Sunday, April 7, 2013

General Conference Weekend

Each time general conference rolls around, I struggle to reach that delicate balance between teaching the children to listen and show reverence for the messages of the prophet and apostles being broadcast on tv (which, considering the 2 hour x 4 length of each session, and the fact that the talks are typically not geared towards the entertainment of 4 and 6 year-olds, is difficult for their short attention spans), and creating a fun environment by entertaining the kids with dollar-store crafts and conference activity packets, and knocking myself out cooking outrageous meals before and after, in order to help them look forward to conference and not dread it with boredom. I guess it's still a work in progress for our family...

Hank and Max were entertained with completing their conference activity packets for nearly an hour.

For some reason, I always feel the need to celebrate Ben's birthday in some small but meaningful way. Just throwing a "spiderman party" like every other kid doesn't seem to express the joy and gratitude that I feel on the anniversary of such a special gift of life. This year, instead of a traditional birthday party, we celebrated Ben's birthday between conference sessions by updating our 72 hour kits. Aside from being very practical, it was actually kind of fun to fill each of our seven (!) backpacks with emergency food and supplies.

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