Monday, February 1, 2016

Life Can Be A Little "Backwards" Sometimes!

Another fun night with the family ... CHECK!  Or should I say ... Kcehc!

Early on in the day, a group text message was sent out to the family.  Here it is:
Reading the text messages sent back, helped set the mood for the perfect evening.

"Hahahaha my head is hurting trying to figure this out.  : )"
"Did you guys eat without us?  Haha"
"Totally cute!"
"Thank you bathroom mirror for helping me figure this out.  Haha"

Some of you may not know this, but January 31st is "National Backwards Day".  Just a little bit of useless information sent your way.  However, it is useless information that makes the most fun!  And fun is exactly what we had.

As everyone arrived home from their various meetings, we gave them each a name tag to wear. It was fun to see what everyone's name is backwards and that's what they were known as the rest of the night.
No "Backwards Dinner" would be complete without eating under the table of course, so setting up for the dinner was easy!  We just moved out the chairs and set tablecloths down on the floor. Our precious little Grandsons loved it!
Because we were eating on the floor, we wanted to keep the menu pretty simple.  One thing our family loves to do is make "French Bread Pizza".  It's simple ... everyone builds their own ... and it's delicious!  So Pizza and Salad were perfect for the night!  However, don't forget it was a "Backwards Dinner".  Everything had to be served in reverse!
Dessert came first!  This was tricky because we didn't want everyone to fill up on the sweet stuff and not eat dinner, so we kept it pretty small.  Cupcakes!  Just a little bit of goodness but not enough to fill the stomach!  And to add some extra "backward" touches ... we served the cupcakes upside down and with a birthday candle.  What's more opposite ... or backwards ... then a birthday candle when it's not anyone's birthday?  Once again, the Grandsons loved it!
Another fun idea ... serve your cans of soda upside down!  We had a wide selection of sodas to choose from.  Once everyone decided what kind they wanted, the fun began!  Here's what we learned from this experience ... #1 - Use a can opener on the opposite side and make a puncture hole big enough to fit a straw.  #2 - When you tip the can upside down, wait a bit before puncturing the can.  And #3 - Prepare for explosions!  We definitely had some mishaps in the "soda spraying" area!
After dinner, we had our Family Home Evening lesson.  And our lesson tied in perfectly with our "Backwards Dinner" ... or as our kids liked to call it "Opposite Day". Tonight we were studying some of Lehi's final words to his children.  I love this part of the scriptures.  I often wonder what I would share with my kids, knowing that my time was coming to an end.  I think I would leave with them what is most important in life ... and that is exactly what Lehi taught.
It's a great message ... I encourage all to read it ... but for our lesson, we focused on the part where he talks to his children about there being "opposition in all things".  Opposite!
"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, . . .
righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness,
neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad."
(2 Nephi 2:11)
We ended the night playing a game.  This is a totally fun game and we couldn't help but laugh through the entire thing!  Here's what we did:  Everyone was given a piece of paper and a marker.  At "go!", I held up a picture and everyone had a certain amount of time to copy the picture as well as they could using the "opposite" hand than the one they usually write with.  In my family, all of us a right-handers ... this meant they were drawing with their left hand.  It was hilarious watching everyone try and then seeing the outcome of their attempt.  We played three different rounds ... three different pictures.

All I can say is ... I EVOL YM YLIMAF!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Walking Down Memory Lane ... With A Book!

And the books keep coming!  We are five more books closer to reaching our goal!  Look at all the "adventures" we've been having!

As an added note, Belle had to read "The Outsiders" for school and it has been fun watching her discover this incredible novel.  It brings back so many memories.  I was about her age when I read this book for the first time and fell in love with all the characters. Now it's her turn!  Isn't it amazing how books can bring generations together and no matter what the age, we experience and feel the same things.  This is one of the reasons why I love reading.  :) 
51.  Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson
52.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
53.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
54.  Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
55.  Simply Anna by Jennifer Moore  (x2 - Kim & Brittin)

KEEP ON READING!  Only 11 more books to go!!!  We can do this!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

It's a New Year ... A The Books Keep Coming!

As you can see from the posts, we took a break for a bit but we are back at it! 2015 ended and we welcome 2016 with lots of enthusiasm and hope!  We hoped to finish our "100 Books" goal in 2015 but sometimes life gets in the way.  :)  However, we are a "NEVER QUIT" family so we will continue on and reach the end!

For awhile it seemed like we were all in a reading slump but slowly, we are getting back into it.  Here are some of the books we have read recently:
46. After Hello by Lisa Mangum
47.  Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines
48.  The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
49.  My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison  (x2 - Kim & Brittin)
50.  Gilded by Christina Farley  (x2 - Kim & Brittin)

KEEP ON READING!  Only 17 more books to go!!!  We can do this!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Don't "Waffle" Around ... Use Your Own Personal Liahona

Monday night, we had an awesome Family Home Evening!  It was Belle's turn to teach the lesson so Belle and I went straight to work coming up with a plan.  We decided to have a "Dinner Lesson".  What that meant is that we all sat around the dinner table, ate food and discussed our topic.  It was a relaxed Family Home Evening but the discussion went great!  Here was  our "Game Plan" for the night.

First, we had to come up with a "theme" to go along with our lesson.  This year, we have been focusing on the Book of Mormon (which is the course of study in Sunday School).  Each Monday we are working our way through the experiences and stories in the Book of Mormon, as well as learning about the incredible heroes in this truly inspired book.  This week we were still learning about Nephi and his family ... in particular, the Liahona and how it helped Lehi's family in the wilderness.  As Belle I discussed how the Liahona helped give direction and helped Nephi and his family members to know what they should do ... a "theme" popped into our heads.  "We Don't Waffle!"  We can be like Nephi and stand firm ... knowing which direction we should go ... using our own personal Liahona.

Once we decided on this, we knew we had to have a "Waffle Bar" as our dinner that night.  Belle took over and did an amazing job putting the dinner together.  She set the table (with help from her siblings) and wrote on the table runner all the steps in making the perfect waffle.
She placed our night's "theme" at each place setting so everyone could be reminded about our Family Home Evening message.
Belle did an amazing job setting the table perfectly to set the mood for the evening's discussion.
Once everyone was seated and the prayer was said, it was time to see how creative everyone could be.  On another table, Belle set out all the food.  And talk about a very yummy selection!  Everyone was busy putting together the perfect waffle combination.  Of course we had some suggestions for those not knowing what sounded good, but generally everyone came up with delicious concoctions! 
As we ate, Belle started the discussion. She asked everyone to think of these three statements: 
I don’t want to.
I’ll think about it.
I’ll try.
She asked us if we sometimes use these statements or thoughts when facing a task we have been asked to do?  Does much get done if this is our attitude?  Then she read the following scripture:
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father:
I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded,
for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men,
save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish
the thing which he commandeth them."
1 Nephi 3:7

What a difference in attitude!  Nephi had an "I Will" attitude!  Belle challenged us all to be the same way as Nephi.

We then went on discuss how Nephi and his family weren't left alone, without help, in the wilderness.  They were given the Liahona.  We talked about what the Liahona was, how it worked and how it helped Lehi's family.  We also discussed how we are not not left alone to "waffle" around ... not knowing which direction we should be going.  We have personal "Liahonas" that have been given to us to help direct us.  They are our Patriarchal Blessing, the Scriptures, the Words of Latter-Day Prophets, and the Holy Ghost.
What a fun evening family night was!  We had good food.  We had an awesome discussion.  We learnt a valuable lesson that can help us in our lives.  We laughed together.  But most importantly ... we spent time together!  That's what life is all about!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Is Coming To An End! :(

It's been a crazy, busy summer!  We've been having lots of fun.  But with all the fun, there has been little time for reading.  I thought during the summer months we would be able to pump out TONS of books but ... it just didn't happen.  However, we did manage to get a few in.  Here they are:
41. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
42.  Unremembered by Jessica Brody
43.  In Honor by Jessi Kirby
44.  Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck  (x3 - Kim, Brittin and Kassie)
45.  Reawakened by Colleen Houck  (x3 - Kim, Brittin and Kassie)

KEEP ON READING!  Only 24 more books to go!!!  We can do this!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

"Postcards From Around The World" ... CHECK!

Postcards from different countries.  Fun!  Great!  Wait ... do we know anyone from different countries?!?!  haha  The task was set and we were up for the challenge.  We brainstormed who we could possibly get to send us postcards.  I just have to say without our amazing Mom ... we could not have pulled this off.  She went posting on Facebook and the word was spread to our family and friends.  We got SOOOO many amazing postcards.  Just take a look.  Thanks SOOOOOO much to everyone who sent them!!!  They were so much fun to get in the mail!  Definitely a "Dream Come True"!  One more item checked off.  Now for the next task!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

And The Books Keep Coming!

I love that everyone is getting involved in this "100 Books" challenge!  The kids are staying excited and we love to see our list growing and growing.  Here are our newest adds:
36.  Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
37.  Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez
38.  The Unfairest Of Them All by Shannon Hale
39.  Revenge Of The Witch by Joseph Delaney
40.  Curse Of The Bane by Joseph Delaney

KEEP ON READING!  Only 33 more books to go!!!  We can do this!