Friday, October 03, 2014

Preparing for General Conference October 2014

I posted this to Instagram and Facebook:

It's a beautiful Fall Friday and I'm getting everything ready for General Conference tomorrow! Next up: clean the whole house and bake yummy treats! #ldsconf #pennsylvania #sharegoodness

The request for where I got my ideas has multiplied (to 3 people!) and so I decided to just put the links to what I used right here.

(Just FYI: General Conference is tomorrow! For two days, we get to hear real Prophets and Apostles of Jesus Christ teach us. It's a worldwide event, broadcast via satellite, some TV stations, and the Internet. I look forward to this every six months and we have tried to make it a priority in our family. Our kids look forward to it, too! It's pretty much our favorite holiday experience next to Christmas and Halloween.)

I don't always do the same thing every six months. So, this is just what I'm doing this time and although I got most of my ideas from these websites, I tweaked them all to fit my family dynamic.

General Conference Wall: 
This is where you put up the photos of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on a wall in the living room. I gave all the kids their own sticky notes, and they take notes or draw pictures  during that particular leader's talk. Then they stick their note to their picture. Immediate collection of notes to review at FHE next week and in the future!

Where I got the idea:
Cranial Hiccups (formerly Chocolate on my Cranium)
We Talk of Christ We Rejoice in Christ 
Hand Full and Loving It (She has other great ideas, too!)

I give the kids their own baskets (you could use folders or buckets or bowls or whatever) and provide a pen, pencil, crayons for the younger kids, notecards (the big kids use them for note-taking, the younger kids for drawing pictures) and then I put in their sticky notes and their "packets."

In the past, I've provided big, thick, packets that ended up... not used. So, I've reduced it significantly. The older kids take their own notes, anyway, so the less I give them, the better. What I've included this time and the links to where I got them:

Picture find

Word hunt

Word search and Crossword puzzles

I honestly found most of my ideas right here.

Then I bake! This weekend I'm making pies (peach and cream pies), chocolate pumpkin treats, cinnamon rolls, rolls, and I'll let the kids have a few treats I usually don't buy (their favorite candy). Dinners will include crockpot soups and a Mexican Feast.

Now, if I can just get the house all clean, we can enjoy tomorrow a bit more!



Jocelyn Christensen said...

Looks wonderful! HAVE A BLAST!!

Julie Allen said...

I'm loving the conference wall idea. I'll have to remember that for next year.
Last conference, I gave my kids binders with some coloring pages (non-religious- like complicated detailed butterflies, etc) and a notebook with a little pencil bag with colored pens, colored pencils, etc. we don't get them out unless it's conference. They have been great. Even wheny big kids aren't taking specific notes, they're totally listening. They can recall things better than I cam!
As for food, we always have a big veggie tray, some pita chips with hummus, and peanut butter m&ms. And I love to make crock pot tortellini soup. It's a favorite!
We love conference weekend here, too. Stanton and I were discussing this afternoon that the days of being able to just watch Sunday sessions (his family did that- mine watched both days) are over. Our kids (AND WE) need to spiritual armor of these two days wvery 6 months!