Saturday, June 30, 2012

Five for Friday

1. Summer of Service:  Playing with kids and teaching how playing is learning
2.  Dinosaur museum
3.  Swimming Lessons
4.  Girls night out
5. Decorating for Summer
/Sand art

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday Review

Beach Bummin' Memory Game

2.  Sand Art

3.  Go to the Scera and swim!

Tuesday Treats: Oreo Asphalt Pie

1 Jello No Bake Oreo pie mix
1 quart of Chocolate mint ice cream
1 cup
Caramel syrup

Make oreo crust following directions.  Thaw ice cream.  Add Oreo mix 1 and 1/2 of the second package with the ice cream.  Mix.  Layer the crust with caramel syrup.  Add Ice cream mixture.  Pour the rest of the 2nd package on top.  Freeze.  Before serving add the remainder of Caramel syrup.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Musings: I'm a Loser

Yes I am a loser.  I lose everything!  Everyday, sometimes every hour it's something new.  Friday  it was my camera, Saturday, something, today my phone has gone on the missing list.   It just seems like I'm always looking for things. 

I know I shouldn't be too hard on myself.  One thing I can't seem to lose is these pounds that have attached to me themselves on my thighs, hips, etc.  even with all the energy I exert looking for things.   But that's a blog for another day.

So there's hope for me maybe.  In fact, there's probably a gadget or even an app for losers like me.  Problem is, I'd lose it.

So I'll end with Mark Twain wisdom:  "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most"

Friday, June 22, 2012

Five for Friday: Marc's Birthday

Braden and Jaycie rock climbing at Trafalga

Chelsie made this Baseball cake for Marc


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday Musings: " turns me upside down"

I know I am a day late again but it's Summer! That's my excuse this week and I'm sticking to it.  Seriously it's Summer and so many emotions go through my head because things get a little crazy in my house once school has ended.  Yet the past few years once the kids were out it turned me upside down..figuratively speaking of course. 

This summer I armed myself with a plan.  I took on Summer.  First of all, I made sure there were many opportunities to play with my kids.  I mean we're talking this is prime time to have fun with them.  But I also gave them expectations.  They have to work.  

Also, we're seeking out opportunities to serve.  One child comes with me to do Meals on Wheels each week, and we are planning to do Summer of Service with United Way as well as finding ways to serve friends and neighbors.

Work hard.  Play hard.   Serve.

I created what is now termed lovingly by one of the kids as the Blue Box of Happiness.  It is simply a blue box of index cards that gives me the feeling of being organized. 

It has 10categories ( all color coordinated I may add)  I will attempt to explain to those who care.

1.  Chore schedules:  Each week has a schedule of 12 chores that is split up between the the 6 of us. 
2.  Weekly Schedules :  Each child gets a card of their responsibilities for that week as well as their schedule.
3.  Chore cards:  (This is my favorite)  I wrote down each chore and how  to clean each room.  They have to follow the checklist.
4.  Follow up Charts:   I use to keep track of   and followup on everything.   And it helps me know how to reward them. 

Friday is payday. 
Room clean all week:  They can go shopping or get $5
Cleanup after themselves (food, etc)  We get to out for lunch or get takeout
Get all their chores done:  Water Party or $5

5.Clothes Inventory:  Seems random but I made another checklist of clothes they absolutely need for the summer.  If they need it. I'll get it. If not, they buy it.
6.  Movie tickets:  I keep all the tickets in there for the Scera movies they see twice a week.
7.  Dinner Duty:  Each week one of my offspring helps me plan, shop and prepare meals for the family that week.
8.  Weeding:  Each child is responsible for a weeding section in our yard.  This is the unofficial map. If they keep up their weeding they get a trampoline.
9.  Braden's Scout stuff:  I went through Braden's Scout book and tagged in red all the things we're planning to do this Summer that can pass off scout stuff and then tagged in yellow things we can do but are not scheduled yet.
10.  Reading Schedule for Jaycie.  We have a list of good books for her to read each week and theme related activities with the chosen book
I'm hoping at the end of the Summer 2 things would have happened.  One, My children will know how to be more responsible and know how to work hard. Two,  Our relationship will be strengthened by us working, serving  and  playing together. 

As the song by Cars put it, it will be magic.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Review: Edwina; The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

  Some of the book's awards are:

Child Magazine Best Book 2006, NAPPA Gold Medal Award winner, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Book Award (Platinum), Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year 2007, Book Sense 76 pick

Edwina was a dinosaur who everyone loved except Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie (love the name) who tries to convince everyone that dinosaurs-including Edwina- are extinct.    This is such a fun book about friendship, listening and service.  It may make you want to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June Family Home Evening: Work

Opening Song:  "When We're Helping We're Happy"  ( We especially love the "tra la la part")
Opening Prayer: 


Building a strong family takes hard work, and part of that work is teaching our children how to work. Though some may see work as something to avoid, the gospel teaches that working for and with our families brings great blessings. God Himself calls His plan for His children “my work and my glory” (Moses 1:39). ( LDS Website

Work is honorable. Developing the capacity to work will help you contribute to the world in which you live. It will bring you an increased sense of self-worth. It will bless you and your family, both now and in the future.

Learning to work begins in the home. Help your family by willingly participating in the work necessary to maintain a home (For the Strength of Youth)

We can know our children are beginning to understand the doctrine when we see it revealed in their attitudes and actions without external threats or rewards. As our children learn to understand gospel doctrines, they become more self-reliant and more responsible. They become part of the solution to our family challenges and make a positive contribution to the environment of our home and the success of our family. (Cheryl L. Esplin)
Discussion:   We talked about the value of work in the family especially that last quote and talked about how we can contribute to the family instead of making more work for others (i.e. cleaning up after your selves) 
We chose Ammon to be our Scripture hero of the month because he knew how to contribute to the situation.
Activtity:  We worked on projects in the house and in the yard.