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Birthday boy GS Ben turns one today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wow, a year already!
Tiny little thing, born a month early gave us all lots of fits.

Soon he became the object of his big brother's attention-for 5 seconds until another more
interesting thing would come along.

Ben learned to play football.

Enjoying Christmas

On the move on Father's Day

Pretty grown up and awfully cute!

Happy Birthday Benjamin!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2014 10:17PM

    Awwww, he's changed so much in a year. What a handsome little guy! Happy birthday to Benjamin!!! emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 7/22/2014 9:43AM

    emoticon Benjamin!!!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/22/2014 9:18AM

    So utterly sweet -- can hardly wait for this phase of my life to happen!!

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    He is a cutie!! Happy birthday, Benjamin!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2014 7:00AM

    emoticon Ben! What a total heart-breaker this boy is going to be! So adorable.

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DMEYER4 7/22/2014 6:46AM

  emoticon Benjamin emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDID04 7/22/2014 5:52AM

    Hope the birthday was great. Children are such a gift. Although I don't have any I love to live vicariously through others :)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Got your attention, eh?

na·ked adjective \ˈnā-kəd

devoid of customary or natural covering
scantily supplied or furnished
lacking embellishment : unadorned

I'm going for scantily supplied or unadorned.

Food that is.

I think the junk placed on and in the food I have eaten in restaurants lately has not been good for me. There is sauce and pasta. Salads topped with tasty cheese. Stuffed things.

I'm going to read a bit on the whole food, paleo or Whole 30 menus my friends have done.

I feel better when the food is simple, unadorned and I can taste most of the ingredients individually.
It's what helped me shed the last 20 so I think this restart might be good.

I will be wearing my smile!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/22/2014 9:27AM

    Yeah, those sauces can more than double the calories, not to mention they are usually full of fats, often bad fats.
I enjoy using spices on my meats and herbs on my salads, and a dressing with cider vinegar, water, stevia, garlic and mustard is surprisingly tasty, if marhinally less satisfying than an oil dressing.
When I was eating pasta, my favorite sauce was a big handful of chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and butter. Maybe some garlic. All tossed into the pasta & eaten as is. Yum!

Keep us posted, with or without pix.

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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2014 8:43AM

    I like WATERMELLEN's suggestion of eating naked in front of a mirror. Wonder if that would work. emoticon

Seriously though, sometimes those sauces can pack a whollop of extra calories. If you don't enjoy them, then they aren't worth it.

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ROXYZMOM 7/20/2014 9:33PM

    Love your blog! Isn't that the naked truth??

I don't like sauces added to my food. My stomach doesn't digest it well. I love cooking simple and am famous for asking for sauces, etc to be put on the side.

Can't wait to read about what you learn.

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    My diet is pretty much that way. I do a hybrid high protein, lower carb, moderate to high fat diet that is along the lines of primal/paleo/gluten free. Works for me.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2014 9:21PM

    Cute. I prefer unadorned food, simple food as well.

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2014 9:15PM

    Now some people recommend eating the naked food naked in front of the mirror as a technique which discourages second helpings!! Haven't tried it myself, but if YOU want to experiment we'll all be interested in your report back!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/20/2014 9:10PM

    emoticon emoticon For the smile, while you eat the naked food! emoticon

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Nothing special

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eating a bit more than I'd like but balancing the load.
Not getting as much exercise as I'd like but getting some which is better than what I did three weeks ago.
My stupid hip bursitis came back with a vengeance, I rested it for almost 2 years and was pain-free prior to starting to walk again. I'm thinking about seeing another sports medicine MD as I need to be me again. This sucks but I keep on plugging. I think I may have to live with the pain.

It is hard to balance when the people in your life don't much help you do the things you should. I am doing them on my own.

So here I am, relaxing after a hard week, a well-deserved drink in my hand, feet up and Sparking.
Have a great weekend.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/22/2014 9:21AM

    I hear bursitis is a real drag. Hope you find a way through it. Maybe chair exercise? Including sipping

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BARBARAJ73 7/19/2014 10:07AM

    Sorry to hear your bursitis has kicked up again. Am sure you have the protocol down pat for recuperating. I baby my hip (and knees.) I replace my walking sneaks regularly and bought some padded socks. Don't know if you have any dirt paths or tracks with special surfaces close by that you can visit. When I walk at the nature center, with the mulched trails, my joints are super happy. Understandably, dogs are not allowed there so Riley and I walk the paths here at home which are tarvia.

Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/18/2014 10:43PM

    I am sorry your hip is hurting - perhaps a chiropractor would help?

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    I have the same problem. My wimpy joints don't like prolonged exercise. I have found that I can break it up into short bursts of activity though and tolerate it. So 10 minutes of every hour I walk and I don't sit longer than 20 minutes at a time.

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2014 9:12PM

    Pain: no good. I'm sorry.

And tell people what help you need. Loud and clear.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/18/2014 8:50PM

    Savor and sip that drink, woman! You earned it. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 8:45PM

    Sorry to hear about the bursitis!

HUGS and hope you get a chance to rest that hip this weekend.

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Bonus blog, the "why" stage for GS and playing around

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OMG, I forgot this.
Have you seen the IKEA commercial where the bad kid gets time out in the kitchen? Yep, that's where we are.
"What's this, Nana?"
"Why, Nana"
"Pop Pop, what's this?"
The statement is punctuated by picking up, squeezing, pinching, poking and anything else that ends in a response of "DON"T TOUCH THAT!"
I still have the kid-proof latches on the doors from when his mom was that age...30 years ago! I always thought they were a good idea.
Bang, bang, bang, why doesn't this open?
Making me nervous around my tender veggies.


The little one after feeding himself

A brief second where the big one isn't poking or pushing the little one

To quote my friend ONEKIDSMOM
Life is good, Spark on!

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ROXYZMOM 7/17/2014 6:33AM

    They are adorable! I bet you are loving every minute of it!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 10:07PM

    These little guys are totally adorable . . . aren't you lucky!!!

And hardly any trouble at all, I'm sure of it!!

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BARBARAJ73 7/16/2014 9:30AM

    emoticon Can picture these moments so clearly. Your grandsons' smiles make me smile!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/16/2014 3:24AM

    Laughing! That last photo says it all!

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ROXYZMOM 7/15/2014 10:19PM

    Love all their cheeks! Too cute!!

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    Re the kid latches. My father was visiting me and watched my hubby put child proof latches on all the cabinet doors. When he got done my son, who was used to opening the cabinet doors, went over and tried to open one. When it didn't budge he bent over and looked at the latch and opened it right up. My dad laughed his butt off. My husband exclaimed, "So much for that!!" Those things may work for some kids but not mine.

Loved the pictures!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/15/2014 9:08PM

    And those photos right there? This is what life is all about! Hug 'em tight!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2014 8:45PM

    What adorable little boys! They look like they have mischief on their mind in that last picture! LOL

Thanks for sharing.

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Wow, my first featured blog. I appreciate the votes!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mostly I am glad I have Spark friends who continually encourage me to do the right thing for myself and sometimes scold me when I don't emoticon
I love you guys!
Now, back to work making our lives better.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/16/2014 3:26AM

    Uh, do you mean me?
Bossy Fifi

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ROXYZMOM 7/15/2014 10:18PM

    Woohoo!! You rocked it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/15/2014 9:06PM

    emoticon Well deserved feature recognition! Feet firmly planted on the ground and vision clear. You are WORTH it!

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2014 8:35PM

    Nobody scolds here, right? emoticon

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