DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Saturday, 3/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning started a little earlier than most Saturday's so that there was time to take Maegann and her friend Rachel to McDonald's for breakfast. They had a great time at the Rock & Worship Roadshow last night and we got them home around midnight. The giggling ended a little after 1 a.m. Short night as Rachel had Bible quizzing and needed dropped off at 8:30. So thankful Maegann finally had a positive ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:01:37 EST Friday, 3/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will just be honest. I am not liking this day very much at all. Started out okay although I woke up tired as I didn't sleep well. It all fell apart once Isaac returned from his therapy. He was happy as a lark until he had to be at the table with his schoolbooks. You could just see the switch flip. He has managed to lose his electronics and basketball due to the anger. I gave him several opportunities... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:19:03 EST Thursday, 3/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Finally having a much quieter day and it was so needed. I started out at the gym and got a good 30 minutes accomplished before I needed to be home to meet Isaac's therapy worker. I got a few things done while it was quiet and then took Maegann on an errand and I bought these pretty flowers for my 10 lb. weight loss reward. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:25:31 EST Wednesday, 3/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day started with my weekly training session at the gym and can I just say I was not sorry that the spin bike was out of commission? I dislike that thing so much..... <BR> <BR> I made sure to have a couple scrambled eggs before I headed out since I was so low on energy last week when I went on my own. It really did help! I still felt more fatigued too soon, but I made it through! I talked about it wit... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:05:57 EST Tuesday, 3/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was filled with ups and downs. I am going to say mostly ups, but tiring just the same. <BR> <BR> The first down was my son's behavior. My guess is it really threw him when his dad did not leave for Africa after all and was home. He was panicked when his dad did leave for the men's coffee time and he didn't know where he was going. After that it was downhill for most of the day. By the end of the ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:10:47 EST Monday, 3/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is where things stand regarding DH's mission trip to Africa. Not completely understanding, but obedient. He was able to get through to the Embassy easily this morning, which is a miracle in itself, to find his VISA application was there needing more $. Guess fees has gone up, but his paperwork all showed $50 less. His contact information was missing so they couldn't reach him. He had no reason to cal... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:40:08 EST Sunday, 3/8/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're resting on that trait! Will be fun to see what tomorrow brings on the Africa mission trip. <BR> <BR> A good sermon this morning at church and a quiet afternoon at home. Got things ready for the Iditarod as the actual race begins tomorrow. We love tracking some chosen mushers each year on a wall map we made years ago. Always a fun tradition! I purchased the GPS tracking this year from their website... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:31:49 EST Saturday, 3/7/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is where we are today...totally trusting God for the answer regarding the hubbies trip to Africa! The VISA has not arrived and his flight is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Can't go without it! Tim is packing and moving forward because he has to in case it shows up Monday or he can make arrangements through the Embassy to have it couriered to the hotel in DC. We'll see.... He said it will be ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:30:57 EST Friday, 3/6/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym first thing and once home spent time sweeping/mopping floors. Had just a couple of hours before I needed to meet dad at the eye doctor so kept busy. <BR> <BR> Good news on the eye appointment is that dad's macular degeneration has not changed much at all since September so not sure why he's complaining more about it being worse. Could just be allergies or more time to think about it a... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:34:48 EST Thursday, 3/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Testing is done and we'll get Maegann's results around June. I finished the book I was reading and Isaac is not happy with the things I learned about parenting autistic/asperger kiddos. The words/actions pretty much show that we've got his number and we are going to expect more from him than he wants to offer. Next read is another Temple Grandin book called "Thinking in Pictures." Excited about that one ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:25:50 EST Wednesday, 3/4/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Testing went fine again this morning and I found my reading to be fairly intense and tiring. So much information on autism and trying to figure out what part of it I see in my son. It's a lot to take in. One final day of testing left. <BR> <BR> I had planned to go to the gym about 1:30 or so, but ended up needing to take Isaac shopping for running shoes before practice tonight and they were on sale today ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:11:23 EST Tuesday, 3/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning was very quiet as I sat reading a book during Maegann's first day of testing. It was fun visiting with other homeschool mom's on breaks. Some from co-op (ours and others) and just those that I only see at these type of events. We have two more mornings of the testing. I'm reading Temple Grandin's book "The Way I See it" and it has been fairly interesting as she explains autism from the insi... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:18:25 EST Monday, 3/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A smooth day at co-op and a fun meeting with the students running for Student Council. I think some of them were a bit shell-shocked over how much they need to get done before their first day of campaigning on the 16th. They'll have fun though. I was able to get all the co-op stuff done this afternoon so I can put it aside for the week. <BR> <BR> Tim took Isaac to his first track practice and Isaac thoug... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:09:16 EST Sunday, 3/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was great this morning. A good sermon on the miracle at the wedding feast in Cana. Ended with our crazy Pastor dancing to the Village People's "YMCA" as he passed out glasses of wine (grape juice in water). Just being hospitable! <BR> <BR> The afternoon has been quiet. We did take a family errand to Kmart to buy Isaac some new tennis shoes...he's about walked his off his feet! Size 9 1/2 mens at... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:57:53 EST Saturday, 2/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a steady day with not much in the way of down time until about 5 p.m. I used my time at the computer wisely and got the meal plan finished for the week and co-op as ready as I can for Monday before allowing myself to "play" on Spark. I also did some emails to adjust some things on the schedule for this coming week due to Maegann's testing on Tues-Thurs mornings. Hoping the trainer can resch... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:20:47 EST Friday, 2/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I did have my quiet day, but it did not come without another "interruption" to the schedule. What a crazy week for those interruptions! <BR> <BR> Went to the store first thing after Isaac left with his therapy worker as I needed them for supper so I took Maegann out for a quick breakfast too. Once home she got busy on school and I did a few things that didn't require a computer. Finished up school with I... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:32:34 EST Thursday, 2/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought today was going to be my first calm one of the week, but it wasn't meant to be. It wasn't horrible, but just enough stuff that took me away from the paperwork I needed to get through for co-op and home. Didn't help that Isaac came home from therapy with anger. He controlled it which is a blessing, but it totally makes his schoolwork tank on the accuracy side. I think I've found the trigger as t... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:06:43 EST Wednesday, 2/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started out at the gym this morning and it was a good session for the most part, but I am having some pain in the deltoid area of my right arm so Josh lessened the weight I was using a bit so it wouldn't get too aggravated. We were going along just fine and were on the last circuit when I began experiencing light headedness so we only did 2 rounds instead of 3 for that circuit. He believes I may have been l... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:35:00 EST Tuesday, 2/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have forgiven myself the simple mistake that caused me to miss the gym today. Had I remembered last night that Isaac's physical therapy was at the Rec Center pool I would have gone to the gym at 7 this morning instead of planning for 2 p.m. The good news is that I have the trainer tomorrow morning so will get a solid workout accomplished. <BR> <BR> While Isaac was with Kenzie at the pool I took Maegann ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:07:22 EST Monday, 2/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Co-op was a smooth day, but still tiring like always. The big event for me today was hosting the Jr/Sr class planning meeting. Great ideas and will be fun to see which ones interest the students in a few weeks time. I spent all my time home this afternoon working on emails as there was much to tie up for the week and I'm not finished yet. Shouldn't take long to get it done tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Did hear f... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:21:15 EST Sunday, 2/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great worship service and the series starter for the Lent messages to come. Today he spoke about how we miss all the miracles in our lives every day and how to begin finding them in the simple things of life. At the end of the service one of the other worship leaders pulled Maegann and his son Dakota up to the stage (wasn't planned) and through tears told everyone that these are two miracles. He t... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:56:45 EST Saturday, 2/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night was a great reminder about choosing the right foods. We decided to take it easy and just get pizza from a take-and-bake shop and I have paid for it through this afternoon. Your body does know how to talk back! LOL We did have a fun evening with the young adults from church once they arrived. The organizer had told them 7 p.m., but we had it down for 6 p.m. so we were packing up the food when t... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:28:05 EST Friday, 2/20/15 "Maegann's Birthday!" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The trainer called last night to say he was ill so I made plans to head to the gym by 7 a.m. so I could watch Joyce Meyer's broadcast while on the elliptical. Happy to report that I reached that goal! <BR> <BR> Once home Isaac was off with his therapy worker and Maegann and I got busy on the housework. Bathrooms, floors, laundry.... Then came school with Isaac and this afternoon I've been able to continu... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:05:10 EST Thursday, 2/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is what I am watching happen through my dad's anxiety and anger. He has lost his strength to do what is possible, granted with some pain due to the arthritis, because he has chosen to put all his energy into worry. Yesterday he was very anxious and angry while we were at the ER (this followed his visit to the general practitioner) and today it had escalated even more. It has turned into a good lesson fo... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:31:37 EST Wednesday, 2/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I could sure use it tonight! <BR> <BR> Will write more tomorrow, but my day derailed about 2 p.m. when I met my dad for his doctor appointment. Finally got home about 10:30 p.m. from the ER/hospital and am exhausted. They will be doing more tests tomorrow, but for now they are treating a urinary tract infection and checking for pneumonia. Blood pressure was horribly high... 200/100 something when he went to... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:56:38 EST Tuesday, 2/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately the negative person around me today that I'm trying not to respond to is my son. This latest phase of maturity lovingly called puberty is magnified by the autism. The anger and negativity that seems to come with autism for most is now so intense it is almost scary at times. I did finally get through to someone at the specialist's office to get started on a new appointment. I am praying it h... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:02:50 EST Monday, 2/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A busy day at co-op and one sprinkled with some frustrations and joys. I am to the point with this teen nonsense of exclusiveness and treating others as unimportant that if it continues next year I am ready to resign and pull my family. I am the Director, but I am replaceable. I don't think there is much that I can do this year as we only have 8 more class days and we are graduating the top three that are ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:38:54 EST Sunday, 2/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet day before the chaos of homeschool co-op tomorrow. I will be a bit busier as I need to fill in as a helper for a couple of classes and also it is the first of two Monday's that I am leading a lunch meeting as we begin collecting class ideas for the next co-op year. Tomorrow is also the first day of our final session so things are definitely feeling like they are winding down. Nine weeks to... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:44:30 EST Valentine's Day 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Managed to get a good night of sleep with this cold and that actually did surprise me a bit, but very thankful just the same. <BR> <BR> Headed out for my Bountiful Basket and thought I'd have time to go to the grocery store to get the few things I needed before Isaac's basketball game. I forgot...he needed to be there at 9 so they were leaving as I pulled in. I did make it to the game in time though! It ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:41:13 EST Friday, 2/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I could easily have stayed home from the gym once again this morning thanks to a very solid head cold. Yesterday it felt like I just need to wear a box of Kleenex around my neck. I wasn't quite as bad during the training session thankfully, but I could feel the need for a little more rest time during the first cardio/strength circuit. The first circuit was new, but used tried and true exe... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:27:55 EST Thursday, 2/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day began with yet another moment to start kicking myself as I did not go to the gym as planned. Again I didn't sleep well so I just reset the alarm for an hour later. That allowed me time for breakfast and to head out to meet my dad at the pain clinic for his appointment. Switched up his pain med so we'll see if it works better than what he's been on. Still have his injection procedure planned for th... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:09:40 EST Wednesday, 2/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Went to bed ready to make changes today. Took me some time to quit kicking myself for canceling with the trainer when I woke up about 6:30 a.m. tired from not sleeping well, but mostly because my throat was so sore and my lungs were aching. I am really tired of this "sinus" type stuff hanging around, but I know it is a signal about something else going on because it truly isn't cold/allergy related. My gu... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:19:03 EST