Sunday, November 13, 2016

Primary Program and Priesthood Preview

The boys had their primary program this Sunday.  They both did a fantastic job on their parts.  This year's theme was "I love to read the Scriptures".  As a family this is something we're getting a little bit better at.  It is fun to see the boys' testimonies grow as they do.  Thank you to my parents for coming to see the boys!

Evan gave a part about Nephi.  He said, "My favorite scripture story is about Nephi.  He was brave and went to get the plates when his brothers were afraid".

Ryan gave a short talk about Joseph Smith.

Imagine a glass full of clear, pure water. If we bump the glass, some water might spill out and the glass wouldn’t be full anymore. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He established His Church. He taught the fulness of the gospel: faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and obedience to the commandments. Jesus showed all people how we should live. He became the Savior of us all. The gospel glass was full. But as the years passed, parts of the gospel were lost because wicked people changed it or didn’t obey it. The fulness of the gospel was no longer on the earth. Heavenly Father promised His children He would give them the fulness of the gospel again. He called Joseph Smith to help Him restore the fulness of the gospel. He calls prophets to teach everyone His gospel so we will know the way back to Him. We are blessed to have the fulness of the gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our gospel glasses are full to the top, and Heavenly Father has promised that the gospel will never be taken from the earth again.

That same evening Ryan had his priesthood preview.  Next year he'll receive the priesthood and become a deacon.  It's hard to believe my kids are getting this big. I'm so grateful that Ryan has such a great group of kids in this neighborhood to grow up with.  They are amazing kids with incredible parents who have taught them how to be good citizens and they're growing in the gospel together.  There's a group of four of them who will be getting the priesthood this year, I can't wait to see what these young people do!

My favorite part of the evening is when each of the boys' dads got up and said something about them and their journey in the gospel.  This touched my heart, it was so special.  Of course Colin made me tear up a little, his message to Ryan about power was perfect.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016!

With Halloween on a Monday this year, my kids celebrated for about a week!  Ryan attended two parties, we had a neighborhood carnival, Red Ribbon Week, Pumpkin Carving with family, and then... the actual Halloween Day!  Whew!  

Evan dressed as a character from Five Nights at Freddy's (a video game) called Balloon Boy.  
Ryan dressed as Ash Ketchum, the Pokemon trainer from the Pokemon series (cartoon, cards, games, books, etc.) 

I threw on a witch hat and boa and some red lipstick and everyone thought I was dressed  up!  ;)

I watched Evan parade around his school, and then later came back to help with his class party!

The boys trick-or-treated with a group of friends this year but I had to go check out what our neighbors had done with their Pirate's Cove. 

Colin and I handed out candy.  We gave out a lot this year, probably more than we ever have in this neighborhood, or ever!  It was a lot of fun to see all the kids in their costumes. 

And my boys came home with TONS of candy! 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pumpkin Carving 2016

I invited everyone to our house the day before Halloween for dinner and pumpkin carving. 
We had a really fun time being all together as a family and having a yummy meal and carving our pumpkins.  I love how creative everyone gets and what they decide to do with their pumpkins.  

Friday, October 28, 2016

Red Ribbon Week!

Dress Like a Nerd Day

Pajama Day

Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pumpkin Project

Evan presented his Pumpkin Project today.  They practiced reading picture books expressively and fluently so they could read to the first graders.  They decorated pumpkins as the main character in their books.  There were so many creative pumpkins!  Evan chose a family favorite, The little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR.  His pumpkin is a mouse.  

Creepy Crawly Pack Meeting

 For our October Pack meeting we had a guest come and talk about SNAKES!  He taught us all about native snakes in Utah and informed us on the difference of poisonous and venomous snakes.  He showed us several different types of snakes and let the scouts hold some.  The boys thought it was great!  I tried to stay away from the snakes but my boys were loving it!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Donut Falls Hike (and Breakfast at Penny Ann's)

The boys were off on Friday and Colin stayed home from work too, so we decided to go for a hike!  
First, we had breakfast at Penny Ann's Cafe and then we went up to Big Cottonwood Canyon and hiked up to Donut Falls.  It was a little cooler than we were expecting but the hike was nice.