Well, have you ever spent LOTS of time writing a blog only to delete the ENTIRE thing! UGH!!! Well, I'll try again for as long as I can..
My two soldier boys! # 2 & # 4 sons
Nate [in uniform] graduated in September from Basic, and now Jonathan graduates tomorrow.
Mary [only daughter] was SO excited to see her brother!
Sammy # 7 son with his brother.
Jonathan with son # 6, Stephen
And a complete surprise to Jonathan, my two nephews came also. So here is Jonathan with Porter and Harrison, my sister's two boys.
Here is one of my FAVORITES with Jonathan and my husband:
And here is one of my mother [MIMI] with Jonathan:
I ABSOLUTELY love this shot of all the boys--4 of my boys and 2 nephews.
And finally one of me with my arms wrapped around my baby!
Well, I ended up NOT being able to post this afternoon, so here I am in the hotel room by myself while others are resting [my parents have a suite to themselves and are enjoying the QUIET!] or swimming. Had a wonderful time tonight with Jonathan at dinner. Here are a few fun shots from dinner:
Four out of eight of my children. Sammy was sitting over by daddy.
My dad [POPI] was too cold to get shots this afternoon so we got one tonight:
Now just a few "highlight of the day"pictures:
Sammy and my nephew, Harrison.
Sammy giving Mimi kisses:
Sammy and my nephew Porter.
Love this hearty laugh of Jonathan and Sammy:
And now my little ones off for a swim:
I'm FINALLY feeling like a million bucks! I'm still coughing and carrying on something terrible but I FEEL wonderful! Friday will be the last day of my antibiotics. I was SO, SO miserable on Easter! But the kids still had fun--Mimi is VERY generous with her egg filling! ha! The three little grandchildren--Mary and Sammy and my niece Sophie were the ones hunting, and they each averaged about $7-$8 in coins!
And, lastly, I'll give you a quick update on my Spark Journey. As much as I don't want to REPEAT this, I must come to grips with something, and I'm glad that you guys tirelessly endure my vacillations! After doing some serious documentary viewing on Netflix, I've concluded that I'm unable to eat junk food in moderation. I WISH I could be like my best friend that can eat refined products in MODERATION and stay fit and trim, I don't seem to be that way. I'm taking baby steps but my ultimate goal is to eat a clean, whole food, nutrient-rich, plant-based/lower meat and dairy diet. I'm kind of excited. This is day 2 of no refined products--for now that constitutes refined sugar, flour, rice and pastas. I know I will need to keep educating myself, and probably RE-watch these documentaries, but I desire to move in this direction so that I can be a healthy, vibrant 50+ wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend AND hopefully not be bogged down with chronic sinus infections, plus I know it would make my outlook brighter because refined products seem to affect my mental health!
For those interested here are the names of the documentaries:
Hungry for Change
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Forks over Knives
Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue
Thanks for letting me share with all my dearest friends. I love you guys so much!