DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday, 12/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been quiet and I purposely made sure it stayed that way. School with Isaac, one errand to the store with the kids, took Maegann to school and then Isaac and I watched his Science video on the Sahara desert. After that I finished up laundry, did some email and now I'm watching "Glee" while dinner bakes. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow should be pretty much the same. Loving it! <BR> <B... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:32:38 EST Sunday, 12/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone made it to church this week! Seems to be a difficult task for us lately. The teens read the Christmas story from Matthew and then we got busy sorting through the donated boxes to make sure each item requested was in place and ready for wrapping. They all went to lunch together after worship and then finished the project. <BR> <BR> Worship offered a skit to introduce the se... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:25:02 EST Saturday, 12/9/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today went as planned. Sleeping in, doing some housework, a little paid work and cleaning up a pile of papers that had found its way to my desk. Tim and Isaac spent the day on the roof and are getting closer to having the paper and shingles done. Felt bad that they were working in such cold temps though....30 for a high and again very high humidity. <BR> <BR> Tonight we are eating ... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 22:25:57 EST Friday, 12/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I got Isaac off with Meg at 8 and then I checked emails and answered some texts and phone calls. Once Maegann was up and around we went out for our Roasted Reindeer Steamers. (hot chocolate milk, hazelnut, caramel and butter pecan) So good on a 23 degree day! <BR> <BR> I played Mario Karts with Isaac after taking Maegann to school and before I needed to leave for my ma... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:08:26 EST Thursday, 12/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A fairly uneventful day. <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> slept in <BR> <em>460</em> made pancakes <BR> <em>460</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>460</em> took Isaac for a hair cut and lunch <BR> <em>460</em> more school with Isaac <BR> <em>460</em> very tiny bit of edits on a client plan <BR> <em>460</em> watching "Christmas Wedding Planner" <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Isaac has Meg... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 23:11:22 EST Wednesday, 12/6/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was good all the way around. My cold continues to lessen. The kids were both happy. I got the "must do" paid work finished up plus some. Leaves that were needing bagged in the front yard are now done. We had a fun evening together eating blueberry pie while watching "Holiday Engagement." <BR> <BR> Tomorrow doesn't have a thing on the schedule other than school with Isaac an... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:57:47 EST Tuesday, 12/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am officially free of cold meds and I'm not attached to the Kleenex box any longer! I am definitely not pushing it so that I continue to get the rest needed. <BR> <BR> This morning Isaac had a rough day of school due to an inability to focus. Tomorrow if I gave him the same work he would completely flip the outcome. At least he had a good attitude. <BR> <BR> After school we head... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 22:39:27 EST Monday, 12/4/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in this morning, which was much needed, and then got busy on school with Isaac. The afternoon brought grocery shopping, paying bills and wrapping presents. Tonight we are watching "Christmas Kiss II" (watched #1 last night) and just hanging out. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be school with Isaac, laundry and then I have some client plans to work on. <BR> <BR> My cold is much better... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 23:42:12 EST Sunday, 12/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The only word that describes today is.... <BR> <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> It rained overnight so this morning the humidity was high with lower temps and then the wind kicked in and hasn't let up yet. As Maegann and I stayed home this morning from church to keep our colds to ourselves, we tried to go fin... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:16:38 EST Saturday, 12/2/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As Maegann and I headed out to exchange Christmas lights and then get hair trims, Tim was preparing to start on the shingles. He was blessed with help once again this weekend by Wendell and Orn. Once home it was time to barbecue hamburgers for everyone and I was able to clean up the kitchen and get the second load of laundry going. Next up was joining the decorator outside. <BR> <B... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 22:46:58 EST Friday, 12/1/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haven't been online much today as I have been down for the count with this cold. It's a doozy! I did get Isaac off with Meg at 8 and then about 9 Maegann and I headed out to get the outdoor decorations and lights. Found a good deal on an inflatable snowman family for the back deck. So cute and fits perfectly. This outing took everything out of me and I was so happy to get home where I c... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 00:47:16 EST Thursday, 11/30/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I knew right away that the cold was winning so I drug out the "Breathe" drops for my sore throat and stuffy nose. Overall I have felt pretty good and I'm thankful for that today. <BR> <BR> After school with Isaac the kids played on the Wii together for a time so I got my work emails gone through and updated my "to do" list as I've got several plans renewing once again. ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:52:49 EST Wednesday, 11/29/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The kids and I slept in this morning and that's when I knew the morning could be rough as Isaac said, "There's nothing on the calendar...I don't have to get up." I told him differently. He poked around and finally had his breakfast and dishes washed about 10:30. Some days he is almost finished with the bulk of his schoolwork by then. During school time he also was not speaking to m... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:38:25 EST Tuesday, 11/28/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's main event was Maegann's appointment with the Neurologist. We found this doctor a much better fit all the way around. After the usual neuro exam there is still no sign of physical neuro issues. That's a good thing as it does mean Maegann should regain all abilities. The doctor shared that as Maegann had headaches and depression/anxiety prior to the concussion that it more t... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:41:18 EST Monday, 11/27/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today wasn't overly busy, but the needed "to do's" got finished up. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> Breakfast and errands with Isaac <BR> <em>149</em> School with Isaac <BR> <em>433</em> Took Maegann to school and then ran a couple more errands <BR> <em>387</em> Got Maegann's folder for the Neuro visit finished <BR> <em>528</em> Paid work (watched a couple ... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:34:59 EST Sunday, 11/26/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One long holiday weekend done and now the "dash" to Christmas begins. <BR> <BR> A good morning at worship with a good, strong sermon on commitment. Our congregation is having some struggles within at this time over traditions and change. Fun, right? It gets even better... we've had some racial and lifestyle struggles from a few of the "golden oldies" and I'm proud of Pastor Steve in how ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:17:54 EST Saturday, 11/25/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day and more sheeting finished on the roof! Here are the brains of the operation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tim and Wendell. He's such a blessing to our family. While they worked Isaac was cleaning up the mess from their work connecting the garage bays and Maegann and I helped with the sw... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 20:20:41 EST Friday, 11/24/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We were blessed with blue sky and 60 degrees today after a night of rain. So thankful as our friends arrived about 9 to start working and the weather made it possible for them to get more done. I didn't get any photos after sheeting started being nailed down, but here's a couple of the ones I did take. <BR> <BR> Trusses against the beautiful blue sky. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:14:19 EST Thursday, 11/23/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A quiet Thanksgiving spent here and now we're watching Andy Griffith before the kids head to bed. <BR> <BR> We slept in a little and then got the turkey in the oven before settling down for the Macy's parade followed by the Purina dog show. Did things here and there for dinner prep and to move a bit after sitting too long. <BR> <BR> After dinner clean up, Tim and Isaac went outside to do ... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:59:41 EST Wednesday, 11/22/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all slept in a bit this morning and it was so nice not needing an alarm. I headed out for the lab to get the draw done first thing and then I ran a couple quick errands on the way home. Worked with Isaac on schoolwork and got my figures done on his community support workers so I'd know what the plan would cover through mid February. Ended up having to give Patrick and Destinie an exten... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:41:42 EST Tuesday, 11/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day by heading to the grocery store. I ran a couple of errands, but forgot to stop and get my lab work done. Tomorrow. At home I put things away while Isaac was still working on his schoolwork. About noon we loaded up for the rest of our, turkey pick-up and "fun lunch". Back at home they played the Wii together for a bit and I finished up another plan ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:08:31 EST Monday, 11/20/I <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was rainy and just seemed like everything was going in slow motion. I did get my goals for the day finished (meal plan, client plan submitted and Christmas letter draft done) and enjoyed watching "Glee" while I worked. Such amazing voices, but honestly, if some of those song choices and choreography were happening in the local high school there would be many complaints of "inap... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:17:18 EST Sunday, 11/19/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning Maegann woke up very tired and wasn't remembering things easily. Decided I'd stay home with her and let her rest. She has been better since about 10 as far as memory, but not much motivation or energy. <BR> <BR> As I had a few hours to myself I went ahead and printed out some incoming documents for work and then began finishing up a plan draft as it is due on Tuesday an... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:26:01 EST Saturday, 11/18/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another night of less-than-great sleep and woke up with a headache so I knew stress/tension was winning. I did sweep floors, clean the kitchen and start a load of laundry before choosing "nothing" for the rest of the day. While Sparking/emailing, I finished watching "Pretty Little Liars" and started on "Glee". Needed something a bit sillier after all the drama. Once in awhile Maega... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:40:29 EST Friday, 11/17/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning began with Isaac heading out with Meg and I chose to let Maegann sleep a bit longer so I could have time alone. I worked on one plan that I needed to get the rough draft emailed out and then I started on Isaac's as it is next in line. I'm totally rewriting it this year as things have changed quite a bit as far as the important goals. Tonight he proved two main goals rig... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:30:45 EST Thursday, 11/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's big event was attending the team meeting at the high school. Maegann did go with me as she said it would be worse on her wondering what was being said/done. No decisions made except to meet again the first part of January after we have the neurologist report. We did review the current accommodations, discussed why she's been missing so many days in the first 3 classes and ta... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:20:54 EST Wednesday, 11/15/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a quiet day, the evening sure got away from me. Here's how the day went: <BR> school with Isaac <BR> Verizon store with Maegann <BR> sweeping & cleaning up the kitchen <BR> sorted through my client files to get some out of eye shot -- overwhelms <BR> slept through the science video & beyond <BR> watched a movie with the family <BR> LONG discussion with Isaac again tonight - defini... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:20:44 EST Tuesday, 11/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Needed that reminder today several times. Same reasons...the kids and their current life journeys. I need to spend more time actively working at leaving it in God's hands. Sometimes that is hard and takes more than one attempt. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, it was a good day. Three loads of laundry, school with Isaac, fun lunch out with the kids (would have been more fun if I'd gone by mys... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:30:23 EST Monday, 11/13/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I got up before the kids and headed to the grocery store. Once home I got things going with Isaac's school and before we knew it, it was time for lunch. Dropped Maegann off for theater class and then came home and watched Science with Isaac before getting my paid work done. <BR> <BR> Orn came again this afternoon to help Tim with the framing and all the interi... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:45:35 EST Sunday, 11/12/2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This thought popped up this afternoon and I found it interesting because I had a conversation with two lovely mentors of mine at church this morning about that subject. Lots of attacks going on with members regarding the actual church and personally. <BR> <BR> Class with the teens was good. It was video day and the topic today was on knowing God loves us more than we can let him dow... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:37:10 EST Saturday, 11/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is 7 p.m. and everyone is finally showered and settled for the night by a warm fire. The main project was framing the addition. <BR> <BR> A good friend of Tim's, Orn, came to help most of the day and that was a huge help in getting a lot done. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ellsworth made a great supervis... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:19:34 EST Friday, 11/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am already looking forward to Sunday afternoon as I can rest on the sofa watching football. This has been an incredibly long week and I'm feeling weary. Wasn't a negative week...just long. <BR> <BR> This morning Isaac headed out with Meg and then Maegann and I made yet another trip to the pet store for items to get the new hamster, Patches, settled in her new home. <BR> <BR> <im... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:18:13 EST Thursday, 11/9/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another full day when it was supposed to be quiet. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> trying to recover the floor after the wind and rain had fun with the plastic <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>190</em> lunch at Subway with Maegann <BR> <em>528</em> paid work <BR> <em>433</em> very long trip to Meridian to meet up with friends and gain another h... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:32:41 EST Wednesday, 11/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A day that was constant until about 6:30 tonight. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <em>472</em> made pancakes for breakfast <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>542</em> laundry <BR> <em>433</em> dropped Isaac off at the church and then Maegann and I headed to Meridian <BR> <em>150</em> dropped Maegann off at school <BR> <em>528</em> paid work <BR> <em>102</em> ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 23:06:13 EST Tuesday, 11/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up to a heavy frost and 22 degrees. Our high might have reached 44, but at least the sun was shining bright. Thankful Tim was able to get the building project far enough that we can have gas heat or it would have been difficult to keep the cold from winning inside. <BR> <BR> The day wasn't too busy. School with Isaac, lunch out with the kids and then did some new client paperw... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 00:31:46 EST Monday, 11/6/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is exactly how it felt last night when Maegann was finally able to verbalize that stress was keeping her down. She is so much better today. She slept through the night for the first time in weeks and is up and has a light in her eyes again. Thankful!!! We have discussed her going to 4th hour today as she's identified both of her 4th hour classes as ones she wants to continue w... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 13:18:46 EST Sunday, 11/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day....more memory loss. This evening she isn't much better and her last comment was she didn't understand why she was going backwards. Honestly, I have the same question. Once I finish here I plan to send a note to Sue and ask her opinion as the Spec. Ed advocate at the school district as what we should do as she is going to miss so much school as I can't see her going back... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 22:25:27 EST Saturday, 11/4/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is not easy to just sit in that place of "trust" as we want to see change. <BR> <BR> Today was a full day. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> client meeting <BR> <em>8</em> lunch with Maegann at Subway <BR> <em>8</em> laundry, dusted, swept and cleaned the bathroom <BR> <em>8</em> paid work <BR> <em>8</em> made supper <BR> <em>8</em> "therapy s... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 22:58:06 EST Friday, 11/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> . <BR> <BR> Not my usual "me time" Friday, but I did carve out some time for myself. Once I got Isaac off with Meg I let Maegann sleep while I headed to the grocery store. Once I had things put away I got her moving and we were off to Best Buy to look at Chromebooks and digital recording devices (for her note taking help). Spent more than planned on the Chromebook, but she did need one that wa... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 00:20:45 EST Thursday, 11/2/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The meeting to go over Maegann's intellectual and academic testing went fine as I knew it would, but it was interesting and emotionally exhausting to hear their results. She scored average to superior with her intellect and the academic showed just what we've discussed...the brain injury is keeping her from accessing the knowledge she has as easily. Still wasn't a horrible score, but... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 22:31:11 EST Wednesday, 11/1/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day of Maegann being home from school as there was not improvement overnight, but she did sleep more soundly so that was a positive. I do think from a conversation we were able to have mid day that some of this is concern over the neuro eval meeting tomorrow morning. She is afraid of what they are going to say and/or do and if they will believe her. It's a "monkey" that she ... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 00:12:56 EST Tuesday, 10/31/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another day of Maegann staying home from school and it is looking like tomorrow will be the same. Fortunately school is out Thursday and Friday so maybe she can get rested and regain more of her memory. School is very fuzzy. Have the meeting Thursday about her needs, but if this continues I don't know what will help. We're beginning to wonder if she hit her head again and doesn't realize ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:30:59 EST Monday, 10/30/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tonight I see a "David" in my daughter. We had another wild time with all things spiritual, but it is a step in the right direction for her strength to return. Sadly her memory of things is still hiding, but hopefully after a good night of sleep, that will change and she'll be ready to head back to school. If not, another day to rest further. She hasn't had a restful sleep for abou... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 01:04:17 EST Sunday, 10/29/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning things got changed up once again. Maegann started crashing during class so I got her away from the crowds and the noise and then we went back and picked the boys up after worship. She is definitely having a difficult time pulling back out this time. Hopefully she will be able to make it through three days of school this week. I did finish up her theater report on the p... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:36:52 EST Saturday, 10/28/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had some alone time today! First came spending the morning with Maegann for hair trims and a couple quick stops on the way home and then I got busy on my paid work. Only one more plan draft and I'm ready for all the edits to start coming in! Such a relief. Isaac left with Destinie about 2:30 (I had just finished sweeping tons of leaves off the driveway.) and then Tim and Maegann ... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:15:27 EST Friday, 10/27/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another long day and I am sure a night of rest for everyone will be most helpful. Started out fine as I got everyone moving before I headed out for my training session. I enjoyed the time away as I had 45+ minutes each way driving with quiet. Take it where we can! The training was good and worth the time plus I came away with continuing education credits which I need. <BR> <BR> On... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 00:45:57 EST Thursday, 10/26/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So thankful that He works in the ruins. <BR> <BR> Today took a 180 about an hour after I dropped Maegann off at school. I was just finishing at the grocery store and I got a call from to come pick her up. She had "the" headache and was quite foggy. So....another day home for her to rest. She did get through most of her art homework and started on science. I made her a list of all... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:33:32 EST Wednesday, 10/25/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was SO nice to have an entire day minus all the construction noise. I know it is short-lived as there is more to be done, but yesterday was just crazy. <BR> <BR> Today was a good one for Maegann at school. Her counselor handled the requests for the two teachers who were offering tests today and tonight she finished one of the English assignments for class tomorrow. She definitel... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:06:22 EST Tuesday, 10/24/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kept Maegann home from school today as her brain was still fatigued. Had hoped she would get some schoolwork accomplished by afternoon, but it just didn't happen. She is going tomorrow (at this point) and I've sent a note to the 504 plan team letting them know what is happening this week and what accomodations are needed tomorrow for the two classes with tests. We'll see what happen... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:01:23 EST Monday, 10/23/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And goodness was that evil one busy today with my kids. So many tears and hugs and prayers this afternoon trying to get the truth back into the negatives. We left homework undone and put laughter back into the house before it was time for them to head to bed. <BR> <BR> Homework...well...not sure what Maegann will do, but there was no way she could get any of it done tonight as she'd... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:13:42 EST