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First day of school!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It's that time again! I'm feeling on top of it! I got the kids off to school, having made them eggs and orange juice before we walked up to the school. Tomorrow they'll ride the bus, but I needed pictures at the school of their first day outfits.

It looks like there might be one other bus mom at the stop tomorrow, but I never believe the influx of parents at the stop on the first day. I have yet to hold onto someone else to back me up at the stop with all the kids that aren't parented ever.

The walk up to the school means that I already got many steps in (even with active birds on our way, what's up with all the birds? They seem to hate me.) and will be getting more as the day goes on as my Mom is taking me out for the day. We'll probably get some GeoCaching in, there are so many right in town.

This new year (I have a 3rd and 4th grader now!) will mean a good schedule for me too. I'm not sure if I'm the only parent that really enjoys the school year and my "me time" back. I can only handle my kids so long during the day before I'm frustrated with them.

With them back on schedule, I'll be back on track too. I can pay attention to myself better when I don't have to pay attention to everyone else.

Here's to another great year!

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CATTUTT 9/2/2014 2:36PM

    Sounds like you're having a great day, I hope it continues!

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WIO_ALISA 9/2/2014 1:17PM

    My kids start tomorrow - a freshman and an 8th grader. They've actually been at their dad's since last week. They come home today... so they can get their backpacks ready. LOL.

We did some geocaching for the first time this summer on our trip and actually found a geocache in all 50 states and DC. It was a lot of fun. I even went to an event on Sunday so I could get the 7 Souvenirs Challenge.

Enjoy the freedom!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/2/2014 1:04PM

    my 11year old and 8 year old go back to school on the 16th september and my 5 year old on the 22 september so can i be a little envious,lol.enjoy the extra me time. emoticon

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TATTER3 9/2/2014 12:23PM

    I remember those days

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KAREN608 9/2/2014 12:10PM

    Some people need more 'me' time than others.
Even though I do not have children, I am very comfortable being alone and actually get to feeling overwhelmed when I have to be around people all day every day.

Happy first day of school!

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    Sounds great! I forgot to take pictures - can you believe it? I will get one after school. Hope their first day goes well

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The mind works in mysterious ways.

Monday, September 01, 2014

I feel like I've been extra crazy lately. Everything was just too overwhelming for me, so I took a break from Spark. When I said I was taking a break, I wasn't sure if I was pregnant or not (I'm not). I hate that I'm still fertile since I'm content with the ages of my children and the spot we're in now. Just the thought of still being able to get pregnant is still an issue. *Stress*

I'm stress eating, so I've gained 5 pounds back in the last month. That's not hard to do.

We ended up going to the Science Museum this month since I did promise the kids we'd go. Even with the discount we were able to get, it was very expensive for us. *Stress stress stress*

So because of that promise our pantries were exceptionally low (we're in that spot where cost of living keeps on going up, but raises aren't getting there fast enough). We ended up hitting up the food shelf for the first time in nearly a decade. I didn't need as much as they were offering, so we ended up only taking a little to get through the month. Still, just having to beg for food makes me feel bad. *More stress*

I have been working on perfecting my art while I've been away from here (pictures will happen later when I have one done all the way). The first couple got burnt, but I had the stove fixed (again!) and figured out how hot it really was running. The third one came out perfectly!

With the money stresses and the fact that I'm not hireable right now, I'm going to end up selling my art to make a buck and hopefully fell less stressed about bills (we've been running the a/c and that always makes summer bills higher). My husband wants to start his own company too as a painting teacher (he paints miniatures and just needs to get his name out there) and do commissions for people. We have a plan in place, but just need to know the legal nuances for paying bills and knowing if we need special id numbers. I think that with simply using our names (first name last name, artist) we can simply use our social security numbers to pay the taxes instead of some corporate id. *Still stress, but not as urgent*

The kids both go back to school tomorrow, so that will help all of us. My son is stressing out about it (he always has more issues than my daughter) and still doesn't know how to cope properly, but he got his sister's teacher from last year, so I think that will help. That teacher already knew about his issues from last year (the Guillain-Barre he had last November) so she just had to know that it was still affecting him. I just hope he doesn't get bullied again this year. He doesn't know how to speak up for himself. *Yes, more stress*

With all of this going on, I woke up this morning with a renewed hope that this coming month will be better. I was more at peace with my decisions and can go forward with new tools to get us through and renewed expectations for myself again. I've gained and lost this 5 pounds a few times now, so I know it will go away again. The school schedule always helps me since I have actual time to myself. I've been putting off cleaning the house and putting off my time for myself. I've been hiding in my video games. It's time to get back to my old normal and on track for a bright future!

Let's get Sparkin'!

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KABMPH 9/2/2014 9:45AM

    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing where you are in life. I hope the stress relieves itself quickly, over time.


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TRUCKERSMRS 9/2/2014 7:48AM

    Nice to see you back writing again and, with such honesty.
Small steps each day and I am sure you will get yourself back to "you" again.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/2/2014 6:30AM

    Welcome back. You've written an honest insightful blog that will resonate with many people. Stress is always out there, but recognizing its effects is the first step in dealing with it.
Take care of yourself.

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MPLSKEN 9/2/2014 12:39AM

Glad to see you back! And, sorry to hear about all of the stress you're going through right now. I feel your pain and know how tight finances can exacerbate any of life's other stressors. I share your renewed hope for September. The nice thing about calendars, new years, months, etc. are that they can help remind us that every day we get a new start with new opportunities and possibilities.
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CATTUTT 9/1/2014 9:35PM

    I'm glad to see you back, but sorry to hear things have been so stressful. It sounds like it's been rough. Your attitude seems to be in a great place in spite of it, though. I hope September is a great month for you!

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FRAN0426 9/1/2014 8:11PM

    Hope all works out well, now that the school schedule will be starting tomorrow.
Glad to hear you are getting your art work project to a workable project by having the oven fixed. Hope your husband can also follow up on getting a set up for painting--bet of luck to the both of you.
Hope both your children have a great school year and that your son will be bully free this year. Let the school by aware if it starts up again so some type of action can be taken.. The only way we can stop bullying is to make those in authority take care of it when it happens at school. Bullying is wayyyyyyy out of hand these days.

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BEACHCALSIX 9/1/2014 12:39PM

    oh wow, pregnancy scares can really stress you out! I had one in the beginning of my journey. I still remember shaking when I checked the test because at that point I had finally lost 15-20 lbs and was finally getting my weight in control. I was so scared I was pregnant and end up gaining everything plus more all over again! Glad it was just a scare :)

Bullying is no fun. Always try to encourage him to have a high self esteem and confidence. I wish someone had taught me about that when I was a kid. I would get bullied and I'd just let them do it and feel terrible about myself. Now I have confidence issues that I'm dealing with. I'm determined not to let my kids go through that and have been researching self esteem for kids and there's a lot of education kids programs, cartoons, etc that encourage them to be confident and have self love. The more confidence they have, the less scared they'll be of going to school and confronting the problem in a nonviolent way. Hope he adjusts to his classes well!

Hang in there, stressful times always derail me but we just have to take it one day (sometimes one minute) at a time emoticon

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Taking a break.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I have been blogging diligently for the last 2.5 years.

Right now there are some things going on that isn't as dramatic as my son being in the hospital, but I really just need a break for a couple of weeks from Spark. I'll be back in a couple of weeks after I've had time to reset myself.

I know that I have many people that read this daily and enjoy what I have to say. I promise I'll be back soon. I love this site! I just need to work on what needs to be a priority right now.

Keep on Sparkin! Keep on making the best decisions for yourself! Keep on trusting that you know what is the best decision for you and your body!

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TANYA602 8/10/2014 2:57PM

    Be sure to take care of yourself and your family. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. And hugs.

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    Look forward to seeing you back, soon. emoticon

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JAMER123 8/10/2014 1:27AM

    Take care and take your time to get back to where you want to be. We will be here awaiting your return. I do understand the need for a break.
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ACRAIG921 8/10/2014 12:10AM

    Take care and we'll see you when you get back.

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KAREN608 8/9/2014 11:31PM

First things first!

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FRAN0426 8/9/2014 11:20PM

    Take care and work on what is priority at present for you.

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CATTUTT 8/9/2014 9:28PM

    Take care of yourself, see you when you get back!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/9/2014 8:04PM

    Take care of yourself. We'll look forward to your return.

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LJOYCE55 8/9/2014 7:46PM

  Take care of yourself and hurry back.

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Thursday, Positive Focus, Day 99

Friday, August 08, 2014

The kids managed to get their rooms done by the end of the day. I had them going through their clothes to find out what could come out of the closet and what needed to be replaced by the time school started. Fortunately only some jeans and shoes are in need this year. They've got a lot of shirts and my daughter has enough skirts. I'm glad I don't need to get a whole new wardrobe for them.

The only thing I really needed to do was a load of laundry so my daughter had her easiest to get on and off swimsuit for Friday's birthday party she was invited to.

I started my day out with my normal breakfast, although it felt way too big for me today, despite being the normal size.

Lunch was leftovers from the night before. Cold pizza is always easy to eat.

And I had my second piece of Smore's pizza.

For my mid-afternoon snack, I had some bbq peas from this month's Naturebox.

Dinner was easy to heat up. Just some hot dogs and mac n' cheese. I made sure to have veggies instead of the chips I had my husband pick up. Seemed like too much starch in one meal otherwise.

I've been working on another sculpture. The baby head is turning into a whole model. Hopefully I won't burn this one too, but I'm going to wait for sure until I get an oven thermometer before I bake this one.

Fitbit step count: 2,667


Wednesday, Positive Focus, Day 98

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I'm finding that I'm having a lot more lazy days than usual. The most I'm doing is supervising the kids going through their clothes so that we can decide what they really need for back to school in a few weeks. I had grocery money today, so I did get out at the end of the day and do some grocery shopping, but I'll wait until the weekend for the rest of my major shopping. It takes small steps to get to the final product, and this is making sure my home is school day organized again. We'll be practicing getting up with the alarm in a week or so, I tend to start doing that two weeks before school starts so we're all back on that schedule. We always have a bedtime, but summer tends to allow us to sleep in and I'm not getting up until 9 some days.

I had my normal breakfast to start my day.

With few items in my fridge, I reheated the rice from the day before and tossed some veggies on a plate, along with the rest of one of the nut blends I had.

After lunch, I had the last piece of fudge I can have, there were two other pieces, one for each kid.

My mid-afternoon snack was a banana.

The husband brought home dinner, Papa Murphy's pizza.

Along with dessert pizza.

I ran out to grocery shop after dinner, bringing my daughter with, and got some lunch and snack stuff, along with the holiday of the day, root beer floats.

That was the first time in over a year and possibly the last two years I had some pop. With the ice cream, and being one of my favorite flavors, it was worth it. If I had it daily, I don't think it would be as tasty. A treat is only a treat if it's not a daily thing.

Fitbit step count: 3,509

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FRAN0426 8/8/2014 12:06AM

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMMy Root beer float, at least one or two during the summer is a must.

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