To get the kids out of the house, and to give us a break from shopping, we all went to Temple Square the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We took the kids to the Church History Museum which had a children’s exhibit on the 2nd floor based on the Book of Mormon. For example, here are Abby and Kaitlyn fishing off of Nephi’s ship.
Don’t ask me how these costumes really relate to the Book of Mormon, but the kids put them on and had dancing instructions on a monitor in front of them. Sam was pretty good at copying the moves. In the picture below the kids were in an exhibit on quilting. They had a wall with magnetic pattern pieces. The kids loved it and would have stayed much longer designing quilt squares if we let them. We are trying to think of a way we could have something like this on the wall in our playroom. Wouldn’t that be fun?
As soon as it was dark we went to see the thousands of lights on Temple Square.
We didn’t even see everything but we stayed until Kaitlyn said, “My teeth are wiggling.” We were all chattering so it was time to go.
Abigail was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints yesterday. She wore the dress that her Grandmother made from this post. She didn’t actually get baptized in the dress. These days everyone wears white jumpsuits into the baptismal font. She did wear the dress afterwards for her confirmation. Her Dad baptized and confirmed her.
We also had Grandma and Grandpa Kraczek come from Utah along with Mike’s brother, Scott.
It was a good day and after the baptism, we all went out to Abby’s favorite restaurant, Craigos Pizza Pie Cafe.
We’ve been watching the LDS General Conference this weekend. If you don’t know what that is, you can see it here. A few years ago, in trying to encourage our children to watch one session of Conference, we found an idea for a game in The Friend magazine that has become our Conference tradition. We get about 6 different snacks. We use finger food like popcorn, pretzels, raisins, peanuts, and for October conference we always have candy corn and for the April conference we always have jelly beans. Then we assign a commonly used word to each snack. For example, popcorn=Jesus, peanuts=temples, candy corn= scriptures, etc. Then everyone has to listen for those words. When they hear the word, they can take one piece of popcorn, etc.
The kids LOVE this game. I can’t believe how excited they get for General Conference. Yes, they come for the food, but we notice they do pick up on things. I’m surprised what they remember. Usually the first hour of the session the game goes well, but by the second hour we always have cheaters who just grab whatever and the game starts to break down. Even though we have tried other things too, like coloring pages, etc. this little snack game has been the most enduring. I guess we will keep it up.