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He's here! I'm a Grandma :-) and have pics :-)

Friday, September 02, 2011

After a very long day and a 17 hour labor, Amber gave birth to Levi Michael at 12:42 am via C-section. He was a whopping 8 lbs 15 oz and was 21.75 inches long. He is beautiful, Amber is doing well and Aaron is so happy. I was so touched to be allowed to be with her during her labor and delivery. Only one support person is allowed in the operating room and I was asked to go to the lobby downstairs but her doctor (my boss) fought for me to be allowed in and while the charge nurse said no, that it is against the hospital policy, the anesthesiologist approved her request and let me in.

Here we are getting ready:

Congrats to Nanfacemire1 also, he's her first Great Grandchild :-)

Thank you all for your well wishes! I'm off to take Meghan to see him.

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SHARON10002 9/13/2011 2:35PM

    emoticon Carla! What a beautiful baby! He is so precious! You were so very lucky to be present as he made his entrance into this world. You must be on Cloud 9. Best wished to Amber and her family as they welcome this new little addiction into their family.

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BARBIE176 9/3/2011 1:43PM

    emoticon what wonderful memories for you. He's such a beautiful baby!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 9/2/2011 7:58PM

    emoticon Grandmother Carla! I'm so very happy for you. That's so emoticon that they let you in the room!! Such a busy bee you are this week and weekend! Don't forget to take a moment to breathe and smell the roses emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 9/2/2011 7:26PM

    What an awesome experience! He'a a beautiful baby. emoticon Grandma Carla and greatgrandma Nan and to the rest of your family.

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TREEBW 9/2/2011 5:48PM

    What a gorgeous little guy!!!!!
Send congrats to the happy parents!
You must be so thrilled!

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ILEANA77 9/2/2011 5:12PM

    OMG. He's so beutiful... God bless him and hope the new mom will feel better soon. Wishing you lots of love, happiness and energy for the nights to come. emoticon

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LEAH57 9/2/2011 4:02PM

    He is adorable! Time to for you and your mom to spoil him rotten! :-)

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MTNGRL 9/2/2011 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us. He is a cutie!

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LLTS01 9/2/2011 1:55PM

    emoticon He is adorable.

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KAMAPERRY 9/2/2011 1:13PM

    emoticon So beautiful, and precious!

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MLB570 9/2/2011 1:05PM

    So adorable! Congrats!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 9/2/2011 12:58PM

    emoticonHe's a beautiful baby!

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    Congratulations, Carla! He's a beautiful baby!!!

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USMAWIFE 9/2/2011 12:53PM

    Congrats to the new family .. how great to be the second support person in there .. you need all the support you can when having a baby

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SMILINGEYES2 9/2/2011 12:51PM

    emoticon He is emoticon What a lovely gift to be there and help support the mom and witness such an important moment.

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MNIKODEM 9/2/2011 12:45PM

    Ahhhh very cute! Hope baby and mommy are doing well and wishing them the best ... Daddy as well :)

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NANFACEMIRE1 9/2/2011 12:38PM

    Yay for both of us. He is just absolutely perfect.

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MOWEIGHTLOSS 9/2/2011 12:32PM

    Happy Birthday to the new addition!


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JELLI-LEAN 9/2/2011 12:18PM

    emoticon on you first beautiful baby grandson!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/2/2011 12:02PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!! You were fortunate to get to be there!

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AMC120 9/2/2011 11:52AM

    WOW!!!! CONGRATS!!! HE IS PERFECT!!! emoticon

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YAFENELRA 9/2/2011 11:47AM

    Congratulations!! He is an amazing handsome little fella. You have much to be proud of. I well remember my first time as a grandma and now, oh my goodness, next month she is going to make me great grandma for the 12th time. How time does fly so enjoy every minute with this sweetie!!

(by the way, she has not made me great grandma all those times; she had help from my other grand kids. LOL)

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KBEHUNE 9/2/2011 11:41AM

    Congratulations! That is wonderful! He is too cute! I love the name!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/2/2011 11:33AM

    Congratulations to your entire family, Carla! I love the pictures and he is adorable!

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MINDYJ1 9/2/2011 11:23AM

    He's a beautiful, precious gift from God. Congratulations Carla to you and your whole family. emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tomorrow my first Grandbaby (and Nanfacemire1's first great grandchild) will be born. I am sooooo excited and I can hardly wait. The doctor I work for is her doctor, so I am going to the hospital when she goes and will be there for his birth and to take pictures afterwards.

More updates tomorrow!

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    SO exciting, congrats!!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/31/2011 11:34PM

    emoticon Congratulations, Carla!!! Can't wait to see the pictures!



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Earthquake, in Virginia!?!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Well, today started out like any normal day. Got up, ate breakfast, went to work. I'm doing a 100 squats a day for 100 days challenge and got my co-workers in on it too. We had just finished our last squats when we heard a very loud rumble and then the walls and windows started shaking. I can't even remember exactly what I thought except I knew something wasn't right. Our office is in the basement of a 5 story building. I was thinking plane crashed into the building, terrorist attack, in VA my entire life, earthquake never entered my mind! I looked at one co-worker and we ran as fast as we could out the door, quickly followed by the others. Once outside, we saw the building looked fine and we went back in to make sure everyone was out and to get our phones, purses, etc.

No one had cell service (towers weren't down, but systems were clogged with everyone calling everyone else at the same time), but we did have internet service. Started getting breaking news emails from the local stations and found out it was a 5.8 magnitude earth quake! It's epicenter was in Mineral, VA, only about 60 miles from my house. I panicked not being able to reach my kids or family. No calls or texts were working. Miraculously, a call came through from my Mom...the only call or text I had for hours! She tried to reach the kids to no avail. We hung up and kept in touch with email. Since internet was working, I signed into facebook and posted what now looks like a panicked status "OMG...earthquake...shaking" LOL. Fortunately, 2 of my kids saw it and posted back that they were ok and then my DIL posted that she was ok. I was so worried about her as she's only about 30 minutes from the center and is 39 weeks pregnant.

My son was test driving a car he had just done a lot of suspension and front end work on. The car started shaking like crazy and he headed back to the shop to see what was wrong. It stopped shaking before he got there (thought he had forgotten to put something back on, LOL) and he got there to everyone outside. He thought the building was on fire or something til they told him there had been an earthquake. That explained the shaking he felt!

The Pentagon and federal buildings closed, as did museums, schools and libraries, courts, etc. Our office decided to close, so we put a sign on the door and left. We were unable to reach pts scheduled as phones were down, but we did try. Thankfully we closed before a lot of places so I made it home in record time. I saw on the news later that people were stuck for hours in traffic.

I came home to the dishwasher open, cabinets opened and things on the floor, china cabinet opened with glasses out, laying on the drawers that had opened below, bathroom cabinets opened with items laying on vanity and in sink and things off of shelves on the floor and scared pets. No major damage at all though and no injuries.

There was a fair bit of more moderate to severe damage. Bricks off an office building a few minutes from my office that crushed 4 cars below, structural damage at at least 37 area schools, damage to a cathedral in DC, cracks in the Washington Monument and a host of house/chimney damage throughout areas closer to the epicenter.

This evening we had a 4.2 aftershock that we all felt, but nothing like the one during the day.

Everyone I know and love is safe and sound...just shaken. Last earthquake of this size was 114 years ago...I hope it's at least another 114 years before the next one! Not sure I could live on the West coast....this one was more than enough for me! Now we have to look out for Hurricane Irene this weekend.....

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HOWLERMOM 8/25/2011 11:29PM

    Wow - what an experience! My DH called me to tell me DC had an earthquake and I should call friends -- I thought he was playing a joke! Glad you and yours are ok!

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MINDYJ1 8/25/2011 8:22PM

    Praise the Lord that you and your family are safe Carla! emoticonMindy

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HEALTHY1JESS 8/25/2011 5:33AM

    Oh my goodness. I'm glad you and your family are okay. I live in PA and was working on getting my classroom ready for the school year when it happened, and I thought that someone on the 2nd floor was moving a huge computer cart or rearranging desks or something (we didn't feel it as strongly since we're farther away :-)....LOL. I am sorry for the damage in your area, but thank goodness everyone is all right.

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KAMAPERRY 8/25/2011 12:45AM

    So glad you are safe!

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SHARON10002 8/24/2011 10:25PM

    Glad to hear that there was no damage to your house. This was the first earthquake I experienced, too. My house was not as badly shaken as yours, and also sustained no damage. Terrific account for all who live elsewhere. That is my major reason for not wanting to live on the West Coast. Sure hope I don't have to experience another one again. One was more than enough for me! Hopefully, the hurricane will veer off the coast this weekend. . .

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CELIAMINER 8/24/2011 4:46PM

    Great account! I worked at home yesterday, and thought a tank was rumbling through my house. Fortunately we had no gas leak and so far have found no water leak. The china hutch was actually okay, which surprised me given the amount of stuff that fell off shelves. Glad you and yours are okay!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/24/2011 10:34AM

    I'm so glad that you and your family are okay. When I heard about the quake, my first thoughts were of you, your mom, and Pixie since I knew you were all pretty close to the area. Hope things get back to normal today and no more quakes.

Have a great day! Take care!



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4MRSDAND123 8/24/2011 10:17AM

    What a scare! Glad everybody is okay.

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I work on the 8th story of a building in DC. Terrified me to be that high and have the building swaying like it did!!! We all got our stuff and left too, but obviously DC is not ready for another evacuation like happened on 9/11. The roads were gridlocked for hours. They evacuated Union Station, so anybody trying to get on a train to go to MD or VA couldn't even though the train lines weren't shut down. I couldn't get ahold of any of my kids either and one of mine works in VA, closer to the center than we were. Everybody, of course, was fine, but it wasn't a fun experience. We moved here from California and went through a 7.0 there, but this was much scarier for me.

Glad to hear that everybody is ok!


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NANFACEMIRE1 8/24/2011 7:14AM

    So happy to write this morning knowing all of us are okay. Nothing medically happened to any of us. Lots of shaking and things broken and in disarray, but we are ok.

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MRSAKINS2005 8/24/2011 6:42AM

    Well, I am glad that you are ok. I am still awaiting to hear from a friend down in Locust Grove VA too...

I pray for all those still working on getting back to normal. No earthquake of that strength since 1897.

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DONNA0256 8/24/2011 6:33AM

    So glad you and all your loved ones are safe and no significant damange! During Hurricane Ike 3 years ago, texting was the only way to keep in touch after the storm for about 2 weeks until services were back to normal! I hope Hurrican Irene steers away this weekend, one natural disaster a week is enough!!!
Stay safe.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/24/2011 6:29AM

    This one was more than enough for me too!

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    So glad your all safe! I did learn one thing ... if we'd all text instead of call, more communication could go through because text messages are smaller bits of communication. Wonder if we can change the world's communication patterns during an emergency. LOL!

I was so glad to hear from your Mom yesterday evening that you were all OK. Funny how we quickly become family here and I was checking on Mom and Dad and you all too. What a blessing to have you all in my life!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/24/2011 3:03AM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you are okay. I've been in several smaller ones, it's a reminder that things can change drastically at any time.

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    I'm from California and no matter how many earthquakes you've been in, I don't think you ever get to the point where you just ride them out like they are no big deal. They are scary! You always wonder if this is it or is it going to get bigger? So glad you are o.k.!

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KJOHNSON011 8/24/2011 12:35AM

    Glad youre ok! We had a small rumble in Illinois. Nothing major at all. I have some friends who have family that live in Virginia. I have to call them and see if they're ok.

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LYNN-I-CAN2 8/24/2011 12:17AM

    Glad you all are okay.

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METTA4ME 8/24/2011 12:09AM

    How scary, but how blessed you and your family are to make it through unharmed.

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LAURA_RED 8/24/2011 12:05AM

    Thanks for sharing. I forgot how frightening they can be. I've only been in 3 living in Oregon for 30 years, but the first one when i was a kid "The Spring Break quake" had me glued to the TV waiting for more aftershocks to come.

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MKPRINCESS007 8/23/2011 11:54PM

    So glad you are ok!!!!!!!!! I am in Philadelphia, and it was scary for me, so I can only imagine how you felt. I am with you..........I am perfectly happy not to go through that again. The phone situation was frustrating.....I felt kind of freaked because I, too, thought of 9/11 and wanted to be able to reach every one by phone.

Hope you were able to clean up without too much difficulty and resume a normal evening.


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The PWC Division of the NOVA Sparkers, LOL

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So tonight I met up with Wanda and Simone and a friend of each of theirs for a track workout. Wanda and her friend did C25K. I mostly walked, but got some jogging in :-) After all the water I drank I pretty much sprinted up the hill and stairs to the porta potty once it was pointed out to me, and I had gone right before I left!!

My lovely daughter and her friend bailed on us and sat under a nice shaded tree at a picnic table. They did keep Emma company though, so that was good!

Here we are after we were done:

We're going to make this a regular Wednesday evening event, and also a Saturday morning event (early, I might least for me!), so please any of you sparker or fabfitters in the PWC area come join us!! (or anyone else of course!)

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LEAH57 8/18/2011 9:30AM

    Had a GREAT time!

After I got home, I realized that I can't go on Saturday either - we're going up to the National Zoo for the day - it's Tom's daughter's last day in town before she flys out to Atlanta on Sunday morning.

Next Wednesday is ON!

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LLTS01 8/18/2011 6:04AM

    Um. That outfit looks familiar. Lol. You guys rock!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/18/2011 5:41AM

    That's perfect!

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/18/2011 5:03AM

    You guys did emoticon

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    Keep up the great work! Y'all are emoticon

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FabFit Recipe Challenge

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Here's my recipe. I LOVE vegetables and eat 10-12 servings a day on most days. Almost any recipe I do is always loaded with veggies, as this one is.

Here's some of my ingredients. Except for the bison, spinach, parmesan and garlic, everything is from my garden.

1 pound bison
2 large orange tomatoes
2 large red tomatoes
1 large yellow tomato
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 hot pepper (forgot its name!)
3 cups of spinach
2 golden zucchini
1 zucchini (regular)
1 large spaghetti squash
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
Fresh basil leaves to taste
Fresh oregano to taste
Fresh rosemary to taste
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste (I use no salt for my own)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated

I ground the bison in a skillet (no oil or spray as it's a super non stick pan), added the chopped veggies (not the tomatoes yet)

Added the tomatoes

Added the spinach, garlic, pepper and herbs

I cooked on a low heat until the tomatoes reduced and the veggies were tender, about 1.5 hours.

My spaghetti squash was already cooked, shredded and frozen in a ziploc baggie, so I thawed it while everything else was cooking. If not cooked, here's how I cook mine:
I cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, add whatever seasonings you like (I use various Mrs. Dash's, depending on what I'm in the mood for) and bake for about 1 hour at 320. Once out and cool, take a fork and shred into strands and use as spaghetti noodles. I've also grilled them before and cooked them in the microwave (a large one only takes 10-15 minutes this way). Grilling is my favorite as it gives it a unique taste and the texture is coarser.

I arranged the spaghetti squash on plate, added the bison and veggie mixture and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/16/2011 7:41AM

    Very nice! Your garden vegetables look beautiful!

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LLTS01 8/11/2011 10:19PM

    This looks and sounds wonderful Carla.

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4MRSDAND123 8/10/2011 5:36PM

    Yum, yum, I want some! emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/10/2011 10:25AM

    Thank you for sharing, Carla!

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MOMMYTO5CUTIES 8/10/2011 12:21AM

    Yummy :)

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LUVYA04 8/10/2011 12:07AM

    emoticon Yum!!!

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KAMAPERRY 8/9/2011 11:34PM

    This looks fantastic!

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MINDYJ1 8/9/2011 11:02PM

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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