Monday, March 02, 2015

Mission Possible

For our 2015 Activity Day theme, we decided to do a Mission Possible theme.  We were inspired by Pinterest with a lot of our ideas.  The mission we desired for the girls to accomplish this year is having them memorize the Articles of Faith.

Scripture Theme: 
Invitation:  I had the opportunity of designing and putting these cute invites together.  Supplies: manila folders, labels, paper clips, card stock for the cipher card, paper cutter, regular paper for the documents, scissors, glue,  Credits: The mission labels are from Inkablinka. I got the cool cipher alphabet card from Take the Side Street BlogUnited States Sealand office manila folder template is from Mirk Wood Designs.
Decorations:  We made a few signs:  A Mission Possible poster, Restricted Access Agents Only, Agents Report Here, 13 Footprints,  Welcome Top Recruits Level 8-11, Scan to Enter, and the United States Seal on podium. We set up a desk for check in and had each girl finger printed by the entrance. 
   Finger Print Decoding: We had the girls use their magnify glasses to read the tiny finger print which contained the 13 Articles of Faith, which was made by Linda. We also printed out the keywords worksheet using this Articles of Faith Puzzle.  Linda made a transparency of Jesus Christ for a visual aid while talking about having the light of Christ in our lives.
Secret Package: We gave each girl a bag filled with Special Training Devices such as: a tiny magnify glass, Articles of Faith music CD (Credits: paper is by Shabby Princess, Nancy Drew Silhouette but Linda put a hat on her, footprints Stock Illustrations , magnify glass, thought bubble, and reprise title font) an activity day schedule for the year, a calendar of each Article of Faith, Articles of Faith Memorization Cards are from Sugar Doodle. Badges: I made these badges for the leaders and activity day girls. The leaders wore lanyards around their necks while the girls had stick on badges. Credits: We Believe in Obeying the Law badges Mormon Mommy Blogs,  Spy clip art is from Can Stock Photo, and the fingerprints are from My Paper Crane .
Refreshments: Cupcake and water (made by Shannan and Amy). The cute cupcake toppers were designed by Linda. Article of Faith Match Up Game:  The girls had to match up the numbers to the right Article of Faith, which was printed under the footprints.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Developing Talents

Big sister has been working on developing her talents. Last fall, my husband found a great voice teacher who lives nearby to help big sis learn how to read music and sing better. Each Thursday night she meets with her voice teacher.  She had her first recital in December.  She did an awesome job! She is also developing photography as another talent. Big sis got some advice about how to take better pictures from our photographer friend since she is taking yearbook desktop publishing class.  

Capturing Life Behind A Lense
Last fall, Little sis signed up for a Vikings Cheer Clinic with her friend.  She learned a bunch of cheers from some local cheerleaders and then cheered at six flag football games. What she learned from taking Cheer clinic is she definitely isn't interested in becoming a Viking cheer leader in the future, but she still had fun doing it with her friend.  Additionally, we signed her up for ballroom dance lessons, which is before or after school program. Twice a week she goes to school an hour early to learn several ballroom routines. She will be competing in a few weeks. I'm thrilled with her enthusiasm of learning something new and gaining some confidence. 
Our Ballroom Beauty!
 As for little bro's talents, I love how curious and eager he is about learning new things. I believe he has an engineer mind like his Grandpa Free and Uncle Joe! For example, he takes things apart and puts them back together again.  He also likes to see how things works (clips, snaps buckles, etc).  His other talents include looking at books, giving hugs, and melting our hearts with his smiles.  Also, he was very well behaved while getting his first haircut because I distracted him by reading Go Away Big Green Monster over and over again! 
Big Boy Haircut