Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Just Jack!"

I'm in blogger mode these days. Yes, I'm sharing all old stuff, but I'm having fun going through all the old photos and videos. This is a video I'm sure everyone in the family has seen, but it is my all time favorite video of any of my kiddos, EVER! Jack is about 3 years old here, and he loved dancing to this music, which was featured in a Michelob Light commercial of all things. Well thanks to Tivo we were able to record the song and get video of him dancing to it. Yes this is in real time, and is not sped up at all. I think he got his Mama's moves.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


I was looking through my old scrapbooks and came across this cherished photo. Aah, when life was simple, and I only had two kiddos....I honestly can't remember it. I'm sure I thought my life was stressful then. It wasn't until I had the twins that I actually learned to embrace the chaos, and be happy in it. Anyway, I do miss these little faces. They were so precious and cute and little. Everyone says they grow up too fast, and I can attest that it's not a cliche'.

The other side is just as wonderful though. They are asking advice from you. You can have the most wonderful and intellectual conversations with them. Yes, intellectual! And they even ask for hugs from you. I got a really nice warm one from Andrew just last night. It's all good.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sisters Circle Journal

Aack! I'm not very good at this blogging stuff. For one, I find my life incredibly ordinary, despite having four boys. Hell, the Duggar family has how many kids? My four are nothing. So I can't ever seem to come up with anything to write about that I think would be interesting to an outsider. I'm severely lacking the talents my sister possesses in her writing, as you can see here. Plus, I think I have a total audience of about 5, and that's being generous, so it seems like a lot of work for nothing.

Anyhow, the one talent I do seem to possess, that I always like sharing, is my gift for scrapbooking. My sis, Catherine, and I have been working on a Sisters Circle Journal for about 5 years now. Unfortunately we don't have much completed in it, because someone (me) gets the journal and holds onto it for about a year before doing her entries. If you have never heard of a Circle Journal, it is basically a scrapbook that is passed back and forth between various people and they each complete entries in it. Ours is just between us, and we each take turns coming up with a topic to do. Below you will see what we have done thus far, and hopefully you'll get a clearer picture of what it is all about.

I apologize in advance for some of the scans. Someone (Cat) likes to use very lumpy items on her pages and they won't lay flat in the scanner bed. I love her layouts though, so I'm not complaining. You can always click directly on a page if you need to see a larger version.

The Cover by Maryellen

Introduction by Maryellen

MBG by Maryellen

Cat by Catherine

Why I Love Having You For a Sister by ME

My Sister by Cat

My Kids by Cat

As you can see, when we started this book Cat only had two kids, and they were quite young to boot. We'll have to come up with a way to get William included in here at some point.

The Greene Team by ME

This one is actually kind of fun in that I put little card behind each photo that talks about how old my kiddos were at the time, and what their personalities were like. What's so cool is that even four years later their personalities haven't changed! Here's what I wrote for each one:

  • Andrew Carlson - Currently in 2nd Grade, Interests: Science, Math, Geography, Yu-Gi-Oh Cards & Gamecube. A very sensitive soul.
  • Jack Michael - Currently in Kindergarten, Interests: Everything his big brother does!, Even-tempered & kind. He loves to make you laugh.
  • Benjamin Fisk - Interests: Loves to sing & dance, read books & watch Dora the Explorer, Very emotional. Loves to give hugs & kisses.
  • Eli Loren - Interests: Enjoys getting into things & climbing onto places he shouldn't. Happy go-lucky & adventurous.
Home Sweet Home by ME

My Kind of Town by Cat

Catherine was living in Chicago when we started this book.

What I Like About Myself by Cat

Beautiful Me by ME

Sweet Feet by ME

I told Catherine that one should never post a photo of one's feet on the internet, but I love her response to my layout so much that I had to go there. So no comments from the Peanut Gallery about my awful dancer's feet!

Not-So-Sweet Feet by Cat

Lovely, huh. And no, these are not Catherine's toes.

What's In Your Purse by Cat

What's In My Bag by ME

Back Cover by ME

Well, I figure that this post was long enough to save me from having to blog for another three months. I'll post more of the book as we complete it....probably next year. :-) Catherine says we need to kick it up a notch with our topics, so if anyone has any idea how we can do that, please let me know. Just keep it at least R-rated.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Explore Your World

After having seen the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and then hearing of the death of a beautiful wife, mother and grandmother, my old neighbor Carol Hall, I'm feeling a little melancholy. I've been thinking a lot lately about my place in this world, just how short a time we have to explore it, and the overall magical beauty it has to offer us if we just seek it out. I'm thinking it's time I got the old hiking books back out and hit the trail, so to speak. There's still a lot I haven't seen.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Surprise

So our Christmas present to the boys this year is a surprise trip to DisneyWorld. YEAH!!! I wasn't sure how to tell the boys about the trip, and I was also worried about the fact they wouldn't have too many gifts to open. So I came up with the idea of having them go on a Christmas Treasure Hunt to find out what their gift is. At the end of the hunt the last clue is going to tell them to click on an icon on the computer that will have the following video for them to view. I know it's long, and they will probably guess what the gift is before the end, but I just couldn't help myself!! It was so much fun making it, and it has totally gotten me in the Disney spirit! So if you love Disney, and all it's cheesy magic, take a little time to watch and tell me what you think.