Month: June 2016

Summer meal plan

Summer meal plan

This is my newest meal plan.  (To download the PDF, click here.  For a PDF with the Wednesday part in a darker yellow, click here.) It’s my simplest so far. (I ❤️ SIMPLE.) The left side is for when I want to be more creative, 

Keeping math going during summer

Keeping math going during summer

I pay for a subscription to a math website called IXL.com for my children to do math during the summer. I like this particular website because it is progressive and tracks everything they do. I get email reports of what they have mastered, how much 

I will always love you: Setting goals for an eternal love

I will always love you: Setting goals for an eternal love

 

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Last night, Lane started out our FHE lesson with this commercial for love–lasting love. It was his lesson on setting attainable goals, but he started out with this commercial to make a point: most people don’t want to spend their lives alone. Most people have the desire to find someone to love and cherish for all of their lives. But strong, lasting love doesn’t just happen. You have to work, sacrifice, learn to be selfless, and repent and forgive to have that kind of love.

That was where goals came into the conversation, and he shared some absolutely great thoughts from President Kimball, Elder Ashton, and President Uchtdorf. He asked the children what big goals they have, and one of them said eternal marriage. So we talked about the steps needed to obtain that goal. He reviewed the “SMART” goal acronym and invited each child to set one goal for this summer that is a “SMART” goal that will help them obtain a bigger goal that they dream of attaining.

I especially liked the clip he shared from Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk on how focusing on a tiny lightbulb caused an unnecessary and tragic airplane crash, and the question that Lane asked us each: What are the “lightbulbs” that get in your way of accomplishing your dreams and goals?

 

 

Planning page for season changes

Planning page for season changes

When we’re getting ready to transition to summer or from summer to fall, I pull this laminated page out and start making up the new schedule. Then I keep it posted on my kitchen white board until we all have the schedule in our heads 

Finding our summer balance

Finding our summer balance

Note: This is the second in a series on our summer theme “Balance.” Our FHE lesson for this week is on setting attainable goals. We’re talking about “SMART” goals before, so we’ll review the acronym and why it’s helpful. We’ll invite the children to set 

Scripture Journals

Scripture Journals

scripture journals 2016

A week or two or three ago, I had a prompting to get a scripture study journals for each of our children to use during the summer. I came across an article in my personal studies that was a young man sharing his experience using a scripture study journal; reading it affirmed my desire to follow through on this idea.

So I found some at Seagull Book last Monday and brought them home. I had prepared a bookmark with some scriptures on it that we are going to “ponderize”/memorize together each week this summer. I let each child pick the journal s/he wanted and gave them a bookmark as well.

They are using their journals during their personal study and sometimes we use them during family scriptures, too. I love summer! There is sometimes a little more time for study, and it just makes it easier to feel the Spirit when we’re not in a rush to get out the door for school.

Here’s the bookmark and list of scriptures, for those of you who are snoopers. OH I’M TOTALLY KIDDING! That’s what a blog is all about, right? Sharing! And I love to share!

Scripture bookmark

SUMMER 2016 Scripture Memorization bookmark

TL’s for Dad: No peanut butter comments

TL’s for Dad: No peanut butter comments

It was Lane’s birthday last week, but we decided to do his birthday dinner tonight. He really didn’t want us to do TL’s, because he is NOT a spotlight kind of a guy. (What are TL’s? “Tender loves” are comments that we make about each 

2016 Summer Theme: Balance

2016 Summer Theme: Balance

Each summer for years I have chosen a theme. I get an idea, discuss it with Lane, and then once we are agreed upon how to proceed, share it with the family in FHE. This year’s theme is “Balance.” During our first FHE two weeks ago, 

Executive Council

Executive Council

pioneer wagon wheel hub

Happy families require planning. At the center of planning is communicating as a husband and wife and God.

How do we do this?

We call it “Executive Council.” Lane and I meet together (at home, in our room, with the door closed…except when children barge in because we forgot to lock the door) with our laptops open and go over a set agenda.

Here’s our agenda:

Song
Opening Prayer
Spiritual Thought
Budget
Schedule (upcoming week calendaring, including vacation)
Goals Review
Other
Expressions of Faith/Gratitude
Closing Prayer

We had learned that communicating together is not just essential; it is critical to the happiness and well-functioning of our marriage and family. We highly recommend frequent communication, both formal (like this council setting) and informal (every day, date night, working together, getaways together, etc.)

Wishing for Tomorrow

Wishing for Tomorrow

I picked up a book for myself at the library this week: Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay, and today when the car battery was dead so that we couldn’t go to dance, and I felt exhausted, I went into my daughter’s room (where she was