DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thursday, 12/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was interesting. Started out normally.... got Maegann dropped off at school and then did school with Isaac at home. Tim was home so the three of us were heading out for lunch (a Dec. 1 treat is ice cream) when I got a phone call stating that Maegann had fallen and hurt her ankle badly. It was actually her foot, but bad enough to go get an x-ray to make sure it wasn't broken. ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:30:26 EST Wednesday, 11/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had our first snow this morning. It wasn't much and you would never know it had happened, but so pretty to watch coming down. <BR> <BR> Today was quiet. Here's the "accomplished" list: <BR> <BR> **school with Isaac <BR> **laundry <BR> **paid work <BR> <BR> I got a lot of time in on paid work and am right where I hoped to be on the one new client's plan especially since I will have... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:43:59 EST Tuesday, 11/29/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today went by quickly and I'm exhausted. Isaac and I took another "trip to nowhere" this morning as I had a client to meet and the drive was about 40 minutes each way. We did stop on the way home to drop his sports physical paper off at the pediatrician's office and then at a convenience store to get a drink. Once home I was able to go through a pile of papers on my desk, get the me... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:50:12 EST Monday, 11/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was a good Monday. Here's the "accomplished" list: <BR> <BR> **dropped Maegann off at school <BR> **did school with Isaac <BR> **went to McD's for lunch with Isaac (his Auntie Rea had given him a gift card) <BR> **paid work (I picked up one more client today too.) <BR> **picked Maegann up <BR> **made chili for supper <BR> **went to Presentation Night <BR> <BR> It was odd going to... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:59:27 EST Sunday, 11/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great sermon offered this morning using the life of a man named Desmond Doss. He was a United States Army corporal and combat medic during World War II and became the first and only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, Maegann stayed to help decorate the church for Christmas and was then going home with Dakota's family fo... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:36:15 EST Saturday, 11/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm tired. I think having so many "little things" on the to-do list can wear me out so much quicker. Here's the list I accomplished today: <BR> <BR> *groceries <BR> *3 loads of laundry <BR> *measured and sealed turkey for the freezer (about a dozen 16 oz. packages) <BR> *cleaned out the freezer (I have room again!) <BR> *tiny bit of paid work <BR> *updated receipts and balanced the ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:47:51 EST Friday, 11/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Slept in this morning and then got busy with taking down fall décor and got going on Christmas. Maegann and I worked steadily outside for most of four hours. It looks so nice though now that we can see it all lit up. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She wanted to put things in different places this year so I j... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:02:14 EST Thursday, 11/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have spent some time today reflecting on my word choice for the current year (possible) as I already have the new one chosen for 2017. I do believe my choice for 2016 was accurate, but much of the "possible" showed up in ways that had nothing to do with weight loss. It's all good! My word for next year is going to be "intentional". <BR> <BR> Today has been very lazy. Macy's para... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:12:10 EST Wednesday, 11/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day with a healthy breakfast, client phone calls and then off for errands. Those errands took so much longer than I thought they would as traffic was so heavy. Got it all done though! <BR> <BR> **Library <BR> **Bank <BR> **Met with a lady to buy a tablet (DD got an amazing deal!) <BR> **Chiropractor's office to buy some supplements for the DH <BR> **Pick up our fresh turke... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:15:47 EST Tuesday, 11/22/16 -- HOME! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made it home about 4 this afternoon and then I headed to the grocery store so we could have spaghetti for supper and to have things for the rest of the week. Yes...wanted to avoid the store tomorrow. Will be crazy busy! <BR> <BR> Thankfully the snowstorm that was to plague our trip over Soldier Summit (Utah) went east so there wasn't much but some wet roads. Could tell they'd had s... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:53:35 EST Monday, 11/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We have had a nice visit in Colorado, but are all ready to head home tomorrow. Appears we have been blessed to be in between snow storms as well. May have some rain in the morning when we head out. <BR> <BR> Much of the visit has been for Tim and his brother to get some things done for their sister so lots of down time for me. I needed it. Have enjoyed reading....something I don't... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:48:14 EST Friday, 11/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet day around here again until about now as the kids are getting excited for the trip to Colorado tomorrow. Van is already getting packed somewhat and won't take us long to get it done as we don't need a lot for a two day stay. Goal is to leave by 5 a.m. Ellsworth was the easiest to crate, food, 2 bowls and a leash. LOL Planning to try and get to bed by 10 tonight.... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:18:18 EST Thursday, 11/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet day as expected. School with Isaac, got through some of the desk area cleaning done and took a long nap before picking up Maegann. Dropped Isaac off with Patrick about 4:15 and they spent some quality "guy" time together. Haircut looks great and he taught Isaac how to take care of it better. <BR> <BR> Tonight Tim is quizzing Maegann on Science for her test tomorrow and then... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:56:27 EST Wednesday, 11/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying some time in a quiet house this afternoon. Used the time to catch up on some calls I needed to make regarding some medical bills that we can't afford to pay. Ugh! I have more quiet time this evening too as I will be pampered on the massage table for 90 minutes! Well...painfully pampered. <BR> <BR> Things have gone smoothly with Isaac today and I'm taking him to the church... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:12:53 EST Tuesday, 11/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a much less emotional day around here. Isaac settled into the schoolwork much better and as I knew he could....plowed right through those introductory papers on fractions. We were finished with his work about 10:30 so I got busy on the paid work. I finished it up this afternoon and the draft is back in the hands of the client to review. Yippee! I also got an hour nap in ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:43:32 EST Monday, 11/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today had its ups and downs, but it was a good day overall. <BR> <BR> First up was Isaac and his math. He's been so excited to get to the next math book (fractions) and he was doing just fine with the first lesson until he decided it was going to be too hard. Once that attitude kicks turning back that day. Spent some time trying to get him to voice his choices and the conse... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:55:59 EST Sunday, 11/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we had a very well done sermon based on the current events of protesting and voting. Pastor Steve took us to three "elections" in the Bible. God vs. a human king (God lost). Jesus vs. Barrabus (Jesus lost). Us vs. God (Who will you elect? Self or God?) The reminder that if we are choosing God we should live our lives with the correct character even if we don't like t... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:45:20 EST Saturday, 11/12/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I slept for a full 9 hours last night after I'd had that 2 1/2 hour nap in the afternoon. Glad I listened to my body and rested. Must be needing the extra sleep! <BR> <BR> Today wasn't too busy overall. <BR> <BR> **haircuts at 10 <BR> **dropped Maegann off at school for Drama rehearsal <BR> **grocery shopping <BR> **paid work <BR> **watched "Scandal" while doing some email <BR> <B... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:37:39 EST Friday, 11/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have enjoyed a day home! Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>480</em> lunch "celebration" with Isaac <BR> <em>102</em> 2 1/2 hour nap <BR> <em>528</em> paid work <BR> <em>272</em> "Scandal" while working and Sparking <BR> <BR> The lunch celebration was because Isaac completed a math unit today after two years. Long division was so to... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:22:22 EST Thursday, 11/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Much quieter day today. Headed out with Isaac for the 9 a.m. client meeting at the coffee shop. <em>287</em> Yummy pumpkin spice steamer for me and hot chocolate for him! Client was running late and then our actual meeting went longer than usual as she needed help completing some documents. Finally got home about 11 and then did an abbreviated day of school with Isaac. <BR> <BR... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:57:12 EST Tuesday, 11/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As expected today was just crazy. Isaac and I left the house about 8:15 and headed to the coffee shop for the first two client meet-ups. The first one cancelled until tomorrow--it's okay. Another yummy pumpkin spice steamer for me! We then went to the butcher to buy some Basque Sausage to bbq tonight, beef sticks for Isaac's snacks and more bacon. We had about 30 minutes at home before ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 22:07:43 EST Tuesday, 11/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nothing to exciting to report today. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> *take Maegann to school <BR> *buy a few groceries <BR> *school with Isaac <BR> *paid work <BR> *lunch <BR> *nap <BR> *Sparking <BR> <BR> Tonight we will NOT be watching the returns. I Love Lucy wins at our house! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be crazier. I have two client meetings (9 and 12) that both entail ab... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 18:48:21 EST Monday, 11/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reporting in with a very good day behind me so far. Here's the rundown: <BR> <BR> **school with Isaac <BR> **library outing <BR> **watched history video <BR> **lunch <BR> **paid work <BR> **watched "Scandal" - one episode <BR> **picked up Maegann from school <BR> **supper prep <BR> **Sparking <BR> <BR> I am loving that "Serenity" essential oil is currently working very well with Isa... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 19:37:10 EST Sunday, 11/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The entire family made it to church today for the first time in about three weeks. One or the other of us down with an illness. There was a guest speaker and she did okay, but missed hearing Pastor Steve. <BR> <BR> After lunch and getting for me! Isaac sat with me for most of the first game, but now he's out playing with neighborhood boys. (No sighting of that one ... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 17:03:31 EST Saturday, 11/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The entire family slept in this morning and it was much needed with all the early mornings and colds around here. We split up and tackled errands and then once home I got busy on updating the receipts and then did some paid work. Watched/listened to a couple episodes of "Scandal" too. Tonight we had leftovers for supper and now we're all watching I Love Lucy. <BR> <BR> So a full da... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:56:13 EST Friday, 11/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day was busier than I thought it should be since the schedule was clear. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *drop Maegann off <BR> *grocery shopping <BR> *school with Isaac <BR> *errands <BR> *paid work <BR> *nap <BR> *pick Maegann up from school <BR> *more paid work <BR> *shopping with M for some needed under garments <BR> *helping M get tech support to unlock her phone (she forgot he... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 23:04:51 EST Thursday, 11/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day with a client meeting at 9 a.m. and from there went to the pharmacy for a couple of prescriptions. I noticed that nobody was at the Quick Care across the way near the hospital so I just drove on over as that was on my list today. I was in and out within 15 minutes! As I suspected...sinus infection. <BR> <BR> Once home I checked Isaac's schoolwork...yes...he did it al... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 22:02:13 EST Wednesday, 11/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I headed to take Maegann to school I got Tim all fastened into the chamber for an oxygen treatment. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Felt so weird zipping and buckling him in and then putting the air in to pressurize. He plans to try and do it on his own earlier in the morning so that he doesn't ge... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 22:19:49 EST Tuesday, 11/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> School was rough with Isaac today as he had chosen to be a bit rude with me and his grammar work was awful. I finally got him turned around, although he was still grumbly, and he got through the rest much better. This afternoon I found out he has a sore throat and that's how this cold begins so I'm sure he's got the bug now. Had hoped it would pass him by. Could explain some of the... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:33:08 EST Monday, 10/31/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Feeling much better today overall. Mainly the pressure and occasional pain around the ears is the worst. Will give it a couple more days for those aches to ease or leave before considering an infection. <BR> <BR> This morning Isaac and I enjoyed breakfast at Subway and then came home and got his school finished. We then went to the library as he wanted to see about getting a game f... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:01:37 EST Sunday, 10/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stayed home this morning from church as I didn't think anyone would appreciate all the coughing. I allowed Maegann to sleep later as she really needed the extra rest as she had trouble falling asleep last night due to her cold. I know she'll be feeling better tomorrow with two days of antibiotics done. <BR> <BR> While the boys were gone to church I cleaned up the kitchen and then prepped ... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:36:08 EST Saturday, 10/29/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Definitely a different type of Saturday, but thankful for so much alone time. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> *Took Maegann to urgent care -- Got antibiotics <BR> *Subway lunch with Maegann <BR> *Family left for a pumpkin carving party at noon <BR> *Updated finances <BR> *Tim and Maegann left for a friend's (for Iceland info from someone who grew up there) <BR> *Isaac headed out with... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 20:44:31 EST Friday, 10/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Still feeling awful today so taking it easy and just keeping the cold pills and water going. This too shall pass. Once the sore throat eases it will be much nicer. <BR> <BR> Different day as Maegann was home due to teacher inservice. Isaac and I got his school done and then the three of us headed to the library as he wanted some new books and the videos I had requested on the Ameri... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:28:05 EST Thursday, 10/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My sore throat that began last night did continue to develop into a cold. I have officially caught Maegann's bug. Spent today on cold pills, vitamin C, water and sleeping. Oh well.... <BR> <BR> Otherwise, today was school with Isaac, watching a couple episode of Scandal while sparking and that's about it. Did receive my early Christmas present though.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:31:55 EST Wednesday, 10/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Back from the much needed massage and watching/listening to Dick VanDyke while finishing up my Sparking. Massage....right shoulder/back was so tight which made it painful at times, but sure do notice the difference. <BR> <BR> Today was so pleasant with Isaac. I believe last night helped when Tim and Maegann headed out for the music department's variety show/fundraiser and I stayed h... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:40:31 EST Tuesday, 10/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like I've spent much of my day being shoved into the cactus. <BR> <BR> It was going so smoothly until about 10:30 and then Isaac became defiant. When he can irritate Tim you know it has gone too far! I was thankful he had time to be out of the house with Destinie just for the break. I managed to hold in the tears until about 4 and then I just couldn't pretend to be okay. Interest... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:44:19 EST Monday, 10/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying the gray skies and threat of rain this morning. Just fits my mood I guess. <BR> <BR> Maegann did feel well enough to go to school, but I did send her off with cold pills, Breathe throat/sinus drops and Kleenex. I called the school office to let her know I'd sent contraband with her today. Maria got a kick out of that and said "I can't imagine Maegann ever bringing somethin... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:14:19 EST Sunday, 10/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in a bit today as it was a rough night with Maegann. She has a bad cold and wasn't sleeping well so it kept the rest of us (except Isaac) up. Did get up in time to head to church and thankfully Maegann was able to sleep while the house was empty. <BR> <BR> We had leftovers for lunch and I will get the taco meat made for supper in case anyone is hungry tonight. That reminds me... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:25:43 EST Saturday, 10/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We did not go to the football game last night after all. Tim was too tired so I put my foot down so that he would rest instead. Since his strokes he just doesn't stop soon enough some days! Maegann did go and she had so much fun with her friends. It makes me happy to be able to write that after the rough start she had at this school. Thankful! <BR> <BR> We slept in this morning..... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:11:20 EST Friday, 10/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pretty quiet day here. Groceries, school with Isaac, paid work, a nap and now sparking before I get going on supper prep. Appears we are all heading to the final football game tonight as Maegann was wanting to go hang with some girls from school. She wasn't thrilled when her dad said, "We'll all go!" Ha! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow... laundry and some house cleaning. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:48:12 EST Thursday, 10/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was good overall. Isaac did fine through school other than totally bombing his assignments once again because he just didn't want to do them. I took his weekly grade report to the "principal" (Tim) at lunch so he could speak with the student. Sometimes he can get through to him when I can't. We did take a break to go buy ground beef at the butcher and then finished up history... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:44:13 EST Wednesday, 10/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Stopped at the grocery store after dropping Maegann off at school this morning and then once home and breakfast was finished Isaac and I headed out to get gas in the van and buy dog food. Both were at the critical point! School happened after that and here is the positive and negative of that for today. Positive: his attitude was great. Negative: his work was all 50%. Even the r... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:21:04 EST Tuesday, 10/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I felt like Charlie Brown this morning when I returned from taking Maegann to school. Left happy and came home to a defiant spirit in the house. The joy got yanked right out from under me! I'm taking it back though.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today should be quiet overall once again. I have la... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:36:01 EST Monday, 10/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I can't believe I got completely caught up on SP this morning before 10! Didn't have anything else to do while waiting on Isaac to actually get ready for school (he's dawdling big time today) and while he was finally doing independent work. I am going to force a break after math because I need to go to the bank and maybe it would help reset his brain a bit before we tackle history an... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:05:13 EST Sunday, 10/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just settling down to watch football, do some sparking and cross-stitch. Maegann is working on homework, Isaac is off playing with some boys in the neighborhood, and Tim is on an errand so he can fix one of Maegann's shoes. Pretty calm afternoon. <BR> <BR> Church offered a good sermon on "Blessed are the meek..." and Steve did a great job bringing that into our current day...even po... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:35:39 EST Saturday, 10/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began with haircuts for myself and Maegann. Then we bought groceries for the week. Once home I got busy on the laundry, some paid work and updating the finances. Next up was just time for me... Sparking, email and watching "Scandal." We didn't have a day of rain, but appears to be clouding up and temp dropping this evening. <BR> <BR> Tonight we are watching "The Santa Clau... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:12:04 EST Friday, 10/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day dropping Maegann off for school and then going by Subway to get a breakfast sandwich to bring home and enjoy. Next was getting Isaac settled down for school, but he had decided to pull out the smarty pants "boy" so by 8:30 a.m. he was in the back yard (58 degrees) with bare feet, no jacket and rain falling. He complained that he needed shoes and a jacket and I told him t... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:36:17 EST Thursday, 10/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A much better day here with my son. Things came to a head yesterday in regards to his "I have to be right" attitude when it rolled over into the way he treated Destinie (physical therapy). After he finally quit blaming everyone else we were able to get him to tell us what choice HE made to get things to this point. Took a little while, but finally we heard, "Because I just didn't care." ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:59:32 EST Wednesday, 10/12/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet one here AND about an hour home alone! It was much needed. Isaac woke up with the same "I have to be right." attitude so it made for a long morning. Other than school with Isaac I got lunch and dinner prep done and now I'm Sparking while watching an episode of Scandal. Going to take a short nap as soon as I'm done here and then I'll get my cross-stitch out. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:54:09 EST Tuesday, 10/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day around here. Dropped Maegann off for school, got a few things done for paid work before starting school with Isaac. He did much better today and I was glad the "I don't wanna" attitude had left the building for today. Sadly the "I have to be right" attitude arrived afterwards. On the positive side...he is leaving for physical therapy in about 30 minutes so that sh... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:49:28 EST