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Two Nights, Two Concerts

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yet another busy week around our household. Last night, Patrick, my second oldest, had his Western Iowa Conference Middle School Honors Band concert. He plays percussion and loves the variety of instruments available to him. Hubby was able to get off work and we drove out to Audubon to see the show. I was enjoying the time with hubby so much, we missed the turn for Audubon. I forgot it was by Atlantic and made it almost to Adair. Way too many "A" towns to keep track.

We still made it on time and the show was fantastic. It was fun to see a larger band than we normally see at our school.

Tonight, I get to travel to Treynor for Mikey's WIC Middle School Honors Choir. He's my oldest. He went last year, so I should remember the way there and I know I need to get there early. Last year's concert was so amazing, I was almost in tears at the end. Four hundred kids singing beautiful classic music and finishing with a patriotic medley. I get so tired of our elem school here in town always singing pop songs. I am really impressed with our Middle/High school music teacher. She is wonderful!

Hopefully, today, I'll find the energy and time to work out. Yesterday I was wiped out from TOM, but also had to sit around for a delivery that needed my signature. Today, I'm free until the road trip. I just need to shake this mild headache. I also need to get back to eating right. Sunday, the kids talked me into a Mexican grill we love. No, I didn't get the salad. Yesterday, Patrick found a Chinese restaurant in Atlantic, and we were celebrating his big night. I missed the salad bar which was tucked back in a corner. I NEED to be good the rest of the week. I've made progress recently, but have also had the set-back of being sick too. I want to stay in the 160's.

Have a great week everyone! Mine gets a little easier after today.

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ASMPP1 3/17/2011 7:01AM

    It is a busy time of year for concerts/performances of all types! We had an orchestra concert and National History Day regional and now a performance this evening. The progress the kids make each year is great!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/15/2011 3:13PM

    I always loved the Honor Choirs and Honor Bands. One thing that us "band teachers" would say was how this group is unique and would never play or sing together again (which is true!). I will say that those groups were the best part of teaching that I kind of miss. Enjoy tonight's concert!

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Still pluggin' along....

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Well, I finally got my first workout done in over a week. I could only manage 2/3 of it. I was hoping to complete 3 sets of my weights and crunches, but I was just too choked up. My sinuses are better, my chest is still a little congested. This cloudy, drizzly weather isn't helping my mood either. I'm trying to get going and stay positive, but I just can't manage as much physical activity since the illness.

This week doesn't seem so busy. Next week we have Honors Band for Patrick, Honors Choir for Mikey, Parent/teacher conferences, and St. Patrick's Day. I see the kids don't have school the day after, so maybe we'll be able to go out for our corned beef and cabbage. Otherwise, I have to cook at least four. They shrink up so much, and the kids love the meat.

I worked this last weekend. It went much better than my previous work weekend. The previous one, I was wondering why I still worked there. It would be great if I could get a job out here in my small town. Less pay, I sure, but also less stress, no commute, and I save a ton on gas. Still working on my Iowa license. I've got to send off the final form and order study materials for the test. Wish me luck.

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ASMPP1 3/10/2011 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon for the test! Hopeyou start feeling better soon!

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ELISADENK 3/9/2011 9:19PM

    Here's wishing you luck!

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    Good for you for trying to get that workout done. Hope you get all the way better real soon. Keep smiling! It will come!


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MUSICMOMOF2 3/9/2011 12:20PM

    Good luck with the test! Glad to hear that you were able to get part of a workout in. Continue taking care of yourself. Hopefully the sun will be out tomorrow!

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Much Smoother Today

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Hubby and I didn't stay mad at each other too long yesterday. He's been really sweet and understanding about how sick I feel. I'm glad we don't ever stay angry long. That's helped us stay together for over 16 years and raise six kids.

I was stressed about Freshmen registration for my oldest. Some of the high school requirements were getting in the way of his schedule. For Freshmen year, PE was the big problem, required one semester every year in high school. The counselor was fantastic to speak with. She told me he can waiver out of PE with a full academic schedule. Mikey will be able to continue with both band and choir. He's made Honors Choir twice now, and had a superior rating with a solo competition. He has a fantastic deep voice and the choir really needs him. Hopefully, they will add an eighth hour so he can take Spanish too.

So, much less stress today. The morning went smoothly. Patrick wasn't coughing as badly. Hubby didn't holler to me that he couldn't find such-and-such.

Now, if I could only shake this sinus/chest congestion!!!!

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FREELADY 3/9/2011 1:14AM

    I hope you are feeling more like yourself! Keep guarding your rest time!
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    Blessed to hear your day was better! Pray you feel better soon. Spring come sooner, we all need a break with these colds. :)

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ASMPP1 3/4/2011 6:36PM

    emoticonGlad to hear things are better. Get some rest, take care.

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WALKFIT 3/3/2011 11:44PM

    oops-not sure what happened!
Have a great Friday!

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WALKFIT 3/3/2011 11:44PM

    Feel better soon!

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WALKFIT 3/3/2011 11:43PM

    Feel better soon!

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SANDIK9806 3/3/2011 8:37PM

    YAY to smoother days!!! :) Glad to hear things went good with the highschool stuff! Hope you get to feeling better fast!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/3/2011 4:32PM

    Glad to hear that your day went better too! Feel better soon!

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Mom (or Honey), Where's my _____ ?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Okay, I have to vent. I lost it this morning and snapped at Hubby pretty bad. In my defense, he snapped first.

You moms know how mornings are. I have six kids, seven if you count my husband, to help get out the door on time. This week has been filled with permission slips, scheduling parent/teacher conferences, and now Freshman scheduling for my oldest. My second oldest has missed three days of school due to his asthma acting up and I was trying to remember all his meds and get him to stop coughing so we could get him to school. I was getting breakfast for the twins, cleaning up the kitchen (no one helped clean up after dinner last night and I had to go to a meeting), making lunches for the two kids in elem. school and all before I had even had my coffee, let alone my own breakfast. This is pretty standard for my mornings.

Hubby shouts out from the computer he's been sitting at all morning, "I can't find my Visa card!" I have my own card. I never go in his wallet. He continues questioning me, "Did we get new cards and I haven't activated it?"


He snapped back at me and I continued:


He snapped again like this was my fault.

We never fight. We've both been sick, so I'm sure that didn't help the situation. We hugged and made up, him apologizing first (I wasn't budging). Before he left, I gently pointed out that after our "snapping" he had called out, "Where are my shoes?"

I hope he got my point.

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SHARON360 3/3/2011 3:21PM

    I feel that way many times and I only have two kids, one dog and a husband! emoticon You are a strong gal and you keep it together pretty well! Give yourself credit. Illness has been horrible this winter in our house, hopefully everyone is feeling better soon. Hang in there!

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KTACKEBE 3/3/2011 2:41AM

    And girls...this is why I postponed my wedding!! Sounds like you need a mommy breather, I say leave him with the kids and go for a long walk one morning and let him see what its like. emoticon

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ASMPP1 3/2/2011 9:10PM

    emoticon emoticonI know how that goes with just 2 plus hubby.

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    I have those morning with mine ( I only have 4 though) breaking point is usually " Mooooooooooooom! Where are my mittens??????????????" emoticon

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MOETR345 3/2/2011 5:31PM

    I joke that I am my hubby's external memory. He is ADD and misplaces EVERYTHING. For christmas I got him locators for his wallet, keys, phone.

Hope everything works out!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/2/2011 4:56PM

    I know how you feel and I only have two children (three if you count my husband). My husband is always forgetting where he leaves his stuff. And the world stops until I stop what I am doing, including sleeping, get up and help him find whatever it is. So I say to myself "If I was ..... where would he put his wallet or keys, etc....". All I have to do is walk around and look in high spaces or underneath a magazine to find his missing loot. I don't know what my husband would do with me. Lol!!!!!


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LNSYLVSDOGS 3/2/2011 2:27PM

    Omigosh, I know how you feel! No one ever puts anything away after themselves and then when they can't find it....who do they think has to know and be able to find it for them???? Sometimes, one wants to just _______ (fill in the blank there, please). LOL LOL LOL emoticon emoticon

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CMPEARL 3/2/2011 1:41PM

    Unfortunately, I know those kinds of mornings...I have them too often. I hope the rest of your day goes better! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/2/2011 12:44PM

    Sounds like a bit of a stressful morning. I probably would have done the same thing! Hope your day improves!

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LADYIRISH317 3/2/2011 10:19AM

    He needs to get off his dead tail and find it himself! My ex was like that.

I saw a sampler kit once that sums it up. It had a lot of buttons you sew onto the sampler. The saying is, "For maid service push button. If nobody answers, do it yourself."

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Christmas Cookie Weight is Gone!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

169.2 lbs!!! I'm in the 160s now!! You would think I'd be jumping around hooting and hollering.

The bad news: the reason I know my accurate weight is because I went to the doctor yesterday. I'm so congested and coughing a lot. Both hubby and I are under the weather. Hubby missed three days from work and I haven't done much since Friday. I also haven't slept much in two nights. I can't sleep when I can't breathe through my nose. It's a strange infection. It hit my chest first, then migrated to my sinuses. No sore throat, only congestion, coughing, and plugged sinuses.

Patrick, my 13 year old asthmatic son, has also been sick. We kept him home for a third day of missed school. He has a horrible cough and has started on Prednisone now. We're even trying to go to the next step in asthma treatment, an Advair diskus.

I look at March on the calendar, and I have no time to be sick, so I'm really taking good care of myself for a speedy recovery. Tonight is Freshman orientation for my oldest. Envision me sobbing as my oldest is growing up too fast. Later this month is the meeting for kindergarten for my twins, the youngest kids in our family. Again, envision me sobbing as my youngest are growing up too fast. We have an Elementary school spring concert for Mary (11) and Stevie(9). Mikey (14) made honor choir for the second year. Patrick (13) made honor band. Both those concerts are out of town. These are Southwest Iowa Middle School events, huge choir and I imagine a huge band. These concerts are also scheduled for the two nights of parent teacher conferences. I guess Hubby and I will have to divide and conquer. This is just a partial list of all our events for the month.

So, I guess if I'm going to be sick, this is the week to do it. I'm resting, drinking lots of fluids, and still eating pretty well. I've got my antibiotics and should be on the mend soon. I'll try not to be so hard on myself about missing workouts. Judging by my latest weight, what I'm doing is working. I just need to take it easy this week, so I can get back to it by next week.

Stay healthy everyone!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/1/2011 12:32PM

    I agree with the Yay for the 160's and boooo for the cold! I wish I could get the scale to move again. It's slowly creeping up, but I think it's more "retention" than actual weight gain. Hope you get to feeling better quickly!

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NYS_EMT 3/1/2011 10:24AM

    Feel better soon!!! But congrats on the new weight bracket! How exciting!

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CMPEARL 3/1/2011 10:02AM

    YAHHH for the 160's...BOOOOO for the cold :( With your busy schedule, make sure to take some time for you. I hope you and your family start feeling better soon! emoticon

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