Here is our 2016 year in review. As I watch it, I am reminded at how blessed we were this year. We spent lots of time together at home, in the pool, on vacation, with friends, with extended family, and so much more.
I used the app 1 Second Everyday to create the video and then added the music in windows movie maker.
Here is a snapshot of our 2015!
Midway through the year I found the app, 1 Second Everyday. It is so easy to use. All you have to do is take a quick video everyday. The app will easily let you choose which second you want and then will compile it into a video. If you want to add music you have to do that in another program. I used movie maker. It’s a great way to capture your everyday life!
This year I have the app for the entire year. I plan on having the video ready to view on New Year’s Eve. I think it will become a new tradition for us!
Camille over at Chicken Scratch n Sniff posted a free printable with 52 scriptures about Jesus Christ. There are four scriptures to a page. You can print them off and use them in a variety of ways. In her post, she even gives 10 ways to use these scripture cards!
52 Scriptures to Help You Remember the Savior All Year
I printed out the pages on card stock and cut each page into fourths so there was one scripture per card. Then, I printed out a picture of the Savior for the front cover. I copied and pasted her ten uses for these cards and printed them out as a last page. I laminated the front and back covers and punched holes in the top left corner and used a ring to make a booklet.
I have been looking for a way to bring myself and my family closer to Jesus Christ. I am excited to use this booklet all next year to help us learn about and remember our Savior.
I am going to keep this booklet in our gospel study basket that you can read about HERE.
Here are some ways I am thinking of using this booklet in our family. I got all these ideas from watching Camille’s video and reading her post.
-I would like to focus on one scripture each week next year. We will read it during scripture study each day that week. Hopefully we will memorize some of them and it will spur some conversation about the Savior too.
-I printed each scripture on card stock but did not laminate each page (only the covers) so we could write any thoughts we have about the scripture on the back of each one.
-Whenever anyone in our family gets upset, we will read through the booklet in hopes of calming down and bringing some peach and spirit into our lives!
Several years ago we had three young children and were struggling to have family scripture study. I was an overwhelmed mom who had no idea when to do it or how to get my kids to sit still and listen. Then, twice within a few months I heard two different talks that mentioned holding family scripture study during dinner time. When I heard the first talk I thought that sounded like a good idea. Then I quickly forgot about it. The second time I heard it, it stuck with me. We almost always have dinner together as a family and the children are already sitting! So, I purchased an inexpensive copy of the scriptures so it would be okay to have them at the table with messy kids and we started reading a few verses from the Book of Mormon each day. That worked great for us.
As we continued reading and had another child, I began to feel like this was not enough. We did our best to hold Family Home Evening and daily scripture reading; but, I had a nagging feeling that I needed to be teaching them more-more doctrine, more testimony. I wrote down a list of all the things I wanted to teach my children and pondered a way to fit it all into our family scripture study.
After a few weeks, I saw something (this post) that gave me a great idea. I gathered everything I wanted to teach the kids and put them in a basket. I sat the basket on the counter right beside out table so we could see it at dinner as a reminder to study. It also sits out all day so the kids can grab something out of it anytime they want to read or study.
Then, I found an old spinner game piece laying around the house from a fast food kids meal and converted it to a gospel study spinner. I had a space for all the things I wanted to study during scripture study. Our kids already had a specific “prayer day” where they say the family prayers that day (or they can pick someone else to say the prayer once that day), so I let them spin the spinner on their day. Wherever it lands is what we study that day. It’s fun for the kids, it adds variety to our study, and we are able to learn a lot more.
The spaces on my spinner are:
–Book of Mormon-It’s on there three times because I feel it’s really important! We read a few verses wherever we left off last time.
–Scripture Story-I have the old gospel art kit that has scripture story pictures on the front and the story written on the back. I put them all in a notebook and the kids open up to a story and we read and talk about it.
–Basic Doctrines-These are the basic doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that are emphasized in Seminary and Institute classes. Every time we spin this we cover one or part of one of the doctrines listed.
–Church Magazine-We read a story in the Friend Magazine.
–Scripture Mastery-I have all the scripture mastery cards on a ring and we will open up to one and study it.
–FTSOY-We study a topic in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.
–Family Proclamation-We study one paragraph each time.
–Articles of Faith-We study a new one each time.
I keep everything we need to study each of these in my basket by the table. It’s so easy to grab what we need and study. I am amazed at what we have covered over the last few years doing this! If I feel the need to switch out topics I can easily create a new face for my spinner.
If you want to create your own spinner there are a few other options I found (click on the pictures to go to the source for directions:
-Cover up a spinner from an old board game.
-Make your own spinner.
-Use the Decide Now app-available from itunes and google play.
-Buy a spinner from Amazon
board game spinner
As I looked at my calendar today I saw this appointment scheduled for 5:00pm. Interestingly enough, this is exactly what my 5:00pm looks like-CRAZY!!! I guess Griffin scheduled it for me??? I even got a reminder ten minutes prior.
This is my kitchen table. It is always covered in crayons, paper, markers, playdough, matchbox cars, and an array of other toys and papers. It has nicks and cuts all over the top of it. It is covered in pencil and crayon marks. Every chair is completely broken. It is a well used, worn out kitchen table. Sometimes I wish for a nicer table. I realize that a new table would come with one of two problems. The first would be that the kids would just ruin that table too and then I would be really angry. The second would be that I would have to basically keep the kids out of the kitchen and off the table so I could keep it nice. That would be even worse. I spend most of my time in the kitchen. If I am in there, and they aren’t allowed to sit at the table doing crafts, homework, and playtime etc. then I wouldn’t get to spend very much time with them. When I think about it that way, I am grateful that my table is falling apart. I am grateful that my kids have a place to sit and spend time with me and as a family. If getting a new table would mean getting rid of that, I realize it’s not worth it.
Griffin loves hats! He wears them every day-to the store, to church, to bed, to play, out to eat etc. His hats vary from buckets to bowls to flower pots to actual hats. Sometimes he even wears multiple hats at one time. His favorite hat to wear to church is the green flower pot. His siblings have told everyone at church that their brother is a “pothead.” At church they are wondering if he might show up next week with a lampshade on his head. If you take him to the store he begs for new hats. He will even pick out a hat over a toy.
I am sure that some may wonder why I let him wear his “hats” out in public. Sometimes I wonder that myself as we receive sideways glances from people in the store or in restaurants. But, it makes him happy. It makes me laugh. It gives his siblings something to talk about together. I’ve also seen total strangers giggle as they have passed us by. That joy is greater than the little bit of embarrassment that might come from showing up to an event with my son wearing a bucket on his head!
Over the last two years Griffin has had several bouts of pneumonia and bronchiolitis. Any time he gets a runny nose or a cough, it goes straight to his lungs. His pediatrician told us that many children outgrow this by the time they turn two. He continued getting sick and had to go on a daily steroid and other asthma medications as needed. I hated giving his so many medications and I hoped he would be one of the many children who would outgrow this airway disease.
A few months after he turned two he got a runny nose and a cough. Within a couple hours he was hardly able to breath. I took him to the pediatricians office who sent him straight to Children’s Hospital which is an hour from our home.
Griffin continued struggling for breath. Phil took him to Children’s while I attended to the other kids. When they got to the ER, Griffin was met by a whole team of specialists who pumped him full of several medications and breathing treatments. It was really scary as they tried to decide if he should be placed in the icu. I made arrangements for the other kids and drove to meet them at the hospital.
At that point he had been admitted to the regular ward with special instructions for extra attention from the health care providers. He was on hourly treatments that were expected to continue throughout the night. We called a dear friend who lived near Children’s to come help Phil give Griffin a blessing. I was reluctant to call our friend because he had an infant born with a heart condition who spent several months in the same hospital before he passed away the year before. I knew it would be difficult for him to come back to the hospital, but he gladly did and I was so grateful for his efforts to help save my son.
After the blessing, Griffin started improving and the treatments started spacing out further and further until he was discharged the next day with prescriptions for even more medications, inhalers, and nebulizer treatments, and a pretty sure diagnosis of asthma.
It was very scary. I hated that he was always sick, but at least before this happened, I felt like I could manage it-just start the meds at the onset of cold symptoms and wait for him to out grown it. Now, he had asthma, that could turn life threatening very quickly. I am afraid to leave him alone or go out of town any more.
Phil and I were out of the country on a trip for his company just the week before. I am thankful this didn’t happen while we were gone. I am thankful I am a pharmacist so I have a good understanding of how to treat him. But most of all, I am thankful for priesthood blessings that heal and comfort in times of need.
So, today Brennen’s preschool class took a field trip to the cosmetology school on campus. The kids have gone every year and have fun. The girls in the school dye their hair (washes out when washed) and paint their nails. Last year Brennen went with orange and black dye so he could be a jack-o-lantern. This year he went with purple and blue spiked hair. When I picked him up from school I told him that we would give him a bath and wash out the dye in a little bit. He said, “I know because it washes out.”
After we had been home for a while, Griffin was sleeping soundly and Brennen disappeared for a few minutes. Finally he came into the kitchen where I was and walks up to me like nothing was going on. I looked at him and saw that the top front of his hair was gone! I asked him, “Did you cut your hair?” He replied, “Yes.” I Said, “WHYYYY???” and he said, “Because I didn’t want my hair blue anymore.” I told him we were going to wash it out in a little bit and he said he had already put water on it and the blue didn’t come out so he decided to cut it out. He told me like it was the most logical thing in the world to do.
So, I had to wake up a sleeping Griffin (he never naps so I wasn’t too happy that I had to wake him up!) and lug them into the salon so he could have his hair buzzed. I was afraid if she buzzed it any shorter that he would look sick so in some places he had bald spots showing through! The women at the salon got a kick out of the situation and joked with us that since he had gone to cosmetology school he figured he could cut his own hair!
The photos above show his hair after his own haircut and after the salon hair cut.