DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Friday, 9/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a quiet day at home which also meant one morning for the entire week that I did not have to awaken to the alarm clock. However, while Tim was up early getting ready to head to a meeting he didn't pay attention to the houndies so Jolie came upstairs and woke everybody up early. Oh well. <BR> <BR> We got school accomplished and while the kids were doing their work I got things done for co-op. I real... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:31:06 EST Thursday, 9/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made it to the gym a little late this morning thanks to a tire going flat. Had to turn around and come get a different vehicle. Nice that Rocky had a few extra minutes so we could get a full 30 minutes done anyway. He is pushing me and that is a good thing. He sent a nice text a bit later in the morning telling me he thinks I'm doing great and to keep up the hard work. Now if I can just get the scale to... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:50:10 EST Wednesday, 9/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning the kids and I headed out for Maegann's eye appointment at 7:30. Glad I kept the appointment even after finding out much of the recent trouble was a sinus infection because we did learn her eyes have changed enough that glasses are not needed currently. <BR> <BR> Afterwards we went to breakfast at McD's and then ran a couple errands on the way. Then it was time for schoolwork. Got it done eas... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:46:59 EST Tuesday, 9/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up tired as expected as I adjust to crazy busy Monday's with the homeschool co-op. First stop...the gym! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am beginning to not like the words "you've graduated" from the trainer. Means I can expect a much more intense workout. He did say I'm breezing through them and I'm right where he had hoped I'd be strength-w... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:33 EST Monday, 9/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Survived day 2 of co-op....only 25 to go! LOL It wasn't nearly as crazy as last week, but I was on the go. I spent time this afternoon getting some new items ready for the board meeting tomorrow night and a few emails to others along with the group. <BR> <BR> Tried to take a nap, but the kids came to get me because the neighbor boys and the two "mean" ones from down the street were in the yard throwing ou... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:46:12 EST Sunday, 9/14/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Having a quiet day and am thankful as Monday's are now busy, busy, busy with the homeschool co-op. After we were home from worship and lunch I had Tim do some pressure point stuff for my knee and it is much better now. I will baby the tendonitis tonight with essential oils and heat and it will definitely be feeling better for the day ahead. <BR> <BR> We did go by a community "fair" this afternoon fo... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:14:42 EST Saturday, 9/13/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Came home last night with a very sore knee and very tired feet after standing for almost five hours. The venue for the concert last night was all standing room unless you sat in the bar or bought $55 tickets to be in the balcony/bar area. Very few seats even in those areas. We got there about 6:30 and found a spot that seemed like it would work for us. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:53:46 EST Friday, 9/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet day at home and considering a nap just so I can make it through the late evening easier although "sleeping" through a Skillet concert sounds less than likely. <BR> <BR> Made it through school this morning with some bumps in the road for Isaac. We've gone to a list that he wrote himself so he can be reminded each day what a "good" school day looks like and then also what the positives and neg... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:12:10 EST Thursday, 9/11/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Trainer day so I headed out to get my warm up done before Rocky arrived. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He switched things up on me again so my muscles would be tricked and I am expecting some sore spots by morning for sure! My victory today.... survived 3 sets (each side) of 30 second side planks at the end of the 30 minutes! <BR> <BR> Once ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:18:38 EST Wednesday, 9/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed a very quiet day and am thankful for one of those this week. I did have to laugh when I came back downstairs at one point and found this stack of books as Maegann had finished her studies and it was time for me to check everything. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looks worse than it really is as she had put all the teacher books and a ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:29 EST Tuesday, 9/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I drug myself out of bed to head to the gym. I was still so tired after the long, busy day at co-op Monday. I barely got there in time to get my stretching and treadmill warm-up, but I did! I also did everything the trainer asked of me and ended my time with what Rocky called the "real man push-up" to test my core. I was able to do four of them which doesn't sound like a lot, but for me it wa... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:56:38 EST Monday, 9/8/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We did it! We survived to talk about our first day back at co-op! Wanted to get the annual "back to school" photo in front of the garage at home, but the neighbor boy was hanging around waiting to leave so we just piled in the car and then took the photo at the church. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was as crazy and fun day as expected and... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:32:51 EST Sunday, 9/7/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a quiet day and that is much needed before the craziness of tomorrow as co-op is finally starting for the year. More "evil darts" being pitched our way, but each one has been deflected and we're looking forward to a great first day. I still need to get things ready for our lunches and for the cooking class Maegann is taking. Must bbq chicken and get her ingredients and bakeware ready to go! <BR> ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:31:45 EST Saturday, 9/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day at the gym to get my cardio "homework" accomplished. I also did some resistance machines as I haven't done much with the upper body with the trainer....yet. I then headed out to pick up my Bountiful Basket and a few groceries. <BR> <BR> After I got all of that put away I headed to drop some items at the thrift store and then did a walk-through at the church our homeschool co-op meets at so I ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:51:03 EST Friday, 9/5/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed this fun graphic on Google this morning in honor of my birthday. Yep... "Happy Birthday to me!" We'll be celebrating as a family tomorrow night, but I've had a very nice day so far. Any day with zero hysterics by the children is a nice day! LOL Got all the usual Friday chores done this morning (school, laundry, cleaned bathrooms) and then enjoyed a couple of hours out for lunch with the other homes... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:16:09 EST Thursday, 9/4/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been full of "happy" and that was much needed after all the "sad" of yesterday. <BR> <BR> Began at the gym as it was trainer day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew I was in trouble when I heard the words "progressive workout." I have learned that means he is going to push me harder with things that I know. It was called less time in ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:32:20 EST Wednesday, 9/3/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is one of those days where I'm just ready to pull the plug and pray the next day in with the hope of things being much happier. Nothing horrible happened...just a lot of sad things occupying my thoughts. So instead of too many is the "done" list: <BR> <BR> *flat tire repaired (was on the way to take the kids to breakfast...low tire light came on) <BR> <BR> *school with the kids <BR> ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:03:11 EST Tuesday, 9/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began at the gym and I must admit I never knew there were so many ways to engage the core with the help of a floor mat. Never left the ground today once the stretching and treadmill time were completed! So far not feeling the soreness, but I know it will set in tomorrow. The really "great" news.... Rocky said the killer stuff hasn't come into play yet. Yikes! Maybe I should be rethinking this six... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:16:46 EST Monday, 9/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet day at home. I did get through some school with the kids, but didn't do as much since we'll be at co-op again beginning this coming Monday. Next I got the soup built for the crockpot and did have to make a run to Walmart to get tomatoes....was completely out and needed it for the soup. Then I got busy grading Maegann's schoolwork and then it was time to go to lunch. The kids had earned i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:58:33 EST Sunday, 8/31/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed our morning at worship. The pastor pulled out another great sermon and had everyone laughing at his antics with the office goldfish. Each 5th Sunday they have a combined worship and then a potluck following. It was a lot of fun today. <BR> <BR> Once home my first goal was getting Isaac's new "list" book put together so we can begin adding papers to it. Tim is going to work with him to write lists... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:00:27 EST Saturday, 8/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been steady, but not exhausting. Here's the list: <BR> <BR> *gym (only did stretching & core due to tendonits) <BR> *Bountiful Basket <BR> *vacuuming <BR> *trip to Costco for co-op items and ground beef <BR> *dropped co-op items off at the facility where we meet <BR> *cleaned out the frig and got all the fresh veggies & fruit put away <BR> *vacuum sealed the ground beef <BR> *paid first of the mo... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:42:55 EST Friday, 8/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day grocery shopping and then took the kids out to McD's for breakfast. After we got school finished I dug into the homeschool co-op work determined to get everything completed so I can just leave it be for the coming week. I only have one email to send, but it is written and will have to get the facility setup/takedown figured out. I have our needs down on paper, but won't know what the facilit... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:40:36 EST Thursday, 8/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day started at the gym and I got my time in on the treadmill before Rocky arrived to put me through the paces. I was so thankful my sore muscles didn't hold me back today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do have to get my brain wrapped around a different plan of action though as I need to allow Rocky the chance to make this work for me. He g... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:30:48 EST Wednesday, 8/27/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym and spent time on the recumbent bike and did a couple resistance machines to try and work out some of the soreness in my shoulders. Once home the kids got their school finished and even though Isaac drug it out as long as he could, we were finished in time to go to his counseling appointment. <BR> <BR> Things changed after that....not sure why....but the struggling began with Isaa... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:23:02 EST Tuesday, 8/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed the evening out for craft night, but I wasn't feeling well. Not sure what I got a hold of food-wise, but it felt like a sensitivity. Not enough to keep me home though. The project for the evening was decorating baskets and having ideas for what to fill them with. Being creative with baskets is not my thing so I just enjoyed the conversation and cheered them all on. Maegann did several baskets an... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:20:18 EST Monday, 8/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been very quiet for a Monday! I know that will change in two weeks time as our homeschool co-op starts up on Sept. 8. <BR> <BR> Got some new things lined out for the kids and their schoolwork so started implementing them today. Maegann sailed through hers...we may have to add some more work! Isaac...he chose not to do school today which was sad as he finally made it through Math. Long story, bu... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:32:39 EST Sunday, 8/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a good day. Worship was great and then we all headed to the church picnic (minus Isaac who went to his friend Nate's house). Maegann went to a Jr. High youth gathering from the picnic and I am so thankful she had a positive experience. She has avoided any type of youth stuff for over a year now due to the bullying she was dealt. I am thankful for the friend who is taking the time to lead t... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:33:00 EST Saturday, 8/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another busy day here. Started out at the gym before heading to pick up my Bountiful Basket. Next was groceries and errands to finish birthday shopping (Isaac's bday is Friday) and find some clothes for the gym. I needed shorts mostly and was thankful to find good sales today. <BR> <BR> Once I had everything put away at home I got the laundry going and then got busy on the floors and bathrooms. Couldn't... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:57:26 EST 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