DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday, 8/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep....lots of celebrating going on at our house tonight! Algebra 1 is off the schedule! At least in the traditional way. The principal, Mr. E, took the time to speak with us after the Parent/Teacher "program" and we have now moved Maegann into Drama that hour and we can do an online accredited program to take care of her math at home through the school. That way she gets her math credit... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:38:15 EST Sunday, 8/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> And that's how I feel after four hours of Algebra homework with Maegann. I will not be very helpful to her as I've never been that great at math (other than general) and the textbook she has is not as easy to understand as the program we've been using at home. Her dad is going to have to figure out how to reach her with this homework. I am afraid I will just confuse her more. <BR> <BR> On a br... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:32:02 EST Saturday, 8/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pretty uneventful day, but constantly busy. Laundry, paid work and many errands. Maegann had more "must have by Monday" needs and then I had a few things to accomplish as well. I was so ready to be home and off those crazy roads. Was a zoo with all the back-to-school shoppers (90% of them start Monday). <BR> <BR> Tonight just hanging out watching "Worst Cooks in America". Nice th... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:11:52 EST Friday, 8/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I for one am thankful this week is almost behind us. Such an emotional, stressful, tiring week and it just seems there is no end to it so tonight I am saying "I'm on my knees." That's all I can do at this point. <BR> <BR> Isaac had an "off" day with some of his schoolwork. I knew his math would show me if it was choice or a disconnect. It was a choice. I should have taken a photo... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:07:16 EST Thursday, 8/18/16 -- 2nd Day of School <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I have to hang onto that promise for Maegann's transition to private school. Mainly for Algebra I. She's always struggled with math and this class is going to be a tough one as the approach is completely different and not her learning style. <BR> <BR> Her second day went better overall, but still a breakdown once home (over the Algebra). Today she loved the Spanish teacher and you ca... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:56:16 EST Wednesday, 8/17/16 -- 1st Day of School! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And that was me much of the day along with many prayer warriors! It was just a strange day for our family. <BR> <BR> Began by taking Maegann to school at 7:30, but first we had to get the "first day" photo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She was doing very well holding her nerves in check until she end... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:26:41 EST Tuesday, 8/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the big little girl is going off to a school building for her education. I've homeschooled her for ten years! I am sure I'll have some emotions again tomorrow because I am going to miss having her around all day, but I am just praying she makes some connections and doesn't feel too overwhelmed by everything. Dropping her off at 7:30 and she is supposed to be me... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:46:21 EST Monday, 8/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Up early today to make the meeting with the school principal. It was a good interview...he had great questions. Maegann was very nervous, but he was able to see her personality through it all. Said he was happy to invite a spunky girl into the family. LOL He then sent us to the Registrar's office to pay our bill and then we made an appointment to go back a couple of hours later to... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:55:02 EST Sunday, 8/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A very quiet day today and I enjoyed every minute of it! Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *church <BR> *lunch at Mongolian BBQ (Isaac did go with us.) <BR> *no kids at the house until 6:30 p.m. <BR> *finished up the paid work waiting for me <BR> *Sparking while watching the Olympics <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning we have the interview with the principal (parents and student) and then we'll... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:53:42 EST Saturday, 8/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wild Saturday! Left the house at 9 a.m. for a client meeting, a stop at the library and grocery shopping. That got me back about 12:30. I had a couple of hours to do some paid work and thankfully I got through all of it except for one new client plan draft. I would have been able to get it done easily, but we had a gal and her 2 year old son over from 3-8. Tim had met them when he... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:36:06 EST Friday, 8/12/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> That's where I need to keep my head with the huge financial "wall" that is in front of us with the school tuition. <BR> <BR> This morning we headed to the school to drop off the application and then made the rounds to Shopko for a backpack and Savers, a thrift store, for some clothing items. Great deals! Got the $60 backpack for half price and had a gift card that covered most of it... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:58:28 EST Thursday, 8/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself that in between my crying spells. Rejoice ALWAYS. And what is causing the crying spells? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We made the decision tonight to commit to at least the first half of the school year at Nampa Christian for Maegann. The bill is hefty so it means huge changes to how... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:15:33 EST Wednesday, 8/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A fairly quiet day and I'm thankful. Favorite part of the day was my massage. I so needed the relief in my left shoulder/neck area. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow should be quiet as well as there is nothing other than school on the schedule. <BR> <BR> Ellsworth (the dog) is doing very well today after his dental surgery yesterday. He's been playful and eating well (softening his food) and the... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:08:30 EST Tuesday, 8/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This day did go as planned, but I really didn't calculate how much time would be spent in the van getting it all done. LOL <BR> <BR> Started by dropping Ellsworth off at the vet for his dental day. Picked him at 4:30 and poor thing...28 teeth pulled! Vet said he must have a genetic disposition for "bad teeth" as we've tried to keep them clean and can't win. Anyway...he's got to be... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:45:54 EST Monday, 8/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began by shifting things around as I had a message that I needed to reschedule my massage. <em>46</em> It is now Wednesday afternoon. With that change I moved the VBS clean-up to the morning and it actually worked out better as I had a couple of hours at home to do some paid work, watch some Olympic volleyball and Spark before heading out for the evening. <BR> <BR> VBS c... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:59:04 EST Sunday, 8/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And these fun characters will disappear tomorrow afternoon. Our little program this morning during worship was well received and loved seeing the excitement still on those little faces. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw this photo on Facebook earlier and even though I don't like pictures of me right now, i... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 18:53:42 EST Saturday, 8/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And this was a lesson being learned this morning at church unfortunately. Maegann and I went as planned to assist in moving some things on stage for service tomorrow, but didn't get there soon enough to beat some of the worship team. Wouldn't have mattered except one gal was offering negative body language and some word choices that were hurtful. I did call her on the body language ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 18:33:14 EST Friday, 8/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> One more night of Vacation Bible School and we can start trying to get things back to a sense of "normal" around here. It's been fun and the kids are wishing it wasn't over so it's all worth the effort. So excited about the amount they've brought for the mission offering as well. Sunday morning we are doing two songs, I will let the congregation know about the offering amount and th... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 17:46:35 EST Thursday, 8/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started out with errands this morning and then I devoted my day to paid work. I finally stopped about 4 p.m. and then it was time for supper and VBS. Didn't get home until 10 p.m. as we were waiting for a drug bust to end out in the parking lot. Would have left, but one of the older ladies wasn't wanting to go to her car as the suspects were sitting right next to it. I didn't want ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:20:34 EST Wednesday, 8/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey! It's only 3 p.m. and I have some time to do a little Sparking! I have all the VBS needs done for the rest of the week and next is digging into the pile of paid work, but I need a break before tackling those files and emails. <BR> <BR> I have my sidekick next to me....this is typical now that Jolie is gone from the pack. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:22:24 EST Tuesday, 8/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had planned to get my Sparking time much earlier today--it is now 9:30 p.m.--but it just didn't happen. Instead here is how the day went: <BR> <BR> *Nutritionist visit (vacation threw my levels off a bit) <BR> *Subway for breakfast by myself <BR> *Grocery shopping <BR> *Cleaning (sweeping and bathrooms) <BR> *Updating finances and balancing accounts <BR> *Dropped Isaac off with Des... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:43:27 EST Monday, 8/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our time in Colorado was very nice even thought the main reason for the trip was to attend Tim's uncle's funeral service. It was more of a celebration and it was good seeing so many of the family. We are going back again over Labor Day for the family reunion unless something comes up that we don't expect. <BR> <BR> The wifi was awful at my SIL's ...worse than I remember.... so didn'... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:49:00 EST 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