Sunday, March 10, 2013

Questions for Grandparents

In the past year or so on multiple occasions I have heard people talk about the importance of Family History work.  In D&C 2:2 it reads "And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the he hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers". This process happens through family history work.  When I think of Family History work as finding lost ancestors it seems like a daunting task.  When I think of family history work however as getting to know the history and stories of my parents and grandparents, it seems a lot less daunting.  I know that my parents and grandparents have stories and experiences that I could learn from and that my children someday can learn from.  All I have to do is ask them to share their experiences with me. 

I came up with a list of questions to ask my grandparents.  I have sent them the lists and look forward to hearing their responses.  I know that I will be able to learn from them and I hope that my own children will be able to be inspired by their great heritage and the stories of their  great grandparents one day. 

I thought I would share the list with you:

Questions for Grandparents
Tell me about your family growing up.
What types of things did you do for fun when you were growing up?
What was school like when you were growing up?
What was the latest and greatest technology when you were growing up?
What fads/fashions were popular when you were growing up?
What family traditions did you have growing up?
What is something that you learned from your parents?
Tell about meeting Nana/Papa.
Tell about your wedding and what life was like when you were first  married.
Tell me about my mom/dad.  What are some things that I might not know about her/him?
Tell about a hard time and how you got through it.
Tell about a lesson you have learned in life and how you came to learn it.
Tell me some funny stories.
What advice did you give to your kids?
What advice would you give to your grand kids and great grand kids?
What brings you the most joy in life?
Share some of your testimony with me.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Yesterday in school I celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday with my class!  We had a Read-a-Thon.  All the kids brought pillows, blankets, books, and snacks.  They all spread out on the floor and under tables and desks and read.  We took some breaks and I read some Dr. Seuss books to them which was great! I love reading Dr. Seuss.

Today, Saturday March 2nd, is actually Dr. Seuss's Birthday.  I have never eaten green eggs before and I thought it was about time.  Unfortunately I did not eat them in a train or a plane or a tree, I simply ate them in a house, but not with a mouse.

Here they are! Yum!

This is one of my all time favorite Dr. Seuss books!  I've had it since I was about 6 or 7, and the fact that it was a favorite as a kid, is probably why it is still a favorite.  If you haven't read it, you should.   I read it to my roommate this morning - it was great!

Here are some great quotes from Dr. Seuss:

"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become."

 “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” 

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

Videos are fun to bring back some childhood memories too : )  We watched this one with the Second Graders yesterday.  I love the message of this story.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, and Happy Saturday to everyone else : )