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Taking care of business

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Many causes have contributed to my MIA status lately. I've prioritized my studying as my number 1 responsibility! If I have work to be done, I don't allow myself to get on my social networking sites. I come from a family of educators, (fun fact you may not know: my dad was the principal of my high school, the biggest in the state! He worked in education for 36 years, establishing a community service requirement for HS graduation and recently received the honor of having this named after him.) My granddad was superintendent, my grandmother and mother both teachers, and my sister a special education teacher. Needless to say, education has always been a priority in my family. I aim to make them proud and am trying hard to do so! :)

To say that I've been busy is an understatement! Last week I had a quiz over 12 chapters and this week I have 2 exams and a research paper due. Mind you, I haven't written a paper in over a decade so it's been taking me a lot of time. Gotta break away those cobwebs! I feel my mojo kicking in though and know that I've got this under control! It is all within my reach!

I've also had 15 consecutive days of extracurricular activities to take my kids to. Tuesdays and Thursdays are baseball AND cheerleading practice, Wednesdays are clogging, Fridays are after school events, Saturdays are cheerleading games, Sundays are baseball games, and the last two Mondays have been team pictures or an extra practice. This momma is whooped! Makes me want to call my parents and either apologize to them or thank them repeatedly for doing this for me so many years!! LOL

So finding time to breathe has been difficult! lol I'm promising myself a pedicure after I get through this week! Bring on Friday!!!

Will catch up soon! I've missed you all and love you very much!! I'm so sorry I haven't been around lately, but knew you'd understand! You're the BEST!! MWAH!

(p.s. you know I'm busy when I don't have time to emoticon my blog! LOL) ;)

  
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TRANSFORMWE 9/25/2011 12:34PM

    Congratulations on the reasons for all your busy-ness!!
It's that time of year, with all the activities.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/22/2011 8:45PM

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There, I did it for you!

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DOLLYHOLLY 9/22/2011 7:23PM

    Hi beautiful Leslie, I was wondering where you've been! Xoxo and I missed your lovely face & sweet encouragements! Xoxo just barked, "Woof! Woof!" and is wagging his tail in agreement.

I think you are AMAZING - and the rest of your educator family too. I'm a huge proponent of education. I think education enhances everyone's minds and their lives, and that learning and curiosity keep a person young, vivacious, and their spirits optimistic!

And to hear that not only are you a student but also caring for your children - wow! You are impressive. I love your energy!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/20/2011 11:22PM

    I haven't been worried that you're MIA because I know why and I get so excited every time I think of all your new challenges the success I know you'll achieve.
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AARONSGIRL420 9/20/2011 8:10PM

    Wow...and here I thought I was busy with boy and girl scouts and doc appointments. We miss you but I admire you so much more for taking this on. You are amazing.

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IUHRYTR 9/20/2011 7:22PM

    Here is the reward waiting for you after all your hard work emoticon. That and much of this emoticon emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/20/2011 1:40PM

    emoticonLESLIE!!! CAN YOU HEARRRR ME???

I am so PROUD of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are a wonderful Momma, a great student, and I know your family is so proud of you and what you are doing with your life! emoticon

What a legacy you are leaving your children one day! emoticonPriceless!

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BOVEY63 9/20/2011 1:14PM

    Wow that is busy! Hope you've been able to fit in a little "me time."
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Best of luck with your studies!
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AZURELITE 9/20/2011 1:12PM

    Woa! You're making me tired! Good to hear from you, and completely understand that you're busy... I know you'll do awesome at school! Keep on keeping on...the semester will be over before you know it!

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SHEENADEE 9/20/2011 12:05PM

    Good to hear what you're up to. You make my current life seem very carefree. That's mostly because I retired this summer and so the former cause of my busyness is gone.

It sounds like you are managing all this activiy very well.

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CBAILEYC 9/20/2011 10:53AM

    I get two things from this..
a) you're SUPER busy
2) you're SUPER happy about it!
Lots of energy in your blog, and it shines through that while you're working your patootie off taking care of business, you are in your element.
Well done, lady! You've more than earned that pedi!
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SARAHJ19 9/20/2011 9:38AM

    Wowzers you are super busy! Miss you much girl! Make sure you breathe!!!! Have a great week!


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CIVIAV 9/20/2011 9:06AM

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Keep up the passion!

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BYEFATNANNY 9/20/2011 9:02AM

    Wow I need a nap after all that emoticon
Great plan, no social networking until homework is done. I love your family's history, you must be proud as I'm sure they are of you too.
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TEMPEST272002 9/20/2011 8:39AM

    Sure miss you here - but totally understand about how busy life is right now. You have your priorities straight, but hopefully you can carve out just a little time every week or two to let us know how you are. Love ya! Take care of yourself busy Momma.

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_LINDA 9/20/2011 1:57AM

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WOW!! I don't know how you are doing it!!! But what a legacy to have!! I feel the pressure from here lol. No white collar workers in my family, all blue collar so no one felt the need to continue their education on. I think its so awesome you are doing this in spite of trying to raise a family!!
You are one amazing rocking chicka!!!!
Thanks for stopping in, loved to hear how its going!!
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DUSTYGIRL25 9/20/2011 1:30AM

    So glad to hear your doing well and keeping busy. Yep, school and kids will pretty much take up all your time. I know cause I was a single working Mom of two kids. I worked full time and sometimes a part time job. Evenings & weekends were full of kids activities. And every now and then I tried to fit in dating. Whew, right? I'm glad I was young when I did it. I wouldn't have the energy now.
Keep up the good work!
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ABB698 9/20/2011 1:29AM

    Of course you were missed, but it's understood you barely have time to breathe! Love you back and glad you are hanging in there and getting your mojo on with school. Love to you and the kiddos! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/20/2011 12:34AM

    You need a few more things on the calendar--just kidding, of course.

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You are prioritizing wisely, Leslie! We miss you but know that you are doing what you need to for yourself and your family. Thanks for squeezing out a minute to give a brief update!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/20/2011 12:33AM

    Go busy Momma Go! Not to forget, that ONTOP of all that... you, my amazing friend, still manage to fit in fitness!

Yup... you rock! Nuf' said... muah!

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KAMAPERRY 9/20/2011 12:20AM

    Miss you too, I understand about the time!! Love you!

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Exercised my stress away!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Instead of a nice hot bath to relax me yesterday, I decided a heart-pumping round of cardio was in order! emoticon

I busted out:

50 jumping jacks
50 squats
50 push ups
50 sit ups
50 jump tucks
50 mountain climbers
and another 50 jumping jacks.

emoticonBOOYA!

Then this morning, I went on a 2.7 mile run! I set a personal record for myself by running a whole 14 minutes without stopping. That was DOUBLE the time I did in my last run about a week ago. emoticon

On top of this, I received a very nice phone call from my good friend Momma_Little! She was so excited about winning her contest that she had uploaded a picture of the form to facebook and it had some personal info on it. I quickly messaged her to tell her to delete it and not 5 minutes later she called me. She was so very thankful for the heads up and called to tell me so! It made me feel so good about myself! Nothing like helping someone to lift your spirits! And to be able to help HER--after she has helped me so many times here on SP, well it was an honor!! Thank you Lori, for unknowingly making my day! emoticon

And thank you to the rest of my spark friends who virtually hugged the dickens out of me! You guys really know how to lift someone's spirits and each and every one of your comments meant the emoticon to me!

I'll leave you with this...

^^this was me after my workout last night. I felt strong. I felt determined.

This is my look of, "NOTHING is going to stop ME! emoticon

Take THAT Mr. Stress!

  
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MOBEANZ 9/9/2011 10:09PM

    It feels great to beat your own record doesnt it! You've come so far! Glad I was here to see it! Keep it up!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/7/2011 6:43PM

    Heck yeah!

Booyah, indeed.

Go warrior.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/1/2011 9:23PM

    Great post! You're so awesome! Your guns look amazing!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/1/2011 7:33PM

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I had to sneak another hug in there. emoticon

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DOLLYHOLLY 9/1/2011 10:09AM

    emoticon emoticon You're super strong! Such an inspiration to us all!

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ABB698 9/1/2011 1:31AM

    Those guns scared the stress right outta ya Girlie! Woo Hoo! You are amazing! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 8/31/2011 11:27PM

    You are woman. I hear your roar! -- Lou

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 8/31/2011 11:00PM

    My goodness! I felt my eyes had a work out reading your roster of accomplishments!

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Your background page looks so inviting! Even more than that warm bath you passed up!

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SURLYGIRL 8/31/2011 10:22PM

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A good hard sweaty workout is THE BEST way to bust stress - Good for you!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 8/31/2011 9:23PM

    Great run girl!!! So proud of you for your progress! Running has been the BEST stress reliever for me. It's hard not to feel great after getting the runners high! Keep up the awesome progress!! emoticon

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SHERRY257 8/31/2011 8:34PM

    Wow!! Look at those guns! You got it girl! Great run!

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WINNIEVIOLA 8/31/2011 8:07PM

  Wow...I usually sing to relieve that much stress,lol.


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AARONSGIRL420 8/31/2011 7:50PM

    What a kicking workout, and look at those guns! Very impressive.

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BYEFATNANNY 8/31/2011 7:17PM

    Wow look how smart you've got since going back to school, exercising and bathing your stress away. (ok ok you've always been smart) emoticon
I want those arms, I'm trying but at my age it just isn't happenin' Next time just punch stress in the nose with those arms emoticon
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_LINDA 8/31/2011 4:28PM

    emoticon WOW!! THAT IS N INCREDIBLE WORKOUT!!
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You are STRONG!
You are WOMAN!!
You ROCK!!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 8/31/2011 4:18PM

    You ROCK!! Check out those guns! Damn, girl. Now you've got me doing push ups like a mad woman and now I'm going to want to start running! You're amazing.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/31/2011 3:34PM

    Brilliant!
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CIVIAV 8/31/2011 3:30PM

    BOOYA is right!

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KANSASROSE67 8/31/2011 3:28PM

    You are a total warrior!

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ELLFIN3 8/31/2011 2:51PM

    emoticon And nothing is going to stop You! Keep on Keeping on!!!!! You are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/31/2011 2:50PM

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Look at you Strong & Sexy! Woot! Kick that stress back to where it belongs. Gotta love those exercise endorphins.Woot! on the run - 14 minutes is awesome.

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 8/31/2011 2:11PM

    Wow, you are doing amazing! Keep it up!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/31/2011 1:57PM

    Oh, my GOSH! Look at that ARM! I wouldn't be messing with you, either! LOL

You are precious, Leslie! You saved my life yesterday! My husband said, "You did WHAT?!" and I told him, "But Leslie told me within five minutes of my posting it, honey, and nobody will ever see it now!" emoticon THANK YOU for being such a fantastic friend! emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/31/2011 1:54PM

    You did awesome!
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RUNTRILAUGH 8/31/2011 1:47PM

    Awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And can I just say I want to eat your background pic!!! OMG I am craving some fresh fruit right now!!!

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SARAHJ19 8/31/2011 1:38PM

    You go girl! What a great workout! Congrats on your new PR! emoticon You look fierce and unstoppable in your pic...Love it!!!! emoticon



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JUSTDUCKY1405 8/31/2011 1:31PM

    Go You!
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CHANGINGSAM 8/31/2011 1:31PM

    Wow! Congrats on the work out (better than I could have done!) and the PR! Look at you being awesome! :) Keep it up!

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Need a Hug

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

To say that this last week was stressful would be an understatement. I was a ball of nerves going back to school but now that I'm getting into the swing of things, it's not so bad. One of my classes is going to be easy, *knock on wood*, and the other one is going to be the death of me! My 3rd one, (which is undergraduate and needed to fulfill a requirement for this program), is going to meet ALL day on Fridays. 2 lectures, 2 labs, all in one day--oh joy. Don't think I'll be looking forward to my Fridays much anymore. Oh well, gotta do whatcha gotta do sometimes. Note to self: Suck it up, Buttercup! emoticon

Along with getting everyone off to school, my boyfriend has also moved in with me. It's been an adjustment living with someone again. I'm not used to having to cook for 4 and that in itself stresses me. I'm losing some of my personal space, have to share my bed and bathroom, AND have to tolerate flatulence. emoticon lol It's exciting taking this step in our relationship, though!

On top of all this, I have to find a home for my cat and I'm not handling it well! I'm a real softie when it comes to animals and I hate that I have to give her away. It needs to be done though--she is peeing on my furniture for whatever reason. I've talked to the vet and have tried different strategies with her litter box and have treated her for several urinary tract infections but i just can't get her to stop. I have lived without a couch in my living room for almost a year now because of it. I haven't wanted to buy anything new just so it could get ruined but I couldn't give up the cat. :( The old couch that has been peed on is in the garage b/c it was owned by Chris and I found my daughter clinging to it and crying when I did try to put it out as trash. Sigh. The kids are going to be so upset and I guess that's the number one reason I've put it off for this long...hoping to find a solution. This is the cat we got after Chris passed and worked wonders for the happiness in this home. Now the kids are just going to be crushed and so sad--the last thing all mothers want! But I have to look after their health, 1st and foremost. *tear* This is just SO hard for me. emoticon

I really wish I could find her a home to where the kids could visit her but I don't think that's possible. I'm not having any luck with family or friends. I hate this! Sometimes having a soft heart just makes things 10x's worse. emoticon

Well, I was going to try and make this turn positive but here I am crying like a baby. Guess blogging was something I just needed to do. Helps to talk about it, ya know? The few times I have mentioned the idea of finding her another home to my daughter, she broke into tears and just sobbed. I hate to see her cry and grieve! Lord knows she's been through enough of that!! UGH emoticon

I sure could use a hug, a good home for my cat, and a long hot bath! emoticon

  
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SMARGED 9/17/2011 5:23PM

    Hi, Leslie, I was just visiting your page to say hello, and decided to read your latest blogs to catch up.

I feel for you! I know how attached we can become to our pets, and how hard it must be to have to give her away!! Hope you've found an acceptable solution by now!

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STSCOTT11 9/7/2011 8:50PM

    Hugs 2u.

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HDHAWK 9/7/2011 7:06PM

    Maybe when things settle down you can get them another cat. It's a tough call. I got married a year ago and it is an adjustment learning to live with someone again, especially when you add in kids. Good luck!

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BELLALUCIA 9/7/2011 6:49PM

    Aww, u are an amazing woman, keep plugging away!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/7/2011 6:42PM

    Oh my. So many things are going on... I wish I could send a million hugs.

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IUHRYTR 8/31/2011 11:31PM

    One of the consequences of having a caring heart and soul is that sometimes we get hurt when we must make decisions we'd rather not make. I pray you will find a solution for your cat baby's problem or a new loving home where she will be loved. -- Lou

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AZURELITE 8/31/2011 8:18PM

    Sorry I missed this blog until now. Sending you a belated HUG and loving how you turned the stress away with your workouts today! Way to go!

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BOVEY63 8/31/2011 1:57PM

    Sorry that I missed this blog - it was a busy day and I was unable to spark. So here is a be-lated hug for you!
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I am so sorry you have to make this decision regarding your cat - never an easy one to make.

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FRAS113 8/31/2011 1:53PM

    More hugs-never too much. Grief is a powerful deep experience and I feel for you and your daughter. Cry, cry , cry and still move forward.

Getting rid of the sofa and the cat and then having a new male figure in the house--can you spell hellation? Hope the light at the end of the tunnel starts getting through.

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CAALAN23 8/31/2011 12:36PM

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It so sucks to know what you have to do in a situation but it requires that you break a heart to do it. I hope the kitty finds a good home and soon.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/31/2011 11:29AM

    I'm so sorry that you are going through a rough patch. I, too, love animals, and I couldn't imagine having to give up mine, so I am hurting for you! God has a plan though. Just keep your chin up.

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TRANSFORMWE 8/31/2011 12:04AM

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I found my last cat through a notice on the bulletin board at Wild Oats (probably a Whole Foods now). You might try that, or other grocery store, or a church, even.

Hugs. And CONGRATULATIONS on the bf moving in!!!! That's great news!

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KAMAPERRY 8/30/2011 11:30PM

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/30/2011 11:19PM

    It was so good to talk to you today on the phone! I missed this blog though, so I didn't even know you were having a tough time! THANK you for what you did for me today! What a great friend you are! I sure hope your day is better! emoticon

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_LINDA 8/30/2011 10:54PM

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Oh man, so very sorry to hear this :(( It would be hard for someone to accept a pet that has such a nasty behavior. Animals usually act out for a reason like bored, something bothering her (if the vet gave her a clean bill of health then this isn't the reason) or not fixed, or wanting attention. Scour the internet cat sites and see if someone has had this problem and how they solved it.
Is there any chance the bf can help with household duties and cooking since he is living there? Also one word: beano! it works! Make sure he takes before eating any gas producing veggies or fruits, maybe he has trouble digesting them!
Don't expect to be doing everything yourself. He needs to hold up his end.
Hope things get better for you soon!!
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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2011 9:58PM

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SANDY92308 8/30/2011 9:02PM

    Wow what a week you had. Have you try putting a ad in the newspaper for your cat. I am sending you a big hug emoticon I hope things get better for you...

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SANDY92308 8/30/2011 9:02PM

    Wow what a week you had. Have you try putting a ad in the newspaper for your cat. I am sending you a big hug emoticon I hope things get better for you...

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SURLYGIRL 8/30/2011 8:52PM

    Oh Sweetie - This sounds like such a tough situation. I am sooo sorry about your kitty-cat and what you and the kids are going thru. I'm sending hugs - I wish they could be real, but on-line ones will just have to do.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/30/2011 8:51PM

    Hugs times ten. What a big week you've had!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 8/30/2011 8:31PM

    Big hugs my friend! Big big hugs! I feel for you... and I remember talking to you about your kitty and couch before... remember... you said I sounded like an info commercial... :)

I'm having a need a hug day too...

Congrats on the move in though with your man, even if it's an adjustment. I understand the added pressure another mouth is. I am constantly adjusting to change in that department... sigh.

I wish we lived closer!

Take Care!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 8/30/2011 8:21PM

    Oh sweetie I'm so sorry!! I wish I could help but I can't have pets which kills me because I had to leave my cat & dog so I know how you feel:-(. I'm sure that is a major adjustment having the BF move in but how exciting too! So happy for you! I'm so proud of you for going to school & striving to reach your goals. It will all be worth it in the end!! Love you girl!! emoticon

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AARONSGIRL420 8/30/2011 8:07PM

    I'm sorry that you are stressed out and I understand the difficult position you are in. I wish there was something I could do to help more than just a virtual hug. Here are hugs nonetheless.

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I hope you find a solution that is OK with everyone and not so painful for the little ones.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/30/2011 7:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I wish I could be there for you, but you have to hang tough for the kids. It will work out.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/30/2011 7:20PM

    Sorry you have been going through this. I know this is a very difficult thing to give up an animal. You have plainly done everything you could to prevent that. But, it is my experience that when a cat starts peeing where they shouldn't it is almost impossible to break them of the pattern. Such a cat needs to become a farm cat or something like that, where they won't be in a home where they can continue that pattern. I know that will be very difficult to do.

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SAMPSONPKA 8/30/2011 7:13PM

    So sorry, I'm sending you electronic hugs!

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ABB698 8/30/2011 7:03PM

    Oh Hun, so sorry you have so much on your plate at once. You are a strong woman, and will handle it and persevere, as Chris will be watching over you. Bummer about the kitty, and I realize it did bring your family comfort in the time of need, but you'll just have to sit your daughter down and tell her she served her purpose by bringing joy into your house after the loss of Chris, but that it's time for her to go make another family happy. That way you don't have to break her heart again (not that you did the first time, but I mean with all she's dealing with). Chin up Buttercup!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/30/2011 6:36PM

    These transition times are tough & you have more going on than most. It must feel pretty overwhelming right now, but each week will get a bit easier & soon it will be routine again.
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BYEFATNANNY 8/30/2011 6:29PM

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School is tough, sounds like Fridays especially. Hang in there it'll go fast with all that work.
Congrats on you and your boyfriend taking the next step, (even with the adjustments we must make)(Maybe he'll cook since you are so busy with school.
Oh kitty story, so sad. I hope someone will be willing to take her with her issues. Perhaps a new kitten to ease the pain? I'm a softy with my animals too.
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KANSASROSE67 8/30/2011 5:37PM

    I wish I could help! Keep on taking good care of yourself so you can handle all the stress that comes with change, even good change.

Sending hugs your way!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/30/2011 5:36PM

    emoticonSo sorry to hear about your cat. I saw on FB that she needs a new home. Hope someone can take her for you.

I can empathize with you on the cooking for 4 again! Maybe get help! I am starting to try and muster help and share the load a bit. It is hard when we are the ones who are so used to doing it all!

Well done on going back to study, your Friday sounds hectic. Do you have a slow cooker?

Big hugs to you and your daughter, maybe someone at her school may be able to take the cat?

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/30/2011 5:35PM

    Oh, I am SO sorry about having to give up the cat--that is hard, especially after all you have been through. Wish I could reach through the screen and give you that hug in person. I will be praying for the right home to open up for the cat and for all the adjustments you're going through right now; I'm incredibly proud of you for tackling school and for all you are doing these days. Try to take a little time out for that long, hot bath; you have earned it!

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CASILAYNE 8/30/2011 5:28PM

    Here's a hug, my friend!! emoticon

I'm so sorry about the cat and the couch and the flatulence. But I sure do heart you!!

I'm so proud of you for doing the school thingy! It's hard, but it's SO much fun!

Hope you have an excellent week!

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Household of Students

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



That's my little cheerleader! Not only is she always on the sideline cheering me on, she's going to be cheering for the boy's football team! She is SO excited and loves every minute of it! emoticon

I've also sent both my kids, myself, and my bf off to school this past week! Everyone in the household is a student now! Finally, discounted movies! emoticon emoticon

Here's a couple pics of my little ones on their first day of school.



Ready to go!!

My daughter was so anxious to go that she had woken up before me, had gotten all ready and had her backpack on at 6:30 a.m....2 hours before school started! Lol

For my goofy challenge, I did a crossfit workout in my back yard for all my neighbors to see! I was doing jump tucks and mountain climbers without a care who was watching!

Well, I better sign off for now. This whole blog I've done from my phone! Gotta love technology! You guys are in trouble now that I've learned how to upload pics directly from my phone!! Great for planking purposes!

*edit* Maybe next time I'll learn how to upload pics in the right direction! Lol! Hope there is no neck cramping involved! ;)


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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/1/2011 3:05PM

    Help! How **DO** you upload your photos into SparkPeople directly from your phone? I keep wanting to do that from my iPhone - as I send photos all the time into Facebook and Twitter with a customized email link that I can save as a contact. But how do you do it here? Please!! Pwrettty prease! I'll even friend you if you want??!

Thanks!!!!

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AZURELITE 8/29/2011 8:46PM

    Sounds like you're one busy household! Wishes you all the very, very best at school! emoticon

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WINNIEVIOLA 8/29/2011 8:19PM

  How adorable! That's how our kids have been some years. My daughter is in the marching band. My son is on the football team. I'm glad my kids want to be active at school. I hope my son can switch to basketball, though. It's not as dangerous.


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DOLLYHOLLY 8/29/2011 10:29AM

    What a bunch of cute cheerleaders - just like the mommy! :)

~H

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LUNADRAGON 8/27/2011 7:30AM

    Sweet pictures! Best wishes on all the studying!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/26/2011 11:43PM

    You sure do make me smile! Great blog, Leslie! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/26/2011 1:29PM

    I love your backyard exercise!

You kids are beautiful, love the smiles.

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PCOH051610 8/26/2011 11:14AM

    I just love the happiness your children radiate! Wow, a house full of students.....that is going to get interesting!

How are your classes going? Was it hard getting back into the swing of things?

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IBSHAUN 8/26/2011 10:30AM

    emoticon I do that with pics, too! Good for you to keep up the crazy workouts!!

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SHERLYN-WILL 8/25/2011 6:32PM

    Love the pics... they are adorable babies and so photogenic! LOVE it!



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KANSASROSE67 8/25/2011 6:00PM

    Love the pics! Good luck to everyone on going back to school!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/25/2011 1:24PM

    Great pictures! Keep up your crazy workouts!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 8/25/2011 11:28AM

    Your kids are darn cute! My 2 young kids started back last week. As usual, my daughter drags her feet, and my middle son is up and ready an hour before he has to be there.

My oldest started his freshman year of college this week. I was definitely more nervous than he was. Man, they grow up fast.

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JESS0107 8/25/2011 9:55AM

    Your children are too precious!!! I'm glad to hear they love school so they can get all the education they need!!

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CIVIAV 8/25/2011 9:02AM

    What an adventure you are all off to have. Enjoy every moment Les!

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TEMPEST272002 8/25/2011 8:22AM

    Cheerleaders? I love cheerleaders! Isn't she cute?
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Both the kids look so adorable on their first day back. It seems such a short time ago that my son was heading to school... and now he's a big hairy, hulking thing with a place & a life of his own. Awwww. Poor empty nest me.

I hope you have an exciting 1st week back at school too. So proud of you for taking this step to make your dreams come true.



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AARONSGIRL420 8/25/2011 3:09AM

    Your kids are precious and you must be so proud of everyone. You will all do great!

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ABB698 8/25/2011 12:45AM

    Awesome scholars! Your kids are adorable! Your son looks so much like you! Yay for student discounts emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 8/25/2011 12:29AM

    Your kids are adorable!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/25/2011 12:23AM

    Well done to you to get photo uploads from the phone to Spark! That is now a challemge for me to learn also. I have a new Samsung Galaxy Android, and I love it!

Just love the fact that you are all learning!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/25/2011 12:16AM

    They are so cute!!!!

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BOVEY63 8/24/2011 11:39PM

    The kids look adorable! Great job on the goofy challenge!
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JUSTDUCKY1405 8/24/2011 11:06PM

    Ha! I blog from my phone all the time... it's tedious work... takes 10 times longer... but... it's awesome when the kids are happily playing outside or I'm in bed!

Way to go! A happy educating family!

And... go you for not caring what anyone thinks!!!

You've actually got my brain thinking... what could I do, to babystep my way into this outdoor exercise thing you are doing...

YOU ROCK! So does your family!

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_LINDA 8/24/2011 11:04PM

    Fantastic!! You children look fabulous in ANY direction!! They sure take after Mommy's sweet looks! Hmm, we need to train someone there to take videos of you doing your back yard exercise ;)
Wow!! I didn't think they would allow cheerleading that young, for the football team no less!! It is usually hard to get on the squad!! She is a real go getter!!!
Enjoy all the student discounts!! 16 more years until I get the senior's discounts *sigh* LOL.
Keep on Rocking it!!
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BYEFATNANNY 8/24/2011 10:59PM

    Quiet nights at your house, everyone crackin' the books. As always adorable kids. I was a 6th grade football cheerleader, it ended after that, no interest...well except for the boys that played....uh oh, you're right...pray ;-)
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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/24/2011 10:45PM

    emoticon it!!! Discounted movies for all;). Funny girl!

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Goofy Challenge and Planking Pics!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The fun has begun! KritKrit just posted an awesome planking picture and Bo and Susan have started off the by skipping up and down their driveways. I thought, ah what the heck, I'll throw in some skips while I'm out on my jog. Before I knew it, I was skipping up and down the street without a care in the world! Well, I didn't exactly make eye contact with anyone but I had a blast doing it! lol I didn't realize how much of a workout it was, though! My blood really got pumping and my heart rate was at the max I should go!! So I thought this was a good way to do some HIIT (high intensity interval training.) I walked intervals, jogged intervals, then would break out in a skip instead of my normal sprint. It was so much more fun than sprinting, too!! I may have gotten some crazy looks but I sure did get an awesome workout!! emoticon

I also did my first random plank! My daughter didn't know what the heck I was doing but went along with it anyways. She's a good sport, lol. (also my photographer and biggest cheerleader!) emoticon She is used to me talking her into taking pictures and has gotten good at just snapping away! I was able to get a whole series of pictures that showed my "planking" step by step! I thought they turned out hilarious!

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This is me getting into position, wondering how the heck I'm going to do this without falling on my face! LOL



Slide Planking!


Weeeee!!!!!


Face plant! LOL


And as I lay there laughing my chihuahua thinks it's time to play!


So day 1 of the challenge was a total success! Skipping, laughing, planking and all! I can't wait to goof around some more! I'm on constant look-out for a good plank spot now, too. emoticon

  
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AZURELITE 8/29/2011 8:49PM

    You are such a fun soul !!! So glad I 'know' you !!
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JANESSMI 8/26/2011 12:49PM

    Very funny.

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LUNADRAGON 8/25/2011 8:33PM

    Rofl, oh wait, I can't do that yet, lol, lots of lol!!!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/23/2011 5:38PM

    LOL. Looks like fun & your chihuahua sounds cute! My Xoxo licks me when I do yoga poses too.

~H

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/23/2011 12:17AM

    Did you say "plank" or "plunk"?
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MEDDYPEDDY 8/23/2011 12:12AM

    I am too heavy to do a skip (I think it is "hopsa-steg" in swedish) but I think it was a very good challenge!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 8/22/2011 10:09PM

    Hahaha! You are so funny!

I could totally picture you doing all that too!

And your daughter took great pics! Too funny!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 8/22/2011 3:54PM

    LOL! You're awesome!

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KANSASROSE67 8/22/2011 2:09PM

    My 16-year-old nephew has posted all these pics of himself on Facebook planking in strange places...park bench, mall trash bin, etc. Is this the new trend?!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/21/2011 1:42PM

    These pics literally had me lmao!! I'm so happy God was with you and didn't allow you to break your beautiful neck!!

LOVE that DD took pics!!!!! Emma does for me to. It sets such a positive role model experience when they are in on this fun;)

Love you girl!!


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BOMBCHELL23 8/21/2011 8:40AM

    Great pictures and captions totally had me laughing! loving your positive and bright attitude!

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KRITKRIT 8/20/2011 2:34PM

    LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO!!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/20/2011 12:19PM

    Love this! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/20/2011 12:16PM

    Very cool!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/20/2011 9:34AM

    Yoo hoo! Well done on the planking ! And the skipping! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/20/2011 8:08AM

    I love the Slide plank!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/20/2011 7:44AM

    Yep, I'm feeling some skipping comin' on!

Are you up to some cartwheels for the goofy challenge?

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LILLYPILLY24 8/20/2011 2:16AM

    Oh, I love this ... from every angle. Time with your daughter, laughter, loving moving. It's all fantastic. Keep going! (Although I won't be skipping here - I get enough strange looks just running and WALKING!).

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IBSHAUN 8/20/2011 1:24AM

    emoticon Great blog! emoticon You are awesome!

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_LINDA 8/20/2011 1:14AM

    emoticon GOOD ones! LOVE it!! I am liking this challenge!! Looking forward to what all you guys come up with! Spark on!! Game on!!

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    Love it! emoticon

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PATTISPAGE 8/19/2011 11:10PM

    Love it! Thanks for the big emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/19/2011 11:09PM

    Well you had me laughing! These are great. Your daughter is definitely a great photographer! Love the slide plank. I skipped on my job today too. The dogs looked at me strangely, but no one else was around. Another nice thing about forest paths. Felt great though to skip, just like being a kid.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 8/19/2011 10:48PM

    Love it!! Working out is so much more enjoyable when you are having fun. Great job!!

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SURLYGIRL 8/19/2011 10:30PM

    Love It ! What Fun ! Skipping huh? I remember skipping - I will have to give it a try.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/19/2011 10:19PM

    Hilarious!!! emoticon

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ABB698 8/19/2011 10:12PM

    How fun!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/19/2011 10:02PM

    Great job! Love the pics!
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CELLISTA1 8/19/2011 9:51PM

    You've invented a new exercise craze!!!! Love it! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/19/2011 8:47PM

    Funny - I'm loving your goofy challenge!!

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P0KERS0PH 8/19/2011 6:16PM

    LMAO crazy lady!

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PCOH051610 8/19/2011 4:50PM

    Bah-ha-ha! You realize of course that I have no idea what planking means but I will go back to your other blog to find out what I've got myself in for!

I just love your pictures.....I think your daughter must be your trusty goofy sidekick! I love it! emoticon

Added after : Did my planking challenge while bbq'ing supper! Stay tuned for pictures emoticon

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SAMPSONPKA 8/19/2011 4:45PM

    haha, love the action shots!

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AARONSGIRL420 8/19/2011 4:25PM

    ahahahaha sitting here giggling to myself. Great pics and lots of fun!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/19/2011 4:17PM

    Love it! Hahah!

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