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This and That--July Happenings

Monday, July 09, 2012

My son, Nate, heads out Wednesday for 4 months of bootcamp in South Carolina. I've already cried many times thinking about it. We are having a big 'sending off' party for him Tuesday night with his FAVORITE marinated grilled venison steak [with tons of sides] and his FAVORITE cake--3 layer German Chocolate! Last night we took him out to supper and had SUCH a fun time!

My sons Nate and Jonathan just returned from a week long fishing trip to the Boundary waters [Minnesota/Canada] and LOVED it! Here are some of their most WONDERFUL catches!

Here they are laying at their site:

Check out their fish fry! WOW!!!! And they also made fish chowder and all kinds of other fun meals.

Nate's 33 inch Northern Pike:

I just finished my first 10 day streak--walked 3 miles daily, stayed within my calorie range 8 out of 10 days, drank at least 8 glasses of water daily, and ate between 5 and 20 fruits/veggies 9 out 10 days. I also lost 2 pounds in those 10 days. Now for my next 10 days--I LOVE how this is motivating me to be consistent again.

Here is the link to the team--Streak to Success:

Last night we had a NEAR tragic incident with our little pocket parrot. Stephen had walked outside with him, and he flew into our TALLEST Oak tree! My two oldest boys climbed the tree and had to cut a branch to get him. Well, they were slowly pulling him in, and he FLEW AGAIN! This time to a birch tree-and we were so blessed to even see where he flew since he's very camouflaged! Anyway, one of the boys climbed the birch and caused the top to bend almost to the ground and he then jumped onto Stephen's shoulder! Oh, it was SO harrowing! Not only seeing my boys in harm's way BUT the thought of not seeing our little guy again was heart wrenching!
THANKFUL to have him back inside!

Both bedrooms are painted and put back together. The bathroom is painted and the tile floor is being laid and it looks so beautiful! I'm SO thrilled! Tomorrow it will be grouted and then the new toilet goes in. We are ordering a custom vanity and granite top. And we are getting new door, plus custom closet organizers. I feel SO blessed to have such generous parents who are helping us with all our remodeling projects. My mother told me she would rather do it now when she can see me enjoy it, than me getting it done after she is gone [I CAN'T even go there!] THANK YOU to my sweetest parents!

Supper is cooking, 3 of the kids are on a fishing excursion, and 3 more headed to work, with Mary and Sammy playing outside.

I've been helping my 4th son with enrollment at the Community College, and working on my tutoring schedule for tomorrow. I got my 3 mile walk in this morning, and have THOROUGHLY enjoyed walking with my neighbor, Mary. And GUESS WHAT! She has joined SparkPeople. On tomorrow's walk, I'm going to explain the tracking tool to her. She is THE SWEETEST person! She said she wants to lose 60#'s, and I'm so thrilled that we can encourage each other in the journey.

Well, I better get busy.

Love and hugs, Susan
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    I am glad you were able to get your bird back. I am sure when that Wisconsin winter hit that bird would NOT be a happy camper. It is almost time for football and you know what happens then...
    2077 days ago
    Congrats on your local SP buddy! That should be a big motivator! :)

    I know it's hard to send your son off. I'll be praying for him.

    Care to come take care of the remodeling in my basement? ;) Good for you. And I know what you mean about mom and dad. emoticon
    2080 days ago
    Those boys hold a special place in a mama's heart! I know how hard it is to send them off to boot camp where you know people are going to be yelling and screaming at him...LOL...but, it is an incredible growing experience for them, and he'll come back a man. It's hard to even want them to become a man...but he will always be your boy, no matter how old or grown up he becomes. My experience has been that during that time away, they really come to grips with how much their home and family mean to them - you'll hear some of the sweetest things from him when he writes...and some of the stories he'll have to tell you at the end about the drill instructors will make you laugh til your sides hurt! Praying for Nate and his mama!
    2081 days ago
    CelebratinG your first 10 day streak! Will have to check out the link. Sounds like your summer is busy and fun. Enjoy each day with your family ... LOL (As if I need to tell you that!)
    Susie2Susie Hugs
    2081 days ago
    Praise God and the beautiful people he created in you to show us such great faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun! What incredible balance with great joy! It's great that you're on the better path again, too!
    2082 days ago
    Hugs to all, dear Susan! emoticon
    2082 days ago
    I will be praying for Nate while he is at Boot Camp. Please Thank him for serving our country. I will be praying for The LORD'S Peace for you while Nate is at Boot Camp.
    You are doing emoticon I am so happy for you that you and your neighbor are walking together and that she has joined SPARKPEOPLE! I know she will love this website.

    Susan, Please have a Very Wonderful Day in the LORD! emoticon

    2082 days ago
    I'll be praying for Nate at his Boot Camp Susan. All your family are growing up and I know it's hard as they start to spread their wings...but fly they must!
    I love reading your heart felt blogs... Happy to hear you've spread the SPARK to your dear walking friend and I wish her much success on her journey to become fitter and healthier.
    Looking forward to seeing your remodeling pics when you're done!
    Well done you too for starting a streak... emoticon
    2082 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/10/2012 2:55:14 AM
    Good looking fish your boys caught there. That's great that you have a Sparkbuddy to workout with. I'm glad you got your bird back.
    2082 days ago
    Hugs to you and best wishes to your son
    2082 days ago
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    Keep up the good work!
    2082 days ago
    Wishing your son well and thanking him for his service. I know it is hard for a mother to see her son go to serve and possibly put himself in harm's way, but it is such a noble calling. I am glad to hear you are back on track. I think that I am as well and have started to see some progress.
    2082 days ago
    My! You do have the adventures!!! I will be thinking of you, it wasn't that long ago that we sent DS#2 off to Marine bootcamp! I know what that does to a mother's heart! emoticon Please tell Nate thank you for serving our Country!

    You are doing terrific Susan!! I'm glad you have picked yourself up and are headed back in the right direction! How wonderful to have a special friend to walk and spark with!!!
    2083 days ago
    Wow - when do you sleep!
    As with the others here - wishing Nate well and appreciative of those who feel called to serve.
    Crazy bird!

    2083 days ago
    So glad you have a walking partner...I know you will be a great inspiration to her.
    Glad that you were able to rescue your bird...been there myself.
    Wishing Nate well and tell him thank you for serving our country.
    I love to fish myself...looks like the boys had a great time.

    emoticon Karen
    2083 days ago
    Oh it goes for me too---Thanks to Nate for his service! I am glad your sons had the fishing trip together, Susan... They must be great friends, as well as brothers! Your neighbor, Mary, is lucky to have you for a walking buddy. It is great for both of you, being able to inspire each other towards your goals. Glad that pretty bird is back home safe, and glad especially, that your children did not get hurt in their rescue attempt! --- BTW, your parents are terrific folks. I know they are happy to see your remodeling projects happen for your family. Enjoyed your blog, Susan... Glad to stay "in touch" this way. Hugs from Alabama!
    2083 days ago
    That is SO cool Susan. You are doing GREAT. I clicked the link. Is it a private team because it will not come up for me?

    So glad you found your precious bird.

    Praying for your peace while Nate is at boot camp. emoticon
    2083 days ago
    Wishing your son well and thank him for serving
    2083 days ago
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