Month: August 2013

Teaching children to plan

Teaching children to plan

One of the ways we try to teach our children to plan is through holding family councils regularly, setting goals, and making plans. This morning we talked about how, in order to accomplish anything yourself or with your organization (family, business, etc.), you need to 

RWM: Where the Red Fern Grows

RWM: Where the Red Fern Grows

Yesterday, as we drove to our lunch destination and while the rain poured, we finished reading aloud Where the Red Fern Grows. I was crying too hard to keep reading, so I passed the book to Nate, who continued. This is one of the great books in 

FF: Staycation

FF: Staycation

hiking sticks

With one of our cars totaled on the first day of summer and a son deciding to serve a mission this year, we decided that staying home for our summer vacation was a good idea.

So we sat everyone down at Family Night and told them we were going on “staycation.” Then we wrote down our plan of what we wanted to do each day to have fun. Our plans included hiking up to a waterfall, going out to eat, bowling, visiting a water park, going to the lake, attending an extended family baby shower, picnicking, watching movies, shopping, and back-to-school father’s blessings–all from the comfort of own beds and without the hassle of pre-trip packing or post-trip laundry! (I told them I wouldn’t even tell them to make their beds!)

We’re almost done with our staycation, and Peter and Anna both said to me (at separate times), “Staycation is more fun than vacation!” Rebecca was happy that we have gotten to check off so many of our “summer fun ideas” list that we made at the beginning of summer. Lane and I are happy that we didn’t find an affordable rental in a spot we wanted to go that is being evacuated right now because of wildfires. “Guess it’s a good thing we didn’t go,” commented Lane just now as he reads the news.

Now if we can just get the teenagers out of bed to go shopping…(In the meantime, I’m enjoying watching my first episode of “Duck Dynasty” about celebrating their parent’s 48th anniversary).

Happy Staycationing,

Liz 🙂

toy store

P.S. Guess one of the activities that the younger children want to go back and do again today? Riding the scooter toys around the toy store….It’s the little things.

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

Yesterday I was visiting at a dear friend, Connie’s, home when I saw this book on her coffee table. I flipped through it and thought that I’d love to get a copy of this book. The author has a cover photo and thoughtful review of 

GQ: Raisin in the Sun, or the importance of loving those needing it most

GQ: Raisin in the Sun, or the importance of loving those needing it most

This quote hangs in our home and reminds me that we all need love most when we are not at our best. We were driving the other day when on the radio I heard an excerpt from a BYU devotional given by Kristin Matthews. She 

3T: What can I do to help get rid of a cold?

3T: What can I do to help get rid of a cold?

nasal wash

Last week I was feel pretty sick with a cold that was heading to be a sinus infection. When the mucus turned super bright yellow and was literally dripping out of my nose, I decided to do a little research to learn more about what was going on, and how I might help avoid the progression to an infection and having to take antibiotics. (The last time I took antibiotics for a sinus infection, I ended up with some other undesirable consequences!) I googled mucus color and I googled sinus irrigation, since I had done that as a teenager. I wanted to see if there was something I could do at home. Here is what I found and did, and I am doing much better! I’m so grateful for reliable information like this that is available on the internet. The following comes from webmd.com.

  • Fill a clean container (such as a quart jar) with warm tap water.
  • Add 1½ to 2 teaspoons pickling or canning salt* to the water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon baking soda.

You can store homemade saline solution at room temperature for one week.

To use homemade saline solution as a nasal wash:

  • Fill a large medical syringe, squeeze bottle, or nasal cleansing pot (such as a Neti Pot) with the saline solution, insert the tip into your nostril, and squeeze gently.
  • Aim the stream of saline solution toward the back or your head, not toward the top.
  • The saline wash should go through the nose and out the mouth or the other side of the nose.
  • Blow your nose gently after the saline wash unless your doctor has told you not to blow your nose.
  • Repeat several times every day.
  • Clean the syringe or bottle after each use.

I know from experience that colds don’t always resolve so easily, and I know that a priesthood blessing and fasting on Sunday also helped speed my recovery. Rest and drinking lots of water also help! But it’s so nice to find simple, practical helps that don’t cost a fortune.

Happy Recovery,

Liz 🙂

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P.S. Canning/pickling salt is no big deal. It’s available in the home canning section of your grocery store. I use pickling salt in making homemade chili sauce, and I’m wanting to make homemade pickles this year. I’ll try to post our chili sauce recipe soon.

P.S. There are so many household uses for salt, baking soda, and vinegar that I am learning about! I’ll have to post about that, too.

RTW: How can I nurture self-reliance in my children?

RTW: How can I nurture self-reliance in my children?

Recently, Nate spent a week with the Deacons (12-13 year old boys) in our ward at Scout Camp. He spent the week leading, teaching, helping, and working. As an assistant Scoutmaster, he’s learning lessons as he teaches. I was so interested to hear his report 

SOS: The power of TNT

SOS: The power of TNT

        Earlier this week I woke up feeling tired and discouraged about matters that were weighing on my mind. I have had a sinus-infection-type cold the last week, and it has been a strong one. The cold, combined with other concerns on