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Fall Weather

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today is a beautiful day in North Carolina. It is in the 70's and very windy. I walked for about 40 minutes during lunch today. I am hoping to go to the park after work for more jump roping and walking! Have a great day.

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CARTOONB 9/29/2009 11:48PM

    Your weeather definitely sounds like fall! Ours was cold and windy. No fun to sit in the wind while watching football practice. I like it warm!

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KATVHALE 9/29/2009 4:13PM

  Betsy I am jealous as I am sooo waiting for some cooler weather here in St. Augustine! Our humidity is down which is a good start. I think we are supposed to get some cooler weather toward the end of the week.


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Jump Roping

Monday, September 28, 2009

Laura (makeRoom4Me) posted a blog and a challenge about jump roping and I used to love jump roping as a kid so on Saturday I bought a jump rope and on Sunday I tried to jump rope and oh man am I out of shape. It used to be so easy! But I am 47 years old! I managed to do about 15 but I could only do about 2 in a row.

Today my 8 year old niece told me that she can't do any on grass and I should them on the hard pavement. I was trying to do it on the grass so if I fell I would not break anything! So today I did it on the pavement and oh my gosh, I was able to do 48 and about 20-25 in a row! She is one smart cookie. So tomorrow I will try again. I was really out of breath after the 48 so I decided to take a 30 minute walk and tomorrow she promises to bring her jump rope so that we can jump rope together. She told me that I could jump rope better than her!

I have to tell you I was actually impressed with myself for the first time in a very long time!

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DCSHADOWS 9/29/2009 8:03AM

    Duh, I have one too. Thanks for the reminder. Now I don't have any excuses when I can't go to the gym.

Try this. Jump for 1 min then walk around (keeping moving) for 1 min and then alternate for as long as you can. Doesn't sound like much but try it. You will see that a measly 1 min seems like forever...

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GUIN0001 9/29/2009 12:15AM

    Jumping rope is a good workout. Keep at it, you'll surprise yourself even more. Great job!

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MCLAND 9/28/2009 9:06PM

    How fun! I was never very good at jump rope, but I'm glad you were able to have fun with it. Congrats!

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Crazy Weekend!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I should never say those words when people ask me what I am doing this weekend! I told my friends at work, nothing a quiet weekend except for cleaning the church. Famous last words! Friday night my cousin asked me if I would watch her 8 year old daughter and she ended up staying the night and then on Saturday I cleaned church with my brother, sister-in-law and the kids (well they did not really clean) and they ended up going to lunch with us and then I ended up babysitting my 12 year old nephew and my 10 year old niece.

We stayed around the house for a bit playing on the wii and then we ran some errands and then I packed up a bag and drove them to the mall and made them walk really fast with me! It rained all day and through the night. When I got to my sister-in-law's house it was about 5:30 already and they were both in a panic because the freezer in the garage was not working and it was filled to the brim and they really can't afford to lose all that food with them barely scraping by.

I asked them if they were sure that it was not the bulb so then we ended up clearing a space to move it out so that my brother could look at it and running to the store for a new bulb and oh gosh it was just crazy because they were so stressed out and the kids got stressed out but then my brother said lets pray over this and we all prayed together and you know what? We all calmed down and figured out that the freezer is working but the light socket is not working!

We did all go to bed exhausted though and I am still sort of tired. After church and choir rehearsel and lunch and the dishes I sat down and relaxed for a bit and then I went on a really good walk and here it is almost 7:00 p.m. already and another weekend is about over!

Maybe next weekend will be my quiet weekend!!!!!

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DOINFINE 9/29/2009 2:05PM

    You certainly have a full life and that's just what God promises us...an abundant life! So happy you could spend time with family! It's really important!(but so is quiet time)
Take care of yourself too!
Glad the freezer was ok! Ah, the power of prayer! emoticon

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DEE107 9/28/2009 1:04AM

    Sounds like my house ... Glad you had a great time with all the running around

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GUIN0001 9/27/2009 7:00PM

    You are loved!


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DAISYDIETING 9/27/2009 6:51PM

    It sound's like you had a busy weekend.

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Spin off from Caliman1's Blog - My Legacy

Friday, September 25, 2009

John (Caliman1) got me thinking about what I am leaving behind as a legacy and I also gave it a lot of thought and here is what I have:

I have a beautiful niece that is now 24 years old and when she was a child I spent lots of time with her (Just like I do now with the younger ones) and when she turned about 16 it seems like she disappeared into her "own" life. I did not see her much and my heart was really broken because I really treasured the time that I spent with her.

We now see each other more, and recently we spent the day together and as we were sitting together in a restaurant she handed me a card and in that card she told me how much I meant to her because of everything that I did for her, and do you know what was important to her? Not the places I took her to, but how I was willing to spend so much time with her and teach her the right ways to do things and how to treat people. Her parents were both working full-time and I don't know, they just did not seem to spend much time with her, so I was lucky enough to see her a lot.

I think that is what I am trying to leave behind in all of my niece's and nephews is to be as good of a person that you can be, and to love God above all things. I want them to remember how I was always willing to listen to them and to have fun with them. It is a little easier for them all to communicate with me because I am not a parent.

Don't get me wrong I firmly believe in discipline and they know that we will all have a lot more fun if they behave! My nephew is a great tester and he has really tested my patience in the past but now that he is 12 we seem to see eye to eye! I do tend to spoil my niece's and nephew when they are with me, but I think everyone needs a little spoiling once in a while! What I love the most is hearing all of the giggling and just having a good time!

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CAROLJ94941 9/30/2009 10:30PM

    What a wonderful legacy to leave!

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DOINFINE 9/29/2009 1:59PM

    You have invested your time wisely and I'm sure God is so pleased with you. I wish I would have had someone to turn to when I was growing up and I bet you'll get more "verifications" of your love and time spent with those fortunate kids as the years roll by. Please keep doing what you're doing for them. They need you and I think in your heart, you need them too!
Children can give such abundant love and you deserve it! You're a emoticon auntie! God bless you! emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 9/29/2009 1:04PM

    I wished my kids had an aunt like this - it is not just that the parents don't spent as much time, it is that kids need adults in their lives who are not their parents! I'm trying now to be more involved in my nephews and nieces' lives, although it is a bit difficult (they all live far away) - just to make sure they know I love them and would go a long way to help them out.

I'm so glad that you can do this for your little ones. A card or not - it is a great, great love to do that. Hope you can keep it up.

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DEE107 9/25/2009 10:12AM

    I know what you are talking about I have no children, but my sister told her childern, I will not always be around to help, you need anything talk to Aunt Dee. She tells the children Aunt Dee eats good food with lots of veggies and fruit and she goest to church and excerise tooo.. she will be the oldest lady to live.. if you need anything talk to her.. The younger ones know I am there and we talk. Jessie is 7 she is my trying child (neice) what a mouth but when it comes to me I am a little strict, no back talk and chris he is now 10 talks to me about different things and doesnt shy away... since My sister got cancer, I know she is in remission 18 months and counting.. but I want it at least another 18 years to see these kids grow up.

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Exercise Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

As it is still raining I have moved my exercise program in doors. Today I walked to a Leslie Sansone DVD, rode the bike and did some exercises with my new 5 pound weights and my old 3 pound weights. I am trying my hardest to keep my exercise program up because I really think that is the only way more weight is going to start falling off.

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METIMEISNOW 9/23/2009 8:16PM

  Man - you did good. I did manage to get to the Y for 30 min ab class this morning.... OUCH. I thought about walking on the treadmill tonight but got lazy & decided to just Spark instead.

Tomorrow I'll do better. Been a rough day at work & I just want to chill.

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