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FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #6

August 22, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Hey mamas! Thanks for all your amazing feedback on these lessons! I’m working out some bugs with my website so that these can get e-mailed right to you! Don’t forget to use hashtag #mamahoodfhe if you post a pic while using any of these lessons, I’d love to see! Love you all!

Lesson #6: Love One Another

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Love One Another

Scripture: John 13:34

Lesson: Tell the story of the Good Samaritan (Scripture reference HERE). Ask how we can love those in our family and ways we can help them. Talk about how sharing is showing that we love someone.

Activity: On strips of paper, write down things we can do to show love to our families. Create a chain to help us remember to love each other.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Homemade fruit smoothie

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #5

August 15, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Sorry I’m a little late posting this lesson! If you’re new around here, welcome! We are on lesson #5 of my toddler family home evenings and you can find more under the “family” tab! (and if you have no idea what FHE is go HERE). Remember, everything is linked up!

Lesson #5: Follow the Prophet

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet

Scripture: Amos 3:7  

Lesson: Explain what a prophet is and why it’s important to follow what he asks us to do. Tell the story of your favorite prophet in the scriptures and then tell how we have a current prophet. (Show a picture if possible)

Activity: Memorize the prophet’s name or other apostle’s names.

Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bake Cookies (My healthy recipe is HERE)

 

Enjoy!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #4

August 8, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Lesson #4: I Have a Body

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Do as I’m Doing

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Lesson: Explain that each part of our body has a special job. What can we do with our eyes? Ears? Mouth? Hands? Feet? Talk about the importance of exercising, eating healthy and keeping the Word of Wisdom. Pretend and do actions such as brushing your teeth, sleep, and washing your hands. If there’s time talk about Daniel 1 and how Daniel was blessed for keeping the Word of Wisdom.

Activity: Do sidewalk chalk and trace each other’s body’s out on the driveway. My two year old LOVED this when he realized the shape of his body was traced on our driveway!

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Closing Prayer

Treat: Strawberries with powdered sugar

 

*Remember that everything is linked so if you forget how the primary song goes or don’t have your scriptures on hand, just click on it!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #3

August 1, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

Hi friends! I know it’s been awhile since I started posting my toddler FHE lessons. I wanted to get a good feel to see if people were actually using them and after a bunch of requests to keep posting them, here we are! To make them easier to find, just click the dropdown on my “family” tab and there will be a section just for these lessons. I hope that helps!

*And if you have no idea what FHE or Family Home Evening is, you can read more about it HERE)

Our family is so far from perfect, but something that helps our home feel happy is by always having family night every Monday. I made these lessons using primary songs and followed the primary manual. They are as simple as can be, which for this stage in our lives has been perfect.

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Lesson #3: Families Can be Together Forever

 

Opening Prayer

        

Opening Song: Families Can be Together Forever (music: HERE)

        

Scripture: (Proclamation to the World) The Family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lesson: Ask each child to go around in a circle saying everyone’s names and their favorite thing about them. Talk about why families are special to us and why we need to love our families. (When our family did this we went around in a circle saying things that we loved about each other). Explain how our families can be together forever.

        

Activity: Go outside and play together as a family OR draw a picture of the whole family.

        

Closing Prayer

        

Treat: Banana splits with M&M’s on top to represent each person in their family.

I have LOVED seeing the pics you’ve sent me from your family nights! If you post them tag #mamahoodFHE so I can see! Love you all!

Xo,

Aubrey

I’m back + 4th of July in Squares

July 12, 2016 in Family / Uncategorized

Hello world!

This blog has been on a pretty big break recently and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. It is exactly what I’ve been needing and has allowed me to get through a few things going on in our crazy busy lives recently.

In a nutshell, we travelled for about a month, sent Shey’s (my husband) parents off to be mission presidents in Mexico, celebrated my baby sister’s wedding, bought our first home in a small town in Texas, lost another pregnancy + found out some hard news that I’m not ready to talk about yet, started potty training, made homemade limeade everyday, and have had so many angels help us in so many different ways.

So I hope you’ll stick with me as I try to get back into the groove of writing again. The passed few years I’ve been writing about everything motherhood. I still will write about that since it’s a huge part of me and my little boy is my whole world, but that topic stings just a little bit right now. The passed few months I’ve had this nagging feeling to open up a little bit more about my family and the life we choose to live. It’s nothing extreme or out of the ordinary. It’s actually a pretty simple life. We find the biggest joys out of the smallest things and we choose to live a way that makes us happy.

If you’re new here, welcome! You will find that this blog is pretty raw, and as you get to know me I would love to get to know YOU. If you’ve been here awhile, I hope you like the new transition and would love to hear your feedback!

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I won’t lie, the time I miss home the most is the 4th of July. There’s something about Utah during that time that is so magical. (plus… the 24th is like round 2! Can’t beat it!) But this year ended up being so much fun. The day of the 4th a big Texas storm came rollin’ in, so we had a “re-do” with the parade and more fireworks on the 9th! Shey’s brother stayed with us one of the nights and we’ve been swimming our lives away! The city’s fireworks happen to be at a perfect view from our porch so it was the perfect ending to the best week!

Here was our 4th in squares:

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I hope you all had the best 4th of July!

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #2

April 11, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

Hi sweet friends! I got some amazing feedback from last week so I figured I’d keep going with these little Family Home Evenings. Thank you all so much for sending me your messages and pictures of your activity last week! I loved seeing it! Here is this week’s lesson: (As usual, always very simple!)

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Lesson #2: My Heavenly Father Loves Me

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: My Heavenly Father Loves Me (music: HERE)

Scripture: 3 Nephi 17:11-12, 21-24 (scripture: HERE)

Lesson: Show a picture of Christ holding children (HERE) and talk about when Jesus taught the people he asked to bring their little ones to Him. (Point to little ones.) They sat on the ground around Him and Jesus knelt and prayed. (Show how we pray – kneel and bow heads) Then he blessed each child, one by one. Jesus did this because he loves his children. (hug themselves). Talk about the things we just sang about (birds, sky, lilac tree, etc.) and explain that Heavenly Father sends us those things to enjoy on the earth because He loves us. Explain to your child/children how much you love them and how much Heavenly Father loves them too.

Activity: Have them draw a picture of themselves inside a heart OR frost heart-shaped cookies.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Heart-shaped sugar cookies (click HERE for my swig recipe that you can use)

Let me know how this week goes!

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE: Toddler Edition

April 4, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

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Something that I always loved growing up was “Family Night”. My parents made it so fun. Whether it was a spiritual lesson, swimming, singing, making treats, a service project, weeding the backyard, or playing dodgeball on the tramp together-they made those times so special for us kids and it helped all of us become best of friends. I truly believe that we are really close because our parents put Family Home Evening as a priority in our lives. I’m LDS as mentioned before, and we are asked to set aside our lives and just be with our families every Monday night (or whatever works best in certain situations). I feel so grateful that my parents stuck with it, even on nights when all of us kids were fighting or when schedules were crazy, I don’t ever remember them saying “We’re gonna just skip FHE tonight”. They always did it, even when it was like pulling teeth. Those are some of my sweetest memories of my childhood.

Now that I’m on this side of things…having a lesson can be a bit tricky with a toddler… so sometimes our lessons have ended up with us doing a quick lesson and going out for ice cream, or a quick scripture and playing soccer in our living room. One night it was so chaotic we just did a quote while washing our toddler in the tub and getting him ready for bed.

So my husband and I sat down and decided we want to be better at teaching our children. We want what is being taught at home to be the primary source. So we created a Family Home Evening manual to use to help our toddler learn gospel principles in the home.

As I was trying to figure out how to teach him, the thought came that I should center it around primary songs. My little boy LOVES singing (as a lot of toddlers do), so each lesson is based off a primary song with gospel principles included.

DISCLAIMER: I’m all about simple. In fact, for me… the more simple the better! These lessons don’t take hours… little kids (and myself!) don’t have that long of an attention span. So you will find simple gospel principles, simple activities, and simple snack and treat ideas. I teach sunbeams, so a lot of the content is from there too. You will also most likely have all the supplies and everything you need at home!

*Direct links for more sources on words w/ all caps (still working on fixing that on my site!)*

 

 

Lesson #1: I am a Child of God

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: I AM A CHILD OF GOD

Scripture: PSALM 82:6

Lesson: Show a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus (here) and talk about how Jesus was once a baby.

Explain how Heavenly Father was Jesus’ dad and that he is our dad too. That’s what it means when we say “I am a child of God”.

Share your feelings about how much you love your kid(s) and why they mean so much to you.

Activity: Make painted handprints on card stock and write “I am a child of God” next to it.

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Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bakes (my recipe is HERE)

Free Printable: (Click HERE)

 

Let me know if you end up doing this with your family! I’ll post more lessons on Mondays!

Xo,

Aubrey

1 Day Old.

October 19, 2015 in Photography

It’s been a few weeks since I did this session at the hospital for my cute friend and I still am in love. There is nothing sweeter than seeing a sibling love on their one day old brother. (For those of you wondering about my “Mamahood Gallery” — I am working on a photography portfolio because I love capturing and celebrating motherhood (obvi.) and families! I don’t claim to be an amazing pro that makes millions and travels the world, I have so much to learn and I’m excited about it! I know it’s one more hobby to add to my crazy long list, but it’s been so fun and there’s always a tender feeling in the hospital when I take these kinds of pics, there’s nothing like it!)

Also excited to let you in on all the “Must-Haves” for your hospital bag if you are having a baby soon – stay tuned!

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Xo,

Aubrey

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