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Two Choices

Monday, August 08, 2011


Our health journey has saboteurs and choices.
Just sharing some experience and success.

From Obese to Overweight and sneaking up on Healthy...I'm doin' it, you can too. YOU CAN DO IT!





Lemme know if you're needing out-takes....of me losing my sanity...

  
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KAURAKITTEN 8/9/2011 3:48PM

    I heart you so much! I love that you can stand up for yourself in such a loving way. You demand respect but you let them understand where you were being disrespected and hurt. I have so much respect for you!

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/9/2011 2:31PM

    Since you mentioned my name, I'll look for some glow-in-the-dark yarn here and if I find it, I'll send it!

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MNOT2THICK 8/8/2011 10:52PM

    LIZ, You are awesome. 170's, WOW.

My DD tried the same thing. She was baking up a storm and I am a sugarholic. I had a similar talk abour who was the parent.

Great reminder,we need to give ourselves time too. emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/8/2011 10:49PM

    Lizzie, Thank you for sharing some of your biggest struggles you've faced on this journey and some of the biggest elements that helped you get where you are. I have watched you slowly, beautifully change on the inside & out and You constantly amaze, inspire & encourage me not to give up! I am so HAPPY for you for getting to 170ville. AMAZING!!! emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 8/8/2011 9:35PM

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Your encouragement for all of us, is truly the best gift!! I need you to be able to get down to my goal weight, so please don't ever leave us!!! You are truly Heaven sent!! Love YOU!! Shannon

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JEANUT 8/8/2011 9:16PM

    I agree 100% you have to have me time.
Can't take care of them if you don't take care of you.
You are doing great, talking about how you feel helps. It may take more than one talk sometimes but don't give in or give up.
I had to have a talk with my DH, so don't feel like the only one.

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/8/2011 9:00PM

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Luv u girl!

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MKPRINCESS007 8/8/2011 8:24PM

    Liz, Liz, Liz................WoW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!! Awesome fantastic blog! Everything you said is so true for so many of us........and yeah, it can all be hard, but pick your hard. Love it! Thanks for being you! Congrats on getting to 170 ville..........I promise that I am on the path behind you, since you so nicely paved it for me!

You are the best, girlfriend!

K

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/8/2011 8:15PM

    You rock Lizzie girl! I am so frickin proud of you!!!
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ANEWBETHSTL 8/8/2011 8:05PM

    emoticon doing the Happy Dance for you Lizzy!!

So very happy for you on getting to 170-vill!

Sometimes I feel as if my hubby is my saboteur...he is very supportive, but there are times he would be like "We should get burgers, let's order pizza"...I know I can have those things...but I have to plan for those things...he doesn't understand that though.

I am so glad you are doing what is good for you no matter what!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/8/2011 6:46PM

    emoticonOn 170vill and making some you time and making boundaries. emoticon

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Frenemy

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Yup, she came, she saw, she may have even conquered.
I'm movin' on.
JARON AND THE LONG ROAD TO LOVE ~ I'll Pray For You...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=atBg9zLI2bA

  
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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/8/2011 10:34PM

    I used to have one of these in my life, too. I still "run into" her every once in awhile. She'll say, "I miss my friend." In my mind I'm thinking, "you miss your punching bag!" I put up with it for so long though because...I don't know...I'm just that kind of person who becomes the door mat too often... Anyway, MAN has my life been easier with her out of it. I feel so much better emotionally. It was one of the hardest things I had to deal with though when I knew I had to tell her to leave me alone. I will pray for God to give you wisdom & strength to do whatever needs to be done. For the record, I think you are beautiful, inside & out ;o)

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SUECHRIS50 8/8/2011 2:11PM

    frenemy?I have those and I avoid them!!

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ROGUE_RUNNER 8/8/2011 1:01PM

    Gawd...how old are you anyway.... 17??? How is your skin like flawless???? Not a line or spot in sight!!



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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 8/7/2011 10:24PM

  Love your make up today!

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MNOT2THICK 8/7/2011 8:10PM

    I am glad a boot you!! emoticon

My frenemy showed her true colors when she told me my butt needed its own zip code at 179 lbs while she weighed 270. That was when the light bulb went on and stayed on. No popping in on me. If you don't call, I won't open the door. emoticon

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ECLIPSED 8/7/2011 7:53PM

    I think we have the same sister lol :) First time I heard this song, posted it on a friend's fb page, thanks!

p.s. I love how your kids just wander into the frame without a second glance in your direction!

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LIFEGENESIS 8/7/2011 1:40PM

    I'm so sad! I can't believe BOTH Hank AND SB are gone!:(

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/7/2011 11:20AM

    Oh my goodness. How can someone put you down with a smile on their face? emoticon At least you don't have to see her often.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/7/2011 11:11AM

    I think we all have one or two "frenemies" in our life. Makes it difficult!!

I absolutely LOVE this song!! It's so appropriate for some many people!! emoticon

And I'm all "aboot" learning to talk Canadian!! emoticon

Glad that you're my friend, Liz!

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/7/2011 10:03AM

    Is that "about" or "a boot" as in emoticon???

Just kiddin'.....you are SO cute!



Love you, Mr. Mittens emoticon

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Quiet Vlog Part 2

Thursday, August 04, 2011

um, can't remember?

  
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ECLIPSED 8/6/2011 10:36AM

    Haha Liz, throw your fit, then get back to it. You are looking great at 180, but think how marvelous you will look at your healthy weight.



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I*AM*BLESSED 8/5/2011 9:30AM

    Yeah, we're ALL mature like dat!!! heehee

I think you are looking M.A.U.V.A.L.O.U.S so don't give up! We all can see such a change in your before and after pic. Remember, you don't have to do it all at once, either. Take your time!
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/4/2011 10:58PM

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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2011 10:01PM

    Yes, what is that aboot?
Oh, you are a sneaky soaker. emoticon

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/4/2011 9:16PM

    Yep....you did speak "Canadian" and it sounds adorable! Hope your house didn't get too soaked!!
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Quiet Vlog

Thursday, August 04, 2011

sneaking in an update

  
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I*AM*BLESSED 8/5/2011 9:23AM

    You GO girl! Speak up next time, woman!

I want your hair! emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 8/4/2011 11:15PM

    emoticon wall peeling sucks.. Good luck it doesn't take too long!

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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2011 9:56PM

    Thia was a quiet vlog. I could barely hear you.

At least you will be burning lots of calories fighting with the wallpaper. Think cardio emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/4/2011 7:28PM

    Glad you are feeling well and having a good time. That wall paper looks like a challenge for sure. emoticon

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Hi, It's, um, Tuesday?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Woo Hoo!
My children are coming back...sometime today. I'd go to the grocery store and have things done for when they get here, but, my theory is if I don't get an E.T.A. don't expect to E.A.T. I don't plan on being the desperate housewife, um, ever. I think I will be when I'm an empty-nester though, so, we'll just save it all up for then and shock them.
I figured out this nasty little cloud that has been hanging over my head (asides from migraine disease stupid stuff) is this bitterness with homeschooling and lack of support. I found a fantastic writing and I'll share...

The Bitter Homeschoolers Wish List

by Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling, Issue #1, Fall 2007

1. Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is and it is it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?



2. Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both concepts.



3. Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson *(when at play, PERIOD) to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.



4. Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.



5. If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a "reality" show, the above goes double.



6. Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.



7. We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.



8. Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.



9. Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.



10. We didn't go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.



11. Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.



12. If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.



13. Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.



14. Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of education and many of us prefer a more organic approach we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.



15. Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.



16. Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.



17. Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.



18. If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.



19. Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.



20. Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.



21. Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's homeschooled.



22. Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.



23. Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.



24. Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.



25. Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!



*moi

I'd like to add although I adore teachers ( I know a few) I find it a little more then sad the attitude I get that somehow I'm being 'irreverent' to some sacred position. Somewhere along the line our society has placed the role of spiritual, societal, and cultural leadership from parents to teachers. From being privately monitored to being publicly controlled.



Once again, I did not give birth to public property.

SO...that aside. I'm working on a cutsie crochet project to help me settle into slumber mode. It's pretty tacky, BUT, my mother's friend LOVES it so, I'm going to make some for Mom to give to her for Christmas.


Bernat Icicle Holly Jolly pattern..crochet pattern:
www.bernat.com/data/pattern/pdf/Bern
at_HandicrafterHolidays007_cr_ornament
.en_US.pdf

  
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JEANUT 8/2/2011 10:20PM

    I agree, with everything you said. So many people assume and just don't know.
I get some home schooled kids in our library from time to time.
None are the same or learn the exact same, just like kids in regular school.
I do enjoy asking questions like: do you have pets, what do you like to read, and would you like to draw me a butterfly to hang up in the kids room.

I love to crochet and have been a hooker since I was 6yrs old. If you need some crochet pattern links I've got lots of them.

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MKPRINCESS007 8/2/2011 7:49PM

    Love this, Liz! I have gained a respect for homeschooling that you wouldn't believe when my son school refused last year, and I was pretty sure that was the way we were headed. i was able to get him settled in an approved private school paid by the district that I believe to be perfect for his needs. However, if the district ever takes that away from me, you better believe that homeschooling it is!

Awesome. So proud to be your sparkfriend!

Karen

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/2/2011 6:35PM

    Wonderful blog!!

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/2/2011 2:59PM

    Like your list and love your crocheted icicles!!!

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MNOT2THICK 8/2/2011 2:49PM

    Love it.

I did not homeschool but would have loved to spend more quality time with my child. I was always working hard and long hours and kind of felt the school system failed to stimulate her interests.

Awesome blog.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/2/2011 2:39PM

    LOVE it!!! I loved number 16. I have loved teaching my children. Some have succeeded and some have struggled. emoticon

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JUSFOLK 8/2/2011 2:34PM

    Neat blog! My son and daughter-in-law homeschool their gals, and they have done fine (well, they're only 9 and 5, but I know how brilliant they are!) And then my daughter teaches in a public school. So we have all the bases covered in our family.
And one thing about my daughter-in-law...I hear she's been intimate with the principal..hehe!

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