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Fun Weekend

Monday, May 27, 2013

We went camping this weekend with Ken's family and had a great time. We go to a campground about 15 minutes away where there is no electricity and pit toilets and "rough it" in our pop up camper for the weekend. We come home on Sunday and take showers, feed the cats, charge our phones, etc. - we do this every year on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Friday the kids had off school so we slept in and got the camper ready and went out there. My mom's 2 sisters and a friend from work, her husband and nephew came with us to a local pizza joint (another tradition) for dinner and then went to Wal-Mart to get stuff for s'mores at the campfire.

Saturday morning the dogs woke us up at 5:45 and then Ken went golfing with his dad, brother and his dad's friend. I went to Panera's with the kids, Ken's mom, aunt and mom's friend and met his nephew there. We go for breakfast since they go golfing. We had to stop home for a few things we forgot (that's why we like to go somewhere close!) and went back to relax. I went for a walk with my daughter, her friend who came along and my youngest to the lake where they have electricity to charge our phones and ipads, etc. We walked back to the campsite and had lunch. Then my youngest wanted me to go for a walk in the woods with him with the dogs so we walked some more! I had almost 13,000 steps on Saturday! And my knee felt it, too. I guess it was because I was crossing my legs more and not putting my feet up but it really bothered me. A friend of mine came to the fire with her kids so she got some ice in a plastic bag for me and that helped a lot. We went to church and Ken's family joined us to see what our new church was all about and then Ken's brother brought dinner out to the campground because Ken's nephew graduated from High School so we celebrated. That was a huge accomplishment for him since he has special needs (was originally thought to have ADHD and then finally diagnosed with high functioning autism at 16). Had cake at the campfire and went to bed.

Sunday we slept in until about 8 and then waited for Ken's sister and niece to get back from the beach house after showering to eat breakfast. We then came home to take our own showers and went back. Ken and I went for a walk of about 3 miles. Made an awesome dinner and had another great campfire.

Today we woke up to rain. Ugh. I HATE taking the camper down in the rain. It did finally let up but there was a fine mist that was really annoying the entire time. Finally got home and now I'm relaxing with my feet UP (knee is MUCH better today) and doing laundry. I meant to make dinner but I'm too tired so Ken made chicken salad and now we're watching The Voice on the DVR since we're about 2 weeks behind. It was an awesome weekend with a lot of fun and activity and now I'm tired. I believe some wine is in my future......

We finally remembered to put out our flag on Memorial Day! A big thank you for those who have served and ARE serving including my niece's husband, Ricky. We wouldn't where we are right now without them. THANK YOU!

  
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COMPUCATHY 6/1/2013 10:39PM

    Sounds like an awesome family weekend! Good for you! Hope your arm/shoulder are feeling better (saw your status). Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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WUNMURRA 5/28/2013 5:12PM

    Sounds great emoticon

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HEYNOW22 5/28/2013 1:24PM

    Sounds like a great weekend

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NEEDBU66 5/28/2013 10:42AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Getting together with family and enjoying each other is all good, isn't it!!!

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VLL723 5/28/2013 10:01AM

    Awesome! Sounds like a great time.

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CELIAMINER 5/28/2013 8:02AM

    Super weekend! I like the idea of being close enough to civilization to take advantage of the amenities but far enough away that you don't feel the pull of the "need-to-dos."

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GUATEMAMAX2 5/27/2013 10:16PM

    Glad you had a fun weekend!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/27/2013 9:46PM

    Glad you had a nice weekend.
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GETSTRONGRRR 5/27/2013 9:32PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend, in spite of the rain....glad you enjoyed it.

Take care of that knee!

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SCOUTMOM715 5/27/2013 8:37PM

    Sounds like a great time!! We love camping. We borrowed my brothers popup camper the last few years to get at least one camping trip in each summer. My brother upgraded to a bigger camper in March, so we bought his popup. We will now be able to get a little more camping in. Can't wait!! Have a great week!!
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MSHEL7 5/27/2013 8:27PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend, glad you had a great time. We have a popup too, and it is a bugger to take down in the rain. So much fun though. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/27/2013 8:10PM

    That sounds like a fantastic weekend! We went out to camp on Saturday for the day, and had a nice relaxing time. We're going for the weekend this Friday. I love camp!

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WARNING-Cranky Rant Coming

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I am so crabby today! It started with my having to go back to work yesterday after my knee surgery. I get to work and there's a bunch of stuff that didn't get done while I was gone (not necessarily anyone's fault - it's just when someone is gone things pile up sometimes). Not many people do my part of the job regularly so they don't know how to do certain things like I do. Plus there aren't many patients this week so I wasn't kept as busy as some weeks.

The knee is fine - of course it's sore, but it's not a big deal and will recover nicely but I am seriously limited in the amount of activity I can do and even though I know I need to take it easy, I'm still frustrated. Monday night I walked for a mile around our neighborhood and even though it wasn't much, it was still some activity and more than I had done since the night before the surgery.

Tuesday I wanted to go for a walk but my husband bribed me with going shopping for plants for the garden and I gladly agreed. Tonight I wanted to walk but had a webinar for school to listen to so I did that but it wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be and was a little confusing so I was a little annoyed. After it was over, I wanted to walk but Ken wanted me to watch Paul plant the plants in the garden so he could do some other things around the yard. I should be HAPPY he was doing all of this before he leaves for the state dart tournament tomorrow but instead I am crabby about not being able to go for a walk. And got antsy standing around the garden watching everyone else plant since I still can't bend down much and can't kneel at all on my knee.

Then I had to wait for Ken to be done so we could watch American Idol but when we went to watch it, the stupid DVR didn't record it. SOOOOOO ANNOYED! I feel like a toddler who didn't get her way and I really want to have a little tantrum but instead I'll just go to bed.

Of course, it could ALWAYS be much worse and maybe this is a little residual reaction from my mom's passing but I'm just cranky. Sorry to rain on everyone's parade - tomorrow has to be better.

  
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WINNIE1978 5/18/2013 7:05PM

    I think we've all had days like that. I hope you feel less cranky soon! emoticon

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WUNMURRA 5/17/2013 9:05PM

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VLL723 5/17/2013 10:13AM

    Hang in there. We all get crabby now and then.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/16/2013 9:03AM

    Thankfully there is always tomorrow....

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MADTHENURSE 5/16/2013 7:08AM

    I get that way sometimes too... Hopefully a good night's sleep has helped.

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GUATEMAMAX2 5/15/2013 11:13PM

    Tomorrow will be better! I'm sorry for your loss.

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KESTRYLL 5/15/2013 11:04PM

    Hope tomorrow is better and sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

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It's Been a While Since I've Blogged

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Lots of changes going on in my life lately, some good, some bad. You all know of my mom's passing if you read my previous blog. That was very life changing and I continue to work through day by day. Her apartment is finally cleaned out and the thank you notes written and now we have to get on with our lives. There is a huge hole that was once filled with her presence but I truly believe her spirit is still with me and I am okay with that.

I signed up as a Beachbody Coach this week! The basics that I know is that I have a website where people can go to purchase products from Beachbody and I will get commission on the sales through my website. I can also run workout challenges but have a lot to learn so my sponsor will help me in the coming weeks. She has an apprenticeship program for her new coaches that I will be doing.

I took my second test and got my certificate to be able to see Health Coaching clients officially! YAY! The problem is that I am about 6 weeks behind on assignments and even though I have listened to all of my lectures up to date I still have work to do. I had to reschedule my knee surgery (for a torn meniscus - minor procedure), which is Wednesday this week so I'm waiting a bit until I get that done before I really try signing clients. I'm thinking June is a good month to start! I want to reschedule my class with my massage therapy and Arbonne friends so I can start educating people on health and start helping people. I can't wait!

A doctor that I work for is trying to get me to come work with him in his weight loss clinic he's opening in September. I am thinking about it but don't know for sure if I want to give up my 14 year seniority at my current job. It's a huge decision that I'm not ready to make yet. Maybe if I get my health coaching up and running that will help me make my decision.

Whew! I think that's it - I'll have to keep you all updated with everything. If anyone has any interest in a personalized coaching program and is in need of a health coach to help you reach your goals, let me know! I'm putting it out there! I can do everything long distance so it doesn't matter how close you live. Happy Sunday people!

  
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REBECCATKD 5/15/2013 2:40PM

    You have a LOT going on. Take some time to breathe...

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OHMEMEME 5/12/2013 4:22PM

    Glad to catch up with you! Take time to think things through. Be still and wait...your answer will come. Sounds like hard choices and great opportunities. Best wishes!
I am so lucky to never have had an injury to restrict my activity. Hope the knee is better soon.

How is maintenance going for you? Anything to share is greatly appreciated. Keep Sparking!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 5/12/2013 10:44AM

    Wow - glad you are back blogging and have so much to share!!! I am very excited about the possibilities - its like a v that opens into the future. Whatever happens , remember work can be joy. Follow your heart and joy and you will be blessed for what you bring to peoples lives.

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COMPUCATHY 5/9/2013 10:16PM

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I know that is hard. I lost my mom a couple of years ago. You're right...she is still with you...and you can talk to her and share things with her and she will hear you and be with you. It's a really good, healing thing to know and practice. I saw in your status that you've had your surgery. I'm trusting you will heal well and fast! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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LILYPAD12311 5/9/2013 3:30PM

    I love the attitude you have ...... you have challenges and you make good decisions on how to handle them! Yes, your mom will always be with you ... sending you hugs for being strong and moving forward.... such a difficult thing to do.

Congrats on getting your certificate and keep up the good work. YOU are pretty awesome and I think it is an honor to have you as a friend,,,,, as you inspire and motivate me. You Rock ChrisKenAndKids!

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ROCKMAN6797 5/9/2013 10:09AM

    Sorry for you loss...good news on the work front, it is always nice to be "wanted!"

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WUNMURRA 5/6/2013 5:13PM

    Thank you for sharing our journey emoticon
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MADTHENURSE 5/6/2013 7:37AM

    You've had a lot going on and it seems that it's not going to slow down for a while... take the time to care for yourself, too!!

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STARPESCADO 5/5/2013 8:16PM

    So sorry for your loss ...

Wishing you the best in the time to come - hugs!

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NEEDBU66 5/5/2013 2:57PM

    lots of good things. Hard thing with your mom gone. May you continue to feel her beside you.

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This Week-Sickness was NOT in my Plan!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I was really looking forward to getting back to normal this week after my difficult week last week but my body had other ideas. Sunday evening my stomach started feeling a little off. Monday all day I had diarrhea and stomach cramping, took 2 naps and had a major headache in the evening. Ugh! Good thing it was my day off this week!

I was hoping for it to be a 24 hour thing and I did feel a bit better on Tuesday with no diarrhea but since I missed all last week due to work along with the Friday and most of Thursday the week before that I couldn't really call in to work so I sucked it up, washed my hands a lot and went to work. I felt okay after work so I went to Tae Kwon Do class. Did okay but felt a little shaky and had to stop when they had us doing a lot of spinning kicks. But I weathered through it and went to bed.

Wednesday morning I woke up with diarrhea again but took something for it and it went away but still felt a little off with stomach upset. I had a sandwich for lunch on gluten free bread, a banana and greek yogurt for the probiotic effects and things calmed down a bit. So I was not on my regular diet since the veggies and salad I normally eat didn't sit well. I was about 80% better but still not great. Went to my mom's to start cleaning out some of her stuff and got a little bit done.

Thursday I had just gas all day. It was NOT fun but still better than the previous days. FINALLY last night I started to feel normal after my workout but during my workout I still felt a little shaky.

Today I finally felt 100% back to normal but when I wanted to work out I ended up falling asleep on the couch so I guess I still needed the rest. Tomorrow I plan to sleep in and then go to the gym and do run/walk intervals on the treadmill.

So this week was not back to normal but next week FOR SURE I will work out for SIX DAYS! I'm looking forward to it! Here's to better health!

  
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OHMEMEME 4/25/2013 6:37PM

    Don't forget that rest and restoration especially while grieving is even MORE important than exercise. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 4/23/2013 7:33PM

    Glad you are feeling better now! emoticon

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LILYPAD12311 4/23/2013 2:03PM

    Hope you are feeling better,,,, sometimes the stress of a situation makes your body weaker,,,, a sign that it needs recovery..... you went through a very tough transition in life and I am sending you hugs! emoticon Get rest,,,, the rest will come emoticon

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FITMOMINNJ 4/23/2013 7:09AM

    Glad your feeling better. Funny how sometimes when the mind is willing the body needs a pitstop:) emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 4/22/2013 6:52AM

    Glad you're feeling better!

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IMREITE 4/20/2013 2:27AM

    my hubby has been sick all week so he has not been very active. hope yo ucan take care of yourself so you feel better.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/19/2013 11:27PM

    Take the down time to recover...you need it....hit it hard when you're back up to 100%!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/19/2013 10:44PM

    So sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. I think your body is overtired and worn out. You need rest. Take care of yourself and take it slow. You will be back soon. I know it! Hang in there my new Spark friend! I'm thinking of you. emoticon

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New Sense of Normal

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wow. It has been a very stressful and eventful 2 months. My mom was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia since January that was just too powerful for her body to handle and she passed away last week Sunday evening. Her Multiple Sclerosis just complicated things and her body wasn't able to handle the infection. She was so sick and miserable that she just couldn't do it anymore. We really did not expect this to be as bad as it was, but it became apparent in February that it could go either way. She made the decision to go to an inpatient hospice on a Thursday morning and when she finally got there, she finally relaxed after not sleeping for about a week and finally fell asleep. She never woke up. It was very peaceful and the setting was beautiful but my life is now forever changed.

It has been really hard but I know I'll be okay. This week my healthy eating has gone OUT the window but I have managed to get in some workouts and have definitely learned to relax and let life happen without worrying about more than today and what I have to get through. It will be nice to get back to normal this next week although now the next job is to clean out her apartment but I have a big family and I know we will have a lot of help. We will get through this.

Thank you everyone for all of the messages and goodies that you have sent. I have read each and every one of them and they all mean a lot.

  
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WINNIE1978 4/23/2013 7:38PM

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CHSHULER89 4/18/2013 8:30PM

    Prayers and hugs! One step at a time... My mother in law went to heaven in Sept. So glad she isn't suffering any more, but we all miss her so much! We know she is with us.. Many hugs and blessings sent your way..

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CHEEKYGEEK 4/18/2013 12:10AM

    Deepest and sincere sympathies. emoticon

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OHMEMEME 4/15/2013 9:46PM

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KNH771 4/15/2013 5:54PM

    emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.

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CELIAMINER 4/15/2013 8:01AM

    Sad for you and your family as you grieve.
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WUNMURRA 4/15/2013 5:41AM

    emoticon Extending sympathy in your time of loss

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 4/14/2013 10:23PM

    hugs!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/14/2013 8:30PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 4/14/2013 7:32PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.
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BERGBA7 4/14/2013 7:00PM

    Sending you good thoughts to go through this difficult time.
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GETSTRONGRRR 4/14/2013 6:47PM

    That's a tough thing for your family to go through...glad you were able to be there for and with her!
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