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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

This pregnancy thing is no joke!! Haaa, there is so much to learn. I joined, but it is nowhere near as active as here. I asked a quesion on the message boards, no response. I posted a blog, not comments. It's a little sad over there! But it is where I need to be for now, It is the right place to track my nutrition. Gonna get busy now, trying for atleast 30 treadmill mins/day. I know the stronger I am the better this whole process will be. I've been having pain in my lower abdomen that feel like cramps, they said that was normal..........still not comfortable. I am doing more stretching though, and that is supposed to really help with those pains.

I hope you lovely people are having a great week.

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ME_HERE_NOW 2/11/2012 7:25PM

    hopefully if there are any other expectant ladies on your friends list they will come and join u over there in solidarity :)

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KAYECAN 2/8/2012 7:45PM

    I agree with some of the below advice, check out a team here on Sparks for blessed moms-to-be like yourself. That way you will get the interaction you are looking for with other pregnant women and then just use the site for reading articles or whatever. I've never been to that site so not sure what is there. Do what makes Stephanie happy!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/8/2012 3:57PM

    I would just hang here on Spark and join some of the pregnant teams! I've heard BabyFit is not as good!

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COODLEBUG 2/8/2012 2:04PM

    Congrats on the pregnancy....You know there are spark teams here that are for ladies who are pregnant and working the spark lifestyle....Might want to check them out so you won't be so lonely!! Have a great day!!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/8/2012 12:44PM

    Hehe, I suppose it would be rather quiet over there as the percentage of active SparkPeople who are pregnant is a good bit smaller - and most would only be there 9 months at a time. ^_~

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/8/2012 10:59AM

    You have a great week too and be careful not to overdo it. I like the 30 minutes on the treadmill. That'll burn it off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Is this me happy????!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I am pretty much in shock still. Starting my third day of knowing that I am pregnant. I really had ruled this option out for me years ago. I must admit the timing is rather odd, since we don't have any health insurance and my hubby is still out of work!!! Don't quite know what God is trying to tell me.............but I'm excited. I told my husband a few months ago that if we EVER got pregnant, that we would have to take it as a sign from God that that was the perfect plan. I mean 8 years is quite a long time to not use protection and not get pregnant. So, yeah, I'm walking on cloud 9. Keeping my exercise going, got a good 35 min walk in last night, if felt great. Doing lots of crunches on the ball, I want my stomach muscles to be as strong as possible before the birth. Also doing reverse crunches for my back, don't know how long I will be able to do those before the belly gets too big, but I also want my back to be strong and healthy. I joined, the SP related site for pregnancy. I'm pretty excited to get learning as much as possible.

Spent yesterday getting plugged into the Medi-Cal circuit. I'm kind of embarrassed that I have to use that, but I just don't have a choice. I wish I did, but we are barely surviving as it is, I just can't afford healthcare on my own right now. Of course my husband is racking his brain trying to apply for any and every job our town even Dominos Pizza wants you to be bilingual!!! Anyhow, I know that everything will work out the way it is supposed to. I plan on staying positive and thinking happy thoughts as much as possible because I want my baby to have a happy, healthy home inside this belly. If I stress out, well, I just don't want to do that. So, smilles, and rainbows for now..............atleast that's my plan!!!

I am really excited to be sharing this adventure with you guys. I truly believe that SP is the reason I am pregnant right now. This is a dream I never, ever imagined would come true for me! I love you guys, and I love SP!!!!

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CALAMITYJANE44 2/8/2012 7:48AM

    Can't tell you how wonderful it is to see the faith you have in God and His provision right now. With God ALL things TRULY ARE possible! It may be a "corny" saying, but that doesn't negate the fact that it is TRUE!

Father, thank you for the blessings you've bestowed upon this family. I know that you will provide for their every need. In Jesus name, amen.

Thanks so much for sharing this journey with us. We are very excited for you!

God bless,


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ME_HERE_NOW 2/8/2012 1:25AM

    congrats girl, great that you are already laying the groundwork for a successful pregnancy on all fronts! love ya!

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    You are truly blessed! I spent 10 years trying to have children and I am blessed with one son. I spent tons of money on fertility treatments we really couldn't afford. I even had garage sales to cover some of it! LOL I wanted to have more children but, I thought I never would get pregnant so I am thankful for one, healthy child.

The important thing now is to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. God does have a plan for you and everything will work out one way or another. Be sure to get check-ups with an OBGYN. Somehow the money will work itself out.

I am sooo happy for you! Being a mother is a difficult job but, the love you feel in your heart for your child is the most incredible feeling you will ever experience.

You should take this time to focus on some of your interests and/or education goals because after the baby arrives you won't have time to focus on yourself.

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world but, it is the most rewarding too! Hugs.

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RIDMYCOCOON 2/7/2012 7:34PM

    Do not be embarrassed about Medi-Cal. It is a terrific support. It is there for these times. WIC is also a really GREAT resource. Look it up and get it started as soon as you can:) XOXOXOXOXOXOX So soooo happy for you:)

Enjoy being a happy you!!!!XOXXOXOXOXO

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KAYECAN 2/7/2012 4:39PM

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BLUE42DOWN 2/7/2012 1:44PM


How very very exciting for you and your husband. Enjoy every precious moment!

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SEATTLESIMS 2/7/2012 12:15PM

    Yes, apply for those benefits and start using them so you can have a healthy happy pregnancy.. that is what those benefits are there for!
Have fun with your activity, I believe it goes a long way in helping with a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Good luck on the job hunt for the hubs.. my hubby is in the same boat.. just got to keep at it!
have a wonderful day!

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GLITTERGIRL69 2/7/2012 11:12AM

    I am not sure if you have ever posted on our team, Can't do this on my own. (your user name is familiar to me) However, I was on our team page and noticed your blog and felt compelled to read it. You see I am a very active team leader, and I don't have enough time to read very many blogs at all, so I rarely do. This mainly is just because I do many other things for my team members. But as I read your blog I soon realized God led me to your blog so I would share something with you.

I just got off the phone with a very spirit filled person. As we were talking he began to talk about 1 Samual and 2nd Samual in the bible. These chapters relate to Hanna becoming pregnant after being barren for so any years. Please I feel an urgency, read 1 Samuel, & 2nd Samuel chapters. You will surely increasely be blessed by doing so! Samuel 16:7 "man looks on the outward apperance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

I am telling you this although I barely know you because I feel it is filled with the Holy Spirit, God's spirit is upon you. God will lead the way. God's protection is upon you. HIs spirit is worked through the resources available to you. On this day your spiritual journey has begun! Take heart, trusting God receiving His blessing, receive this through prayer. Trust God with all of your concerns. Seek God and trust Him without fail. This time is to be treasured. God will led the way through any darkness. Take root to your convictions. Take God's hand and hold it firmly never loosen your grasp upon Him.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with trust in Him, so that you overflow with hope by the power of Holy Spirit .

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ROTTENAP 2/7/2012 11:04AM

    Don't feel guity about the benifits!! Your taxes have paid for them!! You deserve them!! I'm so excited for you! Things will all work out. My son in law has been in the same position as your husband. He did finally find work. It will happen. Remember when you feel like your drowing in the waters of life, that the creator of life walks on water! Love ya!

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PEPPERCHILD 2/7/2012 10:50AM

    Congratulations! Apply for and use those benefits - that's exactly what they are there for. emoticon

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Best birthday present ever

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Yeah, I'm pregnant! Don't know how. Never have been, EVER. Been with my husband 8 years, not even a slight hint at pregnancy.........until now!! So, yeah, think it might be the exercising and eating better????? I'm really in shock still, but so very excited, jubilant, nervous, and overall just feeling blessed!!! Just wanted to share my bit of excitement with you all. Oh and any andvice you might have for me I'd LOVE it!!! I'm going to pic my mom and SIL's brains, but the more advice, the better, especially nutrition related.

I'm so excited to be sharing this part of my life with you guys!!! I think SP plays a role in why this is happening for me now. I truly think the positive outlook on life and the healthier actions are the reason I am sitting here, beaming, inside and out!!

Love you guys!!

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SLNA111 2/9/2012 10:55AM

    Congratulations!!! That is so awesome!

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WENDYLEE15 2/7/2012 9:31PM

    So happy for you!! Congratulations to you an your hubby. Best wishes for a Healthy Happy pregnancy !!
Take care,

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ME_HERE_NOW 2/7/2012 1:04AM

    there is a spark companion site,, check it out, i guarantee they have ALL sorts of info for you! congrats!!

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UNICORN212 2/6/2012 10:37PM

    LOL - The only advice I have is to eat nutrition for two, but calories for 1 1/2! And stay active to the end! Congrats!

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NEWLYWED2011 2/6/2012 10:36PM

    CONGRATS! That's super exciting!!!

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THESHELBSTER 2/6/2012 10:33PM

    I am just absolutely thrilled! Being a mom has been my biggest blessing in life and I am sure you will feel the same. Wahoo!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/6/2012 10:30PM

    What fabulous news!! I'm so very happy for you, dear one.
I've never had kids, so I won't give you any advice, but to keep on working out as long as your doctor okays it. The fitter you are the quicker you'll bounce back after baby has arrived.
You're going to be a mommy!!
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A_WISE_WOMAN 2/6/2012 6:22PM

  And another thing with the baby food...when you're just starting them out with fruits and veggies, freeze the food in ice cube trays--perfect serving size!

As for the pregnancy itself...follow the doctor's orders, and we'll be here for support and to cheer you on along the way!

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RIDMYCOCOON 2/6/2012 3:22PM

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I am just thrilled! emoticon emoticon

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MAYAPAPAYA150 2/6/2012 1:02PM

  That is such exciting news! Its great that you nutrition and fitness will play such a supportive and important role in having a healthy pregnancy. Congratulations! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/6/2012 12:51PM

    Congrats!!! emoticon

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EMRANA 2/6/2012 7:18AM

  Wishing you and your family all the best!

I have never been pregnant, so I can't offer any advice there ~ just wanted to say congratulations again ~ and happy birthday!

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KAYECAN 2/5/2012 8:55PM

    That must be what led me to give you and your hubby that teddybear. Now you have a special memory to attach to it....the day you discovered your newest blessing!!! Many many hugs to the two of you. Congrats.
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OUTDOORGIRL70 2/5/2012 8:54PM

    emoticon emoticon and Happy Birthday. I agree with wonderbug381. Make your own baby foof. i did that with mine 43 years ago even when baby food was 10 for $1.00

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WONDERBUG381 2/5/2012 8:40PM


Such a wonderful blessing and on your birthday to boot emoticon

*advice* don't bother with store bought baby food, make your own. That's what i did and my kiddos loved it. I would just smash or puree whatever we were having for dinner.

I wish you well & look forward to hearing all the details of your pregnancy.

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ANNEV2012 2/5/2012 8:29PM

    emoticon I wish you a healthy, happy pregnancy and a healthy bundle of joy. emoticon

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HEADIE2012 2/5/2012 8:15PM

  yeah!! Congrats on the wonderful news!!

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ROTTENAP 2/5/2012 8:13PM

    I'm so happy for you!!!

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Heart and star

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Today is my first day of tracking my goals on my the idea from the wonderful Miss Mojo. I got a heart (met my calorie intake goal) and a star (met my calories burned goal). I am excited to see the progress on my calender day to day......think it will be a great visual motivator.

Read somewhere that in Eastern countries they have a saying..........and the gist of it is, eat until you are not hungry anymore, but not until full. I realized this is a pretty crucial bit of advice for me to follow. I have to admit, when I eat at the higher end of my calorie range, I can eat pretty decent sized meals, and still have the "finish what's on my plate" mentality. If I know I have the calories left to eat, I usually just eat them, even when I am not really needing to, because I'm not hungry anymore. I've been overeating, and emotionally eating for so very long, it really takes immense focus to change these 32 years old habits. But like a client told me the other day, it took me awhile to get here, I really need to be patient, and see that I'm not going to magically wake up tomorrow in the body I'm dreaming of. But, if I keep baby stepping it, one day, I definitely will. And by that time, I will have all the tools in my basket that I need to mantain that weight.

I hope you are all learning and growing in your personal journeys. It really is a dance of life, sometimes it's a tap dance, others a box step.............sometimes fast, other times slow. But the music goes on, and so we keep the beat, keep the pace and waltz right into the life we've dreamt of for oh so many years.


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ME_HERE_NOW 2/4/2012 7:05PM

    woohoo, glad u like the calendar idea :) reminds me i need to do a january wrap up for mine!

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A_WISE_WOMAN 2/3/2012 9:20PM

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The realization is the first step. Good for you! I'm cheering for you!

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KAYECAN 2/3/2012 5:59PM

    You do realize that I subscribe to your blogs so when I saw in my email that SoulFish had left a blog, I thought "Oh good...I wonder what positive thoughts she is going to share today" I hurried and opened your blog only to have my heart ripped from my chest. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I WON'T WAKE UP SOME MORNING IN A NEW SEXY BODY!!!!!THAT WAS THE ONE LAST DREAM I HAD!!!!!!
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But the rest of the blog was beautifully written and oh so true. We all have so many issues to deal with and learn to overcome. My blog today was similar (not as poetically written but similiar. And about your stars and hearts.....I did that in January and at the end of the month, it really made me feel proud of how well I did. It's a good visualization. I think you will really enjoy doing it. Thanks for blogging (well except for the part where you crushed my only dream)
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/3/2012 5:21PM

    Great idea tracking on the calendar - I want to make one and give myself stickers for rewards!

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ROTTENAP 2/3/2012 11:58AM

    Thank you so much for sharing that great idea and advice! emoticon

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 2/3/2012 10:47AM

    Wonderful blog. It is true that what is required along the way is always changing and I
believe that the key to success lies in our ability to adapt or as you put it --to learn many dances. I believe that the path we Sparkers are on will teach us so much more then
how to create a new relationship with food. It will teach us how to reconnect with our body. How to take care of it through exercise and rest, how to feed it with nourishing food
and to eat only to the point that hunger is satiated.
And this path will teach us about ourselves. How do we cope with our emotions. How do we reach a goal set. Lessons that apply to weight loss but also to everyday life.
So, Ms. Soulfish, it would seem that we are in class together for the next while. Hope your path is full of hearts and stars.
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SLIMINMIND 2/3/2012 10:25AM

    Wow, I got the right mental picture. Slow and steady wins the race. congrats on the awards.

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WENDYLEE15 2/3/2012 8:35AM

    Well said. So great to see your enthusiasm!! Have a most beautifully wonderful healthy weekend!!
Blessings and Hugs !!

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Day, me say day, me say dayyyiiiiooo

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hmmmmmsies. Welps. Yup. It's Tuesday. Not having quite as spendid of a start to my week as I did last week. Still happy about surpassing 500 fit mins this month. Lets me know I am slowly creeping back into the saddle again. Work was cool today. Had a guy tell me that he only asks women on dates so that they will in turn shave his back for him after a few good meals out!! Haa, I've NEVER heard that before, and I thought I'd heard it all!

My sister seems to be doing better. She was hospitalized and medicated and has called my mom multiple times to let her know that she is OK, and is sorry for all she has put her through. I am glad to know that she seems to finally realize that she has a real problem, and seems to, atleast momentarily, not be blaming all of us for her unbalanced recent actions. My hubby is finishing up his gaurd card classes and should be testing by next week sometime. Once he gets the card he can apply to any security gaurd jobs nearby........not the most high paying or glamorous job, but for now, a job is a job. He seems motivated about it all, which makes me happy.

My 32nd birthday is on Sunday...........yeah, Superbowl Sunday. Looks like we are going to mom's for turkey dinner, and she doesn't have cable, so hopefully I'll miss it. Although I did hear that there was a Ferris Bueller spoof commercial reenacting parts of the film with Mattew Broderick in it, but not really worth watching the whole stinking game for.....esp. not on my special day.

God is good. I did a strict budget analysis this month, figuring up exactly per day what I have to make in order to pay all of our bills (I work commission), and I've either hit or surpassed my goal everyday this YES, we have been able to eat! Wooo Hooooo!!! Excited for hubby boy to get back to work, but I am quite happy that I've been able to keep us afloat on my own. When I lived in So Cal I made bank.............serious bank. But since we've moved to Nor Cal the money flow just hasn't been the same. But, surviving is good, surviving is great, can't complain about it one bit.

Subscibed to a great newsletter from Food Matters. Hippichick suggested it, and it is quite informative and eye opening. I highly recommend taking a look at it if you have a free minute.(You can find the link on her blog from today.)

Looking forward to taking the day after my b-day off. Used to have every Sunday/Monday off, but for now I've been pulling the 6 day work week, kinda miss my home time. Think we might go play Bingo Monday night for my special day. Haven't played in about 10 years, and found out it is only seven bucks to play at the Elks Lodge near my work. I won $250 the last time I played, so I'm daydreaming that I'll get lucky again!!

Hope the begining of your week is going well. Love you guys........I truly do.

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ME_HERE_NOW 2/1/2012 11:27PM

    eeee birthday time! turkey dinner sounds lovely, glad to hear things with sis and hubby are coming around! take care of yourself friend, keep making time for those fitness minutes so you are strong and ready when the next round of struggles comes a callin. love ya girl!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/1/2012 6:56PM

    Ooh I love BINGO! Have fun!

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WENDYLEE15 2/1/2012 4:30PM

    Awesome attitude and Happy early Birthday !! The budget has been stressful in these times..but like you said we must be thankful that we are "making it"..I am truly thankful for that too. Have a wonderful week leading up to your special day !!
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RIDMYCOCOON 2/1/2012 2:15PM

    You sound up beat and spritely! Really glad to hear about your sister. I hope she can find a track that makes her happy:)

Enjoy the rest of your week. That is pretty funny about he back shaving thing (ha!)

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KAYECAN 2/1/2012 9:44AM

    Let's started January "happy" and you ended January "happy".......sounds like the perfect month to me!!! You have so many blessings to count and I believe you are richer than you know. I'm sure it is stressful with your sister's situation. I don't know the particulars or how close you are to her, but you are the kind of person that is a postive influence on matter how far away you are.
I hope February will bless you as much as January did!!!
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EMRANA 2/1/2012 7:20AM

  Happy Birthday!

That commercial will be all over You Tube, prolly. No need to watch a boring football game. *teehee*

Congrats on rocking your budget too. I wasn't able to support both my husband and me completely during his layoff and I'm really hoping we can rebuild our savings. We still have a nest egg, but it's smaller than it used to be.

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ROTTENAP 2/1/2012 6:51AM

    I hope you have a great Birthday on Sunday!! Keep it up!

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MACILINN 2/1/2012 2:01AM

    Happy Bday Sunday! Yes get to Bingo, I love playing too, it's been along time for me, it's amazing how life just seems to get in the way. I know what you mean by doing better last wk, yesteraday the scouts knocked on the door and hubs bought 2 boxes, of course this is no prob for him, he just put them in the freezer, I keep sneaking in to grab 2 or 4 at a time. Opps there goes the cal count. What's funny is next wk he will be surprised when he remembers he might want one and poof they disappeared. Well happy B-day weekend to you.!

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