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It's 2013 and I have a very special goal for a great reason!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year! I know it's been quite a while and I pray that all is well with my friends emoticon
I had my ups and downs during the course of 2012 but all in all we have been truly blessed in spite of 2 major situations that did occur; my 86 years young dad had a stroke and subsequently suffered falling and was in and out of the hospital. To be honest, it was touch and go for several months. Then just a few months later, my mother in law suffered a stroke and I'm sorry to say that she is now in a nursing home requiring professional care. However, my dad made a complete turnaround and recovered. My mil is also doing great, she's 87 and when we saw her on Christmas day she did her own hair and makeup and looked fantastic. Between work and visits to both parents, my choice of foods were not the best and I ended up gaining back 10 of the pounds and trust me, I feel it emoticon Now, here is my reason (besides staying healthy of course) that I want to get back into the swing of proper diet and exercise----later on this year I am taking a trip to Ireland! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Needless to say my husband and I couldn't be any more excited! I've never traveled abroad, this will be my first major overseas vacation wooo hooo! It will be either very late summer or fall, at this post it's undecided. Besides, we need to save up a little more $$$ LOL! We plan to do a LOT of walking around to see the sites. I've acquired a few friendships from several people on facebook and from here (Norfolk VA) that live in Ireland and the pictures we've been shown are breath-taking and we want to BE there to see for ourselves! There is one minor downside--when we had our pictures taken for our passports----uh, well, how do I say this? We don't look like happy campers as you cannot smile and show teeth. You can smile slightly but still--- emoticon But we laugh about that anyway! So----whatdaya say! I show up here on Spark and make myself accountable and stick with the program! Okay ten pounds, your days are numbered heh heh heh!
Until next time,
Chris emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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EASTENDCLAM 1/12/2013 8:54PM

    Sounds like a great trip! Those 10 don't stand a chance, go gettem!

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JIBBIE49 1/10/2013 9:00AM

    I think the smartest thing a person can do when travelling to a foreign country is take the LOCAL tours. You can see 10 times as much on a tour as you can do driving. We went to the Dominican Republic for two weeks with a group from church, so we worked on a church building project there with a "sister" Methodist group. But we had "free" days to do what we wanted. I insisted we do the "local" tours which were out of an office in the center of town. Others in the group used the church van to drive. Needless to say, we got on a bus, went to lots of places including WHALE WATCHING while they didn't cover half as much as we did. We took a horseback tour up to a Mountain area where there was a tropical rain forest and it was so much fun. They decided to go on a "Hike." Right.
Our first "tour" was a Greyline back in 1973 when we went to Washington DC for one day. We got to see the White House while others stood in line outside for over 2 hours to get in, because our Tour Guide took us in through a side door and we had a White House Guide take our whole group through the deluxe tour. Later we went to Arlington and to Mt. Vernon with no waiting. So worth the money we spent. No problem with parking or worrying about traffice since we didn't know the area.

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NOSNACKER-57 1/7/2013 5:49PM

    First sorry about your family!

I'm sure the Ireland trip will be much appreciated :)

Are you Irish, or just decided to go there? I'm Italian and maybe someday go to Italy, who knows.

Have a great week!

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JAXMOMMY 1/7/2013 12:36AM

    Wow! Awesome! Trust me, while in Ireland you will walk, walk, walk and then do some more walking! Why don't you join The AMC fans team's Jamming January Bootcamp with us? Sorry about the parents, but Thank God they are alive! My mom suddenly died in December and I'm still reeling from it. I'm struggling. Love that sassy MIL of yours! Good riddance 10 pounds, Ireland here she comes!! WooHoo!

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SOFEDUPP 1/6/2013 8:13PM

    A trip to Ireland sounds like great incentive to lose those pesky ten pounds. I can totally understand who easy it is to put weight on when dealing with family issues. I myself did it, but like you my goal for 2013 is to work it off.

Glad to hear the parents are doing better!!!!

Patti

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LESSOFMOORE 1/6/2013 7:38PM

    Chris,

It's nice to see you back! Your trip to Ireland sounds wonderful!

Cyndie

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DANLIN60 1/6/2013 2:30PM

    I am so happy for you. what a wonderful thing to look forward to and that is a great goal to work towards. good luck. Wishing your Dad and MIL the best of health for 2013

Welcome back

hugs

Danlin

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DDOORN 1/6/2013 10:49AM

    Wow! I'm so excited for you!

My parents and my son have been to Ireland...I've yet to do any traveling abroad. They had such WONDERFUL times! I'm sure you will too! What a great motivator to help you put such a difficult year behind you!

I just KNOW the two of you are gonna have such a special BLAST! :-)

Don

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EVIE4NOW 1/6/2013 9:40AM

  Your passport picture can't look as bad as mine!!! LOL! Don't forget about walking, as I'm sure you will do alot of it on vacation. If you are used to it your trip will be much more enjoyable then being worn out!

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Thank you Dad and everyone who served in the military

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My dad practicing the Morse code

Another shot of my dad.

I spoke to my dad this morning and of course I thanked him for serving our country in the US Army during WW II. He is almost 86 and still going strong. And thank you to all my spark friends who served

  
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DDOORN 5/31/2012 10:18PM

    Wonderful to have old pics to help us cherish our loved ones!

Don

ps...thx for stopping by my blog!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/29/2012 9:21AM

    Great way to honor your dad.

I appreciate his service emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/27/2012 3:42PM

    Beautiful tribute! Glad you had the opportunity to tell him in person.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/27/2012 11:10AM

    I thanked my dad too and he looked at me funny. He says I'm the only one who ever thanks him, kinda sad.


THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR UNSELFISH SACRIFICE!!! emoticon

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Achilles tendonitis

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I am presently healing up from Achilles tendonitis and am doing light exercises with no jumping around of any kind. In the beginning it hurt worse than "the opposite of heaven". I would like to share a link with you regarding this problem, here it is: www.achillestendon.com/TreatingInjur
ies.html

I was doing jumping jacks in case you're wondering how it happened. Thankfully I can do most other exercises in the meantime (abs, squats, push-ups, etc). If anyone wants to offer any other alternatives, I would be grateful. Thanks!

  
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KEN470 1/14/2014 8:11AM

  I found - and still find - http://achillestendon.com/ - very helpful too.

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HPSANDDOLLAR 1/17/2013 9:49AM

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Dancing the Calories Away

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Last night (and into early this morning), I met up with some friends and danced for at least a good 2 hours! I drank only one light beer, then the rest of the night stuck to club soda with a lemon wedge. I can see why dance classes such as Zumba are popular. It's a fun way to burn calories emoticon
If you are ever planning to visit the Hampton Roads area (such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk) I recommend seeing a group called The Blue Lords. They are good friends with my son and they go to the same church as we do. They are southern rock/blues and couldn't ask for a nicer bunch of guys.


www.bluelordsband.com/

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/24/2012 8:52AM

    emoticonWhat a fun way to burn some calories.

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VAMISS1 4/23/2012 6:42PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for recommending this band, going to have to check them out!

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DDOORN 4/22/2012 9:47PM

    It's WAY COOL to be out dancing with others...even if you're like me and barely know what to do...lol! I enjoy joining with our local Swing Dancers on Tues. evenings.

Don

ps...th
x for stopping by my blog! :-)

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LESSOFMOORE 4/22/2012 8:50PM

    It sounds like a great time!

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BARCLE 4/22/2012 2:43PM

    sounds like you had great fun emoticon emoticon

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My husband's getting our garden ready!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Being that we didn't really have a winter, my husband decided to get the ground prepared to plant tomatoes---yay! And this is giving us quality time together being in our back yard. We haven't yet figured out what to grow besides tomatoes, but I will keep you posted.
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DDOORN 4/2/2012 10:10AM

    Debating whether to have another go at a veggie garden this year...haven't had the best results thus far. But love the idea of nabbing fresh veggies from the back yard!

Don

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LESSOFMOORE 4/1/2012 8:32PM

    Sounds yummy!

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