DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday, 9/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaac woke up with a sarcastic tone and it carried through until about the time he left for physical therapy. I will be honest....I was ready for the break. I hope I can survive his teen years! <BR> <BR> Heard from Maegann at lunch and she was having a good day other than just being exhausted. I am so happy those girls have taken this seriously and stopped casting verbal abuse her ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:22:50 EST Tuesday, 9/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a quiet day I sure didn't have much down time! Didn't help that Isaac is always a bit rough after time spent at a friend's house and that did show up this morning early on so it was an up and down day with him. Not horrible though which is progress. <BR> <BR> Got through school, had lunch and then headed out for an errand on the way to drop him off with Destinie. Next up was ge... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:57:29 EST Monday, 9/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I learned something from my son Isaac. He does or says things "because it will get a rise out of you." He then kept going and said, "It's my goal." <em>198</em> I told him that I didn't believe that was a goal one should work towards. What a nut! <BR> <BR> Tim had a good visit at the eye doctor this morning. His vision as far as the prescription eyeglasses had not chan... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:41:55 EST Sunday, 9/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was very thankful that we had church this morning as an activity to redirect a behavior was needed. Isaac just woke up in a fighting mood. He's still a little rough around the edges this afternoon, but so much less than earlier. <BR> <BR> Sermon was the beginning of a new series on the Beatitudes. Pastor Steve's version of them caught Maegann's interest when he got to "Lead with humili... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:31:47 EST Saturday, 9/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I am few days late with that greeting, but here at the house it was welcomed in as the decorations came out of hiding! Maegann and I had a fun time getting that done. <BR> <BR> I did hear back from the Vice Principal this morning and it was good hearing his thoughts on the meeting yesterday. Nice hearing that he didn't like having to question Maegann on whether she was mistaken a... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:05:42 EST Friday, 9/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the most part this was a good day, but it had its bumps too. Here's the short version: <BR> <BR> *drop Maegann off at school <BR> *breakfast and a couple of errands with Isaac <BR> *school with Isaac (bump) <BR> *working on my to-do list <BR> *getting Maegann from school (small bump) <BR> *(bump) as Isaac was still choosing to be onry <BR> *walk with the family <BR> *hanging out watchi... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:27:10 EST Thursday, 9/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Knew today would be different as we started the day heading to Boise for Tim's appointment with the neurologist. After research I found he is one of the top 3 in the area. What was funny was Tim had him confused as his responses to the physical/visual exam did not match what he expected. Especially the vision. The hopeful news is he believes this is a clot and not plaque build-up w... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:27:59 EST Wii Wednesday, 9/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep....I ate the pizza today for lunch. I did make up for it with a big salad for supper. Stomach is still telling me about the less than stellar choice...very upset with me! <BR> <BR> A much calmer day here as expected and thankfully my essential oils helped me move past the "edgy" feeling I woke up with. I did get the Wii Fit fired back up this afternoon once I'd gotten home from dro... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:40:28 EST Tiring Tuesday, 9/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is how I feel tonight! <BR> <BR> <BR> The breakdown: <BR> *drop Maegann off at school <BR> *Subway for breakfast by myself (yeah!) <BR> *paid work (15 min.) <BR> *math with Isaac <BR> *drive to Tim's doctor appointment <BR> *drive to chiropractor's office for meds <BR> *drive to look at and buy a microwave (ours was dead this morning -- almost new on purchased for $75 off Craigslist) ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:08:07 EST Monday, 9/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Time for some "Home Improvement". A very good day here in so many ways. Here's the short version: <BR> <BR> *drop Maegann off <BR> *grocery shopping <BR> *meet with the principal <BR> *school with Isaac <BR> *lunch <BR> *nap <BR> *online applications (disability and financial aid) <BR> *supper prep <BR> *pick Maegann up <BR> *supper <BR> *help Maegann with memory homework & quiz pre... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:36:24 EST Sunday, 9/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started our day at church and it was a great time of worship with another thought-provoking sermon. I will admit we had a lot of laughter while he used an object lesson that included awful foods topped with sprayed whipped cream while listening to The Partridge Family sing "I Think I Love You." He's such a hoot.... <BR> <BR> Once home I got busy making taco fixin's for lunch and the... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:19:45 EST Saturday, 9/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a nice day. We all slept in and then Maegann and I headed off to have some girl time. Started out at Subway for breakfast, drove to Meridian to get our haircuts and then stopped at Walmart on the way home for a few things we needed. We were able to talk a bit more about school, without all the fatigue and emotion of the evening before, and she does want to stay there. ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:54:17 EST Friday, 9/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was one that offered more time at home and I enjoyed that very much. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *took Maegann to school <BR> *Isaac and I had breakfast at Subway <BR> *school with Isaac <BR> *a quick errand to the pharmacy <BR> *watched MasterChef (finally got to see the finale) <BR> *picked up Maegann from school <BR> *30 min. nap <BR> <BR> After supper, which was roast co... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:41:07 EST Thursday, 9/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where to begin..... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was just moving along like usual and then mid-afternoon Tim came to ask me about checking to make sure there wasn't any stroke activity, etc. going on with him. We'd talked about it before, but all the things to watch for weren't showing up. Since his vision is still off (he can read more each day though) and the memory part just wasn't changi... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:32:31 EST Tuesday, 9/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is one of those days that has enough ups and downs that one is ready for bedtime to get here. Yep... storm cloud Isaac has been in the house today. He even got caught with chosen deceit so the electronics are gone for the day as this was at the heart of it. Even school was rough as if he didn't want to do something things were just negative. Oh well.... the day is closing in ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:48:27 EST Monday, 9/12/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I only got about 5 hours of sleep Sunday night and then an earlier morning as Maegann has to be to school at 7 on Monday's for drama competition practice. Once home I got school done with Isaac, even though he required more breaks than usual, before we left for the doctor. We were gone for about 4 hours including travel time for this fun adventure. Totally worth it though. <BR> <BR... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:36:23 EST Sunday, 9/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did not attend church this morning as I knew it would be too difficult with Tim as there was not much of a change since last night. His headache is much less and his vision is seeming to clear up a bit this evening. I have made a call to the local chiropractor to get him in for a glutathione injection (usually clears his thinking) and am hoping the one he usually sees is back in the ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:20:22 EST Saturday, 9/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is definitely one of those things I try to do, but sometimes it is tough! Right now is one of those tough times. I have been praying and telling Him what I need, but still room to go on remembering to be thankful and to stop worrying. I've told Him I know I need to do that too so it's a start! <BR> <BR> By 11 p.m. we got Tim to bed (he didn't know where his room was) and everyon... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:06:38 EST Friday, 9/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day for me and I even got an hour nap this afternoon before picking Maegann up from school. Only thing out of the usual was a trip to the library to find books about the American Revolution so I can get ready for the new unit study with Isaac. I found exactly what I needed! <BR> <BR> Maegann is continuing to do better with her glasses. Thankfully not much homework thi... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 22:20:11 EST Thursday, 9/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much better day than yesterday and ending with some football! So happy to see the regular season NFL back! Go Carolina! (Sorry Denver fans...) <BR> <BR> I managed to get the laundry done, school finished with Isaac, get a little paid work out of the way and then I had free time. Isaac had Destinie and then I went to get Maegann from school. Afterwards it was back to the eye cli... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:24:44 EST Wednesday, 9/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay.... let's not have a redo of this day. It started out "typical" and then just started going downhill one little thing at a time. So yes...I choose to find the joy... <BR> <BR> Ended up driving Tim to the chiropractor as he was still having "low blood sugar-like" episodes. All related to some things they were working on together. He's feeling better tonight, but still has more... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:53:28 EST Tuesday, 9/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I headed for some groceries after dropping Maegann off for school. Needed some fresh fruits and veggies in the house! Then worked through school with Isaac and thankfully he got through it easily although his focus was extremely short today. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I spent time doing a tiny bit of paid work that was waiting for me in my email and then just did my own t... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:31:15 EST Monday, 9/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a very nice birthday. Started out by taking Maegann to the Boise mall to return some items we purchased online that didn't fit well. Once home I told the family we were going to take a walk on the greenbelt before lunch. (I am SO out of shape, but it was fun.) We then used the gift cards for McDonald's that my SIL had sent so we could celebrate my birthday. We then came ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:50:06 EST Sunday, 9/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent the Sunday School hour with the kids as a substitute and as it was last minute I just took Uno Dare with me and we played cards. It ended up just being my two kids and Dakota so it was fine not having a lesson. Gotta love Labor Day weekend! LOL <BR> <BR> New sermon series has begun on Romans 8. Will be another good one! <BR> <BR> Maegann went to Dakota's for the afternoon s... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 16:55:25 EST Saturday, 9/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Praying those with physical storms today are safe! Earthquakes, fires, hurricanes..... Whew! <BR> <BR> I say fires because I received word today that my sponsor child Rica Mae's family is now living in a shelter as their house was destroyed in a fire that was in their neighborhood. (Philippines) Thankfully the owners are able to rebuild, but who knows how long it will be for them ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:21:38 EST Friday, 9/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today went smoothly, but Isaac was so focused on the family event tonight at Wahooz with the families from the main company Tim contracts through that he could not stay on track at all. I kept calling "squirrel" during schoolwork. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we just spent the time hanging out and I actually got a long nap accomplished before going to pick Maegann up from school. Her da... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:02:37 EST Thursday, 9/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So thankful the house woke up happy today! Got Maegann off to school, stopped at the grocery store for eggs and some veggies and after breakfast got busy with Isaac and his schoolwork. He can fly through it when he has a positive attitude. By 10 we were on the sofa reading to each other. I was able to get the finances updated before we left the house about 11:30. <BR> <BR> We had ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 18:16:33 EST Wednesday, 8/31/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wasn't quite sure how this day was going to go because there were two kids in the house with negative attitudes. Maegann woke up "angry at everything" so I'm glad she had to go to school and deal with it there. LOL I know...I'm awful! However, when I got home there was a bigger attitude that would come and go depending on whether he got his way or not. <BR> <BR> Decided we would b... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:51:56 EST Tuesday, 8/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow! About 90 minutes to myself this afternoon! Dropped Isaac off for physical therapy and Tim actually had some work out of the house today. I will have more "me" time tomorrow too as Isaac will again have physical therapy and then I have a 90 minute massage at 4 p.m. <BR> <BR> This morning was the "norm"...drop Maegann off, breakfast & school with Isaac. I also got the laundry and Wii... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:23:48 EST 8/29/16 -- Happy Birthday Isaac! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today began way too early as Maegann needed to be at the school for a 7 a.m. Drama practice. At that time she wanted to be part of the she's not so sure. LOL Need to see what she brought home so I'll know what is expected. <BR> <BR> Once home I got breakfast done and then waited on the slowpoke birthday boy to get downstairs, get his breakfast and do the dishes. ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:43:05 EST Sunday, 8/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The birthday celebration is over! The boys set up a tent in the backyard and had informed us they were sleeping outside. The rest of us placed a wager and I won! I said they'd make it one hour. they marched with their blankets stating "The neighbors are too noisy." It was a small, and fun party. Pizza Hut (Barely had enough...those two boys ate SO much!) for the meal, ch... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:05:13 EST Saturday, 8/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed sleeping in this morning and then after a quick breakfast I headed out on a few errands. One was to Bed, Bath & Beyond to use a gift card on a massager. Trying to relieve some of Maegann's tension in her neck and shoulders to see if that helps her headache a bit. It seems to have helped. I will enjoy having it for my neck and shoulders as my time for paid massages is coming... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:42:00 EST Friday, 8/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will admit I don't always have this one tackled. Work in progress! <BR> <BR> Today was another quiet one. <BR> **dropped Maegann off <BR> **grocery shopping <BR> **Subway for breakfast by myself <BR> **school with Isaac <BR> **lunch <BR> **literature with Isaac <BR> **cleaned off my work space <BR> **45 min. nap <BR> **picked Maegann up <BR> **watched So You Think You Can Dance <BR... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:12:42 EST Thursday, 8/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am SO thankful for this slower paced day. It's about 1:30 and time for my nap, but thought I'd do this first. Today I've set the alarm on my phone just to be safe! <BR> <BR> Had trouble getting Isaac out of bed this morning and he was not focusing well once he was downstairs. Two hours to get out of bed, make his breakfast (2 pieces of toast) and then do the dishes. We finally g... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:24:45 EST Wednesday, 8/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I do believe things are calming down a bit! This morning Isaac got most of his schoolwork finished before he left with Destinie and I was able to use that quiet time to do a couple small paid work items and check into some things regarding Maegann's school. Isaac asked if we could go to Subway (he was buying his own) so we did and then once home I finished up a couple little things a... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:07:18 EST Tuesday, 8/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much better day all the way around! I think Algebra had us all a bit stressed. LOL <BR> <BR> Today Isaac got through most of his school easily before Destinie came to get him for physical therapy. While he was gone the house was so quiet and I was able to tackle all the items on my personal and paid work to-do lists except the finances. That got finished after lunch. I now have... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:23:50 EST 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