Category Archives: With the Kiddos

Time to Talk

Categories: Family, Gospel, Health, With the Kiddos

At 10:30pm we heard Iddo crying in her room and when we went to go check on her she met us half-way in the hall covered in blood and dripping more. I led her into the bathroom, sat her down in my lap, held some kleenex at her nose and started washing her off with baby wipes and singing to her to help her calm down while Brett wiped up the drips on the tile floor and checked out the damage to her bed. … I am grateful Heavenly Father gives me feelings and impressions so I can take advantage of these moments to talk with our kids whenever they happen to come up. Even if it’s after 11pm while we’re sitting on the bathroom floor. Keep reading

Teaching the little ones

Categories: Books, Education, With the Kiddos

Teaching kids is definitely important and needs to start as soon as birth (and does, whether you realize it or not), but it does not need to be complicated. In my professional opinion, and I went to school long enough to have a professional opinion on this, teaching kids is really quite simple. … So put the flash cards down and stop it with the unnecessary guilt and stress. You’ve got this. Keep reading

Building Anticipation and Making Memories Hot Air Balloon Style

Categories: Quilting/Sewing/Knitting/Crafting, With the Kiddos

Around mid-September we decided to go to take the kids to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta this year. It was a great trip. To help build anticipation I hung two “hot-air balloons” up in our house where I kids could see them every day. They are each made out of a paper lantern with an origami box from construction paper hung underneath. When we got home we did an art project to share with grandparents about hot-air balloons. Iddo’s was a multi-step project showing a close-up of a balloon. Shimri’s and Shimei’s projects were a simple portrayal of what the mass ascension was like. Keep reading

Making Rainbows

Categories: With the Kiddos

Back in April the episode of Sesame Street that we watched had them talking about rainbows, the colors in a rainbow and how to make one. Iddo wanted to make her own rainbows. We had “Mix It Up” by Herve Tullet checked out from the library and we’d read it a few times. We read it again. After that it was time to get out our paints. Keep reading

Batty about Family Home Evening

Categories: Family, Featured, Gospel, With the Kiddos

This is how one thing led to another and we had a bat-themed Family Home Evening last night. … We had bat cookies for the treat, made bat decorations for the activity, and Brett figured out a 3-year-old appropriate gospel lesson related to bats. Keep reading

I am very Olympic Today

Categories: Featured, Olympics, With the Kiddos

We’ve found several ways to incorporate the Olympic Rings in our week. And now Iddo is pointing out the Olympic circles every time she sees them. All three kids did some Olympic Rings art. We had Olympic Rings hair. And we all enjoyed our Olympic Rings dips dinner. Keep reading

Fool-proof way to pack for a trip

Categories: Featured, How To, Life, Random, With the Kiddos

My problem was how to pack the kids’ clothes. Because their clothes have a lot less mass and volume there is greater chance of them getting all mixed up and jumbled if left loose. And the internet’s suggestion to put each outfit for each kid for each day in a ziplock bag was going to be way too many bags for me. So I figured out something better and cheaper. And as a bonus, it worked out that without having to ask, Brett knew what each kid was supposed to wear each day too. Keep reading