Sunday, April 12, 2009

Second Piano Recital

So the kiddos had another piano recital - hence the reason we hung around for Easter instead of heading down to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari week.

I tried but can't find the cord to upload the video I took. During J's performance N made a move to go out the Emergency Exit door so it was a little jumpy. They all graduated to the next level of piano books. And of course, J has already played ALL the songs in his new book... in one day.

Other than that life has been busy with my calling and I re-painted our living room, kitchen and family room in one week. The trim & doors look so much better in a semi-gloss ultra white. I love it! I had my neighbor help me finish it up since I had a craft night for some church women. We made birthday and baptism explosion boxes. I love the store Pebbles in my Pocket! They have some cute ideas for Young Women as well. Check them out!

P.S. I finished the Book of Mormon challenge - Six Weeks Closer to Christ. It was so much fun marking up my new scriptures and it's become a wonderful habit for me to carry them around and read whenever I have a free moment. This book changed my life and every time I read it I get new insights. It has brought more peace into our home and I am thankful for that. Now I'm starting the Old Testament and am going to try to read about 13 pages a day.

Happy Easter!

We made some yummy Easter Breakfast rolls this morning and they were so easy. This would be great for a FHE lesson on the Resurrection!

1 package Rhodes Texas size rolls, thawed
1 package large marshmallows
1/4 cup melted butter
6 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Flatten each roll and place marshmallow in center of roll and wrap the dough around, sealing the seams really well. Brush top with butter then sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet. Put in warm oven to rise for 1 hour with shallow pan of HOT water underneath. After one hour, remove the water pan, turn on your oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 15 minutes. Just like Christ's tomb on Easter Sunday, these rolls will be empty inside!

Makes 24 servings. We usually only do a 1/2 recipe, then use the rest for dinner rolls that night.
*I would've included a picture but they were so yummy - we ate them all! :) Z says this is his favorite recipe now.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Scouts and Biking

So much has happened this past week that I'm starting to forget it all:

Our oldest graduated from Cub Scouts and had his Arrow of Light ceremony. We're so proud of him. We worked really hard to get all those activity patches and pins. He loves Boy Scouts now that one of his friends came in.

My daughter learned how to ride her bike! She had seen her friend outside learning to ride her bike with her dad so she grabbed my husband and told him she wanted to learn how to ride her bike... right now. So out they went and we got lots of pictures of the two of them trying. Troy said she kept leaning against him - it didn't matter which side he ran along. So the next day she sees our boys out riding their bikes and so she asks Daddy if he'll come help her. "Not right now" since he was a little tired from yesterday's learning experience. So about 10 minutes later I went outside to get something from the car and I glance down the street to check on all of them and she's at the end of the street just riding along all by herself! So I ran inside, told Troy and grabbed my camera. Z had coached her through it and it was all just so amazing.

And now I can't remember the rest... lol I just know... Life is good.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Great deal on Humanitarian Kits

We've done Humanitarian Kits before for church. Spent lots of time looking for the best prices and had to shop at several different places to get the best deals on each item. This year as a family we plan to do a couple different kinds of kits for Family Home Evening since a few weeks ago I took the kids and toured the Humanitarian Center downtown and I almost cried when I heard about how babies are being sent home from the hospital wrapped in only newspaper, that children can't attend school if they don't have their own supplies, and that because people lack basic hygiene items in disaster circumstances illness spreads too quickly.

So I was very excited when I saw that White Elegance has kits that you can buy, assemble and then deliver back to their store or a Bishop's storehouse - all for less than wholesale. I can't come close to their prices! So I thought I would share:

It takes about 2 weeks (sometimes less if they already have it in stock) till they ship you the kits, or you can pick them up from their store and save yourself S&H. You can order just a few for FHE or large orders for church service activities. I'm so excited! This means we can do more kits and help more people. Check it out and do some good!

Hygiene Kits $4.91
Newborn Kits $9.11
School Kits $7.08