Saturday, October 31, 2009
One of our most favorite traditions is to dump out all the candy received while trick-or-treating. That makes is much easier for the parents to inspect!
These are just a few pictures that I found in the files. You'll notice that they find time to remove costumes before doing the candy inventory and organization.
We've never really had any rules about when and where they can eat their candy. We figure experience is a good teacher. However, if I find any empty wrappers where they don't belong (like on the couch or the floor), I get to confiscate all the rest. That worked quite well to convince the kids to throw away their own garbage.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, the budget didn't allow for everyone to receive their own Costco-sized box of candy bars. Sometimes growing older is tough. Maybe they'll each get a bag of candy from the clearance sales next week.
Friday, October 30, 2009
If you've never heard of "trunk-or-treating", here's a definition I found here: "A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is often church or community-sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks or the backs of their vehicles and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters."
Having a trunk-or-treat is traditionally a part of our ward's Halloween dinner/activity. I haven't learned how to take good pictures in the dark but here are a couple from last year.
Someone's truck is decorated and they're ready to pass out candy.The kids going "door to door".
Tonight's the night, and we'll take the camera. If any of the pictures turn out, we'll add them to the post. Last year: "fun candy treats"
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
They work great for the dining table centerpiece.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Or the "wear a hat and call it a costume" year.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The first one on their minds - probably because they arrived that day - isn't really our tradition, it's the grandparents'. However, because they are faithful, we have a fun tradition as well. Every year they send each grandchild a Halloween card with a $2 bill inside. In the early years, we'd use that money to go to McDonald's and get Happy Meals. Now the money probably goes to the movie theater, but that's okay. It's a fun tradition. I wonder if we're going to have to keep it up with our own grandchildren!
And here's last year's post - "Edible and Non-edible Ghosts" - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Making Assignments Ahead of Time
Last week I left preparing a family night lesson until after dinner, so I just grabbed the Family Home Evening Resource Book and figured I'd flip through it until something caught my eye. Wayne (who loves to do things in order) suggested we just do whatever came next. Because we had done the section on participation most recently, the next idea was to make an assignment wheel. That seemed silly to me, because, #1, I thought we'd outgrown that and our current system seemed to be working, and #2, we'd already had that lesson years ago so why should we do it again. Boy, was I wrong!
We pulled out a couple of our last rotation schedules and had fun reminiscing. We recalled some of the assignments we had years ago. One of our favorites was the "talent" assignment, but that wasn't listed on our most recent one. In addition, we've had a few kids leave home, so their name tags had to be moved to the side! But then we decided we should make a new chart. After a great deal of discussion we came up with the five assignments: conduct the meeting (which includes reminding others of their assignments), lead the music, play the piano, give the lesson, and prepare refreshments. I had totally forgotten the value and importance of this initial statement: "Many home evening discussions must be prepared well before they are given. There is no substitute for good preparation, and home evenings are more effective and enjoyable if all family members participate in their preparation." All week long it was neat to see everyone reminding each other of their assignments. And last night we had "the best family night ever" which is high praise, because we've had some pretty good ones.
To top it off we actually had refreshments - Dump Cake.
Next week will be interesting - it'll be Dad's turn to play the piano!
Friday, October 16, 2009
National Park Series #10
Steven was two weeks old when we took our annual camping vacation, this time to Great Basin National Park, but he didn't seem to mind, even if he couldn't eat any marshmallows. The older boys had fun pushing him around the campground loop in his stroller; however, we had to stop them because they were scaring the other campers with their speed. You'd think they would have been tired out after hiking all day!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Since we were in Buenos Aires on a Monday, and since when we're on vacation, family nights turn into family days, adding pictures counts as a "Memorable Monday Moments" entry!
Here's the view of Av. Callao from the balcony where we stayed: First stop was the Casa de Rosa - the Argentinian White House:
Thursday, October 8, 2009
1983: Weston starts crawling
1998: Weston starts driving
1999: Jeff receives Bear rank at pack meeting
2001: Pres. Hinckley's talk - lower decibel of home
2006: yard work - pressure wash screen - boys jump off ladder into pool - take out 4 dead trees
2009: We decide that we can't miss the opportunity to have Michelle's first driving experience on the same day as her older brother's!
(ran out of memory on the camera so had to quickly make more room)