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Monday, October 20, 2014

Who in their right mind invented clear Legos?

I'm almost certain they don't have children who leave their toys on the floor.  I don't know how many I've absorbed into my bloodstream through my feet.

Friday, October 10, 2014

We <3 granola!

I've posted my recipe for granola cereal before.  This pic is before baking and is a triple batch.  After baking and cooling, I add raisins.  This is the first time I've made it with cloves, nutmeg, and ginger added.  My house smells amazing!

Here is a pan of granola bars from Monday.  This is also made in my mega-pan.  I think it's 13"x17".  This is the second double-batch we've made in 10 days and I added craisins this time.  Yum!

I can only fit 12 in each of these freezer containers.

These granola bars came out to $.15 a piece, are bigger than store-bought, and are very filling.  I got the recipe from here -->
http://helpingfamiliesthrive.com/2013/03/chewy-chocolate-chip-granola-bars.html

Go try it!  Your family will love them!


Argh matey! Thar be cuteness!

After my shower this morning, I came downstairs and found a monkey-toting pirate doing the dishes!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Out of the mouths of babes

Gabbers, Peach, and Biscuit have been playing in the soft green grass, under the big shady tree and on the porch at Grandma and Papa's for four hours this morning.  

I gathered up Biscuit, changed her diaper and laid her down for a nap.  

A little later, Peach came skipping in the house singing, 

"I am descendant of God.  And he has sent me here."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Papa earns big cheers for dinner

One of the perks of visiting Grandma and Papa's house at the end of summer is Harward Farms' corn on the cob.
"Corn!" Peach excitedly cheers.
This is Biscuit's first ever corn on the cob.  She loved it.
Hammy loves it too!  And he was a pretty good sport helping to clean up the carnage.  Hahaha!

If only I could take some back home...


Monday, September 15, 2014

Biscuit gets a turn sitting at the bar.

Biscuit has discovered, along with her older siblings, why it's cool to sit at the bar at Grandma's house.

1.  You're taller-- something she doesn't experience much being the youngest and having short genes.

2.  You get your plate first at snacks or meals.

3.  You have close access to all the goodies Grandma leaves on the counter for the grandkids to eat.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Life Perspective

I was doing my personal scripture reading this evening and this scripture stood out as wisdom we are quickly losing in the world today:

"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:9)

It always helps to keep things in the proper perspective. 

-Dan

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Conference kits with journals for Oct. 2014

I'm getting a jump-start on conference kits for this upcoming October General Conference because I'm sharing the concept tonight at Relief Society.  

(There may have been four or five kids that asked if they could eat the sample kit when I bring it back.  And Hammy lamented that conference was still 3 1/2 weeks away.)
All kits have coloring pages from LDS.org from past Friend magazines.

These conference kits will have snacks without food-dye to keep the hyperactivity at a minimum.  These treats are something they rarely get, with the exception of the granola bar, and they'll be excited about them.  

Those interested will have the conference bingo and Cheerios for markers.  I've added pipe cleaners so they can make a Cheerios bracelet if they so please.

Each kit will have a pack of new crayons for the oldest six kids.  And the little girls will get 8 crayons (since they think it's fun to snap them in half if they feel they have extras).
I decided to add a quote to the front of the composition book and cover them with paper (if the child prefers that).  The oldest four kids will have journals.  
If I can get my printer to cooperate, I'm going to print out more tabs to add throughout the journal.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Making sight words light up


I got a cool new nightlight today from the Home Depot.  They donated $1 to Autism Speaks with the purchase of this nightlight.

Now I have a neat place to hang the sight-word of the week for my kindergarten-aged twins. 

*I am not being reimbursed in anyway from Home Depot or Autism Speaks for this post.  But I do like that Home Depot offers a military discount and also provides a free project for kids the first Saturday of every month.  I also support what Autism Speaks stands for especially having children and nephews on the spectrum.

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