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Family Reunion

Monday, May 19, 2008

Well we had a small family gathering today to celebrate three life events. My uncle Harry turned 70, MY Dad's cousin Jim and his wife Marion Celebrated 50 years married and we memorialized my Great Aunt Sara who passed away May 1. IN the picture :
Back Row: Cousin Eddie, MY Daddy, Carol (Eddies wife), UNcle Harry (birthday boy), Alice (his daughter), Aunt Berna (his wife)
Front Row Seated: MY daughter Tanya, Cousin Jim (My dad's 1st cousin), Marion (Jim's wife) And last but not least.. ME.

We had a lovely time but of course it ended too soon.

MY Daddy will be here another week so I will try to enjoy the last of his visit-- hoping I don't have to babysit too much this week so we can spend time together. He is going to make sugar free rice pudding before he leaves-- MY dad has the best rice pudding EVER!

I am feeling good.. it was a good day.

Looking forward to a great week!

Much love to all

TracYZ emoticon

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CLBOOP 5/19/2008 8:15PM

    Hello and what a beautiful family photo. You all look so happy to be able to enjoy the time together. I'm happy for all of you!! Tell your Daddy I am very jealous of you having him make you what sounds like the great rice pudding, a big favorite of mine and hubby's. Best wishes to everyone on their celebrations!!

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JENNIFER2LUZ135 5/19/2008 3:06PM

    Im so glad you had a chance to get the family together. I dont get to see my sister very often SO I know how precious these gatherings are

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WOODLANDMYST 5/19/2008 2:08PM

  How wonderful to be able to get together with the family and celebrate life! Enjoy the time with your Dad. Hugs, Cyndy

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POSITIVELY_EB 5/19/2008 12:30PM

    Families are great! Enjoy them while you can - they disappear all to soon. If you get the chance, write down the stories you hear. When all the elders are gone, the stories go with them. (this coming from a genealogist!)

Hugs! Beverly

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KITRAE1 5/19/2008 10:00AM

    Enjoy your dad's visit!

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KAREN_01 5/19/2008 2:52AM

    Glad you had a good day!!!
Enjoy your week.

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New Haircut, New Start

Saturday, May 17, 2008

**I took the picture myself, lol**

Well I got my hair cut Friday. weighed in today-- terrible results on the scale but I deserved it-- had Kentucky Fried chicken and had a BBQ at a friends and I ate badly especially for night before weigh in!

New day new start... I was 474 today and went grocery shopping, got all CORE foods from the list I have from weight watchers.. MY daughter and I are motivated and we will work the program right!

I am in a new frame of mind


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PAMELA984 5/19/2008 6:23AM

    Love the haircut - get back to basics and start over again - today is a new day!

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DIVALINDA 5/18/2008 8:42PM

    Loving the haircut - the curl and bounce look fantastic, and the fringy bangs are 'in'!
Isn't it fun doing Core shopping and bringing all that good food into the kitchen?


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PAMIJANE 5/18/2008 6:01PM

    You look dazzlingly beautamous in your new haircut and I'm thrilled to hear about your new frame of mind!!! Yeah! Boot it up a notch and kick it! I amy have to start calling you Ms. T. Rex!

I'm so impressed with your picture...I always manage to mutilate my face with the angle I use...hehehe

Huge huuuuugsss!!!!

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LIZZIE13 5/18/2008 4:08AM

    R\Tracy Hun you lookin Great Baby!! Together we are all going to made a new river ... a river of fat that we are all going to loose. You are doing great and keep up the good work emoticon

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KAREN_01 5/18/2008 3:09AM

    Anytime is a good time to start anew! It is great to have your daughter there right along with you!

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CLBOOP 5/17/2008 7:53PM

    Hi Tracy!! I like the new do......very nice length. If your hair naturally wavy? If it is, you are so lucky!! And I want some of those waves! Ah, if only it was that simple for people like me with such straight hair and now thanks to prescription Med's, my hair has thinned a if only the body would follow!!! emoticon Take care. emoticon HAIR!!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 5/17/2008 6:42PM

    Good for you, Tracy! You can start over at anytime!

I love the picture! A new hair cut does wonders for a gal!

Hugs! Beverly

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REBUILDINGME 5/17/2008 5:51PM

    YEAH!!!!! GO TRACY!!! I am there with you girl!!! Lets do this thing! No more playing...I am serious! emoticon

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SUG@RPANTS 5/17/2008 5:49PM

  You are looking good babe. Now to get those pounds to look as good as the rest of you. I have NO doubt you will do it.

NO KFC emoticon emoticonfor you my friend. If I have go without chocolate, emoticon then you MUST go without the KFC.

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Comment edited on: 5/17/2008 5:48:05 PM

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JENNIFER2LUZ135 5/17/2008 4:50PM

    Yep No Looking Back!! I love the postitive attitude and the smile on your face.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

A question was asked of us in a team today and when I saw my answers it made me cry...

What is the number one thing that helps you to lose weight?

Well I will be 44 in July.. I wanted to be thinner for my 25th reunion which I did not accomplish due to many different events in my life.

I want to be a sexy and healthy 50 year old-- Nifty at fifty!

I want to be a Non stop Nana when I have grandchildren.

I want to be a magnificent Mother of the Bride for when it is time for my daughter to get married.. I am glad she does not have a BF because it gives me time!

I want my BF to be proud to show me to his friends.

I want to breathe easier, not be afraid I am going to break furniture, have my cars last longer. I want to get off the meds I am taking for arthritis, I want to be able to walk without a cane and walk up and down stairs easier.

How did I allow my weight to get so out of control? I know what happened I leaned on food to soothe my pain and my sadness... I am always there for my friends to lean on but feel they are too weak for me to lean on.

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JCROWELL 5/18/2008 11:40PM

    You can do this Tracy! This journey is long and filled with obsticals to overcome, but you have the strength inside yourself to rise up and become the strong, healthy woman that you desire to be! I know that you can do this! *hugs* ~Jenn

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WOODLANDMYST 5/16/2008 4:18PM

  Today is a new day; a new beginning. One day at a time, one step at a time. And know that you are not alone; we're all in this together. Take care ~ Cyndy

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PAMIJANE 5/16/2008 10:29AM

    I'm as big as you are, and have done what you did, and I am strong enough to lean lean!!! Realization is a slap in the face sometimes, but we need to be grateful for it because we then become aware...that each passing day shortens our time to become what we want, who we want, to be. Each moment we fall and don't get right back up is another moment we will never get back...and we have to ask ourselves...what is more important...eating this now and feeling good now because the flavor is just to die for (no pun intended) or put it away and eat something healthier because it's not the now we want to be, but the future us we want to see. Smile, be happy and full of joy, because you are here at SparkPeople and doing what you need to do to get more fit. I have to stop spending so much time here and get back on track, and I will, I just had to get things set up first. Live in the moment yes, but make your dreams come true for you by visualizing the future. Don't cry sweet friend, celebrate what you know and kick it up a notch...just like you keep telling me you're going to do!

Love ya sweetie, and you are well loved by many! I think you can lean on us. Love is supernatural...and lends power and strength to the weakest of us!

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KAREN_01 5/16/2008 1:53AM

    You CAN achieve your dreams! They are not out of reach.

Here for you too,you know.

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JENNIFER2LUZ135 5/16/2008 1:05AM

    Not a chance sweetie I am as strong as a rock for my friends. Hang in there it will get better

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POSITIVELY_EB 5/15/2008 11:17PM

    Give us a chance, Tracy! We are all strong to be here, because if we were weak, we would still be out there eating our little hearts out sitting on the couch watching TV!

This is an "in it together" thing! Let us in your life, too!

Hugs! Beverly

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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11, 2008

**This is my baby on her 21st birthday this past March**

Mother's day always makes me a little melancholy. I never had the relationship with my mother that I should have had, I miss her in my life even though she is still living. Through a series of events, she does not keep in contact with me at her choice. I have forgiven anything that she may have said or done to hurt me and the ball is in her court.

At 17, I came to live with my Nana, my Daddy's mother. She was the mother I needed. We had a great relationship. I could talk to her. I could cry in front of her, we shared a lot. I felt like I was such a disappointment to her when I got pregnant emoticonwhile going to college and she reassured me it was okay. She said " Well it would take an idiot to know you were not sleeping with Ricky" emoticon. Then she went on to say, "Well it runs in the family" Well I knew mother was pregnant when she married my stepfather but Nana let it out of the bag she and my dad also were with my brother when they married. Well I felt better and knew it would be more accepted. I have not been a perfect mother but I feel I did a pretty good job. MY daughter turned out pretty good. She is my only child and I cherish her. She is my joy. I tell kids all the time when they say bad things about their parents..."You may not agree with what they say or do but generally it is because they don't want you to make the same mistakes they have made" There are so many out there who do not have their mother's who wish they still did and there are some whose children do not treat their mothers right. Today, being my Nana has been gone for about 5 years and I do not have a relationship with the woman who gave birth to me, I gave my neighbor lady a hanging plant for Mother's day figuring her kids would forget her (I was right) She was so touched and kept kissing me. One hand washes the other.. she is always making me stuff to eat and I do the same. She is a great lady and I am glad I could make her day..

For all of you out there whether your "children" are human babies or furry babies, Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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LIZZIE13 5/18/2008 4:00AM

    Tracy you are truly an angel. Not only to the sparkspeople you meet in all the different forums, but to all your friends who are not here with us. That was such a thoughtful gift to give you neighbour. But with you and I and I have mentioned it to our DS plenty of times it is not who the egg donor nor the sperm donor are in our lives, they are in most cases not the best parents. It takes more than a sperm or an egg to make a parent. Love unconditionally, forgive and forget, teach, help create memorable memories. that is what parents are. Those people who gave birth to us and then the only reason they no longer like/love us, is cause we either took too birthing, or it is our fault they did not have a good pregnancy, and they are blaming us. How many of us sit and talk about all the good times we had with our abusive parents...aren't those the memories that make you laugh and share with friends NOT!! the way I see it we ae sistrs but from different parents loves ya Tracy emoticon

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KITRAE1 5/12/2008 1:36PM

    Happy Mother's Day - what a nice thing to do for your neighbor too.

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SUG@RPANTS 5/11/2008 6:06PM

  You have done REALLY well as a mother, Tracy.

Happy Mother's Day & do NOT be melancholy about your mum. As you say... the ball is in her court now.

cheers from Sharyn emoticon

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JENNIFER2LUZ135 5/11/2008 5:54PM

    I understand how you feel Tracy but it is your mother's loss. You did really well thinking of your neighbour and your daughter is getting a fine example.

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_KARA_ 5/11/2008 3:48PM

    Happy Mother's Day, Tracy! I hope you're remembered today... and if not, spoil and honor yourself for all your love and hard work.


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Just want to clarify......

Monday, April 28, 2008

Note: Most people call a rib of celery a stalk. But this is incorrect, according to the people who care about this type of thing. Really, a stalk of celery consists of a bunch of individual ribs. The ribs are then separated for use in recipes.

So you will use a WHOLE stalk/bunch/group of ribs of celery for the soup! LOL!

The tops add so much flavor DOnt leave them out!

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FROG777 5/5/2008 7:23AM

    Very Interesting i sure had it wrong but i am happy to know the difference, i love the tops i have always used them if i don't eat them first, LOL.

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JENNIFER2LUZ135 4/30/2008 2:10AM

    This i didnt know Tracy. I will use the tops from now on

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CLEONJAY 4/29/2008 11:11AM

    I had no idea! I thought the rib was the stalk and the stalk was a bunch!

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LIVINMYDREAMS 4/28/2008 4:22PM

    I always called it a "bunch" of celery when it was the whole package of celery.

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CHRISTARTIST 4/28/2008 12:49PM

    Oh My - so when a recipe calls for a stalk of celery, I'm supposed to put the whole thing in???


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SSUESM 4/28/2008 11:58AM

    Hi, Tracy! Well, will wonders never cease...all these years I've been eating ribs of celery and I thought I was eating stalks.

Thanks for clarifyng this. It's a little thing, but it's good to know, especially with cooking.

Hope it's a good day for you!


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