Thursday, October 28, 2010

Primary Activity and Program Practice...

I admit...I LOVE my calling as primary secretary. We had our activity on Saturday. It was practice for our program and an indoor picnic. I kid you not, Me, my Mom and James (thank you thank you!) made 50+ lunches to feed our hungry primary kids. It was so much fun... Kayley memorized her part (and it was LONG!) with no trouble. The bigger kids were amazed that she was able to do that. Everything went great!!


Playing duck, duck, goose... Kayley is in blue...
Another pic of the back of Kayley's head. The indoor picnic was fun. I tell you though, Kayley has no primary friends her age (except Wes - whom we love! but...he is, after all, a BOY...LOL). So, I encouraged her to sit with some other girls. Doesn't it just break your heart to watch little kids trying to make friends? Ugh! We need more little girls in our primary!! Poor Kayley is sitting all by herself. It makes my heart hurt to see her alone. (If anyone has advice on helping Kayley make friends I'm totally open. There are just NO girls her age in the entire primary organization...)Waiting....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Butterfly Unit Study

We completed our Butterfly unit by making a trip to Branson to see the Butterfly Palace! It was pretty neat to have studied butterflies in advance. We were able to see the butterflies in a whole new way, identify their parts and discuss what they were doing. I wish I had gotten a pic of some of our completed work, but I never got around to snapping any. We started a lap book...but never actually finished it. I decided that it was too much energy to make an official lapbook and we just ended up making several craft projects instead. Ah! The benefits of eclectic homeschooling...if its not working...we can skip it!
Next unit is our short 1 week study of Apples!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

FHE - Fruits of the Spirit

We had another fun FHE this week! We started an Apple unit study on Monday in homeschool (I'll do a separate post on this later) since we lucky enough to receive a HUGE bag of free apples. So, I thought it might be fun to correlate our short Apple unit and our Family Home Evening this week. We talked about "Fruits of the Spirit" from Galations 5:22-23
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

Then I told a cute story called "The Parable of the Apple Tree." It goes:

Once upon a time there was an apple tree which God had created. It was a young tree without any leaves or fruit. One night the young tree saw the brilliant stars and was very unhappy. He wished for himself to have these sparkling stars on his branches so that he too would be beautiful.

The next morning, God noticed that the tree was unhappy, and He said to him, "Let me make something for you. I will dress you up in a beautiful mantle of green so that you will be beautiful to behold. Then you will not be so unhappy."

But the tree was not content with God's plan. "I do not want a mantle of green, I want stars." The next morning the tree saw that God had not given him stars, but green leaves. And the tree frowned upon it.

Once again the tree said to God, "I want stars," but instead, God gave him beautiful red fruit. The tree was even more unhappy. The wind saw how unhappy the apple tree was and the wind became unhappy too. The wind blew and tried to set the apple tree free of the leaves and the fruit, but he failed. However, as the wind blew, some of the leaves and fruit fell to the ground. One piece of fruit broke into two pieces right in the middle. When the tree looked upon the broken fruit, guess what he saw? (Slice the apple in half and show it to the children. When you slice apple horizontal in the middle you will see the shape of a star.) Inside the fruit was the shape of a star!

Many times you and I, like the apple tree in the story, want a special gift like one God has given to someone else. We may even try to give God instructions as to what is best for us. We must remember that God gives each of us special gifts as he deems best. When we rejoice in the gifts he has given us and use them to do his work, then we will shine like the stars.

We finished our evening with a delicious apple crisp that Kayley (nearly) made all by herself!


The parable of the Apple Tree can be found here:
http://www.sermons4kids.com/apple_tree_parable.htm

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Primary Program Practice


During the Primary Program practice today I couldn't help but snap this picture of Kayley and her little friend W. He is such a doll and Kayley thinks he is fun.

Bike Ridin'

We have to thank Papa for putting the bug in our ear that we might want to go for a little bike ride today. Even Maggie got in on the action...Kayley skinned a knee...and I thought I was going to die. I am so NOT in bike-riding shape! James had to jog along side because his bike needs new tubes. Gramma took pictures.

Maggie-Loo-Loo



Why Loo-Loo? Kayley started it. She called (she would actually sing) "Maggie Loo Loo Loo Loooooo"....and it just kind of stuck. So, now she is a Maggie-loo. Or a just plain Loo. Or a Loo-Loo. We love our Maggie. We love our Maggie Loo-Loo-Loooooo!


Friday 56: Cast of Characters


Grab the book nearest you.
Right now.

1. Turn to page 56

2. Post a sentence from that page plus one or two others if you like along with these instructions. Or if you don't have your own blog, you can leave it here in the comments.

3. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest book, the most intellectual. Use the closest!

I assume it is called Friday 56 because I was supposed to do it on Friday. But, I'm kind of a rebel and decided that if I waited until Friday...it would never get posted, because I would forget. I saw this on my friend Dana's blog and wanted to participate anyway! =)

So, I went to grab the book nearest me...but, you know what? The approx 40 books that were near me, were all kids books...and didnt even have 56 pages! So, I had to walk into the kitchen where I picked up Max Lucado's Cast of Characters, which has been on my 'to be read' pile for over 5 months now (I got it free from Booksneeze!)... I turned to page 56 to find it....blank. So, I turned to page 57 to find it a title page. So, this excerpt comes from page 58. Yes. I'm a rebel. LOL!


"Mary, Martha and Lazarus were like family to Jesus. After the Lord raised Lazarus from the dead, they decided to give a dinner for Jesus. They decided to honor him by having a party on his behalf. They didn't argue over the best seat. They didn't resent each others abilities. They didn't try to outdo each other. All three worked together with one purpose. But each one fulfilled that purpose in his or her unique manner. Martha served; she always kept everyone in step. Mary worshiped; she anointed her Lord with an extravagant gift, and its aroma filled the air. Lazarus had a story to tell, and he was ready to tell it.

Three people, each one with a different skill, a different ability. But each one of equal value. Think about it. Could their family have done without one of the three? Could WE do without one of the three today?"




Saturday, October 9, 2010

FHE - Satans Web


I know this is a little late, but we did a great FHE this week on Satans Web. This is the perfect time of year for this lesson because you can buy that fake spider web so cheap right now! We hung the web, talked about how Satan can 'pull you into his web' by making bad things look good. We discussed what a spiders web really does, how they are sticky and are used to catch prey. We hung up some little papers that discuss what we do that can make us get caught in Satans web (ie. like, disobedient, anger, lying, speaking hurtful words, etc) and what we can do to avoid that trap! We also talked about who Satan is and why he does NOT want us to be a happy family. (I pulled this right out of the new gospel principles manual).
Then we made spider 'cookies' with sugar cookies, frosting and pretzel sticks!

(The Spooky Skeleton Jammies were a nice touch don't you think?)

Maggie @9 Months - and Kayley too!

Happy 9 months old Maggie!








And the photographer snapped a pic of Kayley too!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another trip to SDC

We made a fun trip to SDC with Gramma! Sadly I wasn't very good about snapping pictures, I guess it is because we go there so often. We did try one of these luscious potato on a stick though. They were gooooood!


We had a great time. The red-hat society ladies were there in full-force and they were zipping around on those little scooters everywhere. One of them was struggling to get up a steep hill (low battery I suppose) and another red-hat lady came up behind her and shouted, "I'll help! It'll be just like ICE ROAD TRUCKERS!!" Then she pushed her up the hill. It was hilarious. (Yes...we watch IRT. Makes me want to be a truck driver when I grow up! LOL!)



Anyway, Maggie hung out in the stroller and spent a lot of time honing her new-found skill of gagging herself with her fingers... I don't know why she finds that such a joy...but she does.
Kayley rode the pirate ship! And the roller coaster. And the elephants. And the swings. Oh and the Regatta. And of course Fire in the Hole!We finished up our day at one of our favorite places... Steak N' Shake!
Maggie had some hot fudge. She liked it, can you tell?
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