Friday, May 25, 2012

Five For Friday: Scouts, Birthdays, and Eggs

Braden shooting at Cub Scouts

Chelsie blowing out the candles
Braden getting pulled in to Bears

Happy 15 Chelsie!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Review: The Runaway Bunny

One of  the great pleasures I have as a mother is reading to my children.  I love picture books and I love reading them with my kids.  It provides a great bonding time.Wednesday is the day  I will share my favorites.

In honor of May and Mother's Day I decided to review The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (also known for writing Goodnight Moon).  The book was published in 1942 and is considered a classic.  I enjoy reading the book for many reasons.

It's words are gentle and poetic as it tells of a small bunny wanting to run away from his mother.  The mother reassures him; she will be her mom if she he runs away.  The illustrations by Clement Hurd match the writing as soft and gentle. 

It is a great book to read to your child to affirm your love for him/her and how you will always be there for them no matter what.

Tuesday Treats: Lazy Strawberry Shortcake

Nothing like Spring to enjoy Strawberries.  Strawberry Shortcake is the way to go.  I could say I made the cake, grew the strawberries but I didn't.  I took the lazy route.  I went to Macey's bought an Angel Food Cake, Cool whip, and Strawberries. 

I did exert effort by slicing the strawberries and adding sugar and I cut the Cake. 

For Family Night we assembled our Strawberry Shortcakes and I can't imagine it tasting better if I had made it myself.

Monday Musings: Aretha Franklin, M&M's and Parenting

(I know a little late again.  Our house in chaos right now as we are getting new flooring)

Our monthly theme is Respect.  Just saying it wants me to break out in a little Aretha Franklin.  Yet I'll refrain.  You know those days you pray for patience?  Same thing with respect.  It's not happening.  And I want "just a little bit" (yeah) just a little bit." So I'm thinking what "punishment" would teach them  respect.  Well after stewing over it a few days, I decided to ask the Perfect Parent.  

The answer was looking for the positive.  For example, today, one of my kids got up, got dressed without me telling him/her one thousand times. I'm grateful I was able to notice it.  When our kids do something right, do we notice?  It's like driving a car.  We get irritated at the red lights, yet forget to notice and be grateful for the green lights.

I  am reinstating "Minor Moments"  and giving postive affirmations to my children.  A few years ago we gave family members cards with M&M Characters on it.  We wrote something positive we noticed about that person and placed it on their beds.

I'm not expecting miracles, but I'm hoping improvement.  And I think I will be able to be a happier mom.  So again back to Aretha Franklin: 

You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
And bring gloom down to the minimum
And have faith or pandemonium is liable
To walk upon the scene

Friday, May 18, 2012

Five for Friday: Bryce Canyon

1st Stop:   Goblin Valley

Then To Capital Reef
The cute cabin we stayed in at Bryce

 The kids were naughty....

Bonnie and Clyde

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday Treats: Mother's Day Garden

For Family Night we made  a "Mother's Day Garden" EASY! and fun.  Below you'll find the picture from the recipe.  As a family, I cut the Rice Krispy into sections and everyone decorated their own with fruit and frosting.


3 tablespoonsbutter or margarine

  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40)regular marshmallows
  • - OR -
  • 4 cupsminiature marshmallows
  • 6 cupsKellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • - OR -
  • 6 cupsKellogg's® Cocoa Krispies® cereal
  • Fresh strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, kiwifruit, apples and/or raspberries
  • Canned frosting or decorating gel
  • Food color


    1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

    2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

    3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut fruits into flower shapes and arrange on top. Use tinted frosting to add flower stems and grass. Cut into 2-inch squares. Serve the same day.

    Microwave Directions: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

    Jaycie's creation and Marc's creation:

    Monday Musings: Faith and The Bike Ride

    So  I'm a few days late on the Monday thing.. but here it is.

    One of my favorite stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul is The Bike Ride.  One, because I love bike riding; and two, I love the analogy. 

    Here is an excerpt:

    At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn't really know Him.
    But later on when I recognized my Higher Power, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was in the back helping me pedal. I don't know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since . . . life with my Higher Power, that is. God makes life exciting.
    When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!"

    Last weekend we took a trip to Bryce Canyon.  We took the long way with some dear friends in their RV.  At one point in the journey we were driving up a canyon with cliffs on both sides.  From where I was sitting in the RV, all I could see out the window was the drop off.  I seriously covered my eyes in fear.   Yet we made it safely to our destination and saw some amazing sights. 

    I know when I let go, and let God take control of my life, it can be a little scary.  I may close my eyes for a moment, but I need to learn to trust and have faith.  In return, He will make more out of my life than I ever could riding by myself.

    Song of the Week:  Clay in His Hands (another analogy of giving your life to the Lord) by Jessie Clark Funk

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    May Family Home Evening: Respect

    We are committed to a Happy, Successful Family by ‘establishing  and maintaining  principles of faith, prayer repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities.’

    ·         Opening Song:  “Families Can be Together Forever”

    ·         Quotes:

    Could anyone be more deserving of respect than a literal child of God? Each of us—husband and wife, parent and child—has that marvelous heritage and potential. Sometimes we lose sight of each other’s true worth. But as we give respect, our love deepens, potential blossoms, and eternal relationships grow stronger. 

    (LDS Church Website-Respect)

    Happiness abounds when there is genuine respect one for another. Wives draw closer to their husbands, and husbands are more appreciative of their wives, and

    children are happy as children are meant to be” (President Thomas S. Monson)

    ·         Showing Respect, Honor, and Love for Parents (tell)

    92967_000_When we respect, honor, and love Heavenly Father, we are showing reverence for Him. And Heavenly Father is pleased when we respect, honor, and love our parents. One of the Ten Commandments tells us to honor our parents (see Ex. 20:12). Nephi begins the Book of Mormon by telling us that he was “born of goodly parents” (1 Ne. 1:1). They were “goodly” because they taught him to love the Lord and obey His commandments.

    Chieko Nishimura Okazaki had goodly parents too. Her grandparents moved from Japan to Hawaii. Her parents worked hard on a plantation. They were Buddhists, Buddhism being the main religion in Japan. They did not know about Jesus Christ. But they knew about goodness. What did they teach Chieko?

    She said, “They taught me to be kigatsuku (key-got-sue-koo). That means to do good without being asked. When my mother was sweeping the floor, she would say, ‘Chieko, what would a kigatsuku girl do now?’ I would think for a minute, then run to get the dust pan and hold it for her. Or when she was washing dishes, I would pick up the dishtowel and begin to dry them. She would smile and say, ‘You are a kigatsuku girl.’

    “My parents taught me other things. They taught me to work hard and to always do my best. That’s why I could work hard in school, go to the university, and become a school teacher and even a principal. They taught me to always love the truth. That is why, when I found the Church, I loved it and was baptized a Latter-day Saint.”

    Chieko respected, honored, and loved her parents by helping without being asked and by following the righteous principles that they taught her. Now she is the first counselor in the General Presidency of the Relief Society. Her father is dead; her mother is still a Buddhist. Sister Okazaki says, “I know that she is proud of me because I still try to be kigatsuku, and I love her very much for teaching me good things.”

    (Virginia Pearce, July 1992 Friend)

    ·         Discussion: ( I placed these questions and thought questions in a bowl and each went around the table and talked about it.)

    1.      Tell about an example in the scriptures where someone showed respect for their family.   Other examples?

    2.    Think of any example when someone showed respect in the family.

    3.    What scripture example should we display this month?

    4.    What does “kigatsuku” mean?

    5.    What is Respect?

    6.    What is the difference between courtesy and respect?

    7.    What is the difference between honor and respect?

    Respecting others

    After our discussion we put index cards with each person’s name on it.  One person drew a card out of the bowl and say one way they could respect that person.

    Show Pure and Simple Faith Mormon Message.  This video is about faith but  I also believe it is about a young girl honoring her parents in helping out her family.

    ·         Closing Prayer