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Family Day w/Jonathan at Fort Leonard Wood, MO


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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! emoticon

Hours later:

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!

{{{{huge hugs}}}}



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TERRIJ7 4/7/2013 5:40PM

    Have I told you that my son trained at Ft. Leonard Wood? That was back in the '90s so it's been a while. Thank you for taking the time to share your family with us and for listing the names of those films. Happy Sparking!

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SUNNY332 4/6/2013 2:39PM

    Oh my goodness, didn't realize you had two soldiers. Way to go, being a Blue Star Mom 2 times over. That is great.

Loved family day and know you did too. I enjoyed seeing the photos of the very proud parents, grandparents, and sibilings. There is nothing like it.

Way to go Army Mom - Hooah and Congrats to everyone.

Sunny

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/5/2013 8:57PM

    What a blessed celebration! Glad you are feeling better! Susie2Susie HUGS,

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/5/2013 7:58PM

    emoticon Great pictures of you and your family.

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GRACEISENUF 4/5/2013 4:12PM

    LOVE all the pics! Jonathan looks so good and so happy as well, please thank him for his service and tell him congratulations for me. Congratulations to you too Momma!

I love the pic of Sammy kissing Mimi..oh my that is so very precious and I also think the one of your hubby and Jonathan is a "framer" too. Mimi and Jonathan is another favorite....oh my they are all just so good. I felt like I was there... :)

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR JOY!

Susan I too have come to realize that I just cannot seem to eat processed treats in moderation. I tried to do it with Skinny Cow Ice cream bars...oh my that was a disaster. I have watched some of the films you have and I have learned alot.

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SAL1512 4/5/2013 9:13AM

    I feel like I was there! Thank you for sharing your family!
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MINDY502 4/5/2013 8:06AM

    Loved the pictures of your family they are so precious!! Good to hear you are doing better and on the road to recovery. I have netflix may have to watch those documentaries myself thanks for the heads up on them. Have a great weekend!

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RAINBOWMF 4/5/2013 7:34AM

    Such a wonderful sharing family.
Thanks for sharing your pictures.

I do pray you get feeling better. I know that I have never been able to eat junk
if there is anything in the house that is treat food, I can't have one. So I am with you on that one.

Hugs Mary

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MJ7DM33 4/4/2013 7:26PM

  You guys are such a loving, beautiful family! You can tell it in the great pics! Thx for sharing!

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CONCHA77 4/4/2013 6:41PM

    Such a GREAT Blog, thanks so much, I really enjoyed reading it. You have a beautiful family! I sense your pride :) as well as you should.
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Love and Peace.

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KADULAC 4/4/2013 5:38PM

    Great pictures. You must be so proud. DD and I watched Hungry for Change, and Food Matters. They made us really think about what we eat. I am with you. I cannot eat junk in moderation. It's not that I crave it, but if it is there I will eat it. I'm trying to cut out junk almost all the time also. emoticon

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KITT52 4/4/2013 4:00PM

    nice pictures

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KATHYKIM 4/4/2013 10:11AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I always smile at every photo of Sammy (who WOULDN'T smile at that smile that lights up those around him)! I am restarting my journey (and at an all time high). emoticon We all need to find what works for us. I thought I had found it the last time with Spark, but I'm not sure how I let this weight creep on. I KNOW that you can do it and glad that you have found the right plan for you!
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CHALLENGER15 4/4/2013 7:31AM

    What a great visit it was! I smiled at the love that shows through your pictures, and also that the post happened to be from FLW; I taught at a rural school near the post for fifteen years, and it brought back some happy memories.

Thank you for posting!

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NISSANGIRL 4/4/2013 7:20AM

    Beautiful Family! looks like u all hada wonderful time!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KMICHA 4/4/2013 7:05AM

    Woo Hoo! How fun! Family day is the best!!!

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DOROTHYBERO 4/4/2013 6:10AM

    Beautiful family!

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ERIECANALGAL 4/3/2013 11:59PM

    Susan I think that is the base my daughter and son-in-law are moving to in June. I'll have to check out the mane for sure but I'll let you know if it is.

I loved looking at all of your pictures. Have you been doing Spark Coach?
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Dottee

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/3/2013 10:25PM

    You're an incredible blessing, luv! Great role model of what families do in that they share life together! Your family has some great memories of this graduation from boot camp and your family is strong. What an inspiration. When it comes to food, I too have difficulty eating in moderation, so I find when I eat more of a hungry-girl style of meal, I'm less apt to grab that snack later. You can do this! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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MNABOY 4/3/2013 10:18PM

    Love the pictures! A million years ago, 1969, I graduated from Basic and then finished Officer Basic in 1975. Family were unable to come except for the Commissioning. Army is different now, all volunteer, and I hope it is better.
I have to keep certain items out of the house too, for I will eat "the whole thing"

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