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Thursday, March 04, 2010

I stole this blog from HALOSUN. ::evil grin:: I wanted to know more about my spark friends though. :-) cant wait to hear your replys.

Question Number 1! What is your real name?
Question Number 2! What is your favourite song? Life = music = love.
Question Number 3! How did you find out about SP?
Question Number 4! What is your favourite thing to do, the thing that makes you smile the most?
Question Number 5! are you my SP friend? and if not SHAME on you and please add me now thank you!

............ my answers..........

Real name: Jessica

Fave song: I have a few - check em out on my playlist :-) - http://www.playlist.com/playlist/11

How did I find out about SP?: I was blogging on livejournal.com and was looking for a way to stay accountable after quiting weight watchers meetings. someone suggested I join a site called spark people... the rest is history.

Fave thing to do: Go on outings with my husband and kids on nice warm, clear days... that makes me smile the most. :-)

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SWEETNEENI 3/5/2010 12:37PM

    Question Number 1! What is your real name?

Question Number 2! What is your favourite song?
Right now it's I Made It by Kevin Rudolf (Cash Money Heros)

Question Number 3! How did you find out about SP?
I think it was Good Housekeeping

Question Number 4! What is your favourite thing to do, the thing that makes you smile the most?
Hang with my family.

Question Number 5! are you my SP friend?
Yes and happy to be!

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    Question Number 1! What is your real name?

Question Number 2! What is your favourite song? Life = music = love.
Hmm, lots. Alanis Morisette - "Head Over Feet", Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World", The Decemberists - "Mariner's Revenge Song" more and more and more.

Question Number 3! How did you find out about SP?
Hmm, I don't remember. It may have been from a LiveJournal community on weight loss.

Question Number 4! What is your favourite thing to do, the thing that makes you smile the most?
Go to the Indy 500!

Question Number 5! are you my SP friend? and if not SHAME on you and please add me now thank you!
Yes! :)

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CRK910 3/5/2010 9:55AM

    Question Number 1! Chris
Question Number 2! I generally tend to like 80's Rock, and Classic Rock.
Question Number 3! My wife read about it in a magazine and told me about it.
Question Number 4! Spend time with my wife and 2 sons..
Question Number 5! Of Course :)

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MARIEFIYA 3/5/2010 1:10AM

    1. Angie
2. Don't really know. I like carrie underwood and reba mcintyre
3. I was browsing the internet for free ways to lose weight. Best thing I could have done!
4. I like spending time with family. I also like going to the movies with hubby.
5. Of course!

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HALOSUN 3/4/2010 8:47PM

    Question Number 1! Sara
Question Number 2! "Stay" by Sugarland
Question Number 3! My mom told me about it and it took me MONTHS to figure it out.
Question Number 4! Sail with my dad
Question Number 5! are you my SP friend? Yes ma'am!

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HRD2HNDL74 3/4/2010 5:35PM

    Question Number 1! What is your real name? Giana

Question Number 2! What is your favorite song? Brown Eyed Girl

Question Number 3! How did you find out about SP? email through All You
Question Number 4! What is your favorite thing to do, the thing that makes you smile the most? Canoeing the Buffalo River,

Question Number 5! are you my SP friend? Yes.

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 3/4/2010 2:07PM

    Question Number 1! What is your real name? Mary

Question Number 2! What is your favorite song? Bring On The Rain

Question Number 3! How did you find out about SP? I was searching for a Health place online

Question Number 4! What is your favorite thing to do, the thing that makes you smile the most? Go walking with Storm:)

Question Number 5! are you my SP friend? Not yet..LOL

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MESSYJESSY22 3/4/2010 1:45PM

    1) Jessica
2) I really have too many favourtie songs too lol
3) I was looking for a food journal and google found it for me!
4) Being in the sun, and dancing....I miss dancing
5) shame on me! I'll add you now! lol

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LAROSEBAUGH 3/4/2010 1:29PM

    Question Number 1! What is your real name? Laura
Question Number 2! What is your favourite song? Way too many to list!! Sorry but it's true!
Question Number 3! How did you find out about SP? I don't even remember to be honest!
Question Number 4! What is your favourite thing to do, the thing that makes you smile the most? Talk to my friends, and play with my pug :D
Question Number 5! are you my SP friend? and if not SHAME on you and please add me now thank you! YES I AM! :D

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BOVEY63 3/4/2010 1:24PM

    1. Leanne
2. Pretty much any song by Elton John - Tiny Dancer and Your Song are two of my favs.
3. Good Morning America
4. Time with my two sons.
5. I am now.

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BSKTCON 3/4/2010 1:01PM

    I love those little questionnaires. They don't really tell you a whole lot about the person, but the answers are usually fairly honest. Thanks for posting this!

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Sante fe Chicken Salad

Monday, March 01, 2010

I got a sante fe chicken salad at ruby tuesdays the other day and really liked it so this week I desided to make my own.


2 cups lettuce salad mix
1/4 pound grilled chicken breast
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup pico de gallo - (recipe below)
2 servings tortilla strips salad topper
2 tbls light ranch salad dressing - mixed with 1 tsp taco seasoning
1/4 avocado diced

Calories - 532


PICO DE GALLO ---- great on potatoes, salad, chips, ect.. great flavor and very low calories!!!

Mix together and chill in fridge to combine flavors

5 roma tomatoes seeded and diced
1 clove minced garlic or garlic powder
1-2 seeded and minced jalapeno (leave in more seeds or veins if you like spicy)
Juice from 1 lime
2 tbls minced fresh cilantro
1 small or 1/2 large white onion (I used red onion)


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    You need to post that to sparkrecipes!!!!

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    Wow that looks good. I'll have to add it to my menu.

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    thanks for posting, that looks delicious!!
can't wait to try it (with vegan chik'n!)


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MOMMAKESS2008 3/1/2010 12:58PM

    Yum! Looks great!

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KMBARKER 3/1/2010 11:13AM

    Jess, this looks and sounds great. Mexican food is my favorite and I am always looking for healthier versions. I can't wait to try this.

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YESITSDEB 3/1/2010 10:40AM

    looks Tasty! Thanks for sharing your made over Santa Fe Chx Salad. emoticon

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JEEP8294 3/1/2010 10:23AM

    Looks yummy! emoticon

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bad desisions

Monday, March 01, 2010

I did pretty good the first part of yesterday. I exercised early, I ate right all day, dident do any random unauthorized snacking... Plus I felt really good and think I looked pretty good too. :-)

I had to take the drive to go pick up my son yesterday (its a 7 hour round trip to meet my x husband half way to exchange my son every other weekend.. it sucks) and dident snack or anything the whole way there and back.

Then I got home at around 8:30 and was famished because I had not eaten since lunch (my big mistake) We desided to stop at a chinese buffet that we frequent quite often. I have a routine there, I know what I can eat and I how much of it and usually exibit pretty good control.

I got the hibatchi grill first... mostly veggies with a few shrimp... I handed it to the guy to grill it and he put a freakin laddle of butter on top of it. OMG... I should have told him I dident want it... I shouldent have eaten it... I had no back bone though and I was really hungrey... so I dident complain and I ate it.

Then the rest of the buffet was not fresh at all so I dident eat much eles... except a whole lot of fried cheese wontons.

I was really upset when I left (I shouldent have payed for that crap.. again no back bone) and when I came home I estimated out how much I ate... I put in 4 table spoons of butter oil blend on the spark people calculator and the butter by its self was almost 500 calories... I F*cked myself over big time by not speaking up and just going with it.

I know better next time, Im not gonna settle for anything I dont want... I went over my calories by sevral hundred yesterday because of this slip up in judgement but I am going to workout hard for the rest of the week and eat perfect and not let this Fork me up.


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BIZENMO 3/2/2010 10:57AM

    Sorry to hear you are so distressed about going over your calories. Yesterday is yesterday! Can't change it. Can only go on from here. You have a new strategy and that's the important thing. Remember all the "good" choices you made for the day because when you think about it, honestly, it could have been MUCH WORSE!! But, you did good and held tight. You didn't fall out overall!

Did you look to see what your daily calorie differential was? Was it in the minus category? If so, you still did good. If not, then hopefully your deficits from earlier in the week will help cover this heavy day. Some people don't look at the daily calorie intake. They look at the weekly caloric intake. Me, I'm like you and look at the daily one because that's what helps me keep my nose to the grindstone.

You said you exercised. That's better than if you didn't. Perhaps next time you have to make that drive, take along some healthy snacks and eat them shortly before you plan to go out for your meal. Another suggestion would be to plan in advance your stop and plan your meals to allow a little splurging when you get there.

One of the things I keep forgetting to ask about when I go out is whether or not they add cheese to their salads or if they include croutons. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. I'm always asking for dressing on the side. My sister will do the same, but then she pours it ALL on her salad. They bring you like a quarter of a cup a lot of the time....I think, well that's nearly 300 extra calories! OMG!! LOL!! I don't say anything cuz she's following her plan and I have mine. I used to do the same. My downfall used to be butter with my baked potato. Sometimes there just wasn't enough, no matter how much you used; like the potato was the mojave desert of something! LOL! Now I only eat half the potato and try to use about a teaspoon of butter, enough for flavor.

I know you were disappointed in yourself, but remember, this is a lifestyle change. Sometimes you have to take a break and allow yourself a little "fun." Obviously it can't be regularly (it wouldn't be a break then! ha ha!), but sometimes I think changing things up helps give your body a "start" and gets things rolling. Last week was a little difficult for me, but I'm back on track now and have actually seen weight loss, despite my poor choices. I feel better for it. Have I derailed myself? No. Have I put a wrench in my plan? I don't think so. My goal isn't supposed to be reached till May of next year. I'm ahead of the game so am happy with that! Keep your chin up. You've come so far...don't forget that!

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    Look at it as a learning lesson. And how far you've come in the far dark distant past would the ladle of butter had even raised a hair of concern.
You're doing great ..don't beat yourself up

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HALOSUN 3/1/2010 6:10PM

    Lesson learned, girl. Don't beat yourself up about it. At least you tracked it!

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FLYSOHIGH 3/1/2010 5:42PM

    You'll know better next time then!
Good luck staying on track, I'm rooting for you!

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KMBARKER 3/1/2010 11:11AM

    I had a rough weekend with eating too. Thank goodness for Sparkpeople friends to understand and help us pick ourselves back up. Jess,you are a great inspiration to all of us!

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DOCYJK 3/1/2010 10:17AM

    We all slip up sometimes, and it's a bigger problem for most of us when we're hungry! It's hard to say no, hard to send something back, hard to listen to our bodies when they tell us we're full because we're busy humming from the stuff we're loading in our mouths!!! You had a little wake-up call with this, and you won't make this same mistake again any time soon! Applaud yourself for having a good rest of the day and for exercising first thing in the morning! Don't let one little slip torpedo you!!! You can do this!!!


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BECKYCOLVIN 3/1/2010 10:13AM

    Even if you went over for the day, did you eat much more than your body burns+exercise? If I have a bad day, I remind myself that I probably didn't do anything to warrant gaining much more than a quarter of a pound or less, and usually not even that (my BMR at 200 lbs is 2050 calories, plus 500 to 600 for exercise, so I burn 2550-2650 per day. I'd have to eat 3650 calories to gain a third of a pound! ;)

You're right to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, learn from your mistake (stop letting yourself get so hungry! Make a plan or pack a supper for next time), and not beat yourself up. But next time, you'll remember--"Please hold the oil!" :)

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YESITSDEB 3/1/2010 9:59AM

    While you may be very angry with yourself, it is just one day in your long journey. You didn't just do it and not think twice about. You're conscious of what you did and what you should have done differently. Most importantly, what you WILL do differently next time. That last park takes a lot of courage. Don't let this one day get you down. You've got the rest of your life and you're making it a good one! emoticon

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CRK910 3/1/2010 8:51AM

    I kind of did the same thing, and am beating myself up about it now.
Went out to dinner with My Dad, and my two sisters, and thier better halves, along with my wife, and 2 boys.
Tried to be good, and ordered rotisserie chicken over rice with greenbeans.
Well there was a huge amount of rice so I gave half to my 4 yr old, and gave him half my greenbeans as well.

The problem was with the bread they put right in front of me. I am a sucker for freshly bakes steaming bread... Ugh!

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MOMMAKESS2008 3/1/2010 8:41AM

    We all have those moments...the important thing is that we just pick ourselves up right away and keep going. You can do it!

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JOHNTJ1 3/1/2010 8:22AM

    The good thing about any decision we make in life is that we get an opportunity to make an opposite one down the road somewhere.

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VEUVEGIRL 3/1/2010 8:14AM

    Look at the silver lining! You did great the rest of the day!!

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Back on track and feeling good

Monday, February 22, 2010

well I feel like I am finally back on track after being sick for a week. Its been a little hard to get back into the swing of things but its going better now. I have tracked my food for two days in a row and I feel like Im doing well there. I exercised yesterday and went for a long walk today.... exercise has been hard to get back into... it always is when I stop for more than one day. The only reason I exercise every day is because its become a habit... its just something I feel like I need to do, like eating breakfast lunch and dinner and taking a shower... its part of my day. When I go for a few days without it I start to dread it again and then Im in trouble.
I am starting small with walks but I think Im gonna try and get a good sweat in tomorow. I really hope the biggest loser is on tomorow, it was not on last week because of the olympics. blah.

I went out with my sister today to the mall. We walked to the bus stop which is about a half mile and then walked around the mall and then walked back home from the bus stop... I got a good amount of walking in. We went to chilis for lunch and split the fajita trio meal, it was really good and after taking the sour cream and guacamole and cheese away from it, it was only around 500 calories.

I tryed on some jeans today because my 18s I bought last month are getting a little loose. 16s fit perfectly! I dident buy any, Im gonna wait a few weeks... but I am happy and feeling really good.

I took a new profile pic an posted it yesterday. I think the change from 201 - 197 is really impressive. I left both pics up so everyone eles could see the difference. My belly is so much smaller.

my best friend saw a picture of me today online... she hasent seen me in person in around 5 years. She was so shocked. she said that she wouldent have recognized me if she saw me in a store or something. That felt pretty good to hear.

I dont think I mentioned in blog form that Im a spark people motivator now. wow. lol I opened my email a few days ago and saw that I had 71 emails... that was really odd for me because I check my email daily and have maybe 10 at the most. They were mostly all friend requests from spark people and I was like what the hell? so I went to spark people and saw that I had the motivator thingy on my page and I was so surprised. its lame but I actually cried because I was really proud of myself. Its been a goal of mine to one day become a motivator on spark people but I dident think I would untill I hit my goal weight. Its so cool to motivate other people and help to inspire them to keep going on there healthy journey.... fiting into a smaller pants size is so great but when you can play some small part in helping someone eles reach there goals and really be happy its super rewarding. Im happy I can be a part of something like that.

One more thing I have to add about this week is I have discovered that when I lay down and put my legs together my knee bones stick out on the inner part of my legs and hurt. I cant rest my legs on top of each other I have to kinda move one leg to the front and one to the back. I asked my "skinny" sister if that happened to her (because I thought maybe I was just deformed) and she said yes. Im discovering so many new things. This thing kinda sucks because I usually lay with my legs together when Im laying down and now I cant... but in a way its cool because Im I know thats one more thing to show I am making progress.

Anywhoo, Im hoping to have a really good weigh in this week and keep seeing all the great changes in me.

~ Jess

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    no wonder you are a motivator
thanks for my ray of sunshine I really needed it to and lol it isn't sunny here in florida today
I can't imagine being able to cross my legs or to not be able to lay them side by side...who knew these things are on the horizon

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YESITSDEB 2/23/2010 4:06PM

    Way to go! New jean size and a motivator - WOW! Your commitment and journey is inspirational and I look forward to watching your continued success! Also glad you're feeling better. emoticon

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BIZENMO 2/23/2010 3:29PM

    Fantastic on your weight loss and on being a motivator! How great is that! Use a pillow between your knees when you lay down. That should help with the discomfort! Glad to hear you are feeling better! Keep up the great work!
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BELUGA20 2/23/2010 9:37AM

    Congrats on ... well everything! Being a motivator and a new pant size. You're doing such a fantastic job. Definitely motiving me! Can't wait to fit back into my sixteens.

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JUDITH1654 2/23/2010 1:47AM

    That is awesome! emoticon

And congratulations on becoming a motivator!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNIFER0807 2/22/2010 10:32PM

    Congrats on being a motivator. Thats also how i found your page. I'm excited to see us both keep losing the weight.

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KENNYWHEELS 2/22/2010 9:07PM

    emoticon emoticonon fitting into a smaller pair of pants. i remember when i was able to go to the store and i tried on a smaller size. it brought tears to my eyes, and it is such an amazing way to realize that what we are doing is really working.

An kudos to being a motivator. Welcome to the club. it is amazing we are doing this for ourself, but we find that what we are doing gives such motivation to others. emoticon

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LAROSEBAUGH 2/22/2010 8:58PM

    I loved that email telling me I was a motivator! Way to go! Also, it took me a long time to get into these 16's and I will be in them until I hit my goal weight I feel. But I haven't worn a 16 since I was in 8th grade! (I am 6ft tall and got my growth spurt at like 12, lol) I'm glad you are feeling better, get back into things slowly and you will be back to normal in no time lady! emoticon

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Sick part 2

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Well this weekend and the beggining of this week has been horrible. I have been sick with a stomach virus and then my 1 year old baby got sick and has been pooping every 20 minutes non stop since saturday night, she has a diaper rash that is so bad the skin broke open and the diariah still has not stopped... a bit better but not gone. ..... My husband got stick sunday and today my son got off his school bus covered in throw up because he got sick on the way home. Both of my sisters who are living with me also are sick... and we have one bathroom which makes life lovely.

My house smells wonderful right now as well.

I stepped on the scale this morning and I was not really surprised to find out that my weight had dropped by sevral pounds. I weigh 194 pounds now but I cant really celebrate the loss because I know its not fat ... Im sure most of it is fluid loss and then there is the fact that I have not eaten much in the last few days. I have only been able to keep down soup and crackers since saturday and I have really had to fight to get them in... I have not wanted to even look at food.

I have to go now.. lots of stuff to wash... being sick is bad enough but its just plain horrible when your kids are sick... I feel like I am so powerless, I cant even give them pepto or anything, I just have to let it run its course. :-(

Thanks to everyone who gave me get well soon wishes btw. :-) If I dident write back and say thanks its just because I have not been on much lately.

~ Jess

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1GROVES2 2/22/2010 6:20PM

    Hope this week is going better for you....being sick and being the mom is really hard......I feel for you. emoticon

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JUDITH1654 2/19/2010 7:27PM

    Gingerale will help calm the stomach, and crackers are another safe way to help with nausea. Believe it or not, chicken soup or broth will actually help you feel better. If it continues, your doctor should be able to give you all something safe for the stomach, diarrhea and nausea.

Make sure at least once or twice a month to disinfect door handles, cupboard doors - anything everyone handles on a regular basis.

Hope all of you feel better soon! emoticon

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MBEMOM 2/17/2010 10:46PM

    Sick babies are the worst, especially when you have the crud, too. I feel your pain. I hope everyone gets well soon.

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SEWNSEWBLUE 2/17/2010 4:49PM

    Sounds like you are not having fun right now. If it hasn't stopped, you might put everyone on clear liquids for 24 hours. Food can keep the cycle going. Best to you and your overall progress is an inspiration!. Sandra

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BIZENMO 2/17/2010 10:38AM

    Sounds like the stuff is making its rounds. My nephew had it for days, too. He was having abd cramps so he decided to try taking MIDOL! LOL!! The boy slays me! ha ha Oh well, from what I heard, he said it helped!

Everyone needs to be sure to do really good handwashing. I realize most of the issues have probably passed by now (no pun intended!), but be sure to wipe down community items. Heck, I'd even go so far as to wash after you get your food, before you eat, if y'all use the same utensils for serving. Sounds a little crazy, but I think that's one reason people get sick when going to buffets.

Another thing to think about is washing before you use the toilet. I know it sounds silly, but germs are usually passed through contact with mucous membranes. What is that area but mucous membranes! I know I do this when I work (I'm a nurse). I'm not a big germaphobe, but you can protect yourself in the midst of a lot of icky things!

Hope you and your family members are doing much better!! How you've been doing it all with one bathroom is beyond me!!! Wow!


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    Praying that everyone in your household gets to feeling better soon!

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DEBRANCHUCK 2/16/2010 5:47PM

    Yuck, never fun to be ill and to have a sick child on top of it is the pits. Hope you fell bette soon!

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