October 4, 2009

Conference Weekend

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When the kids came home from school on Friday they walked into the family room to find this… the Conference Wall.  I found something on-line this week that sparked this idea and decided it would be fun to try.  The kids were thrilled.  They didn’t even know what it would be used for (I didn’t really either… in typical Lisa ‘making it up as I go’ fashion…) but they were excited nonetheless. Then they saw the Conference Basket.

  • Conference packets printed out from Sugardoodle.net on brand new clip boards
  • Prophet finger puppets for Megan
  • New Boxes of Crayons – (25 cents from the Back to School sale)
  • Apostle Bingo Boards
  • Special treats for each session
  • Cute homemade notebooks left over from my Young Women ‘pre-Conference party’
  • General Authority flashcards
  • Secret ‘Do not open until…’ envelopes with special activities to do before each session

They were allowed to look into the basket but couldn’t touch anything.  Oh… the torture!  “Mom, Thanks so much for celebrating Conference!” Emily said.


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Our first ‘Do not open until…’ envelope contained small pictures of the first presidency, twelve apostles and the Primary, YW and Relief Society presidencies.  Found on Sugardoodle.net. There was no Elder Neil L. Anderson picture so we had to write him in.  Then we added two President Monson pictures and a ‘quorum of 70 speaker’ to complete the whole page.  While we glued we reviewed the apostles names.  I was amazed at how many they knew.  “That’s President Eyring”, Megan yelled.  (Our primary has been reviewing.) “Uchdorf is such a funny name” she giggled as she glued.  After we finished our BINGO boards we taped them to wall. After every talk we circled the appropriate speaker.  No BINGO’s yet!

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When the first session started, (at noon for us) the kids were busy busy with their packets… writing down who was conducting, coloring the choir robes, noticing Apostles ties, writing the color of the flowers, copying down the name of the song.  It was priceless to watch.   We looked on the globe to find the new temples, circled the speaker on our Apostle Bingo boards and paused after each talk to tape their picture to our Conference Wall and write down some key words about what they spoke on.

The first session took us 2 hours and 43 minutes.  No, not because we paused to go play outside.  Ryan and Katie were taking such detailed notes that they wanted to ‘rewind’ so they could accurately copy the sentence.  They filled up pages and pages of their notebooks with great notes.  They did so well!  Katie’s favorite talk was President Uchdorf’s.  She said, “Mom, he’s just saying so many good things that I can’t write them all down.”  She threw her pen down on the floor and looked frustrated.  Just then President Uchdorf said, “Don’t be discouraged!”  We all looked at her and repeated his statement to make her giggle.   Saturday ‘morning’ session was fabulous. We loved it.

Our ‘don’t open until Saturday afternoon session’ envelope was a story from the May 2008 Friend about a Conference Reverence Tent.  We read it together and then built a tent in the living room so they could pretend to be like the people listening to King Benjamin.  Ryan was the only one that spent the entire second session in the tent although Luke visited him there quite often.  We ate smarties. We sustained the Prophet.  We wrote and wrote…   

Sunday morning the kids transformed the ‘tent’ (dining room table pulled into the family room) back into a table and sat there for most of the session… the perfect place to spread out all their papers and crayons and take notes.  Despite a small ‘meltdown’ from Emily because she colored the apostles tie the wrong color, it was a great session… especially since Luke and Matthew were taking a nap.  We were once again 25 minutes behind ‘real time’ because of the kids detailed note-taking and they busted me for trying to fast forward through one of the songs.  ‘Mom, those are really good songs.’  I know, I know.  Sorry.  Emily was the one to finally get the first BINGO on her apostle chart.


A and K said...

So fun! I wish you made a packet for me to fill out! My favorite was Elder Bednars talk from the morning!

Hilary said...

you're officially amazing. What great ideas!

Dre + Drew - Southern Living - Georgia said...

so wonderful Lisa love all the ideas how fun and special

The Crew said...

Ditto to all the comments before, great ideas! and thanks for sharing them! I loved Elder Hollands address, powerful testimony! Take care!

Nikole said...

So fun! I love Conference too. We had to take John to the airport, but didn't miss any because of the DVR :)

Nikole said...

We did those packets too and we have Halloween Bingo. And I love Halloween bingo and I won! From Spencer
We did those things too. And we had some fun drawing lines to the correct picture. From Tyler

elisha said...

Great ideas. I know someday I can be like you :) Someday!

The Starbuck Family said...

Such fun ideas! We love Conference weekend as well. I wish we could stop it on our tv though, that would be awesome! I felt like Katie, I just couldn't write fast enough. Sat. morning was definitely my favorite session!

Shelley said...

It sounds like you guys learned a lot from Conference! We missed it all because of San Francisco, but are in the process now of listening to all of it. Taping is the best because you can go back and back...I can't decide which talk is the best because they really are all so good!

Sarah Walton said...

Lisa! What the heck? Where do you seriously come up with these ideas?! I need you to transfer some of your creativeness over to me:)

Sara said...

Another GREAT idea! I will have to remember this for April Conference. Way to go for making it so much fun and for sharing your wonderful idea!

Staci said...

once again i need you to send your ideas my way. what a fun way to get excited about conference. we did the packets and the kids built their tent. it was way cute.

Shan said...

Found you today via pinterest! This is wonderful! What a way to engage your children in enjoying conference! SO happy to find your blog. Your photos are crisp and beautiful as well...camera? I'm a Nikon girl but considering changing over to Canon.

Katelyn said...

This is amazing!!! Can you please give me some links or exact places to find them? Thank you!!