Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Nichole: What does f-a-c
Mommy: f-a-c-t-o-r-y? Factory. The Spaghetti Factory.
Nichole: The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Mommy: Right. The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Nichole: Why is it old spaghetti?
Daddy: Jr., would you give our blessing?
Jr.: I need some help.
Nichole: I can help.
Daddy: Would you like Nichole to help you?
Jr.: No, I need a grownup to do it.
Daddy: Do you want me to say the prayer?
Jr.: No, I need a grownup to help me say it.
Daddy: Can I help you say it?
Jr.: No, I can do it myself.
Jr. proceeds to say the prayer.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
And... I'm back. O.K. So last year I wrote about our advent activities every day. This year... obviously I'm not doing that, so I'll just be doing normal blog stuff. As far as our advent countdown is going... it is. It's going well. Every day we ask the kids some questions about previous discussions. We find that day's skewer and read and discuss the scripture that goes along with it. We ask the kids more questions about what we discussed that day and if they've done well, they get a mint M&M. There was only one day when Jr. didn't get one. He was too distracted and kept doing what we told him not to do and got sent to his room. It was also the day when we decided to do our scripture reading in Mom and Dad's room instead of at the table (I wasn't feeling very well that day and was resting, and Jr. thought it was more fun to bounce on the bed than participate). We learned our lesson.
We're quite pleased with how it is going and Jeremy is already excited to prepare a countdown to Easter. It's great motivation to keep up with our family scripture study as there is something specific for each day, and we see that our children can actually get something out of it when we review what we'd learned previously.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This year we want to be careful to put even more focus on Christ, so while we are again doing an advent calender, this year it is connected to our family scripture study. Each day we pull a little bamboo skewer from a vase filled with mint holiday M&Ms. On the skewer is that day's date and a set of scriptures. It could be prophesies of Christ's birth from the Old Testament or ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon. It could be watching the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional or it could be reading about the events surrounding Christ's birth from the four Gospels. The point is they all center around Christ.Each day after we finish reading, and maybe doing an associated activity, the children have a chance to tell us what they learned and get in return a mint M&M. A little motivation never hurts.