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My Eye!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

OK, so for those of you who missed the story of what initially happened to my eye, here it goes.
The evening of September 9th I was changing little Preston's diaper, when all of the sudden he kicked his foot, sending his big toe crashing into my left eye. OMG did it hurt! My husband had to take over and it must have taken me close to 5 minutes to be able to open my eye again. It hurt, but as time went by I thought it was getting better. Before bed I went to take a shower and when the water hit it I thought I was being stabbed with a knife right in the eye. I thought I'd just go to bed, sleep it off, and I would be fine in the morning. Didn't happen. I was awake most of the night in tons of pain. The morning sun was brutal and with every blink I took it felt like the knife pain again. During all of this, I still had the pain of feeling like someone had just punched me square in the face. Tried to make it through the day, but by the time my husband got home from work I said I had to go to the clinic or something. **My husbands insurance was going into effect for us that Sunday...go figure!**

Went to the clinic, they found two cuts on my cornea, apparently from the little guys toenail. By Sunday I was starting to feel much better. After I completed the 7 days of drops, my eye slowly began to get blurry. I tried to wait a bit, because I thought maybe it was still healing. I wasn't in any pain, just the blurry vision.

Today I went to the eye doctor to find out what's going on. They tell me the cuts have healed completely and my eyes look great. So then why the darn blurry vision?! Turns out I have an astigmatism in my left eye. This is not news, I had one when I was young. In fact I wore glasses from the time I was 4 up until I was 12. I had not had any problems since then. The doctor explained that sometimes when you suffer an eye injury it will bring things like this back up to the surface. So now I am waiting on my glasses to come in. I only need to wear them when I'm on the computer, watching TV, and driving at night.

So I am relieved that there isn't some underlying damage from the kick! And I can't wait for my glasses to come in so that I can see better when I'm on the computer! Now that I'm going to college online, I am on here a lot more than I was before!

Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers! You are all wonderful!!

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~Beth

  
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JSTCHLIN 10/1/2010 9:44AM

    Well at least there is no permanent damage. Now you will just return to being a "four eyes" again. I've been wearing glasses since 4th grade. I hate them. In the summer I wear my contacts as much as I can. I would get surgery but not 100% on it, so I won't. Enjoy your weekend, can't wait to see a pic of you with your new glasses!

Take care and stay healthy
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FITJEANS 10/1/2010 9:15AM

    omg glad everthing is getting better. wish you luck on your on your final.

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LORISEVERANCE 10/1/2010 12:26AM

    omigosh, i hope you are ok! what a wild story! who would have ever thought? glad your eye is healing and all is going to be ok....take good care...better wear goggles when you change diapers from now on!!

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THEMRSH 9/30/2010 10:55PM

    So happy for you that it's healed! Thanks for the update.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/30/2010 7:57PM

    I think that has to rate up there for strange accidents. Glad to know no permenent damage was done.

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ZANDASMOM1 9/30/2010 7:49PM

    Thank GOODNESS!!!! I am so happy that there is no permanent damage to your eye!!!!! The glasses will help and you will feel SO MUCH better!!!!! YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2FUN2B_LAZY 9/30/2010 2:05PM

    I am glad there wasn't any serious damage! My contacts get blurry sometimes, and it drives me NUTS! It will last all day.. Even if I take them out and use contact solution. Not sure what happens.. anyway -- hope it is better with the glasses!

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DIZIZZY7895 9/30/2010 1:31PM

    So glad everything is okay!

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What to do with the baggy clothes???

Thursday, September 23, 2010

So a question to all of my wonderful spark friends. As you lose weight and gain this pile of clothes that are just too big, what did you do with them? Did they find a place in the back of your closet, are you crazy and still wearing them instead of showing off that awesome new figure? Or did you get rid of them? I am trying to pack up some of my summer clothes and just plan organize my dresser and closet. I don't know what I should do with these jeans that are now 2, 4, 6 sizes too big.

I would love to hear what you all have done!

  
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WARRIOR11209 9/24/2010 10:49PM

    I donated my largest(size 24) suits to a rummage sale at my daughter's high school. It made me feel good because women were able to get good suits(I worked for Jones,s NY) at basement prices($10.00). As I lose more weight I have the tailor take in the items that I really love and do not spend too much on any clothing that I purchase.


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CBARRETT10 9/24/2010 6:36PM

  Some of them I can pass on to a family member, others I donate to Salvation Army or Good will. Let them go!! emoticon

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FITJEANS 9/24/2010 4:54PM

    Umm I returned a couple of pair that I borrowed from my mom because I had gotten too big for my clothes and yes i am still wearing some of my old ones with a very tight belt and if i dont do that it pretty much looks like this emoticon emoticon. Yup thats my dillema too im not really afraid of giving them away because i know for a fact that i will never be that size again ya know. That maybe somepeople hold up because so often many people do gain the weight back and oh got my tubes tide so no more of this emoticon at least for another 10 years and in 10 years im going to go back to make sure they are still tied mmh hmmm emoticon. Another thing i plan on doing is taking pics in my old clothes and either putting together some kind of collage or maybe a sparkblog about it or something. I know that it would be great inspiration either way for all. For me to see how far I have come and what I never want to go back too and for people everywhere to know that they can do it too. What do you plan on doing with your old clothes Beth?

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LORISEVERANCE 9/24/2010 12:32AM

    isn't that an awesome dilemma to be faced with? yeah baby!! i'd say...donate them...or cut them into squares and make a quilt out of them, both as a gentle reminder, and a celebration! emoticon emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/23/2010 8:26PM

    Get rid of them. Keep one or two to remind you of how far you have come but donate the rest to a thrift store. Take the tax deduction.

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ZANDASMOM1 9/23/2010 7:48PM

    The kids soccer program has a big clothing drive this weekend and I am going to donate all my clothes that are too big...so that I don't have a choice and can never go back!!!!!

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2FUN2B_LAZY 9/23/2010 7:40PM

    Or, if you are good at it, you could do something like that your old clothes and cut the fabric to make a blanket/quilt or something like that to preserve your accomplishments!

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2FUN2B_LAZY 9/23/2010 7:39PM

    Hm, the clothes that I have that are just too big pretty much just sit there, or I still wear it because I want to wait for my body to get to what I want. I don't know.. I think to myself that I should donate or throw away, but it's scary to think that it means I will not be turning back to that size again (although I don't want to be).

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DIZIZZY7895 9/23/2010 12:39PM

    I've been donating items to Goodwill. But I have to admit I still have some baggy clothes.

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STEPHSADVENTURE 9/23/2010 11:29AM

    I was just looking at this today. Even down 30 lbs i have some that look like they are draped on me. I was thinking of having them altered at the seamstress. New clothes are not in our budget but the seamstress, I think, is a good less costly alternative.

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-CHERI- 9/23/2010 10:58AM

    Yep, happening to me now. 32 pounds down and my jeans are starting to feel baggy. Hubby tells me to put on a belt, that there is no sense in buying new ones when I am still losing. I don't know - they will look pretty terrible by the time I'm finished...

Will be sending mine to the good will, unless I find someone that would like them before that.

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NUOVAELLE 9/23/2010 10:50AM

    Three years ago when I had managed to lose a lot of weight and I was really close to my goal, I had lots of these clothes. The dietician who had helped me lose the weight advised me to get rid of them asap. Unfortunately, I didn't listen. I kept them in the back of my closet. When I started gaining the weight back, instead of realising immediately the damage I was doing, I started bringing them in front! No need to mention that I'm still wearing some of them today! So, my advice is this:
GET RID OF THEM NOW!!!

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7PASTORMIKE7 9/23/2010 10:46AM

    I kept a pair of pants and a shirt ! This way I can take a few pictures and show others my size before and what I look like now ! I gave away the rest to the mission and churches ! Pastor Mike

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JSTCHLIN 9/23/2010 10:42AM

    I'm still wearing some of them. Others are just in the closet and drawers. I haven't thrown anything away or donated it yet. I should. When you get as big as I did, clothes cost a lot of money. I was paying $30-45 for one shirt. Everytime I went on vacation I would have to buy bigger clothes and therefore would spend $100s of dollars. And yet I only wore them the once on that vacation or perhaps was able to wear them out once again. So money is the reason I guess I haven't gotten rid of anything. Maybe have a garage sale next Spring and advertise "Mens 3X-5X, worn once" or something like that.

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What's Been Going On?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

It's been a while since I've posted a blog. It's actually been a 5 days since I've been on here. As I've mentioned to most of you over the past few weeks, I have not been doing so well. I got off track and am having a really hard time getting back on track. One of the reasons I think it's been hard is because I am actually happy where I am. I know I still have 10 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight, and 20 lbs if you count where spark has me set to, but I finally feel comfortable with myself. I'm fitting back into most of my old clothes and really happy about that. But in reality, my current weight for my height is still considered overweight. So I must get back to it. I did not attend any holiday picnics or gatherings, so I still had a healthy weekend, but I was determined that once the relaxing of the weekend was over I would get back to it. Then the colds started coming through the house. On the way to my daughters first soccer game Saturday, the baby started sneezing. BTW, here he is in his new soccer outfit big sis picked out for him...


Emily's game was great, even though they lost by one point. She played goalie the first half of the game and did really well. She also got a lot of play time in the second half and did great. This coming Saturday will be her second game and my middle sons first game.

So by Sunday morning it was apparent that the baby definitely has a cold. By Monday morning so did my husband and Emily. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs all the way around. Now today I feel it. The morning has been spent just laying around with Preston trying to keep him comfortable. Here he is this morning, although he does not look too miserable in this picture. But he has all his favorites, stuffies, blankets and the binky. Normally those aren't allowed out of the crib, but I am willing to do anything right now to keep him happy. The more he cries the more stuff comes out of his poor little nose...



So now I am just trying to eat healthy and keep the little one comfortable. Working out isn't much fun when your chest feels heavy and your nose won't quit running. Hopefully it gets out of the house just as quick as it came. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my middle son isn't going to get this. Tomorrow is our little mans second birthday and I sure do hope he feels better!! I can't wait to celebrate with him tomorrow!

Otherwise school has been taking up much of my once free time, so that has contributed to my lack of being on Spark as much as I previously had. But of course school has to be top priority, and I'm holding a 95% in both of my classes....yay!

So how's that for a bunch of rambling? My clear and focused thinking has been pushed aside by all the mucus in my head!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is off to a good week!! Hugs to you all!

  
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THEMRSH 9/20/2010 10:43PM

    Welcome back! I know how you feel. We've been battling the cold here too. It's hit all of us and my son twice. He missed his first week of preschool because of it! I get what you mean about being comfortable. My slow down started when my trainer gave me my last evaluation and I saw how much success I had and instead of motivating me I just relaxed. Kind of like, I lost 25 lbs now I can chill. Well, I've been chilling for way to long now!!!! I'll keep my eye on you and maybe we can help each other get moving again.

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GPENSRAE 9/20/2010 4:25PM

    He is sooo cute! I'm lucky - when Cale is sick he's still his usual self just a little bit more cranky. Unless he has a fever...then all bets are off! Hope you feel better soon! I can't wait to hear how the birthday went!!!

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GAMMY98 9/9/2010 8:46PM

    Hi kiddo love pictures of Preston. I am very proud of your grades. Your look great so I also think just do maintenance for awhile and see if you feel you need to lose more. You look great I sure don't think you need to lose more.

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GRACENFAITH 9/9/2010 10:06AM

    Good Day, Beautiful! WOW...we have our first soccer games this Saturday, so I just pray I start feeling better soon. I am the only one who got sick in the house, so no rest for me. I still have to go to work (missed too many days for court last week), kids have practices, meetings, and so on. Keep up the school work. Personally I'm upset because I was going to start school again, but missed the deadline cause of other things coming up. It's amazing how we can be comfortable in ourselves, yet someone or something tells we needs to be something else...believe in yourself and don't let no one or nothing tell you otherwise. God is control, so he knows what he wants for you...trust and obey him. And now that I have no clue if anything makes sense I wrote...Have a blessed day and keep rockin' it!
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MUGSYMOM 9/8/2010 2:47PM

    Well hello friend! I, too, have been sidetracked away from doing much healthwise. Kids back to school, new job, etc. I know it's hard - just stay focused on what's important...everything else will fall into place. Great photos! Keep up the great job on the schooling too! Your priority is being a top notch mom and wife and you're doing a fantastic job! emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 9/7/2010 9:18PM

    Hey, welcome back!! Your kids are adorable! Hope your little one is feeling better soon. Glad school is going so well for you! As for the weight thing, you have done awesome and it's hard to stay motivated if you are happy with the weight you are at. Maybe you should just stay there awhile and see how it "fits"? Do maintenance for awhile. There's no manual saying we have to be a certain weight. If you are feeling happy and healthy, isn't that what this is all about? Anyway, my best to you. You have been a tremendous support and inspiration to me. Whatever you decide to do, I totally trust you to do what works for you. emoticon

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FITJEANS 9/7/2010 6:28PM

    1st I want to tell you Awww he is so adorable, and hope he gets better. It is def the weather changing my little boy got sick a couple days ago as well and i've just been fighting it like crazy. I am glad you are back b cuz I missed you and your awesome blogs. Dont worry you'll get back on track bcuz you have alot of emoticon fight in ya.

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2FUN2B_LAZY 9/7/2010 2:28PM

    Aww, I hope it does get out soon! Have you disinfected like crazy?! That's what I was doing while I had the flu.. forget resting -- I didn't want anyone getting sick with it haha. I hope everyone gets to feeling better soon, and I hope it gets easier for you as well!
P.S. Colin came back from Texas with the worst runny nose, so he is going on almost 2 weeks with it. I don't know how to get rid of it. I've tried the humidifier, benadryl (usually dries up his nose but not this), etc.. nothing works. Any tips?!

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JSTCHLIN 9/7/2010 1:31PM

    Sounds like fun. NOT! Well the sickness part I was referring to. As for the soccer part, that's great! And Happy 2nd Birthday to Preston! And the weight thing, well you have been doing such an awesome job and now with school kicking your butt, great job on the 95% so far, you are still making it happen. So hang in there and don't worry about the numbers game so much. You feel good and your old clothes fit, that's great!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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CUTIECAT1 9/7/2010 11:16AM

    Hi Beth,

Sorry to hear everyone is battling colds - so early this year!

Hang in there, i know you will get back on track. Dont overdo it if you are sick, you will be rockin it when you feel better!

Congrats on your GPA - awesome!!! emoticon

TTFY,

Ani

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Chicken Help Needed!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OK, so the family is having chicken tenders tonight at dinner. I decided to be good and make myself a boneless, skinless, chicken breast. I just finished thawing it, threw it in the baking dish and went to put the vinaigrette on it that I use to marinate it in. Guess what!? No vinaigrette. So now I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions? We have limited spices and things of that nature here. Any ideas from basic kitchen foods how to make it a little less boring? Obviously I can just bake it as is...but what fun is that?

  
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JOYFULMOMTO5 9/8/2010 6:35PM

    My favorite way to bake chicken breast is with sliced tomato on top, sometimes I add olives & capers for a meditteranian taste, with a drizzle of basalmic vinegar. The tomato keeps the chicken moist & is d-lish!

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MUGSYMOM 9/8/2010 2:51PM

    Just quick idea (although this was posted a while ago) - I brush on some Hellman's mayo lightly on the chicken breast. Then I take some Rice Kripsies cereal and smash about 1/2 cup. I then roll the coated chicken in the cereal. Add some salt and pepper and whatever spice you want. PUt in dish and squirt a few squirts of butter spray on the chicken and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Not bad at all! emoticon

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FITJEANS 8/26/2010 5:28PM

    yEAH YOU CAN DO IT THAT WAY i HAVE DONE IT THAT WAY LAST WEEK AND i HAVE ALSO DONE IT WITH FISH. sO WHICH ONE DID YOU WIND UP DOING AND DID YOU LIKE IT emoticon

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BAKER1009 8/24/2010 12:28PM

    I do have salsa. Not to sound totally stupid here, but can I just put salsa over the chicken and bake it like that? I am not a chef, lol!! I see pictures of chicken with salsa over it, but I didn't know if that was a finishing touch or if you actually bake it that way. I need to get some basic cookbooks and start learning some more things!

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FITJEANS 8/24/2010 11:48AM

    Hmm everyone ideas sounds delicious emoticon emoticon. Hey baker do you have ne barbeque sauce that is low in fat,parmesan cheese, or salsa. All 3 are low in fat you will be amazed how low it really it is. nonetheless i know you will make a great dish what ever ideas you choose. Take care baker emoticon talk to ya latas!

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BAKER1009 8/24/2010 11:43AM

    I have ranch, but that is the only dressing I have. I was thinking maybe I'll just sprinkle some garlic powder or salt, or whatever that is up in the cupboard, over it.

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GPENSRAE 8/24/2010 11:40AM

    With that being said you could probably do the same thing with ranch...just brush some over the top of your chicken and tada...baked ranch chicken. (I've tried this, but I don't know why it wouldn't work)

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GYPSYGOTH 8/24/2010 11:40AM

    anything with some acid and salt will help tenderize and add flavor. lemon juice? regular vinegar? some other kind of dressing? i've used every dressing under the sun to marinate chicken and it usually comes out great!
BBQ sauce is nice, too, although high in sugar and salt. hot sauce is yummy (but also high in sodium).
good luck!

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GPENSRAE 8/24/2010 11:39AM

    Do you have any italian salad dressing? Just put a few TBS in a zip lock bag and marinate the chicken for 1-2 hours in the fridge. It's delish!!! You could also just bake as it is, but saute some onions in a little bit of olive oil until they are a nice brown color, top with 1/2 slice of bacon crumbled and 1 TBS of cheese for smothered chicken. Very low carb and not too bad for calories if you go easy on the cheese and have a low calorie side.

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Mom's Coming to Town!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hi everyone...I hope you are all having a terrific Tuesday!!
My mom is about a half hour from my house, yippee!! We live about 4 hours apart, so our visits aren't as often as we'd like. Regardless, she is about to arrive and will be here until Saturday, so I might look like I've disappeared this week. Don't worry about me, I have not fallen off the wagon and started binge eating, I am just visiting with mom! I got my mom to join this site not long after I did, but she has had some struggles, so I hope to help her get on the right track this week and take it back home with her.

I hope all of you have a wonderful week! I will be on here some, just not as much as normal.

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CERIUSLY 8/17/2010 9:09AM

    So I heard you had a great time! I wish she and I could get together more often. haha Wait til she hears my new goal...I'm gonna walk to the farm where we grew up. Watch for my blog about it. Love you.

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JDTHUMPER 8/12/2010 1:31PM

    Hope it all goes well with you enjoy!!!

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GPENSRAE 8/11/2010 11:12AM

    Ahhh...mom's visits are the best! I live 5 minutes from my mom and am so thankful!!! She's my best friend! Enjoy your visit!

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KMIRANDA2000 8/11/2010 10:12AM

    Enjoy your Mom's visit!

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FITJEANS 8/11/2010 7:40AM

    That is awesome that you got ur mom to join, been trying to get my mom to join for about a month now. I am very close to getting her to join. Hope you have a joyous time with ur mom. emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 8/11/2010 1:02AM

    Enjoy your visit! emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 8/10/2010 11:21PM

    Very cool! Enjoy the time together. Keep Sparking.

Take care and stay healthy

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ZANDASMOM1 8/10/2010 3:29PM

    Enjoy and have a WONDERFUL visit!!!!!

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BALLOUZOO 8/10/2010 3:27PM

    ENJOY!! Take care of each other!
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DIZIZZY7895 8/10/2010 3:15PM

    Enjoy her visit. I know how it feels to live that far apart. It sucks and you don't see each other often enough.

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your mom. I bet the kids are excited.

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