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Thursday, May 27, 2010

I borrowed this from QUEENBEE333 & MUSICMOMOF2

A-Age: 42 on June 8

B - Bed size: King

C - Chore you hate: Dusting.

D - Dog's name: No dog

E - Essential start your day item: I have to start with breakfast: scrambled eggs, plain yogurt with vanilla & stevia & strawberries, coffee or tea and vitamins

F - Favorite color: purple

G - Gold or Silver: Silver

H - Height: 5' 4"

I - Instruments you play: I play none, but four of my kids play piano, one plays sax and one does percussion in band.

J - Job title: Stay-at-home mom & hospital pharmacist

K - Kid(s): Mikey (almost 14), Patrick 12, Mary 10, Stevie 8, Sean & Bridget (both almost 5)

L - Living arrangements: 4 bedroom house that would seem large to some, but there are eight of us.

M - Mom's name: Shirley

N - Nickname(s): Ski (in college)

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: One I don't want to talk about, and one for a circlage to be put in to hold in the twins

P - Pet Peeve: Biggest one - That my kids and husband don't pick up after themselves.

Q - Quote from a movie: Not from a movie, but a TV cartoon I believe from the 1990s. "And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking. But when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky's the limit!" (The Tick)

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: Two younger brothers

T - Time you wake up: 7 a.m.

U- First word that comes to your mind for U: Unbelievable

V- Veggies you hate: Lima Beans and strong onions

W - Ways you run late: Trying to get too much done before having to be somewhere. My husband and kids make me late a lot too.

X - X-rays you've had: teeth, chest, knees, and I'm sure some more parts

Y - Yummy food you make: My kids and hubby like most of what I make. My favorite: Taco salad (no chips or shell), kids favorites: sweet & sour chicken, corn casserole (corn muffin mix, corn, creamed corn, sour cream, butter, eggs-not healthy at all!)

Z - Zoo favorite: Penguins

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ASMPP1 6/7/2010 7:06AM

    Thanks for sharing!

Sounds like the Kentucky Spoon Bread I make. I have made it healthier with a few changes. Still goes over well with everyone!

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SHELLKAYE 5/28/2010 8:10AM

    I like this. I will have to fill it out later. It's always nice to learn a little bit more about our spark friends. emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/27/2010 2:46PM

    Mmmmmm, love Corn Casserole! Thanks for sharing!!

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Daily Spark Inspired Me

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yesterday I read the Daily Spark Blogs, "Think You're Too Big to Run..." parts one and two. These have inspired me to step it up a little with my walks. I've been wondering if I'm burning enough energy with my walks. Already, I've tried some small spurts of jogging, mostly downhill when the stroller is hard to hold back. These blogs inspired me to try to build on that. I don't have the "Couch to 5K" program, but it sounds like you start with one minute jogs, followed by 90 seconds of walking. I tried that today, and did 10 one minute jogs. My long walking route which I took today also has some killer hills. I counted six. That limited my jogging time, but going up the hills I did lunging steps. I think if I double one of my shorter routes, I'll still get 3 miles in, but I'll be able to jog for more spurts.

I've never been a runner, but I'm excited about the possibility that I might be able to jog a 5 K some time, hopefully a flat one. The kids are out of school starting Friday. I can start walking/jogging without the stroller since I have a teenager to babysit. Who knows what I can accomplish?!!!

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THEQUEENBEE333 5/27/2010 12:32PM

    I hope to start running eventually.... and the more people like you I see trying it, the braver I get! Good job in getting out and trying something new! GO YOU! Have a great week!

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ALLISON145 5/25/2010 4:41PM

    Hey There!

I'm working on C25K myself - very exciting stuff! I'm actually going to start over next week since I took a few weeks off just to be sure I don't overdo it. If you're into the tech toys you can get podcasts that do the hard work of timing the intervals for you. Check out for details on the program. I think any type of interval training will help you though, so I wouldn't get too hung up on the details if you're seeing results with what you're doing.

Great job trying new things!!

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SHELLKAYE 5/25/2010 3:18PM

    This is great. Glad to see that you're trying something new. I'm also not a runner, but I do spurts of jogging. My hubby's a jogger and he motivates me to try it. Pushing a stroller uphill is a hard workout for me. Good luck on your new program. emoticon

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/25/2010 2:26PM

  "Who knows what I can accomplish?!!!"

We all do - we all know you can do it - keep it up!

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"Do...or do not. There is no Try." - Yoda

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/25/2010 2:23PM

    Interval training is about one of the best ways to burn calories. That's what my Turbo Jam workouts do. She has us getting our heart rate up, then backing off a bit, then up again. Way to go on trying something new!! Plus, the fact that you'll be able to get out and try it without the kiddos will be a great thing!

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FREELADY 5/25/2010 2:05PM

    This is exciting! You are accomplishing so much!

I took a similar path, except no stroller, and I love it! I recommend picturing yourself sleek and strong while you're jogging or walking!

My coach says the bursts of intensity interspersed with moderate effort, just like you're doing, actually burns more fat than the long runs.

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Our Brains Finally Started Working!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Brian's home safe and sound from his trip to Phoenix. We spent his first day back shopping for a dresser for my oldest daughter. We've spent the last couple of years rearranging where the kids sleep. We finally got our third bunk bed in the fall, and got the kids arranged the way they will stay. Unfortunately, only two kids have their clothes in the bedroom in which they sleep. We're finally fixing that, but needed a new dresser.

We're shopping and only have the twins with us. This was nice and more relaxing except for the overabundance of salespeople attacking us. Just let us browse! I started spotting bedroom sets I liked, for myself. Then it dawned on us. We have never gotten new dressers for ourselves. The ones we have are hand-me-downs from Brian's parents that he used growing up.

New plan! The girls get our old dressers, and we get the new ones! I can't wait until Saturday! Our bedroom will finally look like a grown up bedroom. We've only been married 15 years. It's about time, don't you think?

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THEQUEENBEE333 5/27/2010 12:32PM

    Wow. I love new furniture - hope you adore yours! Enjoy! I need to get a dresser for my daughters room soon too!

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ASMPP1 5/25/2010 7:17AM

    Enjoy it! emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 5/24/2010 1:38PM

    Sounds like us! We didn't get a bedroom set until we had been married many years also. Enjoy!

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SHELLKAYE 5/24/2010 12:34PM

    Sounds great. After 15 yrs of marriage and 6 kids, you two deserve a nice bedroom set. I hope you enjoy it.

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TLROYER 5/24/2010 12:07PM

    Now that is some smart thinking :) Good for you! Enjoy your grown-up room. Terry

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LISAUNFILTERED 5/24/2010 10:22AM

    My husband works for a furniture company and we finally got "grown up" furniture that we LOVE!

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KATHRYNLP 5/24/2010 10:11AM

    How fun is this.. don't feel guilty because others might not have a new bedroom suite. 15 years is a long time to wait. I'm so happy for you. Enjoy your new room. emoticon

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ALLFLUBBER 5/24/2010 10:08AM

    My dresser is from goodwill and my husbands was sitting free at the curb ;) Congrats on the new furniture! How exciting!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/24/2010 9:59AM

    Wow! I wish I could have a new bedroom set. Mine is a hand-me-down from my aunt. I'm jealous!

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Hubby's Home!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Brian made it home safe and sound late last night. I think it was around midnight. I stayed up for him, watching too much TV. It kept me awake, though. His trip went well and he made some good business contacts. He also brought us some presents from Phoenix. He gave me an early birthday present, turquoise earrings and bracelet. I've been wanting some turquoise earrings, so he was surprised at how much I loved them.

Our dinner plans with friends fell through this weekend. I'm a little disappointed, but also happy. We can plan a fun family adventure now. I hope we'll hit the bike trails tomorrow, early before the heat hits.

That's about all for now. I'm so happy my hubby's back! Have a good weekend everyone!

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DJ4HEALTH 5/21/2010 10:01PM

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ANEILSON 5/21/2010 11:18AM

    Awwww- Glad hubby's home. I have a sneaking suspicion that he may have missed you as much as you missed him. Have a great day and weekend and enjoy the time with your family.

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/21/2010 10:52AM

    Have a great day and enjoy the fact that he's home!!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/21/2010 9:54AM

  Enjoy! emoticon

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SHELLKAYE 5/21/2010 9:37AM

    Glad to see how happy and excited you are that hubby's back. Sounds like you have a great plan for tomorrow. Have fun. emoticon

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MYRACCOON 5/21/2010 9:20AM

  I'm sure he's glad to be back too!

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Feeling Better, But Lonely

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I know that sounds crazy, me lonely. I have six kids. How on Earth can I be lonely?

I'm feeling much better. I was actually feeling better from the stomach bug yesterday. The weather is beautiful, so I went for a walk (2.2 miles), and then even did weights and stretching. A little later, I wanted to try another workout video I downloaded from Netflix. This one has 10 minute routines, so I only did one. I also added some crunches. Eating went well. The proteins didn't upset my stomach, so I'm back on track there.

My hubby's been on a business trip, though. I really miss him and didn't want to get off the phone with him last night. It's funny how I feel lonely, even with six kids around. The kids have been great. They took good care of me on Monday, and have behaved really well. I've got one home today, sick with the same bug I had on Monday.

The rest of my week should go really well. Hubby's home tomorrow night and I can't wait!

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ASMPP1 5/20/2010 5:38AM

    emoticonIt is different with dh gone and kids around. We have done that round here, too. Only one kid with me and one with him on those trips.

emoticon Hang in there! He'll be home soon, as you said!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/19/2010 1:49PM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Hope the rest of your husband-free time goes well. Have a great day!

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SHELLKAYE 5/19/2010 1:18PM

    Tomorrow night will be here before you know it. Hang in there. Sounds like it will be a nice weekend to spend with the hubby.

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SUZIAND 5/19/2010 11:11AM

    Awww...I'm glad your hubby will be home soon! Hang in there!!!

Suz : )

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ANEILSON 5/19/2010 9:35AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Hope your little one feels better soon.

Make sure to give your honey a big smooch when he gets home and let him know just how much you missed him. ;)

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