Friday, April 29, 2011

A Few Things Lately...

I hope your Easter weekend was very nice!

One of the highlights of our Easter Sunday was enjoying a home-cooked meal of foods that Jesus Christ ate after he was resurrected. It really did help us feel connected to the Savior a little more, by eating and thinking about what that dinner with his apostles was like after he rose from the dead. How did they feel seeing their Master alive again? How did they feel about seeing the wounds in His hands? How happy they must have been to see Him! 

The meal we ate included broiled fish and honeycomb, and other goodies like hummus, pita bread, cucumbers, and a light dessert of strawberry shortcake. My husband's father, sister, and her fiancee joined us and we all had a good time talking and eating. Our oldest son got everyone involved in a game of scripture/animal charades afterward, which was a memorable way to end the celebration for all of us.
The Saturday before Easter Sunday, our little kidlets had a fun egg hunt. Our church congregation hosted a family pancake breakfast and egg hunt at the park near our home. It was great to have a few neighbors join in as well.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons

Oh. My. These are really
something yummy!

You wouldn't believe
how easy they are to prepare
or how, ahem, health-like
they are for a dessert.
No refined sugar or flour.
No flour at all, actually.

I had a helper for
this recipe testing, too. 
She was the chocolate taste-tester.
Start 'em out young, I say!

{She didn't mind one bit!}

The recipe and video come from Cynthia Lair's
website, Cookus Interruptus, which is chock-full
of whole foods recipes for busy people.
I've mentioned her before on my blog; if you like
to cook healthy foods, you have got to visit her online.

You can find the recipe HERE.

{Using will power to avoid eating all 15....}

Need more whole foods recipe ideas? Check out Real Food Wednesday!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Outfit of the Day

I'm linking up with the blog True Femininity today to share a new outfit I purchased this weekend. You can click on the image above to visit the blog and participate if that sounds fun to you! I really love the outfits the blog author has chosen to share--they are very chic! She mixes some vintage in, and it's adorable! Her looks are cute, modest, and affordable: three things that are important to me!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Scripture Study in the Home

Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our education and I feel the most important "lesson" I can offer my little ones. It is the best foundation that a family can build on. It establishes principles of happiness in our lives.  As we talk together about how Jesus healed the sick or how Heavenly Father cares for each of his children, there is more peace in our home and a spirit of harmony. It is a joy!

Artist: Del Parson

As followers of Jesus Christ, we know scriptures are important and we know we want to share them in our families, but how does a Mom or Dad do this, exactly, with little children?  
As we have found to be true, with variety and a lot of patience!

If this is your interest to provide scripture feasts for your children, I encourage you to open your heart prayerfully for ways to share the scriptures with your children. I know inspiration that will meet  your own unique family needs will follow.

I'll share some things that have worked for us over time and with experimentation.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Baked French Toast & Oven Omelet

Have you ever heard of Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman?
(Everyone nodding here!)
She's got a cute true-life romance book out about her
and her cowboy husband. My sister Beth liked it, and I have yet to read it,
but her story on her blog was funny!!
And she has a recipe book!

I have been wanting to make her Cinnamon Baked French Toast
for a while and last night I got started.

The recipe called for one loaf of crusty bread.
Since I didn't want to go out to the store, I started a loaf in my
handy dandy bread machine. When it was done baking,
I cut it in cubes and let it cool. I put together
the casserole and put it in the fridge overnight.

This morning, I preheated the oven and sprinkled on the crumb mixture
I had premixed the night before and baked it for about 45 minutes.

Here it is after I pulled it out of the oven. smelled SO GOOD.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reading With Boys

This has proved to be trickier for our family
than I could have predicted.
Early on, it wasn't so tricky.
They liked me reading to them
while they nursed, before naps and bedtime,
when they were younger.
But then they grew and got more active
and the challenge began!

The boys have other things they prefer to do
rather than sit and read or listen to a story.
They have active bodies and minds and need
to keep their hands busy doing something.
They learn by experiencing, rather than passively listening.
That's a healthy thing!

Consulting about Roblox

Cousins and Toy Weapons: Two Favorites

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Family Work

Four posts in one day? I'm on a roll!

I have blogged about my foray into Chore Charts.
And my desire to change that system after listening 
to Donna Goff speak about the concept of family work.
Now I have another update!

This week, particularly, I have gotten up in the morning
with the first two children awake and gone for a walk.
By the time I return home, the oldest two boys
are awake and we are all ready to eat some breakfast.

I have enlisted their help emptying the clean dishes and
silverware from the dishwasher and they have done
surprisingly well!

My 6 year old did need someone with him to guide him
through the task of separating the silverware, but after two times,
he was a pro and got the official "High 5" award. He was grinning!

Baby girl 'helping' in the kitchen

Moms Can Feel Pretty, too!

Beauty. It's been on my mind!
My sister and I both had haircuts this week that made us feel pretty
and with a wedding on my husband's side of the family
coming up next month, I purchased my first pair of black heels  
as a Mommy.

Blog Button

Check it out! I've created a simple blog button for this blog.
Cool, huh!

Look on the sidebar on my blog to the left
to copy and paste the code to add it to your blog's sidebar.
Then you can share my blog with your favorite people, too!

Want to make one of your own?
I found instructions HERE on how to do it.
It was very easy, even for someone like me who does not know HTML.

Happy 10th!

Handsome Husband and I are are celebrating our
10th wedding anniversary in style this year.
I am feelin' lucky because:

  • this is a trip for work for him (saving us money)
  • it's a great, sunny locale
  • generous family members will take care of our 3 boys for the week we are away!

Our baby daughter will join us.
If you have any tips on surviving an 18 15 hour flight with a toddler,
don't be shy. Fill me in!

What are we going to do during that week?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Christ-Centered Easter


 Though we like having fun with Easter egg hunts (usually with our neighbors for the annual hunt) and the fun things associated with it, I also love Easter time as a special holiday. It is a Holy Day, to learn more about and draw close to the Savior. I'm so glad I can share this things with my children, too.

Diane Hopkins, one of my favorite homeschool mom mentors, blogged about an idea to make a visual aid of the empty tomb out of items found around the house. An older child could definitely help out making this by following the directions she has. What a fun idea! I like that is it 3 dimensional.

There is one terrific resource I have used for a few years now. I really love this book! (see photo below)

It has recipes and so many ideas to use for teaching children or even young adults about the meaning of Easter and the events surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Is this the book that you mentioned in your comment, Kristin?)

The authors are Janet and Joe Hales, parents of 7 children. Their commitment to and love for Christ really comes through to the reader. This is a book written for Latter-Day Saint families, but so much of it could be used by families of other Christian faiths.

For young children, there is the Easter story using plastic eggs. I like this section because it has a list of the tiny items to put in the eggs and all the accompanying scriptures, too. Very handy. I used this as an object lesson for a class of 11 year olds at church one year and they really liked it.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Hanging Out at the Toy Store

Just one way to keep cool and get out of the house when it's hot outside...oh, and have fun!



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Easter Book Display

We are getting ready for Easter and enjoying
the new life of Spring over here.
How do you like to teach your little ones
about the meaning of Easter?