Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RISE UP Back to School Details and Printables.

As i'm sharing with you ways to duplicate our 

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

I'll only be making these for a limited time so be sure to order soon. Check listings for details. 

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

1.  Polka dot RISE UP quote from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

2. Rise and Shine Menu

3. What Does it Mean to RISE UP worksheets.

Quote HERE
Worksheet HERE

Lastly, 2 of our family's very favorite BREAKFAST recipes are my Grandma's sausage and egg casserole and our cinnamon roll casserole.  EnJoY! And if you decide to re-create this RISE UP dinner for your own family  - - be sure tag me on social media.  I love seeing what other people come up with!


1 lb. sausage, browned and drained
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
6-8 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup milk
8 slices of bread, without crusts
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 onion, chopped or 2 Tbs. dried onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup plus 1/2 cup milk

Butter bread and lay buttered side down on bottom of 9x13 pan.  Make sure bread completely covers bottom with no pan showing.  Add sausage and cheese on top.

Beat eggs with 1 1/2 cups milk. Beat in dry mustard and onion.  POur over mixture in pan and regrigerate OVERNIGHT!

Before baking, mix 1 can of cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 cup milk.  Pour over egg mixture.  Bake at 325 Degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Side Note: I'm not a huge fan of cream of mushroom makes this casserole super yummy and adds to it a bit of a gravy taste.


2 packages Pillsbury tube cinnamon rolls 
{Not the big ones.  Just the regular sized ones}
1 cube butter
1 cup brown sugar

Pour 1/2 cube melted butter into a 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup brown sugar over the butter.  Cut cinnamon rolls into chunks and drop into pan.  Drizzle the other 1/2 cup of melted butter on top of the cinnamon rolls.  Sprinkle with the other 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Bake according to the directions on the cinnamon roll package {usually takes about 10-15 minutes longer than suggested}.

Cook until edges are golden brown and the middle is not gooey.  Drizzle with icing from the cinnamon rolls {I always take the lid off of them and microwave for about 20 seconds so it pours easily.}

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Our Annual Coombs Family Back to School Dinner 2017.

Last weekend we held our annual 
Coombs Family Back to School Dinner.

Each year at this dinner - we present a NEW Family Motto to our children.  Our Family Motto gives us something to FOCUS on throughout the year.  It's also usually something that can be memorized and repeated as needed 
{i.e. as encouragement or motivation}.

Our Family Motto is also really good at helping us remember  what's MOST important in life.

The theme we chose for our 2017-18 school year is:

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 chose to focus this year on the RISE UP part.

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

We dined on egg casserole, cinnamon roll casserole, hashbrowns, fruit and lemonade.

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 is gonna be sour - just like the lemon. know the saying....when life gives 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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Tomorrow in my Etsy shop I'll be offering my RISE UP vinyl cut-outs as well as my RISE UP banner for those of you who would like to do this same dinner for your own family.
  Details to come.

Also tomorrow - - I'll be offering my printables right here on my blog for FREE as well as sharing my recipes from our BREAKFAST for DINNER.

Brown and yellow polka dot bags + polka dot napkins from Michaels.

Lemonade cups and yellow and white striped paper table runner from the $ bins at Target.


Monday, July 24, 2017

This Weekend:

* Friday morning started off with the kiddos last day of 

Fun Fact about this camp {in case you don't follow me on social media!}......on the first day of camp {Monday} the store got robbed!!!!! Like - - legit - - ROBBED!!! It was the most terrifying experience of my life.  But.....the workers handled it like champs and my kids wanted to carry on with the camp.
{I would've been outta there in a hot second if it was up to me!}

This is our second year of doing the 'Movie Making' camp and it is SO much fun for the kids.

Plus - - it's FREE! and they get a FREE t-shirt and a FREE flash drive, too! Oh - and they learn how to make a movie!!

Afterwards we went clothes shopping for their 1st day of school outfits.  Clothes shopping with my boys looks a lot like this...

They're pumped to do it but as soon as they find what they want - - they want out! Especially when they have to wait for their sister in the dressing room to try things on πŸ˜‚

* Date night Friday night for Joe and I.

If I had to pick a food that I'd want to eat every day of the week and NOT gain weight - - it would be these garlic cheese knots from NYPD Pizza with ranch.

They are heavenly.
It's a good thing this place isn't right next to my house!

Afterwards we did some shopping...

I found a pair of SIZE 19 SHOES!!!!!!
What the what?
How is that size of foot even possible?!

* Saturday we headed over to my parent's clubhouse for one last hoorah.

We had the pool all to ourselves and it felt so nice and refreshing.  Well...until my kids started fighting.  Then I reminded myself that school started in 2 more days. πŸ˜‚

Lunch at my parents house afterwards with a dear family friend.  Why does my mom's food always taste better than mine?

* Saturday night we kicked it at home and I prepped a little for our annual Back to School dinner.


* Churchey-church on Sunday.

You guys! You probably already know this but - - 
my husband can seriously crack me up!

{Also -- I need a new pair of sunglasses.}

Our family Back to School dinner was Sunday night and I'm OH SO EXCITED to share ALL of the details with you about it tomorrow. {Last year's dinner HERE}.

Our evening ended with Father's Blessings, and a rain storm.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Back to School Dinner Ideas {2013}

2013 was our first ever Family Back to School Dinner and I think that's why it's so special to me. 

Joe and I spent a lot of time thinking about that year's theme.  

We knew that we wanted to create a MOTTO based around a SCRIPTURE VERSE and this is the one that we chose:

Joe taught a little lesson about being STRONG and COURAGEOUS.
We wanted the kids to recognize that WHEREVER and WHATEVER  they did this year...
the Lord was going to be with them.

We showed THIS cute video clip about what it means to be a TRUE hero.
It exemplifies Captain Moroni and explains COURAGE and STRENGTH.
{AND brings a tear to your eye too}.

{The video has a second part to it as well}.

I wanted to give the kids a little present for the evening...
 Something to remind them throughout the year of our Family Motto.  

I decided on making them keychains to hang on their backpacks.
{And when I say 'make' I mean...
I bought everything and my talented friend Chanda put it all together for me}.

Each charm on the keychain symbolizes something from our motto.
Each charm is also something we talked about that evening as well.

Lion - represents Daniel in the Lion's Den.
Daniel had COURAGE.

The Color RED - stands for COURAGE.

2013 - the year

ARROW - the arrow used by Captain Moroni to defeat Zerahemnah.

{Joe also pointed out that ARROWS are STRAIGHT and NARROW.  Just like arrows..we encourage or kids to stay on the STRAIGHT and NARROW path in life..and not be swayed by temptation.}

Each keychain also included the charm from a childrens story...representing someone who had to show COURAGE and STRENGTH.

 It was SO fun watching how excited my kids were when we placed these on their backpacks for the year. 

I decorated our kitchen table and family room with printables found online from HERE and HERE.

We served spaghetti with meatballs {the kids' favorite!}....

....and we toasted the new school year with some bubbly Gingerale.

I printed out the scripture myself and then purchased a 
RED {for courage} frame.

We placed it on one of the bookshelves in our family room where we could see it ALL the hopes of always remembering what our motto was for that year.  

We also challenged the kids to memorize this scripture as well, which we worked on throughout our Family Home Evenings that year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Back to School Dinner Ideas {2015}

Our 2015 Back to School Dinner + Motto was the year of the BE. Or BEE {depending on how you looked at it😜}.

Our main focus was on

Be Grateful
Be Smart
Be Clean 
Be True
Be Humble
Be Prayerful
Be Positive 
Be Still
Be Involved

{The last 3 B's were added a couple of years later from Pres. Hinckley -- and they might just be my favorite!}

Each month of that year - our family focused on a different 'BE'.

Our Family Home Evening lessons were centered around each topic.  {For example: August = Be Grateful; 
September = Be Smart; October = Be Clean...and so on}.

In an effort to easily help remind my kids about our theme - - I added a bumble BEE themed twist to it all.

Because Be = Bee. 

Our dinner for the evening either had the sound BEE in it or...honey.  

{Except for the rice. I had nothin' for that one}.

My kids gobbled it up.

Oh - - and if you're wondering what a BumbleBEE Brownie sundae entails ===

It's pretty much just a brownie sundae with yellow sprinkles and black and yellow M&Ms.

I decorated the kitchen table with striped wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby. 
I used yellow cardstock for the placemats.

I filled Mason jars with Honeycomb cereal and topped em off with bright yellow flowers.

My kids thought it was SO cool that they got to eat those 4 pieces of cereal BEFORE their meal.
{Chuckle. It's the little things, right?}

While our chicken was cooking on the BEE-B-Q - I had them each fill out one of these sheets - - -

I told them to focus on FIVE things this year that they wanted to BE{E} or ACCOMPLISH.

While we ate our dinner, we went around the table and shared our lists.

{I love that London says she wants BE 7. Haha}

I'll hold onto these sheets now and halfway through the school year, we'll pull them out and see how we are measuring up with our lists.

My framed 8x10 printable hung on the back of our front door all year - - for all of us to see each time we went up or down our stairs. 

We always like to give something to the kids to keep in their rooms as well - - to serve as another reminder - - 

I made up these smaller prints and found the frames at Hobby Lobby. 
They have their own little easel stand on the back.

 It was such a fun night.
We ended the evening by Joe giving
 the kids their Father's Blessings.  
{Father's Blessings = THIS}.