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Friday, August 22, 2014

For me, the start of the school year feels more like New Yearís Day, than the actual New Yearís Day. Something about a fresh start and a clean slate, new pencils and all that. Back to school also means back on a regular schedule for me, and thatís not always a bad thing. Sometimes, I want to fight the clock during those early morning wake-up calls. And sometimes, itís frustrating to have to drop everything, to go pick up kids from school. But itís super easy to find the silver lining there. Early mornings mean Bubba and I can get our morning walk in sooner, so my day ends up being more productive. And this week, Iíve added strength training back into the mix. Iíd been away from it over the summer, so Iím easing back into it and it feels great. Today is Day 1230 of my exercise streak. WooHoo!

Taking Audrey to and from school is its own silver lining. She just started her Freshman year in High School, so this might be the last year or so that I take her. Soon, sheíll be driving herself. I enjoy those moments with her in the car, every day. Iíd post a first day of school pic, but I promised not to take one this year. Sigh. Remember when Audrey was in all of my vlogs and I said I was enjoying it, because I knew it wouldnít last forever? Yup, she definitely reached that point and Iím respecting her privacy. Enjoy the moments and be ready to move on to the next one, preferably without kicking and screaming.

What Bubba looks like, while Audrey is at school. ďHey lady, stop working and play with me!Ē

So, Audrey is a Freshman and Logan turned 20 this week. Big week for our house! Logan has been lamenting the loss of his youth. He thinks life is basically over, once you become an adult. I keep assuring him that heís barely begun and thereís a ton of good stuff happening now and just around the corner. He is the Eeyore to my Tigger. Look, here he was as a little guy, with our first bulldog, named Phyllis. Fast-forward to today with Manboy and his dog. (Heís oblivious to the fact that I have a blog, so he doesnít really care what I do. Iím just happy I got a picture at all. He Who Shall Not Smile.)

Proud of this hardworking, young man.

Another area Iím getting back on track with is lunches/snacks. Remember how I said I was going to start packing a stash to have at work, so I wouldnít grab something to eat on the way home, or binge-eat when I finally got home? Well, I did it. I have a little stash of healthy snacks in the fridge at work and Iíve already dipped into it once. It saved the day yesterday, when I wasnít able to get home for lunch. Next step, freeze some wraps at work and create a snack stash for the car. WORKDAY PREPPERS UNITE!

Stash, next to communion trays--occupational hazard :)

Early morning workouts-check, strength training-check, freezer meals-check, work stash-check. I think Iíll start seeing positive results on the scale in the next couple of months. As always, I remain optimistic! I hope you are too!

I will leave you with some unrelated photos, because thatís what I do. Audrey finished painting her room, so she was finally able to install a special decal that Shelley (BFF) made for her two years ago. Weíre not the quickest DIY peopleÖ Shelley makes decals for a living, so her stuff is really cool.

This is made with chalkboard vinyl, so Audrey can doodle all over it, using chalkboard markers. Sheís having a lot of fun with it.

A lot of my friends are artists; many of them are visual artists. Not only does Shelley have her own business, she has an art studio in her house. A couple of weeks ago, she invited a bunch of us over to play. We were supposed to bring our own canvas and we could use all of her paints and stuff. Audrey painted a hat box. Check it out.

Girl has skills

Visual art really isnít my thing, so instead of bringing a canvas, I brought this:

Paint by number, with the suggested look, original title--"Good Friends"

I decided to reinterpret it this way instead:

New Title: "Galaxy Cat and UniDog from Outer Space" (1 of 1)

Have a great weekend; paint outside the lines, be amazing. Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SNOWYOGA 9/9/2014 9:46PM

    I have been away, but I always love your post Thank you!

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WIO_ALISA 9/2/2014 1:24PM

    Love you art!
I've missed reading your blogs while I've been traveling all summer. I'm going to have to catch up on what you've been up to.

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/1/2014 11:48AM

    Shelly Thank you for the Uplifting insights and ideas. Amazing as always! emoticon

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PENOWOK 9/1/2014 8:23AM

    Love your imagination!! Logan looks so much like you!!! Audrey...a young lady now, but with a really cool room!

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EILEEN828 8/31/2014 3:39PM

    I love your blogs. Your paint by number was so cool, I laughed out loud when I first saw it. Love the free thinking in action. My son went through that transition phase also, a lot of feet dragging here but he's finally getting up to speed. Everyone walks their own path, right?

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MCJOYFUL 8/27/2014 11:15PM

    I just love your blogs! It looks like you have some pretty amazing kids. And way to go on the exercise streak! That is awesome!

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KALEWINE 8/27/2014 10:54PM

    I love your positivity! And back to routine can be great! And I agree about the beginning of a new school year being more like new year's than new year's. But then, my job runs on the school calendar, so it really is a new year.

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LORIVIOLA 8/27/2014 1:23PM

    As always, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, joy, artwork, and of course Bubba!
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LIVIN4LISH 8/27/2014 7:40AM

    Thanks for the blog - you've helped me rethink what a melancholy time of year this year. Only one of my kids started this week, the other two start after Labor Day, so I think between then and now is a great place to get a plan in place emoticon

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MSBEKANATOR 8/27/2014 2:04AM

    Love the fresh start, even though this is the second year I have had with no first day at school...not sure my baby would want me to fly up to her college to take a first day of school pic, lol. Time seems to evaporate; wasn't it just yesterday my oldest was nervously awaiting that first day of Kindergarten?
I think the fresh starts are also why I love Mondays. It's like being given a fresh clean slate to write my week upon. Doesn't matter what happened earlier, it's a new week, lol.
Love the artwork! Let me just say awesome!!! Love your creativity, and Audrey did an amazing job. What a fun day, and what wonderful memories you are creating with her.
Have a blessed day!!

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VALKYR8 8/26/2014 8:55AM

    LOVE the artwork (especially space cat and uni dog)! LOL!

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KIPPER15 8/26/2014 6:59AM

    emoticon You are the best lift for me on a bad day! Thanks so much!

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SJKENT1 8/24/2014 10:54PM

    I love the paint by numbers kits - they are such fun. I may have to try it your way... and let the artistry flow.

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LIVEDAILY 8/24/2014 8:19PM

    LOVE Galaxy Cat and UniDog!! Woot!!

emoticon on all of your meal prep!!

emoticon on adding ST back into the mix!!

You rock!

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LADYJAJA 8/24/2014 3:48PM

  You personify free spirit! emoticon emoticon

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BABYTUXXY 8/24/2014 10:30AM

    Great blog as always!

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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 9:38AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. I love the art work and the pictures of your son.

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JANIEWWJD 8/24/2014 12:25AM

    Enjoyed your blog and enjoy your children!!! They do grow up fast!!!!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/23/2014 9:55PM

    Enjoyed your blog, as always!

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NANHBH 8/23/2014 8:37PM

    Kids are so much fun! I never thought Audrey would get tired of the limelight. Too funny that your son thinks his life is over.

Great job on having the meals and snacks prepared. You are so organized! Looking forward to hearing your results as time goes on.

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KAREN608 8/23/2014 2:29PM

    20 and his life is over? No, just childhood. Still has lots of energy, is limber and young ideas. Youth really does seem wasted on the young.

Weird paint by number. Bet it was fun to do!
All I did was string some huge sand dollars on twine to decorate a bathroom window and remember a friend who is moving away to chase her dream of living by the sea at age 64.

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 11:33AM

  They grow up so fast (sob, sob)! My beautiful dd is about to turn 21, and I can hardly stand it/believe it. Good for you for getting back into the groove so well.

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AZMOMXTWO 8/23/2014 10:35AM

  it is so sweet when they get older but it is hard also love the blog

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DJSHIP46 8/23/2014 9:37AM

    Sparking-on here... Loved your blog!!!

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123ELAINE456 8/23/2014 9:04AM

  Awesome Blog. I always Love Them. Beautiful Paintings. Love Them Too. You are doing Great with the Snacks. Keep It Up. Love the Photos. You have a very Good Looking Son. And Bubba is so very Cute and Sweet. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Fun Week. A lot of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!For Everyone. Take Care. And Stay Safe.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 8/22/2014 11:45PM

    As always, loved your blog. You are so entertaining. Good job preparing your snacks ahead of time and taking them to work. You will be successful!

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WALNUTT1961 8/22/2014 11:39PM

    Great blog! Love your prepping ideas. Great pictures and art! Happy Birthday to your son and hope Freshman year is exciting and fun for your daughter. My son is 23 and doesn't want to get caught smiling either.

Have a good sparking weekend! emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 8/22/2014 11:13PM

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LINDAK25 8/22/2014 10:24PM

    Thanks for making me smile at least. I sincerely hope I don't dream about your UniDog tonight!

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SUGAR0814 8/22/2014 10:22PM

    Love the paintings! emoticon

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JAMER123 8/22/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon Can be really fun to paint outside the lines!! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/22/2014 9:57PM

    emoticon Prepping saves the day all right! I'm in batch cooking and freezing for later when things are fast-paced. emoticon to your fine son, and emoticon to sweet Audrey on her freshman year. Keep up your AWE~some progress, dear heart~ emoticon BB~ emoticon

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PICKIE98 8/22/2014 9:38PM

    Both of your kids have your features, but your hubster's coloring.. Logan gets more handsome every year... he will find his niche`..

I really, really , miss Audrey on Sparks.. she is the Abbott to your Costello, the Hardy to your Laurel, the Teller to your Penn!!

I really hoe she joins Sparks...

I am so happy to see your snacks are so organized and in place. You must really inspire your co-workers!! And Bubba..

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OLDERDANDRT 8/22/2014 9:10PM

    Lucky Audrey! Our kids have to wait till Mon., 8/25! hehe Nice that the early schedule will be a great thing for you and Bubba!!

Glad the freezer meals and snackies and such are working out, too!
I've told you before that Audrey is totally talented!! (She get's it from you whether you choose to admit it or not! hehe)
Sorry Audrey has decided she's too big for her pic to be in your blog, but I'm hoping that somewhere along the way over the next few years that she'll allow it!
Have a super weekend, my friend!! (((HUGS)))

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JUSTMYRECIPES 8/22/2014 9:07PM

    I like what you did with the paint by numbers. The painting they wanted you to paint looked like a Hallmark card from the 1960's. Bravo for you for packing snacks. Sometimes "willpower " comes down to being prepared.

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REGILIEH 8/22/2014 9:03PM


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    Love all your creativity - even if YOU don't think so!

Thanks for sharing!

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TRAILWALKERJO54 8/22/2014 8:00PM

    you are ready!! emoticon

love your interpretation

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HARROWJET 8/22/2014 7:59PM

    They do grow up fast. You are wise to enjoy the precious moments when they happen.

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FELINEBETTER 8/22/2014 7:46PM

    Spark on, Spirited Girl! lol Love your blog! "Our" little Audrey is all grown up!

Well done, Shelli! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2014 7:04PM

    I love your blogs! Such spirit! Like you, the first day of school has always been extra wonderful for me.

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THOMS1 8/22/2014 6:47PM

    You lead such an interesting life. Have fun! emoticon

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GABY1948 8/22/2014 6:08PM

    GREAT artwork!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 5:45PM

    Yikes! How do these kids keep getting older . . . but we DON'T! Ok . . . BWAHAHAHAA . . . moment of insanity there . . . a senior moment??? Nah.

Enjoy this year with Audrey. The moments becomeprecious and few as they get older.

Awwwwww, Bubba is going thru Audrey withdrawal. Poor guy! My Mr. Spot is going thru withdrawal, too, as DD starts back to college. What am I saying . . . so am **I** going thru withdrawal!

Well, good luck getting back into the not-the-summer-anymore-routine. It takes a it of time.

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JOYINKY 8/22/2014 5:31PM

    Planning for success--check!

Great blog, and fun. This is the first year I don't have at least "grandkid" duties related to school and I kind of miss it! It does give structure to your day and week! Oldest 4 grandkids are all driving now and cover any needs of the 5th that lives here. Two others live too far. Yes, it is in it's own way the start of a new year. Make it great!

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BEINGERIN 8/22/2014 5:28PM

    Ok...your "paint OUTSIDE the numbers" project ROCKS!


'nuff said.

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