DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, 11/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our day got switched up just a bit as we decided not to stay for the church potluck and Christmas decorating. Isaac wasn't feeling well and Maegann decided she was okay just going home. We stopped at Taco Time for lunch since the plan had been the potluck. Once home Maegann and I got the shopping list together and headed to the store. She needed items to make her pie for baking cla... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:16:29 EST Saturday, 11/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night we enjoyed getting the Christmas up while watching "White Christmas." This year we put it in front of the window and I think this looks like a pretty picture from outside! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While we were decorating we saw an SUV drive down into the park and get stuck. It was goo... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:21:41 EST Friday, 11/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As our thoughts are turning towards the Christmas season I felt this poster was a good reminder. <BR> <BR> My day has been busy! Besides 6 loads of laundry (still in the washer at 6 p.m.) quite a bit got accomplished. <BR> <BR> First stop....the gym! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had the place to myself ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:16:09 EST Thanksgiving Day, 11/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope all my Spark Friends who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Ours was very quiet and I enjoyed that so much. We were able to stick to our family traditions this year as we weren't having things dictated by a rehab center! That meant we were able to enjoy the entire Macy's parade before putting our dinner together. We had planned on eating around 1, but the tu... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:58:01 EST Wednesday, 11/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all slept in this morning until 8:30 and then the voice from Isaac's bed said, "Dad....can we go to McD's for breakfast?" We all packed up and headed over and then went separate ways as we both had different errands. Mine was simple...Walgreens to pick up bandaids as we needed more for Jolie's wound and Tim needed to go by the auto parts store. Once home I got the kids settled do... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:16:03 EST Tuesday, 11/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our Thanksgiving turkey arrived today and is now in the frig. The company Tim contracts to gave everyone a 25 lb one this year. Thankful! <BR> <BR> I started the day at the chiropractic office for my weekly visit with the Nutritionist and also to get a blood draw done by the doc. My Naturopath needed me to get a new read on my thyroid, progesterone and D since we did some adjusting six m... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:58:23 EST Monday, 11/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just hanging out on the sofa Sparking while Isaac watches a couple episodes of "Jessie" on Netflix. Co-op was busy as usual and I'm thankful there is only one more Monday until our December break. This also marks the end of our first session and when we head back there are only 15 more to go! It's going by very quickly this year. <BR> <BR> Once home this afternoon I got the co-op w... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:29:11 EST Sunday, 11/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The girls had a good time at the 50's Bunco party last night. Said they got tired of only playing Bunco (totally the opposite from the moms when we have our night of that game) but it was still fun. Rachel even won one of the prizes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:20:02 EST Saturday, 11/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day where I just kept going and don't feel like anything got accomplished! I knew it would be a bit like that just because of all the events on the calendar though. <BR> <BR> First stop was picking up my Bountiful Basket. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did leave some items with my friend Lois... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:08:55 EST Friday, 11/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was different. I feel like I've said that a lot this past week! The first difference was the hubby was working from home and wanted to go to breakfast with myself and Maegann. Our usual Friday morning at Subway. On the way we had to stop at the tire shop as the warning light came on saying "low tire". We left the van there and walked the block to Subway in 33 degree temps! ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:51:54 EST Thursday, 11/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today just didn't seem to go anywhere. The harder I tried, the less I felt got accomplished. Glad that doesn't happen often! I did finally get my banking and receipts caught up, and finished a couple quick tasks for a client, but other than that....some email and Sparking. <BR> <BR> One outing today was unexpected to the plumbing store (nothing major) and then I received notice tha... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:22:55 EST Wednesday, 11/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was not a typical day, but it has been good. Got some school finished before taking Maegann to her yearbook committee meeting and then got to spend about four hours with Isaac. We went to lunch at Burger King (his choice) and then drove to Boise for his behavior re-evaluation 'test'. He did have a difficult time and I totally get it...nobody likes to hear about all these thing... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:33:27 EST Tuesday, 11/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day at the Nutritionists and all was fine. I really need to get back to 100% with my food intake though or nothing is going to change easily! <BR> <BR> I ran a couple of errands on the way home from there and then ran into "Storm Isaac" when I got into the house. He assumed he was in trouble since he hadn't done the two things I asked while gone (I wasn't) and the attitud... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:31:45 EST Monday, 11/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day down at the homeschool co-op! We had "freebie day" so the lobby seemed quite chaotic, but it was nice to grab some free clothing items for Isaac. Several pairs of shorts, a new swimsuit and a heavy pullover jacket. I also brought home a huge Atlas of the world that we will definitely use. So...two more Monday's until our December break! <BR> <BR> Once home I got busy o... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:42:28 EST Sunday, 11/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was nice this morning and a great sermon closing down the current series on Roaring Like a Lion. Can't believe we are getting so close to the Advent season! <BR> <BR> Once home I got ready for the gym and headed out. Felt GREAT getting back after more than a week! Solid time on the elliptical and weight machines. <BR> <BR> Next stop was the Verizon store to check on the co... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:23:17 EST Saturday, 11/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We saw my brother and SIL off this morning about 11:30 after spending the morning with dad. Thankful that he was tracking very well again this morning so they could have a good visit with him before heading back to Tennessee. It is possible this is their last time with him. <BR> <BR> I was able to pick up my Bountiful Basket prior to leaving and then spent time this afternoon choppi... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:29:36 EST Friday, 11/13/15 Maegann had a great time at WinterJam last night and returned home about 12:30 a.m. The "meet and greet" did not happen as they had heard which was disappointing, but they loved having the chance to get great seats and shop before everyone else was let inside. She connected up with a couple other girls from co-op which was nice. <BR> <BR> She did find a cute tee from her favorite band Skillet. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:42:02 EST Thursday, 11/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet day once again. Got school accomplished with the kids early and did a couple loads of laundry so I didn't have to deal with it tomorrow while my brother and SIL are visiting. <BR> <BR> They arrived about 3 this afternoon and we visited while waiting for Maegann's ride to arrive for her evening at WinterJam. We did secure the VIP passes and I can't wait to hear all about her ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:32:26 EST Wednesday, 11/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet hour of Sparking/email while watching Private Practice before I head out with the houndies to get their nails trimmed. A much overdue task! <BR> <BR> This morning we got through school easily and then left to run a couple errands that had to be done today before we met Tim at McD's for lunch. Maegann and I then spent time buying light bulbs and some items at Walgree... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:22:55 EST Tuesday, 11/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thankful for a quiet day overall after the busy of Monday. Started the day with schoolwork and then we were off for Maegann's counseling appointment, lunch and a couple of errands. Had about an hour home before I needed to leave for the Nutritionist and was able to get the laundry finished up and the receipts and bills caught up and off my desk. After I returned from that trip I mad... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:58:23 EST Monday, 11/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Totally forgot to blog yesterday! I spent my entire afternoon watching football and cross-stitching. I was happy to see they were airing the Raider/Steeler game (awesome game) and then it was Broncos/Colts and I was thrilled the Colts won and knocked Denver off their "no loss" pedestal. LOL <BR> <BR> The cross-stitch is coming along nicely. The snowman now has a face! <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:10:23 EST Saturday, 11/7/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Was able to do my usual Saturday errands.... groceries and Bountiful Basket. Another yummy bunch of fruits and veggies! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Only one unidentified item and I'm hoping SP friend Trish can fill me in. It is green, shaped a bit like a pear and has a Mexico sticker on it. I know ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:15:09 EST Friday, 11/6/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been very quiet. Isaac was off for his habilitative time with Meg so Maegann and I headed out to Subway for breakfast like usual. We then went to Petsmart to get a set of plastic hanging bowls for Baby's cage (the pigeon) before coming home. Once home I kept working on laundry and then tackled some of those projects I was procrastinating on yesterday. The cross-stitch is ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 17:05:30 EST Thursday, 11/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been quiet. Started out by getting schoolwork finished with Isaac and then I headed to the gym. Got a solid workout accomplished! This afternoon I've just had time to Spark and do some little things at my desk. Enjoyed several episodes of Private Practice too. Still haven't worked on my paid task, but no rush on that either. I did look it over last night to know that no... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 18:31:33 EST Wednesday, 11/4/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am enjoying a very quiet day. We slept until about 8, got our schoolwork accomplished, went to the library and then it was about time for me to head out and meet Janette for lunch. We had such a fun couple of hours! Both celebrating that one month from today we'll be in Portland for our girlfriend weekend at Women of Faith. <BR> <BR> Thankfully the kids did fine together on their... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:59:32 EST Tuesday, 11/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The morning was a busy one! Here's the rundown: <BR> <BR> *nutritionist <BR> *Maegann with chiropractor (same office) <BR> *McDonalds <BR> *Walmart <BR> *quick stop home to switch laundry <BR> *Maegann's counseling <BR> *"fun lunch" <BR> *home <BR> <BR> Once home for good I finished up the laundry, got things ready for supper, sent emails, printed out my Support Broker work (I have some p... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 20:15:21 EST Monday, 11/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> One more day of co-op done. Hard to believe we only have four more Monday's before our first session is done and we are on December break. It has gone fast! I wasn't sure how things would go today with Isaac as he was being a pill first thing, but thankfully he turned it around once his friends got there. I had forgotten how much more effort there was to keep track of him all morni... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:58:27 EST Sunday, 11/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up to rain this morning and it is still threatening this afternoon. Hopefully it will hold off until the kids are back inside from playing at the park. <BR> <BR> After I got home from church I headed to the gym and I was surprised at how strong the workout actually was today. I put on my Ipod Nano and rocked out on the treadmill to Red, Newsboys, Hollynd and more. I was thrill... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:38:33 EST Saturday, 10/31/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have thoroughly enjoyed my day. I really needed time to myself and I mean more than just a 30 minute errand! <BR> <BR> I headed out first thing to accomplish the grocery shopping and then went to get our Bountiful Basket. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was so happy to see a long line of baskets today... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 18:13:50 EST Friday, 10/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise this morning as we headed out to Subway for breakfast. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wasn't long before the sky was taken over by rain clouds and the showers began. Enjoying those, but hoping they stop once Tim is home from work so he can work on the truck outside. <BR> <BR... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:37:51 EST Thursday, 10/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a much better day in so many ways. Thankful! <BR> <BR> Started out by sleeping in until almost 9 a.m. Yikes! Just reassurance that I was right about my body saying "I need rest...I'm fighting something." When I finally got downstairs I found a text from Tim stating the beef was ready so I got the kids moving and we went to McD's for breakfast, stopped at the bank and... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:49:13 EST Wednesday, 10/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately today I continue to not feel 100% and that has changed the course of my plans for the afternoon. I did get school finished up with the kids and that wasn't easy either as Isaac was having one of those days where he fights everything even when it isn't necessary. I dislike that behavior so much because I get tired of the battles. Maegann hides out from them because she ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:46:08 EST Tuesday, 10/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began at the Nutritionist and all levels were good so onward we go. Once home I tried to get school pretty well finished up with Isaac before we left for Maegann's counseling, but it wasn't meant to be. He just had to choose some behaviors that slowed things down. Oh well! <BR> <BR> After counseling we went to pick up pizza for their "fun lunch" day and shortly after eating... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:35:05 EST Monday, 10/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a very tiring day at the homeschool co-op. Had to go in 30 minutes earlier to open things for the photographer (yearbook photo day) and I was amazed how much more tired that time made me by the end of the day. The plan for the photos didn't go as smoothly as had been planned by the coordinator and photographers, but we got it done. Will definitely not do it this way next t... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:29:29 EST Sunday, 10/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tim's flight arrived on time at midnight so I got the kids up about 11:15 and we headed to the airport. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep....they were still in their jammies! Tim is still not feeling well from the respiratory bug he caught about a week ago and is naturally still a bit tired after a 36 hour d... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 18:57:43 EST Saturday, 10/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is the day! The hubby comes home! He has spent a lot of time in the airport already and still has two more to conquer... Seattle and Boise. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We will pick him up about midnight. Figure we'll all go in our jammies. LOL Tim will be in for a shock with the cold temps ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:12:55 EST Friday, 10/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a much calmer day and no sign of "Hurricane Isaac" so far. <BR> <BR> Got Isaac off with his habilitative worker and then took Maegann to breakfast at Subway (our usual Friday morning) and then brought her home as I learned she was not feeling well. Chills, sore throat, tired... I've been giving her "oil bombs" (essential oils) and ibuprofen along with fluids so hopefu... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:21:12 EST Thursday, 10/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a day! I was looking forward to a calm day with a clear schedule and it disappeared as soon as the schoolbooks came out. I am sure part of the negativity on DS's part was leftover from the issue that happened right at bedtime. He got caught in a huge deception and I think he was blindsided as I found out from his dad because he had received a couple of emails and asked about th... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 21:08:26 EST Wednesday, 10/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We slept in until almost 9 a.m. this morning! Kids didn't get to bed until after 10 p.m. as Isaac and I stayed up to finish the movie (Disney's "The Green Machine") and Maegann was wound up from the party so I don't think she was finally in her room until 11! I then stayed up and watched The Voice and an episode of Drop Dead Diva. <BR> <BR> Was very thankful Maegann had an awesome t... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:17:41 EST Tuesday, 10/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is proof I made it to the gym today! LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day has been a rough one with my son as he chose to be disobedient and contrary all morning and then when given a consequence he spent about three hours being angry. He finally apologized (somewhat) for his behavior about ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:43:15 EST Monday, 10/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another busy, but good day at co-op. Wasn't sure how things would go as Isaac started off in a very off mood, but thankfully by 3rd hour he had settled down. During 1st hour he actually came to find me saying, "This is unacceptable behavior!" Turns out Meg had taken him out of class because he was laughing and being disruptive. He did not like that at all. LOL After co-op he wen... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:48:45 EST Sunday, 10/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet Sunday and am thankful for that with the crazy Monday at our homeschool co-op will be here soon. <BR> <BR> Church was great and then we headed to Chipolte's for lunch before coming home. Isaac left to spend several hours at his friend's place about 2 and Maegann has either been in her room or down at the park with the neighbor girl. Leaves the place quiet for me! I... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:12:06 EST Saturday, 10/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be honest. I enjoy my Saturday morning errands much more by myself! The kids did fine, but it is different having "the noise" with me. LOL <BR> <BR> First stop was to pick up our Bountiful Basket. It was a very good one today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next stop was breakfast at McD's...... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:14:07 EST Friday, 10/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting ready to settle in for an evening of fun movies with the kids. I will be cross-stitching to keep my hands busy as I've already shared in a couple "not on plan" items, but some days you just have to go with the flow. I did not have anything except unsweetened tea from the McDonald's lunch run though and that is a win on the day! <BR> <BR> Started out at Subway for breakfast w... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:00:55 EST Thursday, 10/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We got my SIL deposited at the airport this morning about 10:30 and then headed out to run some errands. I knew the kids would need to be kept occupied for a time as they would be missing Auntie Rea. She kept them so well entertained for a week. Our errands.... library, dog food, lunch, pharmacy and grocery store. We finally got home about 1:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we've ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:43:03 EST Wednesday, 10/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day began with my drive to the Naturopath's office. I left earlier than usual as I had a 9 a.m. conference call to be part of and my doc appointment was at 9:30. I got lucky though and hit the pocket of traffic without any delays whatsoever and actually had 30 minutes to spare before the call. I just enjoyed my quiet time in the van while I waited. <BR> <BR> Not sure what the co... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:06:48 EST Tuesday, 10/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Much of the day was spent driving here and there, but it wasn't tiring or unexpected. After school was finished it was time to head to Maegann's counseling appointment (she is still liking the new counselor very much) and then we came home and picked up my SIL and Isaac for lunch. It was "fun lunch" day so off to McD's we went. While there we were joking around about Tim's pictures ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:16:15 EST Monday, 10/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we found "hurricane Isaac" alive and well in our house. Sadly the storm lasted most of the day and finally got turned around for the most part by the time we were leaving co-op. Not sure what was going on in his brain while he slept to have him rise angry, but something happened. <BR> <BR> Maegann's knee was very sore this morning as we were leaving for co-op and the ho... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:11:10 EST Sunday, 10/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A wonderful worship service this morning and also a good lesson in class. Isaac did better in worship today than usual so I think he needs to sit in front of me with Mr. Fred more often! <BR> <BR> After church we went to Chipolte for lunch and once home I tackled co-op prep and now a little Sparking and email before I put darts in my shorts and jeans. Yep...they are falling off of me, but... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:26:45 EST Saturday, 10/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a somewhat quiet day and I'm thankful for that. Started out by volunteering at Bountiful Baskets and I'm glad I went today as they were short on help. Once home we all headed to McD's for breakfast and then to visit my dad. Unfortunately Isaac chose McD's for his first fit of the day. He finally made the needed apologies and got his pancakes back, but it took quite awhile... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:53:07 EST