September 3, 2010

Back to School Feast

With summer winding up (or down, or whatever), we looked forward to celebrating the return to schedule, structure, and learning with our annual Back to School Feast.  This is something our family adopted last year and has now become a tradition that everyone already looks forward to.  It is an excellent way to show the boys how important school and continued learning is.  It is also another reason to celebrate (and you know how we like to do that!).

I pulled out the tablecloth, china, and real silverware and we feasted on grilled salmon, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a completely decadent chocolate and peanut butter cake.  Brevin suggested we get Martineli's sparkling cider for the occasion, which I quickly agreed to. 

While we ate, I introduced the yearly family theme of "Remember" and we talked about all the ways that one particular word could help us with our goals for the coming school year.  We then read a favorite scripture (which I totally relate to because it is addressed to "my sons").  Helaman 5:12 reads:

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

I couldn't put it better myself, so we concluded the discussion with that.  Following diner, each of the boys received a special father's blessing to help prepare them for their starting a new school year.

Now, here's hoping that they will each REMEMBER!

This post authored by Amber


Mandy said...

I'll be needing that cake recipe, Supermom!

Julie said...

I'm with Mandy!! I need your chocolate peanut butter cake recipe! You're so fabulously creative. I've got to remember to head over to your blog for holiday ideas!!

Liz Adams said...

seriously, I need to come to your house for dinner. Promise me that next time I make it to UT for an extended period of time you are cooking for me! i'll gladly come your direction for that!

Heather said...

I wanted to do the fancy feast as well, but I don't have any nice dishes. So we opted for breakfast for dinner that night!