Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Halloween!

This year David wanted to be a PARROT and Lydia was a BLACK CAT.
Arent' they adorable?

I have to brag a little because I made the costumes all by myself :)
The kids trick-or-treated in the rain (they were very determined) and got way too much candy.

We've been raking leaves like crazy and the kids love it.

David made his very own dinosaur costume. Next year I'll give him fabric instead of paper and save myself the trouble.

This makes me laugh every time!

Carving pumpkins.

and oh yah, David is 5!!!!
 I don't like to think about it.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


If you havn't heard from us for a while... we've been busy.
I honestly can't even think off all that's happened since our last post, but here are a few big ones....

Lydia had her Birthday in February
she's so big!

Jason graduated from Medical School!!!!

(did I mention we matched to residency?)

Hence our recent move to Erie Pennsylvania!
It's true. We said our goodbyes to Iowa and headed east.

We are absolutely loving it here.
(it helps that Jason hasn't been working all month and we've had lots of time to play)

Here are the kids and Jason catching all sorts of creature in a creek near our house.

David is truly in heaven here.... at the creek that is.

David caught some frogs...

and then Lydia caught a frog!

Okay, so maybe Dave cought it, with a little help.
(see, heaven for a 4 year old boy)

Our temple district is now the Palmyra temple. So when we went to the temple we got a bonus trip to the Smith farm...

and the Sacred Grove...

When we're not out playing at the beach... yes there's a beach here, on lake Erie, but I can't seem to remember my camera... on walks in the forest, or catching frogs, we hang out at home drawing pictures,

or swimming in the pool in the back yard.

 ( a kiddie pool that is)

and yes, we have a back yard!
We're renting a house and sooo glad to have our own space. Sorry no pics. I know. I'll get to it.
Hope life is going well for all of you too, and now that we're more settled maybe, just maybe, you'll hear from us more often :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Here's to 2011!


We started the year saying goodbye to Jason
He went to Idaho for a month-long rotation
It would have been great if we all could have gone
but the doctor said I was just 'too far along'


Grandma Mayo came before the due date
It would have been nice to know that this baby'd be late
We finally welcomed our Lydia May
Seven pounds and nine ounces of joy you might say


Ma and Pa Crofts came visiting next
Their first trip our here to the mid-west
The kids were excited, I can't fail to mention
They soaked-up all of the extra attention


To church we went, our baby to bless
My mom crochetted her a lovely white dress
David thought it espcially cool
When all his friend came for pre-school


We saw a tulip festival in a Dutch town
Where we met-up with friends for a look around
On Memorial Day we had BBQ
With all the wonderful people we knew


Then I took the kids, and J worried lots
As we headed to Vegas, but not to play slots
The family reunion this year was quite fun
We visited, swam, and soaked-up the sun


Two little teeth our Lydia got
In Primary David gave his first talk
Next, sadly, Jason left to OK
but Lisa and Cody moved here to stay


David discovered he had a new love
As he caught every frog, toad, tadpole, and bug
When we snuck in a camping trip in a hurry
Before Jason headed off to Missouri


We enjoyed the fall and all of its charms
As we picked blueberries at Berry Patch Farms
David played soccer and learned pretty quick
How fun it can be when a goal he did kick


we had a spooky and fun Halloween
With two of the cutest kids that you've seen
We partied and had a great Trunk-or-Treat
With more candy than anyone really should eat


At Thanksgiving we couldn't believe the amount
When all of our blessings we started to count
Our stomaches just weren't as big as our eyes
as we dished ourselves turkey, potatoes, and pies


We had a wonderful Christmas this year
With stockings and presents and plenty of cheer
Now we just thank our Father in Heaven
That we have survived 2011!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

About Time

I figure an update on the kids is over due.
We'll start with Little Lydia this time...

Lydia is such a good baby.
She's generally mild mannered. She giggles and laughs when you tickle or tease her, roars when you play with her, pouts when you ignore her, but most of the time is just completely content, pleasant, and sweet.
Her hair however, has some serious attitude. It's hard to see, but the entire top stands strait up. Always. It's impossible to make it do anything else.

 Remember the pouting I mentioned.

I had to take a picture because this is so tipical Lydia when a toy is just too far away, or I'm making dinner instead of paying attention to her. She doesn't usually throw a fit, just lays flat on the floor like she's so abandoned.

She does love the swings at the park and being outside. She is crawling all over the place now. Still army crawling most of the time. She likes everything that is David's. I kid you not, she tried to crawl for the first time on David's birthday. His new toys were quite the motivation.

She was a trooper on Halloween too. (Sorry no good costume pics. She was a lady bug, but she's bundled up in this picture and sitting on her wings.)

She's a great eater. Even when you can tell she doesn't like it and makes faces after every bite she'll keep opening her mouth until she's full. It's kinda sad- and cute. But usually she's not picky.

 David, David, David
He's been spending A LOT of time drawing. (this is a picture of dragons. A mom, dad, babies, and eggs.) We've been working on his ABC's too and loves writing his name.

He likes to cheese for the camera too. Luckily he still adores his sister. His favorite thing is to give her a hug and rub his cheeks on her fuzzy hair.

We went to the pumpkin patch and raced on the peddal carts. He won of course- with a little help from Dad.

This year David told me maybe he didn't want to carve pumpkins this year (after I told him he had to help pull out the pumpkin guts.) He said it was just too yucky. Apparently he changed his mind when it looked like Uncle Cody was having all the fun.

David determined to be a dragon for Halloween this year. And I was determined NOT to sew his costume. He won. I sewed a dragon. But only after I figured I could make the entire costume for free using fabric a friend had given me and scraps I had. Then I just couldn't justify paying for one.

In the end I thought it turned out pretty great. I figured it was good enough when I had him try it on and he roared and ran (flew) away.

We had a fluke snow storm the other day. (Luckily it's melted now). Jason had the morning off and they built this snowman. Dave was so proud. Later he kept asking me if we needed to go get his rocks (the eyes) so they didn't get lost when the snowman melted. Apparently they were pretty important rocks. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I can't believe David is 4!!!
What a handsome birthday boy.

 David had a great birthday, complete with cake, presents, and of course friends.

 He had a 'Superhero' birthday party.
Here are all the boys making their best superhero faces.
Happy Birthday David!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Our Family

Family Pictures!
An amazingly talented friend just took these pictures for us
(thanks again)

Jason & Emily (6 yrs and counting)

David Alan (as handsome as ever)

Lydia May (our beautiful baby)

the Kids

the Boys

the Girls