Thursday, July 29, 2010

One year later...

Before (for your sake, one of the less-graphic photos):


After:





Folks, it is amazing all of the things that can happen in a year.  A person can have brain surgery, change their diet, lose weight (53 lbs.!), participate in a 5K, move to another state, raise 2 children (and a husband!), read all 4 books of the Twilight series and more!

I have the support of YOU to thank for this!  If it weren't for Adam's love and kindness, I don't think I would have made it to where I am now.  And our parents came and took care of the kids and me (and they still are!).  And Aunt Susie brought us PRODUCE from Aunt Jeannie!  And Sarah helped us cut out meat from our diet.  And Laura listened to me talk and talk and talk.  And Cathy and Dan helped with the move.  And all of the countless letters, packages, emails, Facebook messages, blog comments, phone calls from everyone have strengthened me and reminded me that I am not alone.  Thanks guys--you rock!  I'm also grateful to God for all that is good in my life.  In Arabic, we say "alhumdulillah!"--praise be to God!

Goals for the next year?  Start yoga.  Refine eating habits (less sugar).  Get health insurance!  Slow tumor growth.  You know, the usual.  

Sunday, July 11, 2010

You know it's bad...

You know it's bad when your husband says your blog is getting lame.  Okay, okay, it HAS been a long while since I've blogged.  I have many excuses, all of them valid and acceptable (in my opinion).  However, that does not change the fact that I am sorely behind on my updates.

Some headlines of my life recently:

"Girl, born on Independence Day, goes potty all by herself"

"Baby turns 1, has big number 2"

"Woman has brain tumor removed, loses 50 pounds"

"Homeless bum finds job, place to live--maybe"

I hope you enjoy the update below.  There are many more updates to come about the above headlines (excepting maybe, the baby one!).

Hohl Family Vacation, Part II

The adventure continues!  After our trip to Busch Gardens, we did not slow down one bit!  We of course, attended the beautiful wedding of our lovely cousin, Stephanie.  Here is a picture of our nieces, Tatiana and Nora.  Does Isaac look a little nervous to you? 


After the wedding we took a day out to a park in Florida.  We walked a trail, played on the playground, and had a picnic lunch.  The temp. may have been in the 90's, but we toughed it out.  And hydrated.  A lot.  A picture of the kids climbing at the playground.


Another trip to Busch Gardens followed.  We spent a lot of time checking out the animal exhibits there.  And getting in touch with our inner ape.  I like how Lilla is looking at them in this one.


On our last day in Florida, we went to the aquarium.  Whew!  What a trip!!!!  In the camper on the way to the aquarium:


On the way home, we stopped by the Carter Center in Atlanta and we stopped in Cincinnati to see my mom, sister, and brother.  Although we have been home for a little over a week, this does NOT mean our lives have slowed down.  In fact, I think things have become more hectic than before.  We went to another wedding yesterday (friends from college, John and Erin) and saw so many friends (pictures to come later--again--I know!).  All this is to say, that the blog posts may not come with the frequency that I like.  But I promise, I will try my hardest!