Monday, April 23, 2012

Fun FHE!

I bought a few things because I wanted the boys to plant some seeds of grass for another fun activity I have on my mind (I'll post about this activity later). Anyway, I thought it would be fun if I created an FHE around this activity, and this is what I came up with: Planting a seed is just like what Heavenly Father does when he plants talents in each of us.

This is a picture of a few of the supplies I needed for this FHE (sorry for the glare, I'm definitely not a professional photographer). I used some cups, soil, grass seeds, a small white board, a picture (of a quote that went with the theme), and my FHE planning guide so I wouldn't get off track. We started with a song and a prayer. We sang "Give Said the Little Stream" because it seemed appropriate. Next I explained what a talent is and that everyone has talents. With a little help Jackson finally understood the concept.

Once Jackson understood what a talent was we took turns discussing what special talents we all have been given. Daddy did a good job being our scribe. Jackson came up with some funny talents for each of us. Jackson thinks his best talent was his fantastic singing abilities. Jackson thinks Austin's best talent is playing; Daddy's best talent is drawing; and my best talent is feeding Austin (my talent makes me laugh). Anyway, these are all the talents we came up with.

Next we read the scripture, Matthew 25:29. It's about not hiding our talents, but rather, we should share our talents with others. We also talked about the dandelion picture which says:
"Be careful what you choose...
Because as you know
The type of seed you plant
is exactly what you'll grow"

Planting the seeds was the object lesson. The cup is like our body, the soil like the Spirit, and the seeds are the talents that Heavenly Father gives to each of us. Then I let Jackson plant 2 cups of grass seeds for himself and 2 cups of grass seeds for Austin. He really liked playing in the dirt.

I really like the idea of treats for FHE, but Jackson is so picky he doesn't even like most treats. I hit the jackpot with this FHE treat. It's not only delicious, but it's also good for you and low in calories. You just take grapes and wash them, then while they are wet throw them in a plastic baggy with a package of lime jello and shake them up until their coated in the lime jello powder, and refidgerate. They're supposed to taste like Sour Patch Kids, but they don't really. They have the same texture as Sour Patch Kids, but they don't taste the same. This treat is delicious even if it doesn't taste just like Sour Patch Kids. Jackson LOVED them! Win-win!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We let Austin loose in the Science Spectrum

We have a membership to the Science Spectrum, but we haven't used it as much since last year because... Well, there really isn't a reason why we haven't used our membership. The last time we went to the Science Spectrum, Austin wasn't very mobile, so we thought it was about time to let Austin loose in a world of science museum fun! Grandma, Jackson, Austin and I went on an adventure!

First, we watched the Rain Forest show where we saw a skink, a tarantula (not my favorite), and a baby boa constrictor.

Next we headed back upstairs to the bubbles! Jackson calls the Science Spectrum, "Bubbles" because he's a pretty big fan of the bubbles exhibit.

Then we headed into the pre-school room where we could let Austin roam and be free. We saw some friends of ours in the pre-school room and the boys were happy to see Maggie and to meet a new friend (I'm blanking on the new friend's name right now, sorry). Here are the kids playing in the newsroom. Jackson was singing the "ABC song". He's a ham, so he loved watching himself on camera.

I didn't know it at the time, but Austin had a severe ear infection on top of teething his molars. He wouldn't let me put him down and he wouldn't let anyone hold him, but me. Poor baby. I had no idea. I thought he was just sleepy and cranky from teething.

Looking at these pictures now, I can tell he doesn't feel good. My poor Little Tiny. A sweet little girl, who was only 2 or 3, brought Austin this little dog toy from the pet show exhibit to help Austin feel better. And there has another little girl picking up any toy he dropped on the floor. We had a bunch of little girls who had fun playing 'Mommy' with Austin. They were so sweet!

While Austin was being loved by all the little girls, Jackson was playing in the water exhibit, another favorite of his.

Just as we were rounding up Jackson because it was time to leave, Austin finally decided he wanted to roam and play. Unfortunately, it was time for lunch.

We'll go back to visit "Bubbles" next week when Austin is feeling better.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

This year we had our big family Easter dinner on Friday because Grandma had to work on Sunday. I tried out a new recipe for dessert which I found on Pinterest (of course). It's a super rich chocolate brownie cake. It turned out great, but was a little too rich for my taste. However, I really think that if you are a true die-hard chocolate lover then you will LOVE this recipe. I thought I was a true die-hard chocolate lover, but this cake beat me.

A good friend of mine makes Easter cupcakes with her kids every year. I saw them on her blog last year and I thought they were so cute! This year we made them at our house to hand out to our neighbors. Jackson helped with the baking and decorating. He has some mad grass and egg decorating skills! He also decorated the plates that we handed out the cupcakes on. Our neighbors were quite impressed with his work.

For some reason I still get these little momentary realizations that I'm a mother of two, and I get this rush of emotions. I had another dose of reality looking at TWO little Easter baskets sitting in our living room the night before Easter. Sometimes I feel overwhelmingly blessed with our two beautiful boys and this was one of those moments. Here are their little Easter baskets that the Easter Bunny filled for them.

Jackson loves the Easter egg hunt part of Easter, so here are eggs we filled for them to find on Easter. We filled them with change instead of candy because I just threw out a ton of Christmas candy and there's always WAY TOO MUCH candy after the holidays. Jim found the golden eggs that we filled with a dollar and the left over change. Every year the golden eggs will be the best and hardest eggs to find. I love traditions!

Because we had Easter dinner early this year I wanted to have a special breakfast on Easter instead. I scrambled sausage, eggs, and potatoes together (which is a family favorite), but I also made this DELICIOUS breakfast cake! I found this recipe on Pinterest just like the chocolate cake recipe. The recipe calls for fresh blueberries, but since Jim isn't a fan of blueberries (and I am) I did a mix of strawberries and blueberries and it turned out AMAZING!! Jim is not a fan of cakes, but he LOVED this yummy treat!

And just to prove that I am officially losing my mind- I found this bib that I bought THIS YEAR for Austin to wear on Easter. That's great and all, but this isn't Austin's first Easter. It's his second. I have lost it.

Notice anything missing...? How about the true meaning behind Easter. I completely spaced on Friday night to start our annual Easter FHE that runs through Sunday night. Then the kids became cranky as I ran out of time on Saturday night and they had to go to bed. So tonight for FHE we will be doing the Easter FHE. Better late than never. Good thing I did an Easter FHE about Christ's resurrection last Monday, so it wasn't a complete lost cause.

Pool Party!!

We had our first pool party of the summer because it was in the 90's here over the weekend a week or two back. We've had this little pool for a couple years now and bring it out every summer for a fun way to cool down during the summer. We got the idea for a pool party from Blue's Clues who also had a pool party (and the boys watched this episode over and over and over again). This was Austin's very first pool party and he loved it... eventually. He cried when we first put him in the water, but as soon as he got used to the temperature he was fine and had a fun time with Brother.

I had to put little hats on them so that their fair heads didn't get sun burnt.


And no self respecting pool party is complete without some Popsicles! Austin wouldn't hold his, so that was Mommy's job.


Monday, April 2, 2012

OOPS! This time I did forget...

I forgot to about my George Albert Smith challenge this month. Sort of... I'll explain, but March's challenge was:

I would [will] teach the truth to the understanding and blessing of all mankind.

I remembered during the first week or so of March that this was my challenge, and I followed through an a very small scale. A woman that I know through a March Babies 2011 mommy group asked what I do to help my children understand the real meaning of Easter (because I had mentioned I have a cute craft and lesson teaching children about Christ's resurrection). Anyway, I shared my lesson with her and told her briefly about our faith.

I know it isn't much, but I dropped the ball last month. I will be more diligent this month. And April's challenge is:

I would [will] seek out the erring one and try to win him back to a righteous and happy life.

I admit, I am HIGHLY intimidated by this month's challenge. And I have no idea how I will fulfill it, but with a little prayer anything is possible!

By the way, here is the lesson that I use to teach the boys about Christ's resurrection if anyone is interested.