Monday, June 23, 2014

Family Scripture Study for Toddlers

Family scripture study is something that Casey and I work hard on. Sometimes it doesn't happen. Sometimes it is just a few verses. Sometimes not everyone is pleasant. But we try hard to make it an important part of our bedtime routine.

The dilemma was Devin doesn't really have the attention span to sit and listen to us just read. But he can sit and listen when there are pictures. Last winter, I started searching to find something that was on an 18 month old level. I didn't want the "Scripture Stories" manual because that was too big for his hands to "read" independently.  I have an obsession with 4x6 photo books and so does Devin. I was considering cropping pictures from the Scripture Stories manual to then print them on pictures. I didn't want to pay money to download something.

Eventually I found the perfect Book of Mormon for a toddler at The Idea Door. She complied all of the Book of Mormon Characters by James H. Fullmer into 4x6 photo cards. (Seriously click on both of those links!! You won't be disappointed!) I found an old photo book that has a hard blue cover. It reminded me of the "missionary" Book of Mormon. My book has 24 places for photos. So I selectively chose the most important 23 characters from The Idea Door for his scriptures. (I was considering printing them all and then rotating the pictures depending upon who we were actually reading about. This might be a good idea for an older child, but I know it would just confuse Devin right now. The real reason I didn't do this though is because it made a ton more work for me. I just wanted to be done.)

For the 24th picture, I picked my favorite picture of Jesus Christ among the Nephites from I downloaded a large picture then cropped it to 4x6. The BoM Characters don't have any picture of Jesus and it just seemed like the Book of Mormon needed at least one.

Devin absolutely LOVES his scriptures and insists that he has to have his while we read ours. Some nights we have tried to hurry and skip getting his out but that never works. I love that he can find almost any of the main 24 characters and he gets so excited sitting in Sacrament Meeting when he hears a reference and he recognizes the name. He knows who the speaker is talking about and pays attention for a few seconds.

And I just have to say.... I love what he calls Alma and Alma the Younger. Alma is "Elmo's Daddy" and Alma the Younger is "Elmo." It cracks me up every time. But he loves the scriptures and the hope is this love will continue for life.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The TWO Year Old Birthday Survey

(I filled out Devin's birthday survey this year for him....)

1. What is your favorite color? green or orange
2. What is your favorite toy? phones, vacuum, cars & trucks, anything electronic
3. What is your favorite stuffed animal? Elmo, Baby
4. What is your favorite thing to sleep with? Blankie
5. What is your favorite fruit? apple, banana, watermelon, pear
6. What is your favorite cereal? Fruit Loops, Elmo's Cereal, anything Mommy eats
7. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? pancakes or waffles and scrambled eggs
8. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? fries, string cheese, fruit snacks, chicken nuggets
9. What is your favorite dessert? cookies
10. What is your favorite drink? milk, water
11. What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? Macaroni & Cheese
12. What is your favorite animal? whatever he sees and says hi to at the current moment
13. What is your favorite book? Disney Cars books, his scriptures
14. What is your favorite song? Book of Mormon Stories, Popcorn Popping, Daddy's Homecoming
15. What is your favorite game? Playing "Roar" (chase) with Daddy
16. What is your favorite TV show? Elmo's World or Mater's Tall Tales
17. What is your favorite movie? Cars or Planes
18. What is your favorite thing to do outside? drive his lawnmower
19. Who is your best friend? Mommy
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? (I don't even think Devin understands this concept yet and I have no idea....)

Playing with his shirt at lunch! He was so proud of himself!

Watching for the mailman with Elmo.

Helping Daddy plant an apple tree in the backyard.

Teaching Big Bird to fold his arms and pray

He always sleeps curled up in a ball on that side of the bed.

Homemade playdough with Peeps

Watching General Conference

"Vacuuming" the furniture. The sound he makes while doing this is hilarious!

Devin had a major growth spurt

Daddy was digging weeds one evening.
Devin decided to copy him and had to keep standing on his shovel too.

My curious little boy.
He is fascinated trying to figure out how the Merry Go Round works.

Reading his scriptures!

His favorite past time is doing anything I'm doing.
Such a cute little "helper."

Devin LOVES corn on the cob. He doesn't like many vegetables
but this was a success!

Giving Daddy a back massage

Filling up his trailer 

Special Delivery

Devin LOVES playing with Mack, McQueen, Doc & Bessie.
They are "Mommy's Truck & Cars" and he always begs to play with them.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's a...

One of the presents Devin opened at his party.

I am 21 weeks pregnant!
(Because of changing jobs/ insurance, we had to wait to find out the gender.)

It's a...
The onsie says:
"My Mom is a QUEEN
and that makes me a PRINCESS"