Mixed Media fun with kids

Lisa brought Dallin, Amanda, and Emily over to do some art.

We had fun!

The results!

“Smile” by Emily

“Sisters are different flowers from the same garden” by Amanda

“It is better to look up” by Dallin

“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a super hero” by Lisa

and my little valentines girl:


Making mixed media robots

Our identical twin 3 year old grandsons love monsters (Henry) and robots (James).

Mommy Lisa painted monster faces for Henry and James’s new ‘big boy’ bedroom – but Grandma (me) was slow getting the robots done.

I finally got to it Saturday night.

Here’s the process:

Decoupage patterned paper on each 8×10 inch canvas.

Paint over the paper  with acrylic paints (don’t worry about wrinkles – it adds to the vintage junkyard feel). Be sure to paint the edges.

Draw or print basic robot shapes

Use patterns to cut shapes out of patterned paper

Embellish with paint, stamps, more paper, old hardware, and other ephemera.

Go nuts!

Fancy Pumpkins with Kids

Halloween is so fun with kids – especially 3 year old little boys.

Five of our seventeen grandchildren fit that description – so I went a little crazy this year decorating. I love the looks on their faces as they walk into our house and see spiders and witches and pumpkins.

They are all so different in their reactions – some love to turn out the lights and say “turn on the scary music!” Others say, “nooooooo!” as they cuddle with grandma.

Some of us gathered Sunday to celebrate a birthday and Canadian Thanksgiving. I thought I’d try out a litte Halloween craft – and it worked out pretty well.


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(The last three pictures are my pumpkins – Grandma’s can have fun too)


Buy plastic pumpkins at a craft store (mine were from Michaels Craft @ half price). You can spray paint them any color you like. Then use puff paints (for fabrics), acrylics, glue gun, jewels – and just have fun designing and creating.

Dallin’s 12th Birthday!

Dallin turned 12 last Tuesday, but we had a family party today (Sunday) to attend his priesthood ordination and to enjoy a meal at his house after church.

It was a great day!

This was our first grandson to receive the priesthood. It will be a long time before we experience this again because Cooper, our next grandson, is only 5.

We took a few quiet(ish) moments and reviewed statements about the priesthood in Handbook 2: Administering the Church. I love this book! Fortunately it’s available to everyone online.

Here are a few ideas we shared from the handbook.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power and authority of God. It has always existed and will continue to exist without end (see Alma 13:7–8D&C 84:17–18). Through the priesthood, God created and governs the heavens and the earth. Through this power, He exalts His obedient children, bringing to pass “the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39; see also D&C 84:35–38).

In mortality, the priesthood is the power and authority that God gives to man to act in all things necessary for the salvation of God’s children. The blessings of the priesthood are available to all who receive the gospel.

What are priesthood keys?

Priesthood keys are the authority God has given to priesthood leaders to direct, control, and govern the use of His priesthood on earth. The exercise of priesthood authority is governed by those who hold its keys (see D&C 65:281:2124:123). Those who hold priesthood keys have the right to preside over and direct the Church within a jurisdiction.

How do you magnify the priesthood?

Priesthood holders magnify their callings as they minister in their own homes and to other Saints and as they conscientiously fulfill assigned responsibilities. The Lord counseled, “Let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence” (D&C 107:99). Priesthood holders magnify their callings as they serve with diligence, teach with faith and testimony, and lift, strengthen, and nurture convictions of righteousness in the lives of those for whom they have responsibility.

How can I learn more about the priesthood?

Important scripture passages on the priesthood for leaders to study include Alma 13and Doctrine and Covenants 132084107121, and 124.  (President Uchtdorf suggested reading most of these sections in his recent priesthood talk “Your Potential, Your Privilege”).

Food and Fun too

We had a little birthday party after church. I made a family entertaining standard – mini chocolate cheesecakes (recipe here).

Dallin liked his present – a Stomp Rocket

Baby Julia

We are cleaning out old files and I came across a stack of emails from Joelle when she just had baby Julia. I love this story from November 18, 1998.

“Julia’s bedtime is still a traumatic experience every night.  She cries and sobs. Tonight I read and prayed with her and then put her in bed and told her that if she got out I would put her in the crib. She stayed crying for about 10 minutes and then came in here sobbing with her Book of Mormon story book, crying “read Lehi mommy, read Lehi!”