DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Friday, 8/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another long-feeling day! Started out with a trip to the post office to pick up an envelope. I had missed the mail delivery guy by 5 minutes yesterday and needed to sign for this item. Afterwards the kids and I went to McD's for breakfast and then home so I could get ready for my meeting with the gym trainer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:45:35 EST Thursday, 8/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was just different. Started out in the van at 8:15 heading to the Naturopath. Made it there with one minute to spare thanks to bumper-to-bumper traffic through a construction zone on the interstate. Just thankful I was on time! We had a good visit about my current ails (all things menopausal) and did send me home with some "melts" to take tonight that will even things out after a few months. They w... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:22:31 EST Wednesday, 8/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that felt like it just stretched on forever. Nothing wrong with it, just a feeling. Today's doings: <BR> <BR> *gym <BR> *school <BR> *Isaac's counseling <BR> *more school <BR> *worked on co-op <BR> *helped the hubby dismantle the "stage" that was left in the ex-media room so my desk area is now on the floor and I've reorganized and like it much better (that 12" step up and down was a killer on ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:22:09 EST Tuesday, 8/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out to the gym first thing before the kiddos were up for the day. I chose a good time... after the "before work" crowd and before the "kids are gone to school" moms began arriving. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After the time at the Rec Center last week I will say it was so nice being able to walk up to a piece of equipment ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:20:15 EST Monday, 8/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, we did it! We got the first day of full school accomplished! There were some rough moments and I am already rethinking how some of the new subjects will work best. Particularly for Isaac so that he can learn the material and not be bored as Maegann can learn it totally differently. We started with math and then took a break as we had an errand that had to happen. Stopped for dog food as it was on ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:49:36 EST Sunday, 8/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been so difficult as everyone is exhausted from yesterday. I keep saying "offer more grace people" and sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't. I then had a mega headache hit mid-afternoon which didn't help and I'm sure part of that is tied to the fatigue. <BR> <BR> I did take a break from the house/family about 3 and went and got my hair cut. I didn't even think about it being the day before ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:57:05 EST Saturday, 8/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was doTerra essential oil day from start to finish. Maegann and I arrived at the park about 10:45 a.m. and got busy unloading the van and getting things set up. A couple other vendors helped us get our canopy up and then the rest was easy. Tim got a picture of us in our booth before everything got going. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things were ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:11:34 EST Friday, 8/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today seemed fairly quiet even though we were watching Dakota. Slept in a little and then headed to McD's for breakfast. Had about an hour before Dakota arrived and it wasn't long and the kids were headed off on scooters to a park on the other side of our subdivision. Peace & Quiet for me! Was time for lunch when they returned and then I took them to the pool. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:07:50 EST Thursday, 8/14/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> That's where I am right now and hanging onto those promises! Just so much going on and my spirit is heavy and my body is tired. It's not a good thing to be going into a new school year at home and co-op feeling this way. Big sigh. <BR> <BR> This morning we headed to the Rec Center about 9 a.m. and I put in 45 minutes on the recumbent bike and then 10 minutes in the weight room. Isaac had "gym" day so he ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:45:40 EST Wednesday, 8/13/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a quiet day!!!! Started out by waking up to pouring rain which we haven't seen all summer so everyone was loving it at our house. We opened the sliding door and listened to the sound while we worked on school. School...well...the kids finished their tabernacle models and I worked on co-op stuff. Took Isaac to his counseling session and then picked Maegann up and met Tim at Arctic Circle for lunch. ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:09:10 EST Tuesday, 8/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hanging onto those thoughts tonight as I'm living through another major mood swing that feels totally like depression. I've got essential oils flowing freely and trying to find the right one to lift me out of this one. It isn't helping that my cycle is all crazy again too so I did make an appointment to see the Naturopath next week and see if she can help get that under control again. It seems to be never endin... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:36:44 EST Monday, 8/11/14 (vacation pics) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am totally there tonight, but I have made the decision to not try to figure this out on my own and move forward. The issue... joining the Rec Center. Another episode today with my son again sent some worry into my path regarding this decision and thankfully I was able to voice the event/concerns on a SP team and sweet Nellie confirmed that I have to let go and let the life lessons be learned. So tomorrow we wi... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:17:11 EST Wednesday, 8/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I saw the Chiropractor and I'm thankful I mad the appointment. Originally it was for Maegann (car sickness and digestion) so figured I should have him check me too since I went off the weight loss program and was feeling run down and emotional. Good thing! I had so many things "off" so hopefully I will feel better after a restful weekend in Colorado. <BR> <BR> We leave about 6 in the morning... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:07:49 EST Tuesday, 8/5/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> That was the overall message being delivered this morning from Pastor Steve (from the church I attend) to our homeschool co-op Student Council. He encouraged them to look at how they are showing God's love through all that they do or have in their lifetime. A very good message for everyone in that room. <BR> <BR> Afterwards we broke for lunch and then we got busy planning fun things for the year for the en... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:42:20 EST Monday, 8/4/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I ran the necessary errands in preparation for the co-op event tomorrow. The day is finally here for our Student Council get together to organize, do some planning for the school year and just have fun over lunch and swimming. Nice that the hosting family is so willing to share their home and pool with all of us! <BR> <BR> When I got home I saw the cement truck in the side yard and they had just... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:02:08 EST Sunday, 8/3/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good lesson at worship this morning. He introduced his new sermon series on 'the soul" and it will be interesting to see what he does with this subject. It's different! <BR> <BR> Once home I got some things done for co-op and Maegann put labels on some doTerra items for the booth in a couple of weeks. After lunch she went with me to the Rec Center and we got a tour and more information as I make this dec... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:59:33 EST Saturday, 8/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And goodness do I wish I could get there today! <BR> <BR> Had a full day again and am ready for a good rest. Here was the schedule: <BR> <BR> *pick up Bountiful Basket <BR> *got tires rotated and balanced on the van <BR> *got oil changed in the van <BR> *went to the office store for labels <BR> *swept and mopped floors <BR> *cleaned bathrooms <BR> *went to the store for a few things <BR> *paid bills <BR> ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:49:26 EST Friday, 8/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A full day as expected. We left the house about 9:15 this morning and picked up Dakota about 10 and headed off to the Botanical Gardens. Thankful his mom had family passes so no charge! We walked for over an hour and the kids did a good job not complaining about the warmth and the walking. Here was a view from one spot looking over the Boise valley. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:20:51 EST Thursday, 7/31/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a fairly calm day and I was thankful. We got through most of our planned schoolwork before it was time for the counselor to arrive for the in-home session this week. After lunch it wasn't long before it was time to head out and take Maegann and a friend to their bible study swim party (my turn to drive). Once home I put the Wii Fit on and got busy. According to the calendar I hadn't been to the ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:26:48 EST Wednesday, 7/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a very full day. Not tiring....just full. Here's the schedule: <BR> <BR> *dentist for myself and both kids <BR> *orthodontist to check Maegann's retainer <BR> *McD's for some breakfast <BR> *30 min. to hang at home <BR> *Isaac's counseling appointment <BR> *lunch <BR> *errand <BR> *work on co-op registration <BR> *check email/spark (a little) <BR> *girl's night out <BR> <BR> Now it is 9 p.m. an... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:09:11 EST Tuesday, 7/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A fairly quiet day today. Started out with school and thankfully the kids flew through it without issues today. I think we're slowly getting that back on track! After lunch I ran a quick errand to Walgreens and then once home we loaded up to pick up two of their friends and headed to the pool. I made sure I had a lounge chair today as I knew we'd be there for over two hours and I wanted to be comfy! <BR>... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:33 EST Monday, 7/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day was going as planned until about 12:30. We'd run our errands first thing and were working through school and then the hubby arrived home. He was so loopy! It was as though he'd been given a huge dose of laughing gas! I phoned the Chiropractor's office to see what treatments he'd received that morning because something went wrong. Made an appointment to see the doc at 3. When the hubby finally qu... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:54:40 EST Sunday, 7/27/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been another fun day. Worship was very good. Great sermon on prayer presented through a fabulous skit by two of the pastors. After class we stopped at Taco Time for lunch and then came home to change clothes and head to the County Fair. Only downer was we forgot our water bottles and weren't about to pay $4 for a small bottle! <BR> <BR> We enjoyed seeing the goats especially as we all do miss t... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:59:15 EST Saturday, 7/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was like a mini-vacation for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. Rarely do I get a full day away by myself without any responsibilities. The doTerra conference was very good and so much information to take in. I also enjoyed lunch with my sponsor who is also a friend from homeschool co-op. Afterwards I went over to another team members place to borrow some items for the booth I'll be doing in Augu... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:56:30 EST Friday, 7/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We made it through swim lessons for this summer!!! All the different classes and teachers played a fun game of water polo together. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maegann passed her level and it was one the instructor told them the first day is the toughest class to pass so nobody expected to make it through. After the way it began (in tears becau... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:05:08 EST Thursday, 7/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a much quieter day. Here's the quick recap: <BR> <BR> *slept in a little <BR> *schoolwork <BR> *swim lessons <BR> *quick trip to Walmart (had to get another item for dad) <BR> *watched MasterChef online while Sparking <BR> *checked email <BR> *6 loads of laundry (Replacement part came and washer is working great!) <BR> <BR> Swim lessons were cold today as it was barely 66 degrees at 11:30 a.m. We... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:41:57 EST Wednesday, 7/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is one of those days that just totally has a mind all it's own and I hung on for the ride! Here's the quick rundown: <BR> <BR> *Took dad to the eye doctor for a recheck. Good new lenses needed. <BR> *Two quick stops on the way home. <BR> *10 minutes home before taking the kids to swim lessons. <BR> *Taco Time for lunch with the kids. <BR> *Shopping at Walmart as dad needed a couple items so ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:21:37 EST 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