Category Archives: Family Activities

Hands and Feet Imprints

I teach the youth at my church. This is my group of Activity Day Girls painting their feet. We made an imprint on a sheet of paper and wrote, “With our Heavenly Father We Never Walk Alone.” This was the theme of the evening because we read a recent General Conference address by our prophet and president of the church Thomas S. Monson entitled, We Never Walk Alone. Check it out here! What a wonderful story and uplifting message.

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Kids Sewing and Doing Chores

My girls were crying the other day because one sister accidentally ripped off this little Barbie “B” medallion on this dress. I consoled them by telling them we could fix it. I got out my needle and thread and thought, “hmmm…, instead of me fixing it for them, I am going to have Aurora fix it herself and learn to sew.” I’ve been trying to teach them more everyday skills lately including folding laundry, unloading or loading the dishwasher, making a bed, cleaning windows and mirrors, sweeping, and vacuuming. I am trying to have them do some sort of chore with me at least once a day. They are getting pretty good. As a result, they earn tokens in a bucket. Jason and I haven’t said what they can earn with those tokens but just having them earn them and see the fruit of their labors is incentive enough for now. Here we are with our simple basic stitching session.

It is sort of crazy but when kids have come over to play, I have also put them to work alongside of my kids. We make it a game and they don’t even see it as work so it is great. Okay, maybe this is not what a cool Mom does but every once in a while why not!? It gives me a lovely home, is an opportunity to teach them, and we get to spend time together. 🙂

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Forts, Catapults, and Slides!

Kids love to play. You don’t have to go anywhere fancy and spend a ton of money. Sometimes you can have the most fun at home piling up pillows into a fort and letting them have at it. Don’t forget to join in at least for a little while. 🙂 I want to do this more. The kids had a blast and I enjoyed taking their pictures after getting in the fort and playing for a bit!

Friendship Letters

Sometimes you have the whole morning planned out and your daughter really wants to do something else- so you do something else. 🙂

My daughter loves making letters for friends, grandparents, teachers, and everyone in between. We made sure to make some this particular morning before preschool and why not? I say take the time to listen to what your child wants and indulge them every once in a while where possible.  You are trying to build a relationship that will withstand the test of time, right? One of the best ways to do so is to communicate and spend time together. Why not let them to choose the activity sometime?

Peanut Butter Fun Dough!

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The kids are loving this new treat and so am I especially because it is easy, there are no crumbs to clean, it counts as a semi-healthy snack, and they get to play with it. How cool is that? After a little bit of tweaking this is what I discovered is the best consistency:

Peanut Butter Play Dough

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 powdered milk

3 TBSP Sugar (or 1 1/2 TBSP Honey)

Mix with a fork and you’re done.

 

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Chinese Luncheon Party

Our friend was moving to Idaho last week so my friend Ashlee and I hosted an authentic Chinese Food Luncheon for her. Chinese is her favorite food and she doesn’t get to eat it much since her kids and husband do not like it. Ashlee made the Spring rolls and a special “Pho” soup. I made sushi and provided the house and decor. It was fun and good to see her off on a good note.