Ways to ask someone to a dance with Chickens via SeeJaneBlog.jpgHomecoming is this weekend at our local high school and Kiana was asked to the dance weeks ago… She came home late one night and discovered CHICKENS in our front yard! It was a riot!!! She had to chase down each one, and untie a little wire-wrapped letter from each of their legs. After she caught them all she found the letters – G U N N A R and discovered who had asked her. It was so fun. All of our kiddos loved it. Wellesley Baloo went crazy with the chickens in our yard. 


summer * hamboards

August 2, 2015

CL0A4918Technically, I LOVE every season of the year – which is one reason I love living in Utah. But. Summer is by far my favorite. It just makes me happier than any of the other seasons, and one of my favorite favorite things is the time we spend outside as a family.
CL0A4905 As each summer approaches I try to plan just a few things for each kid that they want to do. Just enough to keep them active, engaged, and yet enjoy as many lazy mornings and downtime as they can in-between. I’ve always veered away from “summer bucket lists” just to not feel like we have to be doing something planned all the time.


teenage depression

August 2, 2015

CL0A4666 This photo. It means a lot to me. Kiana has had a phenomenal year, or even more than that – maybe eighteen months which followed a few years of some real trials. When she was thirteen, we moved to Boston. She was thrilled to be going on the adventure – embraced everything we were planning. Then soon after we moved is when I found out I had cancer. Now – looking back all of her struggles make sense. But at the time, it was so confusing to feel like a daughter who had always been a happy overachieving soul was struggling with so many new challenges. With puberty (something my girls go through very fast and early) she had intense migraine headaches that came on suddenly and wiped her out for sometimes a few days/week.



November 18, 2014

group dinner setup via seejaneblog

see jane setup a party via seejaneblog

bulb lights via seejaneblog

bulb lights and mason jars via seejaneblog

black and red converse via seejaneblog

modern day grease costumes via seejaneblog

Sadie Hawkins dinner via seejaneblog

Grease guys and girls via seejaneblog

bohemian inspired dinner table via seejaneblog

Grease halloween costumes via seejaneblog

Sadie Hawkins group date via seejaneblog

Sadie Hawkins group dinner via seejaneblog

High School group date via seejaneblog

bulb lights party via seejaneblog

mexican blankets and sheepskins via seejaneblog

low tables for dining via seejaneblog

In this post I mentioned that Kiana just went to Sadie Hawkins – a girls choice dance here in Utah. For the group date, I agreed to host all twenty teenagers in her group for dinner. The day after Halloween.


Big Love Ball

November 2, 2014

big love ball via seejaneblog one

I don’t know how many areas of the U.S. or the world have this tradition? But here in Utah – teenagers and college students are really creative when they ask someone to a school dance.  Since I lived through this cultural custom growing up (and enjoyed it!) and I am now assisting my teenagers with the same tradition, I thought I’d start a series with original ideas of how to ask someone to prom! or Sadie Hawkins.  Or Morp (prom backwards). Or Sweethearts.  Or, Homecoming.  Or, whatever dances you may have at your local schools!

This past month, Kiana asked her friend Jordy to Sadie Hawkins.  Which is a girls-choice dance.  I had a friend tell me about the Big Love Ball a few weeks ago and the instant I saw it I’ve been looking forward to a good reason to use one!