ERINLINDSAY83's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ERINLINDSAY83 ERINLINDSAY83's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Book Review: Love Dare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413175 "Love Dare" - Stephen and Alex Kendrick <BR> <BR> 4 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> This book is typically used to help revive an unhappy Christian marriage. It can, however, also be used just to reinforce a happy, strong marriage (as was my logic for reading it.) <BR> I really liked the book, but thought it could have had a few better "dares." <BR> <BR> The book is divided into 40 days; each day has a reading, and then a challenge to do for that day. <BR> <BR> Here are a few excerpts I like... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:29:08 EST Zoo Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406558 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1356b52-43ec-49e9-86f9-5a7ddc223451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ellie waving to some monkeys <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ae7509a-26e7-4cec-915e-28b7e3d20723.jpg"> <BR> My sister, Emma, Ellie <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c96d185-7456-41a3-bdc7-def1e276819e.JPG"> <BR> Emma by the Jaguar <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5607a1cd-b78b-4190-8a7a-264ac74b8bac.JPG"> <BR>... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 15:30:00 EST Need to Vent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406482 First off.....thank you. I am so grateful to have a safe place to vent about things. I'm currently not in therapy, though I wish I was, lol. SparkPeople blogging gives me a place to vent about Emma's Mom (and other things of course,) where no one knows her. I don't want to vent to people or in places where people know her; I don't need people thinking badly of her. That's not my style. So I vent here, where no one knows her! <BR> <BR> So I took Emma and Ellie to the zoo yesterday. (I'll pos... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:44:39 EST Poor Emma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403845 *sigh* I just need to vent. <BR> <BR> I'm not even sure where to start...it's pretty deep. <BR> <BR> Emma is my step-daughter. I've been in her life since she was 8 months old. I'm the one that taught her how to tie her shoes, how to ride a bike, how to hold a spoon properly, how to speak without a lisp when her Mom wouldn't take her to speech therapy. I've been very involved in her life. <BR> <BR> She's always had a bit of an attitude problem. At first I could brush it off as toddlerho... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:02:33 EST Great (and tiring) Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399826 Well, let's start with Thursday! My Sister, Ashley, decided to take her daughter, Maddie, to her first Packer Game! And, because she loves me so much, surprised me with a ticket as well! The stadium is about 2 hours from our house. I picked up Ash and Maddie and we set off for the game. Ashley has a LONG list of medical problems, one of which is CVS. (Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. She has episodes where she just pukes a bunch for no reason. She'd had some of that last week.) So halfway up to the ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:18:12 EST Baby Elleanor Elizabeth is ONE today!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e0a88ef-b2b7-4df2-80ac-fe0c37d8faa0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8-8-16 <BR> 11:58 am <BR> 8 lbs 9 oz <BR> 19 inches long <BR> 60-ish hours of labor <BR> 2 hours pushing, natural delivery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f864ce79-43dd-4e54-be58-0074263a7dd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47fb7696-c900-4759-84de-b8815f051afa.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce61... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:17:47 EST Ellie Goes Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397422 I could not stop giggling at this! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:41:23 EST Book Review - Lost on the Appalachian Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397151 "Lost on the Appalachian Trail" - Kyle Rohrig <BR> <BR> 5 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> LOVED this book! Could not stop reading it! Was SAD that I was coming to the end of it. <BR> <BR> Synopsis: Young man decides to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and documents it. <BR> <BR> The story-telling is superb and keeps you invested in the adventures he encounters along the way. I've always loved hiking, but every time I would sit and read I'd be itching to get out and hike more than usual! If y... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:50:47 EST Post Baby Bod Pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395177 Well, baby is one year old next week! (How on earth did THAT happen?!) It's been an amazing time with her! She's the coolest, sweetest thing ever! <BR> <BR> I've always been self-conscious about my body and weight (since a very emotionally and physically abusive ex, about 10 years ago. Then add on a bully here on SP telling me I should try anorexia, and well...yeah. Very self-conscious.) I gained a monumental 55 pounds during pregnancy. (Didn't really look it, but I FELT it. ) <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 15:21:51 EST Active Weekend Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394251 Just felt like doing a little weekend recap; perhaps will be boring but will have a few pics, lol. <BR> <BR> Well, I already blogged about Thursday, here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393115 </link> <BR> <BR> but quick recap, did a 1.5 mile hike, swimming with the kids, then later a 1 mile walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04c30f52-2f1a-4c5b-adab-e6904bc5c289.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:10:18 EST Yesterday...Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393115 In a previous blog I mentioned having a lot of hip and low back pain lately, in addition to the other "normal" pain. Yesterday when I woke up, I could tell it was a bad pain day. My left hip was more sore than usual. My right sciatica/butt pain was really flared up and my right lower back was sore and on the verge of spasm. Ugh. Ouch! <BR> <BR> Emma had a therapy appointment in the morning so we headed out. My friend Kim (Ellie's baby-sitter) messaged me asking if we wanted to do a quick h... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:20:55 EST High Pain Tolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390275 The problem with having a high pain tolerance, is that most people just don't know how much pain you are in, and therefore expect more out of you. <BR> <BR> I've had a pounding headache or migraine every single day (no exaggeration,) for coming up on 19 years. I've seen every doc, specialist, therapist, tried every drug, diet, therapy, holistic therapy, etc etc. Nothing helps. Nothing works. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I've gotten very good at functioning with a migraine. Typically only t... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:56:11 EST Murphy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388633 Well, I never blogged about our camping trip on the 8th, 9th and 10th, so I'll just do a little recap. <BR> <BR> We got to the campground Saturday afternoon and got set up right away. My goal for the weekend was to hike 7 miles. We went out right away for a nice hike to the look out tower. ( 2 miles. Bear in mind that I wear my baby in a hiking pack whenever we hike....with a total weight of 30+ pounds.) <BR> Sunday we did two hikes (2 miles and 1.5 miles.) Sunday night into Monday we had a... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:51:07 EST Long Time No Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383662 I realized I hadn't blogged in 6 weeks, so figured I'd just catch ya up on life! <BR> <BR> Hubs quit his band and started a duo with his friend. This is GREAT for us! Him and his friend are amazingly talented musicians and they are on the same page business wise. Plus, his wife is one of my closest friends. The deal for both of them is two gigs a month, no more. Hubs has played nearly every single weekend (sometimes more than a weekend and sometimes out of state,)for our entire 8 years toge... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 13:17:58 EST Mommy-ing with a Mohawk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363945 Yesterday was crazy hair day at Step-Kiddo's school. She was so excited to have her big poofy Mohawk; until we got to school. She started crying, worried that no one else was going to have "crazy hair." I tried to tell her that first of all, it doesn't matter, she looked cool! Second of all, I wear my hair like that, and there is no crazy hair day in adult-world. She was pretty upset. <BR> <BR> So, I decided to put my hair in a Mohawk so that when I picked her up from school, she could see... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:28:55 EST Botox and Camp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363134 So yesterday I had my long-awaited for consult with a Physical Medicine and Rehab MD. (Not just a physical therapist, but an MD.) I was referred to him by my physiatrist (whom I was referred to by my physical therapist) for the whiplash pain. The trigger point injections in my neck didn't help, and I'm still experiencing a lot of pain and spasm in my neck from it (going back to the initial injury Dec 17th.). <BR> <BR> Well, once this doc saw my history, he somewhat forgot all about the whi... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:15:14 EST Garden and Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361015 Well I got my veggie garden almost done (ok, about 2/3 dug up and planted... but it is soooo much work! The heavy digging aggravates my herniated disc and wrist tendonitis!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a626267b-7a91-482a-a653-511f581da16c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I also finally got ALL the day lilies dug up from on top of my rock wall! The top pic was before I dug the rest up yesterday. The bottom pic was when we first moved in. <BR> <BR... Fri, 12 May 2017 11:47:07 EST Book Review - Into the Wild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359313 "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer <BR> <BR> 1 out of 5 Stars <BR> <BR> So beyond disappointed. <BR> <BR> I had seen the movie when it first came out and was excited to read the book. I bought this book excited to read about Chris's cross-country trek and journey into the Alaskan wilderness to survive off the land. I did NOT get that. <BR> <BR> Out of the meager 200 pages in this book, it took until page 160 to finally get to the story of Chris in the Alaskan wilderness. The author goes ... Mon, 8 May 2017 13:29:29 EST Garden and Grr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357993 Well, let's start on a good note here...lol. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a LONG day, but it was good! Ellie decided to wake up at 6:00 am . Not cool baby girl; you're lucky you're so flippin' cute! I needed to go grocery shopping and didn't want it to take forever... (because my headaches have still been beyond miserable everyday. ugh.) So I dropped Ellie off by Kim (her baby-sitter who has quickly become a close friend!) I got the grocery shopping done (and may have accidentally stopped by t... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:41:20 EST Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354753 I've always been incredibly self-conscious about my weight. When I was with a previous boyfriend, he was super abusive (physically and emotionally.) I entered into a bit of an anorexic mindset.... I just kept dieting. (Starving myself really, eating around 500 calories a day. Super unhealthy.) I was super skinny, but not at all healthy. But, I liked being super thin. <BR> <BR> I gained some weight back after we broke up and I started dating my now-husband. (Gotta love the new-relationshi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:19:04 EST Book Review: Approval Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353918 <BR> "Approval Addiction" - Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 2 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I should preface this by saying I don't like Joyce Meyer's writing style in general, but I figured the book would be good for me. So I went into this with an open mind, but knowing I may not like it because of the writing style. The writing style did, indeed, bug me. But the book itself, and it's message, just seemed to be lacking. It basically just said the same thing, over and over using different words and anec... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:13:37 EST Just Some Qs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353732 1. “What is something you have tried, but will never do again?” <BR> ~Eating squid jerky. lol. Yeah. Eew. <BR> <BR> 2. “What quirky habit do you have?” <BR> ~ I lick every Pringle before I eat it. <BR> <BR> 3. “Who is your best friend?” <BR> ~My hubby and my Sister! I am a very blessed gal! <BR> <BR> 4. “What is the one thing you did in your past you wish you could undo?” <BR> ~Well, nothing truly, because it all led to who and where I am today. But if it wouldn't change anything of prese... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:04:00 EST Weekend Waterpark and Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352986 As mentioned in previous blog, hubby's friend invited us up to a waterpark hotel for the weekend. We left Saturday morning to make the 3 hour drive. We got there around lunchtime and stopped at Arby's quick for lunch. (The start of my still-bugging-me tummyache, lol.) (We don't eat out a lot. We stick to healthy home cooking, so eating out a lot gives me a belly ache.) We got checked in around noon, changed into our suits and headed to the waterpark right away. <BR> <BR> This is where we s... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:34:16 EST Fun Weekend and Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351535 Well, let's start with the good news.... We are headed out of town tomorrow morning! A few weeks ago, I was already stressing about money. Hubby's close friend asked if we wanted to go to a waterpark hotel with them for a weekend. Hubby regretfully declined, stating that funds were too tight. Well, friend decided he really wanted us there, and just paid for a room for us! How sweet! <BR> <link>https://www.hotels.com/hotel/details<BR>.html?pa=2&tab=description&hotel-id=22<BR>2687&q-room-0... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:30:47 EST Gotta Love the Never-Ending Stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348514 As if all the health issues weren't stressful enough in our lives, it's been a ROUGH few weeks financially. Mind you, in the last year, our finances have changed dramatically with buying a house and having a baby ( which we also have to pay full-time daycare for.) <BR> <BR> After finding out we owe quite a bit in taxes this year, ( we knew we'd owe since hubs has his own business and doesn't pay in throughout the year, but we owe a lot more than expected. Which, in a way is a good sign, si... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:50:26 EST Today's Family Hike Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342365 Today we hit 55 degrees here in Wisconsin! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I spent a bit over an hour digging up tiger lily bulbs... sheesh! They are a pain in the @r$e!!! <BR> <BR> But, after hubs got home from work around noon, we ate a big pancake lunch, then decided to go hiking! We love hiking and go almost every chance we get! <BR> <BR> Today we did 3 miles! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e89223f-4b67-4497-a9f0-fc2c42deb7d4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Daddy and Emma <BR> ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:18:22 EST :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340746 Yesterday I felt great. The past two weeks have been ROUGH for the daily headaches.6 full blown migraines in 10 days. (Instead of just the usual headache.) But I was super grateful for the relief, because yesterday kicked off my spring yard work for Grandma and Grandpa. (Hubs and I cover all their raking, lawn mowing, snow removal and odds and ends for them since they are in their mid-90s and still live in their house. <BR> <BR> The weather was beautiful (55 and sunny,) so I headed over and ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:16:25 EST Book Review: "The Five Love Languages" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334466 "The Five Love Languages" - Gary Chapman <BR> <BR> 4.5 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I'd read this book a decade ago while in a terribly abusive relationship, hoping it would fix things. (It did not, shocking!) I wanted to read it again now that I'm in a happy, loving relationship. It did not disappoint! <BR> <BR> It is an excellent read for anyone in any relationship; not just romantic, though that is what it's geared towards. <BR> <BR> The half point off of the star rating, is just becaus... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:36:10 EST Call from the Health Dept?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334334 A few weeks ago I posted a blog about my Sis contracting a potentially fatal blood infection after having knee surgery. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320834 </link> <BR> <BR> She's been on the IV antibiotics for 4 weeks now. It has NOT been fun for her. She is in a state of permanent fatigue, from her body trying so hard to fight the infection. In theory, she has another month left on the IV Antibiotics. (Which in itself is a pain; chan... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:28:16 EST Nice Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332330 Friday after work I got home and made the YUMMIEST teriyaki chicken stir fry with a side of teriyaki carrots. (The fam loved it; Emma was obsessed with the chicken, lol.) After dinner I got Ellie to bed. (She's feeling MUCH better from Influenza, just a bit tired.) After dinner hubs and I helped Emma make a cute little terrarium that she'd gotten a kit for for Christmas. <BR> <BR> Since Ellie'd been sick, she hadn't been sleeping well AT ALL, so I went to bed around 8. Hubs and Emma snuggle... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:23:17 EST Weight , Baby , Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330769 Well, I hit my post-pregnancy goal weight just before baby turned 6 months. Yay! I was a bit worried, since I gained 50 pounds during the pregnancy. (FIFTY! GAH!) (Thankfully I carry weight well, so I never looked hugely disgusting.) <BR> <BR> Actually, I am currently 6 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight! Whoa! Well now that the weight is gone, I really need to focus on toning and tightening. I am pretty "soft" still. I've been doing the single-leg squats and such since I gave birth, so th... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:26:52 EST Book Review: A Walk in the Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328788 "A Walk in the Woods" - Bill Bryson <BR> <BR> <link>https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/<BR>0307279464/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s<BR>00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 </link> <BR> <BR> 2 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I wanted to love this book. I don't. I bought this after reading "Wild" By Cheryl Strayed. I LOVED that book so much, that I couldn't wait to read another backpacking book. The reviews on this were pretty good, but I found myself looking forward to being finished reading it. <BR> <BR> The st... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:15:41 EST Prayers for Sis PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320834 So in my previous blog I gave a bit of an update about Sis having a follow-up knee surgery to clear out infection and check on the cadaver graft in her leg. <BR> <BR> So she called Wed night after her surgery to fill me in. The surgery went well. The ligament graft itself was not damaged, infected or being rejected. She would need 3 days of IV antibiotics. This was the best possible outcome. We were all shocked. In our family, when it comes to anything health related, I literally cannot rem... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:05:03 EST Oh Just Life.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319908 Emma (step-kiddo) had been sick for around a month. (Not uncommon. Poor kid is sick ALL THE TIME. Literally about 3 weeks a month. We really push the fruits, veggies, exercise, etc...but...we only have her about 30% of the time...) I've really been getting on her about covering her mouth when she coughs. She'd already given baby Ellie 2 colds since she was born. Not cool. Emma thinks covering her mouth when coughing is lifting arm to about 6 inches from face. Nope. Sorry kiddo. Unacceptable.... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:32:59 EST Book Review - "The Shack" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309142 "The Shack" - Wm. Paul Young <BR> <BR> <link>https://smile.amazon.com/Shack-Where<BR>-Tragedy-Confronts-Eternity/dp/0964729<BR>237/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485977519&<BR>sr=8-1&keywords=the+shack </link> <BR> <BR> 5 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I read this book almost a decade ago when in first came out. I recall LOVING it. With the movie version coming out next month, I wanted to re-read it. Love it just as much this time around! This book is amazing.....especially if you have ever gone th... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:46:55 EST God Talks to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307851 When God talks to me...it is QUITE evident. It is not in a way that makes me think "Hmm....I wonder if that message came from God." It is in a way that makes me think "Ok, God. I hear you. " There is no doubt. It's quite a blessing (even if sometimes I don't want to hear what He has to say. e.g. When hubs and I were dating, we were living together. God told us we had to stop with the premarital sex (yep tmi, deal with it, lol.) He told us over and over and we finally had to listen. So for th... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:53:43 EST High Functioning Migraineur and Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303822 Sunday morning I woke up with quite a nasty headache. Not at all uncommon for me, as I have a headache every day/ (Going on for 18 years now. Seen every specialist, done every drug and every therapy.) Emma has been sick all week. (Granted she's basically always sick. 3 weeks a month, no exaggeration. Poor kid. But this seemed different.) I got the girls ready and we headed to church. Let me tell ya; driving in thick fog does NOT help a migraine. Ugh. <BR> <BR> We got to church and Emma de... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:12:54 EST Book Review - "The Secret Chord" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299335 "The Secret Chord" by Geraldine Brooks <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chord-<BR>Novel-Geraldine-Brooks/dp/0143109766/r<BR>ef=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484594257&sr=8-<BR>1&keywords=the+secret+chord </link> <BR> <BR> 3.5 out of 5 Stars <BR> <BR> This book is considered a historical fiction novel. It is about the life of King David (of the Bible.) Although it is about a Biblical person, I would not by any means call this a Christian book. As a Christian, it DOES help to lay ou... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:22 EST Ice Skating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299186 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0bf521a-ee2c-48ca-a3c6-ca6e408e6aef.JPG"> <BR> Maddie, Emma and Tyler getting ready! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef96edad-267c-4234-8b0d-a8d239686279.JPG"> <BR> Sister Ashley and Baby Elleanor watching us skate! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b836c223-8360-4f7c-8ef9-46f3c106e7c7.JPG"> <BR> Emma and Maddie skating....they were naturals! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:47:42 EST Whiplash, Ehlers-Danlos, Ice-Skating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297351 So as an update to Wednesday's blog about pain.... I went to my PT appointment yesterday. After a thorough exam, the diagnosis is whiplash. Yup. No wonder I was in so much pain! Apparently, I fell down the stairs so hard, that I gave myself whiplash. Who does that!? So for now, mucho pain, additional daily stretches, and twice weekly PT. *sigh* <BR> <BR> Today my niece has her appointment with the geneticist to confirm that she has Ehlers-Danlos. It is a genetic disorder, and my Sis (her Mo... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:10:49 EST Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296009 So much pain...! (In addition to my daily pounding headaches....) <BR> <BR> Since baby was born in August, I've had a lot of severe wrist pain. Not constant, but at least once a week it would "pop" funny and give me super bad pain for a day or two, then be fine until the next "episode." Unfortunately, the episodes got more frequent and more painful. (Both wrist, btw...) I finally caved and went to the doc. Severe tendonitis. (Can pop up after pregnancy from all the relaxin hormone that was c... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:11:20 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289467 Friday hubs went to pick up Emma (after being told she was being dropped off....but this is no surprise. Pretty typical. *Sigh* ) Anyhoo.... I got home from work and we ate dinner together. (Normal...we eat as a family at the dining table.) Afterwards, Emma and I played some board games while hubs worked on some continuing education for his contractor's licensure. <BR> <BR> Saturday, hubs took Ellie after her morning feed so I could sleep as long as I wanted, since she turned nocturnal an... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:38:11 EST Christmas Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9172bc16-6d05-44aa-a86e-628c70e07a91.JPG"> <BR> Christmas Tree 2016. Gold, Ivory and Navy Blue <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87ff6f46-77a2-4058-aa0b-e829debe7f7c.JPG"> <BR> Me and My Girls (Step-Daughter Emma, and Daughter Elleanor) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/451a6686-e258-46a9-ab1f-8dc8d0814481.JPG"> <BR> My Beautiful Family <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:57:31 EST Book Review: The Harbinger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280949 "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn <BR> <BR> 4.5 out of 5 stars. <BR> <BR> Written as a narrative, this book spells out the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies, mostly in relation to 9/11. Everything mentioned in the book is 100% fact, 100% researchable. It has BLOWN MY MIND. <BR> <BR> Normally in my book reviews, I add excerpts, but I can't really do that for this one. All I can do is recommend that you read it. The only reason it doesn't get a 5 out of 5, is that it was a little 'slow... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:42:34 EST God Never Ceases to Amaze Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274398 Just a quick little snippet here.... <BR> <BR> One of my friends has been having a bit of a rough patch. I sent her a card anonymously in the mail today to lift her spirits. It had the verse 1st Peter 5:7 on it. Today, she posted a verse on FB as encouragement to herself and others. I'll give you one guess what that verse was! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:34:25 EST Weekend Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270246 Had a pretty uneventful weekend, so prepare for a boring blog! <BR> <BR> Friday I worked 8a-5p. (Although, didn't get out until 5:40...not happy.) I picked Emma up from day-care, then picked Ellie up from day-care. Got home and made homemade Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas for dinner. Yum! After that Sis and Maddie came over for some cake to celebrate my birthday (which was Friday.) <BR> <BR> Saturday I had to work 8a-12p (but didn't get out until 1p, grr!) Got home and made pancakes and sausa... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:17:37 EST Work Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267945 I work 12 hour shifts, have a 30 minute drive each way, and go home to a 3 month old. I don't always have the time or energy for a "real" workout. (Though on my days off, I love getting out for a hike and do my stationary bike when it's nasty out.) So, over the years I have cultivated a "work workout" for myself. <BR> <BR> Every time I get up to go to the bathroom, I do one set of exercises. (And really, that's quite a bit because I drink a TON of water throughout the day and have a tiny bl... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:15:50 EST Prayers for Pops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264812 My dad has lived his entire adult life in excruciating pain. In 1981, he hurt his back at work. The doctor recommended surgery. He went for it. It made things worse. Over the following decade he had 3 more surgeries, trying to correct what had made things worse. Each surgery made things worse. He was told he'd be basically paralyzed and in a wheelchair by age 30. <BR> <BR> Well, they didn't know my Pops very well. He is the most stubborn man I know. (Not always a good thing...lol.) He basi... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:20:29 EST Weird Obsessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261049 So I've really noticed lately about some weird obsessions I have. Some I've noticed for a while now, some are new to my observations. Thought I'd share, lol! <BR> <BR> I'm obsessed with the weather. I update my 'current weather' on my phone often. At least every hour. Even when I'm at work with no chance of going outside. Even at 4 am when I'm feeding baby then heading right back to bed. In addition, I also open the weather radar map at least a half dozen times a day. Even if there is nothi... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 18:55:41 EST Hike With Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260422 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/321a2996-769b-4202-b431-15e4cbf29c2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3d78ab5-d984-4c0d-a665-eaf1e4c3acd9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f83102db-6fcf-4b71-ad4a-d675b1337ceb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:47:56 EST