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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 Posts from 2014

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PicMonkey Collage

PicMonkey Collage

Curriculum Share Link Up

space collae

light table

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PicMonkey Collage

Veritas Press Review

Runner Ups

Winter Unit with FREE Penguin Toob 3 Part Cards


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Primary Themed FHE Lessons

UPDATE:  I did not get October up, I'm sorry.  Check out these FHE lessons to help educate your family about the dangers of Pornography!
UPDATE:  Now includes through AUGUST, more to come!
UPDATE:  NEW COVER and LINKS only per page to avoid copyright infringement 1/6/15
Some kind soul for the last 2 years has compiled FHE lessons based on the primary theme of each year. We have used these for FHE and I looked and looked on the web for a 2015 version; but, to no avail.  So, I decided it was my turn to give back!  Since 2015 is just around the corner and I only decided today to do this, I have only January at this time.  I will be adding the entire year over the next few months (don’t worry February will be posted in time!).

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The link will be updated as I add to the lessons.  Here is January to start you off!  Check back soon for updates!  Click on the picture to go to the document!
Enjoy!  Please feel free to share!  But please link to this post and not the link itself!  Thanks! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

#HeisTheGift #ShareTheGift


I’m taking the rest of the week off!  Workbox Wednesday and Field Trip Friday will return after the New Year!  Links are still live from last week if you want to link up!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas “I Spy” Bottle for Tots and PreK (or for the bigger ones as well!)

toob search

I used the Christmas Toobs (minus two pieces that wouldn’t fit in the bottle, it needed a tad wider of a mouth).  Threw in some rice and tada!   Leave some space at the top for the rice to be able to move around to show the pieces.

Using the above print as a check of list.  Put into a cover sheet or laminate and they can use a dry erase marker to check off as they find!

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Easy game for little ones!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Cookies with Dad (Gingerbread and Sugar Cookies)

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These were REALLY good gingerbread cookies, chewy (as long as you don’t over bake them).  Very tasty!  They made a 2nd batch of these to give out at church.  These were not made to be roll out cookies, but it worked great!

Better Homes and Gardens Giant Ginger Cookis

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This was NOT a good rolled cookie recipe, would have been better to just put them in balls on the sheet for round cookies (which they ended up doing with over half of the batter).  But the kids wanted to cut some shapes out.  Next time I’ll have them use my tried and true recipe for rolled sugar cookies.  We will decorate them tonight (Monday) for Family Home Evening.  I’ll have pictures in our Week in Review for this week, so come back!

Better Homes and Gardens Melt in Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

Okay – so Hubby doesn’t know if he did something wrong or what, but the cookies were a major FAIL!!  They went completely flat and didn’t taste all that great.  Who knows!  We won’t be decorating these! 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Week 18 in Review


Friday night – We had the church we had the church Christmas party and the kids saw Santa.  K wouldn’t go near him…she screamed!  We don’t actually ‘do’ Santa, but they still enjoyed seeing him and getting a treat.

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Saturday & Sunday – Saturday was a busy day!  We went to observe a JrFLL Expo so we could get an idea of what we are in for and what they need to do for Expo in February.  Then Saturday night we headed to the Festival of Lights (see this week’s Field Trip Friday).  Sunday was church day.

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Monday – Normal Day with Martial Arts.  c (4) joined the class for the first time and was so excited!  Afterwards we went to the grocery store to grab a few things.  I started Z (5) on Math U See Alpha.  He had been doing MathSeeds and TouchMath…but he finished Mathseeds (as far as it goes) and TouchMath has just seemed to simple for him.  He isn’t writing a lot just yet, so I got out stamps for him and he is having a blast!  c wanted to do some stamping too, so I got out the weather stamps for him to play around with! We also decorated GingerBread Houses for Family Home Evening! 

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Tuesday –  No more gymnastics, so a quiet day at home!  Hubby had off for a dental appointment, and he took c to speech in the evening.  K just caused mischief!

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Wednesday – Martial Arts again.  Today was a rough day (PMS crept in, but I didn’t realize until Thursday!).  The morning was great, but lunch time it all went down hill!  Kids were out of control and I was super cranky!  Ugh!

Thursday – Another rough day (but then I figured out why!).  We stayed home all day.  It has actually been nice not to have to run around so much!  I had my night out with the sister missionaries, always good to get away for a few hours!

Friday – Another day home…day started out rough, but got better (for the most part).  We took an unplanned trip to Costco to grab a few items and meet up with a co-op member to deliver her pictures.  Then I stopped by and gave my aunt a lift (she fell the Thursday night and hurt her face, her eye is pretty swollen, so she can’t see well enough to drive).  She is doing alright, had her teeth checked out to make sure their was no damage.  Then we came home, and I chilled!  Hubby warmed up leftovers for dinner and then we had family movie night.

This week we started a 9 days to Christmas countdown courtesy of my MIL. 

Day 1 (Tuesday) was Reindeer jokes, antlers and Rudolph noses, how to draw Santa and the reindeer hokey pokey.

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Day 2 was Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer singing, reindeer noses in baggies and facts about reindeer hoof sizes and poop! 
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Day 3 was a crossword puzzle with clues and small stockings with candy canes.

Day 4 was scriptures about Jesus loving little children and a framed print of Jesus with children.  Beautiful! 

Next week we are just doing some Christmas Fun stuff!  I’m looking forward to it!

Link Ups this week -

Workbox Wednesday (Polar Express Activity Round Up)
Field Trip Friday
Share it Saturday (open until Jan 2nd)

Reviews this week -

Review: This is My Life Planner

Post you might have missed -

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Field Trip #153 Friday Blog Hop LDS Temples, Orlando and Washington DC

Field Trip Friday!
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After getting off the boat we took a small detour on the way home to stop by the Orlando Temple.  My grandparents served their mission at this temple, so it was neat to be able to visit it while in town.


The temple grounds are always so well maintained.  My most favorite, however, is the Washington DC temple at Christmas time.  It was so nice to be able to restart our annual tradition of visiting, now that we are back on the east coast. 


They always have a daily concert of one kind or another the entire month of December also.  While we were there we listened to the Mormon Choir of DC.

If you live near the DC area, consider stopping by to see The Festival of Lights!  It is BEAUTIFUL!  (schedule of events can be found at the link).

If you want to know more about Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, visit HERE.  We have over 144 currently operating temples around the world!

We have visited over 18, I believe…..we try to visit anytime we are nearby one in our travels.  They are all so beautiful, and all very unique.  There is a spirit there like no where else!  So peaceful!


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