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My theory of why children have so much energy

DSCF4695 copyYou’ve seen children at the playground jumping and chasing. Just watching them seems to make you tired. You’ve experienced being around children running in circles and waving arms and hands and being silly.  Just being around them wears you out.  How is it children can have so much energy in such tiny little bodies?

My theory is children actually drain the energy of the nearest adults.   You are actually a large energy store for them.  They are using your energy!

Don’t believe me?  Just think about it…

  • They have more energy than could be contained in such a little body.
  • The closer you are to them when they are active, the more tired and drained you feel.
  • The crazier and wilder they are, the more tired and drained you feel.
  • More children acting wildly will make you feel tired faster.
  • But, when they go to sleep, you can feel your energy return.
  • When they even settle down, your energy begins to come back.

I think that pretty well proves it.

Family Togetherness in the Modern Age

Serious family chat over Google chat


Our family is spread all over the country: Utah, Minnesota, Ohio, and Virginia. But, we can still get together virtually. Google chat is what we use. Silliness abounds. These are some clips from the last chat. Everyone trying to make each other laugh and out-do the others in silliness.

Christmas season officially started…

Brian Leanne Matt Nicole in a sleigh

(Fake) Sleigh ride for Brian, Leanne, Matt and Nicole


The Christmas season officially started after a little “Black Friday” shopping. We played Christmas music and went out to a local tree farm to keep the family tradition of cutting our own tree. (That sleigh is not moving. No horse even hooked up.)
Matt and Nicole pose next to the tree.

Matt and Nicole pose next to the tree that will soon be coming home.


The tree is wrapped in webbing for travel home.

The tree is wrapped in webbing for travel home.

My Son the Actor

Christian Cragun (left) and Andrew Joy (right) face off in the BYU stage production of Romeo and Juliet

Christian Cragun (left) and Andrew Joy (right) face off in the BYU stage production of Romeo and Juliet

My son Christian is studying Theatre Education at BYU.  He does his student teaching in January.  He is currently in the main-stage production (through Dec 4) of Romeo and Juliet and has the role of Benvolio.   I will be unable to travel to see in person, but it’s fun to see the images of the set and see his stage presence at 6’4”.

Christian Cragun mugging a suspicious look

Christian Cragun mugging a suspicious look

I especially liked these images (courtesy of Richie Unminski) that show terrific stage faces that can be seen even on the back row. These remind me of the mugging I used to do with kids years ago just clowning around.

Good luck Christian!  Break a leg!