just another day in parent-dise…

December 24, 2009

Christmas 2009

Filed under: family,photography,random — Kaela Green @ 6:05 am
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Merry CHRISTmas! 

Love,

The Greens

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November 13, 2009

My Future Storm Chasers!

Filed under: AJ,random,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 5:17 am
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Who knew playdoh could become tornados?

June 10, 2009

Things I hear on any given day…

Filed under: random,Uncategorized — Kaela Green @ 6:11 am
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“Do you see that big tornado with dust and debris?

“This is Rocky Canyon, there is an avalanche making fire in the mountains!  Copy that.”

“AJ, let’s color together.”

“He’s (Carson) so happy, Mama!”

“I made it just for my brother.”

“My baby is so cute!”

“Mama!  Come see what I built!  I’m good at building.”

“Oh no!  I see a tornado touching down in the east!”

“Good team work!”

“You’re right, Ryan, you’re right!”

“Yummy, yummy gummy worms!” (peas-I know, I don’t get it either.)

“So how is your day, Mama?”

While listening to Klove:  “Hey!  That’s psalm 106!”  (No kidding!  That came out of my 3-yr mouth!)

“Did you know water makes me happy?”  (Again my 3-yr old!)

“Did you know milk makes me silly?” (Guess who?) 

“Mama, is that cool or what?”

“What do you want to be when you grow up, Mama” 

To which I’d have to reply, “A Mama!” 
…love being a mom!

May 18, 2009

Kroger Mac & Cheese Taste Test

Filed under: family,random — Kaela Green @ 4:17 am
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I wanted to really see what the BIG difference is between the various Kroger Mac & Cheeses.  So last night we had a taste test.  Now currently (from my memory-which isn’t saying a whole lot) we have the Value box at around 3/$1, but I think they just raised it a bit.  The Original for about $.50/box and Kroger’s Rich ‘n Creamy for around $.90/box.  While I would’ve liked to add a Kraft box to the test, my limit is under $1/box preferably around $.50.  Now if I have a coupon…that’s a different story, but it still has to be cheaper than the Kroger brand. 

So all the boys (minus Carson-we’re still working with rice cereal:) voted for the Rich ‘n Creamy.  And I preferred the Original, which took me by surprise.  Also, the Rich ‘n Creamy took twice as long to stir, which of course can be a factor when feeding ravenous boys!  Vote for your fav!

January 24, 2009

Loving life as a mom

Filed under: life,random — Kaela Green @ 9:51 am
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So this is what it’s like to be a mother of toddlers:

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Yes, those are peas.

January 3, 2009

Early Morning Adventure…

Filed under: AJ,Carson,Chris the hubby,family,life,random,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 5:48 am
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Would you panic if you woke up to this?

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It’s 5:15am. 

Chris:  Don’t panic, but the house next door is on fire and we need to evacuate.

That’s really all I remember because I was woken out of dead sleep.  Chris said, and these are his exact words, that I got my crying on and said, “Oh, is our house is going to burn down?”  I, however, remember being disoriented and asking him if I need to grab the scrapbooks, the one thing I’d grab after my family was safe.  I was so confused.

I had the baby and he got the other two and we headed to the mom van (that’s what our 4 and 3 yr old call the super sweet ride I drive).  Although, there was really no where to go because in our small cul-de-sac there were two fire trucks and two police cars blocking the exit.  So we drove to the other side and waited.  I fed the baby and the boys watched in pure excitement.  We didn’t see any flames, but there was smoke pouring out of the door.  Everyone was safe even their cat.  It was really cool to see the firefighter hand him over to our relieved neighboor.  Two people were sent to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.  The captain said it was a small fire that started and was contained in the garage, but we still don’t know what caused it. 

There were a total of four firetrucks and three police cars.  It was pretty scary being that close to what could have been a huge disaster.  Thank goodness for smoke detectors.  Make sure your batteries have been swapped out recently.  Here are some more pics.  They aren’t great because it was cold outside and I didn’t want to mess with finding the correct settings on my camera, but you can see most of it pretty well.

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Chris the hubby,family,life,random — Kaela Green @ 9:13 am
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Happy New Year to you!  I hope that your 2009 is great! 

I’m so excited about everything that’s going to happen this year.  Ryan will be going off to Kindergarten.   AJ will hopefully be potty trained.  🙂  Carson will be walking and talking.  We will be going on our first official family vacation.  I will hopefully be doing more photography.  And Chris is looking forward to what’s in store for him at Northern Hills.  What an amazing year it’s going to be!  And what a great start to all of it when gas is $1.34/gal!  Did you ever think we’d see it that low again?   I sure didn’t!!!

Many of us make resolutions at this time of year.  Lose weight or take better care of our bodies, call home more often, be better parents, take up a new hobby…  I’ve never been much of a resolution making type of gal because when I fail (usually within the first week) I feel nothing but guilty.  I do, however, reflect over the last year and think and pray about the changes I can make to be more like the woman that God is designing me to be.  I think this year I’ll be focusing on using my time better.  With 3 boys, working online, and teaching Jazzercise, I think that’ll be key to keeping me on the sane side of life. 

I think another “biggy” when it comes to resolutions is spending money more wisely.  Which leads me to coupons…I’ve been a HUGE advocate of coupons for about two years now.  I started playing the Grocery Game in the summer of ’06 (I think).  When I was keeping track, I think that first year I saved over $1000 using coupons.  And recently I found another website that helps assist in keeping the grocery bills lower:  Coupon Mom.  We typically don’t spend over $200 in groceries per month and coupons play a huge part in that.  I also shop the quick sale items for meat, milk, and bread.  The deep-freeze is my best friend when it comes to stretching that dollar.  So just to give you an example of what our shopping bill looks like I’ll tell you what I saved and spent today.  This was only average when compared to how I usually do…

Today at King Soopers I spent $35.11 and this is what it bought me:

2 boxes of Betty Crocker potatoes

2 boxes of Life cereal

Jiffy corn muffins

A loaf of whole wheat bread-quick sale rack for $1.50

18 count lg eggs

1 package of turkey brats-quick sale for $1.29

1 package of turkey drumsticks-quick sale for $2.13

1 package of 16 chicken drumsticks-quick sale for $3.91

Dishwasher detergent

2 coffemate creamers

Laundry detergent

Bananas

1 pineapple

1 package of Jumbo hotdogs-terrible for us, I know, but the kids love ’em!

24 count Aleve

Skippy natural PB

2 boxes of mac ‘n cheese

6 individual servings of applesauce-quick sale for $.14/each

I brought my own bags and saved$.25.  I also saved $10.80 with my King Soopers card and I saved $8.80 using coupons.  So I saved a total of $19.60.  Usually I save closer to 50-75% of what I spend.  Today it was only 37%, but still not bad!

The biggest thing with coupons (imhp) is that you can’t be brand specific and just because you have a coupon for something does NOT mean you have to use it.  When I first started, I pretty much bought everything that was 75% off or more.  That included all the c-rap that is good to eat, but maybe not the healthiest of options.  I still tend to buy those things every now and again when they are $.50 or less, but I’m much picker than I have been in my earlier days as a couponer.  Happy shopping!

Coupons and Salvation  a devotional by Chris Green  bathtime5
     Recently my wife has gotten into the rather surprisingly in-depth world of couponing.  She plans, organizes, and watches weekly for “the list”.  It’s really something to see.  The art of clipping, comparing, counting, cutting cost, and combining them in a cute little coupon cache is comparable to a crazy artist with his canvas!  She redeems these coupons for items at a reduced cost, sometimes even for free!  Great for the budget!
     As she dives into this endeavor, it made me think of the word redeem.  It made me think about how God has chosen to redeem us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  The Oxford Dictionary defines the word redeem like this:  Redeem: -to buy back;  -to recover by effort and/ or payment;  -make a single payment to discharge;  -to save from;  -purchase the freedom of;  -to save or rescue.  Look at the last two definitions in particular.  The words freedom, save, and rescue ring loud.  We need rescuing from our sin.  Like those coupons, we need to be redeemed.  The apostle Paul makes this very clear in his letter to the Roman church that this is just what Jesus has done for us.  “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all  have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24 emphasis mine). 
     The cost to redeem our lives was high.  So high, in fact, that the only worthy payment was God sacrificing Himself as Jesus Christ, taking our sin and dying in our place, for us, so that we might be bought back.  And in so doing, receiving freedom and forgiveness from the sin that rules our lives.  Ephesians 1:7-8 says, “In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”  Christ has redeemed us!  You didn’t have a choice when you came into this world.  You were born a sinner.  But God’s greatness prevails over the dead-end that sin brings us to if we give our lives to Him.  “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”  (1 Peter 1:18-19). 
     If you’ve never given your life to Jesus … stopped living for yourself and started living for Him … turned from your way to His way … been redeemed by His blood, then I invite you to do that today.  Right now.  You just need to talk with the Savior.  Maybe you say something like this:  God, I know I messed up.  I confess my sin to you and I’m sorry that I’ve sinned against you.  I believe that you sent your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me, and that he was resurrected to sit at your right hand.  I turn from my sin to you, Lord.  Amen.
     So, as you look at the ads in the paper or stroll down the grocery aisle and see those coupons, think about redemption.  When you redeem that coupon, remember that Jesus redeemed you from an eternity of separation from Him and don’t wait another day to share this news of salvation with others.   Amen.
 
Chris Green

September 24, 2008

“The Last Free Weekend of Your Life”

Filed under: family,life,Life in Colorado,random,Uncategorized — Kaela Green @ 3:18 am
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When my dad bought his first house my grandfather, Dzia Dzia, said:  Congratulations, son, there goes the last free weekend of your life.  He also said that he always wanted to live on Q Street so he wouldn’t have far to go to “P”.  🙂  That should explain where I get some of my humor.  I miss my Dzia.

My Dzia Dzia and my dad.

I know a little about what he was talking about.  Chris and I just bought our second home about a month ago.  Since that wonderful day, we have painted EVERY room in the house (but the kitchen and basement), had carpet installed, Chris learned how to lay tile, and more yard work then we were used to-way more.  Am I complaining?  Of course not!  Well maybe about the painting, a little.  That was a chore!  I wanted to share some of our progress.  I will be posting before and afters when we’re all “done”.  Of course I use the quotes because are we ever really done?

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