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Mandatory, Unedited hOOp Break

Sunday, September 21, 2014


It really and truly did take a solid six months to recover from the Death By Bulldog Knee Sprain. I've been walking and stuff, but it's only been within the last couple of weeks that my knee actually felt 100%. 100%! Like, I can't even tell when it's going to rain anymore. I can't even tell that it was ever injured. As optimistic as I am, I wasn't sure if that was going to happen. But lo and behold, it has.

You know what that means, don't you? This short, round, middle-aged woman will be hOOping in her backyard again! Oh yes, yes she will. What have the neighbors done for free entertainment over the past months? I must make it up to them.

Spark on, Brave Sparkers!

PS: The song I'm hooping to is, "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," from Train's new album, Bulletproof Picasso, which I've pretty much been playing nonstop all week. :)

  
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SUBMOM2 9/23/2014 11:36PM

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1. So glad your knee is better!
2. Great music!
3. Fabulous routine!
4. Even the dog is having fun!
5. I'm dusting off my hula hoop right now!

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KALEWINE 9/23/2014 11:00PM

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I'm so glad your knee is finally 100%!

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FRAN0426 9/23/2014 8:09PM

    Amazing hooping--continue to rock that hula hoop.

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AJB121299 9/23/2014 5:53PM

    nice

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NANHBH 9/23/2014 3:42PM

    So that's what happened to you! I must have missed that blog. So glad that neighbors will have their free entertainment again. They probably had to pay good money to get anything close to as entertaining as this!
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ALYEPSEN 9/23/2014 3:29PM

    You Inspire me!!! Welcome back!!

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/23/2014 3:17PM

  emoticon emoticon to Hoopsville! You truly know how to make it fun!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/23/2014 1:17PM

    great post

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DISNEY4537 9/23/2014 12:09PM

    Glad your back to 100% Hoop on! emoticon emoticon

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WIO_ALISA 9/23/2014 10:52AM

    Looking great!
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MOMMY445 9/23/2014 10:49AM

    great news! go for it!

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KAWANEE 9/23/2014 10:05AM

    YOU are SO MUCH FUN!!!!! emoticon

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BECKYF3506 9/23/2014 9:39AM

    Wow--so cool! Wish I could do that. Looks like a lot of fun!

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SUCHANUT 9/23/2014 8:06AM

    Very groovy!!!!

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JENJENN7 9/23/2014 7:38AM

    That's very impressive hOOping! emoticon

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RITAROSE 9/23/2014 6:53AM

  I get a smile when I see there's a new vlog from you! My husband and I watched this together and he was amazed at you! I told him that you have done even better with that hoop! AMAZING! You make me want to go out and get one, but I know it wouldn't be easy to get that hoop to stay up! Thank you for putting a smile in our day first thing this morning!! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 9/23/2014 2:24AM

    You're emoticon and look like you're having so much fun!

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GRACED777 9/23/2014 1:47AM

    So glad your knee is healed! Hoop on! emoticon

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DIAMOND102 9/23/2014 1:12AM

    emoticon YOU GO GIRL.

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/23/2014 12:42AM

    Hoop on our Hoopster friend! emoticon

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DOBBIEDOG 9/22/2014 11:57PM

    So glad you're back!!!

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THERESANANCY 9/22/2014 10:40PM

  Holy Smokes your great! Keep on hoopin. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/22/2014 10:36PM

  I'm so glad your back to 100 percent finally. Your so good at hooping!

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RAINBOWMF 9/22/2014 10:08PM

    emoticon emoticon you are still great

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DEEEBEE 9/22/2014 9:52PM

    You've got some pretty good moves! Thank you for sharing. I always wanted to hoop, but never could, so good for YOU!

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KATIBUG49 9/22/2014 9:18PM

    emoticon I so wanted to learn how to do this, great job!

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KOHINOOR2 9/22/2014 9:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing. Love your hooping.

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LOLAJO54 9/22/2014 8:55PM

    fantastic news and fantastic hooping

--you go girl!!

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CAROLJ35 9/22/2014 8:21PM

    Great Blog!!! Glad you are back to "normal" and you certainly do look GREAT!!!



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CHACHAOREO 9/22/2014 7:49PM

    You go girl!!!!

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JIBBIE49 9/22/2014 7:40PM

    Hugs

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TEXASFILLY 9/22/2014 6:56PM

    emoticon You ROCK, Shelli! emoticon BB~ emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/22/2014 6:34PM

    Great to see you back having fun again.

Hoop on, Shelli!

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BLUEEYESCANADA 9/22/2014 5:38PM

    Oh my, you make it look so easy. I couldn't even do it when I was younger.. emoticon

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SANTIAGOJIM 9/22/2014 4:40PM

  I LOVE THIS!! You go girl!
Your dance steps, the holla hoop and the music makes us all want to get up and dance with you !! I am off to TARGET to buy a hoola-hoop!!! emoticon

YOU ARE AWESOME!!

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WALLPER26 9/22/2014 4:30PM

    Glad you're 100%! Great job hooping!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/22/2014 4:25PM

    Glad you're better! Hooping sounds fun; but I never did learn how to do it!!!

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PICKIE98 9/22/2014 4:21PM

    I see that Bubba loves the album too!! I am so happy to see you back to your old normal-knee self. I guess you will just have to look out the window for the weather like the rest of us!!

There must be SOME way you can incorporate the hoops into a church gathering..

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GOODHEALTH4EVER 9/22/2014 3:29PM

    emoticon SO GLAD YOU ARE HEALED AND BACK HOOPING! SO FUN TO WATCH, emoticon emoticon

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Backyard Concert

Monday, September 15, 2014

A backyard accordion concertójust what you need, to start off your Monday! Iíve been working on this song for weeks, so I thought I would share, because I think itís important for you to monitor my accordion progress. EVERYTHING awesome is SparkWorthy, right? Of course it is!

As I mention in the video, I played this song in church yesterday morning. Iím telling you; this place lets me get away with just about anything. Heh heh. If youíre curious about how we used it in the service, hereís a link to videos from the day: vimeo.com/album/3037911 . The accordion bit is the third video.

Speaking of yesterday, it was a big one. Iíve been a little quiet on Spark, because weíve been working so hard to pull things together for yesterday. It was Worship Arts Sunday, when we combine the music team with the creative arts team, and do amazing things. Even Audrey got into it, by programming some wicked cool lights. Hereís a pic of the set (made entirely with styrofoam and buckets of paint).


We will not speak of all the styrofoam fumes inhaled, during the making of this set.

Check out the abstract artwork some of my buddies made, to illustrate one of the stories.

If you don't have some artsy friends, you might want to get some. I have extra; you may borrow some of mine.

Anyway, I mention it, not to drone on and on about work (because Iím sure you grow weary of that), but because I absolutely have a Spark Point. I team-taught yesterday, which means I spent a lot of time speaking onstage. In front of everyone. It was fun. I love it; I really do. I got to tell stories and storytelling is one of my favorite things.


I bought this card for myself. Iím hanging it on my office wall, next to the poster of Miss Piggy.

Fast forward to later in the afternoon, when Iím editing all the video clips, to post online. Question for the audience: Have you ever edited video of yourselfó full-body, low-angle, close-up, high-def video? Have you ever done this when youíre massively overweight? I assure you, it is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of courage, mixed with humility. I admit that my heart sank, more than a little. For a moment, I almost forgot my Secret Power of Awesome and thought, ďHoly cow, Iím fat. I feel sorry for people, having to see that.Ē

Fortunately, I did a gut check, rebooted my Secret Power of Awesome and plowed through it. Hereís the thingóI spent years, trying to hide behind the scenes, backstage or in the tech booth. Most of the time, thatís appropriate; itís where I need to be, to get the job done. But thereís a difference between working quietly behind the scenes and hiding. I avoided public speaking, because I was embarrassed by my weight. I decided this time around, that I wasnít going to hide. I love sharing stories with people. I love giving people a chance to laugh. That is my absolute favorite thing to do, help people laugh. And guess what? I can do that, no matter what my size is. I just have to get past my pride.

So guess what? I posted the videos. I cringed a little, but I posted them. And guess what? Iíll be up on that stage next week, doing the announcements and stuff. Iím guessing I wonít be able to lose 30 pounds by then, so Iíll probably still be this size. But Iím going to take a deep breath, smile and just be myself. That doesnít mean Iím settling. Far from it! Iím not quitting. In fact, Iím getting ready to start a new 5% challenge in a few weeks and I hope to knock some poundage off before Christmas. I really want to work and be much smaller when Iím editing videos of myself speaking a year from now. I completely want to work for that. Itís just that, in the meantime, Iím not going to hide. I will be true to my calling and if that means singing onstage with an accordion, so be it.

Hope you have a fantastic week planned. I will leave you with this determined face.


Bubba says, ďSpark ON, Brave Sparkers!Ē

  
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MRSRIGS1 9/23/2014 7:51PM

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P.S. Love that little face!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/22/2014 10:21PM

    Thank you for sharing and the great blog

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GOOFYSMILE 9/22/2014 7:13AM

  Great music that makes the world go around!!


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MARUKI52 9/22/2014 6:19AM

    Thank you for posting this vlog. Straight away came back memories of my Grandma playing her accordian and the song too took me way back to her Church as I remember singing that in her Church. Such lovely memories you have evoked for my by this vlog and I sincerely thank you for it. Your playing has come on leaps and bounds since I last looked at a vlog of you playing. Well done.

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WRITERWANNAB 9/21/2014 1:11AM

    I love your funny posts! You have such a great time! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/21/2014 12:31AM

    Loved your blog, loved your music, and most of all; loved your dog!!!!!
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AMBER461 9/20/2014 11:40PM

  Awesome thanks for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 9/20/2014 11:43AM

    Your accordian playing is getting better! That's ok if you didn't quite make it to the end as planned. Thanks for sharing.

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TERRIJ7 9/19/2014 12:16AM

    You are amazing!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/18/2014 9:46AM

    Secret Power of Awesome? I want some! Thanks, I'll take it.

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WENDYANNE61 9/18/2014 1:10AM

    I hear and love your voice, your attitude and your thirst for life - live it to the full, cos you canīt buy it by the dozen! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face! P.S. please stop telling yourself that you are fat - you are plump, my dear!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/17/2014 11:34PM

    That was AWESOME!

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COLOR-BLUE 9/17/2014 10:41PM

    Thank you for filling me with your JOY, this evening! That's just a perfect topper to the end of my day! Oh, by the way, you're very good on the accordion!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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LIVEDAILY 9/17/2014 9:45PM

    I heard harmony...twice!! And you're getting much better at playing both parts to the songs and moving the accordion in and out!! LOVE the picture of Bubba Boy - He is looking at you with TOTAL LOVE in that sweet little face of his!!

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DEE1221 9/17/2014 7:40PM

    GREAT JOB. I'm waiting for the polka!! emoticon

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KIPPER15 9/17/2014 6:01PM

    Loved the concert!

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JSEATTLE 9/17/2014 2:05PM

  You always give me a lift. I'm taking some of your Secret Power of Awesome for myself today. Thank you for always finding the positive side to everything. Lesson learned!

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AJB121299 9/17/2014 2:04PM

    nice

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JONESEYJR55 9/17/2014 12:43PM

    "Secret Power of Awesome" You made my morning with this wonderful, magical thought! Thank you! I shall hold it in my heart and call upon it when I hit roadblocks. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 9/17/2014 11:39AM

    Thank you for making me smile and the lovely concert. Bravo! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 9/17/2014 11:11AM

    I waited till Wednesday to check it out...it's really when I needed it! God's perfect timing. Bless you, you are emoticon

PS My favorite passage...the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Thanks!

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MISSMUFFETT101 9/17/2014 9:43AM

    Totally awesome - that was the "something fun" I needed! You are awesome...thanks for sharing

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EILEEN828 9/17/2014 3:18AM

    Ye-haw girl, that was great. I had an uncle once who loved to play the concertina, a version of the accordion, so this brings back great memories! Love the tune and I love seeing the fun you have with it. You're getting good, sista. Love it. emoticon

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SUBMOM2 9/17/2014 1:55AM

    That was so fun! And you're right - if you make a mistake, just keep going!! Thanks for that friendly reminder!


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JIBBIE49 9/17/2014 1:10AM

    I loved playing my accordion when I was a child, and wish I hadn't let them discourage me and quit. Keep playing. There are some great accordion pieces on YouTube. People in Eastern Europe really appreciate the music so much more than here in America.

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MARYJEANSL 9/16/2014 11:37PM

  Love that doggy face! I miss my own little dog, who died recently. :-(

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/16/2014 10:04PM

  that's some stage set. Your music is improving pretty quick for just learning...

Obviously, you are AWESOME no matter what size you are. But being on stage could be a another motivation for some. It seemed like before you did a bunch of exercise, so one has to figure out if they need an extra boast with that, or eating patterns.

It's not easy.

You sure are talented and creative. Your enthusiasm is a lot of fun too.

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NANHBH 9/16/2014 9:52PM

    You DO make us laugh! Love, love, love the accordion solo.

Thanks for your honesty and for reminding me to remember my Secret Power of Awesome! I love that.

Galations 5:22 is such a great message! Your joy is infectious. And your talents are such gifts to all of us. You're a musician, a singer, an artist, a storyteller - is there anything you don't do???
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RAINBOWMF 9/16/2014 8:39PM

    Something fun was great even if I didn't see it until Tuesday

Thank you.

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SEATTLE58 9/16/2014 7:34PM

    emoticon I love how you're smiling when you're playing and that shows just how much you're enjoying it. To think that I could've been playing the accordian even, because when my sister and I were little, a guy came out to our house and showed us how it worked and my Mom and Dad decided on a piano for us to learn instead of the accordian! I had an uncle who could play like no tomorrow and you'll probably play like him too, one day! I love it!! emoticon

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CELLA_P 9/16/2014 7:08PM

    WOW!!

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LOLAJO54 9/16/2014 4:51PM

    I LOVED LOVED it!!

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last time it was 30,000 steps

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PATTISTAMPS 9/16/2014 4:42PM

    YES! You can get even MORE AWESOME in the next 8 weeks! Not 30 pounds, perhaps, but as we know, every single pound is a VICTORY! Spark on, Brave Friend!

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    Great job. Thanks for posting

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SHERYLP461 9/16/2014 3:38PM

    How wonderful, keep on, keeping on!

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URBANAUDREYE 9/16/2014 2:20PM

    I saw an accordion at the flea market on Sunday and immediately thought of you. emoticon So happy to have this little backyard concert.

And just so ya know, I have never once looked at you and thought "fat". The only thing I ever see is how charismatic you are and how inspiring.

Keep on sparking!

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Back to School - Back on Track

Friday, August 22, 2014

For me, the start of the school year feels more like New Yearís Day, than the actual New Yearís Day. Something about a fresh start and a clean slate, new pencils and all that. Back to school also means back on a regular schedule for me, and thatís not always a bad thing. Sometimes, I want to fight the clock during those early morning wake-up calls. And sometimes, itís frustrating to have to drop everything, to go pick up kids from school. But itís super easy to find the silver lining there. Early mornings mean Bubba and I can get our morning walk in sooner, so my day ends up being more productive. And this week, Iíve added strength training back into the mix. Iíd been away from it over the summer, so Iím easing back into it and it feels great. Today is Day 1230 of my exercise streak. WooHoo!


Taking Audrey to and from school is its own silver lining. She just started her Freshman year in High School, so this might be the last year or so that I take her. Soon, sheíll be driving herself. I enjoy those moments with her in the car, every day. Iíd post a first day of school pic, but I promised not to take one this year. Sigh. Remember when Audrey was in all of my vlogs and I said I was enjoying it, because I knew it wouldnít last forever? Yup, she definitely reached that point and Iím respecting her privacy. Enjoy the moments and be ready to move on to the next one, preferably without kicking and screaming.

What Bubba looks like, while Audrey is at school. ďHey lady, stop working and play with me!Ē

So, Audrey is a Freshman and Logan turned 20 this week. Big week for our house! Logan has been lamenting the loss of his youth. He thinks life is basically over, once you become an adult. I keep assuring him that heís barely begun and thereís a ton of good stuff happening now and just around the corner. He is the Eeyore to my Tigger. Look, here he was as a little guy, with our first bulldog, named Phyllis. Fast-forward to today with Manboy and his dog. (Heís oblivious to the fact that I have a blog, so he doesnít really care what I do. Iím just happy I got a picture at all. He Who Shall Not Smile.)

Proud of this hardworking, young man.

Another area Iím getting back on track with is lunches/snacks. Remember how I said I was going to start packing a stash to have at work, so I wouldnít grab something to eat on the way home, or binge-eat when I finally got home? Well, I did it. I have a little stash of healthy snacks in the fridge at work and Iíve already dipped into it once. It saved the day yesterday, when I wasnít able to get home for lunch. Next step, freeze some wraps at work and create a snack stash for the car. WORKDAY PREPPERS UNITE!

Stash, next to communion trays--occupational hazard :)

Early morning workouts-check, strength training-check, freezer meals-check, work stash-check. I think Iíll start seeing positive results on the scale in the next couple of months. As always, I remain optimistic! I hope you are too!

I will leave you with some unrelated photos, because thatís what I do. Audrey finished painting her room, so she was finally able to install a special decal that Shelley (BFF) made for her two years ago. Weíre not the quickest DIY peopleÖ Shelley makes decals for a living, so her stuff is really cool.

This is made with chalkboard vinyl, so Audrey can doodle all over it, using chalkboard markers. Sheís having a lot of fun with it.

A lot of my friends are artists; many of them are visual artists. Not only does Shelley have her own business, she has an art studio in her house. A couple of weeks ago, she invited a bunch of us over to play. We were supposed to bring our own canvas and we could use all of her paints and stuff. Audrey painted a hat box. Check it out.

Girl has skills

Visual art really isnít my thing, so instead of bringing a canvas, I brought this:

Paint by number, with the suggested look, original title--"Good Friends"

I decided to reinterpret it this way instead:

New Title: "Galaxy Cat and UniDog from Outer Space" (1 of 1)

Have a great weekend; paint outside the lines, be amazing. Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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SNOWYOGA 9/9/2014 9:46PM

    I have been away, but I always love your post Thank you!

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WIO_ALISA 9/2/2014 1:24PM

    Love you art!
I've missed reading your blogs while I've been traveling all summer. I'm going to have to catch up on what you've been up to.
Alisa

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/1/2014 11:48AM

    Shelly Thank you for the Uplifting insights and ideas. Amazing as always! emoticon

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PENOWOK 9/1/2014 8:23AM

    Love your imagination!! Logan looks so much like you!!! Audrey...a young lady now, but with a really cool room!

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EILEEN828 8/31/2014 3:39PM

    I love your blogs. Your paint by number was so cool, I laughed out loud when I first saw it. Love the free thinking in action. My son went through that transition phase also, a lot of feet dragging here but he's finally getting up to speed. Everyone walks their own path, right?

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MCJOYFUL 8/27/2014 11:15PM

    I just love your blogs! It looks like you have some pretty amazing kids. And way to go on the exercise streak! That is awesome!

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KALEWINE 8/27/2014 10:54PM

    I love your positivity! And back to routine can be great! And I agree about the beginning of a new school year being more like new year's than new year's. But then, my job runs on the school calendar, so it really is a new year.

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LORIVIOLA 8/27/2014 1:23PM

    As always, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, joy, artwork, and of course Bubba!
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LIVIN4LISH 8/27/2014 7:40AM

    Thanks for the blog - you've helped me rethink what a melancholy time of year this year. Only one of my kids started this week, the other two start after Labor Day, so I think between then and now is a great place to get a plan in place emoticon

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MSBEKANATOR 8/27/2014 2:04AM

    Love the fresh start, even though this is the second year I have had with no first day at school...not sure my baby would want me to fly up to her college to take a first day of school pic, lol. Time seems to evaporate; wasn't it just yesterday my oldest was nervously awaiting that first day of Kindergarten?
I think the fresh starts are also why I love Mondays. It's like being given a fresh clean slate to write my week upon. Doesn't matter what happened earlier, it's a new week, lol.
Love the artwork! Let me just say awesome!!! Love your creativity, and Audrey did an amazing job. What a fun day, and what wonderful memories you are creating with her.
Have a blessed day!!

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VALKYR8 8/26/2014 8:55AM

    LOVE the artwork (especially space cat and uni dog)! LOL!

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KIPPER15 8/26/2014 6:59AM

    emoticon You are the best lift for me on a bad day! Thanks so much!

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SJKENT1 8/24/2014 10:54PM

    I love the paint by numbers kits - they are such fun. I may have to try it your way... and let the artistry flow.


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LIVEDAILY 8/24/2014 8:19PM

    LOVE Galaxy Cat and UniDog!! Woot!!

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You rock!

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LADYJAJA 8/24/2014 3:48PM

  You personify free spirit! emoticon emoticon

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BABYTUXXY 8/24/2014 10:30AM

    Great blog as always!

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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 9:38AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. I love the art work and the pictures of your son.
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JANIEWWJD 8/24/2014 12:25AM

    Enjoyed your blog and enjoy your children!!! They do grow up fast!!!!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/23/2014 9:55PM

    Enjoyed your blog, as always!

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NANHBH 8/23/2014 8:37PM

    Kids are so much fun! I never thought Audrey would get tired of the limelight. Too funny that your son thinks his life is over.

Great job on having the meals and snacks prepared. You are so organized! Looking forward to hearing your results as time goes on.
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KAREN608 8/23/2014 2:29PM

    20 and his life is over? No, just childhood. Still has lots of energy, is limber and young ideas. Youth really does seem wasted on the young.

Weird paint by number. Bet it was fun to do!
All I did was string some huge sand dollars on twine to decorate a bathroom window and remember a friend who is moving away to chase her dream of living by the sea at age 64.

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 11:33AM

  They grow up so fast (sob, sob)! My beautiful dd is about to turn 21, and I can hardly stand it/believe it. Good for you for getting back into the groove so well.

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AZMOMXTWO 8/23/2014 10:35AM

  it is so sweet when they get older but it is hard also love the blog

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DJSHIP46 8/23/2014 9:37AM

    Sparking-on here... Loved your blog!!!

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123ELAINE456 8/23/2014 9:04AM

  Awesome Blog. I always Love Them. Beautiful Paintings. Love Them Too. You are doing Great with the Snacks. Keep It Up. Love the Photos. You have a very Good Looking Son. And Bubba is so very Cute and Sweet. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Fun Week. A lot of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!For Everyone. Take Care. And Stay Safe.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 8/22/2014 11:45PM

    As always, loved your blog. You are so entertaining. Good job preparing your snacks ahead of time and taking them to work. You will be successful!

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WALNUTT1961 8/22/2014 11:39PM

    Great blog! Love your prepping ideas. Great pictures and art! Happy Birthday to your son and hope Freshman year is exciting and fun for your daughter. My son is 23 and doesn't want to get caught smiling either.

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LINDAK25 8/22/2014 10:24PM

    Thanks for making me smile at least. I sincerely hope I don't dream about your UniDog tonight!

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    Love the paintings! emoticon

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    emoticon Can be really fun to paint outside the lines!! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/22/2014 9:57PM

    emoticon Prepping saves the day all right! I'm in batch cooking and freezing for later when things are fast-paced. emoticon to your fine son, and emoticon to sweet Audrey on her freshman year. Keep up your AWE~some progress, dear heart~ emoticon BB~ emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/22/2014 9:43PM

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PICKIE98 8/22/2014 9:38PM

    Both of your kids have your features, but your hubster's coloring.. Logan gets more handsome every year... he will find his niche`..

I really, really , miss Audrey on Sparks.. she is the Abbott to your Costello, the Hardy to your Laurel, the Teller to your Penn!!

I really hoe she joins Sparks...

I am so happy to see your snacks are so organized and in place. You must really inspire your co-workers!! And Bubba..

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OLDERDANDRT 8/22/2014 9:10PM

    Lucky Audrey! Our kids have to wait till Mon., 8/25! hehe Nice that the early schedule will be a great thing for you and Bubba!!

Glad the freezer meals and snackies and such are working out, too!
I've told you before that Audrey is totally talented!! (She get's it from you whether you choose to admit it or not! hehe)
Sorry Audrey has decided she's too big for her pic to be in your blog, but I'm hoping that somewhere along the way over the next few years that she'll allow it!
Have a super weekend, my friend!! (((HUGS)))

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SUZMANNIE 8/22/2014 9:07PM

    I like what you did with the paint by numbers. The painting they wanted you to paint looked like a Hallmark card from the 1960's. Bravo for you for packing snacks. Sometimes "willpower " comes down to being prepared.


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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/22/2014 8:50PM

    Love all your creativity - even if YOU don't think so!

Thanks for sharing!

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HARROWJET 8/22/2014 7:59PM

    They do grow up fast. You are wise to enjoy the precious moments when they happen.

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FELINEBETTER 8/22/2014 7:46PM

    Spark on, Spirited Girl! lol Love your blog! "Our" little Audrey is all grown up!

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2014 7:04PM

    I love your blogs! Such spirit! Like you, the first day of school has always been extra wonderful for me.

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GABY1948 8/22/2014 6:08PM

    GREAT artwork!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 5:45PM

    Yikes! How do these kids keep getting older . . . but we DON'T! Ok . . . BWAHAHAHAA . . . moment of insanity there . . . a senior moment??? Nah.

Enjoy this year with Audrey. The moments becomeprecious and few as they get older.

Awwwwww, Bubba is going thru Audrey withdrawal. Poor guy! My Mr. Spot is going thru withdrawal, too, as DD starts back to college. What am I saying . . . so am **I** going thru withdrawal!

Well, good luck getting back into the not-the-summer-anymore-routine. It takes a it of time.



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JOYINKY 8/22/2014 5:31PM

    Planning for success--check!

Great blog, and fun. This is the first year I don't have at least "grandkid" duties related to school and I kind of miss it! It does give structure to your day and week! Oldest 4 grandkids are all driving now and cover any needs of the 5th that lives here. Two others live too far. Yes, it is in it's own way the start of a new year. Make it great!

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BEINGERIN 8/22/2014 5:28PM

    Ok...your "paint OUTSIDE the numbers" project ROCKS!

It ROCKS!

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Bubba Walk: Different Kind of Adventure

Monday, August 11, 2014

Took a muggy, morning walk with Bubba and rambled about stuff Iím trying and going to try. Kind of a long vlog for me, but wanted to share a couple of things, in case it helps anyone else. Feel free to learn from my mistakes! (Also feel free to skip entirely.) Iím okay with slow and steady, as long as Iím learning along the way.

I wonít bother restating everything I said in the vlog. Suffice it to say, Iím still doing freezer meal prep for dinners. And now Iím going to extend that to lunches. I think having emergency stashes at work and in my car, is going to help during those times Iím stuck at work and canít get home.

Work has been pretty interesting lately. We shot an amazingly cheesy, music video for an upcoming project. Audrey did all the hair and makeup. Check out the look she gave me:

I should go to the grocery store like this.

Hereís the rest of the ďband.Ē This would be funnier, if you knew what we really look like. Just know that these people are actually a nurse, teacher, worship leader, truck driver and electrician. Now, we have all discovered our secret, inner rock star. heh heh

We. Are. Rockstars

Also, weíre recovering from popping 600 bags of popcorn for the weekend. We started a new, summer movies series and are serving popcorn each week. Thatís a LOT of popcorn.

I may stop loving popcorn in the next five weeks...

Weíve had fun with the set, though. Lookó giant, candy boxes, full of calorie-free, invisible candy. SparkWorthy.

Imagine if those SnoCaps were real! Holy cow.

And hereís a little Pinterest win we tried. We wanted to make our movie posters light up, like the vintage signs. One of my team members found this tip and it worked really well. We cut slits in ping pong balls and slid LED Christmas lights into each ball. They form little light-up globes. It was cheap and turned out really cute. I think Shelleyís daughter is going to use this idea in her dorm room. Iím not really a crafty person, but thought Iíd pass this along. It really is a clever idea. Just make sure the lights are LEDs, so you donít melt the ping pong ballsÖ

Fun little idea

Well, I suppose Iíll sign off here and go tackle some housework. My house looks like itís been in the eye of a sharknado. (Please tell me youíve watched at least one Sharknado movie this summer. It gives your brain some necessary rest time.)

Oh, I must leave you with this inspirational photo of Bubba. I love these flowers; I think theyíre totally Dr. Seussian creations. Cindy Lou Who probably has a vase of them on her nightstand. I was later informed that the flowers are called Naked Ladies, which probably makes this picture inappropriate now.

A Moment with Bubba

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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KIPPER15 8/31/2014 9:04AM

    LOVE the makeup, Go Audrey! Great blog. I try to prep for lunches, need to work on the snack part since I always raid the candy jars at work. emoticon

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You're too funny! The set (and ideas) are incredible!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:51AM

    Sounds like alot of fun!

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KELLEYAIMSHIGH 8/20/2014 7:27AM

  I'm still laughing about the "hair and makeup" and your notion to go to the grocery store like that! The pic makes you look a little like a cross between Roseanne Barr and Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister!! Great job.

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KIMBALLITE 8/15/2014 6:32PM

  Loved your blog, loved your dog.

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    Great blog well stated

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CKAYTHOMAS 8/14/2014 11:55PM

    Love you and love your vlog!
I am adventurous. I am LATE 50's and I skydived the last day in May. In July I went to Belize and toured a cave - it was crazy scary and hard - one of the most challenging things I've ever done!
I love the Lord and I love the life He is blessing me with!
Thanks for sharing your triumphs and struggles.
Also, I just got back from a mission trip to Nicaragua - and saw God at work!
Love that you are so REAL!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/14/2014 11:14PM

    Y'all seem to be having a lot of fun! BTW, the naked ladies aren't really naked because they've got their bloom(er)s on. LOL emoticon

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CICELY360 8/14/2014 9:13PM

  Good blog.

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PEGGYO 8/14/2014 8:36PM

    great one thanks

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NSCARNEY 8/14/2014 2:05PM

    I would have an adventure with you any day! Thanks for sharing your warmth, you humor, and your Bubba.
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    You should post a video of your "band!" I'm a closet rocker, too! emoticon

Sorry, haven't seen any "Sharknado" movies, but did go to see "Into the Storm," and I highly recommend it. May go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" this weekend, I've been resisting it but everyone says it's a hoot!

Like your comments about adventure. One of my goals that I've talked about is wanting to travel to Middle Earth - New Zealand, to be exact, and I've been saving my pennies for that. Not this year, hopefully next! I'm so-so with meal planning, actually haven't done that in a week or so. It seems like a To-Do list at work, something ALWAYS comes up and I have to roll with it. There are nights when I come home tired and just don't feel like cooking, but my hubby's a diabetic and has FINALLY gotten serious about counting carbs, so I need to do my part for him and get back into meal planning. I also keep a stash of "healthier" snacks in my desk, to try and avoid (or at least limit) the higher-calorie "not so healthy" yummy treats. Some days are better than others in that regard. Thanks for the video, and hang in there!!! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/14/2014 9:42AM

    Slow and steady sounds good to me. Do the Rockstars have a video?

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MSALICAT 8/14/2014 8:50AM

    Life IS an adventure and it's yours to define it - you do it well! Thanks for sharing yours!
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OSCEOLABADGER 8/14/2014 8:39AM

    Awesome blog! Love all the creative things you've been up to.

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IMLOCOLINDA 8/13/2014 11:28PM

    Glove compartment or jockey box here in my part of Montana! You are such a treasure!

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MM11113 8/13/2014 9:30PM

    Glove Compartment - central Ohio

Love your spirit!

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PUNKGIRL5003 8/13/2014 6:06PM

    Very awesome blog i loved it, and yes you should def go to the store with that hair do, see peoples reactions.
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FRABBIT 8/13/2014 5:43PM

  What a very interesting vblog. thanks for sharing. I really need to figure out how to put some adventure in my life and find a better balance. You are doing great.

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TRACYTREECE 8/13/2014 4:16PM

    You are kinda awesome!! And I call it a Glove Box (northwestern Ohio)

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    thanks for sharing

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KIN59VARA 8/13/2014 1:51PM

    What a great vlog as usual. You are an inspiration! I don't think I could try to walk the dog and video.

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CHARITYAK 8/13/2014 10:47AM

    Goodness! That was a lot of fun! :) :)

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MEBAZI 8/13/2014 9:13AM

    That was the best vlog I've seen! I felt like I was on the walk with you guys! I loved the creativity you added, the different random shots, the music.... quality conversation.... good stuff! Thanks!

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TENNISJIM 8/13/2014 6:44AM

    Woo hoo.

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JSTETSER 8/13/2014 6:26AM

    Nice blog!
Today I am motivated to do more!

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    Hugs

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SJKENT1 8/12/2014 10:39PM

    What a great way to think of Adventure. I too have thought I'm adventureless, but no I'm not. My life is an Adventure... Adventure in Awesomeness. Just somedays I need to be reminded.

Thanks for the reminder!!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/12/2014 9:47PM

    nice...... Those are called Naked Ladies and I have a lot of them in my yard.

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SPEDED2 8/12/2014 9:33PM

    My mother called those flowers Surprise Lilies, because after the leaves die and disappear, the flower come up and bloom.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/12/2014 9:04PM

  Shelli,
Your so entertaining. I can really see WHY you love your job! You have a lot of opportunity to make your messages visual, use music, stories, and the like. I don't think a lot of churches do this stuff that much, except a play, Christmas or Easter musical. I 'm positive it would help people remember the point.

I appreciate what you discussed about finding balance with work, home, family...

I hope you find some good things for lunch. I know they have freezer dinners, but didn't think they had lunch things... DUH.

I hope it works out.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/12/2014 7:50PM

    Your rock band looks like it's right out of Woodstock!! Groovy!!!!!
Love the huge candy boxes and the movie posters with the pingpong ball lights! From your picture, they look like the real deal!!
I really love your videos esp. when Bubba is with you! What a handsome boy!! It must have been quite a humid day as the sweat was really beaded up on your face! I felt like I was really with you on your walk. I'm glad you got some lunch ideas, too. I'm always wagging my finger at my DD for skipping out on her lunch , but she says, "But mom, I was busy!" Same ole same ole! hehe
I know you love this job and you do it super well! (Being Wonder Woman, I'd not expect any less!) But do keep track, dear. Don't let it drain you totally! That girls' vaca recently help tremendously, I'm sure!
Stay safe and Spark on, for you are the brave Sparker!! (((HUGS)))

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Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose

Monday, July 28, 2014

I know youíve eagerly awaited the next Laundry Room Accordion Concert. Honestly, how have you lasted this long? How? I regret to inform you that Accordion Concerts are now being held in the garage. Now you know. Why am I sharing this? Because I can. And I think itís highly SparkWorthy, to share whenever youíre trying and learning new thingsóeven if itís the accordion. Heaven help us.

Accordion matters aside, hereís a little vacation update. If you read my last blog, youíll know that we had a girls-only road trip to Nashville, to visit family.


Here we are, setting out.

We had such a great time. Nothing super organized, just a quick, yet relaxing trip. We called this the ďGet Out of Town for a Couple of Days, Before We Inadvertently Kill SomeoneĒ trip. You know what Iím talking about. We all needed a break! But guess what? We kept the streak alive, by working out in the hotel fitness center. Woo to our hotel hoos.


We worked out every single day. ROAR

And guess what else we did, with all the time in the world and no agenda? We went to a childrenís Science museum and planetarium. Without children. Yes, this is what we (along with the two, older teenagers) decided to do. Nerds. And guess what? We had so much fun! Turns out, itís way easier going to a childrenís museum without children. Who knew? We had fun climbing all over things and Shelley and I only nodded off a couple of times during the planetarium show. We werenít bored, just relaxed and the lights were out.


Finally! My chance to ride on the Magic School Bus.


Shelley, dangling from a large rope and using leverage to lift a small car.


The girls, trying to do some hockey thing, that we never figured out.

And hereís another thing we tried to do, while traveling. We tried to eat semi-reasonably; lunch portions, splitting meals, etc. The one, big, splurge meal was at a Mexican restaurant. You have to understand that my cousinís mother-in-law owns the restaurant. This is her home cooking, the real deal. Jody (my cousin), wanted us to try everything. We felt obligated. I was raised in the South; I have manners. But Jody had the smart idea of ordering everything family-style, instead of a bunch of separate meals. So we had this huge table, full of food, but we only sampled a little bit of everything, rather than gorge on one thing. Just a taste of this and that, instead of the whole thing. It was a great way to try a lot of different things, without overdoing it in a big way.



Me and Jody (Can you tell weíre family?)

Anyway, I thought that was pretty brilliant and thatís a tip Iím gonna try to remember. That said, the scale did bump back up a little. But Iím not alarmed. Even eating somewhat reasonably, Iím sure that my sodium intake was up. That always throws me for a loop. And I never can drink as much water while Iím traveling, as I can at home. So, I expected some fluctuation. Itíll all even out in the long run. And I got some very valuable rest and relaxation that my brain so desperately needed.

And guess who was very glad his walking buddy came home?


This guy.

Another news flash: Last week was the first week that my knee felt normal! Guess it really did take six months to heal from the Death By Bulldog Sprain. Iím awfully glad it finally did, because this dog does not want to stop. Check it outóBubba finished his first 5K the other day. (Heís probably done one before, but this was the first one I actually measured.) He did great! What a SparkDog.


I think he deserves a medal.

Well, Iím sure youíve had your quota of Mostmom exploits for one dayóaccordion concerts and vacation pics. Riveting stuff. I hope youíre having a good summer (if itís summer where you are) and getting to recharge your batteries (even if itís not summer where you are). Have a great week! :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!

  
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WIO_ALISA 9/2/2014 1:47PM

    You made me laugh out loud several times. Thanks for sharing! Loved it!
With a smile on my face,
Alisa

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LADYJAJA 8/24/2014 4:02PM

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MRSRIGS1 8/15/2014 4:47PM

    Glad to hear you had a fun getaway! It's great how you kept your goals in front of you while on vacation. You exercised, watched your portions, and made healthy choices! Good for you!

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MSBEKANATOR 8/6/2014 11:10PM

    Awesome! Road trip looks like a lot of fun! Love the concert! You Go Girl!!!! You have improved a lot! What a great inspiration to get out and follow your dreams!!!!

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URBANAUDREYE 8/4/2014 10:51PM

    IMHO... YOU SOUNDED AWESOME! And I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but I've got polka band relations, so from me, that's saying something. I'll polka the heck out of that one!

Next time you wanna take a little nerdy vacation, you should come up to PA. Crayola Experience in Easton is super fun. We took the kids about a month ago, and I'm pretty sure me and the hubby had more fun than them. (Actually, hubs made me leave earlier than I wanted to... it made me sad). Oh, and of course we have Philadelphia up here too. It's been a while since I've done any of the museums or historical landmarks in Philly, but it's a good time. We did go to the Philadelphia Zoo after I did Run or Dye (because what better than walking around a zoo for 4 hours after doing a 5k, right?), it was a good time.

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SUSIEMT 8/4/2014 10:19AM

    I loved the concert! Keep up the practicing! Yea road trips!

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CICELY360 8/3/2014 11:08PM

  god blog

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SHARONCAPPS 8/3/2014 11:50AM

  Great post,. Thanks for sharing.

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LMGMILLER 8/1/2014 6:18PM

    I enjoyed hearing you play, My husbands grandfather used to play. ( He passed recently) and One of our friends plays in a polka band. We are leaving this Sunday for a week long vacation that includes 3 days at the fair and I am very nervous about the built in controls I have at home being removed. You did a great job on your trip and that makes me feel like I can too.

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AMBER461 7/31/2014 10:28PM

  Thanks for sharing, it look like you had a great time.

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WHITEANGEL4 7/31/2014 10:27PM

    Great outlook.....positive nd moving forwrd

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CHARTHESTAR 7/31/2014 6:16PM

    Just love your attitude! So positive!

road trip sounds great as well as the food! No worries on #. as you said spikes in salt can do that plus there is a lot of cheese in Mexican food.

Glad to hear your knees are better!!

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TATTER3 7/31/2014 3:53PM

    Oh girlfriend I am in love with your attitude. Thanks so much for sharing and making my day!!

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SCHOPPEK 7/31/2014 11:24AM

    Love your posts! You are so much fun, I wish you lived near me!

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VAINVT 7/31/2014 8:43AM

  Looks like you had lots of fun!

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JAZZII4 7/31/2014 8:42AM

    Looks like you had an awesome vacation! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 7/31/2014 7:24AM

    Oh my gosh! I just love, love, love your blogs! Thank you!! I think you're doing so awesome on that accordian!! You go girl!! emoticon

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IDICEM 7/31/2014 12:29AM

  emoticon Glad you had such a fun vacation!

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FOCUSD 7/30/2014 10:22PM

  fun times!

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MAYBER 7/30/2014 9:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventures
Spark on too
One day at a time
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SUBMOM2 7/30/2014 7:29PM

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Oh my gosh, that was fun! Keep up the good work!

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KMRJPR 7/30/2014 6:50PM

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COOLRAIN 7/30/2014 4:53PM

    Loved this!
We called this the ďGet Out of Town for a Couple of Days, Before We Inadvertently Kill SomeoneĒ trip. You know what Iím talking about.
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Lucky you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/30/2014 4:27PM

    I remember that song from when I was taking German in fifth grade (I was in school in Switzerland.) Thanks for the memories!

And what a great trip.

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LISAREADS 7/30/2014 4:20PM

    emoticon So glad you had a great "get outta town" vacay!
The accordion is coming along smashingly, I must say ;-)))
Thanks for the pics of little Bubster too, I know he's a happy camper
to have his walker Mommy home...5K is really good too, glad to hear
the knee has mended, mine's on the fritz today from chasing toddlers,
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KIN59VARA 7/30/2014 12:09PM

    I love reading about your life! Glad your knees are better!

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SPARKASAURUS 7/30/2014 10:47AM

    omg, best.blog.ever!

I wish you were my neighbor! Good job on the accordion- that looks so hard!

I'm going to be thinking all day about "fox stole my goose, and give it back". emoticon

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SANDRA_E 7/30/2014 10:32AM

    emoticon Love it! I'm glad that you had so much fun on your vacation!

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CHARITYAK 7/30/2014 10:12AM

    You're having a little too much fun with all this. We're supposed to suffer more.... :)

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/30/2014 9:32AM

    Great post

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