A Count Down To The True Meaning Of Easter

I've been reflecting a lot on this coming Easter holiday and how I can make it's focus on the true meaning. Not wanting to be critical of friends and family members, but last year I was kinda shocked by the gifts kids were getting as if it were Christmas. Don't get me wrong... I love surprising my kids with awesome toys and gifts too! I just feel that we are getting so far away from the true meaning of it. Last night for Family Home Evening we had a lesson about Easter and we set a goal as a family to take 5-10 minutes each night in an activity to remember the Savior. Almost like a count down to Easter smile emoticonI'm so excited about this and I have some really fun things planned that will help our family remember the true meaning of this coming holiday and all that the Savior did for us. Yes, the Easter bunny will still be visiting our home, but on Saturday and not Easter morning. I hope you all take a moment to reflect on this subject and enjoy the true meaning of Easter.

You don't have to do every day, because I know that can be a lot for some. I will however point out that the days build upon the theme of Easter. Take a look and use what works for you. Happy Easter and Spring!

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Here is the link to the online Friend Magazine if you do not have a copy at home. Simply click the link and turn to the page for the day I mention: 

https://ldschurch.uberflip.com/i/636414-2016-march-friend

March 1st: 

Page 2 of the Friend Magazine - Palm Sunday by : President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

March 2nd: 

The friend Magazine - Go to page 24 and do activity Week 1: Make a palm leaf and read Matthew 21:1 & 6-11  

March 3rd:

Teach them about the Atonement Activity link:

http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2012/03/teaching-children-about-atonement.html

March 4th:

Printable Coloring Sheet link:

http://www.coloringpageskid.com/other/christian-easter-coloring-pages-for-kids/attachment/christian-easter-coloring-pages-for-kids/

March 5th:

Serve as Jesus did and do one service for EACH of your family members on this day. It can be as simple as making someones bed  or writing a kind note for them. 

March 6th: 

The Friend Magazine Page 25 and do activity Week 2: Read Luke 22: 1, 14, 19-20 and Activity

March 7th: 

A cute coloring number sheet from the Friend - found on page 21, click on the print icon, check only the coloring page with a green check mark, and start to print. Color as a family and have each person pick 1 - 2 colors they will focus on coloring.

March 8th:

Read Easter Foot Steps and talk about the Saviors last week of live. Print and follow numbers 1-6:

http://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/lds-magazines/liahona-april-2012/2012-04-27-for-young-children-eng.pdf

March 9th:

Share and Discuss This Photo:

Why Do we focus more on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and not him dying on the cross as member of the church?

http://media.ldscdn.org/images/media-library/gospel-art/book-of-mormon/christ-land-bountiful-174607-print.jpg

Q&A's About the subject:

https://www.lds.org/new-era/1996/09/qa-questions-and-answers?lang=eng

March 10th:

Teaching about the resurrection Activity link: 

http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2012/04/teaching-children-about-resurrection.html

March 11th:

Discuss what it means "I'm trying to be like Jesus". Read the words to the song, then play and sing the song:

https://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook/im-trying-to-be-like-jesus?lang=eng

March 12th:

Spring hunt. This is a fun opperunity to visit the park and talk about life around us. Jesus give us such a beautiful gift and seeing nature thriving with a spring hunt is the perfect family day out without spending any money. You can even pack a picnic for fun!

Printable:

http://www.seedsandstitches.com/blog1/2014/11/28/free-printable-nature-bingo-for-young-children-plus-lots-of-other-non-toy-christmas-present-ideas

March 13th:

The Friend Magazine Page 25 and do activity Week 3: Read Luke 22: 47-51; Luke 23: 33-34 ; John 19:25-27 and do the activity

March 14th:

Share your testimonies about Jesus Christ

March 15th:

Discuss The First Sacrament and what it means - Video 49

Watch Video linked here:

https://www.lds.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/new-testament/49-the-first-sacrament?&lang=eng

March 16th:

Discuss Jesus and the pain He felt for our sins - Video 51

Watch Video linked here:

https://www.lds.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/new-testament/51-jesus-suffers-in-the-garden-of-gethsemane?&lang=eng

March 17th:

Discuss Jesus being crucified - Video 53

Watch Video Linked Here:

https://www.lds.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/new-testament/53-jesus-is-crucified?&lang=eng

March 18th:

Discuss Jesus is Risen - Video 54

Watch Video Linked Here:

https://www.lds.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/new-testament/54-jesus-is-risen?&lang=eng

March 19th:

Color Easter Eggs and discuss why we color Easter Eggs:

Many years ago eggs were colored red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for our sins. Today we use all the colors of the rainbow to remember spring, the new life that spring brings us and the gift of the Atonement. 

March 20th:

Today is the first day of Spring

Read - Easter Time Poem and talk about spring and how the season has come:

https://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/children/resources/topics/easter/Easter-Time-1996-04-friend.pdf

March 21st:

Easter Egg's link to activity:

http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/kids/preschool-resurrection-eggs/

March 22nd:

Read Story: A Gift From Heavenly Father (link)

http://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/magazines/liahona-march-2013/2013-03-28-a-gift-from-heavenly-father-eng.pdf

March 23rd:

What is the meaning of the Easter Bunny Printable:

http://happyhomefairy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/real-easter-bunnies_0001.pdf 

March 24th:

The Friend Magazine Page 25 and do activity Week 4: Do the activity using your Easter Bag you made on Week 3 activity (March 13th)

March 25th:

Napkin Rings / Easter Dinner with Story. Link to Activity and printable:

http://www.catholicicing.com/have-a-meaningful-easter-dinner-with-resurrection-story-napkin-rings/

March 26th:

Watch this beautiful LDS Video on the resurrection as a family and talk about it:

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-03-007-his-sacred-name-an-easter-declaration?lang=eng

March 27th:

Try to leave for church on time to enjoy this day at church with family, focusing on the sacrament. Celebrate knowing that this day was given to you as a gift and hug your loved ones. Happy Easter!

My Heart & Soul

This summer has been so busy and at the same time filled with laughs and new memories. As our little family was winding down the season, Mr. Sonboul has noticed I kept saying "This is our last summer swim, so let's soak it up" or "This is our last summer beach day, so let's really enjoy it", only to find out that the next day we decided to visit the beach one more time before school comes-a-calling. I feel like summer flew by this year and from what I hear, it's a sign of getting older. With 33 getting ready to knock on my door this October, that must be why. 

Hands down, this last few months has been a balancing act of being a magical mama, who keeps a clean home, and a working woman who builds a new company. I feel like my secret to make it all work is that I've poured my heart and soul into everything I touch and somehow it all worked out. Somehow I made the time for business calls and fed lunch to the boys. Somehow I designed a few new papers, while kicking Calvin's butt at the Mario bros game.

I am grateful for this passing summer! I'm sad to see it go and yet at the same time excited to welcome fall. Funny how that works. Fingers crossed that I can pull off being a school room mom and working mom again. Hope you enjoy these pics of the boys. This year they will be in 5th and 2nd grade.     

Birthday Bash For Boys!

My kids kinda LOVE LEGOs! I get it... colorful little blocks that come together with imagination to make something amazing! Yes and yes! With this past school year coming to an end and their birthdays being so close, I convinced the boys they should combine their parties this year. Plus they both wanted the same theme and it just made sense. We came to this decision on a Saturday night over dinner and set a party date for the very next Saturday. We made the cutest invites (thanks to this blogger ) and handed them all out the next day. With such short notice I thought we might not get a good turnout. Boy was I wrong! Just about every kid RSVP’d and that meant we would have 26 kids in our apt! I better get the "Mom of the year award" for all this effort.

I'm pretty sure our amazing turnout was because we got a hold of the LEGO Movie before it’s release on DVD and the theme was pretty darn fun! Each kid got a LEGO movie ticket (image above) and theater money for snacks. When they showed up, Bradley and Calvin would punch their tickets and help them buy their movie snacks. The kids LOVED being able to buy what they wanted and our boys loved taking the money and handing out the treats. It was so much fun! I also can't forget to mention that my Mom and Dad came and made homemade popcorn and hot dogs. All of the kids were stuffed and we hardly spent any money.

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Somehow, magically, all the kids fit and everyone had a great time. When it came time for candles and wishes, I kept it simple and made these cupcakes. Each cupcake had a white chocolate LEGO guy (white as in type of chocolate, not as in color) that spelled out "Happy Birthday Bradley & Calvin". Hands down this was the fastest party I've ever put together and hands down the coolest! 

My baby is 8!

It's amazing how fast hew grew up!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET AND SASSY CALVIN!

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8 REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU:

  1. You make the cutest silly faces
  2. You are packed with personality!
  3. When you decided to do something, you won't let anything stand in your way.
  4. Your perfectionist side, because it's just like me.
  5. How loud you are :) Again... just like me.
  6. How loyal you are to me and always want to protect my feelings.
  7. You are amazingly creative and have tons of good ideas, all the time!
  8. You know what you want and have always known what you want out of life.... from the moment you were born and I LOVE this about you! 

A Post For Bradley: Hello 11

A long time ago while sitting in a restaurant I looked at my small Bradley (age 1) and thought "I wonder what you will look like at the age of 11"? I'm not sure why I picked that number. Maybe it's because I remember being 11 and loving that year. Today my friends.... it has come full circle and I'm amazed at how fast it all went. I, Heidi Sonboul, have an 11 year old son and I ADORE HIM! There are so many things I can gush about when it comes to my Bradley and here are a few:

  1. He has a heart of Gold and helps everyone in need
  2. He makes me laugh so hard, because he is hilarious!
  3. He loves to do funny voices and right now his favorite is an Italian man. lol
  4. He is SUCH a hard worker and pushes himself to always do his tip top best.
  5. He is a smarty pants and knows so many facts about everything! 
  6. He is such a stud and I love that he has been wanting to do his hair. It's a new thing. I'm guessing he wants to look nice for the ladies ;)
  7. He is mind blowing crafty. He creates the coolest things out of legos and has a natural eye and know how when it comes to making anything
  8. He is the best snuggler and can't care less about hugging and kissing me goodbye in front of friends. I asked him once "Does it make you embarrassed to kiss and hug me goodbye"? and he said "NOOOO! Why would I be embarrassed of loving my mom"? I could just die!
  9. He is so darn honest and obedient. This kid can't tell a lie and always outs himself on everything. It just kills him to not do what is right.
  10. His sweet spirit. Bradley has always been close to the spirit and anytime something may go wrong he says "we should say a prayer and ask for help". His example always brings tears to my eyes

 

Oh and can I say that he is on his way to becoming a teen?! All the things he wanted for his birthday were grown up/teen toys. Trick yoyo, skate board, basketball hoop and scout stuff. So far I'm loving who this kid is becoming and I'm so grateful he is mine! I LOVE YOU BRADLEY and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!