Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
All week we have been looking forward to the "big snow" that was forecasted for Thursday. All Ethan could talk about was snowballs and Ella couldn't wait to make her Princess Snowman. As we got closer and closer the inches got smaller and smaller. We got maybe half an inch and a lot of ice on the roads. It is enough for the kids to want to play in, but not enough to do much in. Never the less, we still spent 30 minutes bundling up to go play in the snow for about 10 minutes.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Thursday, October 8, 2009
It was the birthday party that almost never was. 4 out of 5 Greers spent the weekend before with a really nasty stomach bug. Matthew kicked it off on Thursday. I got it about midnight on Friday. Ethan started about 5 am on Saturday and Eric started right at kickoff on Saturday evening. Fortunately Ella was spared. She tends to have a stronger immune system, so when we saw she was ok on Saturday morning, we shipped her off to Mimi and PaPa's to keep her well. We were all better by Sunday morning but it took us another day just to get our strength back. Although we thought we played it safe by pushing back his party, we still managed to share our crud with the Crazy Cousins and poor Aunt Amy :(
We had a great time at the party though. All the cousins played together (and apparently shared germs). Matthew was spoiled with lots of cool gifts. He REALLY enjoyed the cake.
Here is us singing Happy Birthday
Matthew Enjoying Cake
Daddy gets the blame
Now we get to do it all over again in 10 days for Ethan and Ella's 3rd birthday!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So I have fallen off the blogging wagon AGAIN. I have really really good excuses though.....
Monday, July 13, 2009
For your viewing pleasure......
Ella sings "Jesus Loves Me" It melts my heart every time!!
Ella's medley and Ethan's "Twinkle Twinkle" and Matthew thoroughly enjoying his ravioli
Seriously, how did I get so blessed???
"From the fullness of His grace we have all received one BLESSING after another." John 1:16
Oh yeah.... Jesus Loves ME!! : )
When I was pregnant with him, we all called him Peanut. That didn't really stick once he was born. I refer to him as Matty when I write but rarely do I ever say it outloud. (Which actually is funny because I had to campaign with Eric to be "allowed" to call him that. I got permission until he was in kindergarten but not after : ) Over the past couple of weeks, his natural nickname has become clear.
Meet Bruiser Greer. Bruiser is a rough and tough little guy. When he sees something he wants, he crawls full speed ahead grunting and giggling the whole way. If there is a toy, person, or dog in his way he just plows right over it. He can't be bothered with going around anything. This morning he has ripped the glass door off the fireplace TWICE. Then when I was singing to him before I laid him down for a nap, he yanked his mobile off his crib. He can eat like a champ too. He just started table food last week and is already eating more than his Buddy & Sissy! He has a very healthy appetite. That works out well because he doesn't tolerate taking a bottle much. He simply can't be bothered laying still like a baby for the 10 or so minutes it takes to feed him one! The whole time I am giving him one, he is wiggling around or playing with his foot. His favorite position is to grap his left foot and to play with is up by his ear.
He is growing well. Last week at his 9 month appointment he measured at 18 lbs 1 oz. That is almost 2 lbs heavier than Ethan was at the same time. We tend to think that Bruiser is so big, but he is still only in the 14th percentile! I guess we Greer's have skewed view of baby sizes after 5 preemies in the family : )
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I weaned Matthew last month. I think it was harder on me than it was on him. He hardly skipped a beat. Eric is enjoying being able to help with it more.....especially since he is sleeping through the night now! Really Matthew would much rather we just plop a big ole steak down on his tray. He LOVES to eat. He really likes trying to feed himself too. He has been self feeding with Puffs and little chunks of fruit and is really pretty good at it. We will start to do more finger foods when he turns 9 months. Goodbye pureed baby food!
The real shake up in the household came about a month ago when Matthew started crawling. He went from rocking to rocketing across the floor over night. We thought we had the house sufficiently babyproofed and he quickly prooved us wrong. Every day I find something else I need to move out of his reach - then he reaches a little higher. He is already pulling up and I am afraid that he will walking before we know it! Here is a video I shot this morning of him crawling around. He was enjoying playing with his big brother and big sister away at school.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
It was really a neat program. At the beginning all the kids would sit in a semi circle on their carpet squares and listen to the days lesson from Ms. Julie. She would ask lots of questions and the kids would yell out the answers. It was neat to watch Ethan and Ella get braver and braver through the class about answering the questions. After the lesson, they would get a chance to meet 2 different animals. We met lots of neat ones - a boa, a turtle, a sloth, and Ethan's favorite - a Macaw!! Ethan about came unglued when the Macaw came out. They would hold out one finger and pet each of them. Much to my delight, Ms. Julie's assitant followed right behind with Purell :) After they met animals, they would have a craft. Usually it was Mommy racing to finish 2 crafts while they colored on the butcher paper covering the table. Then they would go back to their carpet squares for a story and snack of animal cookies. They ended the class holding hands and sining their zoo song. They loved it and would sing it all the way home.
I am so glad we got a chance to participate in this. We may even sign up for the next one in the Fall!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
* We were sitting at the table eating lunch after church last week. Our little lady, Ella, really let one rip. I gave her a stern look, she grinned and said "Excuse me!! My heinie burped!" Eric and I usually try to hide our laughter when they say something funny but unappropriate....not a chance this time. We were in tears!
* We were reading a book over at Mimi & PaPa's that had an elephant in it. Ethan pointed at it and said "Roll Tide!" (To clarify for our non-TN family that reads this, this phrase is something that should never be said.) I had to ask him to repeat this because I couldn't imagine where he would here this. I called Eric on the way home to tell him. Who would teach our precious boy such a vile phrase? Eric was convinced it must be a Sunday School teacher and that clearly we would have to pull them out of church ; ) When I told PaPa he started laughing really hard. Apparently, he made an off hand remark to Ethan a few weeks before when they were looking at the elephants at the zoo. What a memory! Eric has considered revoking grandparent rights in light of this. I have been working to deprogram since then. I am not entirely sure what an elephants says. So if you ask my kids what an elephant says now they will say in a high pitched voice "I'm an elephant!"
* The kids love Dora the Explorer. It is an interactive cartoon that teaches them many Spanish phrases. We were stuck at a roadblock on the way to the Y and not moving. Ella started yelling "Go in Spanish! Go in Spanish!" at me. (Instead of Vamonos : ) She also got very excited when she saw 2 little Mexican girls at the grocery store. "Look Mama! TWO Doras!!!"
I am sure there are more, but this is all I can think of for now. I wonder why...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We all practiced our walk and spin on Saturday morning. Good thing we did because Ethan decided he needed to be up on stage with Sissy too!
To reward their participation, Granny B gave them suckers. Since I have kept them in a very clean bubble most of their lives, this was their first one. We'll see if their will be a second.
It seemed every kid there had a balloon and it took us forever, but we finally found where to get them one too. Oh the little things.....
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Eric and I got a very cool treat that weekend too (aside from the whole 3 down to 1 kid thing) We are HUGE "24" fans. The actress who plays President Taylor, Cherry Jones, is from Paris. She came home for Fish Fry. Earlier in the week, they had an auction for charity with props from the show. Brent got us a script from an episode, a folder used by the Joint Chiefs in a scene, and shell casings from a gun shot by THE Jack Bauer!!!!!! I am not exaggerating one bit when I say I cried when I got it. Absolutely the coolest thing that has ever happened......at least we thought. Sarah called me from the parade on Friday and she got a picture of Ethan and Ella with President Taylor!!!!!! Ous kids are officially the coolest kids ever. I am so not missing Fish Fry next year even if I have to eat a piece of fish.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Ella's room has a Parisian theme paying tribute to her Daddy's hometown. Of course if her Daddy was from somewhere less glamorous, we probably wouldn't go that route. And I should probably clarify that he is from Paris, TN not France....much better in my opinion!
Here are some pictures of our Princess' Big Girl room : )
Let me brag for a minute. I painted Ella's room. Eric didn't think I could, but I did it!!! Not sure if you can tell or not, but we did tone on tone stripes on this wall with a different sheen but same color. Eric helped with the taping and it was an big undertaking, but it was so worth it! I love how it turned out. The pictures over the bed are from Mimi and Papa's trip to Paris a few years back.
I put some sentimental pieces on Ella's dresser. The doll was mine when I was little and my Aunt Sharon made the purple dress she is wearing. The shadow box was made by my Pepa. In it is a porcelain shoe and tea set my Mema made. It also has a jewelry box my Uncle Wade made, a lamb made for her from Miss Linnie, a block from Miss Jodi, and the bear we got her when she was born. The porcelain little girl to the left of the shadow box was my nightlight when I was little. Mema made that for me too. I am so glad that she will grow up knowing these wonderful people whether she had the privilege to meet them or not!
I got this Eiffel Tower decal off of etsy.com. It is a website that has handmade crafts from everyday people. Very cool! Ella loves to sit in her rocking chair. She sits in it, rocks, and says "rocky ocky ocky!" It is key to our nap ritual. She sits in her rocker while I got lay Buddy down, then I get her out and lay her down.
This mirror was mine when I was in college. I spray painted it black and used a couple of other vinyl decals I got from the same person. One is a smaller Eiffel Tower and the other says "Oh La La!" Very appropriate for my little Sass Britches!
Getting the rooms done really was a whole family effort. Ethan and Ella spent the weekend with Nana and Papa having a ball. Mimi helped watch Matthew on Friday, taped both the rooms, and did the trim too. Matthew helped out by being the best little napper, so Mommy and Daddy could get their work done in time.
Ethan's room is just about done. Eric painted his room a color called Latte and that is exactly what it looks like. His room is a Baseball theme. I am picking up some of his Daddy's Baseball memorabilia this weekend to add to his room to finish it up. I will do a separate post when it is complete!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Some of our best conversations happen at the dinner table. Our topics typically include: the weather (and if it is warm enough to swing or not), where all the cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are that day, Daddy going to work, and last but not least the difference between girls and boys. Yes there are some repercussions to having boy/girl twins. One of them is that they learn about this at an early age. Blame it on the "props" at bath time : )
So I am sorry to say, if my kids have ever met you then it has been discussed whether or not you have a "wee wee" and if you are a girl or a good boy. (Always a good boy not just a boy :) I shutter to think what they say at Sunday School yet again...
Friday, March 27, 2009
Here are some pics from our fun day at the zoo
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
So we loaded up the GMV with Mama and all her little ducklings to go get some Swinchy Sries (French Fries) from Old DcDonald's. The whole way we sang Old McDonald with every animal you can imagine whether they were bardyard dwellers or not. Cows, Pigs, Ducks, Frogs, Monkey, etc. We had a minor meltdown when they realized that Mama was taking the easy way out and going through the drive thru and not actually going in.
As I was pulling around to the first window, my heart dropped to me feet. Oh My Gosh. I forgot my wallet on my desk at home! NO!!!!! Instead of doing the noble thing and telling the person at the window about my mistake, I wimped out and high tailed it out of there. I grabbed my cell phone to call Eric and frantically whispered my situation to him. What was I to do? They hadn't noticed yet that the salty aroma wasn't filling our GMV. I didn't have much time and I had to come up with a plan before I had a full out war on my hands from my precious Swinchy Sry loving kids. Eric was no help. He laughed and said "Good luck with that."
First I tried to just redirect their appetites. Want some Hot Dog Diggity Dogs? NO!! Want some Papa Bologna? NO!! Swinchy Sries!!! I realized I had to man up. I told them I had to go home to get my money so we could get Swinchy Sries and that Mama was loosing it. To which Ella replied "Oh that would be so sad." So the whole way home Ella continued to remind me that I needed to get my monies and Ethan reminded me to change my batteries. 20 minutes later we were on the road again going to another neighborhood Old DcDonald's. I couldn't bring myself to go back to the same one because I just knew they would remember my order and give me 30 lashes : )
So our little outing was over an hour, 20 + verses of Old McDonald, 30 miles of driving, $12 in food and ended with 2 very happy little Greer kids, 1 exasperated Mama and fortunately a very clueless baby.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Just give me that Spoon!!!!
And the bonus came last night when he slept for NINE straight hours! Yahoo! Too bad his big brother didn't.....