DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tuesday, 7/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I did it. I spoke with the Nutritionist about going off program for the first time since October. She gave me my instructions and what to watch for so I'd know when to make changes. There was a sense of relief as I left though as it was one less weekly appointment to attend, but there was also a sense of "oh no" because I was now back in control of things again. I can do it, but it's a fair concern... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:29:46 EST Monday, 7/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I must start this blog stating that I did well turning my talk around this morning when I would notice my frustration rising with little boy. I am going to have to work hard at remembering to do that so I can change the voice inside my head to reflect the truth. These are his choices and I am not a failure if I do all I can and he still chooses differently. (Thank you Trish for validating that thought!) <... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:10:42 EST Sunday, 7/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I saw this quote the first time I did not like it at all, but today I am totally there. What I am fearing the most right now is my son not having an independent future, but today I love that it means it is important to me. However, as this quote indicates, this means this particular issue is where I am not fully trusting God. This message came today after an evening of sharing with two good friends who are a... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:34:07 EST Saturday, 7/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent my morning running errands and doing some cleaning at home. One errand was to the jewelry store as I'm ready to get my rings resized. Haven't worn them since December and had them size them a little smaller than they fit today due to knowing I will have 40 more pounds gone by winter and that they will fit looser when it is winter. Expensive little project, but I miss wearing them. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:42:40 EST Friday, 7/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a long and trying day this turned out to be. Started out pleasant enough with a trip to Target to shop for a baby gift (a shower tomorrow afternoon) and then get home before Dakota arrived to be watched for the day. Got Isaac busy on his schoolwork (he wasn't happy about that especially once Dakota got here) and then we all headed to swim lessons. It was safety day as the temp was mid 70s which is th... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:07:12 EST Thursday, 7/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day and thankfully a less emotional day. The kids and I slept in until almost 9 (guess we were tired) and then we headed to McD's for breakfast as I needed to go by the library and the bank. Once home we got some school finished before heading out to swim lessons. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we just hung out and then about 3:30 the kids went out to play with the neighbor boys while waiting for ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:42:09 EST Wednesday, 7/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This "poster" holds a lot of meaning for our family right now with a situation in the neighborhood. Praying the mean spiritedness away and praying for the type of people that will be filling some of the houses opening up near us in the coming weeks. <BR> <BR> Today has been a quiet day, but not completely smooth. When the rough edges showed up during math once again I just prayed for joy. Once again it wa... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:42:33 EST Tuesday, 7/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a very quiet and calm afternoon! After yesterday this day has been so wonderful from the beginning. Thankful! <BR> <BR> First task this morning was my trip to the eye doctor. The bifocal had changed such a small amount that I did not need to get new lenses. Another praise! <BR> <BR> Came home and got the kids lined out on chores and schoolwork for while I was gone to the Nutritionist (nothing n... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:04:49 EST Monday, 7/14/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a very trying day. One of those days you are always ready to put behind you. <BR> <BR> We managed to make it through school with errands in between subjects. Our errands... library, swim lessons, sporting store for goggles and Maegann's hair trim. Isaac's choices brought on consequence and I guess it just kept continuing after I'd left for the evening. We are pretty certain much of Isaac's part... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:24:15 EST Sunday, 7/13/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As predicted this is a very quiet day. Love it! Worship was a joy. Had some free time before lunch and we went out today as Isaac is at a friend's house. Maegann was surprised by lunch out. Once home I got busy on the co-op background checks and then got the co-op email cleaned out (much needed) and confirmed where I was with a few things so I don't miss something. Now I'm Sparking before spending time... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:03:39 EST Saturday, 7/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is what I'm tired of: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day after day....... <BR> <BR> A very full day here, but tomorrow WILL be calmer. Here's the breakdown: <BR> * Bountiful Basket <BR> * Groceries <BR> * Lane Bryant for some under garments (semi-annual sale!) <BR> * Cleaned bathrooms <BR> * Vacuumed <BR> * Haircut <BR> * Laundry <BR> * Laund... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:59:21 EST Friday, 7/11/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A very constant day as I knew it would be and now watching an episode of "Psych" before heading to bed. <BR> <BR> Went by the nursery this morning to have the maple tree checked out and it is a fungus so need to find out how difficult/easy it will be to treat. If too expensive or difficult we will take out yet another tree. We are down to 3 out of 7! Took out the maple in the front this afternoon to make ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:59:33 EST Thursday, 7/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was quiet overall. Was able to sleep in for the first time this week (yeah!) and then after breakfast the kids and I headed out to buy dog food and price rock for the areas around the trees and along the front of the house. Got home in time for lunch and then took Isaac to VBS. Took a nap once home and then this evening after supper I listened to a video segment of the James bible study I'm doing (b... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:13:11 EST Wednesday, 7/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling better as the tiredness is not overwhelming and the ache from the injections has lessened. Still taking ibuprofen. The nurse did call this morning to check up on me and find out what I noticed so the doctor would have notes on everything. Supposed to check in again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Took Isaac to see the ENT first thing and that was a great appointment! The staff was marvelous with hi... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:32:19 EST Tuesday, 7/8/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another one of those days where I just say, "Whew!" Feels like the trip to take my dad to the doctor was days ago, but it was just this morning. He had a solid check and nothing new came from it. I had about 30 minutes home before heading off for my injection fun at the Chiropractor's office. <BR> <BR> That was interesting... I received two injections over the ovaries of Vit. B12 and Ozone. These are t... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:41:51 EST Monday, 7/7/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another full day, but had its quiet moments too. Tomorrow will be just like it. <BR> <BR> Started out at the Nutritionist and nothing new there. Planning to be done with this protocol by September one way or another. Ran a few quick errands on my way home and then did Math and California (our new unit study) with the kids before lunch. Next was running Isaac to VBS (only a couple miles from home) and th... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:21:30 EST Sunday, 7/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a very quiet day and I'm thankful. Will definitely get an appointment made with the Chiropractor this week as my fatigue is still hanging on even with good rest. Something more going on so time to get that working again. <BR> <BR> So today... worship, lunch, email and Spark while watching more Master Chef Junior. Almost have the finale finished, but Maegann needed to leave for her youth swi... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:40:30 EST Saturday, 7/5/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a nice 4th around here...pretty lazy too. Took my daughter to Build-a-Bear in the morning and then we all went out for lunch on the way to get my dad. He stayed over at the house for a couple of hours and then wanted to go get ice cream so off to Dairy Queen we went. We had about an hour before it was time to head over to friends for the BBQ & fireworks party. A very fun time. We got home ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:13:04 EST Thursday, 7/3/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thankfully today was a lot smoother than yesterday. Still had some moments and more confirmation that Isaac really doesn't seem to catch how serious this safety stuff is for him. Again another episode of him riding in the street in front of a car. He never heard the car honk its horn and when I had him show me how "far away" the car was it was literally a 3 second slow drive for my van to close the gap. ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:56:10 EST Wednesday, 7/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Definitely a day that I would say has made me quite weary. <BR> <BR> It started out fine with my trip to the lab with my dad for his blood draw and everything appeared to be smooth sailing once home when we started schoolwork. (Didn't even do a full load.) The first blip came when Isaac realized he was doing the same thing in math again. I've been telling him it is because there is a concept he has to un... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:50:23 EST Tuesday, 7/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day started with the usual trip to the Nutritionist. Nothing newsworthy there! Afterwards it was to the pharmacy to pick up a script for Tim and then I headed home. Had planned on school with the kids, but could tell it would be rough. Maegann's emotions were off the charts over the neighborhood stuff so I figured another day of play would be okay. She eventually had a stress headache so she's been do... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:58:00 EST Monday, 6/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was one of those days that should have been mostly spent at home, but instead morphed into one that found me gone pretty much until about 2 p.m. Why? For starters an eye doctor appointment with my dad that should have taken 30-45 minutes total, but took over two hours! It was crazy how long we waited to see that doctor after we'd been on time with the initial short exam given him. Then we only saw t... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:52:48 EST Sunday, 6/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a good morning of worship and then after lunch the curtain project began. Wasn't what I'd planned for my afternoon, but what can you do when your daughter is willing to buy the curtains and rods with her own money?! I took her to the store and then once home it was time to iron and hem them to fit. Here are the before and after pics! <BR> <BR> Closet - before (She had her dad take the white folding do... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:58:10 EST Saturday, 6/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been one of those "up and down" sort of days. It started out fine... went for my Bountiful Basket and then stopped to wash and vacuum the van before coming home. At home I procrastinated on the cleaning, but got it done. I then went to check on the laundry and found the washer had stopped working. Full of water and linens. So I tried to wring things out as best I could and off to the laundroma... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:49:39 EST Friday, 6/27/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Long day. Headed out about 8 this morning to pick up the campers. It was a very rainy drive too. They were behind schedule so ended up waiting through the entire last chapel service (an hour) before having the kiddos released. Just meant we wouldn't be home by 12:30 and that's okay. We finally got to town about 1:30 and they were all starving so we stopped for lunch before dropping Nate off at his house.... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:48:16 EST Thursday, 6/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very quiet day here and now that it is almost 5 p.m. I feel like a nap would be good. My day... <BR> <BR> *3 quick errands <BR> *swept floors <BR> *Wii Fit <BR> *cleaned out my "pending" files <BR> *got insurance claims caught up <BR> *watched MasterChef and a cute movie while working on insurance stuff <BR> *Sparking <BR> <BR> Not sure what the plan is for the evening, but I do know I'll be heading out t... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:52:48 EST Wednesday, 6/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I can't say this has been exactly a restful day, but it wasn't thoroughly tiring either. Began with the window cleaners showing up shortly after 8:30 this morning and they did an amazing job on getting all the hard water spots and dirt off these windows. I hadn't touched them since we moved in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While they were workin... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:07:58 EST Tuesday, 6/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep...choosing joy in the midst of way too many trips to buy paint! <BR> <BR> The day began smoothly enough with a trip to the Nutritionist and then I went to the bank to make a couple deposits before heading to the hardware store for paint. I had paint chips in hand and knew what I wanted. Easy, right? Wrong. <BR> <BR> The lighter dark brown was not the right color or sheen once dried on the wall. Looked ok... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:10:28 EST Monday, 6/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is what both kids are doing this week...facing giants. For Maegann...going to camp without any friends by her side. Thankfully they did place her with a CIT (counselor in training) that is from co-op as requested so that will help her feel comfortable among 11 other girls she has probably never met before. For Isaac...his first time away from his parents. He's never been gone overnight without one o... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:28:05 EST Sunday, 6/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet Sunday and that is much needed after the past several days. Great morning at worship and even helped the Pastor with his allergies that were bothering him. Told Maegann during Sunday School that the oils worked so quickly and 2nd service would be much easier for him. Love doTerra oils! <BR> <BR> After church Maegann and I went to Walgreens to get things both kids needed for summer camp (... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:13:03 EST Saturday, 6/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And yet another full day for me. Here was the schedule: <BR> *Bountful Basket <BR> *Groceries <BR> *Wash the van <BR> *Stop at nutrition store <BR> *Laundry <BR> *Clean bathrooms <BR> *Vacuum <BR> *Handle a co-op situation <BR> *Playgroup <BR> <BR> The hubby had a full day too. Time with the kids and my dad...they even went to some thrift stores as Isaac needed some shorts. Helped a friend load up all th... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:42:39 EST Saturday, 6/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And yet another full day for me. Here was the schedule: <BR> *Bountful Basket <BR> *Groceries <BR> *Wash the van <BR> *Stop at nutrition store <BR> *Laundry <BR> *Clean bathrooms <BR> *Vacuum <BR> *Handle a co-op situation <BR> *Playgroup <BR> <BR> The hubby had a full day too. Time with the kids and my dad...they even went to some thrift stores as Isaac needed some shorts. Helped a friend load up all th... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:42:38 EST Friday, 6/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Busy day #2 is almost done. Very ready for a good night of sleep! Started the day getting ready to head for the zoo. What I hadn't realized was that today was "Zoo Daze" so it was going to be extra busy! <BR> <BR> We met Dakota and his mom in the parking lot and then got in line for our entrance. We found the "zoo was at the zoo" already! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:46:13 EST Thursday, 6/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Busy day as expected. The schedule: <BR> <BR> *Finish our NYC unit study <BR> *lunch/play with friends over <BR> *sign land sale papers <BR> *meet friends at the pool <BR> *scramble to have supper <BR> *doTerra training session (3 hours!) <BR> <BR> Almost ready to head for bed and another full day ahead. Maegann is babysitting again so we're meeting him and his mom at the zoo at 10:30. We'll have Subway f... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:44:40 EST Wednesday, 6/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet day and I'm thankful as I've got a couple busy ones coming up. Managed to get through a full day of school, do some cleaning and then this afternoon I was able to get things reorganized for the co-op stuff after our board meeting last night. This evening was the last bible study for the summer and I told the kids I may just have to keep that night for mom's night out. Their response was "you're al... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:47:37 EST Tuesday, 6/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a good day. Started at the nutritionist and all was fine with my levels and I did see the scale move today (in the right direction) so my little "trick" to bump off this plateau may just be working! Enjoyed visiting with her about her Costa Rica trip as I'd sent her off to malaria-infested mosquito land with doTerra''s "TerraShield" and was happy to hear she didn't get one bite the entire week!... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:48:44 EST Monday, 6/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made it through a full day of schoolwork and after lunch I did some email/spark until about 2 and then I kicked the kids out and fired up the Wii Fit. Got in a solid 40 minutes of strength and cardio. After that I headed to the kitchen to put my flour blend together as I was out and naturally I was missing one of the gluten-free flours that I needed. Gathered the kiddos up from the park and headed to the ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:09:38 EST Sunday, 6/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning Maegann and I headed to our usual place of worship and heard a very good sermon on Saul and David. We then left right away and drove to the church where Isaac had gone to VBS all week as he wanted to be in the program. We got there 5 minutes late and only missed one of about 12 songs. <BR> <BR> Next up was getting my dad and taking him to lunch with us for Father's Day. Our kiddos aren't too c... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:32:55 EST Saturday, 6/14/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As predicted Friday was pretty much a wash as far as getting much done other than the basics. It was a nice day though. <BR> <BR> Isaac had his final morning of VBS and Dakota, the boy Maegann was babysitting, arrived about 10:30. I made gluten free pepperoni pizza for their lunch so that took a bit of extra time as I make the sauce too. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:14:10 EST Thursday, 6/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another full day and I am ready to call it a day. Started out taking Isaac and his friend to VBS (one more day to go) and then headed for my final micro current treatment. I was SO happy to hear "this is your last one for now." I agree as I wasn't just zapped of energy like the others have done. After the treatment Maegann and I stopped at McD's for breakfast and then once home I got the floors mopped. ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:42:49 EST Wednesday, 6/11/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I believe I am totally ready for this day to be done. Just tired. <BR> <BR> This morning was quiet while Isaac was at VBS. Maegann kept to herself and I did some work and email. This afternoon we had some ups and downs due to behavior choices. I did take a quick run to the bank to make some deposits and then we all headed out about 3:30 to drop Maegann off for her swimming party with her bible study gro... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:50:38 EST Tuesday, 6/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today turned out to have some crazy moments and by afternoon I was just wanting to be home. <BR> <BR> Started out by dropping Isaac and his friend off at VBS and then came home and Maegann went outside to play with one of the neighbor girls so I did some email and started on the co-op stuff that I now need to organize before doing much with our waiting list. Was getting ready to go pick up the boys when I h... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:23:09 EST Monday, 6/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I took Isaac and his friend Nathan to VBS and then came home and packed up items needed for co-op registration and Maegann and I then headed out to Subway to pick her up a picnic lunch and then to the church where we meet to get things set up. Thankful a couple of the Board members arrived early as expected so we had things set up and ready to go when people started arriving. Only had a couple ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:14:33 EST Sunday, 6/8/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thought this picture was perfect after reading a blog on Spark tonight by Eda (EBEAMS). She was saying the same thing...need to work at letting go of things that we can't change. <BR> <BR> Had a good morning of worship and once home just got busy getting things ready for the week around the house as the routine had been broken as we were gone for those two days at the convention. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:14:57 EST Saturday, 6/7/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great day at the homeschool convention, but I am glad I don't have to go sit in classes for another full day tomorrow. Tiring! Today I learned more about high school deadlines and the Common Core history and affect, if any, on homeschooling. Very interesting. <BR> <BR> Tim and Maegann left before the closing speaker (they had listened to him for two solid days already) so they could get supper an... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:08:32 EST Friday, 6/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A long, but fun and informative day at the homeschool convention. I actually had much of the day on my own as Tim went with Maegann to her sessions on worldview (the teens were the primary target audience, but adults were welcome this year). I went to sessions on special needs/struggling learners, the math program we are using and tips on planning for high school. Thats coming faster than I like! Isaac ha... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:39:15 EST Thursday, 6/5/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day of moving from one thing to the next. I started out with my second micro current treatment and was feeling tired by early afternoon. Fairly certain it is the body fighting the parasites and bacteria that we're attacking. Will have two more next week and then the chiropractor will test and see if more are needed. Hoping not...takes so much extra time out of my week, but will do what is necessa... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 00:36:26 EST Wednesday, 6/4/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a different sort of day. Started with a little bit of school with the kids and then took Maegann over to help with the flowerbed weeding again about 10. After dropping her off Isaac and I ran a few errands. Dog food, returned jeans and bought some gluten-free bread and flour. After lunch we got the rest of our schoolwork finished and that's when Isaac's attitude tanked. Made for a rugged aftern... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:15:56 EST Tuesday, 6/3/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day began with my weekly visit to the Nutritionist. All levels were holding so nothing new there. I then headed to the next town to see the Chiropractor. It was much more convenient when he was still at this office with the Nutritionist! He's worth the drive though. My visit with him offered answers to the sore knee as usual. The ankle (arch support) and lower back needed tweaked and my thyroid was ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:28:33 EST Monday, 6/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very full day is nearing an end. Started with a trip to the eye doctor so my dad's macular degeneration could be checked again. It had worsened in three months time so an appointment was made with a specialist for drops I believe that will help with the swelling. <BR> <BR> Once home I finished up school with the kiddos. They had done their math papers as I'd hoped they would while I was gone. Maegann's w... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 01:15:43 EST