We just got a letter from Elder Livi, dated 12-25 (2015). Even after a month, it was such welcome news and made my day! (We have been thinking about him in particular this week, since he turned 19 this week, and just today baked some …
Month: January 2015
It’s winter. It’s cold. The sun is out, along with the pollution, but I don’t want to be out in it. I’d like to board an airplane and going to Mexico. Hawaii. The Caribbean. Southern California. Then I’d go stretch out on the beach and let …
I remembered a general conference talk in which the speaker had said that when in the car, their family would sing Primary songs to keep from arguing. I told the children we were going to take turns picking songs–any song they wanted–and sing it together.
Once we got singing (after the initial grumbling), the mood changed immediately! We sang some Primary songs, some Disney songs, whatever.
I was delighted when I had to drive somewhere else on another day, one of these children suggested we sing again. Soon we were singing and laughing again. Who knew driving together could be so much fun?
For a list of some of our favorite music, go here.
Lane and I met last night in the HBLL to commemorate 22 years from when we met there. Unfortunately, because the entire library has been hugely remodeled since then, the computer lab where we met no longer exists. Boohoo! The “Learning Commons” is where we …
My sister, Becca, came to babysit. She is never one to delay a party. In fact, she is about the best party giver I know. She has celebratory blood pulsing through her veins. If you EVER get invited to a party at her house, you will want to go.
She made a “Happy Birthday” banner and hung it up over the kitchen window.
When I returned from my trip, I wanted to preserve the memory of that fun party, and so I laminated the sign.
That was YEARS ago. The sign is faded but still well-loved.
I decided last year to go to a scrapbooking store called Pebbles in My Pocket and cut out a ton of letters. I wrote out about 30 celebratory phrases and counted up how many letters of each letter in the alphabet I would need to spell out those phrases. Then I brought them home.
This year, I went back and did some more letters. I have started laminating those letters.
(I also folded some cute diaper napkins for our dinner that night, after finding the idea on the purple pumpkin blog.)
We just keep the laminated letters in a Ziplock baggie, along with colorful ribbons and strings and some mini clothespins for when we want to use those. One of the strings has jewelry clasps at the end, which make it easy to attach to the wall hook that we screwed into the wall next to the window. (One piece of advice: in order to fit the clasp through a regular-size hole punch hole, you have to open the clasp and slide it through. A little tricky, but not so hard.)
I’m pretty excited about my laminated letters because something as simple as a little sign can add that fun feel to a dinner with bright colored placemats, some colorful napkins, and a special menu.
And VOILÀ! Dinner becomes a celebration!
Here are some other examples of celebration signs: