling in her angel costume but I didn't get a picture of her alone. I'll have to ask mom for one.