Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School Feast 2016

Monday we had our annual Back to School Feast!

I started to think about the new theme back at the end of the school year last year, and I came up with a really cute and clever theme but, as I prayed about it, I really didn't feel like it was what our family needed to focus on at that time.  I thought of a NEW theme, prayed about it, and got the same answer. Then, as I was reading some quotes from President Monson, I came across this quote:

"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we....cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude."

We prayed about it, and knew this was the right family theme for this year.

We started our feast by reviewing the past themes

2014- "Kindness Begins with Me" (and we did the "warm fuzzy jar")
2015- "Who Can I Serve Today" (and we did weekly family service projects)
2016- "Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude" (and we plan on doing weekly thank you notes)

After we reviewed the old themes, and introduced the new theme, we gave each of the kids their own gratitude journal, and a new keychain for their backpack with the theme on it.

Next, we ate our "feast" and drank our sparkling lemonade, then Darin gave each of the kids (and me) a Father's Blessing.  It was a perfect summer night and we are all looking forward to the new school year!!

Making a wish for the new school year!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Davis County Fair 2016

We got a call from Grandpa and Grandma Gunnerson around lunch time and they said, "If you come to the fair right now, we'll buy you lunch!"  Done!  We went up and had a GREAT time!  The kids went on the pony rides, petting zoo, fed the animals, ate lunch, attempted the giant slide (only Matt succeeded), went on the motorcycle ride, the strawberry ride, and roller-coaster, listened to a live band, saw the animals, went to the kids corner, played on the pirate ship, ate cotton candy, and more!  We spent about 4 1/2 hours there and the kids were WIPED OUT by the time we were done!  Andrew didn't make it out of the parking lot before falling asleep! 

Thanks mom and dad for the wonderful afternoon!!  I KNOW the kids had WAY more fun with you there, than if I had just taken them!  They LOVED the lunch, rides, and treats!  Thanks again!!

Look at Darin's mom in the background---I think she is SOOO pretty!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BYC 2016

I think this is my 12th year going to the Proctor Back Yard Concert (BYC).
It really is my favorite night of the summer!

This year, poor Darin was SOOO SOOOO sick!!  But, he "forced" me to go to the concert because he knows how much I love it!  (Really, he was so nice to let me go, I felt bad leaving him, but I think I would have felt worse breaking a 12 year streak!)  I took Lindsay as my date and we had a great time!

As always, the music was great and the weather was perfect!
(Proctors must be living right---it seems perfect every year!)

Can't wait for the next one!!

Lindsay helped me make a big batch of rolls and homemade strawberry jam to share.

They invited the kids up to sing a song with Jeff.  Lindsay felt like a rockstar!!

She got excited when she saw the missionaries!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kid Olympics

The day after our Olympic Party, Matt said he wished that he could do the same thing but with his friends.  I still hadn't cleaned up the decorations so I said, "Why not!?"  We made a few phone calls t a few of his friends from school and had the "Kid Olympics!"

I thought that we would be rushed for time, but the kids did all of the events (and MORE) in about 45 minutes.  Afterwards we did a couple of crafts and made an Olympic treat together.  It was a fun day and I am so glad that Matt has so many great friends!!