Thursday, February 7, 2013

Before and After Pictures

It's been forever!  A lot has been going on at the Green house lately.  I haven't been blogging for a long time for many reasons.  Mostly, we have been going through some really tough things with Jacob, and I wasn't ready to talk about it yet.  The past year was a rough one.  Life is good though , and I have seen so many blessings through all the trails that occur,  but it has been tricky to step away from it all and think of other things.  I am ready to talk about it now.  I am hoping our story might help someone else who is going through the same thing.  We got a diagnosis for him, and although it's an answer after all these years of looking, it's also opened the door wide open for millions of new questions and hurdles to overcome.  More on that later.  

We moved to Virginia 4.5 years ago, and have most recently decided to commit to a few more years here in Northern Virginia.  In the last 4 years we have painted every surface of this house.  We replaced all the flooring, appliances, bathroom vanities, lights, hardware, and many more things to turn this house into OUR house.  But with how things usually go,  Chad and I felt the need to move elsewhere and close this chapter in order to start a new one.   With Jacobs struggles and 4 growing kids, we were feeling we needed a change in some areas of  life, and that led us to look for a new home that we could make OURS.  I found these pictures from the sales flyer when we bought the house.  It was fun to see the changes.   

  living room
 dining room
 laundry room


 guest room

 family room
 master bath
 master bed
 vanna's room
 Tehya's room
 Kids bath
  Tomorrow I will write Jacobs Story.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I've sent half my kids to school, and the other half are still sleeping, so before I jump into the day full force, I thought I'd take a little time to quickly update what we have been up to. Jack just curled up beside me...looks like time is running out.
 Here we go...bullet style.

 We just got back from Baltimore. It's kinda crazy there. We traveled with Chad, since he had meetings there, and although the architecture is amazing, I felt a little unsafe at times. There is this children's museum there called Port Discovery. It was amazing!!! I'm calling it kid heaven, especially for Jacob since that busy boy has to touch everything!!!! The funniest thing though, when we left the museum, Jacob fell into the fountain outside. I had only packed enough clothes for the two days we were there, and we still had more places to go, so he left a snail trail down the sidewalk as we walked to our next destination.

Two weekends ago I surprised Tehya by whisking her away early one morning and we rode the bus to NY where we met up with Cari and Maile. Such a fun weekend, filled with good food, boat rides on The Lake, lots of walking and shopping, and a night of Mary Popping in the Theater District. Cari and I also got to sneak away twice to run through Central Park. Loved it!  Can I just tell you about the hotel for a minute? We stayed at the Hampton Inn, and the service there was amazing!  We've stayed at a few hotels in Times Square before, and the service here was the best yet!  They filled our room with goodies every night, and were so kind and happy every time we saw them.  One night the brought us a huge bag of home made cookies.  Another night, cupcakes and a box of chocolates.  The last morning I was there, the kitchen staff made me gluten free waffles.  Seriously amazing!!!   The rooms aren't huge, but the wonderful treatment from the staff will make up for it!  Joan was our favorite.  She's standing in the photo there with the girls.

I won a race!!! It was April 28th, the day after my 29th birthday. Just so you know, it'll be my 29th birthday from here on out. My grandma taught me how to lie about my birthday.
 Thanks Grandma!!
 I had a goal for the race, and that was to break 20 minutes. It was a 5k, and I had ran it the year before in 21 minutes, and am planning on running it every year if I can. I love it that it takes place just days after my birthday, and it's for an amazing cause...ADOPTION.
 I just couldn't get my legs going.  It's been a year since my knee sprain, and I feel strong, but still slower that I was last year.  After taking 4 months off, I started running again the end of September, and it's taken a long time to feel 100%, but I think I'm there.  Now to keep working hard and building my speed!
 I didn't reach my goal of breaking 20 minutes, but I did win for the females, and broke the tape at the finish line. It's a day I will never forget. Chad was waiting for me just on the other side of the tape, and I fell into his arms and hugged him till I had to get walking for fear of loosing my breakfast! I've mentioned before how much running reminds me of life, and trials, and how sweet it is to be embraced by those you love at the finish line. I can't help but think of the symbolism that is laced all through racing. Anyway, that's for another LONG post.
(Someone put this together for me...maybe the race director? Not sure, but it was so sweet!)

 The kids are doing great!  Jack continues to be our comedic relief. Just hang out with him for a bit and you'll see it.  He is playing base ball and loves it. Jacob is playing base ball too, but doesn't love it too much. He's more interested in making messes and inventions. I caught him and Jack trying to hoist Vanna up to the kitchen deck by tying Christmas ribbon to a stroller from below, with Vanna nestled happily inside. Vanna is our little dancer, who has a hard time running around normal...she's either galloping or twirling. It takes forever to go anywhere with her. And if you listen really close, you can hear music follow her where ever she goes. Music of her own making. Tehya is still riding horses and spending two days a week at the farm. She also has a crush on someone, who I'm sworn to secrecy that I won't tell a soul!!! Sorry, It won't be divulged here on the blog.

That's all for now!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Well, Hello!

Ok, the truth that I promised myself that I would start blogging a New Years Resolution. I'm not too late, am I? I haven't documented our lives at all for the past 6 months. That's horrible. But, my motto is "better later than never!"

So here we are. And, I'm not sure how to back log the past 6 months. I am sure it will come out little by little in the next 6 months though, so lets get started. I have a lot to share, and a lot to say. But first, lets start small and slow.

A picture

She still has short hair. Why? Because last week I found it stuffed between the couch cushions. So, short it is!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Life is a tinsy winsy bit harder for everyone when an entire cycle of slumber has been disregarded.

What do we do for a little girl who threw up all night and her mom who stayed up with her?

Tehya treated her to a therapeutic spa treatment
(thanks Grandma Green for the nail kit!)

and the boys helped me make gluten free cookies to sweeten up the day.

And Vanna threw the cookies up.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A taste of Sardines

Jacob's been asking me to buy him sardines for a while now. I almost caved at Costco the last time he asked for them, and thank goodness I have such a level headed husband. He reminded me that it might be wiser to try a small can first. He's so smart! Today, during our monthly Trader Joe's trip, Jacob again reminded me that he wanted a can of sardines. The pink can never left his hands through the entire store. I really don't know where his desire for sardines came from.

Upon arriving home, he dug in before I could even get the groceries put away.


The boys loved them! Strange. Between the two of them, they ate the entire can. Tehya almost lost her stomach contents, and Savannah, I don't think she was even aware of what they were eating. They DO stink pretty horribly. I tried a small amount...not bad. Not great...but not too bad. I heard they were really good to eat before a long run. Maybe I'll be brave enough to let a few slide down my throat before the next 13 miler I do. (I did throw one more can into the cart before we left).

I saved the empty can to show Chad when he gets back from his travels...just in case there is any doubt lingering in his mind of the truth of this story.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Um, I've neglected this blog for quite a while now. There has been many times that I write a thought or post for the blog in my mind, but never see it materialized into real words. It seems I've gotten a bit lazy on this end, and I know there are grandparents out there who would love more consistent updates. Sorry. I'll be better. I promise.

Now for the condensed catch up...

April was a wonderful month. Although, I'm having a hard time remembering what wonderful things it brought for our family. Oh ya, I ran a race on the 30th. Three days after I turned 31. I was worried my age would play a part in my body falling apart, but it held together well during the 5k and I was able to place 5th overall, 2nd female to cross the finish, and 1st in my age division. It was a blast!!! You might not want to hear this part, but I did have to duck behind the police car parked at the finish line to throw up. Lucky me, my stomach was empty and calmed down just in time to cheer Chad across the finish line in his best 5k time yet!!!! He ran a wonderful race too.

May was fun, with a constant flow of guests from the beginning of the month straight through last week. Nothing makes me happier than to have company. We watched my nephew Truman for a little while, then his mom came and stayed with us for a bit, then Chad had a friend and his brother stop in, then my cute cousin Michelle came for a wonderful chunk of time, then a week after she left, my mom arrived for a week of fun and relaxation.

We have missed our guests since they have all left, and I'm sure the kids would love to return to those days when we were entertaining instead of cleaning. Last week we started our "Summer Schedule". After taking many "imputs and advices" from the kids we concocted a summer schedule that resides on a poster board on our wall. It's filled with all sorts of things.. from cleaning to crafts, and although they protested it's initial beginning, they are much happier children when we follow it. It's also been wonderful for me because did you know that if you have 4 kids cleaning the house for 30 minutes, that really equals 2 hours of cleaning? Why did it take me so long to figure this out? Why didn't I have 4 more kids? I'm getting so much done, well, I should say "we're" getting so much done with just 30 minutes of cleaning a day. It does a body and soul good to have a clean and orderly house, with just 30 minutes a day. Did I say it only takes 30 minutes a day?

That's pretty much it! Well, besides all wonderful strides Jacob has been making (that's a whole different post) and my never ending GI journey ( I just had a colonoscopy on Friday). And my Dad had a pretty bad heart attack 5 weeks ago, but he's doing so great now. He's lost a ton of weight since, and I can't wait to see him again and squeeze his shrinking stomach in the biggest hug! mom, my cute mom is a runner now! She runs almost every day, does Zumba and has also lost a ton of weight and weighs less than I did in high school. We can share clothes now. So amazing. Oh, and the race I ran last month, was the worst race I've ever ran. For the first time in my life, I wanted to drop out and slip out of sight. It was only 4 miles and I just couldn't move. Hummm, I better close before I ramble any more. Now to keep my promise of more blogging...I'll be back soon! Love you all!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

4 inches shorter!

Look who got a hair cut! It was getting so long, and she cried every time I brushed it out. She brought me the scissors and asked if I would cut it. Tehya wanted it long like hers, but I think it's still too baby fine to grow it that long. Maybe in a couple of years.