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Emma's First T-Ball Game

Monday, April 06, 2009

Oh the joys of being a grandmother! Miss Emma, my granddaughter that will turn 5 on May 25th, had her first T-Ball game today. My precious little girl in a uniform ----- her long blonde ponytail sticking out of the back of her hat!

They arrived at the field about the same time I did and she spied me immediately. She came running up to me with her little pink bat and ball glove. "Oh Gigi, I'm going to play ball today and I am going to pay attention and not play in the sand." "Where is BopBop"? I told her that he was still at the bank, but would be coming as soon as he could." She was satisfied with the answer.

We walked together around the field and she entered to join her team mates. I almost cried. My baby is growing up so fast.

They did a little pre game warm up and before I knew it, she had the largest cheering section of any child there --- 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 1 step-grandmother, 1 step-grandfather, her mother and father, her baby sister, 1 aunt, 1 uncle and his girl friend, 1 great-aunt, a cousin, and a couple that are family friends. She was so proud, she grinned from ear to ear. "Where is BopBop?" she yell to me. I began to worry because I was afraid she would leave the field when he arrived.

I saw him when he arrived, and I looked to see if she saw him. She didn't. He came in, sat beside me and we started talking. Someone told us to look, and there she was at the fence grinning and waving to all.

The game started, and she was on second base. Within 10 minutes she was sitting in the grass picking flowers with not a care in the world. The ball game went on. She got up for a little while, but then began playing in the sand. The ball game continued.

Her team's time to come in to bat came and all the kids came running off the field ---- not Emma. She was in her nature exploring mode and one of the other kids ran out to get her. They trotted off the field together.

Her team mates began to bat. I was amazed at how well some of them did. I looked in the dugout and she was sitting on the ground at the fence grinning at us ------ no care in the world. And finally ------- Emma's time at bat.

She pranced up grinning and waving to all of us. The coach helped her line up with the "T" to hit. She swung and the ball went out to the pitcher. He scrambled for the ball and Emma stood there. We all yelled --- "Run Emma" ----- and she took off. She didn't make it, but didn't seem to worry.

They returned to the field and she continued with her activities ---- standing by the base, playing in the sand, and looking every where except the game. In a little while she stood up and starting walking off the field. (It wasn't time.) Her mother walked to the fence to see what was wrong.------Nothing, she was just coming in to get ready for her next bat. (It was not her time, she just liked batting.) Nicole talked her into going back on the field. We played in the sand again, and looked for bugs in the grass-- while the game continued.

They came in again and progressed down the roster. Emma's time again. She went up to the plate, line up, reared back and knocked the tar out of the ball. We all went crazy. "Run Emma" She took off and made it! She made her way around the bases as the others hit and when she made it to home plate, she stomped and just stood there. I don't think she was ready for it to be over ---- she was enjoying her moment in the "lime light". The coach had to run up and get her to move before she got knocked over.

The game went on and she walked off the field a second time. Her mother went to the fence. " Emma's finished and ready to home." She coaxed her into staying.

At the end of the game, both teams lined up. They walked past each other "high-five-ing." She had played her first game. It was hard work for all of us.

What a wonderful day. We were all so proud!


Hope to Get Back on Track

Monday, March 02, 2009

Ok, I've been gone for about a month. March is my month. Let's see what happens!

Tuesday, March 3
Good day with food control. Too lazy to exercise. I will make myself get up from here and do something.

Monday, March 9
Good day. Jay was "under the weather" with a cold so we didn't do to the "Y". Planning on using the gazelle and ab-lounge.

Tuesday, March 10
Another good day ---- having a little trouble trying to come up with lean proteins. walked almost 2 miles.

Thursday, March 12
Crazy and long day. We had parent-teacher conferences today. The principal brought dinner in for us and I'm not sure how I did. I tried to limit what I ate, but everything was high carb and fat.

Saturday, March 14
Granddaughters spent the night and most of the morning. Emma decided to stay again tonight. No organized exercising, but plenty of playing. Calories are a little off with hot chocolate and cookies. Spark-wise, not a productive day------ Grandma-wise, a great 2 days! ! Back on track tomorrow.

Monday, March 16
I am making an extra effort to try and walk more than 10,000 steps a day at school.

Thursday, March 19
Walking was good this week, I didn't go over 10,000 every day ----- but was close. Will continue this weekend. Allie and Emma will be back this weekend. I can't wait.

Friday, March 20
Thank goodness it is the weekend. Girls are here. Pizza for dinner ===bad for me, but Emma loves it.

Sunday, March 22
Good day. Sister, Niece, Emma and I spent the afternoon exploring. Good exercise and very enjoyable.

Tuesday, March 24
Good day.

Wednesday March 25
Had my first zumba class today. It was fun.

Thursday, March 26
I don't know if I like zumba or not. My old butt and legs are so sore, I can hardly walk!!!

Monday, March 30
Long day and its the end of the month tomorrow. Does not look like March was my month ---- I tried. Will work harder next month.

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MEGALOLZ 3/5/2009 9:12PM

    Here is to an active March!

Once you get back into the routine you will be great! Life has thrown you a curve ball lately but at least this is one area you can control! lol.

Good luck!


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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/3/2009 9:19AM

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Welcome back!
What's the plan?
Returning to Fast Break?
Picking up from where you were?
Let me know if I can help!

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Back on Track

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lots of unexpected things have happened in January. Starting today, I'm back on track.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 1/26/2009 7:39PM

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Sad Day

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Some one very special passed away today. She will be missed. (1/17/2009)

( 1/19/09)
On January 19, 2009 we will honor and lay to rest my Aunt. She was my special person --- my friend and confidant. My role model.

Susan Ann was the most beautiful, loving, educated, and down to Earth person I've every know. She did her undergraduate work at Wingate (two years at the the time) and UNC-Greensboro. Her graduate work was done at Coker and UNC- Chapel Hill. Almost fifty years later, my daughter started her own college experiences in the very same dorm she stay in at Chapel Hill. Susan was so proud.

I, as a toddler, gave her the endearing name that we nieces and nephews called her by ---Nan Nan.

My earliest childhood memories were of her and following her around. She had no children of her own, and luckily my parents were willing to share me with her.

Nan Nan taught high school english when I was small and I remember going to school with her a couple of times --- I couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old.

She took me to my first movie, Disney's "Lady and the Tramp."

She never thought I could have been old enough to remember, but I do remember one shopping trip in which I spotted a ladies black dress covered with colorful butterflies. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and I wanted her to buy it for me. I am ashamed to say now, but I remember pitching the biggest fit you have ever seen in that store for that dress. I cried and cried ---- she never forgot it. Children were never dressed in black back in those days, and she couldn't under stand why I was so attracted to that color. I don't know how she got me out of that store.

I remember going out in the backyard, in our bathing suits, and laying on a quilt in the sun to get a sun tan. She taught me how to look for shapes in the clouds.

She loved flowers, especially yellow tulips. I remember the tulips she planted near the front door of Grandma's house. She would take me out side, and we would admire them. One year, only one red tulip came up. I remember thinking how special it was. I was in the first grade that year and she said that I came down one day and took her out in the yard. I wanted that tulip. I said, "Nan Nan, my teacher told me to bring one red tulip to class." What a story. I am sure that I took one red tulip with me to class the next day.

She said that some days I would come down to show off my newly acquired ability to read. She said that I sat there and screamed out each word because the teacher had told me to speak up when I read. She said that the house would shake with "Run Sally Run" and
"Go Spot Go". She said that Granddaddy Lacy would howl.

I was such a tomboy and so messy, but she was always so proud of me. I remember her putting books on our heads and we would walk around practicing our posture and being ladies. She rolled my hair and would sneak and put a little make-up on me --- a pinch of rouge and a dab of lipstick. .

The years are filled with so many memories ---- too many to continue here.

I can't image life without her. She enriched my life in so many ways. When I see the color yellow--- yellow butterflies, yellow tulips, and sunshine---I will always think of her.

I love you Nan Nan.

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2SANDYRIDGE 4/4/2009 7:37PM

  What a beautiful tribute to your Aunt. Remember all the good times spent with her. I wish you peace during this time.

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DORYTHEFISH 1/21/2009 5:31PM

    My father passed away this summer - very unexpectedly - it was the most severe pain I have ever felt - I am so sorry for your loss. The pain does dissipate a bit over time. The following is a quote that I found and printed on the funeral program. Many of my family members have said the quote helped them to get through the crisis. Maybe it will help you too. Your Aunt sounds like a great lady. You were so very fortunate to have her in your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

The quote:

"I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Play, smile, think of me. All is well."
~ Henry Scott Holland

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SAM60SUMTHINK 1/21/2009 10:46AM

    Beyond being a blog, this was an incredible eulogy worthy of being shared with others in your family, others who love you, loved your aunt. So I hope you do share it with them! during the time we've known each other here -a short time - I've learned that you share with your aunt many of the very qualities you so admired in her. You carry her with yourself, a gift of heredity, genetics... or example.

Nan Nan was obviously a wonderful woman, and she was blessed in turn by being well-loved. Losing her is hard, yes, but that you can cherish her memory will enrich your life even though she's passed beyond the life that at its end was hard for her. As time goes on, the words "Rest in Peace" have come to mean more to me, and now I say with great intents: May she rest in peace.


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CATKEEPER 1/20/2009 3:43PM

    Oh, your fond memories are precious without question. My heart goes out to you with this huge loss, and I wish you the very best of all things to come. We will be here for you if you need us! Best wishes, Paula

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MUGSYMOM 1/19/2009 8:52PM

    I agree - very nice tribute to a wonderful lady. My deepest sympathy goes to you during this rough time. God bless. emoticon

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MEGALOLZ 1/19/2009 6:50PM

    What a lovely testament to a lovely lady! I have tears in my eyes writing this. I am so sorry that you have lost this wonderful woman from your sight but Nan Nan will live on in your memories and your dreams.


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Stuck in the 170's

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I am having trouble getting out of the 170's. I saw 169 one day before Christmas and the next week I was back up to 172. I play over and over in my mind--- what I am not doing right ---and can't figure it out. The only thing that may be causing the problem is carbohydrates. I always seem to hold it within the daily allowances, but when I look at the numbers, I feel as though I am taking in too many. I have thought about trying one of the low carb diets, but I think that is against the principles I am working to attain. I think that rather than cutting out carbs for periods of time, I need to re-evaluate the types of carbs I am consuming. I have already, for the most part, cut out the white carbs---- white bread, white rice, ---- and replace them with browns. The only white carb vice I am still holding on to is the white sugar I put in my coffee. 2 cups in morning and 2 in the evenings-- 2 tsp for each cup. I don't like the taste of honey in my coffee. Who knows. I know this ---- I am going be 165 by my birthday ---- January 29th.

Thurdsay, February 5
I did not meet my goal---- but I am not giving up. I will regroup and begin again.

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PUMPKINPHD 1/4/2009 7:54PM

    We'll both get out of our plateaus with the bootcamp. Extra exercise really does help. All of the weight I lost last year came off due to extra exercise -- I was having dance practice 5X/week to prepare for a show. As soon as I stopped the extra practices, I gained back 2 pounds without much change in diet. So, let's get exercising! Have you done today's bootcamp workout yet? You can do this!

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