"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


This summer in our lovely little valley, they are doing a program called "UnPlugged".  At the end of the school year they issued a challenge to the children to spend less time watching TV and video games, and more time playing outside.  As an incentive, they came up with 101 things to do this summer and offered a "brag tag" to all those who completed it.

We've had a ball collecting tags and doing all kinds of things this summer.  We've explored Cascade Springs, made s'mores and homemade ice cream, swam, played soccer, had a lemonade stand and a water balloon fight- not at the same time, walked dogs, watered flowers for grandma, made and flew paper air planes, rode a carousel, picnicked in the park, and much much more!

What I'm most proud of is that the kids pledged to go ten days straight with no electronics- no cartoons or movies, no computer, no Nintendo, and no iPod.  They did it, and it wasn't even that hard!

As part of the program, the kids get entered into a weekly drawing to win $100.  Each tag is assigned a point value, and for every 5 points you get an entry.  Will entered in 15 entries last week and won!  Will split the money with Annie, took out $5 for tithing, and wanted to save the rest.  He is such a smart (and kind!) boy, and I am so proud of him.

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