Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Menu

I'm behind in life.  Luckily everyone is happy and healthy. 
We're just busy... just like you probably are  :)  Hopefully before the New Year, I'll get our new family pictures posted on here.

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Menu

I can't believe it's November already.  I'm already working on December's menu since I know how busy it always gets this time of year.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Menu

The great thing about menu planning is I shouldn't have to make that many changes next year when I'm planning for 2014.  :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New church calling!

I was released from Nursery and put in as an Activity Days leader for the senior group of girls ages 10 & 11 (my daughter's group).  We had our first activity and I brought too much stuff and know better now to have things a little simpler instead of offering too many options. 

In my daughter's Activity Days binder there was this paper, but the link offered to print another one was dead, so I made my own and fixed a few errors.  Mine also has a better font in my opinion.  :)  This is a great one-page checklist that the girls can keep in their binder.  The leaders would have a sheet for each girl to track what they have completed.  It lists everything in the Faith in God booklet put out by the LDS or Mormon Church  I'm excited to work with these cute girls (there's over a dozen in our group!). 

Click below (on the link under the picture where it says CLICK HERE) if you'd like to download the file.

(This is my first attempt at google docs so please be patient and send me a comment if it doesn't work)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Menu

I started adding lunches to our Menu Plan so the kids don't have PBJs everyday at school.  :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Father's Day printable

Here's a little poem for the Nursery kids to give to their dads this Sunday for Father's Day.  I plan on attaching it to colored cardstock and then putting their colored-ink handprint over the text. 
Simple, sweet and practically free!
Copy and transfer to Word document, no margins.  Print onto 8.5x11 paper then slice into two.  There's room at the bottom for their name.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fourteen Fun Sunday Activities

I feel sometimes that even though Sunday is a day of rest we don't accomplish anything good after we come home from church.  It almost feels wasted and instead we should be reflecting on how to improve our lives.  The kids try to sneak in some mindless TV so I came up with a long list of things they pick from to keep the Sabbath Day holy and we put it in a prominent place and refer to it every Sunday.  I understand that everyone's circumstances are different and so are the opinions of what is holy and what is not.  These work for our family and we become closer by doing them so it's good in my book of life so please don't judge.  I'm simply sharing what works for us and hopefully some of these will work for your family too.  Have a wonderful Sabbath!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Menu Plan

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

72 hour kits

Just a reminder to get your 72 hour kits updated.  I used to be so good at this - doing it every 6 months in April and October.  I've had it on my to-do list for a long time. 

Today we worked on Z's Emergency Preparedness merit badge and went thru a Home & Safety Checklist as required and decided OK, it's time. 

We pulled out all the stuff and low and behold the food and clothes for the kids were 4 years old.  The beef jerky survived, the rest was trashed.  Sad.  We went shopping and got it all organized and now baby K has her own bag and I feel much safer and prepared.

Are you ready?  If so, what's your favorite gadget?  We just found hand-crank flashlight/radios!  No more batteries for us!

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Menu Plan

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

MORE Nursery Ideas

I'm still loving Nursery!  (My daughter is a little troublemaker sometimes but I still enjoy watching these toddlers learn that Jesus loves them.)  I feel the kids get enough silly songs from TV, preschool, etc. so we're going to try and focus on "church-approved" songs to get them ready for Primary.  I also thought it would be nice to have a back-up plan in case our music teacher doesn't show up.  Life happens and it's always nice to be prepared, right? 

Nursery Singing Time Ideas

Set out Foam Squares (everyone gets the same color so they don’t fight over a color to sit on)
Sing “Here We Are Together” (261) to start and help kids learn each other’s names.
If it’s someone’s birthday that week sing the “Happy, Happy Birthday” (284a) song.
Next is a seasonal song: “Rain is Falling All Around” (271b).  Can change it depending on the season - sun is shining, wind is blowing, leaves are falling, snow is falling.
“I Love to See the Temple” (95). Hold pictures of temples and/or use hand actions.
“Give Said the Little Stream” (236) and have them twirl blue ribbon taped to jumbo craft sticks.
“Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” (60) and hold Sunbeam paper plates to their faces.
“Popcorn Popping” (242) and use hand actions.

“If you’re happy (266).  With bells – you can change it to clap your hands, spin around, blink your eyes.

“Do as I’m doing” (276) with bells bicycle your hands, sway back and forth, tap the floor & clap

“Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” (275a) using hand actions

“Jesus Said Love Everyone” (61) hold fleece hearts and sing softly

“I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” (169) Clip missionary name tags to their clothes with clothespins

I made a 4x6 file in photoshop (there are 2 tags on each print) then I printed them at Costco & used packing tape to laminate them.

“Follow the Prophet” (110) sing just the chorus and march around the room with Monson’s picture

“I Am like a Star” (163) hold star-on-a-stick
“I Wiggle” (271) using hand actions

“I Am a Child of God” (301) Have them hold a picture of Jesus with the Children

Have them turn in their colored floor squares and then blow bubbles till the parents come get them.
Here are 4 flashcards you can copy to Word.  Be sure to use narrow margins.  Then print and cut.  That's 16 songs to choose from.  :)


Friday, March 1, 2013

March Menu Plan

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013