I have to admit that I have not been the best at putting on formal Family Home Evenings (FHE). When we first were married, we were together on Monday nights and read scriptures together in the mornings. Now that we have kids, our FHEs were just doing our normal day-to-day activities on Monday night. I guess I had the same philosophy as my parents had - we're all home together doing something and that is what counts - whether it was yardwork, homework or eating dinner.
Now that Cadence is getting older, I want to be better at having FHE's with a prayer, gospel lesson, a fun activity and a treat, of course!
Last week we started our new FHEs. I want to make these fun candy apples and designed a lesson around that theme. We read from Cadence's Book of Mormon reader about the tree of life and the fruit found thereon it. Then we painted pictures of a tree with fruit. Following that, we dipped mini-caramel apples. I got the idea from my favorite blog, Little Birdie Secrets, who got it from Family Fun magazine. Though messy and not going the way I planned it to go, it was still fun. Chris used a melonballer to get out chunks of apples. Cadence and I dipped them in melted caramel and rolled them in toppings - sugar/cinnamon mix, sprinkles, coconut, and these round little candies. Let's just say I love the taste of caramel and apple!!! Yummy!
I recommend that if you try this activity, you follow the directions of either of the two websites. If you are wanting to use caramel, use the caramel sheets (like on Little Birdie Secrets)
instead of melting the cubes of caramel. It was messy, sticky, hot (Cadence got slighty burned playing in it) and I had to keep reheating it to make it stick to the apple. If you want to do chocolate, butterscotch or peanutbutter chips, follow Family Fun.
Next, we were going to play a rousing game of Candyland. That is Cadence's favorite game at the moment, but we were busy cleaning up and getting de-sticky-fied.
The evening was fun and I look forward to doing more repenting from being an FHE slacker.