Christmas Card 2015

We are going to do a digital Christmas card this year again! It’s just easier and it simplifies our Christmas.

This year we welcome a little girl named Emily. 7 lbs even and 20 inches long. We love her so much!

Merry Christmas!!

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Here’s our past years Christmas Cards:

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

This is the 2015 Christmas video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “A Savior is Born”.

5 Tips to Stay Awake During General Conference

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Christ waking up his sleeping apostles. Picture Source: http://www.lds.org

I’m just being completely honest. I love General Conference so much but it is a lot different with little kids. My husband and I try so hard to pay attention but our kids are so distracting. To make things worst, Sunday afternoon session of General Conference is one of the hardest to stay awake. It’s the last session and it’s during nap time.

  1. Stand Up – If you start feeling sleepy, don’t lay down on the couch! Stand up. :)
  2. Ask Questions and Seek for Answers  – This is one of the best ways to learn from the Holy Ghost. Have life questions written down before the session and seek for answers from the sermons.”Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.” -3 Nephi 27:29
  3. Healthy Snacks – After snacking on Muddy Buddies all morning, I think I need to find something more healthy so I can have more energy. Here are some healthy snack ideas from the Time Out for Women LDS Blog.
  4. Play a Game – Play an appropriate game with your family like General Conference Bingo or find other ideas online.
  5. Share Goodness – If it’s not too distracting, I like talking to my kids about what the speakers are saying and helping them understand in 2 and 4 year old terms. I also like to share with my husband thoughts and impressions that I get throughout the meeting. I know some people like to Twitter their thoughts during conference. There is a very active #LDSconf Twitter community. I guess we all just need to find out what works for us.

How do you stay awake and alert while watching general conference?!

Park City Historic Barn

Holy cow you guys! I fell off the face of the planet. Sorry about that. It’s been really busy traveling, taking lots of pictures for my calling and helping my husband edit his dissertations. I’m just trying to keep up with my kids, cleaning and laundry. There really is a time and a season for everything.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… Ecclesiates 3:1

I wish I have more time to post on here but it’s just not my first priority. I’ll do the best I can because I have a lot of pictures to share with you all.

I recently participated in the a photography competition in Utah. We had to take pictures of 10 different categories and submit our best 30 pictures within 48 hours. It really pushed me to my limits and helped me advance my skills in photography.

One of my most proud category came from “Architecture.” We traveled to Park City to take picture of this historic barn.

This blog just celebrated our 5th anniversary because we started this blog right after we got married and we just celebrated our 5th anniversary! Over the last 5 years, we’ve posted almost 200 times. It has never been super consistent but I blog in the seasons of life when I can. Thanks for sticking by!

If you want a more consistent update follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maybohubbard

Church Service Missionary Photographer

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I was called and set apart a couple of weeks ago to be a Church Service Missionary Photographer of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What does this mean? Well basically… take pictures where ever I go and submit them to be used in Church media. So you’ll see me and my kiddies with a camera all the time. Some people from create.lds.org recruited me back in October at LDS Tech conference. Before that I was struggling to figure out where in the world to take my photography hobby… I felt like this is the best way for me to learn more about photography, officially start a real photography business and share my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the same time!! I’m going to need all my friend’s help to fulfill this calling! Yes, I really do get to wear this name tag…

3 year old Rock Climber

Our friend took the boys rock climbing! I think climbing is just built into these little boys. Micah who’s 3, loved it. After a few tries, he got 3/4 of the way up the wall.

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They even had little harnesses for little toddlers for Quentin.

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However, this is how Quentin felt about climbing the wall. “Don’t make me do this!!” He was a little tired and hungry.

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We had a blast! So grateful for our friend who took us climbing!

Speaking of climbing mountains, I enjoy this great inspiring message by President Eyring about climbing mountains and “Gaining Power to Overcome Challenges in Life.”

 

Temples and Testimony Blog

source: Jason Carlton

Hey Friends! This is a picture of the Mt. Timpanogos Utah Temple by Jason Carlton from Utah. I shared my testimony about LDS temples today on his blog Temples and Testimony.

Thank you Jason for running such a blog!

You can share your testimony about LDS Temples his blog too! Click here.

Minecraft Themed Singing Time or FHE Game

Update 2/22/2015: OK we did it today!! I’m going to try to post an update later with some extra notes and add a few spaces on the game board cause we kept on landing on blank spaces… so I started making them sing a song even if they landed on a blank space. I think the biggest problem is that the older boys got “too excited” and couldn’t calm down. The older boys thought it was “awesome” and the older girls thought it was “dumb”. *sigh* but I still think it’d be an awesome FHE game cause it wouldn’t matter if you land on a bunch of blank spots during FHE…. it’s just that time is pressed for singing time.

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Ok… I ventured into researching about Minecraft so I could better understand the youth in my ward.

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I made this super simple print, play and sing Minecraft Theme Singing Time or FHE Game with the 2015 Sharing Time Manual Songs. This is meant for older kids in primary because the younger kids probably don’t know what Minecraft is.

While I understand it’s not the most spiritual game, I tried super super hard to include gospel principles and gospel related things in it. I think it can be counted as a “wholesome recreational activity!”

Well… I’ll let you know how it goes! Tell me how it goes for you if you use it! :)

I didn’t make it all by myself. I had help from these sources below:

Credits

Characters (You can create more characters here): http://minecraft.novaskin.me/

Salt Lake Temple Minecraft Picture: http://mrashermarad.blogspot.com/2012/09/minecraft-memes-cool-ideas-and-xbox-360.html

Game board:  Lost Steve @ http://pixelpapercraft.com/papercraft/4fe7006162f7d5552c000095/board-game-lost-steve

DOWNLOAD PDF FILE HERE: Senior Primary Minecraft Board Game for Singing Time PDF

DOWNLOAD WORD FILE HERE: Senior Primary Minecraft Board Game for Singing Time WORD FILE

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