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I am going to Laugh and MELT it all off!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I am going to Laugh and MELT it all off!

Yes I am!

I am heading out on my Girlfriends get away. We went last year and had so much fun that we are doing it again. You may have heard me talk of having friends so close to the heart that we are more like sisters with out the fighting. Well that is us.

We will have a week of just girls, laughing, talking, crying, sighing....

.... maybe even dying .... of heat!!!

We are off to sunny hot Arizona! You lucky friends who already live there, watch out! The white, soon to be red Canadians are on their way!

While from what I understand, most residents fly to colder realms at this time of year, we are flying in to soak up the heat. It is expected to be @45* C.

LOVE IT!

You know why? Because I am going to melt off this fat and laugh my way to rock hard abs!

Of course, lying in the pool, shopping and downing margheritas, may slow down the rock forming....

And guess what?! I had bought new swimsuits last year size 20.... this year I had to buy a new one size 14! Yeah!



So my friends, I will miss you. I won't be so dilegent about logging onto Spark over the next week, but I will be thinking of you!

Will catch up with all your news and let you know mine when I get back.

Hugs!
Angela

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LUNADRAGON 7/19/2011 10:41AM

    Melt away! Have a grand time doing it!
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MARTY728 7/15/2011 9:35AM

    Hoping you have/had a GREAT time. I am emoticon thinking of the "white, soon to be red Canadians"!

I love Arizona and have spent alot of time there. It is one of my potential retirement (someday) sites. The others are the West Coast of Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Carribean.

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TEXAS_GRL 7/10/2011 3:53PM

    Woohoooo! smaller bathsuits are always a good thing! Keep on rockin it my friend!

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JUDITH316 7/9/2011 1:32AM

    Have a great time on your weekend get away with the "girl's", emoticon emoticon emoticon on your size 14 swimsuit, good job, keep up the great work, I'm cheering you on, Blessings & Hugs.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAS1949 7/6/2011 11:25PM

    Have a great time!! What a wonderful idea!

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MDGARDENGIRL 7/6/2011 5:45PM

    Do have lots of fun with the girls Angela!!! Girlfriends are chosen sisters emoticon

Congrats on the smokin hot bathing suit!!!

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BOVEY63 7/6/2011 1:31PM

    Have a wonderful time and bring lots of sunscreen! Congrats on the size 14 suit!
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GEMINI-SKY 7/6/2011 1:04PM

    What ! ! ! I wasn't Invited?????
Hey, Have a Blast and I'll miss you too...


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/6/2011 10:25AM

    Oh, how I wish I had friends like that! They do not exist here, I'm afraid, except for my dear husband! Ah, well, he's a good substitute! emoticon

Have a BLAST, my friend, and I look forward to some funny stories and great photos!

WAY TO GO ON THE SWIMSUIT!!! If you bought the one in the photo, I'm saying great taste!!! emoticon

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GOMEIN2011 7/6/2011 10:22AM

    You go girl, you are worth every laugh so melt it away!!!!

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CELIA1975 7/6/2011 10:11AM

    Enjoy yourself!

Celia

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LINDA! 7/6/2011 9:50AM

    Enjoy!!! I am so happy you had to buy a new swimsuit (in a smaller size). emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 7/6/2011 7:46AM

    Have a good time.

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TEXASGIRL48 7/6/2011 7:30AM

    Have a great week! Stay hydrated and try to stay cool part of the time.

Congratulations on the new size swimsuit. You are doing wonderful.

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LYNMEINDERS 7/5/2011 11:15PM

    I know you'll have a total ball...enjoy every minute of it .....

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PURESTILLWATER 7/5/2011 9:41PM

    have a blast and be sure to stay hydrated.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/5/2011 9:03PM

    OMG!
Wait until you get there.
You won't be singing the "Hot & Happy Heated Blues"
My brother si in Lake Havasu, AZ it's like 118 degrees. Nothing to laugh at. :-)

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NEWKAREN43 7/5/2011 8:15PM

    Oh my heavens!! That sounds like SO, SO much fun!!! I hope you have a fantastic, wonderful, laugh, talking, crying, sighing (no dying) time! In that heat, you will just melt away like butter...and you will have the flattest 'laughing abs' ever seen on SP!!! I hope your trip is fantastic! Blessings on this part of your journey too. Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRATS4 7/5/2011 8:00PM

    cool

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Yep, sore AND tired...

Friday, July 01, 2011

Yep, sore AND tired...

Had day 2 with my personal trainer yesterday with us starting to amp it up, now that I sorta know what I am doing.

I feel pretty good, a bit sore (know I worked those muscles) and definitely tired (I slept over 10 hours last night and could go for a nap!).
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We are doing strength and interval training, with a one minute to one minute ratio at present working up to 3 rounds.

This is what my strength training looks like with cardio in between each set plus a 10 minute cardio warm up and cool down. Don't forget stretching too!

Dumbbell Chest Press
Dumbbell Shoulder Raises
Lying Dumbell Triceps Extension
Seated Dumbbell Biceps Curls
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Dumbbell Triceps Kick Backs
Wall Squats with Dumbbells and Ball
Knee Raises on Captain Chair
Squats
Crunches
Side crunches

Plus I do my 30 minutes of cardio in addiition (if I can move!!) 6 days a week.

And one more thing, in order to really kickstart my fat burn and metablolism, I am now instructed to at least one time throughout the day to either go for a walk or on the treadmill...are you ready for this?..... warm up slightly then RUN full out as hard and as fast as I can, as many times as I can.

Let me tell you I did this last night... twice....for a bout 5 minutes.... I thought I was dying.... I think I have exercise induced asthma.... I wheezed for a good hour after.... oh well...

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Hugs,
Angela
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JUDITH316 7/4/2011 12:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you are doing a great job with your routine, some of your strength exercises are the same as mine, keep up the great work, I'm cheering you on. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 7/2/2011 9:41PM

    I'm exhausted just reading about it! But I do admire you for going for it FULL TILT !!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/2/2011 11:03AM

    WOW! That is one awesome workout.
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Have a wonderful weekend!
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GEMINI-SKY 7/2/2011 6:20AM

    Well Done IS Right ! ! !
You are to Funny and VERY Motivated ! ! !
Good For You. Hope some of it rubs off on Me ! ! !
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LYNMEINDERS 7/2/2011 1:37AM

    Well done...yay....I am proud of you and your achievement.....
Woohoo....
g
o girl....

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PURESTILLWATER 7/1/2011 9:52PM

    awesome

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RESULTS361AP09 7/1/2011 9:16PM

    Angela-that sounds like quite a workout! Just be sure to listen to your body & rest if you need too. You rock!! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/1/2011 9:09PM

    Holy Moses! You're going to be "Rocky Balboa!"
Great job, Angela.

BTW how is your sister feeling? I've been thinking about her.


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I had to ask....:(

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ok I had to tempt fate didn't I?

My status feed read "CHUBRUB3 is Pumped! Zumba today, sun is shining and I am wearing smaller clothes. Can life be so good?"

So what happens?

My Zumba class is cancelled due to no one being able to unlock the studio today. But that won't get me down, I think I will ride my bike in the park.

But this got me ...

...got me down....

My sister called

She had been having some trouble with her leg, swollen, sore etc.
Had been going to the Chiropractor and massage therapist thinking she had a muscle knotted in her leg from all her workouts and home reno's.
Wasn't getting better.
So she went to the hospital and found she has a blood clot in her leg.
A BLOOD CLOT!!!
Scary Crazy!
On needles, medicine and daily hospital visits for who knows how long.

I am scared...

Prayers for my sister would be appreciated.

Hugs,
Angela

  
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MSILVER94 6/30/2011 10:00AM

    Thank goodness she had it checked out! I pray she will be okay! Now she is in good hands with the doctors.

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NAPPILICIOUS 6/30/2011 3:59AM

    My prayers are with you . Hope your sis gets better. emoticon

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ANNESNEWLIFE 6/29/2011 9:35AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your sister. I will say that I was in ICU for a week with a blood clot in my leg. It was scary at first, but I worked through it. I do have some permanent life style changes because of it, but all of them are good changes. I send you hugs and patience to work through this. She's going to be great especially with a sister like you by her side.

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MARTY728 6/27/2011 4:00PM

    Sorry about your sister. Prayers sent.

Concerning Zumba....they actually have locks and use them in Canada? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/27/2011 2:47PM

    Lots of prayers going out for your sister.
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TEXASGIRL48 6/27/2011 8:48AM

    Angela I am really sorry to hear about your sister. She is so lucky all that massaging didn't dislodge it and let it move. I hope things work out for the best. You needed a day off from Zumba anyway. LOL.

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GEMINI-SKY 6/27/2011 6:23AM

    You've Got It Girl ! ! ! Anything I can do for my Friend, I'll Do ! ! !
OXOX

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CHAS1949 6/26/2011 11:58PM

    More prayers from me.... I hope things get better for you and your sister!

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ELLIE381 6/26/2011 5:21PM

    I hope all works out well. It is such a good thing she had it checked out. A warning to us all. Don't put things off.



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GOMEIN2011 6/26/2011 4:57PM

    Sending Prayers your way!!!!
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LYNMEINDERS 6/26/2011 5:17AM

    Praying for your sister.....
trust she is improving....

Prayers coming your way as well....

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TIBURONA 6/25/2011 11:25PM

    Certainly going to include you and your sister in my intentions...I go to Mass on Saturday so expect an extra push today. I guess your sister's situation can help you see that your cancelled class is just a small hurdle to being happy...help your sister and get your sparklife in where you can.

Blood clots can be scary, they can move around and block off vital areas, or they can cause localized pain. It is fortunate that your sister's was found, maybe she'll only need blood thinners and a little observation.

Blessings to you both!
PS See if they have a Zumba DVD at the library or the local rental place, that way you can still shake it if your class is ever cancelled.
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MDGARDENGIRL 6/25/2011 4:32PM

    Oh Angela! So sorry to hear about your sister. I hope all goes well for her.

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RESULTS361AP09 6/25/2011 3:01PM

    Angela-I'm sorry to hear about your sister. I will keep her in my thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery. emoticon

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SHIHJABO 6/25/2011 2:38PM

    For sure, May God's grace and peace be with both of you.
Will pray.
BArb

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SHIHJABO 6/25/2011 2:37PM

    For sure, May God's grace and peace be with both of you.
Will pray.
BArb

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PAMLUVCHILE 6/25/2011 2:37PM

    Your sister will be in my prayers...just know that God is in control, and He will take care of her. And, remember, can't nobody take care of you like God can so...I know it's easier said than done, but don't be scared too much. I know that's difficult because my mom was in a similar situation a couple of years ago but she came out of it great, and so will your sister. emoticon emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 6/25/2011 2:26PM

    sending prayers

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/25/2011 2:20PM

    I'm so glad she went to the hospital to get it checked out! It could have turned much worse if she hadn't! She'll get all fixed up now... I'm sure of it! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/25/2011 2:13PM

    Prayers sent Angela. It can be fixed. I know of others who ahve bet this same ordeal. bless your sisters heart.
Hugs!

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NEWKAREN43 6/25/2011 1:48PM

    Oh definitely praying for your sister. Blood clots are scary but can be treated. I'm praying for her health and your peace.

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PCOH051610 6/25/2011 1:28PM

    Sending lots of virtual hugs to both you and your sister!!! emoticon emoticon

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Cleaning out MY Closet!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Who knew that cleaning out your closet could be so much fun! emoticon

It all started with two of my *Skinny* Friends giving me some of their clothes that are too big on them. Now we have been friends for years and they have NEVER been 'big', so this threw me for a loop! emoticon emoticon

I said to them I very much doubted that I could wear them, but they were such nice clothes (2 blouses {size 12} and a dress {size 10}) that I would take them and use them as a GOAL. Something that I could visualize myself wearing in the future. emoticon

I went home and decided to see how far I could get into them. Well I am pleased to say that I am close very close. I was able to wear the tops, but they are a little snug over my tummy (shows the rolls a little more than I would like). I will be wearing them soon though! I am close! emoticon As for the dress (SIZE 10) it has an empire style waist and I put it on and almost fell over!!! I am very close to wearing this! I can zip it up 2/3 of the way, maybe even all the way, but I didn't want to force it. I will wait a couple of weeks and try it again. I am so excited! emoticon

So feeling so invigorated, i decided to tackle my closet......... oh my... emoticon

I tried on almost everything in that closet and almost 1/2 was TOO BIG!! And I mean TOO BIG!!! emoticonThere was no salvaging these clothes! I was swimming! emoticon

I have an extra large garbage bag full of nice clothes that I will donate to a charity. I really could not believe what a difference a few months have made.

My scale has not been moving for a while now, but the inches are going. emoticon I thought I could not see it, but after trying on clothes in my closet...... I finally see! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Maybe for a pick me up YOU should clean your closet!

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Hugs,
Angela

  
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ANITAWPG 6/25/2011 6:24PM

    Hi Angela - for your "nice clothes" that are too big - I take mine to a consignment shop
then what doesn't sell I give to charity

I don't get a huge amount for the clothes - but it helps



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MISS_VIV 6/24/2011 7:09PM

    awesome cleaning job.
EVEN MORE AWESOME that many are TOO BIG FOR YOU.

Keep up the good work.


HUGS
VIVIAN

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PAMLUVCHILE 6/22/2011 2:26PM

    Cleaning out my closet sounds like a good idea. I am so happy for you...that is awesome!!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/22/2011 12:46PM

    How exciting for you!
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CHAS1949 6/22/2011 12:27PM

    That is great!! I know how wonderful it is to find your clothes are too big and that goal clothes are almost fitting!! You rock!!!

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TEXASGIRL48 6/22/2011 7:58AM

    Shopping in your closet is one of the fun things to do when losing. Congratulations on such an awesome NSV. Keep up the good work.

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GEMINI-SKY 6/22/2011 7:04AM

    Gosh...That's SOOO AWESOME ! ! !
A Few More LBs and I'll be ready to do that, too ! ! !
OXOX

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PURESTILLWATER 6/21/2011 11:54PM

    woohoo

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/21/2011 11:45PM

    Angela, that's fantastic! Isn't that an amazing feeling!? And you are so CLOSE! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 6/21/2011 11:02PM

    Makes suck a difference when we clean the closet....we actually get to SEE as opposed to seeing in our head which quite often send us a wrong image....
WooHoo....I am so so stoked for you....

Look forward to the not so distant future that you will be wearing all these daily....imagine what is to come next.....woohoo

Am so so proud of you.....
You are doing great....don't be deceived by wrong pictures....I can do that as well.....

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MYSTERY4EVER 6/21/2011 10:47PM

    It is such a wonderful feeling to get rid of those too big clothes and know you will never wear them again. Congrats. I am sure those "new" clothes will fit you soon.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/21/2011 10:13PM

    Alright. & what time should i be over to pick up your X Large bag of too big clothes?
I am happy to announce I lost 1 point under 7 pounds in one month. Had my 2nd fill yesterday and am all full today on liquids. I'm hoping my scale moves even more. I can wear a 16 now woo hoo! down from a 24.
I'm gload you are having a blast at finding new goals and smaller sizes. Wonder jsut how long it will be until i can wear a 10...
You are doign terrific Angela keep up the good work.

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NEWKAREN43 6/21/2011 10:06PM

    I love this blog! I like the part where you say that the scale hasn't moved but the inches are going...my scale isn't moving either but my inches are going where yours are!! Yeah!! May they never find us again!!!

My staff finally told me that I needed to either get rid of my pants or take them in severely because they were "clown pants"! Thanks guys! So, I'm praying for a thinner friend to donate to me, I'm down to 2 pair of pants for a week at work...that's bleak! At least I have lots of tops...

Thanks for the blog! I love it! Woo Hoo You!!!! emoticon
Blessings! Karen

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A Father's Day Letter to my Dad......

Saturday, June 18, 2011



Happy Father's Day DAD!

(This is a letter to my Dad from me)

Dad, sometimes we take you for granted.....especially me.
You are always there to lend a hand and help me up.
Your smile and laughter brighten my days in so very many happy ways.
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My family and I enjoyed our trip together to Italy. It was hard to keep up with you, but we did enjoy each step, blisters and all. Hard to believe how much we did and saw, the great number of people and relatives that we met.
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The sights through your eyes will be treasured by each of us always. Thank you for that.
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The years are going by and I am not sure how long you will be with us. I hope and pray it will be many, many years from now. Call me selfish and greedy, but I would keep you with us as long as God wills.
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Words are not always my strong point....especially the spoken ones.

I hope you know how much we love you.

How treasured you are.

For who you are.

For all you do.

For who you raised me to be.

Love you Dad.

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Hugs,
Angela

  
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EGR2BEME 6/21/2011 10:06PM

    Awesome tribute to you Dad...sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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EGR2BEME 6/21/2011 10:05PM

    Awesome tribute to you Dad...sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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BOVEY63 6/21/2011 12:04PM

    Beautiful letter!

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GEMINI-SKY 6/21/2011 6:49AM

    OXOX Angela...
What a Lucky Dad and What a Lucky Daughter ! ! !

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TEXAS_GRL 6/19/2011 4:27PM

    Awww what a great blog!

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CHAS1949 6/19/2011 1:50PM

    I'm glad you are telling him your thoughts and feelings about him....

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LITTLETEAPOT17 6/19/2011 8:43AM

    Beautiful Words, Angela...just beautiful.
Paula
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/19/2011 12:28AM

    Oh, Angela... that really touched my heart. Thank you so much for sharing it. emoticon emoticon emoticonLori

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LYNMEINDERS 6/19/2011 12:05AM

    You are an amazing lady.....
keep being you....
Your father should be very very proud of you....
I am....

Love & Hugs

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/18/2011 10:02PM

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He'll have a blessed Father's Day.
He's got a terrific Daughter.

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RESULTS361AP09 6/18/2011 9:42PM

    A wonderful letter to your dad! I'm glad I get to spend Father's Day with my dad again this year. Have a great Father's Day with your dad!


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THINLIN07 6/18/2011 9:42PM

    That is beautiful. Treasure your times with your dad. I lost my dad in 2005 to lung cancer and I miss him like crazy. I now have beautiful memories and I know i will see him one day in heaven. Enjoy the day with your dad.

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LIL-VIXEN 6/18/2011 9:34PM

    What a beautiful letter to your dad. I'm sure he will love reading it

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