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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Last week I came down with a nasty little bug. Little bugger is still hanging on, but I can tell that its days are numbered!! I've been a lazy, lazy person during this bug and haven't done much in the area of fitness. I considered a trip to the grocery store as cardio since I worked up a sweat pushing the cart, and I was merely strolling the aisles!! Too bad I couldn't justify it for real and put it on the tracker, last week would look a lot better!!

Now I am definately on the road to recovery and it is time to get back to work. Time to get back on schedule and time to focus!!

I've got a 5K race on Saturday-Race for Humanity. Kind of a cool race. You got to choose the charity that would benefit from your efforts. I think all of the charities are local-I know for sure several of them are anyways, so you we are helping our own community at this race. I also LOVE that it is "local". It is not exactly IN our town but it is REALLY close! It will take less than half an hour to get there!! Woo Hoo!!

Time to pay closer attention to what I eat. That hasn't exactly been a problem the last week. I've been more likely to not eat. But, now that I am feeling better my body is starting to rebel and ask for things it just shouldn't have. We are working out compromises though...instead of buying the tortillas chips my body was begging for I bought corn tortillas to cut up and bake in the oven until crispy. My body compromised by asking for salsa instead of something else. Salsa? No problem, I can do that. Almost gave into the nachos at the snack bar at last night's game though-BUT didn't!!

Speaking of last night's baseball game-have to brag a bit. Son recovered from the wack to his hand at Saturday's game no problem. Last night he was playing third base, with runners on second and first there was a really good chance he would be involved in the next play. Batter hits a line drive grounder straight to my son. He tags the base almost before the second base runner had left the plate. The batter ran for first and the second base runner ran BACK to the second base thinking he would be safe there or something (he was already out, but hey they are 8 and under so...). That left the first base runner stuck between second and first with no place to go. Poor kid had no idea what he should do. My son threw the ball to the second baseman, who neatly caught it. Second baseman had no idea what to do though because as far as he was concerned there was a kid on his plate who was safe (the out at third runner who returned to second). The other team was yelling at their kid to tag second even if that other kid was already there and we were all yelling at our kid to tag second. Our kid got the idea first!! We had a very confusing, cute and funny double play!! This is why we go to games when little kids are playing-lol!! It was pure instinct that caused my son to throw his catch to second after tagging the base. This move has not been discussed at practice and I was so surprised when he automatically did the right thing-kid's got game! That's good because we are really hoping for some scholarships for college!!! He's seven and I'm already thinking ahead!! He wants to be a teacher at this point and that takes a minimum of 5 years so we are talking some $$$ here. Plus I want him to attend my University so that # just went up!! A baseball scholarship would be pretty handy...:)

Well, time to get to work!! Hope everyone has a great day!!

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RAIN_SIS 4/20/2010 7:38PM

    Just thought I should comment so you would know I am still reading you. Seems like it has been a while.
My kids never did sports so I don't know the thrill of victory but it sounds like a lot of fun.
Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. You have awesome will power. You handled the recovery cravings better than I would have. When those 'I've been sick and deserve nachos' cravings hit me I hardly talk back. You did exactly the right thing. Congrats.

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ESBELL 4/20/2010 5:41PM

    Tell your son he did an awesome job!!! I miss those games :(

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/20/2010 4:59PM

    Awesome! Have fun at your race!!

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NEW-CAZ 4/20/2010 1:29PM

    Glad you're feeling brighter Heather and I am loving the sound of the 5K.

I'm glad your lad has recoverd and managed a good game.

Hope the rest of your day is a good one Heather emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/20/2010 1:20PM

    I need to know when Matthew is playing so I can come watch!!! Heck...I could walk or ride my bike there it is so close! LOL

I'm much more looking forward to this weekend's run after running this morning! :-)

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KARVY09 4/20/2010 12:05PM

    Sounds like a cool 5K!

Your son needs to teach me some tips for my softball game!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Slowly getting better from whatever bug I caught. Haven't accomplished much in the way of exercise, but that will change next week as I start feeling a lot better.

Had a baseball game today. First two innings my son was our catcher. Second inning had just barely started when the girls got my attention and I looked away from the game for a moment. When I looked back, my son was standing up, out of his perfect little catcher's stance, and doubled over. At first my brain made me think that it was someone else's kid. I had coach (Dad) bring him over to the fence where we were sitting so I could talk to him. Somehow a pitch hit his un-gloved hand-OUCH!! The coaches pitch in our league so that pitch came from an adult!! Not intentionally...still OWW!! He was crying and we kept trying to find out what he wanted to do-go back or switch out so he could go in the dugout. We were playing short today and really needed him in the game. I told him that but added that it was up to him, if he was hurt he could sit out for awhile. He couldn't make a decision so just as we had made the decision to take him out he decided to go back in. Everybody cheered him-including the other team. I was so proud of him. I actually teared up a bit-Proud Mommy moment. I had to do that thing we women do, where I fanned my fingers under my eyes for a bit. It is a team rule-you don't cry in baseball. Silly me-but I was just so proud of him. That was a very adult decision and we told him after the game that we were proud of him because there are some adults who won't get back in the game after getting a minor injury.

His hand was fine, the hit just stung, a lot!! When the inning was over and he returned to the dugout he was fine. A bit later it was his turn up at bat. In this division the kids get 6 pitches or 3 strikes. If they never swing they get the full six whether the pitches are good or bad. If they swing and miss it is a strike. My son had two strikes and sat back and waited for a good pitch. Dad has a habit of throwing a little crazy when he pitches to son. Dad thinks son is a bit taller than he actually is and tends to throw high. So, last pitch, son has to swing, he connects and gets to first WOO HOO!! The next two batters advance him around the bases and on the third batter he gets home. Our only run of the game!! We aren't very good, we try hard, but usually without such dramatic results-LOL!! Son was on cloud nine today!! He knew Mom and Dad were proud of him for his very grown up decision to get back in the game and for doing his best. He was rewarded with a candy bar!! I got "you are the best mom ever" several times-mostly for the candy!!

Spent the rest of the afternoon scanning old pictures into the computer. The goal is to get them into an online storage site for safe keeping. Some of these pictures date back to the 1950's. One of the pictures I scanned is a pic of my grandpa with some GoodYear Tire execs. He is holding a tire that says "Good Year-Los Angeles 77,000,000 th". The 77,000,000 th tire produced-WOW! And that was way back when. I wish there was a date. Everybody looks late fifty's early sixties in fashion. Thick black rimmed glasses. Thin, stripped ties, pleated trousers. It's a cool pic. Most of the pictures are still trapped in my scanner program, but I will liberate them soon. I scanned over 130 pics and there is still a big pile of pics on my table!! It was a good project for today anyways.

Hope everyone had a good Saturday and has a good Sunday.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/20/2010 1:24PM

    Love those proud Mommy moments! Sounds like it was well deserved. :-)

Okay - I looked at the pic of the whole family (or what there was back then anyways!) on your facebook page and you know what I realized. I never thought this before, but our brother looks a LOT like Dad did back then! Check it out and tell me if you don't see the same thing. It was crazy to come to that realization especially since he has always looked so much like our Uncle on MOM's SIDE! LOL

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ESBELL 4/18/2010 2:13PM

    Brings tears to my eyes too! Love it when our boys act like men and do the right thing.

I have been scanning all the pics I found in piles in the junk room after my mom passed away. What an emotional roller coaster. I hope you get through your pics soon!

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NEW-CAZ 4/18/2010 3:17AM

    Love the fashions in old pics emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/18/2010 3:16AM

    Brave little soldier your lad!
And despite his injury you all had fun by the sounds of it.
I uploaded all my family photos that were dog-earred and fading- treasures worth keeping for prosterity Heather.

Have a great Sunday and I hope the lad is better 2day

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Feeling better...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Got up this morning and was WAY worse than yesterday-felt more flu-ish than cold-ish. Took the kids to school, came home with the youngest, took a shower, and fell asleep on the sofa while the youngest watched Ben 10 (an action cartoon she loves). Went and got the daughter from school, ran a couple errands, came home and rested again. Went and got the son from school and then fell asleep on the sofa again!! By 5:30 it was time to take son to baseball practice, and I was feeling a bit better so off we went. It was a cool evening and the fresh air actually felt really good. So, after all the naps and stuff I am now feeling quite a bit better. Good thing too. I think if I have another day like the last two my house will fall down. During spring break there were a few more items getting out of place than normal and now, that on top of me doing nothing this week there are toys taking over the house, along with dirty dishes! UGGH!! Can't everybody else stop eating when I do??LOL!! There is a nice cough developing, but the other symptoms have pretty much gone-Thank GOODNESS!!! Looking forward to a more normal day tomorrow!

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KSW1963 4/16/2010 8:37AM

    I"m so glad you are feeling better.I thought of something you might want to try. When I have been sick in the past and the house gets messy, I would get all of the kiddos to pitch in and have a 60 min pick up the house session. I would have an incentive for doing it like...if we get the whole house clean in 60 min, we will go see that movie you want to watch...but we can't go unless the house is clean. Or sometimes I would even bribe them with a monetary reward...$10 for the person who does the most work with the least amount of attitude in the next 60 min. It is amazing how much can get accomplished!

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NEW-CAZ 4/16/2010 3:43AM

    SO pleased you're feeling a bit brighter Heather but keep taking it easy, well easier than you normally rush around if pos, sounds like you're body needs a little longer to recover.
I'll be thinking of you hun, take care emoticon

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Figured I might as well keep the "math" blogs going for a bit. Start with an equation on Monday, another one on Tuesday, might as well have one on Wednesday too.

I have three kids, a seven year old, a nearly six year old and a three year old. The older two are in school so muliply that by 26 other kids ( 2(2x26)+1=x) and that adds up to a lot of opportunity for sharing and spreading germs.

Let's a word problem that would be: Joe and Sue go to school. They are in seperate classrooms with 26 kids in each class. Sam and Mary come to school sick and share a desk with Joe and Sue. What are the chances that Joe and Sue's mom will get sick? LOL!! I hated word problems!! I was good at them, but still hated them!!

Woke up this morning still tired and unable to breath. Had to clear my throat to talk above a whisper. "Dang, that tickle wasn't allergies-I'm sick!!" ARGGGH!!! It's been a great year for the germs. I wish we could put germs on the endangered species list!! I'd rather keep the Polar Bears and get rid of germs. Hmm-gives new meaning to the term "germ warfare"-Lol!! Oh well. I'll get over it of course-it is just a cold after all. A nice steamy shower to clear the airways a little. A few cups of nice warm herbal tea and a half dozen doses of cold medicine and I'll be feeling fine again soon.

I'm ditching the aerobics class today-don't want to share the joy with the rest of the class. Besides I can't breathe well enough to keep up with anybody anyways. I will walk to get the kids from school though. Two trips at about a half an hour round trip each time...Anyone have the answer? Common' this is an easy one...about an hour of cardio all together, and at a pace I can manage with my decreased lung function-it'll work. I'll get some yoga in too just because it will feel good.

Maybe a nap too. My "office" is in my bedroom. "Office" meaning the laptop and printer!! And my bed is screaming my name...maybe later. Got a lot of work to do. Still have to mail my taxes to the state!! Hmm...better get that done-lol!! Getting a small-very small-refund from the state so that is good. Refund from Fed too-e-filed that since it is free. Okay, now I am just babbling.

Have a great Wednesday everybody and stay well!!

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NANC304 4/14/2010 5:07PM

    I hope you feel better soon. The best advice I can give you is to listen to your body. If you need a nap, take one.

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NEW-CAZ 4/14/2010 3:43PM

    Aww Heather hope you feel brighter soon babe.
And just soz you know- I was crap at word puzzles too emoticon
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RITEEBEE 4/14/2010 11:43AM

    hope you feel better soon!! Sounds like your keeping up with your exercise even though your not feeling 100%, Great Job!!

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KARVY09 4/14/2010 11:33AM

    Feel better soon!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/14/2010 11:32AM

    Get better soon!!! This has been a REALLY bad year for colds and flu!!!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Yesterday I was in kind of a bit of a funk. The day was shaping up to be a real bummer. I blogged an unhappy blog and started thinking...I could be unhappy about all this, but what is the point. Turn your attitude around girl!! Then blogged a much more positive blog and felt better. The rest of the day went along just fine. My slight headache went away. I got a considerable amount of work done. A friend called, she had happened upon a bag of clothes and needed someone to pass them on to, would I want them (she even started with "I don't mean to offend you...apparently some people are offended by free clothes). She brought them over later in the day. Quite a few pieces were really cute and quite a few basic t-shirts which are always great for workouts. MOST of the pieces fit just fine. Several are too small, but won't be for long. One shirt I thought was cute-basic polo style but with buttons all the way up the front in a really fun kiwi shade of green that I can carry off-was a size 14/16 (still a few sizes too small). I thought, I'll stick this one in the "try on someday" bucket. But, as I held it up, it looked a lot closer to the right size than I thought it should. I tried it on fit!! Granted it was still a little closer to the "just because you can put it on doesn't mean you should" category, than the "that looks great on you" category. But it is REALLY close to "that looks great". A few more crunches, and weight sessions and I should be there. I couldn't believe it!! It is a loose cut, obviously, but still!! I was really surprised by how much of the bag of clothes fit. So today I take a second look at my "try it on someday" bucket and there is a cute blue and white graphic print blouse right on top-size XL (not XXL) so I try it on. It looks really cute-I'm wearing it still. Again, a couple more inches and it will be PERFECT.

I have this adorable son, who I love VERY much, but he is a lot like me...a bit of a perfectionist and a lot of a pessimist. I like to call him Eeyore. He reminds me very much of Christopher Robin's donkey. Kind of mopey, kind of hard to please. We have been having a lot of talks lately about attitude and how things can be really different if you have the right attitude. He is starting to get the idea. Last night's Family Home Evening lesson was on Gratitude so it fit right in with recent discussions. For those who are saying "what's Family Home Evening" it is a night where the family stays together and has an activity or a lesson. It is an idea started many years ago by our church to strengthen the family. I usually try to do a fun lesson with a game or something afterwards. This particular lesson on gratitude came with an object lesson. I put a small lego in each child's shoe-it was supposed to be a pebble, but I had legos, gave them a rolo (candy) and told them to walk around while eating the candy-this idea was presented in the book I got the lesson from-I am not that clever. After they finished the candy, I asked them which they noticed more the candy or the lego: Lego. Would eating the candy have been more enjoyable without the lego: Yes. The idea we discussed afterwards was that we have real and imaginary pebbles in our lives. Sometimes our problems are VERY, VERY real and sometimes they are just something we have created with our own attitude. The trick is being able to set aside those pebbles, whether real or imaginary, and enjoy the wonderful things around us. We can't ignore the real pebbles, we have to do everything in our power to make them go away, but sometimes you just have to say "enough". For now, for this moment, I am going to set down this pebble (or boulder as the case may be) and enjoy this moment. I am going to stop and look around and be thankful that for this moment I don't have to carry around that pebble. And if the pebbles happen to be imaginary just get rid of them!! Yesterday morning I had a handful of small pebbles, I tossed them away and my day got immediately better.

So, I guess what I am saying is that I've found the secret to Happiness. Gratitude+Attitude=Happiness. There are some sparkers who already know that secret and many of them have become MOTIVATORS. Those nifty people with the little badge at the bottom of their page that shows that despite ups and downs, despite having gotten several pebbles in their shoes they have maintained an attitude of success. They have shown their gratitude by posting blogs, sending messages of support and generally being there for others. Gratitude+Attitude=Happiness. Thanks to all the Sparkers who are such great examples of this-NEW-CAZ, KARVY09, LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD, and BILLALEX70 just to name a VERY few. Keep up the great work sparkers!! Gratitude+Attitude=Happiness!!

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GONNABEFIT27 4/14/2010 10:06AM

    Awesome blog. I always enjoy reading your blogs!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/13/2010 7:27PM

    What an awesome blog!!! And hey - what's with making me hungry every time I visit your page with that yummy hot dog! I can practically smell the BBQ going! LOL


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JOY1918 4/13/2010 4:49PM

    Beautiful Blog! Great equation, I will need to print it and place it on my goals collage. emoticonon the new clothes and size discovery. There is nothing better than that. Best wishes for continued success in achieving your goals. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/13/2010 3:17PM

    You are such an elequent blogger Heather and so right about the happiness equation.
B4 SP I was "typically like Eeyore" and have to work hard some days to recognise the goodness in my life. Then I read your blog and am instantly lifted.
I am grateful I found people like you on SP to inspire me.
Your children are gong to grow up well rounded individuals and it's all thanks to you!

WTG on your new clothes

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KARVY09 4/13/2010 2:27PM

    God you really are the closest thing to a perfect mom, aren't you? Can I say again that I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you take the time out for family time and lessons that most people will not be bothered with? It is so amazing. I am taking mental notes for when I have children someday.

I used to be an Eeyore. Big time. It's funny what exercise and losing weight will do for you. Now I'm more like a cross between Tigger (a little bonkers, but always moving!) and Rabbit (logical and quick to point out life's irritations). I think everyone sees a little of themselves in Christopher Robin's friends!

Congrats on your new/old clothes! Isn't it wonderful to fit into smaller sizes? Soon you will bid goodbye to plus sizes forever!

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