DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday, 7/27/16 -- Offline for a couple days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Busy day, but I'm ready to hit the road in the morning! Had some extra things to do since we are now taking Ellsworth with us. I also got my paid work taken care of and thankfully got some approvals back that I'd been waiting to see. Good timing! I have chosen not to take my laptop with me this time as it is such a quick trip. If I can't do it on my phone or Kindle it can wait for next ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:21:20 EST Tuesday, 7/26/16 -- Back Home from China!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First the good news.... TIM IS ON THE PLANE THAT BRINGS HIM HOME! Last leg of his long journey. We will head out in about 40 minutes to go pick up Isaac and then head to a client's workplace to pick up a few documents and then it is to the airport. <BR> <BR> The sad news.... Had to make the decision regarding Jolie and even though she was doing better this morning I could tell after wat... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:38:55 EST Monday, 7/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can't believe it is already 4 p.m. We headed out about 9:30 this morning to meet a gal at a church 30 minutes away to pick up VBS decorations. So worth the drive, but the living room has exploded! This picture doesn't capture all the rest on the other side of the room! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> N... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:08:05 EST Sunday, 7/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We've had a good Sunday. Great sermon, good visits with others who are helping with VBS, filled in for the kids' teacher (we played a game) and then we went to Taco Time for lunch. At home I got the VBS agenda and documents together for the meeting tomorrow night. One more week until we kick this off and after the false start for June I am so ready to be doing instead of preparing. ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:38:02 EST Saturday, 7/23/16 -- China & Memory Lane <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting my Sparking finished up before I dig into typing three plan drafts. Prior to sitting at the desk I went to breakfast at Subway with Maegann (will be my lunch too) and swept/organized the back patio and front walk. Looks so much nicer. Need to look into how to clean the siding. Very dirty! <BR> <BR> Maegann has a friend over (another homeschool family from the neighborhood)... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:02:34 EST Friday, 7/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got Isaac off with Meg at 8 a.m. and then did some work while I let Maegann sleep in. Next was an outing to Payless Shoes...Maegann got a cute pair of boots for fall on sale. Once home it was back to work. Finally called it a day about 3 p.m. and headed to the kitchen to chop up cauliflower and broccoli for snacks and salads. Now we're watching Dick VanDyke and just hanging out. <B... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:55:02 EST Thursday, 7/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all slept in until almost 9:30 this morning. I guess we needed the extra rest! Once up and around I headed to the grocery store and then finished getting Isaac's basketball application taken care of at the school district. Had to drop some ID and a check off. We'll see if he can make the team at some point or not. Thankfully the $ is returned if he's cut. <BR> <BR> Once home I... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:23:56 EST Wednesday, 7/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a full day. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> **Nutritionist visit <BR> **Breakfast with the kids at McD's <BR> **Paid Work & some personal paperwork done <BR> **Took Isaac to physical therapy <BR> **Ran errands on the way home <BR> **More Paid Work <BR> **Email, texting w/Time and game time (MSP with Maegann) <BR> **Watching America's Got Talent <BR> <BR> Now we are ba... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:19:10 EST Tuesday, 7/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We were able to wake without an alarm this morning and that extra sleep was very nice. After breakfast Isaac and I headed to a new skate park and we were there for about an hour. He now understands why I refuse to take him there mid afternoon when the high for the day is 90+. <BR> <BR> Once home I got some paid work handled and three loads of laundry done. Took Isaac to meet Destin... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:23:59 EST Monday, 7/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that's what I've focused on today for the most part as this is our VBS theme and today was devoted to having everything done and ready to go except the final decorations as we will be borrowing some from another church and I don't want to buy things we won't need. As I've resigned to leading the music I had another practice session today to work on words and actions. Fun music! I am j... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:22:27 EST Sunday, 7/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rough start to the morning as Isaac was choosing a disrespectful attitude. It carried through most of the church service as well and ended up with him being caught in a lie. Yes, he lied IN church about a donut! LOL He had asked for one as we entered the lobby today and I told him no because of the gluten and eggs. His remark was "Who cares?" I told him that I did. During one of... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:59:55 EST Saturday, 7/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Overall it has been a quiet day, but I'm still feeling tired this evening. I don't think it helped that I didn't sleep well (I slept better in the mountains!) and then the alarm went off at 7 to get Isaac up in time for Meg. After they left I was able to get the bills paid while Maegann got ready to go to breakfast at Subway with me. <BR> <BR> Once home I decided it was time to get ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 19:38:53 EST Friday, 7/15/16 -- Back Home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We were all packed up and ready to hit the road by 10 this morning. We had an uneventful trip thankfully and am glad we headed home as traffic was already getting heavier with those heading to the area we'd just left for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Once home we got everything put away and then I got started on the laundry. Next was going through my work emails as I'd managed to gather qu... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:29:47 EST Thursday, 7/14/16 -- McCall Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night the kids closed down the pool. It was a lot of fun swimming my dim lights. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It did make for a late night getting to bed though and we all slept in until about 9:30 once again. <BR> <BR> After breakfast we all headed to the pool and spent over two hours swimming.... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:36:28 EST Wednesday, 7/13/16 -- McCall Day 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A good goal for everyone..... <BR> <BR> <BR> We started the day late once again (9 a.m.) and headed out to the Pancake House for breakfast. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Brought home half our food as the quantities they give are huge! We were glad to be done though...crazy busy and noisy just because the... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:50:09 EST Tuesday, 7/12/16 -- McCall Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> One more picture from yesterday. First swim in the outdoor pool just outside our back door. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I stayed up until about midnight watching the last two episodes of the most recent series of Grey's Anatomy. Now I am ready for the next season and it isn't even airing ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:31:28 EST Monday, 7/11/16 -- McCall Day #1 We got out of town earlier than planned so I called and rescheduled my dental follow-up for next week and we hit the road. The drive went very smoothly and traffic wasn't an issue at all. We did laugh when we got stopped for road work. What's summer travel without road construction delays! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As we were at the timeshare 2 hours early we had to wait until our unit was cleaned befor... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:57:13 EST Sunday, 7/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up about 3 a.m. to a major wind and thunder storm. Thankfully the rain on the roof lulled me back to sleep easily. It's been pouring rain off and on all day and am enjoying it very much. Supposed to end this evening and then clear off for the week. <BR> <BR> Today's list of activities: <BR> *church <BR> *lunch <BR> *laundry <BR> *got suitcases and a food cooler out of the gara... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:20:04 EST Saturday, 7/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day getting Isaac ready to head out with Meg for the morning. Once he was gone Maegann and I ran errands. A few groceries for the weekend, wall putty, goggles for Isaac and a few pool toys for next week. Kids are SUPER EXCITED about the outdoor pool at the timeshare. We've never gone this time of year and one of the two pools is right outside our door. <BR> <BR> Once hom... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:32:45 EST Friday, 7/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And that needs to become my motto for today at least. The sad thing is I already did. Ugh! I did have a discussion last night with Maegann about my stress eating and she's on board to help out and she also has expressed the desire to eat better with me and wants me to help her start regular exercise at home. I am turning this ship around right now! One bit of good news was the sca... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:43:04 EST Thursday, 7/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much quieter day than yesterday. School and finishing up the last of the laundry from the room clean out. Mostly just putting stuffed animals or doll clothes in the dryer on air fluff to get the dust off. <BR> <BR> I spent time Sparking while watching an episode of Grey's Anatomy and now I'm on the sofa with Isaac watching a silly Loony Toons movie. <BR> <BR> Got a bunch of pictu... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 17:54:50 EST Wednesday, 7/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day began at the Nutritionist and levels were wacky, but I fully expected that after several days of bad eating. Today wasn't any better, but I am turning this around. I know it is emotional eating due to Tim being gone. Things are going fine, but I am glad I figured out what is going on with me. <BR> <BR> Once home I got busy with the linens on my bed and Isaac's. Also washed ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:28:10 EST Tuesday, 7/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Expecting to hear a few more fireworks this evening, but thankfully the worst is over. Last night was very noisy, but not as scary since none were being shot right in front of our house. <BR> <BR> This morning we got school finished and then headed out for a couple of errands. Ended up at Verizon getting Maegann's phone taken care of. She had misplaced it Sunday--we are thinking it... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:38:57 EST Monday, 7/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet 4th of July planned for us. Hopefully the neighborhood won't make it too noisy and scary again tonight. We had two neighbors shooting off illegal fireworks from 10:30-12:30 and even had a visit from the neighbor behind us at midnight to tell us we had a glowing ember on our roof. Maegann and I went and got the hose out and sprayed things down. This morning I saw that our ba... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:44:18 EST Sunday, 7/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our day started at church and another great sermon today from Pastor Steve. Today's lesson was on being "Responsibly Irresponsible" by following the Spirit's leading. Basically the idea that many times what we are doing for Christ, others will think stupid. Thankfully both kids could express that feeling from things they have encountered when telling others their desire. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:56:52 EST Saturday, 7/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hit the decks running this morning. First was a trip to pick up our Bountiful Basket. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had bought some extra items, but this is a lot! Nice that our spot is growing as it means we get more items. <BR> <BR> I then went to Subway for breakfast on my own before going to ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 20:47:09 EST Friday, 7/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Set the alarm incorrectly this morning so Isaac had 20 minutes to get ready for Meg. I sent them off with $5 for a McD's breakfast. While they were gone I got through my work folders and am now down to four out of the cabinet. I got a few loose ends tackled and will work on the plans tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We headed to the YMCA after lunch and the kids swam for little over two hours. ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 20:37:43 EST Thursday, 6/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a house filled with very tired people today. We were all up about 4 this morning to get Tim to the airport for his flight to San Francisco as leg one of the journey to Beijing. We all went back to bed once home and slept until about 9:30. We went to McD's for breakfast and then headed to the Boise mall to return some clothes Maegann had ordered from Justice and then stopped ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:26:04 EST Wednesday, 6/29/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet, but full day. Nutritionist visit (went fine), laundry, school with the kids, paid work and now Sparking at 5 p.m. Ready to be on the sofa cross-stitching and watching our recording of America's Got Talent. <BR> <BR> Speaking of cross-stitch... I promised a couple SP friends to post an updated photo. Last night was more work on the scarf and hat. Still some to finish on th... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:18:29 EST Tuesday, 6/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning felt busy, but progress was made on getting some VBS needs tackled and closer to getting them out of my house and stored at church! Mostly publicity posters and pool noodles. I think we've had 24 of those hiding behind the sofa for a couple of months now! Maegann and I cut them to size for the stalagmites we will make when decorating so they don't fall apart in transit, ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:56:05 EST Monday, 6/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A quiet day, but a full one at the same time. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *schoolwork <BR> *help Maegann make veg. soup <BR> *errand to buy dog food <BR> *more schoolwork <BR> *small amount of paid work <BR> *VBS door hanger designing, publicity update, volunteer staff.... <BR> *errand to buy colored Sharpies with Isaac <BR> *more VBS work <BR> *errand to the store to buy crackers for su... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:13:04 EST Sunday, 6/26/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another good sermon series underway by Pastor Steve. Today we were challenged to see if we were a "caged Christian" (like animals at the zoo) living a tame life instead of the wild adventure God has in store for us each day. Interesting thoughts he offered. <BR> <BR> Once home I helped Maegann get the summer decorations in place minus the sand pails we need to find at the $1 store (... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:57:17 EST Saturday, 6/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another fairly quiet day! I am definitely getting used to this! <BR> <BR> Started out the day by picking up our Bountiful Basket and then went to Subway and had breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed the time away by myself even though it wasn't very long. Once home and the food was put away I had Maegann help me on the cleaning project I've been wanting to get done for a month or so now.... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:43:58 EST Friday, 6/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got Isaac off with Meg this morning and then took Maegann to Subway for breakfast, to the pet store for something she needed for her hamster and then to the grocery store. Once the groceries were put away (I actually cleaned out and organized the refrigerator and a couple pantry shelves first.) I swept the floors (bassets are shedding like crazy right now), made a jar of teriyaki sauc... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:58:13 EST Thursday, 6/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in a little this morning and then did a little email while waiting on Isaac to be ready for some schoolwork. Dropped him off with Destinie about 11:30 for physical therapy and then went to the bank and picked up Tim's currency for China. I managed to get a little paid work taken care of while he was gone and then took him to McD's for lunch once he got home. I had a chicken sa... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:35:52 EST Wednesday, 6/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day with a visit to the Nutritionist. My levels were great this week and the scale was down like it should be so all is good from the first week back on their plan. <BR> <BR> Next was a few errands. Getting $ ordered for Tim's trip to China (he leaves next Friday morning), picking up a package at the post office and then the grocery store to get french bread and ground be... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:40:48 EST Tuesday, 6/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day here. Right now I'm enjoying episodes of "Animals Gone Wild" with Isaac. So interesting watching their personalities. <BR> <BR> I did get a few phone calls made regarding our internet service. We've had some issues with it cutting out and it has been getting worse so tech support also believes our modem is going out. I made calls to see about a lesser price with ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:54:33 EST Monday, 6/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Maegann's chiropractor visit was first up for the day and it went easily and hopefully will help with her continued recovery. She is much better today than she's been in over a week and we are all very thankful for that. Doc did assist some pressure points tied to muscle tightness around the lungs and for her sore neck. I may just have to offer her some of my massage $'s I got from ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:47:06 EST Sunday, 6/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another very quiet day here. We did go to the church bbq, but took 2 vehicles as I knew Maegann wouldn't last as long as Isaac was planning to stay. There was a short softball game and he also played basketball. It was a beautiful day out for the event. <BR> <BR> Once home I finished up the computer file clean-out and organizing for my work documents. Going to be so nice being abl... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:33:54 EST Saturday, 6/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> First up today was picking up our Bountiful Basket and then heading home to put it all away. I then headed to my desk to start working on the "clean out the client emails" project. I was started on it when the internet started acting up again so I then got rabbit trailed to calling our provider for tech support. They are saying it is the modem so then Tim and I were looking into pri... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 23:24:51 EST Friday, 6/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very quiet day here at the house. Loving it! <BR> <BR> Began the day getting Isaac off with Meg for his habilitative therapy time. She is leaving the end of July for about a year to finish off her Masters work. Sad about that, but excited for her. <BR> <BR> While Isaac was gone I was able to get Maegann to go to the store with me for a few items and then she crashed again. She do... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:39:06 EST Thursday, 6/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today has felt like a Friday so I have to be careful I don't forget what to be ready for in the morning. Mainly having Isaac ready for Meg to pick him up at 8. <BR> <BR> My day went like this: <BR> *nutritionist <BR> *paid work <BR> *Isaac's basketball award ceremony <BR> *email <BR> *ozone treatment for Maegann <BR> *Isaac's appointment with the pediatric specialist <BR> *TV time <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:25:26 EST Wednesday, 6/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning began by dropping Isaac off for basketball camp (one more morning to go) and then I went to the grocery store for a few items before heading to the dental office. The dentist got me all numbed up and then the actual laser procedure barely took a minute. He sent me home with some topical numbing gel (helps a lot to eat as the spot "cut" is bothered by that action) and a p... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:26:57 EST Tuesday, 6/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another one of those days where things just change at the drop of a hat and you go with it because there is no other alternative. <BR> <BR> First unexpected event: Maegann needed a trip to quick care which was not even close to living up to the name. We dropped Isaac off for his basketball camp and then off we went. First thing that lengthened the time...trying to get a referral from the... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:47:50 EST Monday, 6/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day dropping Isaac for basketball camp at the university. He had a blast and can't wait to go back tomorrow. Just 3 hours each day, but that equals "respite" for me. I headed to the grocery store next and then home. Once those were put away Maegann and I headed to Hobby Lobby as she wanted to look for something and since we were in the same area as the imaging center I we... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:25:17 EST Monday, 6/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day dropping Isaac for basketball camp at the university. He had a blast and can't wait to go back tomorrow. Just 3 hours each day, but that equals "respite" for me. I headed to the grocery store next and then home. Once those were put away Maegann and I headed to Hobby Lobby as she wanted to look for something and since we were in the same area as the imaging center I we... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:25:17 EST Sunday, 6/12/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was "Acts 2" Sunday and it made for a wonderful morning of worship through serving. We first met together for a short service and then split into ten groups with various service tasks to do for 90 minutes and then we came together again for lunch. Lunch prep was one of the service areas. The goal was to serve the community in some way even if it was just in upkeep around the c... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:25:21 EST Saturday, 6/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out to pick up our Bountiful Basket and then went to Subway for a quiet breakfast by myself. Once home I had Maegann help put the fruits and veggies away and then we both got busy doing some cleaning around the house. I overdid it, but I couldn't stand the floors any longer. Swept and mopped. I had her working on the dusting and taking down the Easter decorati... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:01:27 EST Friday, 6/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I was up early enough to get some paid work emails taken care of and then learned that Isaac would not have Meg today as she was sick. So I got both kids up and ready for the Friday breakfast outing at Subway. Once home we got school accomplished and then I finished up the paid work by about noon. The kids both wanted to go to the swimming pool so we headed there about ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:54:19 EST Thursday, 6/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is sounding like a habit....slept in again this morning! After a quick breakfast we got busy on schoolwork before it was time to take Isaac to the university to meet Destinie for physical therapy. I stopped at the church and put the new sign-up board in place for VBS and then picked up meds at the pharmacy. <BR> <BR> After lunch I got busy on paid work as documents had come in ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 20:53:49 EST