DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, 5/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning was spent at church and another great sermon on giving to others. He finished it out with "Crocodile Rock" and put on quite a performance. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He finished it out asking if we were too busy, fixed in our ways, etc., or if we had time to Crocodile Rock. The story behind it was from his younger days at camp where... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:33:25 EST Saturday, 5/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day picking up our Bountiful Basket and then it was time for the track meet. I only stayed for a couple of the events as it would be about a 40 minute wait. Isaac did a decent job, but his legs were so stiff today even after being warmed up. Funny how the autism affects him that way. He had fun and that's all that matters. Here he is getting ready to make his leap on the long jump. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 2 May 2015 19:30:24 EST Friday, 5/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that did not feel restful. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *gym <BR> *groceries <BR> *BL weigh-in finalized <BR> *reconciled credit card <BR> *reconciled checking <BR> *dad's pain doc appt <BR> *stop at care center because of doc appt <BR> *supper prep <BR> *game night (shorter as Jenn had a rough schedule today and tomorrow) <BR> *watched Amazing Race <BR> <BR> While all that was happening Maega... Sat, 2 May 2015 00:42:16 EST Thursday, 4/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a rest day as I woke up tired so figured after the busy days this week it would be a good idea. I even had to catch a power nap so I could make it through Mom's Night without yawning. <BR> <BR> Took the kids to McD's for breakfast and then we headed to the $1 store to buy pool noodles (for VBS decorating) and then once home Maegann and I worked on some of the tissue paper flowers we will need. Go... Fri, 1 May 2015 01:37:43 EST Wednesday, 4/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day out at the gym with the trainer and I survived! I say that because it was an earlier session in the morning than usual and that ol' spin bike...well...not my favorite, but I made it through. I do like it better within a circuit rather than on its own. <BR> <BR> Once home we got ready to head to the Chiropractor for Maegann's appointment. The traffic went smoothly so they had time to play ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:41:37 EST Tuesday, 4/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another full day here. Started at the Rec Center for Isaac's physical therapy. Swimming day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After he finished his work with Kenzie the kids played together for a time, but Isaac is usually so worn out that it doesn't last long. One blessing.... they got in for free today! The gal at the desk had two expiring day pa... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:45:27 EST Monday, 4/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For our first Monday without co-op we sure kept busy! Started the day heading to Meridian so I could get my hair cut (so nice having Lois cutting it again) and then to get "fixed" at the Chiropractor. My knee and back were related as I suspicioned...this time they were tied to my liver needing some detox. My shoulder needed some painful poking and then he put me on the magnet machine for it. Ouch! We als... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:53:38 EST Sunday, 4/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was great once again. Today's message was on giving gifts without strings attached. Had never heard the story behind the "White Elephant Gifts" before...interesting. After 1st hour I went on a hunt for VBS stuff to use for decorating. I did find tons of backdrops, but that's about it. Those are big finds though as you then just put the fun flowers and animals, etc., in front of those. I will at... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:42:22 EST Saturday, 4/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent the majority of my day at a doTerra training and enjoyed it a lot...especially the morning speakers. The theme for the morning was what to do with fear because we all face it and let us stop us at times. One speaker was amazing and even Maegann was drawn into his talk and honestly he was hitting her where she lives. The walls we build. One day I hope she hears the other side of it as strongly....fin... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:51:07 EST Friday, 4/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning Maegann and I got things together for Presentation Night while her brother was gone for therapy. Once he was home we got through the schoolwork. I was fielding so many texts and emails regarding co-op all day long so I am really thankful Pres. Night is over. I did snag a short nap this afternoon before heading over to open the building. Got this photo of Maegann in her silk dress that she wa... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:06:33 EST Thursday, 4/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that just had wings of its own! Started with Isaac heading off with Meg for Habilitative Therapy (we'll be reworking this piece for summer) for a couple of hours and then Maegann I went to McD's together for breakfast. We had about 30 minutes once home before we headed out for her doctor visit. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately we waited over an hour to see him. He sometimes gets behind schedule, but th... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:45:57 EST Wednesday, 4/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day tired, but off I went to meet the trainer anyway. It was an exhausting session, but I made it through...spin bike and all. <BR> <BR> Got school finished with the kids...Maegann was my emotional one today. Whew! Never ended the entire day.... I was just thankful I never reacted because I know she didn't mean a word she fired my way. <BR> <BR> The appointment with the specialist regarding ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:21:56 EST Tuesday, 4/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I woke up very tired so I made the decision to skip the gym today so that I could be ready for the trainer in the morning. So instead the day brought school with the kids, laundry, phone calls and taking the kids out for a surprise lunch and shopping trip. Maegann needed a new basket for her bike and Isaac needed new sneakers so we went to Kmart and had Little Caesars pizza for lunch as well. Fun time. Af... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:03:05 EST Monday, 4/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well...another co-op school year done. I am exhausted! It was a good day and the end of year party was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lots of work went into this event by our Student Council and some adult volunteers. <BR> <BR> The only thing left to close... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:50:54 EST Sunday, 4/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm trying.... Isaac woke up on the warpath again today and it hasn't stopped yet. Nothing I say to him is met positively so I am done talking to him today. Not worth the frustration. Very thankful the specialist appointment is on Wednesday to discuss his anger. I am also going to make an appointment with my doctor to discuss something to ease my frustration level and the depression I seem to fall into of... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:43:59 EST Saturday, 4/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today turned into a lot busier day than I planned on, but it was all good...except for the traffic while shopping with Maegann this afternoon. Started the day getting our Bountiful Basket and extras before heading to the grocery store. Here was the basic basket: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is the only unidentified veggie I found. Anyon... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:12:32 EST Friday, 4/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When the "storm" began brewing last night I started bracing myself for the coming day and I was right to do so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'll back up though.... I started the day at the gym and I could totally tell the difference in how much I could do "easier" going in closer to noon than at 7 a.m. I did get my planned workout done (elli... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:18:42 EST Thursday, 4/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been calm overall, but did end up running some unplanned errands this afternoon once Isaac's physical therapy was cancelled. Here's how the day has gone: <BR> <BR> **school <BR> **gym <BR> **lunch <BR> **errands <BR> **update receipts <BR> **play on Facebook and Spark <BR> <BR> While I was at the gym and doing errands Maegann was working on her Geography map that she needs to finish up for her di... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:00:45 EST Wednesday, 4/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another smooth day on the home front and can only pray for another one tomorrow. Two in a row is rare with my son. He slipped a bit tonight when I asked him about track practice and I pushed to get an answer to this simple question: "What made track 'good' tonight?" He was getting so angry so we asked why he was angry.... "Because I didn't want to tell YOU." (You = Me) Not sure why he wouldn't want to t... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:44:46 EST Tuesday, 4/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I.AM.PROCRASTINATING. <BR> <BR> I have a project that needs done before Thursday evenings Board meeting and I know once I get started it will go quickly, but for some reason I have put it off for an entire month already and have no desire to make it happen today. I.WILL.DO.IT. <BR> <BR> The girls have done well today after their sleepover. They played fairly quietly this morning while Isaac worked on scho... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:22:14 EST Monday, 4/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so tired tonight. I really couldn't believe how crazy the day at co-op turned out to be as I went into it not having any extra things to attend to. So the extras came my way and it was exhausting! One more class day until we break until September! I was so proud of Maegann when she was leading worship songs. The CD went wacky on her so she finally turned it off and asked if everyone would be okay si... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:15:50 EST Sunday, 4/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great day! Worship was so good and the new sermon series will be on "Love Languages." Today we discussed positive affirmation words and our homework was to pick one person to affirm every day this week. Pastor called the words "golden apples" we are handing to others. I guess Isaac's class used some of that thought for their project because he brought me this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:20:25 EST Saturday, 4/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Was able to sleep in a little this morning (translated ... no alarm) and then I headed off to get the grocery shopping tackled. Spent several hours processing food and then had time to get co-op ready for Monday and do some Sparking before playgroup families arrived. <BR> <BR> Playgroup was fun and everyone was gone by about 7:30 so things are cleaned up, boy child showered and now we're enjoying "Thou Sha... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:40:55 EST Friday, 4/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another "not much on the schedule" day. I woke up exhausted which is never a good thing, but I was able to catch a power nap about 9:30 while Isaac was gone with his therapy worker and Maegann was in the shower. It helped a lot! Got through school with the kids fairly easily. Isaac did pull out the "too much anger when something is harder" so I gave him a consequence...lost his Kindle until supper. He pu... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:59:56 EST Thursday, 4/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day started with Isaac heading off with Meg for habilitative therapy (he goes again tomorrow morning) and Maegann and I going to the store to try and find a one-piece slip as she needs one to go under her silk dress for Presentation Night (her country for the World's Fair is China). No luck so far! Once home I prepped myself for Isaac's return by getting my mood control oils flowing. Good thing.... I w... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:28:08 EST Wednesday, 4/8/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much better day at this home and I'm thankful. Little boy has been kind and calm all day (it is now 6 so we should make it) and we got through school easily. We did go to Wendy's for lunch (I had a chicken salad.) and then I got finances updated this afternoon while enjoying "Buying & Selling." Dinner is almost done and tonight is catching up on The Voice as we are a day behind and then we will enjoy Su... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:46:24 EST Tuesday, 4/7/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been another one of those days and I am SO thankful for those SparkFriends who have helped me through it off and on today. You know who you are! You are <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> It's now almost 9:00 p.m. and sadly I'm still feeling the low. Instead of venting the same ol' story I am going to take a page from a SparkFriend's book and head to the positives of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>298</e... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:08:34 EST Monday, 4/6/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whew! I survived a very busy day! Started at co-op and we again had some extra things going on that just made the beginning of the day busier to setup. I was home for a couple of hours afterwards before heading to the Student Council planning meeting. Tonight we had a picnic, a planning time for the end of the school year party and then a softball game before heading back to the host house so the teens cou... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 00:49:03 EST Resurrection Sunday 4/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet Resurrection Day! We had to get through the treasure hunt so Isaac's behaviors could calm down. He just totally locks up on one event and really doesn't see how onry/selfish he becomes when asked to do anything else. Anyway.... worship was very nice and a great sermon based on Lazarus "hopping" from the tomb. <BR> <BR> Once home Tim took the kids to get drinks so I could get all the trea... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:39:00 EST Saturday, 4/4/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today took a shift this morning after I returned from getting my Bountiful Basket. We were all getting ready to go to the track meet and nobody seemed excited...not even the runner. We took a poll and nobody wanted to go so we didn't. Instead I was able to go get my grocery shopping finished and start in on processing the food (took about 3 hours and I enjoyed many "Buying & Selling" episodes). Tim and t... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:25 EST Good Friday, 4/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Compared to yesterday this has been a truly <em>345</em> day! Started out by having two hours to myself this morning while Isaac was with the therapy gal and Maegann was with her dad at the Chiropractor's office. I used the quiet time to get a lot of chores done. Laundry, floors swept and bathrooms cleaned. Both kids showed back up within minutes of each other and I left for the gym to meet the traine... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:49:52 EST Thursday, 4/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is where I need to rest this evening. Putting my problems into His hands. <BR> <BR> Exhausting day from driving on the road too many miles back and forth and the emotions surrounding the current dealings for/with my dad. <BR> <BR> The driving came because Isaac had his neurological testing with a pediatric psychologist and the traffic this morning was horrible. Enough to make us about 15 minutes late, ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:03:45 EST Wednesday, 4/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has just been different. I cancelled my training session when the alarm went off because I had a sore throat, a sore knee and was just tired. Crawled back into bed for an hour and then after breakfast got school done easily with the kids. Took Isaac to counseling and after this session decided we would be stopping them. They talked about the trip to the library and Legos. Yeah...that's really helpi... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 18:24:13 EST Tuesday, 3/31/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a quiet day as hoped and I did not miss the anger that seemed to be taking over around here from little boy. A blessing! School went easily as did his physical therapy time. We were able to enjoy lunch out (the kids wanted to go to Sonic after seeing an ad last night while watching The Voice) and then we took a field trip to the new library. It's huge! The kids said it felt like a museum becau... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:54:47 EST Monday, 3/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a wild, crazy day at co-op! It was student council election day so lots of campaigning happening. They all had their fun handouts and many had costumes to match their themes. They gave speeches during opening and did awesome. At lunch everyone voted...Kindergarten through adults. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have a dad who works the poll... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:17:49 EST Sunday, 3/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a nice day. Worship and then after lunch I went to see "Home" with DD. Her sleepover got cancelled as the friend evidently did something she shouldn't have and a consequence hit hard. I knew Maegann was very disappointed so when she asked if I'd take her to the movie I had to say yes. It was cute. Afterwards I went grocery shopping since I didn't have time yesterday due to the conference. ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:22:39 EST Saturday, 3/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is how I'm feeling tonight after spending the entire day listening to some amazing speakers about the personal business side of doTerra. I have been one of those idle Wellness Advocates for about a year. Doing little bits here and there, but I've not just gone for it to see what could happen. I'm ready to take the jump and today much of the topics gave such basic helps to break it all down and make it dupli... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:50:45 EST Friday, 3/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day has been quiet and the anger has left the building for this round! So thankful the anger is gone today and it does make it appear that the play date yesterday was the source. The anticipation...the desire...everything else was just in the way. <BR> <BR> The mail was fun today too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beth Moore "Live" tickets a... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:34:18 EST Thursday, 3/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day started off with anger still in the house (DS) so I found myself thankful he was going to be gone much of the day as I really didn't want another day of anger around me. I had a moment of guilt feeling that way, but I realized a break from negativity is not necessarily a bad thing. Anyway...his day was two hours with a therapist away from the house and then to a friend's home for the entire afternoo... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:45:31 EST Wednesday, 3/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day at the gym with the trainer. Was thankful he took it a bit easier on me today, but this doesn't mean it was easy either. I think you know what I mean! So thankful as this day has unfolded that it was trainer day because otherwise there would have been no opportunity to get there today. Next scheduled gym day is Friday. <BR> <BR> Once home it was time to get school going and that has turned... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:41:47 EST Tuesday, 3/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been very nice and one we can actually say we took off from the usual routine for Spring Break. We spent the entire morning with friends from co-op and it was such a relaxing time. Maegann headed off with Elisabeth for her Chinese lesson and the teacher was so helpful in offering information and display items for Maegann's table for Presentation Night. While they were gone the boys played togeth... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:20:24 EST Monday, 3/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's Spring Break and no co-op today! So what did we do? School! We miss so many days with co-op and other things that we don't stop all year long. Having said that, we will be taking tomorrow off because we'll be spending the entire morning in Meridian so Maegann can attend a Chinese lesson with another teen from co-op and borrow items for her table for the World's Fair on our final Presentation Night. ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:08:42 EST Sunday, 3/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> If I had to describe this day so far it would definitely be "mood swings." Not the typical kind either. The kind where circumstances give you highs and lows. <BR> <BR> Worship was great. Another good sermon and then it was off to Sunday School. Well...none of the other kids in the 6-7th grade class were there so Maegann and I walked across the street to Albertsons and bought SoBe's to drink. We had a ni... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:38:42 EST Saturday, 3/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been quiet and I got many of the little things I wanted done accomplished. My morning began with the usual errands of picking up our Bountiful Basket and then groceries. Another yummy basket today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once home I started laundry and then got busy chopping up fruits and veggies. I couldn't believe I was standin... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:28:36 EST Friday, 3/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was definitely different than most Friday's, but it was a good one. The first event of the day was a trip to the vet's for the houndies annual check. It wore them out and at one point they were both sleeping on the exam room floor. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jolie has a few little things we are treating and we suspected them so it was goo... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:39:17 EST Thursday, 3/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have been enjoying a quiet day at home. Only trips out have been to treat Maegann to breakfast at McDonald's while Isaac was with his Habilitative Therapy worker and to go make my bank deposit and take the kids out for a drink. <BR> <BR> The day had been fairly calm with Isaac until the news came that Kenzie had to cancel his physical therapy session. It's like he no longer had to "behave" as he'd earned ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:17:10 EST Wednesday, 3/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a much quieter day overall, but another one where I felt like I was just coming and going. Started out at the gym for my training session. I was feeling low on energy by the final circuit, but I made it! Once home it was time to hit the school books and thankfully Isaac was able to keep his anger/frustration under control, but it was brewing much of the time. Finished with plenty of time t... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:53:39 EST Tuesday, 3/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This evening I really needed this reminder. I can't believe how many times we have a conversation regarding Isaac's behaviors and somehow I become hurt from it all. Makes me never want to be around when he is giving his explanations. <BR> <BR> My morning didn't go as I expected only because I forgot that today was physical therapy at the Rec Center pool which means I have to drive Isaac there and stay unt... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:45:39 EST Monday, 3/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A very busy day at co-op, but a fun one! First thing to attend to was the Student Council campaign. Here are the fun posters they created: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately the video for opening with the candidates speaking didn't work as planned as for some reason the sound wouldn't transfer from the laptop to the speaker. Everything ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:45:19 EST Sunday, 3/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And after 1 1/2 - 2 years making that choice is finally coming full circle. Many did not understand how our family could be divided on Sunday's for church, but we did what was right for us at the time. We knew we didn't want to force Isaac to leave when none of the things that were happening involved him and change is very hard on him...especially when he would be asked to leave his friends. Today he made the d... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:51:56 EST