Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shake it up!

Last Thursday was Pioneer Day! For those of you who don't know what this is, it is an LDS and Utah State holiday celebrating and honoring the Latter-day Saint pioneers that trekked west to gain religious freedom years ago. To celebrate, we had a good ole pioneer themed family home evening. I had the kids do a pioneer-themed Scavenger Hunt(Thanks Sugardoodle!) They had so much fun doing it. Then we had the girls shake till their arms couldn't shake no more to make their very own butter. It was the first time we had done this(Thanks Melissa for the idea and the jars:) After about 5 minutes, their little arms were about to fall off:) It was so funny watching them try to shake that butter. We took turns with them and they weren't kiddin-it was hard! (I'm an admitted wimp.) After a good 15 minutes, we had our finished product. And it was delish!


Shake it Aubrey!
Aubrey was laughing so hard as she entertained us with her dancing moves
"I can't do it!" Ella kept saying while she jumped up and down. Yes, you can! (And she did!)
When Ella realized it had actually turned into butter, her eyes lit up!

Afterwards, Aubrey was pooped. She said, "I could never be a pioneer."

But it was worth it, we had two cute little jars of homemade butter! I made biscuits and we spread them with butter and drizzled them with honey. YUM!

I am so grateful I am for the early pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They endured so much so that we could have the blessings of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I don't know how they did it- other than with great strength, faith, and the help and guidance of the Lord. I don't think I could've done it-I'm with Aubrey:) Our family can barely handle making butter!

17 comments:

Amber said...

sounds like ya'll had a great time & yummy biscuits mmmmmm that sounds good--got any of that butter left?!

Patty said...

Good job on the FHE! I'm sure the girls will remember that one for a long time. I'm with you, I don't think I could have done half the things they had to do. We owe a lot to them!!

mamapickle said...

That sounds like a fun activity and it tires them out for bed. I will have to try it :)

-Melissa- said...

looks like the girls had a fun time and it made them tired for bed(bonus). :) cute pictures!

Mindi said...

i remember doing this for a primary activity waaaaaaayyy back in the day. i was excited for about the first 5 minutes. then i was exhausted.

looks like your master plan worked!

Marie said...

I just love sugar doodle.com. I have gotten some really great ideas there for my YW! I loved seeing the pictures of your gals and their buttermaking exertions! I, too, am very grateful for the pioneers and the example they set for us all. Whenever I think about how tired I am when I have something to do for the church or my calling, I just remind myself of all that they went through, and I smarten myself up and count my blessings! I think they were a special breed of people reserved by HF just for that specific time in history and they had a special calling . . . just as we have been reserved for this time. We are no less important to the work, we just have a different work to do!

Tara D said...

I'm with you and Aubrey, there's no way I could've done what the pioneers did for us. Good shakin' girls, looks like a fun FHE. :)

Rebecca said...

Cute activity... I love the pictures!

Grammy Staffy said...

Fun idea...fun pictures....I had my preschool class try to make butter once.... they all lost interest way before it was butter...the moms and my students had to finish it... but it sure did taste good when we had it on crackers

I also love our pioneers... It was nice being here in Utah on the 24th.

We left Lynell's yesterday and came to Erin's. We will leave here soon....I hate to say goodbye..we will be home Thurs eve.... I'll check back in with you on Fri.

Love until then, Grammy Lura

cyndi/mom/nana said...

That is such a fun activity. Angie brought some of the cream by for the boys to do the same thing I told her how we did that for Pioneer Day one year. We used baby food jars it went quicker. Anyway, the boys loved it and were so thrilled to see the process and tickeled that the girls just did the same thing. Went right along with the California earthquake yesterday SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, SHAKE YOUR BOOTY SHAKE YOUR BOOTY. Oh wait wrong song OOOPS!! love nana

Sarah said...

what a fun fhe! i love the picture of aubrey crashing on the couch. :) i don't think i could have been a pioneer either!

The Blonde Duck said...

You're much braver than I am. When I was little, my mom volunteered for a non-profit organization that restored and ran a actual pioneer farm and had a big festival every year for the whole city. I got to manage the haystack (bunch of cheap toys scattered in hay) while my mom wore an authentic costume and hauled water, cooked from scratch, shucked corn and picked cotton.

I think I got the better end of the deal.

Too cool though that you're teaching your kids history!

Emily said...

YAY for homemade butter, my kids LOVE this activity! We did it for preschool one day!

Erica and Orlando said...

Cool idea for FHE. By the way you have been tagged. Check my blog for details.

Erica and Orlando said...

Sorry, I do remember that. I don't know how you did 100 I could barely do 10.

familyRus...4ever said...

Pretty dang good!! How awesome!!

Zim Family said...

Could you be any more perfect of a mother? Seriously? Dang I suck.