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Monday, December 24, 2012


This month has flown by, I do not approve. Out of all the months, I wish December lasted the longest. Maybe we could shave a few days off each month and add them to December, whaddya think Mayans? So far your calendaring expertise has been helpful perhaps you could assist us with this.

Besides the fact that this month has gone by much to my dismay, I have gotten quite a bit done. I had my final and only got one question wrong (holla back), lots of work, etc.....I'm too ADD to list everything.

Amidst all that stuff I have forgotten to blog about Whoville. That is the theme of our Christmas decor for 2012. I was told I have free reign over decorations and could do whatever my little heart desired.

I started out by going to Michael's and bought some fancy ribbon, I was going to be fancy this year. The ribbon sat and stared at me for a few days and I decided I can't pull off fancy and why pretend to be fancy when we are not? Too much pretense. My next thought was Whoville. I love the Grinch and all things Dr. Seuss plus Hobby Lobby had 50% off their entire Christmas decor sections. I filled that cart like nobodies business. I got some great deals and spent about $60 total on all the decorations to decorate the entire living room. Those bags were filled with glitter for dayzzzzz.

I also decided to make several decorations just to be fun and to save some money. Here are some things I made:
I cut out a bunch of random colored circles and sewed them in looooong sections to make garland, I made a bunch of paper cone trees, I cut out aprox. 50 coffee filter snowflakes, I sanded/painted/glittered an antelope just because I can, and helped make 5 elf stockings.
I also made this silly canvas sign. I cut out the quote onto vinyl using my silhouette. After painting the base green, I punched out all the letters from the vinyl and painted the letters on. Then cut out the tree (which ended up being made in reverse- red was supposed to be on top), and added some fake snow paint to give the tree something to 'stand' on.

 The tree once it was decorated with all the sparkly ornaments and disco balls. Completed with a crooked star. Let's pretend that's on purpose.
 Bad cell phone pics but this is the living room from further back.
This is a random mishmash of decor. Since we've never done this theme I really underestimated how much stuff I'd need to buy to fill this living room so we were lacking a bit of shelf-type decor.

I just like staring at the tree in the dark. I might spend a bit too much time staring at the tree.

I'm really not wanting to blog so here are a few more random pictures of random decor. Perhaps I'll do a better post another time but probably not. It was a fun change from the last several years with the rusty snowman theme (no offense) but we've just done that for SOOOO LONG.

Merry Christmas Eve!! Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Elphie the Elf

To say I am a bit obsessed with this whole Elf on the Shelf business would be accurate. I don't even have kids for crying out loud!! It's funny though because my entire family and their work friends have all gotten really into Elphie and her escapades. We are all kids at heart (queue sappy music).

Elphie joined our house on December 4th and each day we 'find' her in a new place. Here is her journey so far. Some of these ideas are SO DONE but some are just from my crazy mind and are just different :)

Day #1 I arrived by Antelope, not UPS as some believe
Day #2 My favorite food groups, candy, sugar, syrup
Day #3 Defying gravity like my namesake
Day #4 Making snow angles from sugar because there is no snow here
Day #5 Rub a dub dub Elphie's in the tub
Day #6 Hanging out on the family pic, Elphie may have drawn uni-brows/mustaches on everyone
Day #7 Gone Fishing for the bionic never gonna die goldfish
Day #8 contrary to my previous inclination, this was nothing like the ball pit at McD's
Day #9 I PG'd this activity right up :) Nobody needs to see Elf bottom
Day #10 Donuts are also on Elphie's top food groups list
Day #11 Just couldn't resist the disco balls on the tree and making pink bell bottoms
Day #12 Improvising with the sled due to lack of snow

The earmuffs and scarf were unnecessary but added to the situation
Day #13 Elphie was offended she was not included in the hanging of the stockings so she fixed that
Day #14 Telling Elphie she can't do something is the worst thing you can do
Exhibit #1
Day #15 the Fuzz found out able the tag removal and arrested Elphie. But she Houdini-ed her way out of that situation
Day #16 Getting her Bob Ross on and painted a still life of her friend Fiyero
She's not great at spelling
Day #17 Dinner with her peeps. Ty the Penguin, NapoLEON Dynamite, Harry Pottah, Vern her tae kwon do instructor, and Gumbie. They had spaghetti and meatballs. Vern had a tough time with his chopsticks but he wouldn't be swayed.
OK I admit, this is getting ridiculous. But Elphie only has a few days left so she's gotta make the most of it!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Modesty Night Photos

Here is a quick silly slideshow with more pictures from our modesty night. Some are really dark and not good but I fixed them after I made the slideshow.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


^^That was our theme of the evening. Since I get to work with the young women in my ward, I get to spend Wednesday nights with them. We have an activity each week and this week was extra special.

About a month ago we had an activity suggestion that involved the younger girls (ages 7ish-10ish). Moms wanted to teach their daughters about modesty and one mom suggested we take all the girls to the store and have them try on outfits. That would be a little too much so with lots of brainstorming we came up with our own modesty activity.

About 2 weeks ago was when we decided to really do this activity so it all came together fairly quickly. I made up the invites then last Wednesday had the girls put them together.

We also had the girls break up into pairs to prepare stations, there were 6 stations total. 
I didn't know if the girls would know what kind of stations they could do so I had a few ideas prepared, but besides the ideas, they took everything else on and made it their own. I was SO impressed. 

The Stations:
First we had a table when they walked in they grabbed the following items:
  •   I made little color coded name tags for each little girl and each YW/leader so everyone would know what group they belonged in.
  • A little canvas purse with our 'theme' be-YOU-tiful ironed on it. They all wore these and put their little goodies/handouts in it throughout the night.
  • A duct tape covered water bottle....(this ended up being annoying for the girls to carry around, next time I'll just leave those on the table and they can grab one when they want it.)
  • Their moms also got a letter our YW president wrote to them as well as a Strength of Youth book (since the girls are a bit young to have their own copy we thought the moms might like to have one for reference)
Station #1:

 Xela and Tiana's station was 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes'. They had gotten together the day before and prepared a really excellent lesson. They had each girl stand up and do the motions with them and explained how that related to modesty.
  • Head= When you touch your head, your shirt should still be long enough to cover your belly
  • Shoulders= To remind us to keep our shoulders covered and to avoid sleeveless shirts
  • Knees= When you bend down to touch your knees, the front of your shirt should be high enough that you don't show too much skin
  • Toes= To check to see if your shirt and pants meet in the back so you avoid showing your backside
One group of girls learning the Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes of modesty. I had found a song that someone wrote to this tune and it related to modesty but I totally didn't like it at all and it wasn't appropriate for this age group, but I still thought the idea would be neat and they made it way better than I ever could have.

These girls had a handout that they made and they also made a really cute poster that had an outline of a girl and they made little clothes to put on her. They would put a piece of clothing on the poster and the girls said whether it was modest or not.

Station #2

Hailey and Ashley's station was next. They had a cute poster that talked about how they can be modest no matter where they are. After they talked, they had three dolls, only 2 were modest and the girls had to point out the immodest doll. Then they had a piece of paper with three sections where the girls could design their out modest outfits. I think the little girls really loved this activity.
(in action)

Station #3

 This station was Nicole's and mine. Honestly we had like a million ideas of what we could do and when we got there, we just wanted to watch the YW teach. Our main theme was showing them how we make our immodest clothes modest. With sweaters, undershirts, etc....Nicole also brought four of Michelle's fancy dresses which the girls LOVED they all had a favorite. I had this poem printed out:
Ours was just kind of pieced together, neither of us prepared what we had planned on so we just winged it.
The girls probably wondering what these crazy ladies (N and me) were talking about haha.

 Station #4
This station was Bailey and Bridgit's. Our YW President had shared an object lesson the week before about how modesty helps us. An unpeeled orange floats, while a peeled orange sinks right to the bottom. It was a good visual of how we can be protected if we obey God's commandments. These girls were awesome too and they shared their experiences and how they make their immodest clothes modest. They also had a fun handout with a picture of the object lesson.

Here they are in action --------->>

Station #5

 Moira and Abby taught the girls what it means to be a daughter of God. I have this cute set of princess cookie cutters and I thought I would use the crown to make the girls sugar cookie treats, then I thought that they could be taught about being a daughter of God then decorate their own cookie!! Thanks to our YW president who made the cookies in a mad rush.

We had pink frosting and lots of sprinkles to decorate with. The girls got most excited when we would tell them they could lick the frosting off their own spoons :)

  First the girls reading the awesome handouts the girls made.....
 ......then decorating cookies :) (sorry the pics are from my cell phone and not great)

Station #6
This station got absorbed in with Station #1, we had a YW who came down with the flu. It wasn't a big deal though, it ended up working out great. 

Our YW president and Dena worked on this station. 
I wanted the girls to have something to remind them of the things they learned (besides all the handouts :)) so I suggested some sort of certificate for completing all the stations. Of course, that idea was magnified and ended up great. Each of the YW signed the certificates then the young girls signed their names and made a pledge to dress modestly and to follow the standards. 

Oh but wait, the fun doesn't stop there!!
In my research of modesty related activities I saw several that had a runway for the girls. Of course I thought 7-10 yr old girls would love this (most did BTW :)). Nicole rolled out a long piece of paper then lined it with Christmas lights and wrote be-YOU-tiful on it. 

Bummer, I have the actual runway pictures on my real camera so no pics of the girls dancing down the runway. We played a fun upbeat song while the girls danced/posed as they walked. We had each girl say one thing they learned that night into the microphone then go down the runway. Some got really into it, some just walked, they were all beautiful!!

The fun continues!! 
We set up chairs all along the edge of the stage.....

.......Each girl chose a polish color/nail stickers/mini nail file and a YW gave them a pedicure!! I have more pics of that on my other camera too.

 A few painted toes. The circle picture didn't work to get the toes, but I think it's a cute picture anyway, those girls had those big smiles on the entire night.

Overall it was a HUGE success. We have had moms email us and comment on how much their daughter/s loved this activity. How they went through their modesty bags and shared all the items they got and what they learned.

Oh ya, besides all the cute handouts from each station each girl also got:
Chapstick with a custom label that I put our 'theme' and the date on
A small pack of gum with a custom label that said, "I can 'chews' to dress modestly"
A mini nail polish (each girl got 2)
A mini nail file and nail stickers
An orange and a candy cane or two

I want to share all the photos I took, I am going to see if I can find a way to make a blogger slideshow so you can see more of our fun night.

If anyone wants more details about this activity feel free to ask. It was a great one and one that would be beneficial for every ward. The young girls got to have a fun memorable night and learn about modesty, and the YW learned as they prepared their lessons and saw how much the young girls look up to them. It was a win win win win win all the way around.

More photos coming, close ups of our handouts and other fun pictures.

Nicole, please look at Ina BooBoo Beans face :) she's great.
 Such a fun night.


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