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A Bajillion Thanks

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'd like to roll out the red carpet and stage a parade for all my SparkBuddies. So wherever you are, sit up nice and tall, look side to side and give your best parade float wave. Blow kisses with both hands, pick confetti out of your hair, throw sugar-free bubble gum. Why? Because you are Sparktacular!

I don't say it enough, but thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support on this site. I appreciate every comment, goodie, SparkMail, like and woohoo. Seriously, thank you. I don't always get a chance to reply to every comment and question. I doubt any of us are able to keep up with all the awesome communication here. If I could reply psychically, I'd be set! But please know that I appreciate you.

This community has done worlds of good for me. You guys have given me the courage to live back out in the open, instead of hiding backstage or behind a camera. You've allowed me to do crazy things like hula hoop in a pink motorcycle helmet and dress guinea pigs up in grass skirts. And nobody here has called me a freak--crazy, yes, but always in a nice way. You've inspired me to reach for Wonder Woman goals, while hurling All or Nothing Girl completely out of my orbit. You've cheered me on in my slow and methodical race. (Day 300 is coming up, y'all.) You've helped put the Spark back in my step and a mischievous glint back in my eye (although hubs might not thank you for the latter). Not only that, you've welcomed my daughter with open arms and encouraged her to be herself. We're odd little ducks. Remember how hard it was, being a square peg in Junior High? You've helped give her confidence to keep being herself and for that, I doubly thank you.

This community is the biggest reason that I try to spread the Spark. With this kind of encouraging, supportive network, nobody can fail. Nobody. So, listen for the marching band and watch out for flying batons, because this SparkBuddy wants to say thanks in a big way.

We need a giant, SparkGuy balloon.

Cup your hand, bend your elbow and wave.

I need to add "hooping in a parade" to my Sparklist...

Baby, you're a firework. Come on, show 'em what you're worth!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
QSULLIVAN 1/18/2012 11:38AM

You are my inspiration so keep on doing what you're doing! You keep many of us Sparked and laughing and we love you for it! emoticon emoticon


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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/18/2012 10:45AM

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FEISTYOWL 1/18/2012 10:40AM

    Luv ya - you are so full of sparkly encouragement and positive-ness!! You make me happy and that's what friends are for, yes?!?!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon back at you Shelli. emoticon

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CONRADBURK 1/18/2012 8:44AM

    Thank you for all the effort you put into your blogs! You are amazing! I love your blogs. The pigs are awesome!
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MINNA72 1/18/2012 4:09AM

    Keep on hoopin'!

And right back atcha.

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BIRKIE528 1/17/2012 11:13PM

    Right back at ya!!! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 1/17/2012 10:37PM

    Very cool blog, and think of all the others YOU have inspired.

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MOM-MOM8 1/17/2012 9:51PM

    You are emoticon You share a love of life and joy that can be hard for many to share the way you and your daughter do. Keep Sparking!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALLPROTAMMY 1/17/2012 9:43PM

    I love, love, love what ya do!!!

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BABYTUXXY 1/17/2012 9:11PM

    Just can't picture you hiding backstage anywhere, anytime emoticon . You and all your zany guinea pig, hooping, family inspired blogs and vlogs are the best!

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TEXASFILLY 1/17/2012 7:42PM

    Ditto Shelli girl~ *hugs* Y'all are FAB~ulous! The emoticon ! FAB~ulous! emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon FAB~ulous! emoticon emoticon Did I mention FAB~ulous! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 1/17/2012 7:41PM

    Remember the song, "I just wanna thank you for lettin' me be myself, again..." I appreciate you and Audrey, just being yourselves. You are a good writer too, Shelli. You say what you mean and mean what you say.

You're welcome, but the pleasure has been all mine. I love to watch your vlogs. I never could make out what the chipmunks were saying or your guinea pigs, but that is a hearing defect in me. Do I think you are funny? Yep! Strange? NO!!! I think there are a lot of people that are afraid of what others may think of them and they hide the person that they really are. I love watching the joy on your faces as you make the vlogs for us! I just want to thank you for being yourself...and Audrey too. Hugs to you both and congratulations on all that you have accomplished. Keep on keeping on!

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HEATHER-IN-SD 1/17/2012 7:27PM

    Your Beans and Cornbread post came at just the right moment for me....thank YOU for allowing us in to share your journey!!!


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GRNDMOM43 1/17/2012 7:11PM

    emoticon This is truly an amazing family we have. So glad that you are a part of it! emoticon

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    emoticon right back!

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RESULTS361AP09 1/17/2012 6:53PM

    Right back at you! I always have a smile on my face after reading your posts!! emoticon

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LGAR519 1/17/2012 6:40PM

    Love you, Audrey and the g.pigs.

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MADKAPKID 1/17/2012 5:24PM

    Shelli, thank you for just plain being YOU! You inspire me....entertain me and movtivate me. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/17/2012 5:09PM

    Whistles, foot stamps and hollering as we process in the parade.

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BELIEVING-N-ME 1/17/2012 4:51PM

    Thanks right back at you. Your blog is so true. I really enjoy your blogs.

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I*AM*BLESSED 1/17/2012 4:45PM

    emoticon I'm just glad you are so brave! emoticon

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CHRIS1091 1/17/2012 4:27PM

    Thank YOU! Your vlogs always make me smile and giggle and the ones featuring your guinea pigs are priceless. I think its great that you and your daughter love to hula hoop together.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/17/2012 3:36PM

    I couldn't agree more! Thank you right back!

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LAURIETAIT 1/17/2012 3:30PM

    Thanks for the parade. I have to say that you give far more than you receive. I look forward to reading the amazing antics of Shelli and Audrey. You are an inspiration and a delight.

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    emoticon emoticon I love you, you fun SparkFriend, you!

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PICKIE98 1/17/2012 2:57PM

    You are so blessed with a daughter like "Awesome Audrey" Her junior high friends should be trying to be like HER, not the other way around!! Years from now, they will see that. I see a fitness instructor or entrepreneur in her,, hoops, lights, vid equipment, etc,, your family is an untapped source of revenue, including the pigs!!

Thanks for the parade!!

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DOOBRIE 1/17/2012 2:36PM

    Thank you for your entertaining blogs!

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BLACKROSE_222 1/17/2012 2:28PM

    WOO HOO! Thanks for the Parade!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/17/2012 2:26PM

    emoticon It's always a great break in my day, getting to see you have fun!

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JOYINKY 1/17/2012 2:11PM

    Great blog Shellie! I feel so blessed to have you for a friend! WooHoo!!

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MARTY19 1/17/2012 2:09PM

    You blogs are always so good that they are a joy to read. I am living through you.


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TRULYVISIBLE 1/17/2012 1:55PM

  This blog brought tears to my eyes because I feel it is so heartfelt. I agree with Carrieanne that we should be thanking you. I adore your creativity and your personality. Your vlogs bring a delightfulness and spirit that is unique. I love your youthful spirit and every creative thing you do. Your are FUN FUN FUN! I especially like seeing how you and Audrey made hula hooping of all things a mother daughter special bonding experience. You are shinning star here in Sparkland.

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ANNEMAC5 1/17/2012 1:54PM

    Thank you right back, you are a breath of fresh air. It is fabulous that you are sharing your family with us to. Think how many of us have started hooping because of you both. keep blogging,

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LIVIN2LOVE1 1/17/2012 1:41PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!
Right back at 'ya!!!!!

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_JODI404 1/17/2012 1:20PM

    Much love to both you & Audrey! emoticon emoticon

You both totally rock & inspire me in so many ways!

I am very grateful for our friendship!

You throw an awesome parade my friend, especially the hoopers and fireworks.

Keep on Sparkin and making life so much FUN! I can never wait to see what you two have in store next.

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CHUBRUB3 1/17/2012 1:18PM

    You are awesome Shelli! You too Audrey!
Now for your two guinea pigs Hooray!
Thank you for bringing laughter and sunshine into my life and day.
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HOPESINGH 1/17/2012 1:11PM

    What a cheerful, encouraging post! Keep sparking - you make us spark better! emoticon emoticon

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/17/2012 12:44PM

    I think we should be thanking you! Not only do you inspire us all, but you and your daughter bring us such joy! I understand completely about the square peg trying to fit in a round hole. I've been that way all my life, but I've come to realize that being "different" is not only ok, but it's awesome! I feel sorry for the people who try to live according to other peoples' expectations.. where is the joy and fun in that? I'd much rather dance and sing around the house or down the hallways at school! I think that's part of the reason I loved being a pre-k teacher.. I could be my normal goofy self and the kids just loved it! It also brought the painfully shy ones out of the corner.. I'm hoping to bring that to my nursing when I finish my degree..
So thank you! And thank your daughter for me too!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/17/2012 12:42PM

    I know how you feel! Even with all the craziness over the Facebook stuff on this site- I still love SP and wouldn't give it up! Thank you too Shelli for all you do! And for being a ray of sunshine-both you and your daughter to all of us!! Hoop on!! Hop on the parade with us!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AKELAZ 1/17/2012 12:41PM

    You deserve thanks from all of us too - you've encouraged so many people to get going with hooping who probably wouldn't have - even me at my great age! Your zest for your activities is truly awesome. Audrey is a very lucky girl to have you in her life - as are we. So - mutual gratitude is the order of the day!!
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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/17/2012 12:39PM

    You're the best. Thanks back for all the joy you add to this place.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/17/2012 12:37PM

    shelli it is i who should thank you showed your last hula hoop vlog to my 9 year old and since then he has been trying to hula hoop everyday.he can now do 27 turns before it falls on the floor.not only that my 3 year old has been also trying to hula hoop with him(doesn´t want to be left out)using my pilates ring as his hula hoop.wished i had a camcorder to take photos to show on here.he looks so cute and brings a whole new meaning to the pilates ring.thanks once again .keep up the good work.

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KALISWALKER 1/17/2012 12:25PM

    Thanks Shelli!

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/17/2012 12:21PM

    love you gals 2.. yep, this is a fantastic place to be each and every day .... no better friendships for sure .... Roc


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    You are awesome and so is Audrey!

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SODZILLA 1/17/2012 12:14PM

    Awww, that is so sweet. I just love it. SparkPeople wouldn't be the same without you Shelli, you crazy hooping wonder woman! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/17/2012 12:14PM

    emoticon shine on

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