Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Favorite Time of Year

Since most of you know that I lost some very important pictures this weekend, I am going to try harder to make sure I back them up, & also blog more of them.

On Monday nights our family has what we call Family Home Evening. It is a program designed by our church to help families designate one night a week to just family time. We usually have a lesson, sing songs, play games, and have a special treat. Now most of you know that trying to make this work with 5 little children cannot be that much fun. Well, most of the time you are right. There is a lot of noise and chaos BUT we are happy that we are able to do this. Last night was an exception and there was much peace, love and joy at our Family Home Evening.

We started out with a family prayer & by singing a favorite song (which was chosen by one of the children). We sang "I Like Bananas, Coconuts, & Grapes". Following the song our 9 year old gave the lesson. She spent 2 1/2 hours on my Cricut Sunday night preparing for this. I was amazed at how AWESOME she was with my bug! She could show us all a few tricks! Her lesson was on getting along together in the house. She talked about how we should say kind words, not fight (which they all are working on), serve each other, and just be nice. Here are some pics of her teaching her lesson.....



Do you like how she used Hannah Montana in it??!!


After the lesson we read scriptures, said the closing prayer, and then got ready for the treats! Don't they look yummy???



Did I already mention that this is my favorite time of year???




2 year olds eating caramel covered apples are just scrumptious!!

After we ate the yummy treat (okay, I had 2!), we carved a pumpkin! This is so early for us. Usually we are doing it as an afterthought ON Halloween! I even toasted the pumpkin seeds after. Yes, it was a great night!


Here are my happy children! They love to make a mess and not get in trouble!!



I hope you all are having a great week and making fun traditions for your families! I know that it is something that they will remember and cherish for the rest of their lives.



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86 comments:

  1. How cute your family is Robyn!! What fun..i cant remember the last time I had a caramel apple! YUmmm. Thanks for sharing..and sorry to hear about your pics.Cindy

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  2. What a great family tradition to have.... your children will all look back on this in the years to come.... regardless of all the chaos!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. I am sorry you lost some pictures. That happened to me last year and I am still heart broken. We go to the Pumpkin Patch apple orchard every fall and carve pumpkins that night and carmel apples that night. We are going in two days cant wait kids have been talking about it all week. I LOVE FALL!!

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  4. Robyn,

    I am sorry to hear that you have lost some pictures, I truly know what that is like as I had to reformat my hard drive recently.

    I am really glad that you and your family take a night to be together. We do that here too. Every Friday Night is Family Pizza & a Movie. Since we are working on getting out of debt, we can't spend a whole lot. So we make homemade pizza every Friday night, and rent a movie from Redbox. At a $1 per night plus tax, it is great. We even have discussions after the movie about the movie. Then it is off to bed for my 5 year old.

    God bless you and your family!!! :D

    Peggy

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  5. Hi Robin,

    That sounds like a fun tradition. There is nothing like spending quality time with your family.

    Shantina

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  6. What a beautiful family you have! I love the idea of setting aside an evening for family. We try to have a family game or movie night a couple of times a month, but need to make it a priority. Children dont stay small forever...... I cherish these moments with my girls.

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  7. How fun! I've always wanted to toast the pumpkin seeds. How exactly do you do that? Do you add any seasoning?

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  8. Wow that is so great!! the core of our country is the family and we need more familes to do this so we can keep families strong. how fun!!

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  9. Robyn,
    Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. What a great time. Thanks for sharing your family tradition with all of us. Shari (cricutrookie)

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  10. The things you do in your life have such wonderful meaning and values to them. You are such a fun, young mom ... your children are a beautiful reflection of you. Your husband found a treasure in you. He must be totally awesome too!

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  11. Wow! What a great night and a great idea! You inspire me to try it with my little crew of four. God Bless!

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  12. Such a great night being with your lovely children and husband.One of these days you are going to wake up and wonder where the time went.I was always told that the older you get the faster it goes.Enjoy every moment of your family and life.
    Linda W.

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  13. Hell-o Robyn
    Just want to say I like the pictures with your children that is great famil time.
    Gloria Harvey

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  14. Hi Robyn!
    These pictures and the story is so precious. I hope that when I have children I remember to start my own family nights.
    Thank you for sharing this with us all!

    Phoenix N.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your fun evening. Just FYI, my 10 year old made a fabulous black light story to use in teaching Bible class with the images mostly from PPDU. I was also amazed. I would have loved to see your daughter's whole story.

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  16. Hi Robyn, thanks for sharing some of your family with us! My kids love family nights...whether we all watch a movie, they put on a play or concert or we all play the Wii...it's such a great time for all of us. They do grow up fast!

    ~Sharon

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  17. What a fun night! I remember how energetic my kids could be on Family Night and I only had three kids to wrangle! These memories will always be a treasure for you and your family :)

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  18. I lost about 6 months worth of picture because I hadn't backed up my computer. A whole Christmas no pictures. My heart aches for you. I'm glad to see that you are not letting it stop you from making wonderful new memories.

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  19. Robyn- I loved your Family Night things that you do with your family. I loved the pics and I loved seeing that you enjoyed the treat also! :)

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  20. Sorry about the pictures Robyn - I know how you feel.
    What a wonderful family time and the wonderful memories you are making with your kids. These memories will stay with them for ever. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Hugs,
    Tracy

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  21. I love that you take time as a family each week to spend time together! This is so important!

    PS - you look FANTASTIC! Your hard work and dedication has certainly paid off!

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  22. Such a great idea!! You are such a sweet person! Your kids are going to LOVE all of these awesome memories when they get older! Thank you for all that you do!!
    Rachel Holt

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  23. Looks like Family Night was a huge success. By the looks of the candy apples it's hard to tell who had the best time!!!! Thanks for sharing a lovely time with your family with all of us. Inspiring and uplifting. eileen

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  24. What a wonderful gift to gibr your family Robyn amd what an adorable family you have!

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  25. Thanks for sharing this part of your life! Its great to see that you are in the pictures - I bet your layout is going to be awesome!
    ...yummy looking caramel apples!

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  26. Robyn,

    Sorry about your pictures, that has happened to me before. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful lesson.

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  27. What a great family time. Sandy
    sekala45@roadrunner.com

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  28. I remember Family Home Evening when my kids were young. I have 3 boys and I always had a hard time getting them to give the lessons. When they did it was usually about snakes or bikes. I had a hard time getting them to stick to the lessons!! They have all grown and I miss it now. Sorry about your pictures!

    Paulla in UT

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  29. Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Great idea. The caramel apples look delicious.

    Malisa

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  30. Those apples look delicious!! I just joined a kit club and I am so excited. I'd love to win this one :)

    phonetecgirl@msn.com

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  31. What a nice post . We have many of our friends that do Family Home night on Mondays.
    We had family nights on Sunday's for a while and called them Sunday Sundaes. I think it is a great tradition.
    We have many many traditions and they are so important. I love the ones we have for our kid's and puppie's adoption days

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  32. That is so sad you lot your pictures. I love hearing about others Family Home Evenings. I really need to get on the ball and be better. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Sorry you lost some pictures but these ones are just adorable. I absolutely LOVE caramel apples and since they aren't on my eating plan now I'll have to salivate over yours. LOL
    WONDERFUL memories!
    :-)

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  34. I hate to hear about your pictures!! You look so good! Keep up the hard work!!

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  35. Thank you for sharing some of your family time with us. It is a good reminder to take the time to spend with your family. I have spent the last three nights working on models with my 7 year olds. After a long day at work that is the last thing I wanted to do but the boys don't care if Mommy is tired or not they just want their Mommy time. Seeing the joy on their faces as they worked on their models was well worth it.

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  36. Sorry you lost pictures. yes looks like your daughter can sure teach us a thing or two. Hannah is looks so cute.

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  37. Hi there! I love Monday nights just for that purpose. It's chaotic trying to get everyone settled down, paying attention, willing to participate in a lesson, etc., but when it's over, the feeling in our home is so much better. I know you know what I'm talking about. Thanks for the great pics! You're an awesome Mom.
    ~Angie

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  38. A family that prays together stays together. Continue to be blessed in all you do. I just want to share with you a few sites on pagan holidays. To be about God's business is all the time in all areas in life even with traditions. When you want to serve the Lord with completeness... And the spirit behind Halloween isn't that of God. Sharing in love...no matter what you do in life you have to be about the fathers business. Not just being nice to others but practicing what you believe.

    1) http://www.halloweenishere.com/history.html

    2) http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm

    3) http://www.history.com/video.do?name=halloween

    Walking in love.

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  39. How special...it's never too early to celebrate the holidays! Thank you for sharing such a special moment with all of us!
    Cassandra

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  40. love this post! your children are beautiful!

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  41. As a mother and a grandmother I am so glad to see you teaching The love of Jesus in your home. This isthe main purpose god made mothers to bring up thier children to know him and learn to love one each other as God loves us. I hope your husband is the leader of your home. I with all my kids grown still teach them the power of a christ like family. Praise to you for being a beautiful mother.

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  42. looks like fun
    thanks for sharing your fun with us.

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  43. Family time is so important and its lovely to see you make special time for yours. You are an inspiration in every sense.

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  44. Awwwwwe. Your post just melted my heart. I love family time too. Thanks for sharing your precious times.

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  45. So nice!! Looks like a happy time for sure!

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  46. Awwww...this brings back memories. How quickly the time passes. I feel for you and your loss of pictures...my hard drive crashed about two weeks ago...they could not recover anything, of course. Most of my pictures are printed or backed up here and there...it is important to have one system that can be counted on. I'm dreading putting all the pieces back together!!

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  47. Looks like you had a great time! We love our family night tradition, too.

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  48. Looks like you al had a great time!

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  49. Family Night - how wonderful! And what a precious family you have - you should be very proud and thankful!

    Jackie

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  50. What a great night! I love this time of the year too. Those caramel apples look so yummy,mmm:) thanks for sharing your family traditions with us.

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  51. Robyn,
    Have to tell you about ours. Twelve years ago my kids some of hem were geing done with college and having boyfriends. My husband said they are not seeing each other and we were not seeing them. So we ask the kids would the come to church and to breakfast on the second Sunday of the month. They said yes and now we see them ever second. All of them 8 kids 8 inlaws 14 grandkid and one on the way. We love this tradition. And anothe thing we have is that they all come home Christmas morning and that is great.
    with love to your family
    Diana

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  52. Good for you! Most of our FHE's don't go so smoothly, but the ones that do make it worth it! You have a beautiful family!

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  53. Sosorry to hear about your pictures. I use an online service for computer back up. If your interested email me. I in no way have any connection to this company but they back up anything new on my computer every day. And the price to pay is cheap compared to losing info.
    agross1743@sbcglobal dot net

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  54. Hi Robyn!
    It is such a blessing to have family sharing night, isn't it?
    Your children are darings and will grow in Lord.
    God bless you and your family.

    Live Happy
    Sandy

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  55. What a wonderful testimony--I wish more families would do this with their children. I have taught Sunday School for over 20 years and I see more and more parents who do not spend enough time teaching their children important life lessons. You are doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work and may your life always be filled with blessings.

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  56. Robyn this is such an amazing tradition. My parents did something similar to this with me and to this day I keep it with me. It creates a special bond between families that can never be broken. XOXO Momo

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  57. You guys are so stinkin cute!!! Okay, so I am totally copying you =) I have been wanting to make carmel apples...my boys would have a blast!!!

    thanks for sharing,
    Sarah

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  58. Aewsome !!! Those are precious moments your kids(and you) will never forget :) Family is the best isn't it :)

    I'm almost caught up watching all of your videos. I LOVE EM !!!!

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  59. Wow Robyn it looks like you and your children are having a wonderful day. I babysit for this lady that has four kids and my sister and I carved pumkins with them the other day. They turned out so cool. Then when the younger two were sleeping the older two made a halloween story page using the cricut it was a blast. Well have a Great Day!
    Brittany

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  60. I know I have told you this before, but you are an inspiration to me: as a wife, a mother, a weight-loser, crafter....etc. Thanks for sharing your life with us!!

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  61. I love this time of year too..except Im terrified of driving at dusk or dawn with all the deer.

    I love the tradition. I have three little ones--well, not so little. 8-5-and 2. It is hard to come up with ideas for all ages.

    take care, Lori

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  62. What wonderful pictures and future great memories for all of you! Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Robyn, you have a lovely family!! Making traditions is so important! (especially when they've grown) Thanks for sharing with us!

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  64. Awesome Robyn, remember consistency is the key and you never know what they will retain even through all the chaos.

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  65. How AWESOME you telling our scrap friends about family home evening. There is no better example!!

    YOU ROCK!!

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  66. Love to see your pics of Family Home Evening, you give me great ideas for ours. Too bad your lost your pics, that happend to me too:(

    Love your blog!!!

    Tere Morales.

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  67. You have such a beautiful family...looks like you had a really fun time...I hope you all feel better soon :)

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  68. My kids are grown and no longer live at home. I miss the fun of carving the jack o lanterns. since there was 5 of us, we carved 5 pumpkins! Enjoy the times while they are young. But on a bright note, I am going to the pumpkin festival with my youngest son (he is 21) this weekend.

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  69. Love your pictures. Always took my kids to the pumpkin patch. I look forward to taking grandkids in the future.

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  70. Thanks for sharing the cute way your daughter used the Cricut. Also, the caramel apples looked yummy. Sorry you lost pictures. Never fun but like your attitude on going forward. Happy Fall!

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  71. Robyn, what a wonderful thing to do. We try doing that too because life is so hectic and busy you have to find time for each other. It goes by way to fast. What a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing. Sorry about your pictures, but the memories will last forever.

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  72. What a wonderful job you are doing with your kids. Not only are they learning some valuable lessons, the whole family is haveing good times together. I know you are very proud of your kids. Youre 9 yr old did a wonderful job.

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  73. Robyn,

    Thank you for being such an example of sharing your gospel experiences on your blog! You are an inspiration to me. I want to be better at it!

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  74. Robyn, that was so awesome to read! Thank you for sharing that!!! Enjoy the fall - its my favorite time of year too!!!

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  75. Beautiful family!
    Beautiful memories!
    You must be so proud of your little ones - especially of your mini-me Cricut queen!

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  76. This is so sweet! Love the pics and that sounds like a very special time together... lots of great memories to treasure!
    xxx

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  77. Looks like a great night!! I always enjoyed being the one who prepared and did FHE when I was growing up. Those carmel apples look so YUMMY!! Thanks for sharing with us. ;)

    Hugs,
    Amy ♥

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  78. First of all haven't been on for a few days so just catching the video. But wanted to say how sorry I am that you have this terrible flu. Sending you hugs and get well quick wishes. Hope your children don't get it. Take care all of you.

    I have never tried a kit before, and you were able to do one so quickly with the Magpie club one!
    Joan

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  79. Shawna Maxwell10/17/2009 2:02 PM

    Robyn, I just wanted to say how much I loved this post!!!

    Family is what it is all about!!!
    Thanks for taking the time and letting us see a peek into yours!!

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  80. You have a great family! I know what it feels like to loose pics! I know put on a disk each month so I dont looses them. I love to roast pumpkin seeds!! They are very good for you!!

    Tracy

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  81. looks like you all are having a great time. and i agree halloween is my favorite time of the year too.

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  82. Snow woman card was sooo cute1
    The Peachy Keen stamp made an adorable face.
    Sherrie

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  83. Your snow-woman card is adorable!! I love your videos...you always give me good ideas and they are easy to follow. Thanks! Jas

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  84. Robyn I love Peachy Keen Stamps, I do not have that set. The first time I ordered, I talked with Kathy. She is so nice and very helpful in helping you select the best stamps. Love the card, is that Marhta Stewart Punches?
    Thanks for the many good ideas. Cathy

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  85. Love you and LUV peach keen!

    shana1035a@aol.com

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