just another day in parent-dise…

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?

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September 12, 2009

A New Adventure Begins…

Filed under: homeschool,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 5:24 am
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After months of praying, crying, and listening- I finally decided that I would homeschool Ryan for his Kindergarten year.  It has been such a long journey that started about 2.5 years ago in Texas when it seemed like God had surrounded me with these crazy ladies called “homeschoolers”.  At the time I thought:  Who in their right mind would want to do that?  🙂  That trend continued when our family moved here to Colorado.  When the first several people I met here homeschooled, I decided it was time to listen what God was beginning to sow in my heart.  Seriously?  What was the deal with all these homeschooling mommies?

So again after more prayer, tears, and now confirmed peace, I’ve decided that homeschooling Ryan was where God was calling me…for now anyway.  We’re taking this one year at and even one day at a time.  🙂

I must say I’m so pleasantly surprised with how much I LOVE it!  We have had so much fun and am excited for what this year brings.  Here’s us doing our homeschool thing…

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And then Ryan had his first day of school at Brighton Options!  Options is a program that’s offered through the Aurora Public School District for homeschooling families.  It provides kids a traditional classroom experience one day a week with Specials too!  Ryan gets PE, art, and music every time he goes.  He met his teacher Mrs. T and had to sit in time out twice!  Not my kid! 🙂  They were pretty innocent reasons, but it’s truly another reason why I love that he’s learning what is expected of him in a formal classroom setting.  It’s so great too because our church hosts the program so Chris gets to take him to school each Tuesday!
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June 21, 2009

Milestone Mania

Filed under: AJ,Carson,Chris the hubby,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 7:31 am
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We’ve had quite the exciting week around the Green household!  It began Tuesday when I found out that AJ20090620-IMG_6287 had taught himself to swing.  As long as the swing isn’t too high, he can get on by himself and swing ’til the cows come home. 

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Then we have Ryan’s 1st Tball game on Friday!  That was a BLAST!  Ryan smacked one right up the middle and got an RBI.  Really every player gets an RBI, but the excitement is still intense!  It was surreal watching my “baby” play Tball.  Where has 5 years gone?20090619-IMG_607420090619-IMG_6086

Ryan's RBI!

Ryan's RBI!

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Later that night Carson tried Puffs for the first time.  He really didn’t know what to think of them!20090620-IMG_620320090620-IMG_6202

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As if my head wasn’t spinning enough with ALL my kids have accomplished…Saturday evening, Chris taught Ryan how to ride his bike without training wheels!

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Chris explaining the rules:  Keep your head foreward and your feet on the pedals!

One proud daddy!
One proud daddy!

Chris explaining the rules:  Keep your head up and your feet on the pedals!

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June 12, 2009

Camping Disaster ’09

Allow me to set the stage for you:

A 5 yr old, a 3 yr old, a 6 month old baby, and two novice campers.

Our story begins on June 12th we leave at about 2:30pm.  We make one stop, King Soopers, because the baby needs bananas.  We’re off!  Finally, I’m told where we are going, Mary’s Lake Campground in Estes Park.  Which is so appropriate for our 1st camping trip because (here comes the mushy stuff) it’s where Chris and I first told each other “I love you” and where Chris was planning to propose-the weather ruined that plan too, actually, funny that we should be conquered again by the weather in Estes Park.

We arrive at approximately 4:45pm.  We have a plan because I’ve been reading a book called Kids & Camping-which Chris has teased me about for days!  The boys and I were going to collect wood for our fire, wait we find out that’s prohibited.  Plan B, we purchase wood for the fire.  The boys and I clear the big rocks from the area where the tent will go and Daddy is going to start putting the tent together.  Ryan and AJ both cleared one rock, so I guess they were done.  They were off finding sticks and exploring-exactly what I wanted them to do.  It was so great watching them run around the campground. 

We noticed the wind right away.  It’s barely 50 degrees and with the wind it was even colder.  It was pretty funny watching Chris try to get the tent set up.  It was equally funny watching me start a fire.  While we each had our jobs, Carson is jumping around in his hop and pop.  He has his warm onesie on, a jacket, and a hat…why didn’t I take a picture???

The tent was up in no time and I had successfully started a fire and kept it going.  Dinner was on and coming along great!  So far so good, we got this camping thing down.  Fifteen minutes later our luck, as they say, started to change. 

There were already two holes in the floor of the tent.  Oh great!  Of course, I’m worried about that because there has been rain everyday for two weeks.  The plan changes again…now I’m off to town to get a tent repair kit and a tarp, no we didn’t have one-and it’s a bit of a sore subject.  🙂  Meanwhile, Chris will stay withthe boys.  Since dinner wasn’t finished and I had  some hungry boys on my hands, I decide we’ll start with an appetizer, toasted marshmallows-of course!  I got them on the poky wire thing (yes, that is the official camp verbage)  But then I had to go because I’m on a time crunch, Carson needs to eat in less than an hour.  Before I leave I snap a few pictures from the van, then I have to go.   Little did I know I was about to miss all the fun camping.

 

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However, beforeI go, I subliminally tell Chris to watch over our dinner.

I make it into town and find the visitor’s center right away, they point me to an outdoory store about a mile down the road.  They didn’t have a big enough tarp, so they point me to a True Value store…where is it?  Right across the highway from the visitor’s center.  Grrr, this is fun right?

I make it back right when little Carson is at his limit.  He didn’t take a nap in his pack ‘n play (in our torn tent) and now he’s hungry.  He was such a trooper!  Chris tells me they had such a great time and  that he sampled our dinner and was complimenting me on my camp cooking skills.  Unfortunately, that was about 20 minutes ago.  I pull the “hobos” off the fire and they are charred.  Not well done, charred.  I’m able to salvage a few bites for the kids to munch. 

Just about this time Carson rolls right off the air mattress on the ground.  He was okay, thank God, but Ryan is nearly in tears because he’s worried about his baby brother.  We love on our Carson and I begin to feed him.  It’s at this point when I notice the wind is gone.  It’s perfectly calm.  The weather was turning in our favor!  Or so I thought. 

The new plan is while I’m feeding Carson, Chris is going to repair the tent, be on rock removal and lay the tarp down.  Ready…break!  Chris starts his job, but after a few minutes, I get this feeling that we better set the back of the van up for Carson.  At the time, my reasoning was because he was so tired and we really didn’t know how long the tent repair would take.  We also get the boys in their warm clothes.  So I’m feeding Carson, the older boys are munching on what’s left of our charred dinner and Chris is pulling stakes.Camping Disaster '09-12

Ryan says, “Hey, it’s raining.” Chris asks me, “Is it?”  I don’t notice any rain drops, “No, it’s not.”  But then there was one.  The timing was so key here.  I move Carson into the van  to bundle him like the little brother on Christmas Story (“Mom, I can’t put my arms down!”)  and lay him in the pack ‘n play that’s in the van.  Just as Chris pulls the last stubborn stake from the ground, this wind literally comes out of nowhere!  Chris sends the boys to the bathroom for shelter.  Seconds later those sparse raindrops became a torrential downpour!  We are running around frantically trying to put lids on bins to keep our stuff dry.  The firewood!  I run it to the bathroom.  The mattresses!  Chris runs them to the bathroom!  The bedding is in the van, and I also check on the baby, he’s not sleeping, but he’s dry & warm, and not crying…yet.  Chris goes to check on the boys.  I turn around to see our once tent turn into a parachute.  I’m screaming, “Chris!  Chris!  Chris!”  He comes to the rescue and I ask him the pivotal question, “At what point do we call it?”  We didn’t need to discuss it, he starts breaking the tent down and I check on Carson who is now screaming.  My poor baby!  I climb in the van which is piled high with stuff, like the mountain we were going to hike.

What a 1st camping trip!  At 8:00pm we pulled out of Mary’s Lake and Campground headed home to sleep in our non-ripped, floored warm beds.  But before I leave you to laugh at us in our naivety, I will close with this:  After the rainstorm passed us, AJ comes out of the bathroom with his pajama shoes (as our kids call them) and undies down at his ankles, walking toward me dragging his pj’s in the mud and water.  All he says, “Um, Mama, I need a little help.”  Don’t we all, son, don’t we all?

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The wreckage after the storm.  Notice the charred tinfoil-everywhere!

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"Seriously, I'm 6 months old.  What were you thinking?"

"Seriously, I'm 6 months old. What were you thinking?"

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June 3, 2009

Rockin’ Ryan

Filed under: life,Ryan,Uncategorized — Kaela Green @ 3:56 pm
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Not much to say about this video…I think it pretty much speaks for itself.  I LOVE boys!

May 31, 2009

My Boy is 5!

Filed under: birthday,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 2:17 pm
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So my baby turned 5 on May 11th! I’ve been busy trying to turn my little hobby into a business, but I think the real reason I haven’t posted about Ry’s bday is because it makes me sad. :(. Where has the time gone?   My baby is 5 and going to Kindergarten in three short months.  I just can’t believe it, it seems so surreal!  Of course I was so excited for my sweet boy’s birthday, but this one was tough for me.

We started Ry’s birthday bash with my almost famous smiley face pancake breakfast and a Mickey Mouse Playhouse balloon-the boys are loving Mickey right now!  It gets me so excited for Disney!  2010 baby!

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We decided to do Ryan’s birthday a little different this year…  If you read my blog last year, (have I really been blogging over a year?) you know we had a Firefighter theme party for his big 4.  Instead of a party we took Ryan, AJ, and his bf Mason to a little place called Amazing Jake’s

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The boys had so much fun atRyan's Bday (137 of 137)!!!  Ryan drove the bumper cars on his own, rode all of the kiddie rides, played putt-putt, rode shotgun on the go-carts, and even attempted the climbing wall.  Chris & I had so much fun watching them run around and saying yes to (almost) everything.

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AJ had so much fun being hooked up on the safety rope and “repelling” down.

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Even Chris & I joined in the fun.  I was very eager to climb the wall.  I used to climb quite a bit when I lived in Mexico.  I climbed to what I thought was the top, but missed the very top by one stone.  It took me a bit longer than Chris and I won’t be showing my tush in a harness.  After convincing Chris to climb, he made it up so quickly the following picture is posed because he was all in competition mode and wouldn’t even turn around to take a picture.  Oh, those Green boys.  When I asked him if he remembered what his time was, his response was:  World Championship time.  Oh, those Green boys.

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April 7, 2009

Volcano!

Filed under: AJ,Chris the hubby,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 1:53 pm
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Had I known it was so easy to make a volcano, I would have done it months ago!  The boys got a Volcano book for Christmas and in the back there are directions to make a volcano and this weekend I made good on my promise to make a volcano with my boys.  So here we are with the play by play…

Our ingredients:  baking soda, vinegar, food coloring and a bit of dish soap

Our ingredients: baking soda, vinegar, food coloring and a bit of dish soap

Ryan preparing for the explosion...although we did explain that it wouldn't be loud. :)

Ryan preparing for the explosion...although we did explain that it wouldn't be loud. 🙂

Here it comes!!!

Here it comes!!!

Ryan is beginning to believe us about the not being loud part.

Ryan is beginning to believe us about the not being loud part. AJ is just loving it!A volcano eruption!Let's do it again! Ryan pours...Aj pours......and we get another volcano!

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March 15, 2009

Dr. Josh Meets the Real Dr. Josh

Filed under: AJ,life,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 3:01 pm
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storm-chasers

One day this past summer Ryan saw the Discovery channel’s reality TV show:  Storm Chasers at Uncle Larry & Aunt Misty’s house.  It was obsession at first sight!  We watched the whole season together as  family.  It was You Tube videos about tornadoes, playing “Storm Chasers”, he checked out EVERY book that our Brighton Library has-twice, our Mom Van became the DOW or the TIV (depending on the day), and Ryan became, Dr. Josh. 

On one of the shows this past season it mentioned that The Center for Severe Weather Research is based in Boulder.  Knowing that storm chasing season is right around the corner, I decided to Google it.  I found Dr. Josh Wurman’s website-(he’s one of the main “characters” on Storm Chasers).  And on his website he has his e-mail.  Then, I get this idea…how cool would it be for the my Dr. Josh to meet the real Dr. Josh.  So I e-mailed him and explained how much Ryan loves the show, and how he calls himself Dr. Josh, plays Storm Chasers, etc and would he be willing to meet us in person?  I received an e-mail that same day and a date was set:  March 13th.  Hopefully a day that Ryan will remember to celebrate his tornado crazy 4th year of life.  And who knows…maybe he’ll be Dr. Ryan Green in charge of his own set of storm chasers some day?!?

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February 9, 2009

Flashlight Hide-n-go-seek!

Filed under: AJ,Chris the hubby,family,life,Ryan — Kaela Green @ 11:21 am
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Being a family is such a blessing!  I love to see tender moments shared between brothers and making up new games to play together.  Daddy and Ryan were giving Carson a bath the other day and I was able to capture this beautiful picture:

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Ryan loves his brother so much and is such a wonderful helper!

Tonight we were playing hide-n-go-seek.  Which is always fun!  Especially when playing with a 3-yr old that hides and then yells, “Here I am!” before you can go seek him.  It’s so funny!  Then we have Ryan…when Chris and I seek we pretend we don’t know where he is.  Which when playing with a 4-yr old, you can actually hear where he hides…doors closing, chairs moving…you know what it’s like if you’ve played with a preschooler.   So we say, “Hmmm, I wonder where Ryan is?   Is he in the closet?  No.  Is he under the table?  No….”  and so it goes.  Well, it’s Ryan’s turn to seek.  He finishes counting to 20 and skips 16 again :)…he looks right at me (I’m under the table) and says:  Hmmm, I wonder where Mommy and Daddy are?  Let me stress, that he looked right at me.  It was too cute!

So Ryan gets a flashlight out, one of his favorite toys to play with and I get an idea.  Daddy and AJ team up and Ryan and I are a team.  We play Flashlight Hide-n-go-seek!  With all the lights out one team hides and one team seeks.  Ony the catch is you can only have the light to go searching for the other team.  It may just be my new favorite game.  I think it’s Ryan’s too!

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January 12, 2009

Who does Carson look most like?

Filed under: AJ,Carson,family,Ryan,Uncategorized — Kaela Green @ 2:43 pm
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All these pics are around 1 month old.  Who does Carson favor, Ryan or AJ?  Don’t forget to cast your vote…scroll down.

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