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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Update

Thank you for all of your kind words and prayers for my Mother in Law, Linda Fortner.

Surgery was delayed to due the storms, and started many hours after it was scheduled. It has been a very long day and night, but we just received word that surgery went well and Mom is in recovery. We are still waiting for details, but hope to know more in the morning.

Just knowing that you took the time to think of her as you read my last post, speaks volumes! Thank you all so much for caring!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thoughts About Leap Day and Prayers

Tomorrow is a Leap Day, the rare event that only happens every 4 years at the end of February. I have read some amazing blogs, that have asked, "What will you do with your extra day?" It is a great question, and one that I normally would have let the boys throw on crazy costumes, eaten half of a cheese cake in celebration, or served dinner in a formal dress just because it was a special day! An extra day... I mean the ideas are endless!!

Our family, this Leap Day is asking for prayers instead; as my mother in law, Linda will have surgery.

Linda has Crohn's Disease, and has lived with it for 33 years. She has dealt with more long term pain, than I could ever imagine. (My mother in law, spent last summer in the hospital, after a minor procedure lead to a massive infection.) Although she is strong willed and has never allowed her body to get the best of her; there are times that the body just doesn't respond well to surgery and exposure. She has so much to teach us all; as I am just in awe of her journey and humbled by all she has handled with grace!

So today I ask you to join me as I pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, we come to you prior to Linda's surgery and ask for Your intersessions:
  • Be with the doctors, nurses, and technicians who will be involved in the surgery. Guide their hands to find and repair the damage to her digestive system. Understanding that this is not an easy task, after the many years of scar tissue that is present. Help them to work to the best of their knowledge and ability, as we know her case is "special and difficult." (Linda finds humor that this is written in her medical record.)
  • Be with the post operative staff, as Linda is a pistol and will want to go home as soon as possible. Guide the nurses to find love and humor in her sauciness! Help them to be patience and understanding!
  • Be with my Father-in-law Carl as he awaits news from the medical staff, help him to find peace during the long hours while he waits. Help Dad, to learn everything he can to help Mom through the long recovery process. Help him to hold down the fort while Momma is away from home. Be with him as he cares for our nephew Dylan, in Moms absence. Most of all comfort Carl as he will be there to love and support Mom, in the only way a spouse can.
  • Be with our nephew Dylan, as he worries about Grandma! He is a wonderful young man, and at 12 years old, I am amazed at how mature he is! Dylan needs your help to focus on school, band, volleyball, and basketball. Be with him as he performs his first major saxophone solo, without Grandma being there to watch with awe and pride. Remind him that it is okay to ask questions, and to be scared or worried. (We all are...) Help him to understand that she is in the best hands, and the doctors know her case! Let him know that Grandma will come home! Stay with him, wrap your arms around him as only you can Lord.
  • Be with my Husband Mike, as I know he wants to be there with his Mom and family in person. Comfort Mike, and remind him of the skills and knowledge of the medical staff. Help him to get updates as quickly as they are available. Remind us all of your unending love and peace, at times like this.
  • Most of all Father, we want to pray for Linda. Stay close to her, especially during and after the surgery. Give her words of peace, understanding, and comfort in making the decision to have the surgery in the first place. You know her Father, you have seen her struggles, and know her pain like only You can understand. Help her to stay infection free, so that we do not repeat last summer. Heal her as only You can, quickly and as pain free as possible. Help her to learn about the next stage of her life, and what it will mean. Be with her as she will be in the hospital for a minimum of five to seven days, help her to know that Carl and Dylan, are surviving at home. Comfort her and remind her of those who love her, during the hours of loneliness or boredom. Most of all Father return her to us, better than when she went in!
We ask these things in your Son Jesus' name,
Amen

The great news is that Dr. David Margolis, her Gastroenterologist, has been with Linda for 30 years, and knows her case very well. He will take care of her and we are all beyond thankful for his care and love for Mom. (How many doctors give out their personal cell phone numbers and call within 15 minutes of getting a message from a patient??) We are humbled by his attention to detail and understanding of her case! Thank the Lord for, Dr. Margolis and his staff.

So, on this Leap Day as your family finds your own way to acknowledge this rare day that only happens every four years, will you take a second to pray for my Mother-in-law, Linda Fortner?

*What is Crohn's Disease? Information can be found at the Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America's website.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lobsters are Cold

 
When we arrived at our local Red Lobster, for Lobster Fest, Mikey couldn't wait to look in the lobster tank. Ryan was a little apprehensive, and thought he would be much happier with Daddy. Where as if Mikey could have climbed on to a chair he would have fished one of the lobsters out himself! He had a whole plan; he was going to catch one, take it to the chef, tell him to boil it, and then he was going to season it with Old Bay Seasoning. Where this kid comes up with this stuff, I will never know!?! 

We were quickly seated, and placed our order. Ryan wanted chicken strips, and french fries. Mikey is a little more adventurous, and went with popcorn shrimp! Mike and I enjoyed the Lobster Fest, and lobster pizza as an appetizer. The cheddar bay biscuits, are to die for and the poor waitress just couldn't bring them to the table fast enough!

As we were leaving the manager stopped us, and said that the boys had grown, since he had last seen them. What? He remembered us? Months ago, we grabbed an early lunch after hammer class, and the manager asked the kids if they wanted to help put some new lobsters in the tank. (Mikey was all over it, Ryan declined!) I was very surprised that the manager remembered us, but he did and then asked if the boys wanted to touch a lobster from the tank? Mikey of course said yes, Ryan just nodded his head, but wasn't going any where near that lobster! Mikey held the poor creature after the manger, handed it to him. When little brother saw that, big brother was fearless, and survived...Ryan then stuck out his little hand and touched the lobster too. The manager asked what they thought, and Ryan was the first to answer "He was cold!" The manager then asked what his name was and Mikey named him "Yummy." The manager then tossed "Yummy the lobster," back into the tank, and both boys watched him swim back to the bottom and join his friends.
Thank you for the great food and service! We love our local Red Lobster!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monster Jam

We told the boys we won tickets, and they were beyond thrilled that we would be going to see Monster Jam as a family. The television advertisements had helped in this build up of anticipation, as we had been seeing them for weeks! The days leading up to the big event were filled with questions of how many more "sleeps" until the big day? 

Two very excited little guys are ready to head out the door!

Mikey and Ryan

The first truck up was "State of Destruction," and he was show casing the wheelie competition!

We put ear plugs in the boys ears, but due to the size of the venue, most of the show was spent like this.

"Monster Mutt," was my favorite and he did a great job in the free style part of the show!
Ryan loved that the truck was designed to look like a dog!

Ryan and Mikey loved the race, part of the competition. It might have had something to do with one of their favorite trucks, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!"

Mikey wanted to once again thank "Baltimore's Child," for the great seats and time spent as a family!
I thought Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, put on a great show. The 1st Mariner Arena was way too small for the event, as it's main use is for the sport of soccer. Although it gave us a great view from our seats, the monster trucks had to back up and pull forward to make the jumps. The sound and vibrations from the revving of the engines, could literally be felt, thus scaring the daylights out of the boys. They did great through the show, and could not wait to see Grave Digger's big arrival for the 30th anniversary celebration. The look on Mikey's face when he finally saw Grave Digger in person, was priceless! Ryan crawled into my lap, and I was able to share in the excitement with him as he knew many of the monster trucks colors and names! Two very happy little boys loved the show! The drivers were awesome,  it is amazing what they can do behind the wheel of a huge monster truck! We look forward to future shows, and can't wait to see one of the outdoor shows!

A huge thank you, goes to Baltimore's Child, for the 4 tickets to Monster Jam. This local magazine has a great calendar of events, and articles relating to every parent. The March issue has already been released, and focuses on local schools; with an in depth article on Home Schooling, and a new resource, the Homeschool Community Center. This free publication and website has been a great source of information for our family, as we are new to the area and were unaware of the many activities and festivals in the Baltimore area! Thank you for the great night out as a family.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!

The blog address, appearance, and title will all be changing in the coming days! In an effort to expand and improve, I have stream lined everything to "Green Eyed Momma."

I will not forget my roots, or where the blog started! I want to retain the family aspect, but write more content and expand to a larger audience. I ask for your patience, and under standing through the changes.

You can now follow me at:

web: http://www.greeneyedmomma.com/

twitter: @green_eyedmomma

email: jenny@greeneyedmomma.com

Cross your fingers for me, and hang on for the ride! Thank you all for your support!

Random Thought on Thursday

I have a confession!

I enter, sign up, and try my darnedest to win prizes... any prize for that matter! Raffles, contests, and drawings are my weakness. Your kid is selling raffle tickets to go on a class trip, come see me, as I am a huge sucker! Your church is having a random drawing for a quilt, to add to the building fund...oh, yeah...come see me! Enter to win tickets to a local concert, sporting event, or back stage passes...yup, I totally enter or call, as many times as possible! Not one single prize has ever ended up in my hands!

But...we won, this time! I say "we," in that it is a family 4 pack of tickets to see Monster Jam! I entered a drawing to a local magazine and was contacted by email that the tickets had been mailed out! I had to have Mike read the email to make sure that it was legitimate, and that my name had actually been drawn!

What is REALLY awesome about this is that Mikey, has been dying to go for the last two years. Between Mike's work schedule and the cost of 4 tickets, for our family; we just couldn't pull it off. Mikey's best buddy Mason has been twice, and when Mikey would see the pictures, he would smile and just love the fact that Mason saw the trucks up close! Mason and Mikey share a love of the toy Monster Trucks, and have both acquired a small collection!

We told the boys that we had tickets and would be going on Friday! Ryan and Mikey, jumped up and down, and wanted to know how soon we could leave? So, to say that they are excited is an understatement! Cant wait to take the boys!

Thank you VERY much to
"Baltimore's Child" magazine!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Fat Tuesday


We hope your family is enjoying lots of sweets, and a huge filling meal on the
Eve of Ash Wednesday and Lent!
Happy Fat Tuesday, from our family to yours!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Random Thought on Thursday

The boys made me laugh today. Yes, a very simple act, but it made my day!

Mikey and Ryan received several goodies for Valentines Day, but two items stood out. Two mylar balloons and a new "Tom and Jerry" movie; are the two items that my two little monsters some how managed to combine into creative play. The morning started off with a viewing of the new movie, and I couldn't help but smile when I heard their giggles. I would hear Mikey say "Silly cat," or Ryan say something about "Run mouse," but I didn't give these comments much thought. The day progressed, we had lunch and I didn't give it a second thought.

Later in the afternoon, I hear peels of laughter coming from their room. When I peek in, I see that Mikey is on top of his loft bed, with a mylar balloon tied to a monster truck. He then sails the truck over the side of the bed, and watches the monster truck crash to the floor, with the balloon still attached.

I asked Mikey and Ryan what they were up to, just out of curiosity. It took Mikey a few moments to stop laughing, and he tells me "Jerry is in a hot air balloon, trying to get away from the cat named Tom. Ryan is the cat, I am the mouse...can't you tell?" Ryan is giggling and just picks the mylar balloon/monster truck contraption back up and tells his brother, "Again mouse." I just laughed with them, and watched them play for a few minutes, before I left them to play "cat and mouse." Two very simple items, and they brought sheer joy to the boys!

When was the last time you really laughed. Taken something and made it WAY funnier than anyone not in the room, would understand or even smile about. These days we all need to laugh! We need to see the simple things for what they are and find joy and pleasure in their simplicity! Have you laughed today?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Surprises

The boys made handmade cards for Daddy, similar to their shirts.
Mikey worked really hard on writing "Daddy," a few mistakes, but he tried so hard!
 Our two little Heart Breakers, up early and very excited! Loving the bed head!
 Mikey and Ryan scored lots of goodies: cookies, chocolate pretzels, suckers, airheads, air shooter guns, and new movies!
Daddy surprised us with fruit, balloons, and teddy bears!
 I can not rave enough about chocolate covered fruit from Edible Arrangements! My favorite?
Chocolate covered pineapple with coconut, in my opinion is just shy of heaven!
Although very messy, the boys LOVE fruit. Both were covered in chocolate, and it wasn't even 9am! (Breakfast of champions!)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day



Sunday, February 12, 2012

Potty Training...Oy

Ryan will be 3 next month, and I am amazed at how much he has grown.With change, comes mile stones, and it was time to try potty training again. I know everything I have read says that he will show us when he is ready. So, we are crossing our fingers and learning patience with a capital P. It has been one week, we have had one great day, and many days of almost making it to the potty...but we are not giving up! He seems to do great when naked, but if he wears clothes...he seems to forget! This kid would be naked all the time, if it was socially accepted!

He laughs every time his construction potty chair makes noise! It makes a construction equipment beeping and backing up sound, when the sensor is tripped. Sadly he loves to put other things into the potty, like cars and other toys, just to make the sounds happen. This kid is so gross, but he is clueless about why he is gross! So we have been working with him, and telling him all about yucky germs!

Ryan loves "earning" stickers, and thrives on praise! We have yet to find his one big "prize" to get him excited, but the stickers seem to be working.  How many sticker sheets should we fill? What worked with your little boy or girl? How long did it take to finally take to "click?" I welcome any suggestions!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Random Thoughts on Thursday

  
I had the joy of spend an hour on the phone teaching my Grandma Coleman (Gigi to the boys) how to read this blog. I cant tell you how fun it was to teach her the things that I take for granted. I am always learning, and there are MANY things about social media that are new to me, so I can understand being overwhelmed. She said several times, she had been on the blog, but didn't know how to maneuver around. She would always just look at the top post and sign off, not being a frequent follower she missed many things that were in the "older post or archive" section of the blog. It was so fun to hear her reaction to seeing the boys pictures; you could hear the joy in her voice as see would see a new photo. Gigi, has always been very special to me, We moved out of state last year, so spending this time with her was awesome. I know that there will be a day when she wont be a phone call away, so I truly treasure these moments together.
Gratitude is the word that came to mind, when I had a few moments to think about how special the phone call really was. Gratitude for the moment; and how an hour of my time bonded our friendship even more!
Have you SHARED your blog with those you care about?
Really taken the time to share why you put in the time and effort?
Have you felt GRATITUDE lately?

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Heart Breaker Shirt - FAIL?

We had a craft FAIL, for some reason our Valentine's shirts did not turn out as we hoped.
When I saw the idea on Pinterest, and it seemed like a great idea and easy enough for the boys. An added bonus, was that I had all of the supplies on hand, so we gave it a try.
 We gathered the super simple supply list:
sandpaper, crayons, shirts, card board, scissors, pen, and foam letters
 I traced the foam letters, so that we would have the words "Heart Breaker."
The tutorial said to remember the image would be reversed...I did my R backwards and it had to be corrected.
I then cut everything out, and made a very simple heart shape.
 I set up a place for the kids to color the heart.
The texture of the sandpaper, was a strange surface to color.
 I colored the letters black, while the kids went to town coloring on their sandpaper hearts.
 I setup the colored hearts,  used parchment paper, and used the iron to melt the crayon image.
Not sure what happened, but the sand paper seemed to absorb the crayon.
 I wasn't happy with the out come...as the heart barely showed up.
*I love the concept of the project, but I cant pin point what what went wrong.
*See the inspiration here.

Friday, February 3, 2012

World Book Night Giver!






OMG! I am so excited! I have been selected as a World Book Night Giver and Volunteer! I am one of the lucky people who get to hand out FREE books, on April 23, 2012. Volunteers across America will share their love of reading, by handing out 20 FREE books! The boys and I will take part in this random act of kindness!


Have you applied yet? They have extend the application deadline until February 6th!


Welcome to World Book Night
We need book-loving volunteers to fan out across America on April 23, 2012! Just take 20 free copies of a book to a location in your community, and you just might change some one's life. Please sign up by Feb. 6 EST at midnight.
The goal is to give books to new readers, to encourage reading, to share your passion for a great book. The entire publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing, and paper community is behind this effort with donated services and time.
The first World Book Night was held in the UK last year, and it was such a big success that it's spreading around the world! Please volunteer to be a book giver in the U.S.
Sign up now to be a book giver.


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions, Who's Behind it, and what books will be handed out?

Mike the Knight

There is a new show on the Nick Jr. channel, and Mikey has been SO excited to watch it due to the previews! The show is called Mike the Night, once he heard there would be a show with his name...he has been counting the days to the big premiere!

The show is adorable! The main character, wants nothing more than to be a knight, to make his dad proud! He has a horse that is swayed back and knobby kneed, but Mike is determined to make him a noble steed. Mike has an older sister who is in training to be a wizard, so she keeps changing his sword and bow and arrow, to keep him safe. Mike also has a few friends, who happen to be dragons! One is a fire breather, and the other is a water squirter! The show has a lesson or moral in each episode, and it is just awesome! The first two mini stories, within the first episode held the attention of both of my boys for the full 30 minutes! Can not say enough good things about this show!!!
The Nick Jr. website had free coloring sheets and printables!
Mikey picked out the Mike picture, and Ryan chose the dragon!

We tried to sing along with the song sheet, but we still need to learn the theme song. It was a little tricky!
We can not wait for Monday, so we can watch the show around lunch time. On the East coast they will show Mike the Knight around noon time. The boys loved the show, and can't wait to see the next episode!

Watch a clip of the show! See a CLIP here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Random Thoughts on Thursday


We have a battle going on in our home! Ryan can NOT sleep without his pacifier. He loves his "Fy-fy, and he is very attached to it. As he is going to be 3 years old in March, the time has come to say goodbye, to his "best friend."

At Christmas we told him we were going to wrap it up, and give it to Santa to take to the North Pole, to give to a baby elf. We went so far as to put it in a box, wrap it in special holiday paper, and put a tag on it. He was all smiles and with the program, until it came time for bed. Total melt down, and lots of tears. Now way was he sending that pacifier to the North Pole. He was heart broken and devastated. He begged us to unwrap it, so we caved. I just couldn't handle him crying the night before Christmas, I felt horrible!

So, this Sunday morning, he crawled out of bed and had breakfast. (Normal morning...except he did not put his pacifier away.) He always wakes up, and puts it away in the top drawer of the dresser. I found the thing much later in the day, sitting all by itself mindlessly left alone. I snatched the thing up, and hid it in my room! At bed time, he stuck his pudgy little hand in the drawer, to find that it was missing. I asked him where it was and he replied with "I not know." (Ryan's way of saying, I do not know.) I told him we better look for it, and we went room to room looking for it. He whimpered, but relented and told me we could look again in the morning. It was a long night...he cried, and finally just passed out while Mike held him. We are now 4 days in, and he still is miserable!!! He is seriously grieving the loss of his dear friend and source of comfort. He just looks so sad, and talks about his "Fy-fy," all day long. He has a blanket, and is just as attached to it. He will leave his blanket on his bed, but I find him using it in his creative play. So, he has another source of comfort, and snuggles every night with it.

Mikey did not go through this, he bit though his one day, and just told me to throw it away. It was that simple and easy. So, I am at a loss for words, and not sure how long this will last for Ryan.

How long did it take for your little one to get over not sleeping with a pacifier?