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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.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ripping seams out of a towel-- not my favorite thing to do

Today I found out that it's not impossible to unpick a seam in a hooded towel-- it's just not how I ever want to spend my time again.  

My Peachie was eager to try out baby Scout's hooded towel before I tied it up with a ribbon.  I hope Scout likes it.  :)

Now to get another fluffy pink towel and make one on the sly for this curly girl's 4th birthday...  

How will I do that when she's my sewing shadow??

Monday, August 04, 2014

Misdirection

It is discomforting to see how often the virtue of loving the sinner is being replaced by the vice of embracing the sin and vilifying those who eschew it. 

Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained this phenomenon well in a talk last year. Here is an excerpt: 

"Persons who don’t believe in God or in absolute truth in moral matters can see themselves as the most tolerant of persons. For them, almost anything goes. This belief system can tolerate almost any behavior and almost any person. Unfortunately, some who believe in moral relativism seem to have difficulty tolerating those who insist that there is a God who should be respected and that there are certain moral absolutes that should be observed."


Notes:
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Balancing Truth and Tolerance," Ensign, February 2013, https://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/02/balancing-truth-and-tolerance?lang=eng.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bun and Biscuit's birthdays

Today we celebrated Bun and Biscuit's birthdays.  Bun turned 9 and Biscuit turns 2 tomorrow.
Bun, along with Danny's help, grilled hot dogs at the park for dinner.  He also picked up litter to finish one of the last three achievements for his Wolf in Cub Scouts.

All the kids had a fun time playing with sand, playing on the playground, and with bubbles from their goodie bags.

After dinner we came home and for Family Home Evening lesson listened to several examples of children who helped the planet by being humanitarians or environmentalists (the final thing in his Wolf book).  
After FHE, we had birthday cake for refreshments.  Biscuit was especially in awe at all the chocolate on the cake.  Her favorite!

Happy Birthday Bun and Biscuit!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Playing tricks on Auntie

The twins (almost 5), under the influence of cousin Anna (age 10), thought it would be totally fun and sneaky to dress alike and switch their natural hairstyles to trick Auntie Leslie.

Anna helped curl the front of Squdge's hair and straighten out Tater's swirl.

We'll see how many times today Auntie Leslie mixes them up.   :P

Anna is having a good time dressing the little girls like real live dolls.  

I still think the twins are fraternal.  But most extended relatives think they're identical.  What thinketh you?

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