Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Our Annual Family Back to School Dinner 2019.

This past weekend we held our annual family 

Each year at this annual dinner we present our family with a new MOTTO//THEME for the new school year.

We do this in hopes that our kids can always remember it...thru the good times AND the bad while at school and dealing with their day to day activities. 

We hope that these themes each year help them to remember what's MOST important in life.

The theme we chose for our 2019-20 school year is

We chose a quote AND a scripture this year to go along with it.

I really wanted to get the message across to my kids this year that it's ok to have a bad day {as much as that stinks!} but it's important to SEEK FOR THE JOY through it all. 

Look for the good.

Be grateful.

Count your blessings.

There is SOOOO much to be happy about in this world!

I studied President Nelson's talk
and shared lots of good nuggets from it with the kids.

"When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives."

"Life is filled with detours and dead ends, trials and challenges of every kind. Each of us has likely had times when distress, anguish, and despair almost consumed us. Yet we are here to have joy?
Yes! The answer is a resounding yes!"

We talked about what the word JOY meant to us along with the things that bring us each joy.

I chose to go with a CHRISTMAS theme this year.
Yup, Christmas in July!

I asked the kids WHY we sang the song "JOY to the World" at Christmas time?  WHY do we all seem to have SO MUCH JOY during the Christmas season?

Well, besides the gifts and parties and all of that jazz....we have JOY at Christmas time because we are celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!! And we know that he LIVES!!!

So shouldn't that give us JOY....all...year...long?!
NOT just at Christmas time?

"Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy. We feel it at Christmastime when we sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” And we can feel it all year round... ..Jesus Christ is joy!"

We ate a traditional Christmas dinner:
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, veggies and Christmas punch!

As the kids were dishing up, I even played Christmas music!
{My kids thought that was super funny.}

At each place setting I had made up Christmas ornaments that also served as their name cards.  

On one side, it has the words "Have Joy" and on the other side is their name and the year.

I told the kids that they needed to find a spot in their bedrooms to hang this ornament....

..and then at Christmas time, they'd be able to hang it on their Christmas tree!

I'm all about the daily reminders.
When you SEE things...you remember!

I also made up some JOY journals.
We each wrote 3 things that brought us JOY that day.

I told the kids that they were to write in these journals at least 2-3 times a week, hopefully more.  All they needed to write was the date + the 3 things that brought them JOY that day.

I feel like this will be SO fun to look back at at the end of the year.

And for dessert!  
We had.......

Almond JOY cake!
This recipe was HEAVENLY and I'll be sharing it with you tomorrow!!!

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To recreate this dinner for your own family...I'm offering our QUOTE and SCRIPTURE as a FREE printable!

Joy Quote HERE
Joy Scripture HERE

I've also stocked my Etsy shop with my 
Christmas ornaments AND Joy Journals!

Ornaments HERE
Journals HERE

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Advice: If you have access to your Christmas stuff to help you decorate, great!

If not, don't fret.  
All of my Christmas loot is in the very back of my garage and it's a sweltering 110 degrees here and I was not about to dig through everything in the heat to find it.

So....what I did....was hit up Goodwill (yes, they have their Christmas stuff out already!) as well as Hobby Lobby.

I bought buffalo check scrapbook paper and used those as the placemats.

Get creative!
Your kids will LOVE IT!

Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

Monday, July 22, 2019

This Weekend:

* Friday morning was spent running errands and then dropping the boys off at the temple to do some work with their cute cousins...

We are so blessed to have this place SO close to us and to be able to go with family and friends whenever we want to!

* London and I had a girls afternoon which included...

Shopping for fake nails at the $ store...

And lunch at the Olive Garden!
{Seriously...who knows how to make their Gnocchi soup?
 I want the recipe!!!}

* We stayed in Friday night, I worked in my craft room and London had a movie night with her sweet friend.

* Saturday morning we woke up bright and early (is 8:00 am bright and early to anyone else?😅) and went to our ward Pioneer Day Pancake Breakfast.

The kids learned how to make butter in a jar and played with toys that the pioneers would've played with back in the day. 

* I grocery shopped afterwards...
{bleh! to grocery shopping on a Saturday with the rest of the world!

I came home to this...

I wonder if Cubby ever gets sick of us doting on him?

* The boys went to the movies on Saturday night and London went to my niece's most ADORABLE "The Office" themed birthday party.

I cannot WAIT so share ALL of these fun party details later this week.  My sister hit it outta the park with this one.

Everyone was to come dressed in character.
London = Kelly Kapoor
My niece = Michael Scott

They had these signs from the show hanging around everywhere - - it was hilarious!

* I ran some last minute school supply shopping errands while everyone was out.  

I treated myself to the Stroopwaffel McFlurry at McDonalds.

And I don't even LOVE caramel. 
But the waffle chunks with the slight bit of cinnamon flavor?

* Churchey-church on Sunday.

We held our annual Coombs Family Back to School Dinner on Sunday night.  

I am sooooo excited to share with you alllll of the details tomorrow!

I think it was a huge success!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Back to School Dinner: Rise Up!

For our 2017 school year our family theme was: 

A quote from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
{From THIS General Conference talk}

Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we RISE UP, dust ourselves off and move forward.

We had a RISE & SHINE menu aka breakfast for dinner and the kids LOVED it!

At the beginning of our dinner I asked my kids to write down their thoughts on what it means to RISE UP.

We then went around the table and shared our thoughts.

I showed THIS short clip and then Joe and I talked to the kids about how things aren't always going to go our way {unfortunatley!} and how we have to always RISE UP from disappointment and distraction in life.

Sometimes {ok most of the time} it's not easy - - but RISING UP makes us stronger. I shared a couple of personal experiences that related to this very topic.  

Place settings were super easy and the lemons with everyones names on them served as an object lesson.

I told each of the kids to pick up their lemon and lick it.

Their faces cringed as they did this and I told them that sometimes......life is gonna be sour - just like the lemon. 

But.....you know the saying....when life gives you lemons...you make lemonade AND MAKE THE BEST OF IT!

We also talked about the sunrise.
No matter how bad our days and nights may sometime seem....the sun will ALWAYS rise the next day. And that should bring us HOPE! 

Just like the sun RISES UP - - so should we!

Great blessings come from RISING UP and doing our best!

At each place setting I had a brown paper polka dot bag and inside of each bag was a set of vinyl for my kids.

The sun = RISE
The arrow = UP

I had the kids each pick a folder or notebook from their school supply stash to put our motto onto. 

This way....they'll have a small reminder each day of what our family motto is for the year.

I also made 2 {slightly} larger sizes for our home...

One for their bathroom mirror to see every morning and night and one for our refrigerator door.

It was such a great evening.
My kids truly look forward to these dinners. They always have fun guessing what our new theme will be each year.

I feel so blessed to be able to teach these sweet children of mine alongside of my husband.  I know that things won't always go their way and sometimes...they might not make the choices in life that I want them to.  I do however, pray with all my heart that they'll always remember these basic principles that we teach them in our home - - and I hope that that will carry them thru life.


"The way we talk to our children, becomes their inner voice."
-Peggy O'Mara

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To recreate this dinner:

I'm offering 3 printables for FREE right here on my blog...

Theme HERE
Worksheet HERE

In my Etsy Shop right now I'm offering my RISE UP banner HERE and my RISE UP vinyl stickers HERE.

Please let me know if you have any questions!