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Good Bye 2011 and Hello to Operation 2012

Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's been a busy year, one of it's many ups and downs. I've seen a few family friends and church friends pass away, I watched as my dd2 had to have 2 surgeries within 5 weeks of each other, watched my son get his heart broke and myself, went through a transition at work with a new terminal manager, having me have to prove myself over and over again. But those are the downs, and to be honest, those downs, though not the best of times by far, really are not so bad considering past years. As for my, where to start. I made it to 2011 with job I've started learning more on saving money and getting the best I really plan to implement in the coming year... the dd that had 2 surgeries, well one of those was a c-section to a very healthy and strong baby first grandchild...just watching him grow makes my heart swell... and yes, still gives me shivers that this little baby boy is so perfect...well, have also seen that temper...tehe. and if that isn't enough to make any mother over the top happy...then came the news that my dd1, who has had miscarriages and has been trying to get pregnant for 3 years, is officially pregnant... this in itself has brought fear, trepidation, and pure joy... i didn't think i could feel more joy than i did with the first grandbaby...but the true miracle of this new grand baby, yea, wow, each day, each mile stone bringing even more joy than the the day, mile stone before...hearing that baby's heart beat...all of holding our breath until, *smiles* there it was...pound pound pound...So that is all 2011... 2012, not sure what all it will bring... i'm looking forward to seeing grandson sitting up, crawling and even walking before the years end...and oh, i have no doubt he will be since the child has been rolling over since he was 6 weeks And then, we will get to watch as the new grand baby starts to kick...and finding out if it's a boy or a girl...we do know that it will be one of and then of course the birth of this new precious baby... another baby i will get to spoil rotten as is my grandmotherly right to do :) I also know that i am going to be taking 2012 by storm. I'm not going to say I'm going to lose 100 lbs, though yes, that would be nice :), I'm not going to say i plan to have $1,000 dollars in a savings account, though again, that would be nice...My plan is Operation 2012. I have it embedded in my mind...i have it posted on the refrigerator...i have it written in my calendar and all over SP... this is not just a year to make's a year of improvements...a year of doing... a year that i have officially got it...Operation 2012. How did you guess?? lol. I'm not going to say i am going to always eat within my calorie limits, but each day i am going to work on it, by doing other things that are also good for my body, such as taking my vitamins, drinking my water, exercising, for my's going not going to happen in 1 fall's going to be a daily operation of planning, and learning... my home is not going to be organized and clean over night...and stay that, it's going to be part of the Operation 2012. A daily operation. At the end of 2012, i don't know if i will be 100 lbs thinner, i don't know if i will have lots of money in the bank, i don't even know if i will have a perfectly harmonious home... i do know though that each day will be an improvement...each day a work in progress... and i know that i will end the year better for it.

I hope each of you will join me on my journey through Operation 2012. If you are not in one of my teams, please take a moment to look through Losing and Playing or Flylady Sparkers. And even if you decide not to join either, being a SP friend makes me happy to :)

So this is my good bye to 2011...and HELLO Operation 2012 :)

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KADULAC 12/31/2011 4:12PM

    Congratulations on the grandson. How exciting. You have a great year planned. I am excited to see where the new year will take us.

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LINDA! 12/31/2011 1:23PM

    Unward and upward!! Happy 2012!! Have a fun time with your family (and yes, you CAN spoil the grandkids).


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My Love Letter To Me

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Every once in a while, i think it's important to tell yourself that you love YOU! And today is Letter Writing what better day to do it :) In the past, I have said how much I love my eyes, so much like my fathers...but as i age, they are starting to get droopy...i loved my smile but now, with age and hypothyroidism, they are just hair which i always loved and could always do anything now with the lips...just dry and brittle and takes some upkeep...this could be i don't love me for all those attributes...though i will say, i do miss...but i love me because of what makes me really me... i can get through the bad times with a smile and a sense of humor...i can see the good even in the bad...i may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, but i sure try to shine through it all...i love to learn new things and i'm always reaching for just a little better and not trying to stay stuck in the what ifs...i love my job as mom and grandma... and always love to bring a smile to not only my family but my friends. So all in looks may be fading...and who i am inside is what can really shine through now... looks are fading, but true character does not. JoDee, I love you for you...not because of your raging good looks...cuz that is going...not cuz of the money you make, cuz hey, you really don't make all that but I love you because you are JoDee.


Personally I am always ready to learn,
although I do not always like being taught.
~Winston Churchill


Dealing The Cards Dealt To You

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

It seems I've missed so much of living this past week due to being ill...I hate not being able to take care of my family and my obligations..but last week, there was just no choice in the matter...i was down for the count. There was no cooking healthy dinners...i couldn't even muster the energy to eat much less cook add into that not being able to grocery will see why that is important here in a second... so Monday came...and wow... my body realized it hadn't really ate for a week...and it's HUNGRY!!! top that with i am also on prednisone...makes you hungry top that with not any fruit or fresh veggies in the house...just a lot of mismatched food I could of easily said hey, i haven't ate for a week and just went to town...but in my mind, because of me being sick, i lost at least 7 lbs...that was 7 lbs of granted, it wasn't by choice, but still the fact, i did lose that...why would i want to gain it back... i was dealt the sickness card, and i am going to play it for all it's worth in my weight loss journey... i did end up eating some chips with my lunch...but because i was aware of what i was eating, and how much, i was able to stay within my calorie limit for the day... it was hard... i am starving but i did's not the best way to rekick your weight loss, but since that was the card i was dealt...yea...i'm playing it... store for some fresh fruits and veggies :)

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ZUMBAMAMMA3 12/7/2011 6:23AM

    im proud of you for being strong and staring temptation in the face and kicking it where the sun don't shine lol

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NICELYSIMPLE 12/6/2011 5:57AM

    I'm with you on the being sick but looking on the bright side. It does kick start lagging weight loss goals, doesn't it.

Good job on the self control. Sweets are so tempting when recuperating. Well done. I do have a question though. Why can't vegetables taste like chocolate?

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This Year For Christmas I Am Giving A NO!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Since my first child was born, so cute and cuddley...I wanted only the best for my children. I wanted them to have this and I wanted them to have that...every Christmas was trying to see how much I could buy for those precious little ones...I wanted to show all my love for them in all those gifts...but this year, they are prepared...they are getting NO more stuff they really don't need...those extra gifts I frantically go searching for and stay up late to wrap. I am saying yes, to more time with each of them this year, and showing them the love I have in my heart, not in my pocket book. Don't get me wrong, each one is not really spoiled per sey, and they do appreciate everything they ever got...but reality is, i didn't enjoy the holidays as much..i was just too darn broke, exhausted and usually sick!! This year, i am giving them a NO to all that...but a yes to a more focused mom...yes to a well rested mom (I know hard to believe from, and yes to an always broke mom. I'm saying no to spending our grocery money on presents, but yes to food they will have in their tummy whenever they want to come visit...I am saying no to spending all that money, but saying yes to all that time we will have, instead of the other way around.

In years past, I knew what the holiday was really all about, but I also couldn't appreciate it for all it was because I was too caught up in the things of this world. That stops this year. This year I am going to appreciate every single gift that God has given me...that isn't the gifts that can be bought with's the gifts of my children talking, joking and's my grandson's coo's and's the tummy of my dd1 who is now holding grandbaby number's going to be my daughters talking about pregnancy and the joys thereof...or not and watch my son and both sons in law roll their eyes and try to talk over yes, i am giving a big NO...a few times over this year... but it's all for the yes's in life that truly matter.

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MARTINIGAL413 12/5/2011 5:11PM

    I love it! I hope more mothers follow in your fashion. Life is short. Time is precious.
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Happy Holidays!

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 12/5/2011 4:02PM

  I am so glad I read this blog. Last year I went way overboard shopping for everyone and I am cutting back this year. I see so many people that can't even afford to pay their rent or don't have enough to eat. I am giving a little money to the local food bank and I am telling my son and his wife that will be their Christmas gift. I know they won't mind because they try to help the less fortunate when they can also. Great blog.

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My Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I think of some of the years past, and the holiday season... i can't say they were all the happiest of happy's... my family, especially the extended family, put the disfuntional family in the Then as i got older, we started losing that family... and though we could still be thankful for the time we got with them, it was still a time of morning and sadness. And, yes, we still miss those that have passed on...but with each Thanksgiving, we also have so much to be thankful for. We lost my father 6 years ago...his birthday being in November... so to say Thanksgiving was hard those years would be an understatement...but i am so very thankful for the time we did get with him. See, he should of died when i was 13..the doctors all told us to say our good byes... not only did he not pass away then, but lived to see each of his grandchildren born...and the last one off to kindergarten... so that each one could truly remember him and the impact they made in all our lives... last year, we added a baby girl...born to niece who was too young to be a momma... but looking at that baby girl, who can say she was a mistake... to me, her great aunt, she is awesome... she is and will always be my monster baby... lol... she was a bit of a stubborn streak in her... but her Aunt JoDee just thinks it's too cute...tehe... this year, we also added another perfect grandson... he looks so much like his aunt (my oldest daughter), yet looks like his mommy and daddy to... he's the sweetest nature lil man a grandma could ever hope for... and then...yes, and then...i think of my dd1...who is carrying my second grandchild... about the size of a kidney bean right now...and i think of who it will be..another boy?? a girl?? will they be a big baby like grandson 1...or just a tiny little being? will it have a stubborn streak like his aunt, or sweet natured like his momma was... will the baby look like his aunt and/or uncle...or a combination of his parents? oh how i am already going crazy to hold this new addition..tehe..

My preacher said last night that you couldn't be depressed when you were busy counting your blessings..and oh how i have found that to be so true these last couple years... no, it doesn't mean we won't be sad at times...but even during those times, i can't help but to think how truly blessed i am. I already talked about my dad..but now let me remember my dd2...see, dd1 was a bit of a complicated pregnancy...and i was told not to get pregnant for at least 2 years... well, God had other plans...and i found myself pregnant way before dd1's first birthday..yea, i did know what prevents those things, they just were not a during this pregnancy, my husband was injured at work 2 different times, having to off work for extended periods of time... which meant, no money coming in... also, there were other stresses within the family...which effected my pregnancy... my dd2 was born 10 weeks too early... at 3 lbs, back then, they were pretty sure she was not going to make it... and then she could, but would be a best, very mentally challenged... i can remember bringing this beautiful tiny baby home... as i was leaving with her bundled up, they looked at me and, you have a wonderful beautiful miracle...remember that because the next couple years she is going to push your every button... i looked down, and laughed, and wondered how such a tiny bundle of joy could ever be a challenge such as that...and then i got her home... lol..from that moment on, i think of the sleepless nights because she just plain did not want to sleep... plain and simple... she was stubborn and strong willed from the get go...and only got worse as she got older...and yes, i do remember, as the doctors and nurses advised, to think of what a wonderful miracle she was...if i didn't, she would of gone up for adoption at the local pet today, right now...i remember the first complicated pregnancy...and how she is carrying my second grandbaby...and then number 2... so much a miracle herself...who gave me this perfect first grandbaby...

And it truly does not end there...see, i look around...the pictures of my family and friends... the good times i have got to spend with each one..the blessing of just knowing them... i have a roof over my head...a job...a car that gets me there... a wonderful church and church family...a God that loves me and gave His son so I could have all my sins forgiven and go to Heaven when it's my time... we have food...plenty of i have eye sight to see all these things and hearing to hear my blessed life with all it's giggles and coo's... i have a ds who is as much a miracle as baby 1 & 2...who isn't planning on giving me grandchildren for many years...which is just fine with me... and though i can't wait until he finds "the one" and does bless me with grandbabies, i am also thankful for what he gives to me right now... i really could not ask for better children...all of them perfect in their own ways... all beautiful (please don't tell my son i called him and smart... and then, i have SP..and my wonderful friends on here...Thank you to each of you that put up with my and make each day just that much more brighter :)

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INFLATED 12/3/2011 11:57AM

    We all have much to be thankful for. Each breath we draw comes from our Creator and daily He gives us that which sustains us with His mercy and grace.

I probably won't have grandchildren, my son is 29 and is not married and my daughter is 31 and not married. My daughter has said I have grand-cats. I don't think she plans on having children.

I have had a full life, I didn't deserve the least of God's mercies, but He has been merciful and blessed each day with blessings too numerous to count.

I enjoyed reading your blog about all of your children and grandchildren. Thank you for being a friend here at Spark People and for commenting on my blog about a birthday party we are going to today. God has blessed us, but each in different ways. May we ever praise Him for all of His wonderful works.

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DENESTIA 11/26/2011 10:18AM

    I agree that you can't be depressed when you count your blessings. I lost my only son 8 years ago and it will always be hard, but when I focus on my blessings I can stay present in the moment and accept what is, rather than resist what I don't want to be.

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BLACKROSE_222 11/24/2011 10:12AM

    It sounds like you have some amazing things to be thankful for - and you are the most aware person of it. Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for sharing your blessings.

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