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The Last Day

Monday, June 13, 2011

Today is the last official day of my daughter's high school career. Where has the time gone?


I got to YELL at my daughter one last time today, to... "get up and go to school". She hates it when I yell to her upstairs from the bottom of the stairs, she says my voice is so annoying in the mornings (imagine that). She is so glad I never have to yell upstairs to get her up to go to school again, so now I must find something else to annoy her with, lol.

It was a busy weekend of cleaning, grocery shopping and preparation. Getting everything ready for this weekends graduation party. I'm stressing, will be soooo glad to get it behind me, but it's really bitter sweet.... booooo hoooo, my baby is graduating.

My house is going to be so chaotic this week. Grandpa is coming down from NY, grandma is flying in from UT, so lots of things to do.

My daughter wanted a Mexican fiesta for her graduation party, complete with taco bar. Well, of course I had to agree to her wishes in that department, but I also wanted to put a healthy touch on the menu, in case others don't care for tacos. I ordered a 6 foot sub, a veggie tray and going to make some healthy pasta salad too. I have to save room for a piece of graduation cake, Lord knows I've earned it - with seeing and helping my baby get through high school. I think mom's should get some recognition too, not an easy task being a mom in this day and age.

Hope everyone has a productive, wonderful week.

A little emoticon for me - 1 more pound gone this week - hello 145 !!!

  
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DARLAC62 6/19/2011 7:34AM

    Congratulations to both you and your daughter! It really is very bittersweet, isn't it? I had my oldest daughter graduate from ODU and my son and other daughter graduate from Kellam all in the same year. I think that might be a record to have all your kids graduate at once - ha ha! We had a great party too. Have lots of fun and enjoy every moment. And definitely have that cake!

p.s. Way to go on another pound down!

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VBPARROTHEAD 6/18/2011 12:00PM

  Congratulations on surviving the high school year! You deserve a piece of cake, that is certain!

Now, as for finding a way to annoy your daughter? You are a Mother, you will manage easily. I have faith in you!

Is your daughter going to college? If so, Where?

I had one go to TCC then ODU and the other one went to Roanoke college in Salem, Va on scholarships! I always thought that the one who stayed home would be the one to go away to school and the one who went away would stay home! They fooled me!

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MZSLYDE01 6/15/2011 9:26AM

    Congrats on the pound gone. 145 woo hoo.
She looks amazing - Love the earings.
I want to come to your place to eat. Sounds wonderful.
Way to go putting a healthy spin on it.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 6/14/2011 9:26AM

    Awww congrats to you and your daughter!!

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BILL60 6/14/2011 8:05AM

    Enjoy these days with your daughter. You'll be looking back at these experiences later on. You should also be extremely proud of yourself for having been a key factor in your daughter's accomplishments. Well done!!

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NOTHIN2IT 6/13/2011 9:54PM

    Congratulations on your 1 lb gone! Woo hoo!

I know how you are feeling about your daughter graduating. I went through that last year with my oldest. I completely fell apart! What are her plans now?

Enjoy the party...sounds like a lot of fun! And yes....you do deserve some cake, LOL! emoticon

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SUEAZZI 6/13/2011 7:53PM

    Congrats to both of you! Our babies grow up so fast; it's definitely a mixed bag of emotions. emoticon emoticon Have fun at your party; I'm sure it will be awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BGEARY63 6/13/2011 6:51PM

    My daughters grad party was this past Saturday. She bought me a dozen roses to say thank you for all I did for her grad party. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 6/13/2011 5:35PM

    emoticonAnother pound gone. emoticon Enjoy your party!! emoticon

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SAMI199 6/13/2011 3:00PM

    Congratulations to both of you!!! I am writing this with a lump in my throat-sniff-sniff. Celebrate every moment-these are the memories that will last a lifetime!

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NATPLUMMER 6/13/2011 2:01PM

    Definitely bittersweet. You should totally have some cake :-)It is well earned.
Yay for another pound!!


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DDOORN 6/13/2011 1:28PM

    Enjoy these special, one-of-a-kind days!

Best wishes for your daughter on all her new and exciting pursuits!

Don

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JLITT62 6/13/2011 1:28PM

    Bittersweet, indeed. Mom definitely deserves one piece of cake. Tacos can be really healthy!

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DGIBSON02 6/13/2011 1:25PM

    This is going to be one hectic Saturday.

You can still yell for her to get up and go to school, there's college you know!!!

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ELAINEROSE5 6/13/2011 1:09PM

    Yep! Moms do deserve some kudos!!! It's not easy being a parent. Congratulations and hope your party is awesome!!!

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RIKKI572 6/13/2011 12:39PM

    Congrats to you and your daughter. All the hard work will be worth it come the end of the week end. Enjoy your week!!

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This is the first time I've kept.....

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Yesterday was the first time EVER that I got to keep all my bday gifts.

Usually everyone buys the wrong size - too big or too small. Yesterday was so exciting. My daughter got me a pair of shorts - perfect fit. She also got me pajamas in a size SMALL - woo hoo. DH bought me some pajama jeans in a size SMALL - double woo hoo.

I have always dreaded getting gifts for my birthday and Christmas only because I always had the hassle of returning just about everything. I have always told ppl not to attempt to buy me clothes, but no one every listened.

I can't explain how great it felt to know that I didn't have to return anything, that my size is just about where I want to stay and that included a couple of size "SMALLS" - What a great birthday it turned out to be.

Thanks to all my SP buddies for the birthday wishes and for always supporting me. I wouldn't be wearing the "SMALLS" without ya.

  
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VBPARROTHEAD 6/11/2011 10:51AM

  Wow! Fantastic! Great! Very Motivational! thanks for sharing with us!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/10/2011 12:07PM

    Woohoo! Way to go woman and nice to see all the great work is paying off and folks are paying better attention. Enjoy!

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NOTHIN2IT 6/9/2011 10:13PM

    That really is a great feeling! You should be so proud of yourself. You have accomplished so much! Woo hoo! emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 6/9/2011 9:08PM

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yay! You did it & I'm so happy you are enjoying the fruits of all your hard work!!!!

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2HAMSDIET 6/9/2011 6:53PM

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HALFFAST 6/9/2011 2:57PM

    Woohoo!!!

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RIKKI572 6/9/2011 2:34PM

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JLITT62 6/9/2011 1:45PM

    And that is just the best gift of all!

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NATPLUMMER 6/9/2011 11:25AM

    YAY for smalls that fit!!!
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SUEAZZI 6/9/2011 10:24AM

    It makes all the hard work and effort worth it! emoticon emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/9/2011 10:12AM

    YAY! That' so exciting and fun. Glad you had a wonderful day!

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HANKENSTEIN 6/9/2011 10:04AM

    Bravo to you and the gift givers. How sweet!

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FLGIRL1234 6/9/2011 10:02AM

    That is awesome! How good it must feel to try on new clothes and not have to worry about buldging out everywhere. A happy day indeed! Whoo hoo!

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Birthday Bash

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Today is my Birthday, but I shall refer to it as my 21st anniversary of my 21st birthday, and yes.... it started out with a bash, literally.

OMG, I'm so clumsy, I tripped this morning on my way out the door wearing my platform wedge heals and totally rolled my ankle. Owwiieeeeee. Iced it when I made it to work. Gonna be a great day, I can tell (SARCASM).

Anyhoo, the bossy sis and DH are cooking me dinner tonight - yeah, that's a great bday gift - NO COOKING !!!!!!!!!!

I was going for retail therapy at the mall for lunchtime today, but now I have to reconsider since the ankle is pretty swollen. I'll settle for a lunch in the office while reading my new edition of Runner's World.

For a mid-afternoon delight, we always have cake at 3:00 at work - I get to choose what kind of cake we are having - I'm thinking angel food cake topped with strawberries - trying to keep it on the healthy side so I can undo the ice cream damage from last week, lol.

Kinda cool that I got a birthday email from Sparkpeople - it said don't just count your years, make them count !!!!!!

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/10/2011 12:06PM

    Happy belated birthday! Sorry I missed the actually date, but know this is a great way to make the celebration last longer and sounds like you have a lot to celebrate. No surprise that folks remembered your birthday...you are too special to really forget. Sorry about the ankle and hope it is in fine form again soon! emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 6/9/2011 3:26PM

    Happy birthday (yesterday)! Sorry I didn't see this before! I hope you had a fantastic day! My birthday was the day before on the 7th. I hope your ankle gets feeling better and that you let everyone take care of you.

Have a good one!

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HANKENSTEIN 6/9/2011 9:16AM

    A much belated happy birthday, pretty lady. I hope your day was fabulous, the meal was exquisite and 21 all over again rocks.

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DGIBSON02 6/9/2011 8:15AM

    Happy Birthday a day late. Sorry i'm late but I had a little too much on my mind yesterday.

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VBPARROTHEAD 6/9/2011 7:57AM

  Happy Birthday! Certainly hope that ankle feels better and the swelling goes down soon! That is not the way to start your birthday with a Bang! May the remainder of the day be up (pun intended)!

I love the anniversary of your 21st birthday. I have used that for years but don't tell people which anniversary it is! I also tell people the the girls are my husband's by his first wife. I hate it when the girls are with us, role their eyes and say, "Mother, you are his first wife".

Have a wonderful birthday and enjoy the angel food cake with strawberries!

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SAMI199 6/8/2011 9:33PM

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Happy Birthday!!!

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RIKKI572 6/8/2011 6:18PM

    Happy, happy birthday to you. Wishing you a wonderful time!

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STIPER23 6/8/2011 3:59PM

    Happy birthday! My birthday is this month and our secretary bakes a cake on the first workday of the month in celebration of that months' birthdays. It just happens that I am THE ONLY June birthday here. Haha! The cake is all mine! LOL I'm still working on last month's RW but have the new one with me to start this afternoon on the train ride home!

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HALFFAST 6/8/2011 1:57PM

    Happy Birthday! I didn't realize we were the same age! Mine is in 2 weeks and I refer to it as my 29th b-day (for the 13th time ;))
Anyways, hope you're having a fantastic day and rest up that ankle!
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ARTSY_CANDICE 6/8/2011 1:48PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2011 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday!!
Ouch... poor ankle! I hope it feels better soon.
Try to enjoy the rest of your day.

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GIMPYKNEE 6/8/2011 12:02PM

    Happy birthday... Good to celebrate.

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/8/2011 11:56AM

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day and enjoy dinner tonight!

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ELAINEROSE5 6/8/2011 11:04AM

    Happy Happy Birthday! sorry about the ankle.... Hope your day is filled with fun! The cake choice sounds perfect!!!!! I was shopping last evening and bought some strawberries and cherries! Love fresh fruit seasons!!!!

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2HAMSDIET 6/8/2011 10:45AM

    Happy Birthday!! I hope the day keep improving after you tumble. emoticon

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SUEAZZI 6/8/2011 10:09AM

    Happy Birthday/Anniversary! Take care of that ankle of yours and enjoy your day!! Here's to making the years count! emoticon

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10 Exciting, Fun-Filled Days

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've been extremely busy these last 10 days. My BFF Teresa was staying with me for 10 fun-filled days. Here's some pics of what I have been up to.

My best friend of 17 years, Teresa.


My baby's high school senior prom and 18th birthday





Spent a lot of time at the pool, pool parties, the beach, Brad Paisley concert, Dairus Rucker concert - Just had a great time spending time together with my BFF and other friends too.




Just had to include one last pic - too cute for words, doesn't he look like he's smiling?

  
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VBPARROTHEAD 6/8/2011 7:34AM

  What a wonderful 10 days!How nice that yuor bff could be here! And your daughter is drop dead gorgeous and the dress? There aren't words! As for Harley Sunshine, he looks like a very happy kitten!

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RIKKI572 6/7/2011 9:54PM

    What a wonderful time you've had, and your daughter is gorgeous. You must be very proud of her.

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JLITT62 6/7/2011 8:53PM

    Glad to know you were off having fun - I was afraid you were sick! Your BFF looks like your sister. And yes, kitten porn!

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2HAMSDIET 6/7/2011 7:30PM

    emoticon It all looks like so much fun. Love the pics. emoticon

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PARKERB2 6/7/2011 7:09PM

    Glad you enjoyed yourself. Your daughter is beautiful. It's always a good time with friends of old. You look great. emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 6/7/2011 4:49PM

    I loved your pictures. It looks like you've been having a great time!



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SAMI199 6/7/2011 1:44PM

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SUEAZZI 6/7/2011 1:18PM

    OMG what a blast! Prom pics of your daughter are beautiful too! Good Times!

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NATPLUMMER 6/7/2011 10:35AM

    It looks like you had great fun. I love your dress. Of course your daughter looks beautiful, she takes after you.
Yes, the kitty does look like he's smiling. Sooooo cute.

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/7/2011 9:54AM

    Looks like you had so much fun! Your daughter is gorgeous! I wonder where she gets her looks? (**wink, wink**)

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DGIBSON02 6/7/2011 9:41AM

    That pic of your DH/my FIL looks like he should be at a NASCAR race, lol. Hard to believe the little one is 18!!!

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DDOORN 6/7/2011 8:57AM

    Great pics of some special times!

Thx for sharing!

Don

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ELAINEROSE5 6/7/2011 8:32AM

    Looks like a great time!! It's nice to have time off and not a million things to see/do. Your daughter is beautiful!

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Something New to the Lighten the Lunch

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Read an article in Fitness Magazine regarding several ways to lighten your lunch. So today I tried something new on my salad. Substituted a teaspoon of dry sun flower seeds instead of croutons. Save = 30 to 50 calories. emoticonAll about saving a few calories here and there. A lot of great tips in this magazine, one of my favorite next in line to Runner's World.

Got back into action yesterday with my workouts - did a 10 minute Tony workout with bands - sheesh my arms and buttocks are feeling it today. Hoping my workout "funk" is over - P90X on tap for tonight Chest and Back. Bring on the muscles.

It's really super duper hot here today - 92 degrees and humid - ICK !!!! I like it hot, but not this hot. Sure would be a perfect pool or beach day, but I'm stuck in the office but weekend is looking fantastic.

Hope everyone is enjoying a SPARK-filled day.

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/4/2011 1:13PM

    Hello and thanks for checking on me and not giving up! I think we have the computer stuff licked finally and so hope to be on much more regularly...I need it to keep inspired hearing all the great stuff my friends are doing...it really does help and I have missed it. Thanks for the word on the sunflower seeds...great tip! Keep up the great work and hope you have an extra special weekend!

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 5/31/2011 7:50PM

    Great idea :) small changes really do make a difference! woohoo!

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HANKENSTEIN 5/24/2011 11:19PM

    I love sunflower seeds, but hulling them in your mouth and trying to spit the shell in one place and the seed into the salad just doesn't work for me. It would take too long.



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SUEAZZI 5/24/2011 10:55PM

    Thanks for the tip on the sunflower seeds! Glad you are back on track; I have been off track for two days since my 5k and must get back to business tomorrow ~ no excuses! Good luck with your workouts!

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SAMI199 5/24/2011 10:25PM

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2HAMSDIET 5/24/2011 4:18PM

    Great tip guess it is time to jazz up my salads too. Had a salad greens with beets in it a couple of times but have never added them at home. Time to shake things up. Thanks for the tip. emoticon

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DDOORN 5/24/2011 3:25PM

    Love sunflower seeds on salads...yum!

Don

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SEEAMANDARUN 5/24/2011 2:32PM

    A pool sounds wonderful! I think I may get out our small kiddie (or doggie for us) pool and fill it up this weekend. Keep cool!

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PARKERB2 5/24/2011 2:32PM

    Thanks for the tip. Glad your back to your exercises. It's hot here, 80 to 85 or so and it's humid also. Take care. emoticon

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GROEDER 5/24/2011 2:00PM

    The sunflower seed tip is great!!! I like them better anyhow.
Keep going with the workouts.

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JLITT62 5/24/2011 1:30PM

    Sunflower seeds are sooo much healthier than croutons! WTG on rebooting the workouts.

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NATPLUMMER 5/24/2011 1:11PM

    I think I'd have a hard time keeping it to 1 tsp of sunflower seeds. They are super yummy.
Yay for a workout!! Tony will get your muscles into shape!!
Hot is okay but humid is definitely yuck. Glad I live in California.
Have a good one!!

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FLGIRL1234 5/24/2011 1:11PM

    Plus sunflower seeds are good for you. Perfect! They add just a bit of crunch.

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JENNY_BILLOT 5/24/2011 1:10PM

    hmm yummy!

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