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Motivators and some site improvement suggestions

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Have you been friends with someone for awhile that ALWAYS brings you up? Just always knows the right things to say? You notice that they comment on others blogs and are encouraging and really motivating? Did you know that you can nominate them to be a sparkpeople motivator? You may have used that little nomination button on their page or maybe you have never noticed it. It is a very easy way to bring recognition to someone who is worthy and then that would allow someone else to discover this awesome person to help them on their way as well.
Give someone some props today!!

I was thinking how nice it would be if we could have some sort of "like" button, similar to facebook, to let someone know you read their comment on your page or blog but maybe you just didn't have time to respond. Or maybe some other quicker way to respond to them. I find myself short on time sometimes and although I read every single comment and every single spark goodie, sometimes it is hard to be able to respond to everyone.

I WANT to, I really do, because the comments mean sooo much to me. They encourage me, make me laugh, give me advice and make me think. Comments are really the lifeline and what makes SP work but I think the process could be streamlined.

I am sure you have commented on someone's page or blog and you wonder if they ever read it or why they didnt respond. Would it make you feel better to know that they did and they liked it or loved it or it made them "lol". I know I would love it.

Some of the more popular blogs (over 500 responses! Really??) How would someone find time to respond to everyone?

If you agree, lets start requesting this to SP or "like" this blog so we can get some attention for the improvement that I think would be very beneficial.

You guys have a great day and make someone else's day brighter.


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MOONBIRD 6/25/2011 2:54PM

    I totally agree with this and I liked your blog. I just can't comment to every single person and respond to every single e mail I get and everything. It's overwhelming, but I do read all the comments and try to answer as many questions as I can.

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TERRYT55 6/25/2011 1:07PM

    Great blog......I've been thinking of the "like" button idea too. As a matter of fact I find myself looking for it on this site forgetting SP doesn't have one!

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    Great idea! I lose time to the real world all the time, leaving me less time to read blogs and posts that I know I would enjoy, much less comment on them.

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CANNIE50 6/21/2011 11:10PM

    great ideas, Miss Smarty pants emoticon Actually, I do respond to everyone who comments on my blogs because I most definitely do not get 500!!! comments - oh my gosh, I cannot imagine that many comments. I am so appreciative of the comments I get - I have learned something from, or been uplifted by, nearly every comment I have ever received (even the couple not so complimentary ones - which I can handle since I am a grown-up, after all). I sure am glad you are back and in fine blogging form.

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/21/2011 9:39PM

    Great suggestions!

I definitely nominate as many people as I can! It is such a great idea.


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MKACILLAS 6/21/2011 7:25PM

    Great Ideas! I am sure if facebook has it Sparkpeople can do it also. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 6/21/2011 4:06PM

    Great idea! I "liked" it too. emoticon

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VAMANOS 6/21/2011 3:55PM

    That WOULD be awesome! I seldom reply to the people who respond on my blogs, but I definitely read and appreciate all responses. And I don't think a like button would be hard to implement, especially since there's already one on the status posts. I'll jump on the Community Team suggestion board and request it. Maybe if, as you say, enough of us do that, it will happen soon!

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TURTLERASKIN 6/21/2011 12:03PM

    I just assume that everyone knows we can't respond to every single comment -- I don't expect it from people, and I hope they don't look down on me for not doing it myself. I love the idea of the like button!

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REBECCAMA 6/21/2011 12:00PM

  I would love a "like" button also. There are so many places where it could be useful- on blogs, on comments, on message board posts. we have it on the friend feed. I think it would be nice to see it on other places too.

I like the motivator thing too. I wish there was a way that we could see if we'd been nominated, or if a spark friend has been nominated.. I don't know how many times you have to be nominated in order to get selected as one... but it would be nice to see that information more easily etc..

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/21/2011 11:38AM

    I'm so with you! I'd love to be able to get back to every single person who responds to one of my blogs, sends me a goodie or comments on my page, but there just isn't enough time and I feel so badly thinking they don't know I've read what they said and I appreciate them taking the time to comment or get in touch with me.

- Michelle

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MAMADWARF 6/21/2011 11:27AM

    Yea Holly, or a chat room where you could invite your friends to meet up! Actually, we dont need sp for that. has free rooms that anyone can set up. You could set up a room, invite your friends for a certain time and day and then give them the password so they could enter...

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DAISY443 6/21/2011 11:25AM

    I so read and appreciate all the comments on my blogs, but don't have time to respond to all of them. A "like" button for comments would be wonderful. You have a great idea!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 6/21/2011 11:20AM

    I "like" button would be AMAZING! We also need the chat option as well - so we can chat it up with people that are also online, in an immediate way. There (of course) need to be an offline option to allow a person to appear offline to guard privacy etc. but it would be nice. (Just to add that to your comments!)

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Vacation pics

Monday, June 20, 2011

So much happened over 10 days, I cannot show you everything so here are just a few highlights.

We went to the mountains above Vernal, Utah and stayed with our friends at their cabin. There were about 12 of us for most days with a few leaving and a few new friends coming until we ended at the dwarf car races down in town.

This is my view every morning off the back of the cabin:

The adorable bedroom we stayed in:

The cute living room/ bar:

The kitchen:

Getting ready to go riding with my crew:

My view from the Razor:

Taking a break:

Some awesome young bucks. There were 6 of them!

Gorgeous views of the Green River farrrrrrrrr below:

Gorgeous views from the Mountain (10,000 feet!)

Friends on the ride:

Just one of hundreds of fish we caught:

My sister, Becky. (aka TEXWIFE)

And finally, me.

This pretty much captures what the last 10 days were like, except I didnt take pix of all the delicious meals we had.

This week is a busy week of getting back to roofing, and prepping for Frank's dad's celebration of life. We will be with his family all weekend but I am taking my laptop cause I will definatly need a break.

Oh yea, I am gonna make 3 kinds of cake pops in homage to Jim. He loved them so that is what I am providing for the service. (Lord, help me during the baking).

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MOONBIRD 6/25/2011 2:56PM

    It looks like you had an awesome time! The photos are great and I LOVE cabins and being out in nature.

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TERRYT55 6/25/2011 1:12PM

    Loved your pictures! I almost felt like I was there! Thanks for sharing

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GRACEISENUF 6/22/2011 2:54PM

    Looks like my kind of vacation, great pics!

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VAMANOS 6/21/2011 3:58PM

    Oh, you have a RAZOR! We just learned about those...they look like so much fun. Beautiful pics, the cabin looks like an ideal spot for a getaway.

Good luck with those cake pops!


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DEBBIE19580 6/21/2011 3:16PM

    THE PICS WERE REALLY BEAUTIFUL!! I'm happy you had a awesome time!!! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 6/21/2011 2:31PM

    What a fun looking crowd. Beautiful scenary. Glad you spared me pics of the scrumptiousness.

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REBECCAMA 6/21/2011 12:01PM

  Wouldn't it be nice if we could LIKE the pictures? LOL! Great pictures. Glad you had a good time.

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SLFRISBEY 6/21/2011 9:10AM

    Beautiful vacation! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    OMG, sounds like my perfect vacation!!!!!!!! I'm so jealous! :)

- Michelle

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/21/2011 8:12AM

    Suuuuch pretty pictures! I'm so happy you're back, though. XOXO

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DAISY443 6/21/2011 4:56AM

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics! Glad you are back, I missed you!

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BIGMAMAT 6/21/2011 1:16AM

    Looks like a wonderful time Jan! Simply gorgeous! Don't you dare eat those cake pops! emoticon

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    Thank you for the pictures. emoticon

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TURTLERASKIN 6/20/2011 11:31PM

    Great pics! Sounds like it was a good vacation!

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CANNIE50 6/20/2011 11:28PM

    It was nice to take a tiny little vacation by looking at your wonderful pictures. I love that you are honoring your f.i.l. by baking something he was so fond of. Be sure you have had a big meal before you start baking, and then pray, and then ask someone who loves you to pretty-please duct tape your mouth shut before commencing to mix up those cute little sugar bombs you make (oops, that would be ME who would need the duct taping, not you). I am glad you will be Sparking while at your in-laws. Between the emotion of the service, and you being surrounded by others who are steeped in emotion, I like the image of you retreating to re-kindle your Spark.

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PINKHOPE 6/20/2011 11:20PM

    What a lovely vacation and great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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OH NO! Weight gain!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have been gone nearly 2 weeks and I got on the scale this morning to see how I did and I gained 2 lbs. I am so upset. I can't beleive it! It has taken me sooo long to lose that much weight and now to be up 2 pounds! I am thinking about quitting. I can't do this anymore. It is a waste of time and I am never going to make it. I am tired of trying. I mean, just because I had some drinks and some chips and ate bacon everyday, I should not have gained that much!

Are you thinking that I have lost my mind? That this doesn't sound like me? Well you are right. It sounds like some of you when you get back from being away.
Doesnt it sound ridiculous?

Now, the facts are I did gain 2 pounds (but I figured anything under 5 was acceptable). I did eat bacon every day but I kept a mental track as the day went on and I was lucky to be able to track on SP most days. I had some drinks (a few every couple of days and more than a few on one day! wink, wink). I walked every few days and I did walk back up that same mountain from last October and did it easier and faster. I did nowhere near the fitness minutes I do at home.

But really, besides eating a pretty big (for me) breakfast each day, my new lifestyle is just that: A lifestyle and one I can obviously maintain fairly easily. I was gone for almost 2 weeks and 4 of those days were traveling and we all know about on the road eating. My sister and I joked we ate our way across Nevada! But we ate apples and 100 calorie packs of snacks and were quite happy with that.

I am not writing this to brag about myself but to encourage you that no matter what the circumstances, you CAN maintain. If I really had made an effort, I could have come back with a weight loss, I am sure of it.

Although my picture suggests I am a super-hero, I am here to tell you that I am not. I am just like you, someone who wants to lose weight and be healthy and live my life to the best of my abilities. I am also here to tell you that WE can do it, we WILL do it, and 2 pounds is no problem at all. That just proves I had a pretty damn good time, had some treats and enjoyed my vacation.

Those 2 pounds are already gone in my mind and remember, I am still working on getting to my 70 pounds down. 3 to go and then I will go onto the next goal.

Do me a favor today:
Get off your own back and get on someone else's who needs you. Together, we can. (why does that sound so familiar?? lol). Have a great day and I will blog later with some pix.

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DAISY443 6/21/2011 4:59AM

    It is a journey to health, not a diet. You know those pounds will come off because you have established a lifestyle that guarantees it! Good for you!

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    You are just awesome. Really, truly!

Glad you enjoyed your vacation!

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CANNIE50 6/21/2011 12:58AM

    Great blog. Yes, I have read some of those type entries. Maybe SP needs to add a "Snap out of it!" icon - I know I could use that reminder from time to time. I have no doubt you will do what you need to do to get where you need to go. emoticon

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COUCHDIVA333 6/20/2011 10:03PM

    only 2? not bad at all!! hope you had a wonderful relaxing time. glad you are back.

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LOVE2BTHIN2 6/20/2011 3:51PM

    Way to go! Glad you enjoyed your vacation! We have to remember to enjoy life on this weightloss journey. Thanks for reminding us that it's okay to have fun, and that it's still possible to keep things under control while you are doing it. You are an inspiration to all of us! (Love your sense of humor too!) Ronda

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VAMANOS 6/20/2011 3:16PM

    You didn't fool me! Ha. I knew you had your tongue firmly implanted in cheek as I read that first paragraph. Good for you, on all counts!

Funny, I was reading May's Readers Digest (because it was sent elsewhere and I just got it) and there was a blurb on self-compassion. Being as kind to yourself as you would to someone else in the same circumstances. It's missing from most weight-loss advice, and it's SO important, as you have so deftly pointed out. Not giving ourselves permission to slack off, but forgiving ourselves for not being perfect.


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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/20/2011 1:51PM

    YES! I just had a moment this morning! MMM I did enjoy wine, fajitas and cake with the hubby this weekend!I started to get pissy then got over it!!!!!!! We are rockin mama! emoticon

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SCROSS6 6/20/2011 1:47PM

    Great words of wisdom! I didnt do as well as you did, I gained 10 pounds and yes it bothers me and today I start again! Thanks again for sharing

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REBECCAMA 6/20/2011 1:07PM

  You do sound like me, and I know it sounds ridiculous. :-)

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/20/2011 12:52PM

    "I am also here to tell you that WE can do it, we WILL do it, and 2 pounds is no problem at all."

I too gained 2 lbs in the past 2 weeks (although I don't have a vacation exucse... :P) and you're right - we WILL get them off! :D


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KRAWRS 6/20/2011 12:44PM

    P.S. I think you did an AMAZING job! Good for you! Thanks for being an inspiration.

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KRAWRS 6/20/2011 12:43PM

    I sure was thinking you'd lost your mind! Glad you're still the same you, sense of humor and all! :p

I've decided I'm done fretting. Just like I'm done not trying.

Come on, you 110 lbs.... I'm ready to take you out!!!!!!

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RIGBY31 6/20/2011 12:43PM

    You had me at bacon. I KNOW how to maintain, all too well in fact. Getting my backside moving again and watching the scale go down is making me furious to the point of action. In fact, I moved my hand weights onto my desk to work with at will. Your vacation sounds beautiful, fun, relaxing. Glad you're back, get your boots on and wind up to give me a swift kick.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/20/2011 12:31PM

    This is why you're awesome! Always making it a learning experience for EVERYONE! You're so right though. How many blogs do we read that people sound just like? Love it! I have no doubt that you'll get that weight off. With all that bacon, it's probably water weight.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/20/2011 12:30PM

    When I started reading this blog i said to myself, "Hold on self, what's going on!" You have it exactly right, it's a lifestyle change. And I'm glad to hear that you're already over those 2 lbs and looking forward to losing 3 more. Good on you! Welcome back!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/20/2011 12:24PM

    I am happy you are not letting something like this get you down. I wish I could eat bacon everyday. :)

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DEBBIE19580 6/20/2011 12:21PM

    I LOVED THIS BLOG!!! yep, thats exactly like some of us sound!!! its crazy!!! you did sooooo awesome!!! enjoy your day!! emoticon emoticon

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JBARSTOW 6/20/2011 11:50AM

    Love the straightforward approach - you're a great writer.

Glad you had a ball on the trip!

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GOLIONS 6/20/2011 11:33AM

    Do not quit. Figure out what is going on. Did you track your food and exercise? Did you eat foods high in sodium? Did you have a few extra drinks this weekend? Besides, two pounds is easy to explain, and to get rid of. Just lean on us for support

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BECOMING_HOLLY 6/20/2011 11:22AM

    I loved this blog! It was really the focus that I needed today as I am going out of town on Thursday. Thank you so much for writing this! I really appreciate you as a spark friend!

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TURTLERASKIN 6/20/2011 11:05AM

    Ha! For a minute I thought you were serious! You're so, so right: this is our life now, and it will have ups and downs. We have the tools here at spark to deal with the ups and downs. We can do it!

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BOOKWORM27S 6/20/2011 10:52AM

    With all the sodium from the bacon... most of that is probably just water weight!
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DIANNE20111 6/20/2011 10:50AM

  Nip this in the bud now.

You have worked hard and come a long way so don't start sliding back down.

I ignored that 2 lb. weight gain and it ballooned to 20 so the journey has begun again.

Stick with it girl , you are doing great!!!


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TREASURINGLIFE 6/20/2011 10:49AM

    Ha - as far as I'm concerned, gaining 2 pounds after 2 weeks on vacation is a freakin' amazing accomplishment! Hell, I gained 2 pounds just last week, and that was after staying completely on plan for the entire week! As you know from your pre-trip weigh-in, even despite doing everything right the scale doesn't always reward you.

Anyway, keep up the amazing job and I can't wait to see the pictures from vacation! :)

So glad to have you back, by the way!!

- Michelle

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Can you feel it?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Can you feel that buzz? The excitement in the air? The aniticipation? YES! YOU CAN! and we all know what is happening....

LOL... I know you missed me and I missed you and I cant wait to tell you more about it and see what is going on with you guys... I will be home sunday ngiht and we will catch up.

Love y'all.... Jan

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TREASURINGLIFE 6/20/2011 10:23AM

    Welcome back! You've been GREATLY missed! :)

- Michelle

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BIGMAMAT 6/20/2011 6:58AM

    Cant wait !!!! emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/20/2011 12:00AM

    Welcome back!

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VAMANOS 6/19/2011 6:12PM

    I know you had a grand time, will be looking forward to the details and more pictures.

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    Welcome Back!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/18/2011 5:03PM

    Missed you!

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IMIN2GENES 6/18/2011 4:46PM

    Safe trip home! Can't wait to hear more!

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TURTLERASKIN 6/18/2011 4:31PM

    Man, you crack me up! Safe trip home!

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CANNIE50 6/18/2011 4:10PM

    Oh dear, however will I sleep tonight knowing there is such a momentous occasion happening tomorrow? Seriously, have a safe journey home, and be prepared to blog your heart out!

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SEESTARS 6/18/2011 3:11PM

    have a safe trip

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DAISY443 6/18/2011 2:33PM

    It's about time!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/18/2011 2:12PM

    So glad you've had a good trip and glad you're coming home! I have the Big 1 yr blog up, and I can't wait for you to read it!

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Just a taste cause I know you miss me....(pics)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Me and my hubby...

Group Shot...

Me on top of the hill I walked up. (same one from last October and I did it so much faster! It is the main picture on my page)

We are having a good time but the reality has set in for hubby with his dad dying. WE will probably leave early and go to his moms so I will be home sunday instead of monday. Hope you guys are all well. I have a lot of Blog Ho'ing to do when I get back!

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BIGMAMAT 6/20/2011 6:57AM

    Jan! You look wonderful!!! You are the amazing shrinking woman!! Every time i see you, you are smaller!! yay!!!!!
Sending love your way. emoticon

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DEBBIE19580 6/18/2011 3:43PM

    You look awesome!! I'm sorry to hear about your father-in law. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MKACILLAS 6/15/2011 9:42PM

    You Are looking Rested! Hope this stays with you when you come home to a difficult time. Take Care... emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/15/2011 1:38PM

    How'd you know I was missing you?! :D Love the pics! Especially the first one - look how you fit all up in there under his arm! :D I love snuggling in there - makes me feel all tiny or something LOL.

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JSPIN74 6/15/2011 12:23PM

    GREAT pics...sorry for your wishes

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LESLIES537 6/15/2011 12:17PM

    Yes, we do miss you! Hurry back you Spark Ho! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 6/15/2011 11:17AM

    You're beaming! Beautiful.

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VAMANOS 6/15/2011 9:32AM

    Jan, you look great! Aren't you proud when you compare those pictures!

So sorry your return to reality will be much sadder than the usual end-of-vacation blues. Hope you and especially your hubby will have been able to fully enjoy the time you have in Utah before going home.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/15/2011 9:07AM

    I'm glad you're having a good time. You look great!

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CAALAN23 6/15/2011 9:00AM

    Looking fit!

Sorry about your father in law. Hope peace surrounds you and your family.


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    GREAT pics!

And I'll be praying for comfort for your hubby and the family as you all grieve the loss of his dad...

- Michelle

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DAISY443 6/15/2011 2:54AM

    So sorry about you Father-in-law. But, girl, you rock!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/14/2011 11:14PM

    Jan you look so great! I am so jealous of you and your beautiful surroundings!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/14/2011 11:10PM

    You look great! Sorry about your father in law.

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