Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Today, I'm over on Every Day Cheer sharing our Weekly Cleaning Schedule and how I make it work each week! … [Continue Reading]

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Judson is 3 months old!

Judson- Here we are again, another month. This might have been the quickest month yet. You're more alert these days and you lock eyes with me and … [Continue Reading]

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taco tuesday, lightened up

It's no secret that we love Mexican food around here. I'm certain there are a few local restaurants who know us by name. But, we've been trying to eat … [Continue Reading]

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Judson’s Birth Announcements & an update

I'm embarrassed to say that I just mailed out all of Judson's birth announcements. I've had them for well over a month, but I just couldn't get it … [Continue Reading]

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a busy bag for the big sibling

Before Judson was born I put together a Big Sister Bag for Braylen. I wanted her to be occupied in the waiting room and I wanted her to have things to … [Continue Reading]

i don’t have a picture of that

Admittedly, I take a ton of pictures. There’s an abundance of photos from day one, of both children. I don’t think my photo taking obsession really began until I had children and I become this weird photo-crazed person. I sort of self-evaluated my photo taking obsession and eventually deemed it was probably because of this whole fleeting time concept. Maybe if I have photos every day I can somehow capture this time. Sadly, it just doesn’t work that way. I’m left with a full hard drive, a full phone, and a million photo albums that sit in the closet.

Lately, I’ve come to a scary conclusion, one that I have a hard time typing on this blog because it means I’m giving it some acknowledgement. I need to put my camera down and be present more.

The truth is, I don’t need to lug that camera around everywhere I go. I don’t have to have my iPhone in my hand ready for the perfect photo op at all times.

I don’t want to be so fixated on the picture of the moment that I miss the actual moment.

Let me tell you a little story that helped me arrive at this conclusion. Last weekend, my grandmother told us the vegetables in the garden were close to being ready. Immediately, I thought of the fun I had when I was little and helped out with the garden. And of course, I thought of Braylen and how she’s just the right age to really understand what we’re doing and have a little fun with the process.

All of those are completely sane thoughts. Here’s the kicker, I thought about how I might photograph this moment. Would the sun be behind her as she was picking the perfect pea, would she cooperate while I took some photos of her bending down and picking some squash.

No. The answer is no. Of course she isn’t going to pose for a photo while she’s playing in the dirt and picking vegetables in the garden. It’s not a photo shoot, I’m not a professional photographer, and who really cares?

I don’t think I have a single picture in my grandparents garden picking vegetables. I can’t count the number of times I helped out when I was growing up. I have some funny stories. I have some excellent memories. But, I’ve never seen a photo, and I don’t need one. I remember what it smelled like, I remember how hot it was, I remember how much fun I had playing in the buckets of shelled peas and kicking dirt between the rows of corn.

Just like I’ll look back on these days and remember them fondly. I’ll remember what it felt like to rock a sleeping baby, I’ll remember Braylen in dress up clothes and nightly performance in the living room, I’ll remember these days because they’re important and they’re real and they’re ours. I won’t need a photo. Sure, the photos will be fun to look at, but when the house is quiet it’ll be the memories that I’ll cherish most.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I won’t take hundreds of photos over the next year. I’ll capture milestone moments and small moments, I’ll capture sweet sleeping baby moments, I’ll capture first days of school and sweet smiling faces.

I just don’t want to be so caught up in the photo that I miss the moment. I’m not willing to sacrifice the perfect moment to capture the perfect photo.

If that’s the case, I don’t need to have a picture of that.

 

time for your check-up

Last Friday, I scheduled an appointment for Braylen and Judson. They were both due for well visits, and I thought it would be easiest to take care of them both on the same day. Allen went with us and it honestly wasn’t too terrible.

They checked her height and weight and hearing and vision, and the doctor did a quick assessment as well. She has stayed consistent in height and weight since birth. She’s in the 25th percentile for weight at 33 pounds and the 75th percentile for height at 41 inches.

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Judson weighed in at 13.8 pounds and 24.5 inches, putting him around the 60th percentile in both. BK wasn’t too happy when we told her she had to get shots, but she was a little more at ease once they promised her a popsicle afterwards.

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She decided it might be a good idea to hide with the baby until the blanket. Too bad it didn’t work for either of them.

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In the end, there were eight shots given between the two of them. Judson started his first round of vaccinations and BK finished up her vaccinations. She won’t need anymore for several years.

She asked for a pancake and sweet tea after it was over, and we treated her to the breakfast of her choice.

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As for Judson? He slept most of the day, he was pretty sleepy on Saturday as well, but by Sunday he was back to his happy self.

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4th of July fun

I meant to blog about our holiday weekend yesterday, but things get a little crazy around here during the day. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m still figuring out this whole two kids thing. I’ll also be the first to admit I was ecstatic about a three-day weekend.

I started out my Fourth with a trip to Pure Barre, then we all headed to my grandparents to do a little grilling a lot of swimming. I’m now officially obsessed with coordinating Braylen and Judson in matching outfits. I’m not sure how happy that makes my husband, but he’s a good sport.

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Braylen stayed in the pool for most of the day. In the end, we had to bribe her with sparklers and I marshmallow roasting to get her out of the pool.

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We laughed so hard at her, because she wanted to jump off the diving board, but she kept making the funniest faces while she was trying to hold her nose and close her mouth at the same time.

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She fell asleep as soon as we left and we knew she was tired, so we let her sleep most of the evening. She woke up just in time for fireworks and marshmallow roasting on the back deck with our neighbors. It was the perfect way to end the night.
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On Saturday, we continued the festivities at Allen’s parents house. They hosted a Fouth party complete with a shrimp boil, corn hole tournament and fireworks. We had a great time! Maybe I coordinated their outfits one more time, I had to snap a picture to document. (And let me tell you how fun it is trying to get a picture of these two together… I’ll let you use your imagination, it only took about 30 tries to get this one.)

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Once again, Braylen fell asleep on the way home, the Fourth certainly wore her out!

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Summer Shoes from Riff Raff

By now, you all know that I have a deep love for all things Riff Raff. Each morning over my cup of coffee I quickly scroll through the new arrivals to see what goods I might need to snag for the day. This month, I was all about their fabulous shoes. I ended up with this pair and I think they might be my new favorite summer shoes.

The elate natural sandal. I snagged this pair for 50% during a promotion they were having a few months back. If you want to stay up to date on all their sales, promotions and new items, be sure to follow them on their various social media channels.

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

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The neutral color goes with just about anything, and I’ve worn them with everything from white linen pants to funky patterned shorts.  I’ve already told you about their great clothes and accessories, but now I’m thinking you should probably go check out their shoes, too!

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And now I have my eye on a few pair of shorts for our upcoming beach trip. Like these fiesta fun pom pom shorts.

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And these picnic polka dot shorts.

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And Texas friends, have you seen this fun announcement? I’m slightly jealous you get to shop Riff Raff in person!

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Tell me, what do you have your eye on right now?

You can always use the code “LIFEINTHEGREENHOUSE” and take 10% off your Riff Raff items.

Hope you all have a safe and happy Fourth.

Lesson Plan Format

Okay, Instagram friends!  I thought it would be easier to attach the file to a post and let you download it to save me a ton of time :)

If you’re confused, see this Instagram post. 

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Click here——> kindergartenlessonplan

It’ll take you to another page, just click again until it prompts you to download. If you have trouble just shoot me an email jgreen0905@gmail.com and I’ll forward it to you that way :)

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