Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

Sunday we went to our grandparents' graves and added a few flowers!  Do you see these peonies?  They were SO beautiful!!

The kids got to add flags to Grandpa Hodgkinson's grave because he's a veteran!  I told the kids different stories about their great-grandparents as we visited.  So thankful for the wonderful legacy our children have!












Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

When Life Gives You Lemons....


This weekend it was our turn to do the "Bishopric Fireside."
Darin and I decided to base our talks on optimism, and choosing to be happy--even when things are hard.  My sister, Heather, had a great idea to do a "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" theme for the treats!  I LOVED how it turned out.  I made lemonade, lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemon tarts, and I bought lemon candy and lemon bars.


At the beginning of the lesson, as each person came in, we gave them a pebble to put into their shoe, and a candy to put in their mouth.  After the opening prayer we asked them about their experience.  Several said that it was really painful, others complained that their rock was bigger than someone else's.  One girl at the end said, that she really liked the candy.  Then we talked about how even when there are hard things there is always something to be happy about--we just need to focus on the good!  
Next, we watched Elder Wirthlin's video "Come What May and Love It!"  Then we had the kids make a list of things that can help you be happy (be with friends, smile, listen to uplifting music, exercise, etc.)  

Next we had each kid write on a slip of paper something difficult they may be facing, or a challenge they may have in the future, then we put them in a bowl and let them answer how they could look on the bright side in that situation.  We had a lot of good answers, but we also had a lot of dumb deacon answers--that I was secretly laughing about.

Last Darin and I shared a few thoughts and testimony, and we ended with our yummy refreshments!  (I STILL CANNOT believe how much the youth can eat!--I had double what is shown in the pictures and they ate nearly ALL of it!)



















Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chalk Fest

We LOVE the chalk fest on Main Street every year!
This year, we went three times!

Fist, Andrew and I went exploring while Lindsay was at ballet.  Next, we went with our friends the Muirs and did some artwork.  Last, we went with just our family to look at all the awesome artwork!  I am so amazed at the talented artists!  After our walk, Darin took us to Bun Basket for some breakfast!  It was delicious!  
























Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mother's Day!!

This was my most spoiled year of mother's day!
(Minus the fact that Darin made me speak in Sacrament meeting).

I got a delicious breakfast in bed, beautiful flowers, a computer program I've been eyeing for YEARS, and I didn't have to do any cooking or cleaning!




Darin made this delicious Beef Wellington!!  So yummy!


Hope everyone had a fabulous Mother's Day!!  And a big shout out to my sweet mother, mother-in-law, grandmothers, sisters, and sisters in law!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Last Japan Post--The Video

I can't believe we have already been back a month.

We had such a wonderful time!  
I made this video with a few of the highlights from our trip.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lantern Fest

This past weekend we went to the Lantern Fest.
We had a great time!  We loved the "pre-entertainment."
The kids loved the bounce houses, hoola hoops, princesses, kites, and more.
We lucked out to be with my uncle, aunt and cousins while we were there!
Love them!

It was a windy, cold night, but the wind calmed down enough right at launch time.
I hope we can go back and do this again in a few years. (And maybe sign up for the summer session).


This bag of popcorn Darin bought was nearly the same size as Andrew!

Matt loved the hoola hoops and actually did a great job!!




Our host was Adam Johnson, (aka Mark from the movie Charlie).
He and Lindsay quickly became great friends! :)





Matt was SUCH a GREAT brother helping Andrew through the bounce house!










Uncle Richard is the KING of BEST facial expressions!! 














Chanice has been giving me "modern calligraphy" lessons.
This was my sad attempt to be like her.
(I keep joking that I'm going to open up a lettering shop for blind people).









Wonderful, magical night!!