DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Sunday, 6/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a nice morning of worship and this afternoon we have an extra boy with us. Isaac brought his friend from the other church home today. Tim had to go in and work for a little while (emergency on-call thing) and once he's home we are all going on a bike ride. It's interesting enough with one spectrum kiddo...should be double the fun with two! Maegann is playing with one of the neighbor girls so while the... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:33:34 EST Saturday, 5/31/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My day started by volunteering at Bountiful Baskets. Learned today that the truck "sleeps" at our location so they actually were almost finished by the posted starting time. I was able to help finish up, but made for a long wait for everyone as the time for people to come get their stuff was about 45 minutes. Next time I'll know to go early and plan to leave when done. The baskets were overflowing today with ex... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:20:35 EST Friday, 5/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my theme for the morning...always keep praying...always keep looking for joy. <BR> <BR> The day started out pleasant and then the dreaded math came out with Isaac. It seemed to start well and he had the answers right and then the next paper of the same type of problems turned it all around. I know it was simply "I don't want to do anymore of these." Typical scenario around here. Makes a choice a... Fri, 30 May 2014 13:09:29 EST Thursday, 5/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Didn't blog yesterday as I knew it would be difficult to put my thoughts down as it was just a rugged day. Was so thankful when night came and it was time to be done. <BR> <BR> Today has been much better. One struggle was Isaac's math as for whatever reason zeros throw him off. Right now we are doing triple digit subtraction, but when a zero on the top number is involved...oh my! Today I found if it is ... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:57:14 EST Tuesday, 5/27/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The good news that began the day is that my low-grade infection is officially gone! Was just so odd never having any real symptoms the entire time. Once home from the Nutritionist I did a little bit of school with the kids. <BR> <BR> After lunch we ran a couple of errands because once I can get Maegann to create a pile of things to get rid of they must leave the house quickly. She gets so sentimentally at... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:35:13 EST Monday, 5/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Admitting that I did not do one thing on my "want to do" list today. Again...sucked into everyone else's projects! Mainly I ended up helping my daughter get things organized in her room (much needed) and I was glad she was feeling well enough to be ready to get going on it again. The main thing was getting her some shelving in her closet so she could start emptying containers and have a place to put thing... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:20:34 EST Sunday, 5/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed this day so much. For one...I have felt good all day for the first time since Wednesday night. For another...a wonderful time of worship and then time with the family. <BR> <BR> Worship often includes a drama or visual from our Pastor. He is very creative and doesn't mind looking silly. Our sermon today was on Exodus 32 when Aaron crafts the golden calf for the people while Moses is getting the... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:03:46 EST Saturday, 5/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a busy day! Was thankful I could make it through as my stomach bug is still nagging me off and on. What was accomplished: <BR> <BR> *picked up my Bountiful Basket <BR> *stopped and got the oil changed on the van <BR> *mopped floors <BR> *cleaned bathrooms <BR> *4 loads of laundry <BR> *helped unload the last of the storage shed stuff (Yeah!!!!) <BR> *took a load of things to the thrift store <BR> *fix... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:01:48 EST Friday, 5/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a day of all that comes with a stomach bug I got a full night of sleep and the aches and nausea were gone. Still not wanting to eat, but made myself get some protein a couple of times. I'm also quite tired tonight, but that's to be expected. <BR> <BR> I was able to do some school with Isaac (Maegann was still not feeling well enough.), do a little Sparking and then get him some lunch before I headed... Fri, 23 May 2014 21:36:27 EST Thursday, 5/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been spent on the sofa sleeping or watching TV. Woke up about 1:30 a.m. with a sick stomach and as it was exactly how Isaac's stomach bug began Tuesday I knew I was in for it. I've seen/listened to way too many episodes of Andy Griffith, but have enjoyed a couple fun Christmas comedies. (Dear Santa and Mistle Tones) Finally started keeping crackers and Sprite down about 5 this evening and am so t... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:56:08 EST Wednesday, 5/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning was spent running errands and we had a long list. We made it to ten different places and then home in 90 minutes! One of the stops was to Best Buy to get an under-the-cabinet CD/radio to install in the kitchen. We had one at our old house and used it so much. We've had a boombox on the counter since we moved in here and with limited counter space this was on my "really would like soon" list. ... Wed, 21 May 2014 23:28:15 EST Tuesday, 5/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a quiet day and I'm thankful. Started out with my weekly appointment with the Nutritionist. Still showing slight signs of the infection so I think it is time to phone the Naturopath and have her check with this other office and see if an antibiotic would be a good idea now that we're going on four weeks. Just hate taking them! <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store afterwards and then droppe... Tue, 20 May 2014 17:08:25 EST Monday, 5/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a good day! School went easily. Had a conversation with Isaac to help him see in his own head how he comes across (used "Peanuts" characters as examples...Lucy mainly). Took a trip to The Children's Place to get Maegann some new flip flops for summer (got 2 t-shirts for Isaac and Maegann bought a cute outfit...lime green of course). Caught the finances up and got the co-op emails sent out. ... Mon, 19 May 2014 19:14:04 EST