Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 13-24 days to a more Christ centered Christmas

I am trying something different this year.Today we are starting the 12 days of of Christmas to Christ.See link for idea.
Day 13-
On each of the twelve days leading up to Christmas, the idea is for our family to take a closer look at each of the gifts from the song.

On the first day of Christmas:
A partridge in a pear tree: The partridge could represent Jesus, who said He would shelter his chicks under his wings, similar to what a mother partridge does (see Luke 13:34).We talked about Jesus’s qualities and how we can know him better.

My daughter and I also made these cute ornaments to give to our neighbors.
You need light bulbs,glitter,modge podge and ribbon.I printed up a poem I found on the Internet but I do not know who to give the credit to.Cute right?I want to make some more!

Here we are delivering them!
Day 14-
On the second day of Christmas:
2 turtle doves-These have been thought to represent the Old and New Testaments, but they could also represent the Bible and the Book of Mormon.All scripture works together to testify of Christ. Have each family member find a scripture about Christ.

And so on........ for the remaining 12 days of Christmas to Christ

A few more traditions:

  • Progressive dinner at family members homes.
  • Music program where we sing, dance, or do skits...possibilities are endless! 
  • Grandma's lemon meringue pie even though she is no longer with us.
  • Christmas Eve Jammies and slippers.
Merry Christmas! 
See you next year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 9,10,11 and 12 day to a more Christ centered Christmas

Day 9
We need a Savior and lesson
Book of Mormon challenge
Mosiah 3-9
Day 10
Read D&C 88:104
I followed the lesson plan symbols of Christmas.In the lesson she holds up a piece of paper with a door drawn on it and say there is a secret visitor.We don't know when they will be here.Of course all the kids said Santa!My husband guessed Jesus.It is surprising how similar they are.See above link for characteristics.

Book of Mormon challenge:
Mosiah 10-19

Day 11-
We read our Bible Christmas Lego book that we got last year!
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge 
Mosiah 20-28
Day 12-
We had our church Christmas dinner and program.My husband and I sang a duet,Believe,from the Polar Express movie.Love singing with him!

My hubby also sang in a Barber shop quartet.Do you see my little boy hiding behind his Dad?lol

Book of Mormon challenge 
Mosiah 29-Alma 4

Read last years more Christ centered  Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 5,6,7 and 8-25 days to a more Christ centered Christmas

Day 5
Read Luke 1:32-35
Watch Muppet Christmas Carol
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge
2Nephi 10-21

Day 6
Read Jeremiah 33:14-16
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge
2Nephi 22-29

Day 7-
Isaiah 40:1-4
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge
2Nephi 30-Jacob 5

Day 8
Role play Luke 2

Giving baby kisses!
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge
Jacob 6-Mosiah 2

Read last years December 2013
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7 and 8

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Leaving your footprints-Who will you follow?Who will follow you?

I am still taking my advice from the ocean.I turned to one of my favorite poems. I love the poem Footprints in the sand.In our hardest times the Lord and Savior carries us.Isn't it interesting if we look at this poem that this person in the dream assumes that when there is only one set of foot prints the Lord has left us.It is easy to feel alone if we do not know he is there.He has left his footprints for us to follow in his path.He has provided the way and all we have to do is follow him.It does not mean it will be easy.We need to let him carry us and not think that we can do it on our own or that no one understands.

Likewise, as we leave footprints or part of ourselves in the hearts of our family;we leave a memory and legacy behind for them to follow.We are all on a journey.The imprint itself is representative of your impact and influence on others lives Footprints represent the impression or life lessons we leave behind us.

2-Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction. 

Or just grab a body board and catch a wave with your Dad!:-)

The challenge is to ask any or all of these questions and if you need make some adjustments if needed and ask who are you following?

So where are you in your journey?

Are you looking back at all the difficulties you have been having?

Do you know what you want out of life?

What does your family and friends think about what you should do?Listen to them.In fact if there is someone you admire their way of being;walk a little in their footsteps.This may be someone who has dealt with a similar situation.

Do you need to escape the realities of life if you could?

Are you discontent with anything in your life that may be preventing you from moving on?Is there someone we have affected and need to own up to our responsibility in it?

Is there anything confusing you presently that may affect your future?

Are you searching for more peace in your life?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 2,3 and 4-25 days to a more Christ centered Christmas(Share the gift)

Day 2-
Read Isaiah 9:2-7
We hid Jesus again with a clue:
Wake up!Christ is coming!
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge
1 Nephi 12-17

Day 3-
Read John 3:16

Last year we wrote gifts we wanted to give the Savior.Today we opened and read them to see how we did!Tomorrow we will write new ones.

Book of Mormon 30 day challenge 
1Nephi 18-2 Nephi 1

Day 4-
Read Micah5:2-5
Book of Mormon 30 day challenge
2Nephi 2-9

See last years December 2013 ideas:
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Intentions for December -Remember to serve others

I was struck by a to do list that someone shared on Facebook. In the list she wrote:
Buy BE presents
Buy DONATE food
Wrap gifts someone in a hug
Send gifts PEACE
Make cookies LOVE
See BE the lights

This is really what the holidays are about GIVING of ourselves and FAMILY.We only have one more of the "ber" months. Let us REMEMBER those in need and not too busy with buying that we miss opportunities to serve.We like to get most if not all our shopping done before Thanksgiving. It is not always easy but we have so much more time for each other! What will your to do list look like now?Maybe

Buy presents for a child in need
Donate money to cancer children
Write a letter to someone
Don't get too wrapped up in hustle and bustle
Make cookies for a neighbor

1.Get outside daily
2.Exercise once a week.This sadly has been on my list for a while, but unless you want to count chasing my kids around,then sadly I have failed.:-(
3.Take a day each week to have nothing going on and just be with my family.
4.Write list of all activities  we want to do for December 
5.Choose a few service projects to do with my family.
6.Get rid of visible clutter
7.Keep my kitchen counters clear!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

25 days to a more Christ centered home

Each year I try to make Christmas and its focus more about Christ.Last year we had daily devotionals.I am trying it again,starting with what the tree symbolizes and how it all leads to Christ.(see more by following the link above)

We made our countdown chain.Simple!

I hid the baby Jesus for the kids to find and talked about how we are all searching to be with him someday and follow his light to get us there.

I also gave our family the challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 30 days.At first the kids thought they couldn't do it.Then we all sat down and read and they wanted to keep going! What better way to come to know Christ,then to read the scriptures! 
Day 1-1Nephi 1-11

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I am my own worst enemy-How to stop comparing and be more confident in yourself

I have been in a funk lately,complete with random mood swings and crying.In fact,if someone met me they would not see the real me.Who knows what would set me off.I am a walking bomb. It is like I am not in control of myself any more.Somewhere, along the mountain of stress and pulls on my time,I lost sight of my happiness blueprint. I not only lost sight of it but I crumbled it up and stomped on it!This is all metaphorically speaking,of course.Also,I want to point out that this craziness did not happen overnight. Who's fault would this be?....Me,myself and I!

Does this sound familiar?

Over the last few years it has been sneaking up on me.I thought I was past the ugly doom cloud, depression. The truth is no matter how you look on the outside; on the inside there is an inner struggle that is unseen to the naked eye.We are the hardest on ourselves.This negative thinking can happen without us even being fully aware it is happening.

Who do you compare yourself to?What are your weaknesses?Do you see only your imperfections? Are you feeling rushed,busy and uneasy?Do you think your house is too messy compared to your neighbors? I think you get the idea,right?

I am still letting it all sink in.As winter is nipping at our doors I find myself wanting to go home.I want to go to my beaches and soak up the sun.The beach is my happy place.For this reason I have decided to take some advice from the ocean.

#1 Be patient and "shore" of yourself

Shores are influenced by its surrounding landscape, as well as by constant erosion from the waves.Are we any different? We are shaped and influenced by people,places and things around us.Life can take a lot out of us,until bit by bit,we are changed.This change can be slow or drastic.It can eat away at us.So how can we accept this change and be strong?

The answer is simple, but the execution of this process is ongoing.....

 Do not allow any negativity from any outside influence matter to you.

Obstacles and barriers will come into our lives.If you focus and worry about these trials, your perspective is blocked.They seem too big and you are swallowed up by the enormity of it all. If you on the other hand relax and tell yourself reassuring things,you often realize that those problems and negative feelings are a creation of your own mind.

My challenge this week is to tell yourself how awesome you are and to dream and see all that is available to you.I want you to wake up and think these happy thoughts.I hope this positive self talk trickles into writing several goals down.Have confidence in your abilities. Ask God to show them to you.He can help you see,for he sees you for all that you are and will be!Get to know who you are!When you truly know yourself and what you want out of life;you will have more confidence in yourself and what you can do!

Here are a few more hints if you are having trouble seeing your best qualities.

  • Think about what people have complimented you on before.
  • What did you used to be good at? 
  • Who do you admire?What qualities do they possess that you would like to develop?
Whether you are stuck,depressed or just overwhelmed,give this a try and soon you will see all the amazing things you can do.Yes, YOU have an important part to play in life.Life is too short to waste.Start now!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November intentions-Remember to be grateful

It is November and brrrrr our nights and mornings are getting chilly.We had the power go out last week.We made dinner on our grill and set out candles.We have 2 fire places too!It was wonderful for us all to be together.This time of year is about being with family and remembering to be grateful.

Here is last months intentions. Whoops I only got a few of those marked off.I did take several bags to the D.I. though!

1.Look ahead the next 4-6 months.Mark important dates in Calendar.
2.Check my Christmas budget and gift lists.Also,buy tape and paper.
3.Take family Christmas card photo.
4.Plan dates with husband and kids.
5.Plan 15 minutes in morning and evening to myself.
6.Exercise once per week.
7.Prune trees and bushes.
8.Finish covering my living room chairs.

Here is my revised list......Look familiar? :-P
1.Look ahead the next 4-6 months.Fall is the beginning of unpredictable weather and busy schedules.
2.Check my Christmas budget and gift lists.Also,buy tape and paper.
3.Take family Christmas card photo.
4.Plan dates with husband and kids.
5.Plan 15 minutes in morning and evening to myself.
6.Yoga and meditation at least once per week.
7.Finish organizing toys and hopefully(fingers crossed),getting rid of lots of them.
8.Re-discover what I love.What are my passions?What did I used to love?Writing a book has always been a dream...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Letter J and N-Week 2 of Mexico

Devotion:Genesis 7:1-3
And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
:)3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

Song:Build an Ark
WORDS AND MUSIC BY MARIANNE P. WILCOCKNoah was a prophet, a man who did not fear.
When he taught repentance, the people would not hear.
So the Lord told him to build a boat
That could hold a ton and stay afloat.
Then Noah started building and said within his heart:
“I will build an ark before it starts to rain.
I will follow the Lord and do all things in His name.
I’ll prepare ev’ry needful thing. I will walk in righteous ways.
When the rain starts to fall on me, I’ll be ready for that day.”
I can be like Noah. Yes, I can be prepared.
I can build my ark, and I’ll find safe shelter there.
I can do the things I know are right.
I can learn and pray with all my might.
And then when storm clouds come, I’ll be safe within my ark.
I will build my ark before it starts to rain.
I will follow the prophet, for he speaks in God’s name.
I’ll prepare ev’ry needful thing. I will walk in righteous ways.
When the rain starts to fall on me, I’ll be ready for that day.

Letters:J and N-N for Noah and J for Jaguar.

Since we were talking about Noah, lets explore the animals of Mexico.We chose Iguana, Jaguar and Scarlet Macaw.

We read Ranger Ricks and it just so happens our newest issue was about Jaguar.

We listened to I wanna Iguana on You tube.

We ended on Scarlet Macaw.
Watch video:
Craft:Mexican Bird rattle@ Dltk kids

Friday, October 24, 2014

Letter M and W-Secret mission to Mexico

Devotional:Power of prayer
Scripture: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:22).

Activity with M&M's-Each color represents a different person you can pray for.I wanted the kids to really think about what they say in thier prayers.The original lesson is found here.

Letter:M and W
Since I have been slowing down on the letters my Preschooler is starting to recognize them more.

My kids were really excited this week to receive a secret mission from Highlights magazine.It has been a lot of fun!It is a great way to introduce young kids to geography and different cultures!Here is the pamphlet it all came in.

Mission Inside!

The puzzle book is used to find who did it?What was stolen and where it is hidden?
It came with a free map too and so much more!
I can't forget the passport and villain cards!There are suspects with characteristics and criminal history.It is really geared toward 6 and up but we are loving it!What little boy doesn't like to be a secret agent?

We have learned about several landmarks so far.We talked about Mt. Popocatepetl and Copper Canyon Railway.We looked them up online to extend our learning. 

I wanted my kids to get a feel for what it is like in Mexico.Meet Mahonri and Helaman from Mexico.My son said "They play soccer just like me!"

I love when he makes connections! 

We looked at a picture of the Guadalajara  Mexico Temple.There are over 100 temples today!

We ate tacos and popcorn.Mexico is known for its corn and beans.

Next week:I will be posting more about our activities we did!

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to make a beach themed room using turquoise and coral

I am a California girl and always will be!I love the ocean and I wanted to bring it into my home,but elegantly. Below is my living room before I made some changes by re-upholstering my chairs.I was scared to try coral but I found several pins on Pinterest using this combo of colors.This project brought other changes too!



How to bring a new color into the room.I learned about making sure you have that color in other places in the room.This ties it all together.There is some coral on the mantle.
There is coral in the couch pillow too!
I put some coral in the entry way too!

I found this beauty at Ross!

 Before I covered the chairs:

 After I covered the chairs: 

My favorite addition is my lantern!I love it!I got this one at Hobby Lobby.I put shells inside and on the mantle. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

October intentions-Fall in love with Fall and the new you!

The "ber" months are speeding right along!Fall is the time of harvest and plenty.Whether it is your crops or your own ambitions, projects and personal growth. It is time to focus on remembering and reflecting. We are home more and should look for ways to connect with family and ourselves. Celebrate,and by so doing, it is like you are preparing yourself and fertilizing for new growth.It is a great time to let go,make changes and slow down.

1.Look ahead the next 4-6 months.Fall is the beginning of unpredictable weather and busy schedules.
2.Check my Christmas budget and gift lists.Also,buy tape and paper.
3.Take family Christmas card photo.
4.Plan dates with husband and kids.
5.Plan 15 minutes in morning and evening to myself.
6.Exercise once per week.
7.Prune trees and bushes.
8.Finish covering my living room chairs.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Practically perfect in every way.....or close enough!

Okay ladies, I am going to be very real right now.This is mostly because I have been overwhelmed at my messy house.When I vent this feeling to friends they immediately compliment me on what I do right.This gets me through the day or week until I let the mess get to me.So what is causing this feeling of inadequacy? I cannot pin point the origin exactly,but I know so many of us search for ways to improve ourselves,our home and ANYTHING to feed this hunger of perfection. Are we trying to be like Marry Poppins?
She says she is "practically perfect in every way."

But how do we measure perfection?

I was talking with a friend the other day,actually more like venting how my kids never want to pick up,or do thier chores. I came to find out that she had a similar problem!It is nice to know I am not alone!The idea popped into my head to have a girls night and ask what other mothers do in these situations.Hmmmm.......maybe we are all more like Marry Poppins in a way, after all .We all have our bag that we want to fill with tricks and things we need.We need ideas to pull out when the last idea doesn't work out!As long as there is enough ideas and ways of handling things we can keep pulling it out right?First in my bag of tricks is:

1.Each thing we do takes time.How much time does each task take?
The biggest problem I see is we have too much to do and not enough time.How do I know that?

  • Are you always rushed?
  • Are you hardly home?or your kids?
  • How do you feel when you are at home?

Think about these questions.What makes you feel rushed?You?Your commitments?Feeling like your kids and house need to look perfect?

2.What will your kids remember and what do they want you to remember?

3. Another conversation comes to mind I had with a very mature 10 year old.She offered to watch my kids so I could clean my house!I replied
"I wish you could rub off on my kids"
She replied
"I am sure they have other talents"

Her answer blew me away!If we are not strong in one area,there is something or other thing(s) we are GREAT at!
We can't be the best at everything. There is someone who has strength where you have a weakness!
Why can't we give ourselves a break?You are you,not your friend or neighbor or even your Mom.We were made special and unique.
If we did it all,something would take the back burner.This is where our goals and what we value the most comes into play!

4.What physically can we offer?You want to offer your best self?

5.Searching for the better way to do something?

6.Nagging is a waste of time and energy.

7.Teaching takes time too!

8.What works one day,week or month,may not work the next time!

9.Decide what area of your home is bothering you the most.Set a timer,turn off your phone or t.v. and go to work! No more excuses!

I grew up in a home that was always a mess.It bothered me then and it bothers now!The pain and reality of it all is I know it bothers my friends and my kids friends.

I have cried and been angry and it feels as if this mess and feelings will consume me.

Another quote by the great Marry Poppins that I love is:
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down"

So does a bowl full of ice cream :-)

It is time to get started.Start filling your own bag of tricks, just START!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

How to shop thrift stores and be fashionable

Tonight I went out on a much needed girls night.The idea of this night was to shop at thrift stores and still be fashionable......

I went thinking that I wouldn't find anything but that was not the case!However I gravitated toward what I always buy.As a group we all tried a new look.I was supposed to find something more boxy instead of fitted.It really helped to have different opinions of what looks good.I was skeptical but I will try it!The most memorable thing I learned tonight:

#1-Don't be afraid to try something new!It is exciting when your friends are energetic about your choices of clothes;like a rally!

I learned a few other things too!

#2-Anything is more fun when you bring friends.In addition they can help you pick things that look good. :-)

#3-Shop before the actual season.Shop for winter clothes at the end of summer, and Spring clothes at the end of winter.

#4-I still don't like scarves.It may be because I don't know how to make it look good either.

#5-Know your wardrobe so you don't buy something you have nothing to go with.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Update for September

September is coming to an end.The colors of fall are creeping into our trees.I love this time of year!I have to get more creative as the weather gets more chilly.The colors and weather are not the only change for me!Depression kicks in too!
As I mentioned before it is the "ber" or brrrrrrrrrr months!I need to remember to count my blessing. I need to make memories with family. I need to try to remember not to become a hermit! So how did I do on my intentions so far?

  1. Exercise at least once a week
  2. Finish de-cluttering Toy room and organize
  3. Go through clothes and find out what we need for winter
  4. Do something toward Christmas planning,shopping or just thinking about it once per week.
  5. Temple 1/ month and dates with hubby
  6. Plan dates with kids
  7. Trim trees and bushes

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Intro to geography and 7 continents-Letter L and E(preschool and toddler lesson)

Devotional:We are still reading general conference talks

Letters:L and E

Story:Bernstein Bears beware of strangers.We talked about stranger danger and what to do if you get lost.Mama bear compares strangers to a bushel of apples.How can we tell a good apple from a bad apple?.........cut it open
We did some basic fraction by cutting the apple.We ate them after. Of course ;-)

We talked about the earth and how most of it is ocean. There is some land.Next we introduced the 7 continents with the continent song.

I showed where we are on a map. I had my boys look at a photograph. It is small right?We are bigger.The picture is a smaller version of us,just like a map is a smaller version of the earth.(Link and other ideas found here)Next,my Preschooler pick where he wanted to go first on.....

A GLOBE that we made!!!I am quite excited about it!I took a Styrofoam ball and spray painted blue.Then I made North America and South America with felt.Yes the stand is a banana holder.I got the idea to use felt from here.There is a lot of ways for my toddler to enjoy the colors and textures of this globe.

Next,week we are off to Mexico!Let's find it on my globe.:-)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

4 ways to protect yourself and prepare for trials

My week this week can be narrowed down to one word "flood".I have felt a flood of emotions and also,had my basement flood, due to a monsoon like rain.

First, I was exhausted from my Saturday.I had too much on my plate and none of it was getting my house in order.All of it was good and we had a great time but my house remained in its current state of messiness.In addition my baby is still struggling with eczema on his face,and rubbing it on the carpet.He can even say "itchy" or "ouchey".My poor guy!

My daughter has also had stomach aches. She is stressed it seems,and doesn't want to go to school.Her best friend is in a different class.It is like her world is coming to an end!She has been tired and defiant. The dreaded "I hate you" and "you are the worst Mom ever" have exploded from her sweet lips.My heart has been breaking!I felt like the worst Mommy ever!

Next,I had a very sweet experience on Sunday.This person asked me all the questions I had so desperately been praying for.It was as if my loving Heavenly Father was speaking to me,reassuring me!The tears were streaming down my face as a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Tuesday like Winnie the Pooh's blustery day,the rain came down down down.I found water in my basement and the tears came again.Again,I felt I couldn't do this on my own!My fingers rapidly dialed my neighbors.Just like the rain came pouring down,so did my neighbors.They came and helped in anyway they could.By the end of the day a big bowl of peach cobbler had my name on it!I might gain 10lbs just from this week!!

I believe that the protection used for floods can also have relevance in protecting us from overflowing with stress or sadness.Don't get me wrong,it is important to work through your feelings and allow time to do so.I am merely suggesting trying to avoid the overload, where we are no longer in control.There are 4 ways to protect ourselves in case of a flood.

1.Most dams are used for flood control. They are kept at a certain level in anticipation of a heavy rain season or snow melting.If we can figure out and keep our lives from being too full to the point we might break;then we can be more prepared when the torrential rains of life pour down.Like the famous quote says "when it rains,it pours".Find areas of your life you may have too much going on.Is there anything you can change or eliminate.

2.Canals are also a well known way of flood control.These canals divert water as our thoughts can be diverted.We can divert negative thoughts into positive ones.As we divert these negative thoughts our mind is at less of a risk of flooding with too much emotion.A pen and paper is a great canal for our minds.

3.There are various systems,gates or barriers whose job is to act based on the water levels.I wish there was an automatic way to know when life is getting to be too much.I think that is where family and friends come in to play.They are ready and waiting to help.We just have to ask,which is really hard to do!

4.Sand bags are very effective and can protect our homes.These sand bags can be things we do daily to stay strong.Our spiritual "sand bags" can be prayer,scripture reading and spending time with family.

Whether it is a flood because of a natural disaster or a trial in life ;we need to protect ourselves and stand strong.We need to do this individually and as a family.It is a lot harder to take care of damage to property or to our heart and psyche.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Transportation theme-Letter B and D

Devotional: It is a month until our October General Conference. We are reading last April's General Conference talks as a review.We talked about Jeffrey R Hollands talk.I had the kids write down what they are going to do to strengthen their testimony and be a better disciple of Christ.

Letters:B and D

The idea for this months activities is to talk about the world and maps.What better way to introduce the world then to make a rocket and pretend to go into space.

We looked at satellite views of the earth and introduced the U.S. continent. We also watched some rockets taking off.We talked about Jesus creating the earth.I want him to understand that our world is made up of continents,states,cities,neighborhood and his home.We will see how this all comes together. :-) It always seems more clear in my head!

Story:Fun to learn counting by Sue Graves

Music and movement:
 He has the whole world in his hands.
Jump like rockets and countdown.

Craft:instructions here.If you look close you can see rocks holding up Lego guys and a green alien. 

 Next week we will start our journey.Where will we go.............?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Intentions- A time to remember

It is a new month!I love a fresh start!Some of my August list rolled over to September.This is the month I really started preparing for those "ber" months or brrrrrr months.Christmas will be here before I know it.If I do a little each week I should be prepared! The key word here is "should".So here are my intentions for this month.I want to remember as time gets busy to do a little each week to bless my home,family,and some time for myself.

  1. Exercise at least once a week
  2. Finish de-cluttering Toy room and organize
  3. Go through clothes and find out what we need for winter
  4. Do something toward Christmas planning,shopping or just thinking about it once per week.
  5. Temple 1/ month and dates with hubby
  6. Plan dates with kids
  7. Trim trees and bushes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Transportation theme-Review of letters R,P,T and I

This week has been about reviewing the letters R,P,T and I.I want him to feel comfortable with these letters.When we read books we look for these letters.

We had a car wash and raced cars down the driveway.

I made a road in the shape of these letters.

We played a lot but he really started to get the letters.I made paper airplanes and put the letters on it.We tried to get it on the table, how high,or far we could throw it!He would pick up the winning airplane and say what letter it is.The crane joined the game and picked up blocks guessed it....our letters P,R,T and I.
I decided to make words with these 4 letters.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Planes,trains and cars-Letter I,R,P,and T-Preschool and Toddler lesson

Devotional:1Nephi 16:10 Story of the Liahona
 10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.

This is a great lesson to follow the Lord. Reading the scriptures is like our compass in our day.

Letters:Review P and T,Practice R and I

Thomas and friends look and find
This is a great way to count,find shapes,colors etc.....

Music and movement:

Make a play control tower and airport.All you need is a shampoo bottle or oil bottle,paper and cardboard box!

The kids colored the airport.Got to keep those fine motor skills up!As I was writing Airport I noticed that all the letters we are working on this week are used!I,R,P,and T.As he plays with this set he will see these letters.We also made a runway out of tile scraps. Be creative! You can use planks of wood,paper,cardboard etc.......

I got a thumbs up from my little aviators!