Friday, November 27, 2009

Superb Days

We have had three superb days in a row thanks to my husband.  He sat our family down on Wednesday morning and together we decided what could go into a superb day--playing games or sports, visiting friends or family, watching movies, reading books, limited computer time, good morning devotional, learning something new, walking, service, prayers, baking/making goodies, dates, good food, projects (humanitarian, craft, home), puzzles, limited tv time, etc.

Then we all voted on what should be on the top of the list--prayers, scripture study (personal and family on both), fabulous food and sweets (a definite must), limited computer and tv time (20 min. for games or work on the computer and only 1 movie per day), and reading good books.

Once the shoulds were complete then we chose one fun activity we could do together as a family.  Otherwise it was free time to do the "Bs"--second priorities. 

So now you know the secret ingredients for having a SUPERB DAY! 

We also worked on being respectful of ourselves (don't get down on yourself which, in turn, may reflect badly on others), being respectful of others (don't say or do anything that would harm another), and being respectful of property (don't damage or misuse your own or another's property).  I realized after requesting this of my children that Ben and I play a major role in accomplishing this goal.  Some of you would probably say "no kidding", but it takes me a little longer.  

As parents we are not exempt from having to show respect to our children.  Discipline can still be accomplished with respect.  It will also be much more affective if our children know that we will love them  even through the bad times.  It's during those bad times that they need us the most.  

I am THANKFUL for my health, for having enough and even plenty, for friends, for family, and for a patient Heavenly Father.  


This picture of me and my littlest just about sums up my life!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Breakfast--the Best Meal of the Day

My mom would tell you that breakfast was my favorite meal of the day.  It's still true!  Now that I have my own family I can't help but serve it any time of day.  I should call it CHOP--Christine's House of Pancakes!

Here are a couple of recipes I love:

(came with my parents belgian waffle iron; I'm not sure of the brand)

Mix:  1 egg and 1 cup milk
Combine, add: 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt
Lastly, mix in: 1/4 cup oil (if doubling the recipe use only 1/3 cup oil)

Beat until smooth.  Pour in waffle maker until appliance indicates it is done.

This next recipe I found after I was craving some "brain" food.  I add 1/4 cup freshly ground flax seed as well.

It is probably very obvious that this is by no means comprehensive, I'm sure there will be many more breakfast delights to come!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Countdown to Christmas Already?

Well, no, not exactly.  But here's a great way to get rid of the Halloween candy that comes home with the kids--Countdown to Christmas Chains!

I tell the kids to pick all the candy they want to put in the chains (1-3 candies per day).  We place the candies down the middle and a couple of inches apart on a very long piece of saran wrap.  Hint: Pick the biggest and best for Christmas day.  

Get lots of helpers and fold one side of the wrap onto the candy and then the other side.  

Twist between each "day" and staple (for a better hold).  Place in the freezer to keep candy fresh until Dec. 1st.  Pull it out and decorate with ribbons (helps distinguish who's whose).  Makes a great garland for the family Christmas tree.