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Monday, 7/26 WOO HOO!! What it's like to lose 100 pounds...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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emoticon emoticon I DID IT!!
I have lost over 100 pounds now. What is it like to be 100 pounds lighter? (I have seen this in other blogs, but I am willing to bet that my answers are a bit different than others...)

emoticon I went to the country's biggest water park last week and wore my bathing suit around everyone without covering up or hiding. emoticon
emoticon I actually rode on some of the water rides at the same water park--and I fit in the seats and wasn't embarrassed to be there. emoticon
emoticon I can borrow some of my daughter's clothing and wear them comfortably. emoticon
emoticon Today, my newest shorts almost fell off of me when I got in the car after exercising at the pool. emoticon
emoticon I go to exercise at the pool every day that it is available. emoticon
emoticon I walk with my walker almost all of the time--my wheel chair sits quietly being unused for the most part. emoticon
emoticon I can stop after eating 2 chocolate chip cookies, I really don't need to finish the entire package. emoticon
emoticon I track my food and activity every day--even when we were out of town and I had no computer access. emoticon
emoticon I sing a lot. emoticon
emoticon I play sometimes and have fun with what I do. emoticon
emoticon I always get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in each day. emoticon
emoticon I always get at least 8 glasses of water in each day. emoticon
emoticon I no longer take medicine for high blood pressure. emoticon
emoticon I no longer take medication for my heart, stomach, or depression any more. emoticon
emoticon I can walk 3 out of 4 of our dogs on my own. emoticon
emoticon I know that I have a lot to offer my students and I am going to keep working while I am sure of that. emoticon
emoticon I know that I have a lot to offer my family and friends as well. emoticon
emoticon I don't have to look at the biggest clothing when I am shopping. emoticon
emoticon I can wear yellow and red and magenta as well as black and navy. emoticon
emoticon It's okay for me to laugh and even act silly. emoticon
emoticon I am sleeping better more and more often. emoticon
emoticon I wear makeup sometimes and jewelry most of the time. emoticon
emoticon I have more energy than ever. emoticon
emoticon I work in the garden, the yard, and at other outside chores. emoticon

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emoticonWhat will I do when I lose the next 1.6 pounds and get to onederland? emoticon
emoticonWhat will my rowdy basset hound, Lady do when I can handle her? emoticon
emoticonWhen I reach my goals of weight loss and activity, will the world be able to stand me? emoticon
emoticonIs there any end to what I can accomplish as a mother and a teacher and a child of God? emoticon

Actually, I'm going to be a bit more serious now...I am so thankful for all of the gifts I have been given. My health had improved in so many ways--which is what brought me here. The arthritis, fibromyalgia, and damage to my back are permanent fixtures, but having less weight for those joints to carry is a major improvement. Getting rid of some 15 prescriptions daily is a blessing that I never imagined, I feel as if a big cloud has been lifted from my brain without all of that stuff. Added energy is such a wonderful thing and allows me pleasure at so many little things. Things like clothing and appearance are a wonderful side item that I am enjoying but weren't my original focus. I have a lot to do yet, but I now know that I CAN do it--that is the biggest gift.

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Life is good!!
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ANDYLIN90 11/13/2010 12:13AM

    Your confidence and positive attitude actually radiate out of this blog. Good for you!!!

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MLAURA5 8/31/2010 11:52PM

    WOW you are amazing. Way to go!

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GRENEYEDBLOND 8/13/2010 11:39PM

    You have done wonderful. We all are proud of you.

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POPCORNGURL 8/10/2010 12:24AM

    Congrats!! way to go !! I am so proud of you...

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SUE-Z-QUE 8/9/2010 2:03AM

  Loved your blog. You must be a special person.

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UMUCGRAD 8/7/2010 11:21PM

    FANTASTIC!

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COMPUCATHY 8/7/2010 7:51PM

    What an inspirational post! Thank you for sharing! Bless you and keep on sparking! One-der-land awaits (if you're not already there). emoticon emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 8/7/2010 5:36PM

    emoticon what an amazing story

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COLDCUT 8/7/2010 1:35PM

    What an accomplishment!

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RUNNINMOMMA10 8/6/2010 10:32PM

    Congrats! That is absolutely amazing! Keep it up! Such an inspiration! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 8/6/2010 7:20PM

    Hooray! You are a ROCK STAR! Keep on keeping on!

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/6/2010 12:47AM

    emoticon emoticonCongratulations!!

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BDRFLI 8/5/2010 7:42PM

    Congrats to you!!!

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TIARAG03 8/5/2010 10:06AM

    You Rock!!!!! So Amazing!!!!! Keep up the good Work!!!!! You deserve all the Joy this life has to offer!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!

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JUBEESH 8/5/2010 1:38AM

    Awesome! congratulations!

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KAREN8WORCESTER 8/4/2010 11:25PM

  emoticonGood for you! Getting off so many medications, wearing jewelry and make-up, and not having to shop for the largest sizes. These are all things I dream of doing someday. I never heard the term "onederland" before. I'm new to SP this week. Does it mean under 200 lbs? If so, I LOVE IT! May we all reach that destination someday. emoticon

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RANDOM00B 8/4/2010 1:05PM

    Woo-Hoo! Good for you!!!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/4/2010 9:58AM

    When I saw this blog I had to read it! You are awesome!

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JRDIAMOND4 8/4/2010 9:39AM

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MZDOLPHIN 8/3/2010 10:42PM

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you inspired me

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CATHRINE2010 8/3/2010 9:14PM

    sweetest littlle post,nice to know you are doing such a great job.Keep it up!!! emoticon

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SHANTODD420 8/3/2010 7:31PM

    Way to go and the beagles on your page are so cute.

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ANUSCHKA9 8/3/2010 7:07PM

    Congratulations!

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 8/3/2010 5:02PM

    WOW!!!!Great job and thank you from the bottom of my heart!When you get to oneder land, picture everyone on this site jumping for joy just for you! emoticon

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EDWARDS1411 8/3/2010 1:28PM

    Totally emoticon!!! BIG CONGRATS on your amazing losses -you are such an inspiration!!!

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60SIXTY 8/3/2010 7:14AM

    I haven't been on line much for several days & am finally reading this.
Wonderful success & fantastic writing.
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MYASHA 8/3/2010 12:51AM

  Wow! Congratulations.

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MOMFAN 8/3/2010 12:45AM

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FRENCHMARKET 8/3/2010 12:19AM

    emoticonon your success!!! What an inspiration you are!!!

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GRACEISENUF 8/2/2010 10:54PM

    So happy for you!!!!!!
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AML05030 8/2/2010 9:16PM

    DANG! Go girl go! down more then 10 perscriptions? that's truly incredible!

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NOEL711 8/2/2010 8:24PM

    Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes...

many of the issues you have overcome I face;
and to know that the challenges can be faced,
conquered, and life can get better..
is like light in the darkness.

Thank you for your honesty,
thank you for your inspiration,
thank you for you grit,
thank you for your grace!

Yes.. you could, and you did it.
And Yes, I can too! emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE10 8/2/2010 4:03PM

  well done on all the weight loss I need some of your inspiration send it my way :)

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SPOOKYTHECAT 8/2/2010 3:46PM

    Woo Hoo!!

What a great post! Keep singing & walking into Onederland :)

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ALISSA_SAL 8/2/2010 3:18PM

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You are an inspiration!

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WATERMELLEN 8/2/2010 2:58PM

    Weight to go!! What an accomplishment!

And: give your basset a pat from me (love bassets . . had two!! yes they ARE rowdy and stubborn bur so cute!!)

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QUEENMAEVE1285 8/2/2010 12:42PM

    Great job! Your words are an inspiration for me. I haven't worn shorts in 10 years, much less a bathing suit. Even when I was thin (size 10)I was worried about stretch marks and vericose veins. This time I am getting thin for me. Can't wait to go to a waterpark! Fun fun!

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LWINTER 8/2/2010 11:42AM

    Congratulations! Good for you! I know what that means (have lost 120 lbs myself) and you should be very proud of yourself.
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HAPPYNSMILING 8/2/2010 9:05AM

    Your blog is so inspirational! You are doing sensational!! Keep it up!!
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MSWEEZER 8/2/2010 8:23AM

    What a way to focus on all you've gained by losing the weight. Congratulations to you!!! Just goes to show what can be done with the right attitude. You are a true inspiration.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/2/2010 8:04AM

    Sylvia - Wow! Words can't describe what I am feeling for your awesome success right now. Thank you for sharing and for caring for me along your journey! Trish

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MESEATURTLE 8/2/2010 2:26AM

    i can definitely feel your energy!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

with a few lbs down ..i have started singing tooo!!!!

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ANASONIC 8/2/2010 12:05AM

    What an amazing accomplishment! And what an inspiration to me! I give you a emoticon emoticonand a high five! You enjoy everyone of those perks...you have earned them.

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EMRANA 8/1/2010 11:30PM

  Wow! You have accomplished so much! Thank you for your kind words on my page and for posting this for us all to share! You deserve all these congratulations you have here!!

I also need to thank you for celebrating that you're using your walker and not your wheelchair. Here I have been worrying because my cane has been nearly insufficient for me and I've been lamenting whether I might need a walker soon. Look at how perspective can make all the difference. It's a joy for you. If I have a walker in my life I am going to remember your beautiful face!

You are truly an inspiration!!

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SHOSHANADP 8/1/2010 11:12PM

    What great accomplishments! Congratulations on your success!

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LIZZYMITCH 8/1/2010 7:42PM

    Whenever I see stories on here of people who've accomplished these amazing things, it makes me tear up! Haha I'm such a sap =P Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!

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GEOMOSGIRL 8/1/2010 6:24PM

    Kudos on your success! That is such an amazing accomplishment and your story is very inspiring. I hope I can follow in your footsteps!

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Saturday, 7/24 Staying positive (against my will!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello,

What is a mom to do when it is important to stay positive, but she isn't feeling that way? We talked about a number of things last evening and my kids were all "with me" on today being chore day. (Tomorrow, after a big Dixieland Service at church in conjunction with the community "Bix" weekend, we get to fo to a local waterpark to enjoy my daughter's work picnic for families. She, of course, has to work at this.) After I slept in until after 8, I did a bit of this and that and waited--but by 10:30, I knew I had to run errands and get going. All of thos promises went "poof." It was quite frustrating, because as much as I'd like to be independent, I am not there yet. I think this crazy week caught up with me a bit because I am swollen and achy. I read an SP article yesterday, thanks to my dear friends at OA of the Lower Back that mentioned we shouldn't think about our pain so much. Arghhhh, I don't think about it, I can't seem to escape it. Part of my issue is that I try to avoid my meds because they frequently make me sleepy when I on't want to be sleepy, but if I don't take them proactively, I end up suffering. That is the life of someone with chronic pain. When I am pushing myself at the pool to do my warm-up laps and to get started, there is something a bit off. emoticon

One week from tomorrow, is the first day back to work. Our first day professional development session is on the second floor of a building without an elevator and I will have to figure out how to drag myself and my walker up a trecherous flight of stairs that I have seen numerous people stumble and fall on. Prior to that, I have to finish preparing my room and I still have a lot to do. It isn't getting done very quickly, bu I know me and if it takes 15 hour work days, I will get it finished. I am like that. I have children who will help me, Mitchell leaves for Chicago and then Alaska at 6 Monday morning and I will miss him, but I am excited for him to get to go on this trip with his friends for his best friend's wedding. emoticon

There are many exciting things going on in my life, without a doubt, but I now feel as if my body is defying me and not cooperating when I need it the most. Staying positive is a wonderful thing as is not focusing on pain. Sometimes these special things get away from me and I guess today is the day.

I don't like relying on others. I don't like feeling pain. I don't like having things that seem to be "looming" without an escape route nearby. I know and have learned over and over again that I need to rely upon others at this stage in my life. I know that I will do what needs to be done and that I will do it well. I know and expect arthritis and fibromyalgia flares when I need them the least.

I can do whatever comes my way. I wish it would be easier, at least sometimes. I hate seeing our summer break come to an end so soon. It is nice to know that I'll be able to leave work and still go to the pool and play with my kids and have some fun around the duties that await.

I want to be positive and I can. It is just hard right at this moment. Tomorrow will be better--life is good!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia
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SHELLPRO 7/26/2010 11:16AM

    I've had much the same dread and forced positive attitude for my weekend too. Not that it helped much. Hang in there- emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/25/2010 9:47PM

    I hate that you have to go back so soon too but you are tough and I know you will make it. After last spring I know you can handle anything.

Have a wonderful week.

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NPA4LOSS 7/25/2010 8:13PM

    Sending emoticon and emoticon your way.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/25/2010 12:46PM

    I think that the excessive heat plays havoc on our bodies and causes a lot of pain and swelling. I know that it does for me. I am sorry that your children have let you down again but glad that you're embracing a positive attitude. Love ya, Dawn

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JHADZHIA 7/25/2010 10:39AM

    Wow! You really have a very short summer vacation!! School round here starts early, the first week of August, but your start time is taking away half the summer!! No wonder you are feeling down!! As our summers are so very short, I feel sorry for the kids going back that early. Can't remember why they brought that in.
Dealing with chronic pain is awful. My left hip and right hand have been really bothering me. I have been told by my Dr.'s there is no pain medication strong enough to control it, that they hope the disease modifying drugs will do the job, but they don't. I agree with Linda find more and better treatments with a new Dr. if you have to. If they have a chronic pain clinic in your city, that should be something you ought to consider investing in..
Try find someone to accompany you up those stairs. Do not attempt it alone. A physiotherapist once showed me the proper way to get up and down stairs using a walker. I found it a scary idea.
Sorry your summer is ending so very soon :(( I really feel for you.
gentle hugs,
Linda

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LMSTRAW 7/25/2010 12:54AM

    I live a very similar life. I do all sorts of things to help ease my pain, from guided relaxation to meditation, to screaming and cussing! (THE LATTER DOESN'T HELP AT ALL, i PROMISE) There are things besides medication that help. Get a good doctor, go over everything with him. I recently got a brace that came with an electrical unit that does e-stim and tens, both help so very much. Good luck to you.
Here is a chronic pain blog that I go to and enjoy and lot, find it very helpful.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/
life-with-chronic-pain/
Linda

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Friday, 7/23 Wisconsin Dells

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hi everyone,

We are home from Wisconsin Dells. I walked for well over 12 hours on Wednesday, taking time out to climb stairs (which I'm not physically supposed to do) and to ride on some outrageous water rides. You'd have thought I was a teenager with some of my activities. We went to Noah's Ark--and the first thing I did with 3 of my sons was to ride on the Black Anaconda, the world's longest watercoaster. Oh my, once I figured out that I needed to arch my back and keep my bottom off of the bottom (because of the big bumps), it was a pretty impressive ride. I didn't go on any slides because my back needs support, but I did virtually everything else except mini-golf. (We can play that at home and there wasn't enough time...) We did a lot of browsing/shopping and we also went to the always gross and gory "Ripley's Believe It or Not" museum. The kids visited arcades and we did a bit of swimming. We lucked out and found a pretty basic hotel with double queen rooms--2 adjoining rooms for $50 apiece. We took 9 people to the Dells for 2 1/2 days and 2 nights for only $200 for lodging. There was no WiFi, so I didn't get to log in and lost my streak and my perfect attendance for July. It was so worth it. the guys (dumb) left our picnic food at the room when we went to the water park, so except for my blueberries and popcorn, I didn't eat while we were there--my son and I were too busy trying out everything we could and we didn't feel like taking out valuable time for that. We spent more for the water park than for our lodging, of course. Anyway, I'm hoping I burned a few calories. I sure drank a lot of water!!

I just went and worked at school for as long as they would let me--they said we had to leave by 3PM so they could wax the first floor. I'll be working hard there next week--I have a lot yet to do, but everytime I am there, I accomplish a lot. With good luck, a lot of elbow grease and the help of my family, I will make it. I hung up the little gift I got for myself while I was in the Dells, a little apple windchime. Now that I have a room of my own, I am going to hang up my windchimes again--and I collect apples (duh, some teacher...) so it was a nice $4.00 find. I hope that I can show off either my apple collection in my room or my basset hound collection. Kids love to see things that show off who you are and they loved these in other buildings and times. I miss seeing them out for everyone to enjoy.

My body is sore--I have some minor sunburns here and there, like around the base of my swimsuit. I have a couple of sons who have some significant burns. One of them flat out refused to listen to me--he wanted to tan. I wish Marshall would listen to me once in a while. I tried and tried to tell him and now he has an almost dangerous burn. Miles listened, but wouldn't "reslather" the sunblock on his tummy area and his burn is blistering already. The rest of us did okay, with only places with a little pink skin here or there. I am sure glad that they learned that sunburns were dangerous--unlike when I was young and always had them if I had been outdoors for any length of time.

I have virtually no voice and have really been coughing and doing my best to ignore this illness that my sons shared with me. I have been taking ibuprofen round the clock to keep the fever and achiness away. This weekend will be for gating the house in order and going to the pool. I caught up on my SP points for nutrition tracking, fitness and keeping my goals--I thought I'd lost my food journal, but it ended up with the coupons and the pamphlets that came home with us. I missed SP. but I am so glad we went. A different environment that is free from day to day stuff is important. I hope we can go somewhere else soon.
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I missed you all and wish you could have been there too--actually with all of the people there, it is unlikely that there wasn't some other SP member around.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/24/2010 9:28AM

    Glad that you had a safe & fun time. Sorry that you're still feeling badly. No wonder you're so sore! You're in my thoughts and prayers my friend. Feel better soon. Love, Dawn

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonand emoticonLord, for answering prayers that Sylvia and her family had such a wonderful and safe get away.
Wow, you did wonderfully girl...sorry about the sunburns. but a roller coaster? Wow, I'm impressed.

Good to know that your able to set your room at school up the way YOU want it. Here's hoping for a much better school season for you this year.

Welcome back my friend, you have been missed, but so glad that you took the time off. I know that your back refreshed and ready to start those streaks all over again. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 7/24/2010 12:06AM

    What a wonderful trip and time you had with your family!! Was so much fun reading about it! Not so sure I would have done those rides.. I am a person that doesn't belong in the sun with any exposed skin at all - very allergic with red hair and freckles and two medications that cause a reaction in it.. My pool time is always in doors or at night.
That is a remarkable price you got for a hotel room!! I can't imagine getting that anywhere near a tourist trap!! Good on you!
Its so nice to hear you can finally make the room your own and do what you want with it. Nice to have a permanent home! Could you show a little of both of your collections?
I hope you can get some rest and recover from this illness soon.
Gentle hugs,
Linda

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NPA4LOSS 7/23/2010 9:25PM

    It is wonderful that you and your family were able to get away for a time and relax. It sounds like you had an emoticon trip. Rest up when you can. emoticon Nola

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2010 8:07PM

    The trip sounded wonderful and you got a lot for your money. I'm glad you are back safe/ Get some rest.

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BLESSED2BEME 7/23/2010 6:32PM

    So glad you got time away from everyday life and quality time spent with family. My DS doesn't listen about sunscreen either & it frustrates me to no end! I also have a basset hound collection - so much fun!

Take care of yourself as you get your classroom set up and ready for the new school year. Sending hugs:)

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Tuesday, 7/20 Yesterday and Today

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was not as much fun as some other days that I have had recently. After going Monday without sleeping much, I went tot he church to start organizing the things we have been using to return to school. Taking down the posters made the room look so much bigger and more bland. I emptied out all of the kids' book baskets and reflected on each of the kids a bit as I organized things we had read together and put things where they belong. I went through a number of things to donate to the children's church group a group of us take turns at because I knew I had more for my students and it made things more practical. It took me most of the day, but now things are almost ready to be loaded into the truck and taken to school--next week, (I have children's church this weekend and I am going to take advantage of all of my books that are already in the church--unless I can get out of it by letting the kids enjoy our Jazz weekend. This coming weekend is the big Bix weekend in the QuadCities and our church stays in the "swing" of things by having a jazz music service. Sometimes, I think the kids should be given the chance to enjoy some of the special things we do and this may be one of them.)

I was in a lot of pain yesterday--the joints in my fingers and hands were hurting as were all of my other joints. I couldn't seem to get any relief through my meds, but I kept at it, one step at a time. It continued down the same path and by the time we got to the pool, I could barely walk. I thought it was from not getting to go to the pool on Sunday (It's closed for its summer schedule.) I went through all of my exercises, but it didn't improve and I did a rare thing by spending 15 minutes in the new hot tub/ whirlpool. That didn't help either and I was actually in tears as I got dressed. I was thinking that the tough night before in which pain kept me awake was the source for all of that. When I got home, I took my meds and I fell asleep in my clothing without ever getting ready for bed. I slept hard all night long (yay.)

I woke up a bit around 5:30ish and with my head hurting like crazy, I started coughing and I felt feverish. Great, we promised the kids that we would go to Wisconsin Dells today for a mid-week mini-vacation. I got up more seriously at 7:30 and put my nightie on then. I have given them directions and told them that if we are to go, it is up to them to do their part because I have some other things to do. Mitchell is shopping with the list of foods we can take along to save on the food bill and maintain some semblance of healthy eating. Miles is finishing laundry. Marissa is preparing vegetables and bagging them up and Micah is cleaning animal cages. Marshall left earlier on his daily walk/run to the library. They'll take care of things just fine. I hope that I can feel good enough to hold up my end of things. This is going to be an expensive couple of days but I think we will cut enough corners with coupons for rooms and activities and bringing food so we will only need to purchase one meal a day. Wisconsin Dells are a totally tourist attraction and all of the vendors are trying to pull in more dollars than the next guy. We haven't been there for ten years, when Micah was 2 and Marissa was just turned 5. It is a happy, colorful, active place with so much going on.

I need to get myself in gear and do the bank stuff and a couple of my own errands. If I am not around for a couple of days, that means we ended up on a hotel that doesn't have WiFi, Take care one and all!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/20/2010 10:57PM

    I am so sorry that you are sick and having such pain!!

I have always wanted to go to the Dells!! I have read a lot about the place. Have fun!!



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NPA4LOSS 7/20/2010 10:21PM

    Have fun! WE will be here when you return! emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 7/20/2010 3:30PM

    I for sure hope you feel better and have a great time on your mini vaca!

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JHADZHIA 7/20/2010 1:36PM

    So sorry you are suffering so much :(( I don't know how you could even sleep with that going on. I hope you can enjoy your trip to this place (would be interesting to see photos). I wonder if its like Wall Drug. We went to that tourist trap one time on our lone trip with my family to Disneyland.
Feel better soon..
Gentle hugs
Linda

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Sunday, 7/18 Hospitality

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hi everyone,

Today's scripture included the story of Martha and Mary and it also included the story of Abram and Sarah when they showed hospitality to the 3 strangers who showed up unexpectedly at their home. Their kindness gave them a big reward in return when they finally got past being childless. Our pastor talked at length about the value of hospitality and how the kindnesses that Abram showed not only gave them the thing that they wanted most, but how in turn, it gave to all of us. I am glad that he spoke of it--and his prayer talked about how the world needs women of all types and the importance of having Marthas and Marys in our worlds. I was expecting him to link the stories and he didn't--I think he knew we could do that. I also expected him to mention the summer program and the hospitality that we gave to those 60 children who ate and played and learned in our church. He didn't mention that either. I didn't get around to asking him about that, but if I were to guess, we are hospitable to others to show caring and that is what motivated all of the Biblical players. If we happen to get something back in return, that's extra.

OK, SP is one of the places of the greatest hospitality ever. I have many Spark Friends who haven't heard much from me lately, yet they stop by and leave me comments and notes and help me get over the rough spots. I am thinking back to my beginning here, when I didn't quite get goodies and blogs and our other forms of communication, but I learned to talk with people and share my thoughts. I learned to give them support because I liked seeing these great people succeed at such a complex activity. I have made more friends and I do a bit more with a few teams that I am a "leader" of--I am not sure that means anything special, except that I would try to be a bit more consistent in what I do on my teams. So why be hospitable?

Well, it's an easy answer. I like being helpful and a little (on my busy days) is better than none. I like emoticons and goodies that help me to say what is on my mind. I like thinking through my own situation and sharing what has worked or finding ideas for what hasn't. I like having friends who I can count on whether I am present or not. Mostly, I like having this place to hang my hat when I have a few moments to spare so I can check in with the kind and hospitable people who are helping me to stick to it and who give me a chance to help them--really help myself.

I get more from SP than I give it, but it is fun to be hospitable here and it is fun to keep up with everyone. It is fun to know that I'll hear from others today. (It is not as fun to know that I have some 30 SP emails reminding me of all of the blogs I need to visit, but they help me to get there...) there is a lot to that hospitality stuff--look at all of the places where we can find it.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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NPA4LOSS 7/19/2010 11:18PM

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JHADZHIA 7/19/2010 9:39PM

    You certainly are part of my online family! I spend a lot of time getting around to a lot of blogs, so I can see why you would get behind when you are busy. But you should know your friends do appreciate your support and its not that critical you need to get around to all the blogs or activity feeds -I know you care and that is good enough for me!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/19/2010 9:56AM

    South Beach is great!! I'm up to around 150 emails a day now. LOL.

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LOULOUBELLE2 7/19/2010 9:30AM

    emoticonBlog...You also echo my feelings, we're all Mary and Martha's on Sparks, an ON LINE FAMILY if you must. So glad you part of mine.
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