Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday's Matter FHE: The Power of the Priesthood

At our house and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!



Right now, at church, I have been called to teach the Beehives (young women ages 12-13).  I have the most fun teaching these girls, sharing our testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ and learning about the importance of the gospel together.  Today's FHE was taken from Sunday's lesson from the Come Follow Me lesson book entitled "What is the Priesthood".  I love it so much I wanted to share it for FHE with my husband.

If you are interested in why the Beehive Symbol is so prevalent in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints please click here:  Beehive Symbol



Make A LIST:

Grab a piece of paper or a white board draw a line down the middle and make a list of all the ways people gain power in the WORLD on one side of the paper. Some of the things our class came up with were...murder, lying, cheating, education, conquest, wars, being born into it, married into it, being on TV, doing something dumb on the internet...etc.  You get the idea.

READ:

Read D&C 121: 36-46

DISCUSS:

Discuss all the ways listed in the scriptures read about how the priesthood power is gained.  Pay special attention to verse 37 as it gives good insight into what not to do (and, as the girls pointed out - the opposite is what you SHOULD be doing).

Return to your list and list all the ways priesthood power is gained and kept on the blank side of the line.

Compare and contrast the lists.  What conclusions can you draw from this?  A few of the good ones the girls came up with were that worldly power mostly seems to be taken from someone else whereas the Priesthood can only be given to you...Worldly power is mostly for your own gain and fortune but the Priesthood power only benefits others and cannot be used on yourself.

You can read more about the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood in True to the Faith, if you would like to enhance your lesson.

Elder M. Russell Ballard in the April 2013 General Conference said, "...It is crucial for us to understand that Heavenly Father has provided a way for all of His sons and His daughters to have access to the blessings of and be strengthened by the power of the priesthood. Central to God’s plan for His spirit children is His own declaration: “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39)"

WATCH:

Mormon Messages for Youth: "Sanctify Yourselves"

Conclusion:

It is important to draw the parallel that the priesthood is for everyone, man, woman and child and while the priesthood barer needs to strive to be worthy so does the recipient of the blessings of the priesthood (refer to the list you made).  We can all Sanctify ourselves to be worthy of the many blessings the priesthood has to offer.

Activity:

The Adverb Game

Send someone out of the room while the rest of the group chooses an adverb.

An adverb is (more or less) a word describing a way that something can be done. Examples: softly, angrily, musically, solemnly, cheerfully, flirtatiously, desperately.

The person who left the room is called back in and chooses picks a few people from the main group to act out a scene, such as “shopping for groceries,” “on a first date” or “washing the dishes.”

The actors pretend to perform the task, but do so according to the adverb the group selected. (Flirtatiously would involve a lot of giggling, winking and hair-tossing, for example. Musically might have everyone singing their conversations.)

The individual then has to guess what the adverb is. When they succeed, they pick someone else to leave the room and the game begins again!


{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, it just has to BE!}




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Date Night Done Right!

There are some AMAZING and frugal date night opportunities to be had in the next few weeks!  Here is a list of my top picks:

Old Fashioned Roller Skating.  Just think of the romance!  All those teeny-bopper dreams of holding hands during the couples skate under the disco ball can come true and with a Groupon for only $9 a couple it is a steal!!  Ripon Rollerskating Groupon



Modesto Symphony Orchestra Season Tickets (for frugal couples).  For a limited time the MSO is selling concert packages.  My favorite is the Compose Your Own (CYO) Flexible Series Subscription.  With the CYO, for as little as $67 a person you get tickets to any 4 Classic or Pops concerts for the 2014/2015 season and the seats are good!!


As a CYO subscriber you will enjoy:

  • Our most flexible subscription package to suit your personal taste and schedule!
  • Up to 8% savings over single ticket prices!
     
  • Don’t forget to utilize the free ticket exchange for maximum flexibility!
     
  • Plus all the fantastic MSO subscriber benefits found here!



Pump Boys and Dinettes at the East Sonora Repertory Theater:


June 13 - July 27 at East Sonora Theatre
The 'Pump Boys' sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the 'Dinettes', Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves from critics and audiences across the country, on and off-Broadway (and in three record-breaking runs at Sierra Rep). With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils. "It doesn't merely celebrate the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures, it embodies them." -- New York Times (Rated PG)

DIVE IN MOVIE NIGHT put on by the Modesto Parks Dept at the Downey High School Pool.

The “Dive-In”
Bring your rafts, noodles, or other floatation devices and join 
us in the water for a great movie. Join us at Downey High 
School Pool for a Friday night of fun with your family. Pool 
admission required, but the show is FREE! Diving boards will 
be closed during the movie. Pool opens at 7:30 pm, followed 
by the movie at dusk.
*Personal rafts: floatation devices permitted. Large or unsafe 
rafts will NOT be permitted.
* Due to the change in venue, concessions will not be sold this 
year. Food and outside drink NOT allowed.
LOCATION: DOWNEY HIGH SCHOOL POOL
1000 Coffee Road, Modesto     • Fri, July 11: Teen Beach Movie

Modesto Parks Dept FREE MOVIE NIGHT AT THE PARK list beginning in August see free movies at the Mancini Bowl - family fun for FREE!

MoBAND Concert in the Park



2014 Theme - "Rockin' the Bowl"
            

            
             June 12th – "Big Boys"
             June 19th – "Date Night"
             June 26th – "Tie-Dyed"
             July 3rd – "Patriotic Kick-Off"

             July 10th – "Summer Replay


The Stanislaus County Fair July 11 - July 20.  




Grab your honey and go check out all the fun that the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair has to offer!!  If you buy your tickets before the fair starts you receive a $2 discount per ticket ($10 instead of $12 per adult).  While you are there you can check out the concerts on the FREE stage (Wynonna is coming to town!) but out favorite activity is to go see all the animals.  Cows, chickens, rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, Oh My!  We also take a trip to the 4-H Milk Barn for a cold glass of our favorite flavored milks or milkshakes for less than a $1 each!  What about the expensive parking you ask?  Well take advantage of the FREE air-conditioned Storer buses when you park for FREE in the Stan. State lot (just follow the signs), they take you right to main gate.


Looking for an AwEsOMe Group Date?

Rafting!




Come Rafting in Knights Ferry for a low-risk Stanislaus River Rafting Float Trip. Let the rafting adventure begin!

Sunshine Rafting Adventures has been providing river rafting float trips on the Stanislaus River out of Knights Ferry, CA for over 30 years. We specialize in low-risk, family oriented rafting trips that are perfect for inexperienced rafters, families, or those just looking to get away and relax along the beautiful Stanislaus River. Our affordable pricing includes a day of Knights Ferry rafting, paddles and life-jackets for everyone in the group, as well as parking and a shuttle at the end of the day. Conveniently located just a half hour east of Modesto, Sunshine Rafting is the closest rafting to the Bay Area and provides an ideal setting for those looking to spend a day of fun while enjoying the California sun.  

At $30 a person for a Saturday ($25 for weekday) it is a summer must!



I'm sure there are more fun, frugal or free date night ideas out there, if you have some please share!!

{Date Night Doesn't have to be Perfect, it just has to BE!}

What's for Dinner Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

We have been making BBQ Chicken Quesadillas since the first days of our marriage.  When leftovers ruled our weeknight menu they were an easy and satisfying solution.  Delicious flavors of chicken, melted cheese, sauteed onions and peppers and BBQ sauce melded with crispy tortilla, cool sour cream and creamy guacamole.  We have served these to our friend kids when babysitting and they loved them!

Ingredients:

Shredded Chicken
2 C shredded Monterrey jack cheese
2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 onion sliced into thin rings
1 C sliced bell peppers
Optional sliced jalapenos
Tortillas
Butter and cooking oil for sauteing and frying

Sour Cream & Guacamole for serving

Directions:

Heat 1 tsp butter and 1 TBS cooking oil on medium heat in large skillet.

Saute onions and peppers until browned and softened, remove from pan, drain on paper towel

Turn pan to low while you assemble tortillas, make sure there is still a little bit of oil in the pan (you don't need much, just enough so the tortilla won't stick)

On cutting board, lay tortilla out, top with a scant layer of mixed cheeses then chicken, then veggies then BBQ sauce and then another layer of cheeses, cap with another tortilla.

Transfer quesadilla to pan, turn back up to medium heat and cook until browned and crisped, flip quesadilla and brown the other side.  Make sure cheese is melted in center.

Remove to baking sheet and keep warm in oven while you are making the rest.

Cut into triangles with pizza cutter.  Serve with extra BBQ sauce, sour cream and guacamole.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“Leave me with my leftover meatloaf and my Yesterday Sandwich. I’ll be in love tomorrow, if you come back with the ketchup. 
” 
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages.

“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.” 
― Julia Child

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” 
― Ruth Reichl



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #62

#62 Dumb Blonde Moments in Infertility History



Despite not having a Masters degree in Physics like the Aussie, I still like to think that  I am a pretty smart girl.  4.2 GPA in High School, 4.0 in college majoring in foreign languages, graduated with honors and I can cook like nobody's business but sometimes I am down right dumb.

When we were first married we lived in my favorite apartment EVER.  It was a second floor, 2 bedroom beauty with a wrap around deck overlooking the pool and the wooded walkway.  No one else ever opened their blinds so we took full advantage and had ours open to the beautiful treetop views all day long.  I wasn't working and we were in the middle of our first rounds of infertility testing.

It was a crisp, fall morning and I was walking back from the mailbox when a cute, little, curly haired girl on a tricycle road up to me and yelled "HI!"  in her loudest outside voice.  She was adorable and funny.  The kind of kid that makes you smile and remember all the reasons why you are going through all that infernal infertility testing to begin with.

As she squinted up at me, her mother came sprinting over. Overweight and out of breath she too squinted at me.  With a curled lip and a wheeze she said, "I always thought it was 'Bring-em Young University.'"

It took me a second to realize she was referring to my Brigham Young University sweatshirt (a cozy, worn out thing from who knows where. I didn't go to BYU but I sure loved that sweatshirt!).



Looking down at the letters across my chest and trying to be helpful to this obviously confused woman, I pointed out to her, on my sweatshirt, that, indeed it was, BRIGHAM YOUNG University.

"No.  It is Bring-em Young!" she barked as she grabbed her daughters hand and dragged her,with her legs still clinging to her tricycle, away.  Confused at her confusion and anger I tried again.

"BrigHAM, Brigham Young, he was a man.....the school was named after him..."  I trailed off as they left.  The little girl waved with her free arm and I waved back and went upstairs.

Later that day it dawned on me that she was probably trying to insult me.  It must not have helped that I smiled and tried to be sweet and helpful to her.  Oh well.  Sometimes being dumb is a good thing!

I blame the infertility.



*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #63

#63  Infertile Funny Pages


I found this on an infertility website...is that fat hippos supposed to be the infertile girl? Must be, she is the only one not wearing pants and she has obviously slipped off the exam table.  ;)  Ha!


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #61

#61  The Fertility Diet




There are lots of so-called "Fertility Diet" books out there.  Books touting fertility increase by eating

full fat dairy,
no dairy,
only vegetables,
only meats,
books telling you to avoid cold or hot foods depending on your body type,
books making you do MATH to figure out what to eat (What the what?!?),
books telling you to eat off of only ceramic or only stainless steel,
no sugar,
no sweets,
no fun!

You mean to tell me, that I need to eat crazy food, take crazy hormone medicine, keep a crazy journal of my basal body temps and then stay happy and multiply?  Not. A. Chance.  It is just setting myself up for failure. One of my fellow infertiles summed it up nicely when she said she is tired of feeling like a test subject. Always experimented on, poked, prodded and examined.  Stop the insanity!!   Books like The Infertility Cleanse, Fertility Diet: Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, and the uber creatively named The Fertility Diet may help someone, somewhere but can't they at least put a little more creativity into the titles?   Maybe give us a title we might actually want to buy?  Maybe something like...

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips:  The Couch Potatoes Guide to Eating to Conceive

Ice, Ice, Baby:  How to Eat All Frozen Foods and Get Pregnant

Jolly Green Giant: How to Hide Baby-Making Veggies in Your Husband's Food

I'm not saying eating healthy is bad, in fact, I think what you eat has a HUGE impact on your health, fertile or otherwise.  I'm just saying trying to be fertile can rule a life, does it have to take my cake too?



Here are some blogs about Diet and Fertility that I enjoy:

How Changing My Diet Changed My Fertility

Nourish Me: Fertility Diet for Him

The Fertility Kitchen


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday's Matter FHE: Primary Songs and Nap Time

At our house and millions of others around the globe Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

We had the most fun family home evening last Monday night.  It all started off in the usual way.

Me:  "I'd like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!"

Him:  "Welcome!" (He said looking around the room at the dog, cat and me)

Me: "We will have an opening song by (him) and and an opening prayer given by ME-eee (sing-song voice)"

Him:  We will sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes -"

Me: "In English or in Portuguese?"

Him:  "Both! One and One"

Ahem...

Both:  "Head, shoulders knees and toes!  Knees and toes!  Knees and toes!  Head, shoulders, Knees and toes!  Eyes Ears Mouth and Noooooooose!"

I don't know how to type the Portuguese words....but I know how to Sing them!!

Opening Prayer

Watch and Discuss:  Sleeping Through the Restoration by Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf



Activity:

House work!!!!  



No, really.  We cleaned the microwave, swept and mopped, vacuumed, folded laundry, played with the dog and cat, the Aussie fixed the bathroom sink, I hung our new shower curtain (man are those plastic shower curtain rings hard to pull apart!) and then we made a TO DO LIST and crossed each item off!  Ta-Dah Done!

{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to BE!}



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Just Desserts: 3 Layer Lemon Cream Cheese Pie

{3 Layer Lemon Cream Cheese Pie}



Ingredients:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 oz tub whipped cream cheese straight from the fridge (you can use room temp bricks of cream cheese 2 – 8oz bricks)
1/3 C of lemon juice*
(optional yellow food coloring, it is unnecessary but makes a more yellow pie filling)

1 prepared graham cracker crust (1 ½ C graham cracker crumbs, 3 TBS sugar, 6 TBS melted butter – mix together, press in pan, bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes)



Whipped Cream (2 C cold cream, whipped with 4TBS sugar and 1 tsp vanilla until soft peaks form)

*Variations: 1/3 C of key lime juice or any soft cooked fruit or chocolate sauce

Directions:

Beat together sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese until well combined and smooth

Add in 1/3 juice and beat on medium until well combined. Taste to make sure the flavor is strong enough for your liking.

Pour half of cream cheese lemon mixture into cooled pie shell.

Mix half of the whipped cream with the remaining cream cheese lemon mixture.



Pour whipped cream, cream cheese lemon mixture into pie shell.

Top with remaining whipped cream.

Refrigerate until ready to eat.

{When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Pie!}


What's for Dinner Wednesday: Mom's Crepe Egg Rolls

When I was a child, my mother used to cook wonderful things for us.  Even on a limited budget she would still have fried pork chops, baked chicken or delicious Italian food on the dinner table every night of the week.  Once in a while even some of the neighborhood kids were unable to resist the delicious smells wafting out the open kitchen windows and would join us.

One of my favorite things she made was Egg Rolls.  These were not the typical, store bought, egg roll wrapper, egg rolls.  These were delicious, crepe batter egg rolls filled with bits of marinated steak and pork and soy soaked Chinese veggies. They were fried in cooking oil until light and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and were delicious reheated in the oven the next morning for breakfast.  (Who can wait for lunch?)



{Crepe Egg Rolls}

For the Crepes:

1C flour
2 Eggs
1/2 C Milk
1/2 C Water
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBS melted butter

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  3. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. 
  4. Stack crepes between moist paper towels.
Makes 8 Crepes but my first one always comes out badly so I double the batch and make sure I have extra




For the Egg Roll Filling:


1 large can of Seasoned Oriental Vegetable Mix, Drained
1/4 lb of good quality beef steak
1/4 lb of good quality pork (like pork chop)
Soy Sauce
Cooking Sherry*

Cut meat into tiny pieces, think pea sized, or if you are lazy like me, use your food processor
Spread drained veggies and meat on a large sheet pan and sprinkle with good amounts of soy sauce and cooking sherry.  Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow it to soak up the soy/sherry sauce.

Heat oven to 350.  Cook meat/veggies on sheet pain for 20 to 30 min until meat is cooked.

Set aside to allow to cool to room temperature.

*Mom always used cooking sherry for this recipe but it is not terribly noticeable if you leave it out.

To Make Egg Rolls:

Heat enough oil to coat the bottom of a heavy bottomed skillet on medium heat.

Fill crepe with 2 or 3 TBS of filling (depending on how big your crepes are). 

Fold over all four sides, it may be more square than rectangle and that is okay, sealing as you go with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 TBS water).

Fry in hot oil, seam side down, flipping once to get both top and bottom.  Remove and keep warm in oven on low while you are finishing all egg rolls.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“I like my relationships like I like my eggs. Over easy.” 
― Jarod KintzIt Occurred to Me

“In the garden there was nothing which was not quite like themselves - nothing which did not understand the wonderfulness of what was happening to them - the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs. If there had been one person in that garden who had not known through all his or her innermost being that if an Egg were taken away or hurt the whole world would whirl round and crash through space and come to an end... there could have been no happiness even in that golden springtime air.” 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

“Tis hatched and shall be so” 
― William ShakespeareThe Taming of the Shrew




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #60

#60 The Hot Dog Story



When we first got married, many years ago, I had this idea of what a perfect wife did and looked like and accomplished during the day while her husband was at work.

I dutifully cleaned our apartment, I grocery shopped, I decorated and rearranged furniture (and re-rearranged furniture only to rearrange it back to the original configuration) and I cooked, all while working full time.

I wanted to be the BEST wife EVER!!  Just like Betty Crocker or Mrs Sees but hotter ;)



In an effort to prepare for our future family I lobbied hard to eat dinner at the table every night instead of in front of the TV.  I carefully laid out the argument that when kids came along we would want to them to eat at the table with us so we should start the habit now.  My husband bought into it (I WON!!) and we began eating dinner at the table.

I'm sure being a newly wed was a big adjustment for my sweet husband. Just like any other couple who never lived together until after they were married. I tried to make the transition easy for him by cooking a different, delicious meal every night. I made homemade lasagnas and rolls, steak and potatoes, stuffed chicken breasts, tacos, you name it I cooked it.

One night I slaved away making Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was glorious.  Julia Child would have been proud!

When we sat down to eat my husband had a sad face.  After asking him what was wrong, he reluctantly asked if we could just have Hot Dogs next time.

Hot Dogs?

Hot dogs!

Hot dogs?

At first I was offended but then I saw it.  Do you see? It was too much.  He wasn't ungrateful but he just wanted the comforts of home.  Hot dogs and TV.

Fast forward 14 years and with no kids we regularly sit in front of the TV for dinner and eat whatever we want, including hot dogs not me!.  He's pretty comfortable now.  So I guess it's not all bad right?


This life can be crazy and so unfair it makes me weep.  Sometimes I lament a lot of things about it but I am so thankful that I get to go through it all with my sweet husband.  Grateful for his kind words and his gentle touch, grateful for his quick whit and unfailing humor.  He is my comfort from home, the only part of my life I couldn't do without.


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #59

#59 Let it Go!



Confession time.

Don't worry...it's not weird.  It's not like I have a pillowcase full of hair and nail clippings in my closet or I collect Garbage Pale Kid Cards or I buy clothes from the maternity section of Target stores (oh wait, that last one is true). ;)

For the last, um, probably 13 years I have had a newborn no I have not been hiding a baby onesie set and the book What to Expect When You're Expecting tucked away in my underwear drawer.  There has been a time or two over the years when I just couldn't resist and purchased an adorable little outfit for our future baby.  When we first were married and were trying to have a baby a friend of mine gave me a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting.  She said it would give me something to read while I was pregnant and it would help the 9 months pass quickly.  I must have read that book 100 times.  Each moth knowing the next month I would be pregnant.

Last month I decided it was time to let it go.  I can't count how many times I have taken out that soft blue onesie and imagined what it might be like to be a mom.  To rock a sweet, soft baby to sleep on a warm summer night. In my minds eye I could imagine all the wonderful things my smarty husband could teach the little tike and all the fun and laughs we would have as a family.

I put both the onsie and the book in a paper grocery sack and headed off to the Deseret Industries trailer (think Salvation Army but church run) to donate it to someone who could actually use it.

We have donated a lot of things to D.I. over the years.  Books, furniture, clothing.  Not the least of which was my WEDDING DRESS and veil that got accidentally donated by my husband who forgot to check a mismarked box before he dropped it off.  By the time we realized it and went back there was a new trailer and my dress was gone.  But that is another story all together...

One problem.

I didn't know the combination to the lock on the trailer!

As I sat on the bumper of the trailer, I screwed up my face thinking hard trying to remember what that infernal combination was.

It was hot outside and I was all alone. Well, just me and my sad sack.

No matter how many combinations I tried I just couldn't get the right one.  It was like trying to solve a rubik's cube.

I was sweaty and sad and a little angry I may have kicked the bumper of the trailer.  Luckily another donater came to my rescue and opened the trailer. I saw them coming and stopped kicking just in time.

The look on their face was priceless as they unloaded all their good and I placed my small paper sack on the heap and walked away.

Turns out I knew the right combination all along, it was the first one I tried, I just wasn't turning the dial the right way.  Whaap-Whaa.


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday's Matter FHE: Are You What You Watch?

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Whether it is a silly song or a frank discussion that brings your family together on Monday nights, there is no better way to spend your time.

Even when our family home evenings last the length of a commercial break on TV a "few" minutes we still feel uplifted and edified and also happy that we have carved out a little time for what is important.  What makes up your Monday?



Read and Discuss:

This month's Ensign has a great article about the Media.  I was present in a lesson once that really stuck with me on just this subject.

The teacher had baked delicious cinnamon rolls and the scent filled the room as we talked about media and the choice we make.  We discussed movies and music we enjoyed and then she asked us if there was anything "offensive" in these things we all loved.  Our replies were varied but for the most part all of our answers went something like this "there may be one or two things but as a whole it is uplifting and wonderful."

As we talked about what was appropriate and what choices we wanted to make regarding what we watched and listened to the teacher was busy plating up the still hot cinnamon rolls.  The smell was mouth watering.  At the close of the lesson, she reminded us that even "one or two things can ruin something, that those one or two things can stick with us long after we turn off the tv or radio."  We all collectively rolled our eyes.  Old, stuffy people, they just don't understand and they don't want us to have ANY fun.  They are so uncool.  One or two little bad things doesn't ruin a whole movie!

As she handed out the cinnamon rolls we all noticed something on top of each one.  It was a tiny, disgusting, cat turd (a REAL one).   As we all balked she asked us what was wrong?  It was just one little bad thing on one great cinnamon roll, surely we could pick it off and still consume the good parts.  Separate it out.

We could not.  And it is the same with the media we consume.  We cannot separate the good from the bad in a show.  We cannot unsee or unlisten to something.  Our minds are the greatest storage facilities on the planet and will store away everything we are exposed to.  It behooves us to choose wisely.

What do you think about the subject?


"Part of being a more active agent (in our own choices) is becoming conscious of how much time we spend on entertainment. With so much to choose from, it’s easy to get caught up ingesting “whatever comes your way via text, email, data feeds, streams, and notifications.”7 But when we do, we while away the “days of [our] probation”  with time-wasting activities that do not help us become stronger, wiser, more charitable...
Instead of wasting whole evenings on the latest viral video, hot new show, or status update, we could consciously carve out time to enjoy meaningful entertainment that rejuvenates us...“Make a conscious choice. You decide what, when, and how you are going to interact digitally.”8"
Activity:
This has nothing to do with the lesson, I just thought it would be funny.  Nothing better at FHE than laughter!
Big Toe Wrestling  - Everybody takes off their shoes (socks too, if you're a close family) and sits on the floor. One person is 'IT'. He/She must try to grab at big toes of other family members. If a big toe is held that person is 'IT' or out, whichever. (Warning, be careful of playing with  boys...very rough and stinky feet.)

{FHE doesn't have to Perfect, it just has to BE}