Friday, November 20, 2009

Inside Adventures

As the weather gets colder (we had snow flurries on Monday!), we have to get more and more creative with our inside activities.  You can only have so many dance parties before they get old.  So, for Cash we caved in and purchased a Johnny Jump Up.  Chad loved playing in one of these back in his day (according to Sue), so naturally we thought Cash would love it.  We also returned our exersaucer to its rightful owner, so the little man needed something to stand in!  Anyhow, he's still perfecting his bounce and getting the hang of it (pun intended).

I love how his little legs look!

Just hanging around

Now as you know, the girls also have their "room time" where they get creative.  Today, I came in to find them sitting like this:

Harper said they were, "watching a movie and eating spaghetti."  I thought, "Awww, how cute.  I must get my camera and take a picture!"  Then I took a closer look.  I said, "Harper, what is that in your mouth?"  She replied, "It's spaghetti, Mom."  To which I said, "Ok, but what IS that spaghetti?"  To which she said, "It's Reese's bow."  What was formerly a cute bow is now spaghetti.

The spaghetti

Sad day for the bow

This was Harper "pausing" the movie


Our final adventure before nap time was creating a Tent City.  Harper loved crawling under all of the blankets, while Reese enjoyed tearing them down.

Blankets and curtains make for a fun afternoon

Loving the tents

Runaway bottom


Tearing down the city

All in all, it was a good day.  I'm thankful that my kids can have fun and be creative in any situation.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Twilight Moms

*Disclaimer- this post doesn't contain any pictures of the kiddos.  Sorry Grandparents!
So after a tumultuous morning of the dogs running away for an hour, I was finally able to start my morning.  The girls were having room time and I was in desperate need of caffeine.  I finally settled in with my coffee and a mountain of laundry to watch Regis and Kelly.  I was a little bit excited to see that they were having Robert Pattinson on their show today.  

Robert Pattinson
Now, if you've been living under a rock and don't know who he is (ahem, Liz), he is the teen heart-throb and star of the Twilight saga.  If you don't know what the Twilight saga is, then there is nothing I can do for you.  

Anyhow, I digress.  SO, Robert was smoldering and trying to look mysterious when Regis and Kelly drew his attention to a row of women in the audience.  They were TWILIGHT MOMS.  They even had sweet bedazzled shirts similar to this:

I chuckled and thought about how funny it was that these women who were CLEARLY 40 and up were SO dedicated to these books/movies that they had shirts and were squealing like middle school girls!  Then, another thought crept into my mind . . . am I a Twilight Mom?!?!  No, my immediate thought was NO.  I mean, I read these books while I was teaching 6th graders.  I got them for Christmas and read all 4 books within a few days.  No big deal.  I wanted to have my finger on the pulse of my students and what they thought was "cool" literature.  I also used sentences and paragraphs out of these books as writing samples (some were samples of good descriptive writing, and some were samples of BAD writing).  I mean, it was strictly for work, right?

THEN I started thinking about the fact that if I didn't have 3 tots to take care of, I would DEFINITELY be at a midnight showing of New Moon tonight (so I definitely have the mom part).  I also think that Robert Pattinson is somewhat handsome (for a younger man, of course).  I also sort of liked the books (they aren't literary masterpieces or anything).  I also would say that I'm on team Edward (mom, you will have no idea what that means).  I also read all 4 books in a few days.  So, am I a Twilight Mom?!?

I would say to some extent, I might be a mild version of a Twilight Mom.  No, I'm not going to wear a bedazzled shirt of any kind and I'm not going to hang anything with any likeness of any character from the movie in my room.  I will go see the movie and maybe read the books again one day.  I am simply a fan, so don't judge.  Who's with me?  Anyone?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Harper has long been obsessed with her little princess shoes, which she refers to as "fancies".  It feels like we own about 273 pairs of these shoes.  I also recall days of squeezing my feet into similar tiny shoes when I was younger.  Today Harper decided to teach Reese how to work the fancy shoes.  Reese was a natural.  Harper was strutting so hard that she ended up with a blister.  It's tough being sassy.

"Ok, Reese.  Put this one on your left foot."

Harper has worked with the posing a bit more than Reese


Love it

Reese is a little ham!

Happy Wednesday from our fancy world to yours!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Reese's Big Day

I first must give major snaps to Chad for his ghost-blogging!   Wasn't his video montage the best?!  Way to go, Chad!  SO, today was a big day for our little Reese. We started the day at the doctor for Cash's 4 month check up (yes, he's already 4.5 months old) and Reese's 18 month check up (yes, she's already 19.5 months old).  Reese weighs a whopping 27 lbs. (77%) and is only 32 in. long (46%).  SO, she's basically a chunky monkey.  She took her shots like a champ and after having some blood drawn (my LEAST favorite part of the day), we were on our way.  Here's a look at everyone enjoying the doctor.

Waiting on Dr. Dove

Being a good big sister

Chillin like a villain

After nap time, Chad woke Reese up to go get her FIRST haircut!   I mean, she didn't really NEED her hair cut, but Chad just thought she would be too cute with a little bob.  Don't you think he was just MADE to be a father of girls?!  He was SO right.  Reese's cut turned out SO cute.  Here are a few before/during/after shots.

Before the big event!

Love that sweet mullet

Hmmm.  Zebra?  On a baby?

Chad said she was so quiet and pensive during the process

Not sure what to think

It's getting shorter!

Time for a blow dry!

How cute is she?

Bob from the back

SO, today was quite the adveturous day for our little Reesey.  She's a delight EVERY day, but today she was extra sweet.  I think that new bob might get her out of some trouble this week!

A Fun Video

This is just a short slideshow of our lives to some fun music. We are a blessed family!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Come And Get It!

Here's an average day of meals at the Green house.

LUNCH: The girls were dancing around in the den and waving hand towels around.  Why, you ask?  Who knows.  BUT, Harper quickly suggested that they sit on their towels and have a picnic lunch in the den.  Great idea, Harper!  Anything to spice up our daily routine is welcomed.  SO, here's our fabulous quesadilla picnic!

Reese has learned how to say "cheeeeeeeese" for the camera

Harper showing off her gourmet quesadilla

As long as this child has food, she's happy

Boomer and Winston anxiously awaited a single crumb

Cash got in on the action. . . the girls LOVE to rub his head

Baby communication is great



The whole picnic gang

DINNER:  Here's the scenario- Chad is coming home late, I needed to go to the grocery store two days ago, and little girls get GRUMPY when they are hungry.  The answer?  PANCAKES and POPSICLES.  Enough said.

They had blueberries in them, so they were a tiny bit healthy, right?

Popsicles are also made of fruit, right?

Sometimes, you just have to live a little.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things 3.0

I can't remember if I've ever been SO excited for Christmas SO early.  I mean, can't you feel it?  I try not to listen to Christmas music or get out any decorations before Thanksgiving, but I just don't know if I can help myself!  We are celebrating Christmas with Chad's extended family (We can't wait, Laughlins!) over Thanksgiving, so maybe that's why?  Who knows!  All I know is that some of my favorite things involve the holidays, so don't hate.  Here we go:

#1- If you can't enjoy the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte', then I've got the next best thing for YOU!  This creamer really does come close to the real thing.  My initial thoughts: Pumpkin flavor + coffee flavor = scary.  My current thoughts: pumpkin spice goodness + coffee flavor = pure delight.  Seriously, Coffee-mate should hire me to be a spokesperson.  If you aren't into pumpkin, Chad likes the eggnog creamer.  

#2- This is a GREAT holiday compilation album.  I secretly listened to it on Monday.  I know it's a bit early, so don't tell anyone I did.  It features lovely ladies like Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, KT Tunstall, Fiona Apple, Colbie Caillat, and more!  Get it on iTunes for Christmas.  I promise you won't regret it!

#3- What did mothers do before Mylicon/Simethicone/Gas Drops?  I am proud to say that we have never had a "colicky" or fussy baby.  You would think that at least one of the three would be, right?  NOPE!  Chad and I (with our parental intuition) think we owe it all to these magical drops.  They are miraculous.  Marce' Hennigan told us about these things many moons ago, and now we should own stock in them.  If Sam's or Costco sold them in bulk, we would buy them.  Moms-to-be or moms with fussy babies- pump them full of these little drops!

#4- We are suckers for holiday decor.  I would say that I alone am the sucker, but Chad would easily confess that he shares this burden.  In our Atmore house, we had a tree (of some shape or size) in every room.  Some were mini, some were medium, and two of them were large.  Unfortunately, our current house will NOT allow for all of our trees.  Nor will our current house allow for stockings hung on a mantle.  I know, I might shed a tear too!  Anyhow, we will trudge on and enjoy Christmas and all of its decor to the fullest extent.  Seriously, what is more fun than watching two little girls and a baby boy enjoy this blessed holiday with such awe and childlike innocence?  I can't wait!

#5- Chad recently purchased these fun do-it-yourself crafty books for me.  I have read them.  I haven't tried any of their projects . . . but I'm excited to try them some day.  They are really cute and have inspired me to start getting crafty!  Isn't that what stay-at-home moms do?

#6- Harper has "school time" every morning.  I have been really surprised by her motor skills and progress.  I am no elementary education major (thankfully my sister is!), but I'm trying to teach her to write her name, learn her letters, and color inside the lines.  She is doing great.  I particularly like her use of color!  I love keeping samples of her writing and coloring.

#7-I can't resist this face.  Enough said.