DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, 5/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I have not felt well much of the day. Woke up with a slight case of laryngitis, aches everywhere, sore throat.... You know how it goes! I did go to church, but by about an hour in a headache kicked in and even my eyes hurt. I did a little better after lunch (we went to Mongolian BBQ -- one of my co-op parting gifts) as I could get a "headache" pill down. After I got... Sun, 1 May 2016 21:07:42 EST Saturday, 4/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I began the day getting my fitness taken care of in the form of cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. I had no need of the gym today! Once finished up there Maegann and I headed out to drop bills at the post office and then stopped at Lowe's to look at the kitchen faucets (ours was broken) and then we picked out some flowers for her garden spot and I bought some pretty g... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:18:23 EST Friday, 4/29/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is starting to sound familiar: "A quiet day!" I am getting very used to the feel of those too. <BR> <BR> The day began getting Isaac out the door with Meg for the morning and then I went to the grocery store for a few items to get us through the weekend and beyond. Once home I did email while Maegann worked on school and it wasn't long before it was time to go and meet the cli... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:21:01 EST Thursday, 4/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day began taking Isaac to physical therapy and then going to breakfast with Maegann. We enjoyed Subway once again. After we got home it was time for schoolwork and by the time she was finished Isaac was home so we got his done. <BR> <BR> After lunch it was time to head to Boise for my meeting with a client. Isaac went with me and he stayed in the lobby of the office where she wo... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:16:36 EST Tuesday, 4/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyone at our house was so tired from the long and busy Monday. Maegann had a doctor visit at 8:45 and Isaac had physical therapy at 9:00 so Tim and I each took one to their destinations and then I was home with Maegann in time for Isaac to be brought home. We had already decided to take today off from school so we just took it easy. I got 2 loads of laundry done, the final two emails o... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:47:25 EST Monday, 4/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My time being known as the Director of a homeschool co-op has come to an end. NEW BEGINNINGS! It was a great last day of classes and presentation night was great fun. I was doing very good not getting emotional until the Board came up at the end of the program to say thank you for my 5 years of service and they started crying! As much as I've looked forward to this day in the past few mo... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:40:50 EST Sunday, 4/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been resting in this even while I am very excited to be finishing up my time as the director at our homeschool co-op. It is truly a bittersweet time. I know this was not my timing so I will wait and see what is to come. I'm content just gaining the time back at home and I know both kids will benefit from it with their schoolwork. This part is what I will miss. <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:38:59 EST Saturday, 4/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is what I spent the past two days be kind. Yesterday was mostly spent hanging out with the kids again (school and play) along with attending Mom's Night Out. Today was devoted to co-op and I am so happy to say that I am done other than sending an email out Tuesday morning (already written) and changing the email over to Amy so that I no longer have access to it. It... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:48:00 EST Thursday, 4/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And someone in this house is making this scripture very necessary today! Ugh! He woke up with an attitude of some sort and I hoped he wouldn't come back with it after working with Destinie, but no such luck. He now has his dad's iPad with his dad's warning of "You make mom frustrated again and this is gone." Biggest working threat in the house...taking electronics away. <em>198<... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:57:49 EST Wednesday, 4/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am getting used to these quiet days....... <BR> <BR> Started out the day taking Isaac to do some yard work for Destinie and then got busy with Maegann and her schoolwork. She is sure picking up Algebra easier than I ever did! I say it's because she has a good teacher. HA! Finished up Isaac's school with him once he was home and then made them pancakes for lunch. <BR> <BR> Gym t... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:44:00 EST Tuesday, 4/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a day to just step back and rest once the necessary "work" was done called gym and laundry. I will have to pay attention to some paid work and co-op documents for the Board meeting tomorrow, but for today it was just nice spending time with the kids. We did schoolwork and then played way too much Minecraft together, but it was worth every minute. Tim has built an in-house ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:47:18 EST Monday, 4/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is because there is only ONE MORE DAY OF CO-OP LEFT!!!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Today was crazy at co-op! I think it must be the excited energy of closing things down for summer because I can't find any other reason for the noise level to be so hi... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:24:36 EST Sunday, 4/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wonderful morning at church and once home we got busy putting our BBQ hamburger lunch together. My client did make it here about 12:30 with the documents I needed so that means I can get things put together for her early this week. After lunch I headed to the gym and got a solid workout accomplished. The rest of the afternoon has been quiet and mostly filled with email, Spark and ge... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:11:28 EST Saturday, 4/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day started by meeting with two clients at a coffee shop in a neighboring town. One of them was more of a "drop by" as she needed to get me a form that needed sent in by Monday or she would be enduring a lot more work. I was thankful to spend an hour with the mom of the adult client and I don't feel nearly as nervous about helping them as the needs for the first year of the plan a... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:42:09 EST Friday, 4/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed another quiet day and should have the same most of the weekend. Thankful! Mostly got the usual Friday things done but did have a couple extra errands which were quick so Maegann and I did those while Isaac was with Meg. We picked up the VBS donations (a lot for the first week) and then stopped at the library for the holds I had for literature books for school. I've never he... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:06:17 EST Thursday, 4/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a very quiet day and the mostly stormy skies out helped to just want to be inside. Still expecting thunderstorms sometime. <BR> <BR> So here's how the day went: <BR> <BR> **Took Isaac to physical therapy <BR> **Maegann and I had breakfast at Subway <BR> **School (with Maegann and then Isaac) <BR> **lunch <BR> **Fitness time at home (DS's behavior was still not the kind I c... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:33:27 EST Wednesday, 4/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a start to this week! I knew Monday and Tuesday would be busy, but I didn't expect them to keep me as occupied as they did! <BR> <BR> Monday left me exhausted and then I didn't even sleep as soundly as I needed. I did wake up knowing exactly how to handle the situation that had happened with the vehicle safety issue so maybe that was why sleep was so restless....brain still wor... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:39:20 EST Monday, 4/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And this became the theme of the afternoon at co-op....Above All Else, Love. We had a safety issue happen with a facility staff member (works with the youth I guess) and when he was approached by one of the moms he was very disrespectful with her verbally. Some of the moms who witnessed the trucks racing by and almost hitting children (there is a dirt road that runs behind the gym an... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:48:08 EST Sunday, 4/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And tomorrow will be the day when His guidance is made known to about 50 families! The "big" announcement of my stepping down as the Director at co-op is happening during our Opening Worship time. I plan on my news being quite brief so more time can be spent on letting them know the plan going forward with the other Board members. It's all good! I am ready for this news to be out as we n... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:21:41 EST Saturday, 4/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well..... I had good intentions! My "No Excuses" plan begins with an excuse....the alarm did not go off! I think I need to replace that old thing as this seems to be happening more often. I did do some stretching and resistance work at home, but refuse to go to the gym on Saturday's after 8:30 a.m. because it becomes a guy gym and I can't get to the machines/weights as easily and ju... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:41:40 EST Friday, 4/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started off getting Isaac up and around as Meg was coming for him at 8 and she was able to keep until almost 12:30 today. Nice break for all of us...Isaac included! <BR> <BR> Maegann and I went to Subway for breakfast and then went to the hardware store to search for same sized, different metals bolts for a science project that will be coming up. Once home I made some phone calls an... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:26:15 EST Thursday, 4/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the kids were occupied with things like doing the breakfast dishes and reading I headed out to run my errands. Grocery and office stores. Once home we tackled school and then I made pancakes for the kids' lunch. <BR> <BR> My afternoon was spent working on VBS planning/prep and I got through everything I'd hoped. Maegann helped with the volunteer board so that is ready to take on... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:16:31 EST Wednesday, 4/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am having my quiet day!!! Started out getting school accomplished with the kids and then I took Maegann to Hastings to buy a Minecraft book. I found a bargain on a Sports Illustrated College Football book so picked that up for Isaac's birthday in August. He'll have hours of drawing fun recreating those photos! <BR> <BR> After lunch I swept floors and then went through email befor... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:24:42 EST Tuesday, 4/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up exhausted so I made this a rest day. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> *breakfast <BR> *errands (pharmacy and grocery) <BR> *school with the kids <BR> *lunch <BR> *tried to take the kids to the YMCA <BR> *co-op "work" <BR> *paid work <BR> *supper <BR> *watching "Lost & Found" while Sparking <BR> <BR> The co-op work was giving my "brain book", files and emails one more go through... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:56:58 EST Monday, 4/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that's what we tried to do this afternoon with our service project! About 40 of us went to the assisted living residence where my dad had lived for about 5 years and we offered hymns, visiting, planting and cleaning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 Apr 2016 23:18:52 EST Sunday, 4/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a nice morning at church I finished up the final little bit of cleaning that was on my work area and then I tool Maegann to the pet store to buy some plastic aquarium "baubles" that she glued together to create a geode. She was working on making all the VBS craft examples to make sure they were easy to do and followed her instructions before we give them to the volunteers who wi... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:47:10 EST Saturday, 4/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I definitely got my fitness time in today! Right after breakfast I got started on the bookshelf project in the "office" room and Maegann came in to help. So many books to go through. We have a huge pile for the freebie day at co-op on the 14th and another huge stack that I will try to sell through the homeschool curriculum group. So nice having some empty shelves again. I was able... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 22:41:38 EST Friday, 4/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much calmer day around here. I didn't sleep well so have had an edge of tired following me around. May go take a quick nap so I can make it through game night with Jenn. <BR> <BR> Spent time cleaning/organizing the frig/freezer, prepping for supper and sweeping floors. Also got school finished with the kids before moving on to cleaning my work space. With all the new school book... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 18:31:53 EST Thursday, 3/31/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a day! I underestimated how crazy it could feel with the extra emails that came due to sending out the update from the new co-op meeting. Kelly (the other co-op director) and I were both ready for them to stop. LOL Here's how the day played out: <BR> <BR> *dropped Isaac off at the university for physical therapy <BR> *had breakfast with Maegann <BR> *co-op emails while M took... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:04:08 EST Wednesday, 3/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So thankful for a day that I could spend at home after the past two days of constant going. School was accomplished first thing and then we ran an errand to the grocery store to have what we needed for lunch and supper. I did my meal planning in the wrong order last weekend. Shopped and then planned. Never a good route to go as you will end up back at the store. Next the kids were... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:26:24 EST Tuesday, 3/29/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so glad tomorrow will be quieter. I'm exhausted! Here's the way the day went: <BR> <BR> *getting Isaac to the university for physical therapy <BR> *Subway breakfast with Maegann <BR> *school with the kids <BR> *lunch <BR> *some paid work <BR> *massage (ouch!) <BR> *supper prep <BR> *dropped Maegann off to babysit <BR> *co-op informational meeting <BR> <BR> Didn't get home unti... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:07:09 EST Monday, 3/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Co-op countdown..... 4 to go! I spent my day "training" others with tasks that have been mine for five years. I found I had a lot of down time and that is something I rarely was able to enjoy. I imagine the month of April will offer much of the same. <BR> <BR> Once home I spent time getting all the co-op emails done and there were extra ones due to presentation night on our last da... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:11:18 EST Resurrection Day, 3/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We woke up to rain this morning so the Easter hunt at church was moved inside. Maegann helped hide the eggs and then we headed home. Our Easter lunch was tacos. We all enjoyed them. Next I took Maegann to quick care to see if what she was experiencing was a UTI or yeast infection and thankfully all tests were negative. Now we will try some things for digestive inflammation before ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 18:56:14 EST Saturday, 3/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another quiet day for me and I could truly get used to it! Here's the list: <BR> <BR> *groceries (very few) <BR> *stop at the pharmacy <BR> *make lasagna for supper <BR> *2 loads laundry <BR> *Sparking <BR> *email <BR> <BR> Tonight we are going to watch a movie so I plan to pull out the cross-stitch now that I don't need to research curriculum. Got it all ordered so I think I can t... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:56:22 EST Good Friday, 3/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the rundown on my day. <BR> <BR> *school <BR> *library <BR> *school <BR> *gym <BR> *lunch <BR> *paid work <BR> *Sparking <BR> *ordering curriculum <BR> *coloring Easter eggs <BR> *watching TV <BR> <BR> I was SO happy to be ordering curriculum as it means the search is over! Had to get Maegann's 9th grade figured out and find things that would fit her learning style. She will... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:51:34 EST Thursday, 3/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a quiet one! Took Isaac to meet Destinie again for his physical therapy and then Maegann and I enjoyed Subway for breakfast (since we won't be able to go tomorrow) before coming home and tackling her schoolwork. Once Isaac was back we got his done and then I threw on the gym clothes and headed out. Here's what I enjoyed while on the elliptical: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:41:00 EST Wednesday, 3/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning began by doing some schoolwork with Isaac before taking him to meet Destinie for physical therapy. Maegann and I then went by the grocery store for a few items before coming home and getting her schoolwork done. My job...getting two loads of laundry done. <BR> <BR> Once the kids were both done with school I got ready to head to the gym. I was joking on my way out since... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:11:39 EST Tuesday, 3/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning did not start the way I'd planned for one simple reason..... I forgot to set my alarm clock! So we slept in past the point where I could not get to the gym. I was pretty mad at myself for a time. Onward the day went.... <BR> <BR> School came first and we did as much as we could before I had to leave for my meeting with the other co-op director. Sadly I left with the h... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:42:53 EST Monday, 3/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today began by getting Isaac out the door with Meg. He was such a slow poke this morning! Once he was gone Maegann and I got busy cleaning the house. We then took a break and ran a couple errands and also stopped at Subway for lunch. Once home we got the schoolbooks out. Next up was a haircut for Maegann and as Tim got called out on an emergency job I had to arrange for Meg to dro... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:07:41 EST Sunday, 3/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My daughter told me that today's sermon should have been rated "R" for violence. The part she did not like was when he was telling about the flogging that Jesus received through his death. She's always disliked hearing the story because it makes her so sad how mean the people were to Him. She likes Resurrection Day much better...but who doesn't! Pastor Steve didn't hold back with t... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:52:21 EST Saturday, 3/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I forget.... I am not coughing any longer and my energy appears to be back! That was a long three weeks! <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out for a few groceries after breakfast, did laundry and swept floors. Maegann and I took yet another shopping trip. This time to Payless Shoes where she got a cute pair of sandals for 25% off. We then stopped at the $1 store across the wa... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:14:28 EST Friday, 3/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The morning turned out to be a nice time spent with Maegann. Isaac was off with Meg and then Tim was home mid morning to work so that freed us up to go to Boise. <BR> <BR> Our first outing was to Subway for breakfast and then we came home and took down the St. Patrick's decorations and replaced them with Easter items. A nice change from all the green we've had up for over a month. We the... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:49:43 EST Thursday, 3/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We celebrated St. Patrick's Day by going to IHOP for their $1 short stacks! All we had to do was wear green. I enjoyed my pancakes with blueberry syrup. <BR> <BR> Once home we got our schoolwork finished up. I then did some organizing at my desk to make things I need for paid work more accessible. Next up was making sure I had everything ready for the Board meeting tonight and the... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:54:01 EST Wednesday, 3/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> At this point I am just getting my thoughts around what tomorrow will look like as today is pretty well shot. 10:45 p.m. and we are just finishing up watching Survivor. <BR> <BR> I did not make it to the gym as planned for a couple reasons. One...I forgot to set my alarm. Two...I forgot my daughter had a yearbook committee meeting so that didn't allow me to go off to the gym since ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:57:43 EST Tuesday, 3/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day started by dropping off Isaac at the university for his physical therapy time. Afterwards Maegann and I enjoyed breakfast at Subway and then went by the bank on our way home. Once home it was laundry and schoolwork. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I was able to start on the last large co-op project that I should have for this school year (class documentation for next year) and fini... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:30:03 EST Monday, 3/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was our St. Patrick's "pancake feed" party during lunch at co-op. The teens did an awesome job decorating and assisting a few moms with the green pancakes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was able to find some down time throughout the busy day, but am still more exhausted than usual thanks to this cold... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:27:09 EST Sunday, 3/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though I planned for "Spring Forward" there was one step I missed..... setting my alarm clock. Thankfully I got up a little early and noticed that Tim's was reading differently so I knew it was time to be up and get ready for church. <BR> <BR> Church was good. The sermon today was about Stephen and why his message was received so negatively. It was enhanced by our Pastor Steve... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 16:17:31 EST Friday, 3/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Still not a completely restful sleep last night, but at least all the affects from that breathing treatment were gone. As I was able to function here's what I made happen before lunch: <BR> <BR> **2 loads of laundry <BR> **school with the kids <BR> **supper prep <BR> **a little Sparking <BR> <BR> After lunch I got busy with the paid work. I still have some left, but I got a very go... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:11:59 EST Thursday, 3/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning started by getting Isaac off with Meg at 8 a.m. and then I went to the grocery store. Once home Tim suggested I go to quick care as things weren't better with my cough and ears. It was good to know that there wasn't an infection setting in and that overall my breathing was clear, but I wish I had not had the Albuterol breathing treatment. It didn't change my cough/breat... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:11:38 EST Wednesday, 3/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in just a little once again today, but I'm okay with that since I'm still fighting this cold bug. After breakfast we tackled schoolwork and then I had time to do a little Sparking (mostly for the Emerald challenge team) before it was time to head out for my client meeting. <BR> <BR> The meeting went fine and I am now officially their Support Broker. Once home I did a few littl... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 19:17:15 EST