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Monday, June 15, 2009

I can't believe it's over!!! After all that planning and all that work and all that worry, this weekend is over.

It was one of the best weekends of my life. Unfortunately, on Friday night my son's baseball game was rained out. The family really wanted to see that but we ended up meeting for dinner, hugging and just being happy to see one another and be together.

Saturday, the Bar Mitzvah. It started off with a slight drizzle. Then for the ceremony (all outdoors!!!) it cleared up. My son was wonderful, I was so proud. After that it was fun and games in a huge tent. It was a little soggy in there as the ground was so wet from so much rain we've been having but no one cared! We partied and played games and yes, it rained for about 10 minutes and again, no one cared!!! It was just great!!!

I have to say that I looked spectacular! I use that word because it was the word that was said to ME by a friend who hadn't seen me a while (yes, a HE!). My family couldn't get over how I looked and kept asking me how I lost so much weight. All I would say was SPARKPEOPLE!!!! I had so much fun!!!

Yesterday was the graduation party for my daughter. Again, it was held outside and when I got up, it rained all morning!! By the time I picked up the cake and got it to the restaurant, the rain let up, the sun came out and we had the most beautiful day. My daughter was thrilled with the pocketbook I bought her. Something she has been coveting for over a year. Some of her friends were at the party and I get each one of them a little picture frame with "Graduation" on it so I can get a pic of them in their cap and gown and they can have it forever. They loved it too as it was unexpected!!!

Last night, my entire family went to a restaurant in NYC called "Sammy's". It's one of the most fun places on earth. We drink a little to much (they put a bottle of vodka encased in ice on the table) and we danced and danced and danced!! It was the perfect way to end the weekend.

In the end, I hugged my family that was leaving to go back home. They came from as far away as Thailand, San Francisco, Canada, So. Carolina and Michigan. We don't see each other to often but we are still very close. It was bittersweet to see them leave. I miss them already.

I have so much food leftover that we are eating that for the rest of the week (or so) and then I am back here with a vengeance!!!

I'm happy and tired and I took the day off!!! Thank you all for your good wishes!!!

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LNGSMOM 6/15/2009 11:17AM

    I read your blog on SparkJews and just wanted to wish you a Mazal Tov on all the wonderful celebrations!!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/15/2009 10:35AM

    If your taking today off, it must have been a great weekend, lol. Glad the weather came through for your son's big day.

Hugs, Sonia

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TUESDAYS 6/15/2009 8:00AM

    Awesome! I'm so glad to hear the good report. Sounds perfect!!

P.S.- Don't go crazy on the!

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It's almost here!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I have the most incredible weekend ahead of me. It's almost here and I'm so excited.

My son's Bar Mitzvah is on Saturday and my daughters graduation party is on Sunday. I figured I would have that party since everyone is here anyway!!!

Tomorrow we are going out to the cemetery en mass. A great deal of my family will be here and as amazing as it is, it's a year since my mother passed away. We are having the unveiling, meaning they put up the stone on her grave. It will be wonderful to have my family there and we can all say something about my mom. It will give me closure and make the rest of the weekend that much sweeter. I know my mother will be smiling down on my family and especially my children this weekend.

Saturday is the big day. I cannot believe it's here after planning for a year!! My son will have his Bar Mitzvah. Wow, what a huge milestone for him and I'm immensely proud. I love the fact that so much of my family has come from all over the world to be there. We are having it at the camp my son goes to and it will be all outside, even the service!! It looks like the weather will be beautiful and it should be a day that everyone will remember for a long time!! Not many people get to see a Bar Mitzvah outside, over-looking a lake with eagles circling lazily overhead. It's just going to be incredible!!

The following day, we have reserved the deck of a lovely restaurant for brunch. We will be celebrating my daughters graduation from High School!! This too is hard to believe. Wasn't she just toddling yesterday??? Last night she was awarded an Academic Achievement Award at the school which came with a $100.00 check. I'm very proud of her too!!!

As for me, well, I have to admit that I slipped a little. With all that has been going on in my life I kind of slipped back in to bad patterns. I gained about 6 lbs but with a nearly 40 lb loss, I still look great. My family will be floored and according to my daughter, I look "hot" in my dress LOL - we'll see about that.

I will try and post some pics. Keep your fingers crossed for the weather to hold out. I just know it will!!!

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JENOWEN77 6/12/2009 9:32PM

    What a weekend you have ahead of you! Enjoy yourself!

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DIANNEYME 6/12/2009 7:07PM

    Enjoy every minute! Hope you take lots of pictures (and maybe share a couple with us)...

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TUESDAYS 6/11/2009 10:41PM

    Wow! That's a milestone weekend. Mazel tov, indeed! I hope it's full of good memories and lots of happy pictures. How wonderful that you won't be hiding behind people when someone snaps a shot. You GO, girl!

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/11/2009 10:10PM

    Mazel tov on your son's Bar Mitzvah. I was at a B'nai Mitzvah (for a pair of boy-girl twins) this past weekend. What fun!!! And mazel tov also on your daughter's graduation. Where is she going to college? Yes, they do grow so fast. And yes, after a miserable week, I think the weather will be great this weekend. G-d will be shining on you.

Even though my weight loss hasn't been as good as I would like, I was able to wear a much "hotter" dress than I would have hoped. Last time I saw these people (my dad's family in Cleveland) was at a wedding 10 years ago. I wore a tent dress to that one!! This time I wore a little black dress, possibly for the first time ever. Nobody commented on the weight loss, but that's ok. Maybe they don't remember that I was so fat then.

Comment edited on: 6/11/2009 10:12:46 PM

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GIRLINMOTION 6/11/2009 9:34AM

    You sure are going to be busy this weekend, remember to keep yourself fueled with healthy food.

Where does the time go as are little babies grow into adults? And you should be so proud of the wonderful children you are raising! Way to go Gayllynne!!!!

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I'm excited about this????

Friday, May 22, 2009

This past week I was at a client's home. I walked past their Dyson vacuum cleaner. It was beautiful LOL - and I know how expensive they are. She asked me, "Would you like it? I'm moving next month and it makes to much noise for the dog."

Would I?? Would I?? Wow, I couldn't believe it. The doorman put it in my back seat and here it sits. I haven't used it yet but I'm excited to have it. I looked it up and the cheapest I could get it was between 4 and 5 hundred dollars!!!!! I've never had such an expensive appliance before. It seemed such a waste of money for me as my Sears canister always worked just fine but now I have THIS!!!

I was walking the lake this morning chuckling to myself about how excited I was to have this. Gosh, maybe I should have admired her diamond ring!!! *smile*
At least the price was right!!!

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KESNUGGLES 5/22/2009 5:01PM

    We have the purple "animal" dyson. It is wonderful. I had a cream colored carpet w/ multi colored squares. We have 3 cats and 1 dog that are all indoor animals. I thought my old vacuum did fine. Then I got the dyson and the first time I used it I swear my carpet looked brand new!! I love it. We've had it now about 4 years and it still works great. So congrats on one great gift!

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GIRLINMOTION 5/22/2009 2:53PM

    I have an old Sears canister and the suction is still good but the beater bar is toast. I managed to get a deal on an Eureka standup ($25) and I find it hard on my back. I would like to know how you like it?

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MAINEROCKS 5/22/2009 12:36PM

    OMG! I'm jealous! I want one!! :-)

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SHANTRA 5/22/2009 11:45AM

    I hope you love it as much as my son loves theirs! I know they clean really well but just don't vacuum a wet floor at all with one.. that was how my son broke their first one and Dyson replaced it! I wish I could get one.. with 3 dogs, 1 cat and 6 foster kittens it would come in handy!

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baseball mom's bragging

Monday, April 27, 2009

I don't really get the chance to brag about my children all that much but I want to mention my son's game.

He loves baseball and has a real talent for the game. For some reason, they put him on a barely so-so team this year. I told him to hang on because he will be the big fish in the little pond.

Saturday, he had the best game of his life. He went 2 for 3 at the plate, with a total of 4 stolen bases in the game. Both times he was on he came home to score. He also made two spectacular catches in the outfield. I was nearly choking from screaming!!! He had applause from the parents because he was just wonderful.

I'm always proud of him but after that game, I was beaming!!! Any mom whose child plays a sport understands this. He is walking just a bit taller and he was named player of the game hands down!!!

Go Josh!!!!

getting off my soap box now........

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FORSYTHIABUSH 4/29/2009 2:24PM

    Go, Josh, Go! Big pat on the back to your son! As his mom, you must have been positively breathless during the game. That is, when you weren't screaming for joy, at the very top of your lungs!!!!! LOL.

These are great feelings you've described.

Hope the rest of your week is half as stupendous as those moments at the game!

Love, Lisa

PS - I posted a message about the Rockland Women's Shelter 4K - As I told you, with this old knee, I'm no runner, but I'll be walking that event. It's one of those "wonderful time, had by all" experiences.

Wishing you well...

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LKRMOM 4/28/2009 12:22PM

    Nothing makes a mom beam more than being proud of her kidlets! Ride the Wave!


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RD03875 4/28/2009 5:28AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I hope your DS keeps it up.

I know how you feel too, my son lived, ate, slept & everything baseball, he was the top pitcher for his league and was told had great potential. Sadly at 16 he took the wrong path in life for a few years and lost it. He knew he blew it and totaly regrets it today. He has grown up and is a wonderful, healthy adult now that misses his baseball playing days.

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OMELYN 4/27/2009 8:30PM

    Get the same warm fuzzies when one of mine sings a solo. You just wonder at them and the pride expands. You SHOULD be proud. emoticon

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SCARLETMUSE 4/27/2009 7:55PM

    You should be proud! Congrats, Mom!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/27/2009 7:10PM

    I know how you feel, I have been beaming more this year with my son during ball games too.

Oh, what an awesome feeling!!!

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A dose of reality!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Here I was, cruising along and doing great. I hadn't reached goal but was within just a few lbs and really felt good. My clothes looked great and hey, being a size 4/6 is nothing to sneeze at.

Then came Passover. My favorite holiday and a really fattening one.

I just didn't pay attention. Suddenly, my pants were tight and I was eating things I knew I shouldn't eat. Wham! 5 lbs!! Since I am barely 5'1", 5 lbs is a lot on me. It's a whole dress size. I was shocked when I looked at the scale.

I have not been able to exercise since my breast surgery. I called the Dr. who said I could walk the lake if I took it slow and steady. Hey, it's better than nothing. Yesterday I walked. I won't today because of the rain but plan on doing that 3 miles every day that I can. Of course the added benefit is that I sleep better at night when I exercise.

I will lose this 5 lbs but it's going to take a while. I have worked this long so I'm not stopping. I have such pretty new clothes to get into!!

Wish me luck. I can't go back...I WON'T go back!

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OMELYN 4/20/2009 9:49AM

    The Easter Baskets living at my house did the same thing. Our holidays are so surrounded by food... and that is a challenge. It is a once a year thing, and you know what to do... so get going, youwill make it just fine!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/20/2009 9:36AM

    This is just a small set back. You know how to move forward, and I know you will get there!!!

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MALEXANDER4 4/20/2009 7:12AM

    i wish you all the luck!!! i'm 5'1" myself and i know what five pounds looks like on us. i'm in a size 6 now and feel great, but can't seem to get to goal. i have 19 pounds to go and i'm at the plateau stage, up one week, down the next. so disheartening. we can't give up. slow and steady wins this race. so keep walking and you will be there in no time. you already have the skills and know how. just take this one day at a time. good luck.

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