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Thursday, December 05, 2013

A few of you know I was on a journey the week before Thanksgiving to meet one of my Dearest Sparkfriends (FLPALM) aka Fran.
We met on Sparkpeople about 3 yrs ago and she has been such an inspiration/motivation to follow & a great friend!
We live 3,000 miles apart her East Coast me on the West Coast.
Her & her DH made plans to visit Oregon as it was on their bucket list,they love to travel and have fun!
Fran had sent me an email last June with their traveling plans and I was so excited at the thought of meeting this wonderful Sparkfriend who had became Spark/family to me so I told them about the Oregon Coast that we were planning on going there and could make it on Nov 22nd when they would be there(its about 3 hours from us) and the same drive for them from PDX (Portland airport) as I am on the Oregon/Washington border.
DH & I first met them at Chinook winds casino resort Friday morning and that was where I got my first BIG hug from the Sweetest lady ever and met her DH Paul he is as wonderful as her!
Fran's DH (Paul) & my DH (Trace) hit it off well these men were 2 of a kind (well with the exception of Fran's DH Paul he has a tremendous sense of humor which just made everything flow so smoothly.... at first I was kind of worried because Trace is not an easy person to get to know but him & Paul started talking and Fran & I were talking eager to know about each other, and Trace turns and says I like this guy ALOT him & I are gonna be friends!
We then parted and agreed to meet an hour later at Mo's for lunch we had a great lunch (Long lunch was absolutely wonderful!) and Fran shared her ways to track her food while on the road & some pictures of will see her secret blue notebook below (hehehe)but only the outside emoticon she really has her act together she is so true to her words "Making small changes that you can live with forever".
Fran & Paul are seriously wonderful friends I told her I really believe in that saying "A friend is a stranger that you just haven't met yet".
Now I don't go around friending every stranger I meet its like you just know when someone is special and there is something there & you trust your instincts to want to meet.
At some point in your life every friend you have is someone you never knew until you developed a bond and became friends.
When we were leaving Mo's for lunch outside her DH Paul told me to never give up that I looked fine and if I let stress and bad feelings about myself happen & if I don't believe in myself it will only hurt my progress and that I can Do it! Just to be patient and never give up!
He truly is Fran's number #1 fan he supports her 100% and these two have a love that shines like no other they are as down to earth and real as you could ever imagine!
We decided that we would meet the next morning at McDonald's for breakfast on there way back to driving to PDX so we met at 8:30 am and had breakfast and got a couple hour visit in before they hit the road.
I know its a repeat on words but Fran & Paul we want you to know Trace & I think the world of you two and we are going to take you up on your invite to stay with you in Vegas in your time share someday and as soon as Trace retires if not before we will visit Massachusetts and Thank you for welcoming us to your home to stay we feel honored that you two felt as comfortable as we did...Below are a few pictures I did leave out the one where Fran kissed me emoticon and her arm exercises at he casino...Lol.
Fran & I at Mo's for lunch

Fran & Paul (with Fran's lil blue book) emoticon

And this next picture Fran's DH Paul said this is "The spark Studs"...Lol...Paul on left & Trace on the right

Next morning pictures at McDonalds...Fran & I standing by our truck

Fran & Paul sporting the Daytona...Lol..and they look good!

You can just see what a fun loving couple they are and their zest for life...
And I enjoyed EVERYTHING they shared with us about them & how they met....So Cool!
This by far was my most memorable & happy time on the Oregon Coast.

Now on a side note heading home along the coast we decided to stop at my Dads house and stay a night as I hadn't seen him for over a year (I am Daddy's Baby) & he was soooo excited and happy to see me/us he didn't want to let us leave the next was hard to go I love him so much...we got home and the next week he sent me a flyer of a house for sale right next door to him emoticon he loves all 4 of his kids so much and is the BEST Dad Ever!
A picture of Dad & I below I love him so much emoticon

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PEWTERBUNNY 1/15/2014 6:52PM

    How wonderful for you both!! it's great to meet friends in person.

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DEEGIRL50 12/9/2013 6:26AM

    Thanks for sharing the Joy of meeting Fran and Paul with the rest of us. Love the pictures. Love the support from the men. Love the humor. Love your dad story too!

I guess you could say I love everything about you and this blog!!
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_RANDY_ 12/6/2013 10:22AM

    so love your blog --- if I get your way -- -I'll see you too -- same -- if I get Fran's way!


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WANT2BHEALTHY11 12/6/2013 9:23AM

    So glad you got to spend some time with them. That is always such special moments in life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YELLOWDAHLIA 12/6/2013 8:39AM

    Very cool indeed!
And judging by the photos it looks like the weather was decent down at the coast!

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/5/2013 8:31PM

    What a fabulous update! emoticon I am so glad everything went so smoothly and that you all hit it off instantly - even the Spark Studs!!! emoticon Trace cracks me up. You guys all look like you are having a blast hamming it up for the camera. Life is short. I am so happy you are grabbing all the fun and great times that you can. You sure needed a break from the stress and heartache you've been through recently. It was great that you got to see your Dad too. A year is to long to wait to visit. You tell Trace that I said he needs to take you to see your Dad at least TWO times every year!

P.S. I am very nosy what is in Fran's blue book! The secret to her weight loss success?

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FLPALM 12/5/2013 8:30PM

    Girl, I LOVED, no make that WE LOVED Every Moment with you BOTH! We just got back about 8 hours ago, and after playing catch up with the house stuff, started checking on my "Mail" and of course, MY FRIENDS!!!!!

You are my Sista, Trace, our Brother, and Oregon has YOU BOTH as our fondest memory!!! Even though you are from Washington, YOU (Both) are the "Sparkle" on our mind, the Ornament on our Christmas Tree, and the LOVE in our Heart!!! I can't wait for the future, and all we have to share in!


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"2012" Picture Blog of Myself & Some of my family...Love these silly people!

Monday, December 31, 2012

I just wanted to share some pictures of my family & I from "2012" I Love my family.. they are a wonderful family.
This is my daughter Janelle

This is Janelle's 2 daughters Pacita(the black/white one) & Lola(the tiger) they are 5 & 7 Janelle is 26 yrs old and going for a professional career & travels so no hubby or non fur kids in her life actually these 2 kitties are referred to as my granddaughters.

This is Janelle and her daddy(my ex husband)she loves him so much she is a daddies girl

And this is Janelle with my 2 brothers (they love her lots too)my brother on the left in the purple shirt he and his wife will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in June.

This is my Beautiful momma & step dad

This is my Dad & Beautiful step mom w/my niece & her baby

This is my Daughter Brandy age 31 on 12-12-12 getting married

And this is Brandy and her new hubby with all their kids(my grandkids) together(its a

And this is my only Beautiful sister Bonnie (she is taking a picture of me taking a picture of her she is the BEST sister ever!

This is a picture of mom & I

Random pics in Oct on my 50th bday (These were taken on a trip to the beach in a hotel).I had dyed my hair brown for a change..(I like myself much better with my blonde color)but it was change lol..and as you can tell I am my husbands "Princess" On our second date back in (2008) he brought me a costume jewlery Princess Tiara and it has never stopped,the things he has bought in the last 5 years has made quite a Princess collection in our home..on the back of our sport truck there is a "Princess on board" sticker and another in the lower corner that says "I'm not spoiled I'm just well taken care of" both have the princess tiaras..Our bedroom door has a sign thar says "The Princess Sleeps Here"...etc...I have quite the collection I seriously have to stop him at times when he sees Princess items...And he wonders how he created a spoiled lil monster...hehehehe...He has & always opens the car door no matter where we go every single time we get in/out of the car,he told my mom one day that it gets him a free kiss everytime,my mom laughed and told him "nothing is free"..Lol

Me riding the carousal on my 50th Bday that was a first since I was a little kid.

And me swinging and playing on the beach at night w/hubby on my bday

And last is DH with our youngest grandson "Teegan" aka "Mr "T"

I love my Family!

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BLONDEE53 11/24/2013 8:25AM

    Where have I been?? I totally missed a lot in the past year or two. Love these pics and see it's been almost a year since you posted this! I will be back here...
Be blessed Bren emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 5/3/2013 7:58PM

    I LOVE all the pictures! You have a beautiful family. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 1/4/2013 8:06AM have a beautiful family!! Wonderful pictures! :-) I LOVE the fact that your hubby treats you like a princess!! That is so sweet! Happy New Year!

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_RANDY_ 1/2/2013 11:36AM

    I missed this one!!!

very NICE!

wonderful family!

and the carousel pic -- I think that will be added to my list for this year -- I turn 50 as well in March!

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GETSALONG 1/2/2013 7:58AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon beautiful tribe there! & beautiful Bday Princess!!! So much fun playing on the beach, u made me wanna go... go now!!! LOL ;)

i bet it's cold & windy there now..... now the holidays r over, i'm ready for spring/summer & sunshine, LOL

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DEEGIRL50 1/1/2013 10:53PM

    Beauty runs in your family. You have good genes!!

Love reigns supreme. You are very lucky.

There's a Princess in all of us. Some of us are just lucky enough to let her romp freely out in the open!!
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POSITIVELY_EB 1/1/2013 4:46PM


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    What a beautiful family! Your daughters are both so pretty! (like their Mom!)

And you ARE a regular Princess Bunny! My hubby does not spoil me like that. I have to do it myself. emoticon

I have been a cookin' fool today. I am putting up a lot of stuff in the freezer. That way I can pull out something different every day for my lunch. This is gonna be our year Brenda.

I recommend you hop your BUNNY A$$ on over to this team for some fun and support.


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FLPALM 1/1/2013 1:24PM

    Brenda, OMG, This is Beautiful!!!! I love the photos with your family....ain't nothing better!!!
And YOU ARE A PRINCESS!!! This I know, so if DH wants to get you's because you deserve it!!!


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JFROGSPYDER 1/1/2013 12:34PM

    What a beautiful family!!!! You are truly blessed!!!! Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 1/1/2013 11:36AM

    WIshing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/1/2013 5:34AM

    lovely photos love there is one photo missing though and that is one of you.hope the new year brings all you want it to bring. emoticon

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ALICIA214 1/1/2013 12:15AM


Lovely family Lovely pics.

Happy New Year. emoticon

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