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Jellystone Campground, Sioux Falls, SD

Monday, June 21, 2010

Well, we did it. We took our first camping trip of the summer up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Some people up there were surprised that Sioux Falls was our destination. I guess it's the spring board to go to Mount Rushmore. We got up there early enough Thursday evening that we could set up camp, eat a few snacks and go to bed. We have a crazy tent, a 20 ft diameter dome tent. You can see pictures at Inside we put four bunk bed cots (disc-o-beds) so the eight of us can sleep in one tent. It's kind of like an army barracks. We're still learning what we are doing. Hubby and I never camped as kids. The kids really loved the Jellystone Campground, especially the pool and jumping pillow. Even my almost 14 year-old was going crazy on the jumping pillow, bouncing off all the smaller kids who happened to be around him. This campground is large, and needs more bathroom facilities. The trip to and from the bathroom was 1/3 of a mile total, to and from the jumping pillow, 1/2 mile total. I sure feel my legs today and am icing my feet and knees. I had to explain who Yogi bear was. The kids have never seen his cartoons. The twins really enjoyed the wagon ride with Yogi and Booboo. Sean gave Yogi the sweetest hug afterward. I'll have Brian download some pics for me.

We really love the city of Sioux Falls. Falls park is beautiful. We had a lot of fun climbing the rocks and taking pics by the waterfall. Every night there's a laser light show, a 45 minute history lesson on the town and falls. I loved how the falls lit up in different colors. It was a beautiful night and all the kids loved the show. We had a conversation with the spokesperson for the show before it started. She announced our name and welcomed us. The kids think we're famous now, even though she said our town was in Nebraska. Nothing against Nebraska, but we love our little Iowa town.

Sioux Falls also has a wonderful bike trail system. We ended up taking a ten mile ride. I was pulling one of the kid trailers behind my bike with Bridget and a bunch of Powerade. I was pretty tired by the end and had to walk up a few hills. I hope hubby gets in better shape soon to help pull the kid trailers. The trail we were on started at the Outdoor Campus which has a beautiful pavillion and about 5 or 6 playgrounds. We ended up going by several parks along the Big Sioux River. Much of the trail is shaded, only a small portion was on a levy with no trees. There seems to be some trail construction going on up there. I believe the trail will eventually connect to Falls Park.

We took a little side trip up to Garretson. There we took a pontoon boat ride on the Split Rock river. The tour guide was funny and included all the kids in his fun stories. The rock formations were beautiful, and I really liked the cliff sparrows too.

Today, I'm recovering. I ate horribly all weekend, way to many carbs and poor carbs at that. By Saturday night, when I had a chance for a protein meal, I felt like I devoured a cow. I was that hungry for protein. I'm back on the wagon today, but probably won't track my food for the weekend. I don't even remember most of it, but know that I was way over on carbs. We'll see if I'm up to a C25K session tomorrow morning. It will have to be early, it looks like a hot one.

Anyway, that's my weekend in a nutshell. It was a wonderful vacation.

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THEQUEENBEE333 6/22/2010 10:16AM

    Sounds like an awesome time. Have a great week!

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ASMPP1 6/22/2010 9:12AM

    emoticonSounds like you all had fun! Take some time to recover.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/21/2010 4:53PM

    Sounds like you had fun and got some great exercise too! Enjoy your "recovery" time!

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TLROYER 6/21/2010 4:24PM

    Glad you all enjoyed yourselves and had a great family experience. We went to a tractor pull in Dow City. It was ok. My daughter didn't go because she had to babysit. We didn't do anything for father's day since the weather was so awful. I was hoping to go to Preparation Canyon for a hike but that didn't work out. I baked a cherry pie (my husband's favorite) using cherries from our trees. I had to try a bite to make sure it was good :) It was so good, I had to have another bite, then another. Then I just decided to cut me a piece. Then two days later I had to have another piece. Darn, it was good! Back to on the wagon today. We just got back from a funeral in Seward, NE and I took my lunch with me so, so far so good. Hope you have a great week. Looks like it's going to be a scorcher. Terry

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/21/2010 3:10PM

    Sounds like a great time! I'm really hoping to get to South Dakota next summer. I have never been there and there's lots to see and do. It's neat how they included the kids in their story and made them feel a part. Pulling that trailer has to be tremendous exercise for you. Whew! Makes me tired thinking about it.

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Family Couch to 5K

Monday, June 14, 2010

I started back with "couch to 5K" on Saturday. I bought heel cushions to help my feet, and I've been walking to keep in shape since I started having heel pain. My daughter Mary (10) tried to come with me. She had a hard time since she didn't sleep well, and stopped after 1 mile, but I was proud of her for trying. Sunday, hubby decided he's going to try c25k and he wants all the big kids to try too.
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I really love his enthusiasm. We did week one on Sunday. Hubby lasted a mile, which is a lot for him. He's about 6'4" and around 290 lbs. He looks good at 235lbs to give you an idea of his build. He hasn't been too regular with working out, so I'm impressed he lasted the mile. He's still enthusiastic too. Mary, Pat (12), and Stevie (8) also went along. they all did great. Pat has the most trouble, asthma keeps him less active than the others, but he did two miles with me. Today, Mikey (13), Pat, and Stevie came along. Mikey and Stevie are in great shape, so during the jogging parts, they went ahead. During the walking parts, they came back to me. Pat had a little trouble, but was able to keep up with his 42 year old mom. They all did great! We did week two today, since overall, the kids are in better shape than hubby. Hubby wants the whole family to be able to jog a 5K, well, except for the twins. We'll have to take turns pushing them in the jogging stroller.

I am very blessed to have such a supportive family. When I'm on the elliptical, the kids cheer me on, "You can do it, keep at it mom!" The kids are also great food police, "Mom, don't eat that! It's not on your diet!" Hubby is usually very supportive too. He puts up with me doing less housework since I'm working out on most days and run out of time. He also knows how hard it is with the kids home since he is Mr. Mom every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when I'm at work.

So things are going very well here. We are turning into a SparkFamily!

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MOUPYSOUPY 6/25/2010 6:45PM

    Wow! That sounds wonderful - glad to hear you addressed your heel pain. I would like to know if there is a good bra out there for the "well endowed." lol emoticon

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ASMPP1 6/20/2010 8:06AM

    emoticon That's great! Keep on going!

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TLROYER 6/15/2010 12:04PM

    That's cool that your whole family is doing this and supports you. Congrats! Terry

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/14/2010 10:36PM

    That is awesome the support your family is giving you!

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/14/2010 2:44PM

    That is awesome!!! Keep it up!!

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SHKAUPPILA 6/14/2010 1:40PM

    Sounds fun! Couch to 5K is a great program, and it's great to do it with others!

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June 8th, Birthday Blog

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A week ago, the kids made a big deal about Daddy's birthday. We had a perfect day with a bike ride up in Sioux City. Yesterday, the kids came in to wake me up and were surprised when I mentioned it was my birthday. I had orders to stay in bed. They made breakfast for me and cards and pictures. They made a yummy yogurt parfait with strawberries and granola. I know that sounds healthy, which is what they were aiming for, but it's a lot more carbs than I'm used to. I did enjoy it! They also made a veggie with dip plate.

I didn't get a workout in, mostly because of swim team and my goal to make a good dinner. I've had trouble with this since school ended. While we were eating dinner, I showed hubby all the pictures the kids made for me.
He totally forgot it was my birthday. In his defense, he was up half the night fixing the gutters during a thunderstorm to try to keep water out of our already damp basement. I wasn't mad. He already got me a great gift when he was on a business trip a couple weeks ago, turquoise earrings and bracelet. He insisted we head down to the local theater and watch a movie. I warned him that it was a romance one, "Letters from Juliette." We got there a little late, only about 5 minutes into the show. I went to get a seat while hubby paid. I later found out he didn't have enough cash. The manager was more concerned about us missing the show than paying him. I had cash, so we paid on the way out. I love living in a small town. The movie was set in Italy and was very good. It reminded us of our honeymoon in Rome. We both enjoyed it, which is saying a lot, hubby usually doesn't like romance movies.

After the movie we headed to the local steak house for dessert. We had two varieties of cheesecake and shared. YUM!!! So yesterday I was over on carbs and calories, I got no workout in, but I totally enjoyed it. It was a great birthday.
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SHELLKAYE 6/10/2010 7:49AM

    Sounds like a great day. I met you are so proud of the kids making you a parfait and veggie plate. It shows how much they care about their Mommy. They are paying attention to how important the healthy lifestyle is to you. Wow, a honeymoon in Rome. I bet it was wonderful. I would love to go their someday. One time at work, a patient told me how he was stationed in the military and he told that if I ever get a chance to check out Italy and Greece, they are beautiful. Happy belated birthday. That cheesecake you had sounds so yummy. It's one of my favs. When I was pregnant with both kids, I craved it. That's probably why I gained so much since I always gave in to the temptation during those 9 months.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/9/2010 3:12PM

    Happy belated birthday! Have a great week.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/9/2010 3:02PM

    Sounds like you had a great birthday! Hope you are having a great day after!!

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ALLISON145 6/9/2010 2:07PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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Funny how us Moms seem to get the short end of the stick on that kind of thing, huh? I think guys just aren't as in tune with their responsibility to organize things when we're not doing it because well... we usually do that type of thing for them!


Glad you had a great day!


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THEQUEENBEE333 6/9/2010 1:37PM

    Honey moon in Rome? Now that had to be cool. I would love to go to Italy someday. My husband is a picky eater, but loves pasta, so Italy would be a good place for us to travel. Happy Belated B-day. My b-day was 6/4 :-) So you are a gemini too? Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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STACYSMILES 6/9/2010 11:09AM

    That's what Birthdays are for (each of us only get 1 a year)! Now back to the real, exercise, and eating right.

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Weekend Adventure

Monday, June 07, 2010

We were hoping to go on a family adventure this weekend, up to Sioux City to do some bicycling and shopping. Storms hit our area Friday night. This was after some pretty bad storms already hit earlier in the week and temporarily flooded our little town. This happens with any big rain since our town is built on a hill and apparently has drainage problems. We live up on the hill, so you would think water is not a problem for us. We've been battling water in our basement now for a few years, since the summer when most of Iowa farmland was declared disaster areas and parts of our town had a true flood with people displaced and lots of damage. Our battle is small in comparison. We're not displaced and it's mostly just an inconvenience. I just hate seeing what it's doing to my hubby. He's beaten down now by all the things that are breaking. Continually battling the computer over the last couple months, now battling the water in the basement again. Other things need fixing around here too or have been fixed recently. It's all wearing him out.

The good news is that we were forced to work on our basement this weekend. We threw away a lot of junk and gave a van load of stuff to Goodwill. We even found some water problems in Hubby's closet, which forced him to organize and get rid of decades old clothes. It feels good to get rid of all this junk. I got rid of lots of old clothes too. When I lose the weight, it will be good to go shopping. I don't need my clothes from the eighties any more. It's bad enough that I still have the same hair style. emoticon

So here's to out with the old and in with the new.

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TLROYER 6/7/2010 3:05PM

    I always feel good after getting some cleaning done. You can really feel like you accomplished something. Hope you dry out soon. Sounds like another round of awful weather heading our way tonight. Stay safe! Terry

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SHELLKAYE 6/7/2010 1:15PM

    Sorry to hear about the problems at home. Glad to see you think of good out of this, like donating the stuff and seeing it as a chance to de-clutter. I hope things get well for you and your family soon. The weekend trip sounds great and you should still try and go.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/7/2010 12:50PM

    Sorry for your water problem but you put the positive on it by getting rid of some of the clutter. That's one of my goal for this summer is to declutter my house. I'm taking small parts at a time so I'm not so overwhelmed by it. Have fun on your trip. Sounds like you deserve and need it.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/7/2010 12:15PM

    Way to reduce that clutter!! Have a great week!!

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ALLISON145 6/7/2010 11:19AM

    Great job looking on the brighter side of things!

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I know that I'm happiest when my life is the least cluttered... unfortunately I have a 3 year old, an 8 year old, and a puppy right now so clutter is part of my life for the next few years. Toys, anyone?


I know it's so frustrating that everything seems to go wrong at once. However, to look on the bright side for you - I think it happens that way so that we can have periods where absolutely nothing goes wrong. If the bad stuff didn't come in spurts, it would be a little bit there all the time, right?


Congrats on giving yourself permission to get rid of your old "goal" clothes!!


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STACYSMILES 6/7/2010 11:17AM

    That really stinks that water can cause that much of a headache. I find it a little funny, that when something bad happens something good usually results. Getting rid of the extra weight in the house will be a huge weight off your shoulders.

Planning that project myself, since we have been in our house for 3 years with boxes that haven't been touched yet.

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ANEILSON 6/7/2010 10:59AM

    Hope your rain and water woes come to an end soon. It was a bad way to have to clean out the stuff you don't need or want any more but at least its done now and I can't wait to see some pics of you in your new clothes when you get clothes shopping.

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Sore Heel

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Okay, I'm bummed. My heel started bugging me this week, it may have been Tuesday when I noticed. It still bothered me some on Wednesday, but I thought not so bad. That was until I had done 2 miles of walking/jogging (C25K week 2, day 2) and still had to hobble half a mile home. I iced my foot (and right knee which had to make up for the sore heel) and rested the rest of the day. When I got back on my feet to take two of my kids to swim team practice, OUCH! I could barely walk. I hobbled through the rest of the evening, even shopping. We had to go to the city to get some things.

I'm guessing it's plantar fascitis. I've never had it this bad before. Bad news, I know I need to take a break from working out right now. When I woke up this morning, I could barely walk. Good news, I found some shoes that seem to help. At Sports Authority, I was trying on shoes, thinking that old shoes may have caused this. A friend had earlier mentioned how she loved her "shape-ups", those funky shoes with the rounded bottom. A generic brand of those were on sale, so I tried them on. This was in my completely gimpy, barely walking state. Instantly, I felt relief in my heel. Most of the pressure from walking was now on my arches and not my heels. It still hurts to walk, just not as bad and I can almost walk without limping now. If you haven't tried these crazy shoes, I have to say I recommend trying them. I think they are intended mostly for walking. I still have to look them up online. They seem to be helping my foot to heal.

I'm still bummed, though. I love my working out time. It's my alone time now, and I feel such an accomplishment when I finish, especially now with C25K.

I kind of knew my time was coming for an injury. I have two best friends. One broke her foot in December, the other broke her ankle in February. Until I found these shoes, I was thinking of borrowing the crutches. As a mom, I'm finding it hard to slow down. I have so much mom stuff to catch up, but the kids are being a huge help. So, I'm taking it easy, as much as a mom of six can.

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VIBSTER 7/8/2010 12:43PM

    I really appreciate everyone's input. I've only been walking/jogging since mid May & I'd say for the last three weeks I've been struggling with plantar faciitis. My goodness very painful!!! Just the other day I walked/jogged 6 miles & boy have I been paying for it. Aside from getting fit I really want to run a marathon, but I suppose if I really want to make that dream come true I need to give my foot some time to strengthen & heal. emoticon

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ASMPP1 6/7/2010 7:15AM

    Take care! It is painful when you do not take time for it to heal. I ended up with shots...did not slow up when I should have.

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DJ4HEALTH 6/4/2010 12:19AM

    You can freeze a bottle of water and then have it roll under your foot and you will find that it helps allot too. Best thing is that you can refreeze it for when you need it again.

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MYLADY4 6/3/2010 8:29PM

    Have the same problem. Just bought a new pair of running shoes and it helped. The guy at the show store told me that Asics running shoes were very good. I pronate and these shoes should keep me from rolling in. I noticed a differnce today on my run. I also try not to go barefoot but where some croc sandles and that helps as well.

Take it easy and get a really good pair of shoes, so worth it.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/3/2010 8:23PM

    Take it easy. You can always swim. That will keep the weight off of your heel. You don't want the injury to get worse. Hope your heel feels better soon!

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TLROYER 6/3/2010 7:35PM

    Take care of yourself! I would be bummed if I couldn't work out too after all the progress you've seen. Try doing some hand weights for your upper body. At least you would feel like you were doing something. You might even be able to do some leg resistance like leg lifts. Let us know how you are doing. Terry

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  Listen to ALLISON145 - if there's one thing my sister knows its the effects of *not* slowing down when you're supposed to! emoticon emoticon

Hope you feel better!

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BRSCLS 6/3/2010 3:39PM

    I had plantar faciitis last year, what terrible pain! I also found that saucony running shoes helped as well they are much more padded than other shoes I think New Balance would work as well. I iced it daily with a water bottle frozen because you can roll it around to your heel, and I did alot of calf raises and runner lunges and it seemed to help, there was another stretch I did as well with a towel rolled up I think I found it online. I too kept going and did not rest it like I should have and it was 6-9 months before I was better.

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ALLISON145 6/3/2010 3:25PM

    If it feels like there is broken glass under your heel, then you're probably right about it being plantar fasciitis. Please be sure to take time to rest until it feels very very much better or it can hang around for a long time (I messed with it for almost 6 months last year because I wouldn't slow down). It's always worse when you're off of it for awhile (sitting on the couch or sleeping) and then get up to walk. One of the ladies I work with is using shape-ups right now for the same reason and says they help a lot. They also tone your butt, so bonus there!



P.S. Stretch your calves! Seems odd, but that helps too!

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BILLY4225 6/3/2010 3:23PM

    I was wondering if these shoes really had an effect on walking. Sounds like they may be worth trying.

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