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Sunday, August 31, 2008


I's SO excited!! Today at church I counted SIX new families!! SIX! All at once! They're all younger families who came here to attend ISU, but our ward is finally gaining members instead of loosing them!
About a year and a half ago our stake realigned all the boundaries for the wards and actually created two new wards. Leaving the bare minimum of required members within each of the ward boundaries. The church requires so many elders, high priests, young men, young women, primary aged children, etc. and we had just enough to make a ward. (including all of those who were inactive, which IS a lot!) Shortly after than everyone started moving! We had 3 or 4 families moving every weekend for about 4 months, and we weren't getting any new people! It was kind of scary! Sundays have been pretty sparse, and it's been almost impossible to fill all of the callings.
SO that is why today was SO exciting for me!
Plus all of the new sisters are about my age and in similar situations. So that's a great opportunity for new friends! What fun!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Busy, Busy

I'm so excited about our latest Relief Society project! Tuesday night we had a humanitarian night. It was SO well attended! FOURTEEN people! I hardly knew what to do!
The humanitarian center in Salt Lake gave us materials to put quilts together. We were able to tie two quilts on Tuesday and have more to do next month!
I was so very happy to see so many people there, it's probably the best turn out we've had for ANY activity in the two years I've been on the enrichment board.
We even had two sisters come that are new in the ward. They heard the announcement from the pulpit on Sunday and came. I was impressed because we didn't even have Relief Society last Sunday because of the Twin Falls Temple dedication. BUT I'm feeling VERY encouraged. Two successful activities in a row! Somebody pinch me!

Ryan has been SO busy building his business with IDA, we don't mind so much. It is hard to have him on the phone whenever he's home, but I am glad that he's being so successful! We're excited about the prospect of being debt free and having our Daddy home more often!
There is a launch party planned for October 11, 2008 at the Embassy Suite Hotel in Portland, Oregon. We are trying to make arrangements so we can be there for the big event! It's just all so exciting!!
If you want to hear more about what he's doing, listen to the conference calls, or learn about how the company is evolving the web site is http://www.idaleader.com/ or http://www.idaleaders.net

Monday, August 25, 2008

What a Week!

Thursday was Canton's 3rd birthday! Ryan got off work at 4:00 so we had plans to watch a movie at the Reel Theatre, and then have a special birthday dinner at Winger's. At 5:00, as we were heading out the door we got a phone call.
My little nephew was in the emergency room. He had awoken his parents early that morning. He was in their bed and had a seizure! His seizures continued through out the day about every 20 minutes. It was a very scary time for their family. Ryan was able to go to the hospital and help give the baby and my sister-in-law blessings. While Ry was in the hospital for nearly 2 hours the boys and I walked around the campus and ended up at the park. That's where we were when Ryan called us and told us to come back.
They got the seizures stopped, but the next 4 days were pretty rough ones for the little guy. Baby Arvil is only 5 months old and had to undergo MRIs, EEGs, Spinal taps, and blood tests. The doctors were able to rule out several things, but have yet to discover the cause of his seizures. He was discharged from the hospital this afternoon, with some anti-seizure medication in hand. So I guess now we just wait and see.
SO, Canton's birthday celebration was put off because of those family troubles. BUT we were able to have a party on Saturday.
Grandma and Grandpa White came with the rest of Gavin and Callie's kids (they were watching them so Gavin and Callie could focus all their attention on getting Arvil well.) My Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Tom came with their two youngest, Matt and Amy, and Grandma Green surprised us all by showing up on her way to Powell. She was in the process of moving this weekend, and stopped on her way through to attend our little party. We were so surprised and pleased!
After our party we all took naps, even Ryan and I, then we went to a movie. We saw "The Kung-Fu Panda" at the Carmike 7. It was not so very fun, our kids wouldn't sit still, they were extra wiggly, wanted to talk, and were more interested in the projector booth and lighted Exit signs than the movie. But we tried. Maybe we'll wait until they're a bit older before trying that again.
Our next stop was far more successful. We went to see the new McDonald's. I had never been in there and neither had our kids. It was great fun. Canton was so excited!! He was singing a "McDonald's song" that was pretty cute. He told the lady behind the counter that it was his birthday and she treated him all special. Tate and Canton each ordered their own food and felt so big and grown up. They got Star Wars toys in their Happy Meals that they were way excited about, and then they got to play on the great big, awesome play equipment. There was even a special area just for babies! We had lots of fun!
It was a very good day. Good to see family, and celebrate our special little 3 year old. He's such a funny kid!
I made a "Shrek Cake" just like he asked for.

Blowing Out Candles

Mmm, everybody loves Cake!

Oran loves chocolate, yum, yum.

Buzz Lightyear, to the Rescue! Thanks Bakes'!

WOW, a Space Chimp!

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Olympics are Awesome

I can't believe that it's almost over! The closing ceremonies are Sunday. I actually got teary today as I watched the Today show. Saying goodbye to Bejing and all that.

Once every 2 years just isn't enough!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Monster Toast

Yesterday Tate woke up and said "Mom, I want Monster Toast and cereal for breakfast!" So that is what we had. We painted Monster faces on our toast with blue food coloring.

My kids won't usually eat an entire piece of toast by themselves, but yesterday each of them finished every bite! They growled at their monsters as they gobbled them up, it was lots of fun!

Monday, August 18, 2008

The last little while...

It's been a few days since I've said anything!
Friday night we drove down to Preston. I was so excited that I danced around and did cart wheels in my parents yard. My kids laughed at me and kept exclaiming "Mommy's So Happy!" and I was! It was great fun to be "Home." This has been my first trip to Preston since June, and it was just nice to be there.
Last week was fair week for Franklin County so my parents were at the "Diamond Rio" concert when we arrived. But we didn't mind, we made ourselves at home and put our kids to bed, all before their return.
On Saturday we went to the Franklin County Fair. We saw all the quilts and afghans, tomatoes, pumpkins and carved zucchini. We even caught part of the "Beautiful Baby Contest" and some barrel racing and we saw some old friends. Tate said the horses were his favorite part and Canton liked the chickens best.
Sunday was pretty crazy in our ward. I was asked to substitute by four different primary teachers. So I was pretty worried. There was a substitute in every class and it was utter chaos. It also happened to be a week when the Stake Primary Presidency chose to visit! It was a pretty rough day in Primary.
Today, we've just been watching some more Olympics and trying to keep the house clean.
Canton's birthday is on Thursday, he'll be three, I'm trying to decide what we should do for a party. He seems to have his heart set on a "Shrek Party" I have no idea why, he's only seen the movie once or twice, but ever since Tate had his Spiderman Party in May Canton has been asking for a "Shrek Party" with a "Shrek Cake." We'll have to see.

Friday, August 15, 2008

What year I belong in:

You Belong in 1950

You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

What Year Do You Belong In?

I thought this was a fun little quiz, and I don't mind belonging in 1950.
(I got this from Molly)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


From the opening ceremonies on, we at the Green House just can't get enough! I love the Olympics and I seem to have successfully passed the Olympic bug on to my children.
I love to watch all the different countries, see the expressions on their faces and realize what this chance, this oppurtunity to perform on a world stage means to them and their families. I'm a big USA fan and I'm always rooting on "our team" but I like to cheer on the under dog as well.
I love the back ground stories and spotlights provided on different athletes, especially ones from other countries, who often have faced more challenges and adversity in their road to Beijing than most of the Americans. We really are so blessed in our country to have all the things that we have, and a lot of the time I think we don't realize how awesome our country is!
My kids love to watch all of the different events, Canton' s is by far the gymnastics, he is so very good at jumping, climbing and tumbling. He tried doing all of the things we saw on TV. Tate, on the other hand is more into the swimming. He thinks that's pretty cool. Yesterday we were watching the men's water polo. Canton got a basket ball and started waving it around; he threw it to Tate who didn't catch it so well and got a bloody nose and a split lip. We turned the Olympics off for a while after that. (We needed to calm things down a bit!)
BUT our nominations for best moments: definitely the men's swimming 4X100m final. Talk about AWESOME! I also thought it was great to see the men's gymnastics team so excited about a bronze metal. AND the women's volleyball team's first match against Japan, that was just so fun to watch!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

About Today

I'm so excited for our Relief Society activity tonight! So much that I've been watching the clock and trying to "kill time" until 6:00 (thus the blogging) Cassie Ashdown, an absolutely fantastic girl in our ward, is a massage therapist and has agreed to teach a baby massage class. I think it will be way fun! Everyone is to bring a pillow to sit on, a blanket to lay baby on and either an infant (under 3) or a doll. I plan to take Oran, although I'm not sure he will stay on the blanket while I try to rub him...
BUT the main reason I'm so excited is that so many of the women in our ward are excited! There are so many babies right now and in the mothers lounge and in the halls on Sunday everyone was all a buzz. SO I'm hoping we'll have a good turn out!
I am our Relief Society "Home, Family and Personal Enrichment Leader" and we have not been very successful at planning activities that people actually come to - it's looking like this one hit the jack pot! So we'll wait and see how it goes. I'm crossing my fingers and toes.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Friday I gave Oran his very first haircut. His hair was long and wispy and he had a bit of a "comb over" on top like Grandpa White. Tate, Canton and Ryan all needed haircuts too, so we got out the stuff and I gave EVERYONE a haircut.
I think the three older ones look pretty handsome, but every time I look at my baby I get sad. He looks so big and grown up. He's now a big boy and my baby is no more - weird that a haircut can do so much.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Memory Tag

I joined my buddy Carrie in a game of memory tag. I'm pretty new to this blog thing, so I don't expect much, but here goes:

Memory Tag
Here are the rules:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

IDA and other business

For those of you who don't know, Ryan is in on the ground floor of a new network marketing company. He's been very successful and his team has been growing my leaps and bounds! The other founders are all a little older and not as "internet savvy" as my extra technologically advanced husband, so he has been leading their crusade across the vastness of cyberspace. He gets phone calls several times a day and frequently leaves his family to take the plethora of calls to talk about the business. So much that Tate and Canton have started saying things like "...please help Daddy not to be on the phone all day..." in their prayers.
We have an old phone that no longer works and added to our toy box yesterday. This morning I over heard Tate talking on the phone, and couldn't help but giggle. His conversation went like this: "Hello? ... Ryan Thomas Green is my father... No, I'm sorry, he isn't available ... are you calling about IDA? ... Yes ... would you like to know more? ... If you have an accident we'll give you some money... Thank You ... Good Bye."
That was that, IDA from the perspective of a four year old.
Here's Ryan's site: http://www.idaleader.com/

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I thought I'd better add some pictures of my very cute family. We recently took a trip to Bancroft, ID for Ryan's class reunion and to visit some friends. We took some fun pictures at the Hulse's house. Ryan and I actually had our wedding open house in their back yard 5 years before so it was kind of fun to be taking pictures there (5 years later.)

Here We Go!!

So, I decided, since my friends and family have all entered the world of blogging - I might as well do the same thing. I'm not sure why any one would be interested in my thoughts about life, but I figured, that as journaling, it might be rather therapeutic and enjoyable for me!

Ryan had to work today, I absolutely hate it when he works on Sundays. It was an extra difficult day for me. Taking the boys to church by myself. That's nothing new for me, but I haven't been feeling well... and it was just an extra tough day.
Luckily they are all napping now.
I can hardly wait for October when Oran is old enough to go in to nursery! I am so excited to be able to sit through Relief Society and Sunday School. Oran is getting more and more impatient with church and all the sitting still and being quiet! He down right refuses to do it. So, the last 2 months or so have not been so fun with him. He and I have spent a lot of time helping in the nursery and once he got a taste of that - he's done with the adult meetings! Oh well, only a couple more months!