Jan 262015

Tyra brought home this bag of microwave popcorn and instructions quite awhile ago from activity days. She has been asking for months if we could do the games in the bag. Well things have been crazy, and family home evening hasn’t been happening due to late dinners and therefore late bedtimes and we just didn’t want to make bedtime even later by doing FHE first. As we try to create a schedule for our household, we are trying to make FHE a priority again, so we finally broke out the bag and said “Let’s do this!”. 🙂

Opening Song: “Popcorn Popping” Children’s Songbook pg 242-243

Opening Prayer:

Lesson: Parable of the Popcorn, read by Ethan

Parable of the Popcorn

Behold at the time of the harvest, the ears of corn did bring forth kernels which we dried and prepared for the poppers hand.

And then it was that the popper did take the kernels, all of which appeared alike unto him, and did apply the oil and the heat.

And it came to pass that when the heat was on, some did explode with promise and did magnify themselves an hundred fold, and some did burst forth with whiteness which did both gladden the eye and satisfy the taste of the popper. And likewise, some others did pop, but not too much.

But lo, there were some that did just lie there and even though the popper’s heat was alike unto all, they did bask in the warmth of the oil and kept everything they had for themselves.

And so it came to pass that those which had given of themselves did bring joy and delight to many munchers, but those which kept of the warmth and did not burst forth were fit only to be case out into the pail and thought of with hardness and disgust.

And thus we see that in the beginning all appear alike, but when the heat is on, some come forth and give their all, while others fail to pop and become as chaff to be discarded and forgotten.


Popcorn mouth toss: wo players stand a marked distance apart from each other and take turns throwing popcorn into each other’s mouths. Take 1 step back after each successful toss and munch. The team that gets the furthest without dropping any popcorn on the ground wins.

Popcorn straw blow: Place a of popcorn at the end of a table for each player. Using a drinking straw, blow the popcorn to the other end of the table. The first popcorn to arrive wins.

Popcorn cup drop: Stand on a chair and drop pieces of popcorn into a cup on the ground. Try to get as many pieces as possible into the target.

Popcorn distance throw: Throw a piece of popcorn as far as you can. Farthest throw wins.

Popcorn relay: Divide into two teams and give each team a cup or plate of popcorn. Have each player take turns walking with the cup of popcorn on their heads, across the room, around a chair and back to their team. Play for a specified amount of time, such as 2 minutes or more. The team that has the most popcorn left in their cup wins.

Closing Ceremonies
Don’t eat popcorn Pete: Send the first player away from the game board or into another room, then have the remaining players choose which one of the twelve people on the game board will be “Pete” for the round. Place one piece of popcorn in each square of the game board. Have the first player come back and begin eating popcorn pieces from the game board. As soon as the player tries to pick “Pete” everyone yells “Don’t eat Pete!” The player keeps all the popcorn picked up before trying to get Pete. Refill the game board and play again with the next player.

We went through and played all the games except the distance throw. I just didn’t want seven kids throwing popcorn across the room. Adam was funny to watch throughout the games though. Instead of tossing popcorn into Kyle’s mouth he just ate it and took off. And instead of standing up straight to drop popcorn into a cup on the floor (we had the kids just stand on the floor instead of on a chair), he bent over to put his popcorn in the cup, then took off with the cup of popcorn. 😉 For “Don’t eat Pete” we let each kids pick which animal on the paper would be “Pete”, and the kid that picked Pete for the first round, got to do the eating during the next round, so they all got a turn to pick and eat.

Treat: Popcorn!

You need:
1 gift bag
2 bags of microwave popcorn
2 paper cups
2 paper plates
2 straws
1 game board for Don’t eat Pete
Game instructions card

Jun 242013

With school being out we are starting to pick up the pace on Ethan’s cub scout stuff and we decided that for family night tonight we were going to go bowling so Ethan could earn the bowling belt loop. We left for the bowling alley as soon as Kyle got home from work, and we got there while there were nice and not busy. 🙂


We paid for our game and got everyone changed into bowling shoes, and we picked a few balls of various weights (they even gave us a 6 lb ball for the little little kids to use), and Kyle got our names into the score board and we were ready to go. Kyle went first and then it was my turn, that way we could show the kids HOW to roll the ball, and then each of the kids got a turn.



I love how happy Dinah looks here. She was so excited that she could actually roll the ball down the lane and knock the pins over. Earlier today she was concerned that going bowling wasn’t going to be any fun. At girl scout day camp they got to do a little bit of bowling, but there was only a 12 lb ball and the girls had to roll it on the concrete in the pavilion to knock over some pretty worn pins (some of which didn’t really want to stand anyway). I don’t think many of the girls were able to even lift that ball, and so Dinah was worried that she wouldn’t be able to actually play.


Chloe was so excited that after she rolled the ball she would start to jump up and down as she watched it go and waited to see how many pins she knocked over.


Lydia was most excited to watch for the ball to pop up out of the ball return. She would roll the ball (with help of course) and then she would turn right around (not caring anything about knocking the pins over) and head straight for the ball return, where she would stand, anxiously waiting for the ball to reappear. There was one time however that she tried to chase the ball down the lane and she slipped and fell, right on her back. 🙁 Needless to say, she didn’t try that again.


Kyle was the only one in the family that actually threw the ball with his left hand.


Kyle really liked this “action shot” of me rolling the ball down the lane. Notice how the ball hasn’t actually hit the ground yet? Despite the fact that I am left handed, I threw the bowling ball with my right hand. I am kind of a weird lefty. I write with my left hand, and I always carry my purse on my left shoulder and I find it easier to carry the babies with my left arm, but bowling, using scissors or chopping veggies I do with my right hand. Weird huh?

At one point Tyra, Dinah and Chloe all needed to go potty. So after Kyle’s turn and mine he took Dinah and Chloe, and Tyra went after her next turn. When they came back, Kyle brought with them this neat contraption that you set the ball on, and then the little kids can just push the ball off!



This made it much easier for the little ones, and their balls went much faster pushing it off rather than pushing it on the ground. Dinah, Chloe and Lydia all finished the game using this thing, and Tyra used it a lot too. Somehow I failed to get any pictures of Ethan or Tyra while they were bowling. Part of that was because the camera’s battery was glowing red to warn me that it was getting low. 🙁 Ethan did pretty well, and Tyra seemed to have trouble rolling the ball. Most of the time when it was her turn she kind of threw the ball more than she rolled it and it always hit the floor with a much louder thunk than it would have if she just rolled it.


We went over our hour of lane rental and had to extend our time a couple of times (they only extended us by 10 minutes each of those times) and after the second extension we still had Chloe and Lydia that didn’t get to finish the 10th round. However we figured it wasn’t necessary to ask for a third extension just to finish up their turns, especially since it was getting late and the bowling alley was starting to get busy.

As you can see by the score board, I beat Kyle, and some of the kids have kids have higher scores than I do, but I would like to point out that that is only because THEY were using the bumpers. 😉 The kids were really well behaved while we were playing and they seemed to really enjoy bowling, so we may have to do this again sometime (which is the perfect excuse to come back and work on the cub scout bowling pin).

Jan 162011

Many Hands Make Light Work

Opening song:

Opening prayer:

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Lesson: Tonight I had something really awesome planned for the lesson. While the kids were putting their pajamas on I moved the love seat to the middle of the living room. When the kids came in they were REALLY excited to find that FHE tonight required that I move the furniture, but I had them all sit on the big couch to wait for everyone else to come out.

We talked about work, and the chores that each of us has, then we asked them how hard it would be for one of them to do ALL of the work around the house. Then I proceeded to have each child try to pick up the entire love seat. Obviously, none of them could. Ethan could lift one side but he couldn’t lift the whole thing. So then I had everybody come to the couch and help pick it up. Then we asked them if that was easy or hard that time. They all laughed as they said it was really easy. Then just to make a point I said “Well I don’t want to help” and I sat on the couch, and instructed them to try to pick it up again. They couldn’t, it was too hard. So after that we talked about how it’s important for everyone to help with the work around the house, and not just to expect mommy to do it all. Kyle isn’t home much and so he’s not here to help a whole lot, but everyone needs to help, so that it’s not like mommy’s trying to lift the whole couch off the ground all by herself. Of course the kids started to groan at this point, so we pointed out how even the scriptures say, if you don’t work, you don’t eat. 😛

Closing song:

Closing prayer:

Treat: Brownie with ice cream

Jan 092011

The Sacrament

Opening song: Family Night

Opening Prayer: Ethan

Scripture: Matthew 26:26-28 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Lesson: Tonight we talked about how when we are baptized we are washed clean, and the sacrament is a renewal of our baptismal covenants. We discussed the covenants we make at baptism, and talked about how each week we have the opportunity to repent and partake of the sacrament and become clean again. Each week we can take the sacrament and start fresh.

Object Lesson: I passed out York peppermint patties, and we broke them in half. I pointed out how very white the inside is, yet the longer I hold it in my hand the dirtier that white becomes. And I likened this to what happens to us as the week progresses. As the days go by in the week we make mistakes and get dirty, but on Sunday we have the opportunity to repent and take the sacrament and it’s like getting a new peppermint patty and we get to start over again. 🙂

Closing Prayer: Daddy

Jan 022011


Opening Song: “Baptism” Children’s Songbook pg.

Opening Prayer:Tyra

Lesson: Tonight we talked about baptism, since we are preparing for Ethan’s baptism next week. We talked about what baptism is, and about why it’s important. We discussed that when we are baptized we are making a covenant with Heavenly Father, and are being washed clean. We talked about how baptism is the first step on the ladder back to our Heavenly Father’s presence. And then we presented Ethan with a baptism book for him to record the events leading up to and including his baptism.

Closing Prayer:Daddy