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Happy Birthday to my boy!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Big day today! It's my son's 6th birthday! emoticon

Today's To Do List:

~Take birthday treats to school and stay for the small birthday celebration! emoticon

~Pull kids out of school early b/c we have lots of exciting plans! emoticon

~Pick the step kids up so we can spend the day as a family! emoticon

~Go to Union Station and view the Dinosaur exhibit! emoticon

~Meet up with more family for dinner at a great kid-friendly restaurant with interactive dinosaurs! emoticon

Big day + no energy + lack of sleep = Mommy's going nuts worrying if she can pull this off! I cannot wait until my head hits the pillow tonight and victory will be mine! emoticon
I can do this, I can do this, I can do this....

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I may not have fame, I may not have fortune, but I have my children and that makes me the richest mother on the planet!!

  
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CUSTOMERANGEL 10/3/2010 5:28PM

    Belated Happy Birthday to your very much loved son emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 10/1/2010 1:44PM

    Happy B-day to your son, proud Mommy!

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/1/2010 12:14PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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JOYSONG50 10/1/2010 12:15AM

    Happy belated birthday to your son. Hope he had a blast.
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CSULLIVAN83 9/29/2010 11:23PM

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Hope he had an AWESOME day!!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/29/2010 10:10PM

    Right on! Victory is yours! To a restfilled peaceful sleep!

Happy Birthday to your little man!

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KARBIE18 9/29/2010 7:28PM

    This is belated, but I have no doubt you pulled it off. You gave your kids a day they'll always remember. Time to take care of you, now. Really.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/29/2010 5:58PM

    emoticonHappy birthday to your son! I am sure the day went well. Yes I agree being a mum is the best job in the world! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/29/2010 5:49PM

    Oh, I just LOVE the last thing you said! If nothing else, THAT will pull you through! I love ya, Leslie! Have a wonderful time!

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IUHRYTR 9/29/2010 3:37PM

    A busy but fun day. I love dinosaur exhibits. Hope you all have a great time. -- Lou

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BTRTHANEVA 9/29/2010 3:25PM

    When you hit that pillow, it'll be with a BIG SMILE emoticon on your face for making your son's birthday so special. Replace that *blah* with a smile! You'll feel better instantly!
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SHERRY257 9/29/2010 2:50PM

    Happy # 6! I always say this is the best job I have ever had. I Know you will have a fantastic day! Go dinosaurs!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/29/2010 12:24PM

    I know you will pull it off! You are a great mom! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 9/29/2010 12:03PM

    You've certainly got your priorities in order. You have very lucky kids to have you for a mom.

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Pics from the Walk!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Well, I'm finally getting a chance to post those pictures I promised from my weekend. Everything went great and we had a lot of fun at the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. There was so much to do! There was a rock wall to climb for the kids, inflateables, live music, arts and crafts, clowns, face painting, and even celebrities like KC Wolf and Ronald McDonald! lol There was even free food, who doesn't like that?! For lunch there was a line where we could choose from hot dogs, burgers, brats, cole slaw, grapes, apples, bananas, oranges, and even non-fat yogurt! I knew there was going to be food but wasn't expecting such healthy choices! I had packed a bag of my own snacks and didn't even need it, I was pleasantly surprised! The walk was arround the KC Chiefs Arrowhead Stadum and was just a mile long. I figured out why it was such a short walk when I saw a lot of kids starting to get tired and therefore throw fits and have melt downs along side of the path, lol. My daughter did well but started asking if we were almost there about a 1/4 mile into it...lol, I gave in and gave her a piggy back ride for the last leg and thought of it as walking with weights, just one big a$$ weight directly on my back LOL. So without further ado, here's some pictures from our big day!!







Here's some with my friends kiddos in it...you'd think the red head would be mine but that's Hannah :)



And here's some pics on the walk and of our Team, "Lorelei's Troops."





Oh and I can't forget our team captain, Lorelei!!


Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my pics! I know, I got a little picture happy, lol...that's just the scrapbooker in me emoticon




[edit: sorry about any neck cramping that may occur during the viewing of these pics, I'll do better next time...oops]

  
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BTRTHANEVA 10/1/2010 12:50PM

    Great Pics! I especially loved the last one (I'm biased) and the one of your team leader. We could all learn a few things from babies instead of being the BIGGER variety!

WAHHHHHH!!!


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JOYSONG50 10/1/2010 12:13AM

    Beautiful pics. I'm glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/29/2010 10:12AM

    emoticon! Getting involved is so important and what a great cause to get involved with!

The pictures were ADORABLE, and I'm glad you found time to post them! What precious kids!
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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/29/2010 9:38AM

    Great pics! That looked like a great time. I'll have to sign up if they have it again next year. Thanks for sharing!

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IUHRYTR 9/29/2010 8:51AM

    Nice pictures. Thank you for caring enough to get involved. -- Lou

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DEBBIEKAY1 9/29/2010 8:25AM

    Adorable pictures thanks for sharing and a BIG emoticon emoticon emoticonfor doing something so emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 9/29/2010 8:13AM

    Fantastic photos, loved all the yellow! emoticon emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/29/2010 7:35AM

    Love the pic!

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AZURELITE 9/29/2010 5:03AM

    Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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-FEMALE- 9/29/2010 2:49AM

    Looked like an awesome day!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/29/2010 2:14AM

    Looks like a great day. Beautiful sky. That little redhead is a real beauty!

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JHADZHIA 9/29/2010 2:00AM

    Love the photos!! Looks like so much fun!!
Those redheads are so sweet!! I am partial to red heads, we are rare and have to stick together!!
Glad that threatening sky didn't open up on you!!
When I did the Relay For Life 24 hour walk/run, they also had healthy fresh fruit available although it didn't last long!
Have a good sleep!


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Paying It Foward in his memory

Friday, September 24, 2010

So who's ready for the weekend?!! ME!! It's going to be busy but fun! Tonight I'm going to take the kids to another fair...gotta love Fall! My daughter is going to perform on stage and she's SUPER excited about it! She's clogging with a few other little girls and this is just her 2nd performance at an event. Last time she was just in hog heaven up there on stage, grinning ear to ear and dancing her lil' booty off! SO CUTE! I will be sure to get some great pictures and post them on here to show you. A mom has gotta brag, right?! emoticon

Tomorrow morning is also a fun event that I've been looking forward to. It's the 2nd Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. An old high school friend posted a link on her facebook about this event and immediately I was interested. What better way to spend the day than with exercise for a good cause?! I also saw it as a great oppurtunity to fill a personal goal of mine--to honor Chris's memory. I'm determined to keep his memory alive and to honor him by paying it forward and doing good unto others. It makes me feel good about myself and it's something that I KNOW would make him proud. Just think of all the possibilities! All of the positive things that I can do for others that I probably wouldn't have done had he not shown me how precious life is! So with our daughter by my side, we'll be walking to honor him, to teach her the importance of charity, community involvement, and compassion and support for those with special needs. I'm really looking forward to this and am beyond excited for this oppurtunity!!!

I'll take lots of pictures and be sure to share them with you as soon as I can! I hope everyone has a healthy and happy weekend!!!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/26/2010 1:06PM

    What a wonderful way to spend time with your daughter and honor the memory of someone important to you.
You are truly teaching her some of the most important lessons for living a worthwhile and happy life!
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LRKNOBS 9/25/2010 11:26PM

    Wow, your blog touched me! I have a daughter with special needs. She has autism. Many of her friends have down syndrome. We actually just got home from a family event, cookout, with families of special needs children. How wonderful to have our kids gather in a group and bond together while their siblings are friends as well!!!

Thanks for posting your blog....thanks for sharing!!

Another Leslie :)
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LOOZINITNOW 9/24/2010 10:01PM

    Have a fantastic time at the walk!

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YW84FRIDAY 9/24/2010 8:24PM

  I would love to be able to clog, but am just not that coordinated. I think it's cool that you are teaching your daughter to be involved. That's awesome and those lessons are going to last a lifetime.

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CSULLIVAN83 9/24/2010 7:30PM

    That is SO great! Will look forward to seeing some pics!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/24/2010 5:35PM

    Leslie, you make me so HONORED to be your FRIEND! Oh, how proud your sweetheart would be (and is if he's not sleeping!)!!! I can hardly wait to see the photos!!! YES!!! You are SUPPOSED to brag! What a Momma! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTYD921 9/24/2010 4:29PM

    I useed to have a good friend who clogged it was fun to watch her! and good for you for keeping his memory alive and doing something good for others he would be very proud of you!

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SHERRY257 9/24/2010 3:47PM

    Awesome! I have never seen clogging but it sounds like great art, dance, and exercise. I will look at the pictures. I love the two of you doing the walk together in Chris's memory. Wow! Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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SALINA78 9/24/2010 3:34PM

    You are AWESOME!
Taking some horrible thing that happened to you and turning it into GREATER good for others!
So proud of you!!!

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ASHLEYKAT 9/24/2010 3:09PM

    Sounds like a blast! Have an awesome weekend!

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CHOESCH 9/24/2010 2:39PM

    My three daughters were cloggers and they loved it! It is such a great way to funnel energy and also build self esteem. Does she have one of those great ruffled dresses? I can't wait to see the pictures.

You are setting such a great example for your daughter - she will be so willing to give service onces she finds out how good it feels. I'm excited to see the pictures from the walk as well. Hope you both have a wonderful time!
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LIBBYFITZ 9/24/2010 1:38PM

    emoticon emoticonCan't wait to see the photos! emoticonThank you for this wonderful blog!

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MONKEYSNUFFER 9/24/2010 1:22PM

    Aww, I love when little kids put on plays or dances so cute! Sounds like you are ready for a great weekend!

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/24/2010 1:21PM

    That is cool!

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BETZYGIRL 9/24/2010 1:10PM

    I really enjoyed your blog! Enjoy your little girl as she clogs & shows everyone what a princess she is. Teaching fun and purposeful exercise and compassion for others all in one weekend. Wow! Enjoy these great days of fall.

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Sleep deprived :(

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The other day I was reading a friend's facebook page and found a particular section in her notes to be quite interesting. She, too, has lost her hubby and openly expresses her sorrow online. [good for her] I found myself relating very well to what she was going through, especially one part in particular. She described a coping strategy that she's learned, about how she stays up at night playing on the computer or doing things until she's so tired that once she does finally lay in bed she's out like a light. This way there's no chance for thinking, for missing him, for missing his presence. I know exactly what she means. It's an effective coping strategy and is totally normal. But is it normal for ME to be doing this 19 months into the grieving process? Probably not.

Has it just evolved from a strategy to a habit or is it an issue I need to address? I'm not sure, but I know it's not healthy. I'm sleep deprived by mid-week and exhausted by the weekend.

Got some more thinking and researching to do on this one and probably something I should talk to a therapist about. Maybe my next step should be finding one....[dread] emoticon

  
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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/28/2010 3:25PM

    Ohhh... my heart aches for you! I can't imagine! Sending prayers of peace and restfilled sleeps your way!

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CSULLIVAN83 9/23/2010 7:16PM

    It is just hard emoticon emoticon emoticon

* I don't know if this will help, but you could look for a book series to read before bed and just try to think about the book when your trying to sleep. It is just something to try not sure if it will work.

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BELLALUCIA 9/23/2010 4:21PM

    Hey dear friend! There''s no expiration date on love. Think of him because he was important to you. U're experience denial, one of the 7 stages of grief. U will heal.

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CHOESCH 9/23/2010 12:41PM

    First - let me say that I think you are amazing and the fact that you recognize there is something not right is HUGE! Looking for help and trying to solve the problem is a wonderful first step.

I hope you sent your friend some hugs and let her know that she is not alone in this journey. It is amazing that you can reach out and help someone who is experiencing the same trial that you are going through. We all need each other so much!

I appreciate you and your strength - you give me so much hope to move forward and try to be the best I can be!


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BUTTERFLYSONGS 9/22/2010 8:09PM

    I did the same thing when my daughter died. I also did the same thing when my husband worked the night shift, because I hated sleeping in an empty bed. If this helps you sleep, then good for you, you have learned a coping mechanism... just be sure to try to catch a nap here and there to catch up on your missed sleep. or it will wreck havoc on your health as well as your emotions. emoticon

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KRYANPRINCESS 9/22/2010 7:37PM

    I think it's great that you are acknowledging that their might be a problem. I think it's very normal for us in most situations, whether it be grief, loneliness, separation, etc to adjust that way. Especially when you have children cause when they are in bed, it's your solitude time. And avoiding going to bed alone, etc. U've come so far in so many ways, I'm sure you find a healthy balance in this area as well! Good luck! emoticon

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CHRISTYD921 9/22/2010 4:40PM

    emoticon girl! I think a good first step is you realize that maybe it is an issue ..

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LIBBYFITZ 9/22/2010 2:55PM

    I did the same when my DH used to live in another state and only came home every second weekend. emoticon

Also the longer you stay up it means that you are hoping to put off the new day? So you don't have to face another day without him! emoticon

Just some ideas.

As far as a time line goes, we all have our own individual timeline and process for grieving. i don't think 19 months is all that long. You would have just finished all your anniversary's and that brings everything forward again.

There is a Sleep Team here on Sparkpeople. May be worth visiting?

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IUHRYTR 9/22/2010 1:33PM

    emoticon -- Lou

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JHADZHIA 9/22/2010 1:18PM

    Hi Leslie,
I don't know that you can ever get over the grieving process, but when it starts to interfere with your quality of living, then yes, maybe its time to seek some kind of advice.. As a long time sufferer of insomnia, I can tell you its very unpleasant being a walking zombie during the day. I do nap where ever I can squeeze it in, but its no answer. My Dr.'s won't help as they don't want to give me any medicine as I am already on stuff that is hard on the liver, but also they believe I am waking up in pain even if I don't think so :( So I continue to get only 3 -5 hours per day of sleep.
Do look up the articles in the insomnia center, and also a couple of Spark friends have taken the Sleep challenge and saying its helping them..
All the best with it!

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/22/2010 1:14PM

    being sleep deprived is not a good thing. I think you should talk to some one. Hugs!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/22/2010 1:08PM

    Well, Leslie, I'm really glad you are facing this stuff head on! I'm also really glad that you're a Christian, and will therefore find a therapist who will know Jesus and see things from the right perspective! Love you, my sweet friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONKEYSNUFFER 9/22/2010 12:56PM

    You should talk to someone...maybe they have some better coping techniques for coping at night and still resting..good luck!

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Inspiring Video Link

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=cc
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Need some inspiration? Watch this! But make sure you have some kleenex nearby!

  
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MOMFAN 9/23/2010 2:44AM

    We are never giving up! We are going to finish this together!

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YW84FRIDAY 9/22/2010 11:57PM

  Thanks Leslie!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/22/2010 8:57AM

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DETERMINDCHICKY 9/22/2010 8:06AM

    BIG freaking box of tissues required! OMG!

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BTRTHANEVA 9/22/2010 7:56AM

    YOU raise me up. You are a gift from God.

Thank you for sharing this. I'm sending it to my kids and their significant others - to let them know that I'll always have their back.

The *BIG MAN* has always had mine...
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/21/2010 11:17PM

    OH! MY! GOODNESS! I will save this FOREVER! Oh, how POWERFUL! Talk about inspiration! Oh, Leslie, thank you for sending this! I knew the story, but never have I seen it depicted with THIS song, and in THIS way! Yes, it did make me cry. And then, I smiled! emoticon

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