DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tuesday, 12/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day out at McDonald's for a quick breakfast after a late night. Came home and tackled schoolwork and then barbecued chicken for lunch. This afternoon I worked on finances and then sparked and watched "Property Brothers" while Isaac was at physical therapy. His last one until January sometime as Kenzie has gone home for a winter break. <BR> <BR> The day had been happy too until Isaac returned.... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:05:14 EST Very Quiet Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been another quiet one and that's good as I am having so many coughing attacks. Praying I can get them under control before the Christmas party tonight. <BR> <BR> Only things that have happened today are school with the kids, a few errands and down time. Isaac is playing Wii football, Maegann is watching "Jessie" and I wrapped a couple gifts and am now sparking while watching "Property Brothers." ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:30:15 EST Simplified Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Never did get around to a blog yesterday as it was just too busy a day. <BR> 8:30 Pick up Bountiful Basket <BR> 9:30 Head to church to set up Santa's Gift Shop <BR> 12:30 Grocery store on the way home <BR> 1:30 Nap and do a few things around the house <BR> 4:00 Back to church for the Christmas Festival <BR> 9:00 Home <BR> <BR> I did suffer.... Felt so tired by the end of the day and by morning my cough, etc... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:44:27 EST Feeling Better Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I expected, I missed another session with the trainer due to this ratty cold. I know it was the right decision, but am feeling like such a slug for missing any time at the gym this week. I woke up feeling just as miserable as yesterday and then about 10 a.m. the headache set in. I couldn't shake it with any of the usual methods (oil or chemical). About 3 I finally had my daughter massage Deep Blue lot... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:50:49 EST Tissue Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another sick day here. Last night the cough set in and the stuffy nose joined the fun this morning. Such tight buddies they are! And their cousin Swollen Gland has invited himself to the party this afternoon. Now I am debating about the trainer again for tomorrow. If I can't breathe well...can I really give it a 100%? I will text Josh and ask his opinion. <BR> <BR> We made it through schoolwork today... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:59:56 EST Wednesday, 12/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been very quiet and restful and that is just what I needed. This cold has really hit hard. It was the right decision to cancel the trainer this morning, but I really wanted to go at the same time. The bright side...there is always Friday morning AND it will be back at my regular gym as the reopening is tomorrow from the remodel. <BR> <BR> The day has pretty much consisted of school with the kid... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:25:17 EST Tuesday, 12/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a quiet day, but not completely restful. Started out with schoolwork and unfortunately Isaac was "in a mood" so he didn't get much accomplished. He turned things around a little once he knew he did not have physical therapy today. Decided to make today "change the bed linens" as that has not been done for a couple of weeks and Isaac's room was beginning to smell too much like a locker ro... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:02:10 EST Quiet Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got my quiet day! I managed to get the laundry caught up, school done with the kiddos (no fussing!) and my two errands done. After lunch I spent time getting things together for supper before I sat down to tackle the receipts and bills. <BR> <BR> Only thing that keeps popping up today is Isaac obsessing over our old house and destroying things in his room when he gets upset about the fact that we are no... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:22:21 EST Girlfriend Weekend w/pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got back from my girlfriend's weekend in Portland for Women of Faith about noon today and am finally getting a chance to Spark (7:30 p.m.) while we watch the Christmas movie "Snow." My afternoon was taken up with some housework, grocery shopping, stocking stuffer shopping and visiting my dad. <BR> <BR> The weekend was as awesome as ever and I truly have brought home things to keep thinking through and to w... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:40:42 EST Taxi Mom Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was exhausting. I left the house about 8:30 a.m. and was finally home to stay at 4:30 p.m. I was only home about 40 minutes throughout that time. Here's the itinerary: <BR> <BR> *doctor visit for me <BR> *come home and get kids and drop Maegann off for a teen event <BR> *took Isaac Christmas shopping <BR> *met Tim for lunch <BR> *picked Maegann back up <BR> *had 40 minutes home <BR> *took Isaac to ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:17:37 EST Doctor Appointments Galore! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day with the trainer at the gym across town. Always amazes me how different the different brands of machines are as far as the weight. For example...20 lb. on one is 40 lb. on another. Seems odd to me. We had a solid workout, but I did find my knee was not right afterwards and not completely sure what happened so made an appointment with the Chiropractor as I knew I couldn't go to Portland for ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:35:42 EST Trying Tuesday ... some of it anyway <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has gone smoothly overall. The only blip on the negativity side of things was once again little boy's anger. He was doing so well and then we hit the wall with math. He has been struggling with 2 digit x 2 digit multiplication when you have to regroup (carry numbers) so we are just doing worksheets to drill, but he has yet to get one right. I totally understand his frustration, but unfortunately he... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:44:45 EST A Busy Monday...even without co-op! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought today would be a quiet one, but turned out to be just the opposite. Chose to run some errands first thing as I looked at the calendar and didn't see a good day to fit them in so off we went. First stop... McD's for breakfast and then the Chiropractor's office (my doc used to be here) to get some papers so I can file insurance claims. When we got there Kitty was just starting the lobby Christmas tr... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:06:21 EST Christmas Decorating (pics!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After two solid days of decorating for Christmas I am thankful it is done and the storage containers are back on the garage shelf. Whew! Looks pretty though and it was fun having to do things completely differently with the new-to-us house. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a lot of fun wrapping the packages that I'd had sent to my friend's place while the family was gone. This one is going to remain tag-less th... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:17:12 EST Saturday, 11/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been one of those days where you just keep going and are exhausted by evening. Here's the list.... <BR> <BR> *picked up Christmas boxes I'd had sent to my friend's place <BR> *stopped at Walgreens <BR> *dropped some things at dad's "real" home <BR> *home and wrapped the Christmas boxes <BR> *went to Walgreens again as the family said "leave for a little while please" <BR> *made lunch <BR> *strung... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:16:09 EST Friday, 11/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today began at the gym with the trainer. He once again bumped up the weight on many of the machines and I began to feel the difference by mid-afternoon. <BR> <BR> Once home I started in on the laundry and taking down the Fall decor in preparation for Christmas decor. So far the outside nativity is in place and so are the window clings. The tree will be tonight while watching White Christmas. Tomorrow we... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:35:46 EST Thanksgiving Day 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16 ) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sadly the day began on an ugly note as little boy chose anger this morning over breakfast. The... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:03:13 EST Wednesday, 11/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the gym with trainer Josh. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He once again bumped up the weight on all the machines and he also increased the hold time for my planks. Shoulders are aching tonight! Will be seeing him again on Friday morning to work off Thanksgiving dinner! <BR> <BR> The rest of the day went like this: <BR> *schoolwork <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:33:51 EST Tuesday, 11/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a very quiet day. My legs are still very tired from yesterday so was nice being able to stay off them a bit. We began the day "celebrating" our co-op break at McDonalds for breakfast. I know...pretty silly celebration! We then came home and did our schoolwork before heading out on an errand to Claires (Maegann needed some stainless steel earring backs), Kay Jewelers for the St. Jude Christma... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:10:18 EST Monday, 11/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am officially on winter break from the homeschool co-op! Feels great! I do have a couple small things to finish up tomorrow so that I can put it all aside until January. The day was very crazy as we had our Fall Party combined with our Presentation "Night" going on as well. It was a very fun time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had pumpkin ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:49:40 EST Sunday, 11/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a nice morning at worship and then headed to the gym for a time afterwards. Took advantage of extra time in between before lunch and Dakota showing up for babysitting. I finally made it 3x in one week again! <BR> <BR> This afternoon I baked a loaf of gluten-free bread, got things ready for co-op tomorrow and then got to some Sparking while watching Biggest Loser. Enjoying the quiet. <BR> <BR> Only b... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:56:03 EST Saturday, 11/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had such a fun time at Mom's Night Out and the roads were not bad at all either direction because the temps soared to 35-40. We enjoyed some yummy homemade soups, salad and cornbread and then shared Thanksgiving blessings and personal testimonies before heading to the theater room to watch "Mom's Night Out" with popcorn and soda. I skipped the soda. <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out to Bountiful Baskets... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:55:27 EST Friday, 11/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the gym with the trainer and it went great. The elliptical was much kinder on my tendonitis and then it was straight to the circuits with Josh. He had bumped up all the weights on the machines for me today too. Sweet, huh? Was nice to hear he felt I had improved a lot in our short time together. <BR> <BR> Once home it was laundry, school and getting the last big project for co-op done so... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:12:26 EST Thursday, 11/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a quiet one overall and I'm thankful. Started out with schoolwork and then had time while the kids went sledding to do some email and spark stuff before lunch. We headed to the Rec Center about 1:30 as Isaac was meeting Kenzie at the pool today for physical therapy. Decided Maegann could swim too and were thankful her swim teacher was guarding today so she didn't have to do the required swi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:06:09 EST Wednesday, 11/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began at the gym and had a good session with the trainer. He works with me for 45 minutes even though I am only paying for 30. I have to admit that I am liking Josh's circuits much better than Rocky's and I am shocked to say that because the others were solid. I think the main difference is Josh is using the weight machines more and Rocky never did. I enjoy those more than anything. "Core on the... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:56:06 EST Tuesday, 11/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a great day for getting a lot done! This morning found us taking Isaac to physical therapy for a change due to the icy roads so while he was there Maegann and I did the Angel Tree shopping as gifts are due Monday and then we had extra time so we stopped at Starbucks for a warm drink. Enjoyed my vanilla tea very much! After Isaac was picked up we went to visit my dad and I didn't like seeing ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:53:33 EST Monday, 11/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another Monday come and gone! Co-op went very smoothly today, but was filled with lots of questions with the changes we are making next week to accommodate our cancelled Presentation Night into the mix. Next Monday is also our last time together until after the New Year and I for one am very ready for the break. <BR> <BR> A wonderful surprise came my way this morning before I even left the house though. I... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:02:46 EST Sunday, 11/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was great this morning. I really enjoyed our pastor's sermon series called "Being All In." Now we'll probably head into more of the traditional holiday sermons I would imagine. Maegann and I were on our own there today so we did some store stops on the way home. I bought a couple cute fall tops and she found some as well. After lunch we headed to the small indoor mall here in town as she needed s... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:16 EST Saturday, 11/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday was a very quiet snow day here. We woke up to 8" or so after the Thursday snow and it pretty much snowed all day. Kids sledded, I shoveled and stayed warm in the house. In the midst of all that the decision was made to cancel our Presentation Night for co-op due to the bad roads. I knew exactly how right that choice was when I had to make the trek to the hospital on those roads. <BR> <BR> Yep...b... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:30:08 EST Thursday, 11/13/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to snow as they had forecast. It has not stopped all day and we have enjoyed our snow day at home. We got school finished which wasn't easy as the snow was calling, but they got it done! Didn't take long and they were off to sled on the hills at the little park just down the street from our house. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:17:46 EST Wednesday, 11/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has seen me spending much time driving in the van and sitting in waiting rooms. But...before we got there it was off to the gym for "me" time with the trainer! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Josh the trainer was very accommodating of my current needs with the tendonitis still flaring up on my ankles and with needing to be very careful with the... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:11:02 EST Tuesday, 11/11/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today began by meeting my dad at the surgeon's office for his first follow-up visit. I got very queasy when they unwrapped it....looked ugly with all the bruising and oozing going on. I was thankful I had my doTerra peppermint beadlets...instant help! Dad now has a fracture boot so the staff can change the dressing daily and is on an antibiotic to keep infection away. They are to keep the leg elevated bett... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:10:31 EST Monday, 11/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A crazy, busy day at co-op, but so far it has been drama free. I needed that today! Once home I worked on getting the weekly email sent out so now I can put it aside until tomorrow. Have a little to do as Friday night is our first presentation night. That will be fun. <BR> <BR> I was able to make the phone calls I needed to so that was a relief. First was to the gym regarding my contract as I rea... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:44:22 EST Sunday, 11/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was great this morning. A sermon that just spoke to me due to a current situation with the homeschool co-op. Steady the course! <BR> <BR> After church we took my dad chocolate donuts and coffee for his 87th birthday. We stayed while he had his lunch and then we headed out. We have a harder time leaving him since he does not have mobility. Just stuck in his room for the most part other than meal ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:23:30 EST Saturday, 11/8/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been very busy, but a sigh of relief at the end of it all because things were feeling so out of control for me around the house. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> Bountiful Basket pickup <BR> Oil change for the van <BR> Groceries <BR> Put groceries away <BR> Start laundry (did 4 loads) <BR> Clean bathrooms <BR> Vacuum <BR> Make Isaac's bed <BR> Paperwork scanned and sent for Isaac's physical therap... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:10:46 EST Friday, 11/7/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a good day today. I will admit I'm still feeling the need for a nap so that is going to happen after I finish this so I can make it through game night. Jenn will be here in a couple of hours for supper and games. <BR> <BR> Got up about 7 and then headed to the gym to do my own thing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My own thing was longer ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:11:33 EST Thursday, 11/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day has been up and down once again. Started by choosing more sleep rather than the gym this morning. Was a good choice once the day got going! I will make it to the gym tomorrow morning and I did stretch off and on all day for the muscle soreness. <BR> <BR> Next up was the meeting with dad's care team at the rehab center. I found out they had put him on a narcotic for the back pain and I told them th... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:32:33 EST Wednesday, 11/5/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the gym for the first time since the last Tuesday in October. Today was also the day I was to meet my new trainer since Rocky had mysteriously disappeared. I say that as last I knew he was heading to Spain for most of a month beginning this week and he had a sub in place for me. To learn he wasn't coming back was just odd. Anyway... this is what I was met by at the door: <BR> <BR> <img... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 22:34:51 EST Tuesday, 11/4/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great day at co-op, but a very long day as I barely had 45 minutes at home between co-op and the student council dinner/planning meeting that began at 5 p.m. It was a fun time with those students and some of the moms and as usual the best hostess ever provided an amazing italian meal and amazing chocolate dessert. <BR> <BR> One phone call I took care of during my break was with a trainer at ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:51:16 EST Sunday, 11/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at church and then we went out for lunch before heading to the hospital to visit my dad. We also dropped Isaac off at a friend's place for the afternoon (and most of the evening). <BR> <BR> Dad is still hanging in there and he said he hadn't needed much pain medicine so far which is a blessing. They are talking about moving him to rehab in the next few days so we selected the one we wanted.... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:37:12 EST Saturday, 11/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trying to live out these words in the midst of all the craziness right now. It's been a long two days. Received a call yesterday morning that dad had fallen and they believe broken his ankle and that he was heading to the ER. We were just finishing breakfast so we go things together for a long day (Kindle, chargers, notebooks, pencils...). <BR> <BR> First up was an x-ray session and there were four breaks. I w... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 22:57:09 EST Thursday, 10/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a good one overall. I didn't have the trainer this morning as he texted and said his back was worse so he was going to miss. Hope he can get better before his trip to Spain next week. I was already dressed and ready to go so I chose to do more time on the treadmill for a change and my stretching. I will do core tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I received a call from the butcher on my way home that the... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:24:27 EST Wednesday, 10/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been an up and down day thanks to "Storm Isaac". He was doing great until he refused to ask for help on a math problem. Took him 15 minutes to finally ask and then after I helped him he just shut down and wouldn't hear anything while discussing a new grammar topic. I closed the books and stopped his school day. Shortly after it was time to head to his counseling session and the transformation wa... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:24:07 EST Tuesday, 10/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Going on 7 p.m. and finally having time to sit down and do my tracking and sparking for the day. <BR> <BR> I was up and at 'em for the training session this morning and once again Rocky had pulled his back out, but he came and worked out on the foam roller while barking commands for interval training. "Plank!" "Bridge!" "Squats!" I did some other things too, but this was the bulk of our 30 minutes. At the ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:58:28 EST Monday, 10/27/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a day! I am thoroughly exhausted and it is now 9:30, Dancing with the Stars is playing and I'm finally sparking. I took a nap once home because I couldn't deal with everything without some rest. Couldn't get my brain to shut down, but at least felt a bit rested. <BR> <BR> Co-op was good, but it was full of "stuff" that came home with me to be dealt with in the email that goes out each week. Wasn't h... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:50:56 EST Sunday, 10/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was hoping for a quiet day and I did receive that, but I hadn't asked to wake up emotionally locked and loaded. Ugh! Finally got the majority of it under control by mid afternoon thankfully. Not sure what caught me, but the emotion I landed on was feeling like there is no way of being a priority. Just going to the gym a few times a week is not what I call being a priority when that is at best 90 minute... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:46:49 EST Saturday, 10/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whew! That was a wild and crazy couple of days! <BR> <BR> Friday was a lot of fun though. School went smoothly, got Maegann off to the teen party (had mixed reviews afterwards) and then I headed to meet a couple ladies regarding doTerra essential oils. Enjoyed a Pumpkin Spice steamer while I was at the coffee shop too. I wasn't sure if I was going to make Mom's Night after all as Tim had another episode... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:06:38 EST Thursday, 10/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym with the trainer. We first talked about his upcoming trip to Spain and the plans for a "sub" trainer that he's put in place while I did my initial stretching. Then I headed to the treadmill for 10 min. before I endured squats for what seemed like forever. I dislike those so much. Finished with more stretches and then I headed home. <BR> <BR> Got through school with the kids ea... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:08:33 EST Wednesday, 10/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have enjoyed a quiet day once again. Unfortunately the "anger" is right on the surface with my son today and it got worse after his counseling session. He never can tell us what they discuss, but we know he must not like it as the anger level seems to intensify afterwards. <BR> <BR> I got a couple errands taken care of and worked through the co-op items that came out of the board meeting last night s... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:42:35 EST Tuesday, 10/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day with the trainer and thankfully he listened to my woes about the muscle strain and we spent the time really stretching and working them. I will admit I get a bit frustrated as it seems like we can't move forward as quickly as we could if it weren't for all this tendonitis, muscle and knee stuff. I am working at being okay with it. <BR> <BR> Managed to get school completely done with both ki... 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