Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Our top 10 moments from 2011:

10: Kids start 4th (Hannah, 9), 2nd (Rachel, 7), 1st (Nathan, 6)...and preschool (Aaron, 4)
9: Trips back to Michigan for Ultimate Frisbee and friends!
8: Learning new DIY skills--for fun and necessity
7: A long visit from Aunt Dana in September
6: Mom broke her foot jumping on the trampoline with the kids!
5: Celebrating two family weddings...Welcome Courtney and Racheal!
4: Fixing up the basement--we're happy to have the ceiling off the floor! Plus, it was a fun Christmas surprise for the kids :)
3: A 30-hour cross-country drive to visit family in Washington, Utah, and Idaho.
2: A Green family reunion in Bear Lake (and wake-boarding for the first time)
#1: Moved to Indiana--new friends, new opportunities!

It's been a big year for us! We're always thankful to end the year with the reminder of all we have to be thankful for, plus lots of good family time.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year, and thanks for being our friends!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pretty big deal

Guess how my kids feel about snow?
So far we've only had a few inches...Even I can get excited about that!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Things are a bit odd around here...

We've had a few extra *special* happenings around here...

First off, Hannah was sent home from school Wednesday because she threw up in the school cafeteria. The next day, in an apparently unrelated chain of events, her left eye began to redden and swell shut. After a quick trip to the doctor, we learned that she has cellulitis, and she began a rather miserable round of antibiotics. I kept her home from school, both because she wasn't feeling well, and I didn't want her to face a bunch of curious kids pointing and laughing.
Admittedly, not her best week.

In other news, the kids had their yearly Primary program today. I'm in the presidency, so I helped coordinate the program, including lots of practices. This afternoon, when it was Aaron's turn to the pulpit, he decided to ignore the script and say whatever he felt like saying. I think it was his version of bearing a testimony, and if I wasn't laughing so hard I might have written it down. I do remember his mentioning his wonderful parents.

Also, in his prayer tonight Aaron thanked Heavenly Father that he hates Nathan.

Speaking of Nathan, he just finished a round of basketball, which he loved. However, this is the only semi-descent photo of him I could get. He's the one making the whole-body silly face.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

another installment...

I'm long over-due to post another installment in the riveting story of how Christian and I got together. This time, I have pictures. (The rest of the story can be found here, here, and here...)

So, we were dating in September. Being clueless in the guy-department (I was, not Christian), we had a few minor snags, but nothing too major. After only a few weeks, we both knew the marriage was a-coming, but Christian was ready first. He seriously tried to talk about setting a date after only 2 or 3 weeks of dating. I held him off. I really enjoyed dating and didn't want to feel rushed. I even told him that while I didn't see myself marrying anyone else, I wasn't ready for him to ask me yet. (So of course he went ring-shopping).

Another week went by. The real changing point for me happened at his parent's house. They lived nearby, in Salem, Utah, and we visited regularly. We went for dinner, sitting in the backyard with nearly all of the family, talking, and I though, "I want to be part of this." Sound corny? (And Green family--don't get too cocky...I didn't really know you yet!). That night, I told Christian I was ready for him to propose.

We entered that oh, so awkward "engaged to be engaged" period...and eventually had a mini-proposal/agreement, with Christian down on one knee in my apartment one afternoon so we could go ahead with the business of setting a date. We kept it private, though...the "real" proposal would come later.

And by "later," I mean like the following weekend. Christian planned a nice dinner at his parents' house and invited my roommates and his. If you are familiar with BYU roommate traditions, when one roommate gets engaged, they are supposed to provide a steak dinner for the other roommates. Steak was on the menu that night. His younger siblings, Peter and Bethany, dressed up in black and white and served dinner. While everyone else cleaned up, Christian and I went on a walk, where he proposed officially and gave me the ring.

This week, while de-junking, I ran across a bunch of our un-used engagement photos. Most of these were taken by Christian's brother, Daniel, and his wife, Jeni. They should not serve as a good reference for anyone deciding to take engagement photos:

The"Hey, look--We're hanging out in a tree!" pose--
Trying to look serious...
Keeping a very proper distance between us...
The "pull"
The "Chin-rest"--
One of these things is slightly larger than the other...
Because everyone wants to see our tongues...
And, finally--our first Halloween together as Tony the Tiger and his Frosted Flake:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

She's so vain!

Rachel would be the first to tell you that's she's a pretty girl with pretty hair. She isn't one bit shy is that area :) Her long hair had become a bit inconvenient--what with all the food and toys that regular got caught up in it. We decided that after Halloween (we needed long hair for her Cinderella look) we'd get it cut. Fortunately, it was long enough (with inches to spare) to donate to locks of love.

Here is the "before":

The "during":

And a few "After" shots:
I kind of love it!

Halloween, 2011

This year for Halloween, I had ...

Ginny Weasley (we even died her hair red!)

a princess (had to get 2 years out of the dress I stressed over last year...)

a hot dog!

A dragon!

and a pink, cuddle, scruffy bear!

Christian and I went up to Michigan for a pirate-themed murder mystery dinner, but I didn't take any pictures! Christian made a fantastic pirate--he had a wig and a sword and everything!

Enough pictures....let's go!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Teaching by example

Monday night we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and have Family Home Evening outside. We all piled on to the trampoline for songs, prayer, and a brief lesson (its really hard for kids to listen reverently on a tramp...they just wanna bounce!). For an activity, we decided to play "monster." Two people lay down in the center of the trampoline and tried to drag everyone else down into a pile. As we played a few rounds of this game, I couldn't help thinking (and saying) that someone would get hurt if we weren't careful. We finished up and started sending the kids in. Rachel and I stayed to jump a bit, and Daddy stayed to try to "get" us again. Only Rachel and I were on the tramp, but Daddy's has long arms, so it was kind of scary. I came pretty close to stepping on Rachel at one point, in my attempt to avoid Daddy's reach, and ended up falling in a heap next to Rachel. We both felt a little bruised up. Or more than that. I had a really hard time walking in the house. That night it only got worse...So in the morning I headed down to the local Redi-med (giggling all the way--what kind of grown-up gets injured on a trampoline). The verdict? A real-live broken bone (1st in my life), and a gift of crutches (which I'm too clumsy to use) and this gorgeous new shoe.
Oh, and I got a week of being lazy out of it...and 5 more weeks of wanting to do more than I can while I wait for it to heal up.

Hannah's 9th

October started out with a party~ Hannah turned 9 over General Conference weekend (the 1st weekend of the month). We celebrated by having a mother/daughter date for a mani-pedi. The lady was so nice--she painted flowers on Hannah's hands and feet for a special birthday treat.
I loved giving my daughter a gift that allowed me to be pampered for an hour:) Afterwards, we had a special "crazy cafe" dinner (we ordered mystery items off a menu, which included cups, silverware, and Hannah's favorite foods).
And then we did this to her:
Hannah has been asking for months to have her face smashed in a cake. After watching her, the other kids (except Nathan) wanted to give it a try:
(Rachel, with a bit of pie crust in her teeth)

We finished off the night with a real cake, some baths, and presents!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Picts from the past

We're having some computer problems, limiting my access to photos and documents...but the positive side is that I found some photos I thought had been lost. Picasa is weird sometimes. Anyway, I wanted to share (especially in case I lose them again!)
These are from the day Aaron was born, back in North Carolina. My sweet sister-in-law Marcy was taking care of the 3 older kids. I just love these pictures of the girls meeting their new brother :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The List

Here's a list of projects its about time I finish...

For Free:
1.Hang the shelf/hanger in the entry hall *
2.Paint the girls' bookshelf
3.Paint the girls' bedside table
4.Fill the frames in the stairway photo collage
5.Sand the cabinets/tub frame in the master bathroom
6.Re-hang blinds in the girls' room *
7.Prime the basement walls
8.Arrange a craft room in 4th bedroom master bedroom
10.decorate for fall/Halloween
11.decorate entry hall

For some $: the drywall guy
13.clean the basement carpet ceiling fan/light in master bedroom
15.paint master bathroom/bedroom
16.B&B in master bathroom lights for bathroom

20 projects I ought to do/can do right away....aside from my normal Mommy-life, and before getting to the more expensive stuff, light built-ins for the basement and a redo of the kids' bathroom. This is the never ending house...

Update: *=done!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This and that...and that...and that

September has been a little of this and that...

This work tearing off wallpaper in the kitchen (and scrubbing walls):

This fine example of taxidermy, as seen in the cabin rented for a women's retreat with the women of my ward:

That kid using my ipod at the "boring" water park:

That weekend we drove to Lake Michigan for one last burst of summer:

This kid's 4th birthday (and the construction of a truly awesome working-train cake, with a tunnel):

That super-cool haircut:

And a bit of family drama, that resulted in a fun vacation with my sister (including her 18th birthday):
(modelling the outfit my kids bought for her. Hannah wanted to give Dana a prank present, but Dana actually loved it)

This new fancy-shmancy dishwasher,which makes me more excited than I can say (it actually cleans dishes!!!!)

It has also included a quick visit with Grandpa Green,
(That's bbq sauce, not blood. Doesn't it kind of look like blood?)

a basement project to add some light to the room (before replacing the ceiling...Hey, maybe I'm not happy about the ceiling coming down, but I'm happy about the light),

and a new project in the master bathroom, which has already transformed it from being a brown cave of gloom. More to come on that...eventually.