Tuesday, 27 December 2011

January 2012 Home Teaching Message ideas

This idea comes from didi @ Relief Society

This idea comes from The Idea Door

This idea comes from The Idea Door

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

December 2011 Home teaching Handouts

This months Home teaching Message is The choice to be Grateful by Henry B Eyring.
this idea comes from The idea Door

this idea comes from The idea Door

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sean reaches 40

Sean was instructed to stop blinking during his photos which left him with a slightly crazed expression.

(below) Sean and Adam getting into the presents and party spirit.

 and even Hanna getting in on the act (although I still couldn't get her to look at the camera)

(below) Penny (me) and Sean at the restaurant giving it smoochy.

 Ruth trying to look sophisticated while eying up the waiter in the restaurant (teenagers)

(below) Ruth and Adam giving it all with their latest craze for Hats.

 Hanna came up with the idea of a memory album and we collected photos and letters from everyone and put them in an album.  Sean had great fun reminiscing with the children.

(below)  Dad getting a birthday kiss from his boy

Some homemade decorations especially for Sean.

Wishing you a wonderful Birthday my wonderful Husband, Love you.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Duke of Edinburgh Iron Age Service

Ruth and her fellow mates in Duke of Edinburgh Scheme from the Irvine DofE Group completed a service project this week at Marthrown of Mabie They were to assist in making an authentic replica of a Celtic Iron Age Roundhouse- what they didn't realise was that authentic ment fresh cow dung which they would have to mix with hay with thier feet and then they plastered it on the outside walls of the roundhouse with thier hands.

 In November... In Scotland... very very wet and smelly.

 As part of the fun they got to sleep in the outhouse for a true iron age experience. complete with a dry composting loo and urinal

A Secret Nativity Gift

This year we have decided to share the story of the nativity with 2 families.  We purchased 2 small nativity sets.  We printed out this printable which we found at www.lds.org.

We cut out the lables and laminated them we then put each lable and picture with the character of the nativity set and wrapped and those without a character on that day we just gave the card.  I wrote a letter of explaination. (Below)

Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas, as a special treat to you and your family we have given you this special gift from our family to yours.  On the 16th of December open number one and continue each day until all gifts/cards are open - keep the cards because at the end they can be used as a special memory game to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas
This matching game offers some interesting ideas about the figures of the Nativity. Most of the information is found in the scriptures. You can learn something new while you have fun playing this game with your friends or friends.
Begin the game with the rectangles spread out facedown. The first player turns over two rectangles. If the figure and the fact do not match, the rectangles are turned facedown again, and the next player takes a turn. If the figure and the fact match, the player reads the fact aloud, keeps the pair, and takes another turn. Play until all the rectangles are matched. The player with the most matches wins.
Have a wonderful Christmas
We wrapped the whole lot up and will deliver to the families (secretly) the day before the advent starts.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Gospel Doctrine Lesson Handouts 45, 46, and 47

Lesson 45
The Millenium
This idea comes from The Idea Door

Lesson 46
The Final Judgement
This idea comes from The idea door

Lesson 47
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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Halloween Horror and Safety

I don't know about you but I get very stressed by children (especially ones I don't know) coming to my door demanding treats and I absolutely don't let my children inflict that same horror on others.  However Halloween is still a fun time in our household and here's how we do it.

1. No Trick or Treat Posters. 
 I just googled no trick or treat posters and a whole load come up Just choose one and print.  I laminate because of the bad weather we have here in October.  Place it in a prominent Light place either your front door, gate or garage.

this is the one I'm using this year

2. BOO your family and friends.

 Welcome to the wonderful world of Halloween BOO-ing!
Sometimes called "Ghosting" or "the Phantom", the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on "Secret Santa" or May baskets.
Usually seen in neighborhoods--but sometimes in the workplace--BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.

To start a Halloween BOO, we secretly leave a small gift- this year a Bat mars bar/ Ghost lollipop, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbour's doorstep.
The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that "We've Been BOO-ed!" That way, new BOO recruits won't leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.
In turn, the neighbour is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction--and Halloween fun.

I love doing the booing as it teaches the children to give not Take.  we use different posters and gifts every year and give to different people and even a few unsuspecting people who serve in the community.

This year the girl who served us in tesco, the security guard in Tesco, The community Wardens all got booed as well as family, friends and neighbours.  Brilliant fun.

Boo Poems

I found these poems around the web. None were credited with authors. Of course you can be creative and make up your own!

Poem #1
The air is cool, the season fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact a spook brought this "Boo" to you!
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.
We'll all have smiles upon our faces,
No one will know who "BOO"ed who's places!
Just two short days to work your spell,
Keep it secret, hide it well.
Please join the fun, the seasons here .
Just spread these "BOO's" and Halloween cheer.

Poem #2

The air is cool the season fall
Soon Halloween will come to all
The spooks are after things to do
In fact, a spook brought this to you
"BOO" is a shield from witching hour
Just hang it up and watch its power
On your front door is where it works
It wards off spooks and scary jerks
The treats that came with crypted note
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both
The power comes when friends like you
Will copy this and make it TWO
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that do not end
We'll all have smiles upon our faces
No one will know who "BOO"ed whose places
Just one short day to work your spell
Or a big ZAP will strike your tail
And don't forget a nifty treat,
Like something cute or something sweet
Please join fun, let's really hear it
And spread some "BOO"s and Halloween spirit

Poem #3
This treat is for you, we hope you enjoy.
The idea is simple, one we hope you employ.
You pass "BOO" along to two other neighbors.
Along with any kind of Halloween favors.
If we all do our part, and spread the good cheer,
By Halloween night it will be very clear,
We're a friendly bunch, we like to share fun
So please do your part to keep "BOO" on the run!

Poem #4
Since this is the time for goblins and bats
Halloween spirits and ghosts and cats
Happenings are weird and witches make brew
The following are the things I wish for you.
May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be thee spirit of love and friends that are sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way
Be the neighborhood phantom, the breeze takes away.
So by tomorrow, pick a friend down the street
And give to them a Halloween treat.
Fill this cone with goodies galore,
Then hang it on their front door.
You only have one day to do this, so hurry
Leave treats on their door and run in a flurry
As this cone moves along from friend to friend,
All good wishes go on and never end

Halloween Safety Advice

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for some residents. If you are going 'trick or treating' please respect and consider others and follow these top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time:


  • Go alone - 'trick or treating' is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses - stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property - this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people - Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Don't throw eggs or flour - it's classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!


  • Look out for  posters - These will let you know whether 'trick or treaters' are welcome at a house or aren't.
  • Take extra care crossing roads
  • Go with an adult - get a responsible adult to go with your group to help in case you have any problems.
  • Dress to be seen - wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.
  • Respect people's rights - be polite, don't go out too late, ring or knock only once, and be prepared to take 'no' for an answer.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Halloween Tutankhamun

Adam just one 1st prize for Fancy dress at his Halloween School Disco dressed at Tutankhamun.

Its amazing what you can do with an old sheet a tee bag (pinched from my father) and a pringles tube and a paper plate.

Simply print the headdress make a band measuring the childs head and if your really flash add some gold material using double sided sticky tape to secure.
For the main costume Adam found an old pair of cream/beige trousers and a white T shirt I took an old white sheet cut into strips and put the whole lot into a basin for 12 hours with some T bags.  Dryed them out then  got Adam to put them on. I wrapped him up in the bandages securing with a needle and tread or safety pins.  Cost next to nothing.

How to make the jewellary can be found  HERE for the Egyptian Collar

and the Egyptian Bracelets can be found HERE

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Hanna's 13th Birthday part 1,2,3 & 4

Part 1 An Aberdeen Adventure

Our Hanna has finally turned 13 she has been desperate to be a teenager since her big sister turned 13 and for her birthday we were 200 miles away from home in Aberdeenshire, Scotland visiting with Gran & Granpa Peden

Hanna was making great use of her birthday present - a new camera

Gran & Papa Bringing in the Birthday Cake
Hanna with Birthday cake number 1

 An Aberdeen Adventure Part 2

 We hit the bowling alley for birthday treat number 2 with Auntie Michelle, Uncle Eric, cousins Jamie and Stuart and finally Auntie Denise all the way from England
We had a special birthday cake for all our birthdays Hanna's 13th, Adam's 10th, Ruth's 16th and Sean's 40th
Back Home Birthday Spa Part 3

  When we got back home Hanna had a spa Sleep Over which also included a surprise torture session for her bad (the best part of the party)

We decorated simply with pink and white balloons and used lips, hats, moustaches, and glasses on sticks for added photo fun.

We had a hair station with hair dryers, tongs, straighteners, sprays , mouses etc

Facial station with face masks, cleansers, toners, moisturisers, cucumber for the eyes cotton pads and cue tips and A Nail Bar with nail varnishes, files, nail varnish removers and hand cream.

They had a selection of schloer  in nice wine glasses or refreshing water to drink. The party favours were party shows with homemade chocolates.
Hanna made her own pinata during the summer using a large balloon wallpaper paste and a roll of wallpaper and took great satisfaction in beating it to a pulp we filled it with sweets, lip glosses, pens, sticky post it pads and oddments of make up

Food was a chocolate fountain with grapes, strawberries, mini donut and waffle and a KFC (well you can't be good all the time.
But the highlight for the girls was  dad tied upand them  painting his toes and nails with nail varnish, putting on a peel mask with cucumber and giving him a wee treat by waxing his feet.

he didn't go down easily

and I'm afraid I took great pleasure in adding to his misery

poor soul!

some of the printable I used for Hanna's Party (these are not my designs I'm not that talented however I also don't remember exactly no were I got them from so if you can tell me I would like to give recognition to very talented individuals)
I printed this A4 and put it on my door to welcome the girls

I used these on water bottles, as face cloth rings, cup cake toppers, general decorations

And Finally........Spa Party Part 4

Certainly a birthday to remember

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