Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Opening Prayer: Daddy
What is this? (point to your christmas tree of a picture of one) Why do we have Christmas Trees at Christmas? (enjoy their varied answers!)
The Christmas Tree is a symbol of Christmas because :
The evergreen tree means lasting light and life. The needles of the tree point upwards towards heaven. As many things die in winter but the evergreen does not, it symbolizes life in the midst of death or rebirth.
Talk about why you like to put a star or angel on the top of your tree.
Read this scripture to go with your discussion.
Luke 2:9-12 for Angel
Matthew 2:2 for Star
Click on links for some Tree Crafts
Christmas Handprint Tree
Fun cardboard and sticker christmas tree
Closing Song: Stars were Gleaming Childrens Songbook #37
Closing Prayer: Child
Click on links for some yummy treats
Cheese Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree Krispy Treats
Christmas Tree Sandwiches"
This lesson idea was taken from The Family Home Evening Spot. Please go to her site to share with her your comments on how much you love her lessons. I know I love them and love that she is willing to share them with others.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I really didn't want to glue all of these numbers on the calendar so I used my cricut to cutout vinyl numbers. So much easier and I think that it will keep the numbers form falling off over the years of use.
So tell me what is it that you have planned to tackle before the holidays (ie: homemade gifts, decorations, ect.)
Monday, November 30, 2009
Every year the first lesson after Thanksgiving we give a lesson on the symbols of Christmas. We explain to the kids why we put a tree up, what the colors mean, and so on. This year I am taking my ideas from The Family Home Evening Spot and focusing on one symbol each week. I think this way the kids will remember them a little better and it gives us time for fun activities, and treats afterwards.
Family Home Evening Lesson
Opening Song: 'Away in a Manger' Children's Songbook # 42
Opening Prayer: Daddy
Hold up a wreath or picture of a wreath
What is this? What does it mean? Why do we have wreaths at Christmas time?
Wreaths are like a circle. Which means no beginning 0r no ending. This symbolizes eternity - the unending cirle of life. The evergreen tree (used to make wreaths) means growth and everlasting life. Holly branches have thorns. When used in a wreath it symbolises the crown of thorns put on Jesus head when he was crucified. The red berries symbolize his blood that was shed for us.
Make a wreath
Paper plate wreath instructions found here at filth wizardry very cute.
Coat hanger wreath:
Bend a coat hanger into circle shape. Secure tinsel with tape and wrap Tinsel around and around and around. Secure end with sticky tape. Add bows, decorations as you wish."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tonight is girls night out. I am off to see "New Moon" with my mother in law, sister in law, and some friends. JBody is getting off work early to watch the kids as I get to enjoy some girl time. We are going to eat dinner at a little Italian Restaurant near the theater. At 9:00 we're going to watch the first movie and then at Midnight we will watch the New Moon movie.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This year we had great weather. And like always the kids had so much fun choosing their very own pumpkin to take home and carve for Family Home Evening the next Monday.
Cousin Noah, Cousin Keenan, Lil' E, Cousin Mason, Doble, JBody, Razy
Daddy and the kids. Razy looks thrilled doesn't she?
Pumpkin choosing time
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So why am I telling you that I cleaned up all these rooms. Well I have found that I have become somewhat lazy in picking up around the house. Small messes soon turn to larger ones and then before I know it I am spending 30mins to an hour cleaning a room when it should only take me a couple minutes. Yes I know my kids are old enough to help, and this is part of my problem. What is my problem you ask? CONSISTENCY. I have decided that I really need to be consistent in things.
I was not always like this. When it was just JBody, Lil E and myself, I was so much more consistent. I was able to stay on top of the household chores. I made time for scripture reading and writing in my journal. I did so much better on exercise and I actually had time to read or do other leisurely activities. Why am I not like that anymore? Did my days go from 24 hours to 16 hours just like that? No. I just have forgotten how to manage my time and be more consistent with the things that I think matter most. Yes I do spend more time running kids to school and back. Getting three kids ready takes more time than just one. Taking the puppy to go potty at various times of the day does take some time, but I am spending way too much time doing things that don't need to be done. FACEBOOK! There I said it. Yes I do love that I can keep up with my friends that I haven't seen in years, but geez this is ridiculous. And yes I do become obsessive when I am researching something on the internet. If I can't find what I am looking for in a couple of minutes than I need to just get over it and move on to something else.
You are probably wondering why I am talking about this when I started out talking about Tackle It Tuesday. Well for my tackle today I have decided that I am going to become more consistent. I am not going to jump right into it and try to tackle every little thing at once. Recently we were challenged at church to finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. The challenge came at the end of August. JBody and I figured that if we read 2 chapters a day we could finish it buy the end of December. 2 chapters, easy enough. We have been really good with being consistent in reading the scriptures with the kids before bed even if it is only a few verses. However, my personal scripture study has been non-existent for the past couple of years. So this challenge has not been easy for me. I soon fell behind....WAY behind. So behind that I had to change from 2 chapters a day to 3. I was struggling with 2 how was I going to manage 3? Yes I am behind with even the goal of 3 chapters a day, but guess what, I have been consistent for over the past week with my scripture reading. I have been able to keep with my goal of 3 chapters a day and then some. What a change it has made in my home as well. I feel more motivated to keep things picked up. I get less irritated with the kids. Things seem more peaceful and less hectic. It really has made a difference. I really feel that because both JBody and I have been reading the scriptures the spirit seems stronger in our home. I know that it is not coming from just our commitment to personally read the scriptures, but with reading them together as a family and having family prayer, being consistent with Family Home Evening, and our personal and companionship prayers.
I am rambling aren't I? Well at least I am blogging again. Again back to Tackle it Tuesday...Next Tuesday I hope to report that I stayed consistent with my reading, but to add to that I am going to be consistent with going to bed with a clean house. That doesn't mean immaculate. It can still be lived in, but I (with the help of the kids) will straighten up the playroom and living room and I will not leave the dishes till the morning. And to add to that list I am going to be more consistent with laundry. Laundry to me is like getting into debt. Once you are in it, it is SO hard to get out of it. And one last thing...I am going to try to become more consistent with blogging again. No promises there. Small steps right?
Are you needing some consistency? What are you going to work on?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
This June we had our 1st ever Elder's Quorum Campout. It was a very small gathering but it was alot of fun. Here are some highlights of the event.
The kids loved playing on this little car that one of the families brought for their little boy. Eventually we had to put a helmet on Razy because the older kids thought it would be cool to send her down the hill. She had a close call almost colliding into a car at the bottom of the hill, but barely missed it. Doble decided he was going to send her down the hill buy himself. Well his aim was WAY off. Needless to say she LOVED it.
The kids all loved climbing this tree in Matt's tree stand. Keenan was able to move the stand up and down the tree by himself. The tree stand was used earlier that night to light the fire.
Razy and Doble loved playing with Anna. I think Doble was crushin on her. She is a cutie, but a little too old for him.
Here is the whole clan before heading out the next morning. It was alot of fun. Hope to see you all there next year guys and hopefully more join us.
Our 3 Little Train Fans.
A Little Train Exploration...CHOO CHOO one tired little boy
Besides riding Thomas...The train play area was Doble's Favorite.
Waiting to take a ride on the Yellow Speeder Car. Mema with sister cheesy face (literally...she had cheetos all over her face) and Doble.
AND HERE COMES THE TRAIN OF THE HOUR!!A Family picture in front of our Favorite Train. Too bad Mommy has her eyes closed.
So excited to be on Thomas! Sitting with Mr. Conductor
Good Bye Thomas!! Thanks for a GREAT DAY!