DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday, 5/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was trainer day at the gym and I made it through that silly ol' spin bike again. Hate that thing! LOL I think I'm down to maybe one or two more sessions and I really am ready to be done. <BR> <BR> Once home I pushed Isaac through school. We really need to get this trip on the road because he is in the "can't think of anything else" mode and it keeps him more easily angered ... Wed, 20 May 2015 18:37:00 EST Tuesday, 5/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was quiet. Almost feels like it was too quiet. I think this busy mom has slowed down almost too much! LOL <BR> <BR> Got school finished up with Isaac and then ran a couple quick errands. The afternoon held a trip to the chiropractor for Maegann and it was good timing as she was a mess today. Tried to do her math first thing, but there was no way as she didn't sleep...wasn't... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:37:15 EST Monday, 5/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day here. This morning I got laundry and school with the kids finished by noon so got Isaac's lunch ready and then headed to the gym. Once home the kids were entertaining themselves so I've just been having fun Sparking and cleaning out email while watching "Grey's Anatomy." <BR> <BR> Isaac is off now to his track meet with his dad and then Maegann's friend is arriving... Mon, 18 May 2015 18:53:21 EST Sunday, 5/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a great morning of worship. New sermon series is on those "open doors" and all the myths that are out there that people share verbally, but aren't in the Bible. The main one he spoke on today was "When God closes a door, He opens a window." This is actually a quote from The Sound of Music. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I've had the time to myself and I did the following: <BR> **put ... Sun, 17 May 2015 19:16:27 EST Saturday, 5/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day picking up my Bountiful Basket (bought some extra stuff this week too), grocery shopping and then home. Once all the food was put away Maegann helped me get busy on cleaning the bathrooms. I spent extra time cleaning baseboards and more as we worked through those rooms. <BR> <BR> The rest of the afternoon I worked on my Support Broker application (would allow me to work... Sun, 17 May 2015 00:16:15 EST Friday, 5/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up to rain this morning and it made it very easy to be home doing laundry, school and cleaning house. Got a lot done and will finish the cleaning tomorrow. Ended up making an unexpected trip to the vet as we could tell Jolie's infection wasn't gone. Thankfully the vet is only 3-4 minutes from home. Have her on stronger antibiotics for a second round. Thankfully we'll be back ... Fri, 15 May 2015 19:15:44 EST Thursday, 5/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a very quiet and lazy day. Isaac headed out about 8 for his morning of habilitative therapy and then I did math with Maegann before tackling the finances. This afternoon has been spent doing more cleaning out of paperwork and a trip in the middle to take Isaac for physical therapy and to run a couple quick errands on the way home. Decided to serve up leftovers for supp... Thu, 14 May 2015 18:16:29 EST Wednesday, 5/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the gym with the trainer. I hoped for a "less brutal" session and was thankful to receive it. Having said doesn't mean I wasn't exhausted by the time I was done! Just means the types of things felt less brutal! LOL <BR> <BR> School was next on the list and we go through that before lunch today. Afterwards I had planned to sit down with my "to do" list ... Wed, 13 May 2015 20:21:12 EST Tuesday, 5/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well....chose to sleep in this morning instead of getting myself out of that cozy bed and heading to the gym. I regretted it later as I never did find another chance to get there. I'm sure the trainer will make up for it in the morning! <BR> <BR> So....the day became laundry and schoolwork. Took Maegann to the teen party about 4:30 and am praying she has a wonderful time for a chan... Tue, 12 May 2015 21:55:32 EST Monday, 5/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the outside, I thought this poster was appropriate for me today. There's more to me than just the outside! <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym this morning although an hour behind schedule as I turned the alarm off and chose to sleep. I then got right up and headed out. Worked fine...Tim was just getting ready to leave for work as I got home and breakfast was done ... Mon, 11 May 2015 13:05:38 EST Mother's Day 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will admit that this day always has a few difficult moments even though my mom has been gone since 1996. I still miss her and tears are shed. This morning before we left for church Maegann brought me gifts she had made for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't wait to take her up on the "whole house cleaning" gift card! Wore the earrings sh... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:44:12 EST Saturday, 5/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a full morning of planned errands.... <BR> *new tires for the van <BR> *grocery shopping <BR> *get the oil changed (actually just needed the message reset) <BR> *buy PVC pipe for the VBS decorations <BR> *Verizon to see about a different cell phone <BR> <BR> The phone turned out to be spendier than I thought as I misunderstood the sales rep (didn't realize that until I saw the receipt online) but I'll d... Sat, 9 May 2015 22:33:51 EST Friday, 5/8/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in a little this morning instead of heading to the gym only because once again I did not sleep that well and after the day I'd won. Once up the kids and I headed to McD's for breakfast before going to pick up VBS decorations. SO thankful that the children's pastor was willing to let us borrow whatever we needed. This is going to save me so much time and once Tim helps me build the pvc stan... Fri, 8 May 2015 17:33:11 EST Thursday, 5/7/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up to a rainy day, but that worked in my favor as all I wanted to do was sleep. I did take an hour nap at 10:30 a.m. but the real reason was hoping to lessen a headache. It also worked in my favor that today was Isaac's 3 1/2 hour session with Meg for habilitative therapy so he was gone and that meant I only needed to assist Maegann with schoolwork. She was struggling a bit after about 40 minutes wit... Thu, 7 May 2015 18:57:11 EST Wednesday, 5/6/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day for me and I'm thankful BUT it did start at the gym with a very grueling training session. I don't think it would have felt quite as tiring had I not gone in already feeling tired. Feeling like the more quiet days I have the more tired I feel each morning! The good news is I did everything he asked even though I was dragging midway through. <BR> <BR> Once home it was time for school and... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:06:21 EST Tuesday, 5/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chose to make today a rest day from the gym and haven't regretted that decision at all. Tomorrow morning will be my training session and I'll be ready! <BR> <BR> School with the kids went fairly smoothly and then we headed out for lunch at Subway. Next we went to Michaels so Maegann could buy some beads for her jewelry making and then it was time for her hair appointment. Once home I got her busy on the s... Tue, 5 May 2015 19:04:26 EST Monday, 5/4/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is going as planned even though I adjusted the timing of some of it because when that alarm went off at 7 I wasn't ready to get up. First Monday in a long time I haven't had to be anywhere! So I slept another hour and then got up and headed to the gym. <BR> <BR> Finally got school going about 9:45 and math for both kiddos was done by noon so we stopped for lunch before going on with other subjects. ... Mon, 4 May 2015 18:14:41 EST Sunday, 5/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning was spent at church and another great sermon on giving to others. He finished it out with "Crocodile Rock" and put on quite a performance. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He finished it out asking if we were too busy, fixed in our ways, etc., or if we had time to Crocodile Rock. The story behind it was from his younger days at camp where... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:33:25 EST Saturday, 5/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day picking up our Bountiful Basket and then it was time for the track meet. I only stayed for a couple of the events as it would be about a 40 minute wait. Isaac did a decent job, but his legs were so stiff today even after being warmed up. Funny how the autism affects him that way. He had fun and that's all that matters. Here he is getting ready to make his leap on the long jump. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 2 May 2015 19:30:24 EST Friday, 5/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that did not feel restful. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *gym <BR> *groceries <BR> *BL weigh-in finalized <BR> *reconciled credit card <BR> *reconciled checking <BR> *dad's pain doc appt <BR> *stop at care center because of doc appt <BR> *supper prep <BR> *game night (shorter as Jenn had a rough schedule today and tomorrow) <BR> *watched Amazing Race <BR> <BR> While all that was happening Maega... Sat, 2 May 2015 00:42:16 EST Thursday, 4/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a rest day as I woke up tired so figured after the busy days this week it would be a good idea. I even had to catch a power nap so I could make it through Mom's Night without yawning. <BR> <BR> Took the kids to McD's for breakfast and then we headed to the $1 store to buy pool noodles (for VBS decorating) and then once home Maegann and I worked on some of the tissue paper flowers we will need. Go... Fri, 1 May 2015 01:37:43 EST Wednesday, 4/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day out at the gym with the trainer and I survived! I say that because it was an earlier session in the morning than usual and that ol' spin bike...well...not my favorite, but I made it through. I do like it better within a circuit rather than on its own. <BR> <BR> Once home we got ready to head to the Chiropractor for Maegann's appointment. The traffic went smoothly so they had time to play ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:41:37 EST Tuesday, 4/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another full day here. Started at the Rec Center for Isaac's physical therapy. Swimming day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After he finished his work with Kenzie the kids played together for a time, but Isaac is usually so worn out that it doesn't last long. One blessing.... they got in for free today! The gal at the desk had two expiring day pa... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:45:27 EST Monday, 4/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For our first Monday without co-op we sure kept busy! Started the day heading to Meridian so I could get my hair cut (so nice having Lois cutting it again) and then to get "fixed" at the Chiropractor. My knee and back were related as I suspicioned...this time they were tied to my liver needing some detox. My shoulder needed some painful poking and then he put me on the magnet machine for it. Ouch! We als... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:53:38 EST Sunday, 4/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was great once again. Today's message was on giving gifts without strings attached. Had never heard the story behind the "White Elephant Gifts" before...interesting. After 1st hour I went on a hunt for VBS stuff to use for decorating. I did find tons of backdrops, but that's about it. Those are big finds though as you then just put the fun flowers and animals, etc., in front of those. I will at... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:42:22 EST Saturday, 4/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent the majority of my day at a doTerra training and enjoyed it a lot...especially the morning speakers. The theme for the morning was what to do with fear because we all face it and let us stop us at times. One speaker was amazing and even Maegann was drawn into his talk and honestly he was hitting her where she lives. The walls we build. One day I hope she hears the other side of it as strongly....fin... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:51:07 EST Friday, 4/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning Maegann and I got things together for Presentation Night while her brother was gone for therapy. Once he was home we got through the schoolwork. I was fielding so many texts and emails regarding co-op all day long so I am really thankful Pres. Night is over. I did snag a short nap this afternoon before heading over to open the building. Got this photo of Maegann in her silk dress that she wa... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:06:33 EST Thursday, 4/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that just had wings of its own! Started with Isaac heading off with Meg for Habilitative Therapy (we'll be reworking this piece for summer) for a couple of hours and then Maegann I went to McD's together for breakfast. We had about 30 minutes once home before we headed out for her doctor visit. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately we waited over an hour to see him. He sometimes gets behind schedule, but th... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:45:57 EST Wednesday, 4/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day tired, but off I went to meet the trainer anyway. It was an exhausting session, but I made it through...spin bike and all. <BR> <BR> Got school finished with the kids...Maegann was my emotional one today. Whew! Never ended the entire day.... I was just thankful I never reacted because I know she didn't mean a word she fired my way. <BR> <BR> The appointment with the specialist regarding ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:21:56 EST Tuesday, 4/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I woke up very tired so I made the decision to skip the gym today so that I could be ready for the trainer in the morning. So instead the day brought school with the kids, laundry, phone calls and taking the kids out for a surprise lunch and shopping trip. Maegann needed a new basket for her bike and Isaac needed new sneakers so we went to Kmart and had Little Caesars pizza for lunch as well. Fun time. Af... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:03:05 EST Monday, 4/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well...another co-op school year done. I am exhausted! It was a good day and the end of year party was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lots of work went into this event by our Student Council and some adult volunteers. <BR> <BR> The only thing left to close... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:50:54 EST Sunday, 4/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm trying.... Isaac woke up on the warpath again today and it hasn't stopped yet. Nothing I say to him is met positively so I am done talking to him today. Not worth the frustration. Very thankful the specialist appointment is on Wednesday to discuss his anger. I am also going to make an appointment with my doctor to discuss something to ease my frustration level and the depression I seem to fall into of... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:43:59 EST Saturday, 4/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today turned into a lot busier day than I planned on, but it was all good...except for the traffic while shopping with Maegann this afternoon. Started the day getting our Bountiful Basket and extras before heading to the grocery store. Here was the basic basket: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is the only unidentified veggie I found. Anyon... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:12:32 EST Friday, 4/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When the "storm" began brewing last night I started bracing myself for the coming day and I was right to do so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'll back up though.... I started the day at the gym and I could totally tell the difference in how much I could do "easier" going in closer to noon than at 7 a.m. I did get my planned workout done (elli... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:18:42 EST Thursday, 4/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been calm overall, but did end up running some unplanned errands this afternoon once Isaac's physical therapy was cancelled. Here's how the day has gone: <BR> <BR> **school <BR> **gym <BR> **lunch <BR> **errands <BR> **update receipts <BR> **play on Facebook and Spark <BR> <BR> While I was at the gym and doing errands Maegann was working on her Geography map that she needs to finish up for her di... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:00:45 EST Wednesday, 4/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another smooth day on the home front and can only pray for another one tomorrow. Two in a row is rare with my son. He slipped a bit tonight when I asked him about track practice and I pushed to get an answer to this simple question: "What made track 'good' tonight?" He was getting so angry so we asked why he was angry.... "Because I didn't want to tell YOU." (You = Me) Not sure why he wouldn't want to t... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:44:46 EST Tuesday, 4/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I.AM.PROCRASTINATING. <BR> <BR> I have a project that needs done before Thursday evenings Board meeting and I know once I get started it will go quickly, but for some reason I have put it off for an entire month already and have no desire to make it happen today. I.WILL.DO.IT. <BR> <BR> The girls have done well today after their sleepover. They played fairly quietly this morning while Isaac worked on scho... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:22:14 EST Monday, 4/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so tired tonight. I really couldn't believe how crazy the day at co-op turned out to be as I went into it not having any extra things to attend to. So the extras came my way and it was exhausting! One more class day until we break until September! I was so proud of Maegann when she was leading worship songs. The CD went wacky on her so she finally turned it off and asked if everyone would be okay si... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:15:50 EST Sunday, 4/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great day! Worship was so good and the new sermon series will be on "Love Languages." Today we discussed positive affirmation words and our homework was to pick one person to affirm every day this week. Pastor called the words "golden apples" we are handing to others. I guess Isaac's class used some of that thought for their project because he brought me this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:20:25 EST Saturday, 4/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Was able to sleep in a little this morning (translated ... no alarm) and then I headed off to get the grocery shopping tackled. Spent several hours processing food and then had time to get co-op ready for Monday and do some Sparking before playgroup families arrived. <BR> <BR> Playgroup was fun and everyone was gone by about 7:30 so things are cleaned up, boy child showered and now we're enjoying "Thou Sha... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:40:55 EST Friday, 4/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another "not much on the schedule" day. I woke up exhausted which is never a good thing, but I was able to catch a power nap about 9:30 while Isaac was gone with his therapy worker and Maegann was in the shower. It helped a lot! Got through school with the kids fairly easily. Isaac did pull out the "too much anger when something is harder" so I gave him a consequence...lost his Kindle until supper. He pu... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:59:56 EST Thursday, 4/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day started with Isaac heading off with Meg for habilitative therapy (he goes again tomorrow morning) and Maegann and I going to the store to try and find a one-piece slip as she needs one to go under her silk dress for Presentation Night (her country for the World's Fair is China). No luck so far! Once home I prepped myself for Isaac's return by getting my mood control oils flowing. Good thing.... I w... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:28:08 EST Wednesday, 4/8/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much better day at this home and I'm thankful. Little boy has been kind and calm all day (it is now 6 so we should make it) and we got through school easily. We did go to Wendy's for lunch (I had a chicken salad.) and then I got finances updated this afternoon while enjoying "Buying & Selling." Dinner is almost done and tonight is catching up on The Voice as we are a day behind and then we will enjoy Su... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:46:24 EST Tuesday, 4/7/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been another one of those days and I am SO thankful for those SparkFriends who have helped me through it off and on today. You know who you are! You are <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> It's now almost 9:00 p.m. and sadly I'm still feeling the low. Instead of venting the same ol' story I am going to take a page from a SparkFriend's book and head to the positives of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>298</e... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:08:34 EST Monday, 4/6/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whew! I survived a very busy day! Started at co-op and we again had some extra things going on that just made the beginning of the day busier to setup. I was home for a couple of hours afterwards before heading to the Student Council planning meeting. Tonight we had a picnic, a planning time for the end of the school year party and then a softball game before heading back to the host house so the teens cou... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 00:49:03 EST Resurrection Sunday 4/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet Resurrection Day! We had to get through the treasure hunt so Isaac's behaviors could calm down. He just totally locks up on one event and really doesn't see how onry/selfish he becomes when asked to do anything else. Anyway.... worship was very nice and a great sermon based on Lazarus "hopping" from the tomb. <BR> <BR> Once home Tim took the kids to get drinks so I could get all the trea... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:39:00 EST Saturday, 4/4/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today took a shift this morning after I returned from getting my Bountiful Basket. We were all getting ready to go to the track meet and nobody seemed excited...not even the runner. We took a poll and nobody wanted to go so we didn't. Instead I was able to go get my grocery shopping finished and start in on processing the food (took about 3 hours and I enjoyed many "Buying & Selling" episodes). Tim and t... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:25 EST Good Friday, 4/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Compared to yesterday this has been a truly <em>345</em> day! Started out by having two hours to myself this morning while Isaac was with the therapy gal and Maegann was with her dad at the Chiropractor's office. I used the quiet time to get a lot of chores done. Laundry, floors swept and bathrooms cleaned. Both kids showed back up within minutes of each other and I left for the gym to meet the traine... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:49:52 EST Thursday, 4/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is where I need to rest this evening. Putting my problems into His hands. <BR> <BR> Exhausting day from driving on the road too many miles back and forth and the emotions surrounding the current dealings for/with my dad. <BR> <BR> The driving came because Isaac had his neurological testing with a pediatric psychologist and the traffic this morning was horrible. Enough to make us about 15 minutes late, ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:03:45 EST Wednesday, 4/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has just been different. I cancelled my training session when the alarm went off because I had a sore throat, a sore knee and was just tired. Crawled back into bed for an hour and then after breakfast got school done easily with the kids. Took Isaac to counseling and after this session decided we would be stopping them. They talked about the trip to the library and Legos. Yeah...that's really helpi... 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