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Yes, we have been busy too!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Yes, we have been going like crazy, as so many of you are doing as well. I have been working my program, even though I am, and have been, at a stand still for some time now! UGH! But that is okay, I know that when I go for my annual checkup, mid September, I am almost positive my Thyroid RX will be adjusted to make some of those changes. For now, I will keep working my program, being as consistant as I possibly can be, eating well and exercising, but I like saying "having fun" with the rest of my life!

We went to my favorite Caribbean island, Aruba, and enjoyed every minute of it! We went to "Baby Beach" where you can wade out for yards and still be only waist deep! Planning on being there 20 minutes, and yes, that sun can be brutal and you do not realize it, but staying two plus hours. Every day, or late evening, you could find me swimming in the pool! Taking in a class, or two, Aqua Zumba! Dancing EVERY Day and Evening, from the resort activities, or on the boat, watching the sunset, in the parks, shopping centers, you name it! Music starts and these toes start taping, wiggling, and shaking that booty away!

Well, here we are....ahhhhh, a quiet moment! But only for a minute...they started playing "Be Happy" by Pharrell, and yes, the kids song in Despicible Me! And off we went.....


  
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BRENDABUNNY 7/6/2014 7:57PM

    It looks & sounds like you guys are having a BLAST and doing what you both LOVE best which is Living Life!! Thank you for checking in and sharing with us...Love yea emoticon

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MIKA016 7/6/2014 6:00PM

    Fran, you look happy and healthy. You always have fun in whatever you do. Aruba sounds like a beautiful place to kick back and relax. Keep on keeping on. You are doing super!Hugs.

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KERRYG155 7/6/2014 11:34AM

    What a fantastic trip! I would love to do some of those things-maybe one day!!

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WINNIE1978 7/5/2014 10:24PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Aruba!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 5:53PM

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1BEACHWALKER 7/5/2014 5:35PM

    I love how you two just get out and enjoy life!! Good for you sticking with the program! I have been at a stand still too, but look how far both of us have come!! emoticon
You look so slim and trim.... Have a movin, groovin summer! Keep blogging with updates...love hearing from you my friend!! emoticon emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 7/5/2014 5:26PM

    How much fun is THAT!!!! Good for you!

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Busy Day.....

Saturday, July 05, 2014



I have talked about our littlest grandchild, 2 years old and already a spitfire! I must admit, I was not able to attend this day, but I knew it was going to be BUSY!!! Our DD took our three grandkids to the beach, signing up the two oldest for swim classes! WooHoo! The oldest, 10 years, and 6 year old, middle child, have had swimming lessons in the pool and pretty good swimmers. Swimming in the ocean, open waters can be much different, so I was glad when our daughter signed them up. Safety First is something I firmly agree.

While the two eldest were in the throws of their lesson, our daughter took the 2 yr old and tried to keep her as busy as possible. For the record, swim lessons in the ocean, start at 5 years old, the pool they can start as infants. Hadley, the baby, was all over the beach! Looking for shells, making "Princess Castles," and of course, jumping into the ocean full force! Nothing scares her at all, of course our daughter has her in hand, playing with her in the ocean.

Fast forward, they get home, dinner is served! Within seconds, she was talking like crazy, then out like a light! Okay, that is my kinda day! Have fun, enjoy each and every moment, and REST cause tomorrow.....we can do something else, just as fun!





  
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BRENDABUNNY 7/6/2014 7:59PM

    Aweee how adorable emoticon

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KERRYG155 7/5/2014 7:40PM

    Sounds fun.I agree with swim lessons and cannot figure out why people don't learn or teach their kids. Other than the price, of course, which can be outrageous. Good for your daughter making sure they learn. Sometimes I think the little ones keep talking to stay awake and then the body just decides sleep is more important. Cute picture.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/5/2014 5:32PM

    That was me on the couch last night! emoticon
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MAMAMOOSE54 7/5/2014 4:49PM

    What a fun day at the beach!!! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 7/5/2014 4:38PM

  She is so sweet!

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PICKIE98 7/5/2014 4:17PM

    That is how I felt last night! !I have a pic of my DD almost like that.. So darling! She was really whipped out!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/5/2014 4:15PM

    Oh how sweet!
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Walk, walk, walk...but for a cause!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

As many of you know, my DH is a cancer survivor, going on 11 years! WooHoo! Our DD along with many others, participate, organize, and work their tails off for the "Cancer Relay for Life!"
For a whole year, they collect items, donations, run fund raisers, and so much more. For this, we are so proud of her and her friends, that work so hard doing a marvelous job.

This weekend, we drove the 2+hours to my hometown, joining the many survivors, and courageous people fighting for their lives. I hope I can share some photos, not an easy task for me, of the time we all shared. By the way, I walked, and walked, and walked, the course. Logging nearly 12000 steps, hoping, just hoping, that soon we will win this race....find a cure, end this madness, and never, ever, see another person struggle to "fight for life" I want them to LIVE the LIFE, of HOPE, HEALTH, and HAPPINESS!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 6/23/2014 3:01PM

    emoticon Good that you husband is a survivor! Good for you going on the walk and getting all those steps!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 6/23/2014 12:40AM

    Great job to you all and definetly a Great cause I too hope they find a cure soon for all forms of cancer but until they do its folks like your daughter and you two that make a BIG difference in your own and others lifes...Big emoticon & Loves emoticon

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KERRYG155 6/22/2014 11:08AM

    Thanks to your daughter and everyone else working to fight this awful disease!! Great job on doing the walk.

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DEEGIRL50 6/22/2014 10:51AM

    I was at a Relay For Life event this weekend too! My 11 year old niece and her friends had a team. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students raising money, showing their support, giving of their time, it was a beautiful sight.

Your daughter works hard because she is so grateful her dad survived!! What a show of love!! Congrats on walking all those steps!
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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2014 10:05PM

    ((((HUGS)))) This is awesome. My Mom is a 2 yr. survivor.



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Climb every Mountain.....

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Boy, does it ever seem like a long, long time, since I have written a BLOG! So here are a few of the highlights! First, like many of you, I have been very busy. A few vacations, family visiting, and then there is that ever CLEANING! Months back, I promised myself I would clean out cabinets, closets, drawers, and of course, that never ending "stack of paperwork" hiding somewhere. It's definitely a work in progress, but progress for sure!!!

Our three grandchildren spent most of their school vacation at our home, yeah, "Mimi & Bampie." We had a blast! We spent one day at OSV (Olde Sturbridge Village) a living museum circa 1830, enjoying the lambs, and other baby animals, buildings, farms, narrators and the Stagecoach Ride! The day at the elementary school playground....and NO, no pictures will be posted of "Mimi" going down the slide(s), swinging from the bar, climbing the spiral tower, and what can I say, I tried LOTS of things that I would never have done before.

I have talked before in my other BLOGS of missing you all, and yes I DO! But what better way to make "Lifestyle Changes" but LIVING THEM! I am letting everyone know, how much fun you can have when you "finally allow" yourself to participate in life. For years, I didn't, couldn't and would not even consider playing on the playground, or whatever I thought, I could not do! I have changed, yes I have lost pounds, with still more to go, but I have GAINED confidence, understanding in myself, and that my SPFriends is the best thing I can BLOG about.

Don't let the world pass you by! Enjoy life NOW, try new things, and DO NOT let others, or yourself, stop you from "Swinging on the Swings, going down the slides, swimming in the pool, ocean, or lake, just do whatever puts a smile on your face! Heck, I've been grinning from ear to ear!

  
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MIKA016 6/3/2014 7:05PM

    You sound very happy, Fran. Keep on doing what you are doing. Proud of you! Hugs.

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WINNIE1978 5/2/2014 8:43PM

    It really warms my heart to read your blogs about enjoying your grandbabies... and I love that you played on the playground equipment with them! You are making memories with them that will last them a lifetime!

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My Nana (my favorite person, ever!) passed away several years ago... and not a day goes by without me wishing she were here. Fortunately, I've been blessed with many, many memories of our time together.

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DEEGIRL50 5/2/2014 7:26AM

    It's a wonderful life! emoticon
Thanks for popping in and sharing your zest for life with us!
We miss you when you're gone, but know you're living the good life!!
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WISHICOULDFLY 5/1/2014 8:04PM

    emoticon I love that you are out there living life to the fullest. I'll be thinking of this blog with each step I take toward my fitness goals. I do not have any grand kids YET, I will look at now as my "Grandma Training" so I will be able to participate fully with grandkids someday.

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BRENDABUNNY 5/1/2014 7:18PM

    Wowza you made it fun just reading your blog you are so full of life & enthusiasm it shows in your words...You are living life and that is what its all about! emoticon emoticon BUT I still grin thinking that we coulda seen a couple pictures of that outgoing & Crazy FUN Mimi & Bampie emoticon Big emoticon

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KERRYG155 5/1/2014 6:49PM

    Great blog! Sounds like you have had some wonderful times. I'll leave the cleaning out of that though I know the end product is great. I do remember reaching my goal back in 2000 and all the things I did-bus tour in Europe, sledding in Nebraska, doing a 5K every other month with my middle daughter etc. It was wonderful and I really want to get back to goal so I can do it again! Congrats on you doing it all!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/1/2014 5:54PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! GOOD FOR YOU!

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I miss my friends......

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Everyday we awake, plan, and start our day! Some of us, go "off to work," others, work from home, many are parents, getting our families off to their days, be it school, college, work, or wherever they need to be. PHEW! That makes us busy, and keeps us going! But do YOU have plans for YOU? What do you "need to do" to keep you going? Once the family is all off and running, you might be running out that door for a job, or family errands, etc., but do YOU have "fun things" that keep you moving?

Well, I mentioned this before, but I joined a "Lifestyle Pass Program" at a Retirement Community, and LOVE IT! Yes, they have a wonderful "saltwater, warm pool" (Aaaaah) open to us 24/7, a Wellness Program which includes a Strength Training Class, Weight & Equipment Class, treadmill, Nautilus Equipment, and additional exercise classes. Chair Yoga, Pilates, and Special Chair Strength Training Classes.
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PHEW! I think I covered them all!

Along with this great program, they also include other programs, shows, and meetings which we may attend. Meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, may be purchased separately, all for easy to manage costs. Okay, so I mentioned I LOVE this program, and I DO, but I also have been missing my SPFriends! emoticon

I have been able to attend many of the classes, especially the pool, which of course, happens to be my personal favorite. Joined in several of the other classes, all so much fun, with laughs galore, and meeting many of the "residents" which I cannot begin to tell you how great that has been, from the age of 63-98, those residents that I HAVE MET, and SHARED TIME with, but the conversations.....I feel like, "I WANT TO BE LIKE THAT...."

So here I am, again feeling the sadness of not being "here for my SPFs," but also knowing full well, that I cannot be at a computer/laptop (or at least the ones we own! LOL!) and still be working my SPProgram, with exercise, changing my "old habits" into LIFESTYLE CHANGES, all the changes that I have worked so hard to make work for me over these pass nearly three years. But the one thing I can PROMISE YOU, I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE of my SPFriends, and remember, I still have a "bucket list" to meet ALL OF YOU, share HUGS, share STORIES, and SHARE THE LOVE that I truly have for you!

Yup, I miss my friends, but they know, I am thinking of you, wishing we could share some time together, and know, just know....WE WILL GET THERE!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 4/29/2014 12:34AM

    Sorry I missed this...was when I started our vacation. I understand completely. I have ramped up doing more exercise and doing more for us at home with our lifestyle changes and not been on the computer as long either. I don't know how some do as much as they do on here...some have kids, a job, etc. and still on here a lot!! I know one who writes 2-3 blogs a day! And they are LONG! How does she do that?! I can barely manage one a week! I was thinking about you, as I do often and glad you keep in touch. Have fun and keep up the good work spark sista!! You are loved by me and others and we do miss you! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 3/23/2014 10:00AM

    Laughs Galore... that's a happy life! We love when you come on and share what you've been DOING! Embrace life. Enjoy the journey.
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KERRYG155 3/22/2014 8:36PM

    I think it's great that you have been getting out to do all those things. It's much healthier than spending hours at the computer. Just set aside a little time during the day to track and check in. I usually do it morning and evening and if I am not busy afternoons, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/22/2014 7:51PM

    That's wonderful that you take advantage of your Lifestyle Pass. Awesome too that you meet people -- in person! -- who are interested in a healthier lifestyle. But there's nothing like the friends I have on SP to me either! I understand!

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BRENDABUNNY 3/22/2014 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Go Fran!
That's what life is about is LIVING IT!
You know how Trace & I are we go any chance we can get to do something FUN!
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I am right there with you on the same page and LOVE YOU to pieces but we gotta do what we gotta do and you know we are always here when you pop in.
And I am one of the lucky ones cause I already got to meet You & Your Dh Paul and can't wait to see you again emoticon emoticon Love to you both emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 3/22/2014 6:24PM

    And we are still waiting to meet YOU, too!!! LOL! Can't wait! What a party! emoticon

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WINNIE1978 3/22/2014 5:47PM

    I'm so glad to hear you are making good use of the Lifestyle Pass... and that you are loving it! Get out there and enjoy yourself... we'll always be here when you take a break to visit!

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