JENNEINAZ's SparkPeople Blog JENNEINAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gratitude July 31 2015 Number 1: I went to the Santa Clara County Fair. And saw the PIG RACES! Not only did I see them, I was an Official Pig Race Official! I got to decide which pig won. It was so much fun. My kids cheered and my husband took pictures. Pig races! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I had a chicken kabob at the fair. It was a whole lot of protein but not much else. Pretty good for Fair food. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My younger son had his end of summer swim team party tonight. There was pizza and cake and... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 01:24:27 EST Gratitude July 30 2015 Number 1: I wrote about 600 words in my latest story. It is very slow going. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to Great America and walked the park. It was good for getting steps. I also saw the ice show. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I found a solution to cranky garage door. I move the door manually. Sigh. Crude but effective. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:25:01 EST Gratitude July 29 2015 Number 1: Other than the gym, I stayed home today. It was a welcome break from the busy. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw geese when I went on my bike ride. They aren't ducks but they are closer than I have seen in a long time. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I finally wrote some of a story I have been thinking about for a long time. It is still far from finished but it is closer. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:27:21 EST Gratitude July 28 2015 Number 1: Older son and the Spanish tutor can work together. Older son likes her dog and likes her style of teaching. WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Number 2: After too many days without my brussels sprouts, today I had some. They wer yummy. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Amazon had the spanish textbook that we needed to order available used. I like that. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:16:42 EST Gratitude July 27 2015 Number 1: My parents are safely on their way. They left this morning with lots of smiles and happy thoughts. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We made it to park day and it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The peaches are yummy. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:45:00 EST Gratitude July 26 2015 Number 1: Panera still sells bagels. Today was the third day in a row that I bought bagels. My parents are leaving tomorrow so I think the bagel eating will go away. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I sent the email to sign Youngest up for Fall swim. It is good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Strawberries and peaches were at the Farmer's Market today. We bought both. And other stuff too. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:22:18 EST Gratitude July 25 2015 Number 1: All the bagels are gone. Again. I think my kids like them. I will go back to the store and get another dozen in the morning. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got lots of steps today. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Laundry got done. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:38:01 EST Gratitude July 24 2015 Number 1: I got to the gym this morning and survived. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I bought a baker's dozen bagels this morning. There is one left. I am going back to get more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The kids are mostly happy. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:27:02 EST Gratitude July 23 2015 Number 1: I got to see the ice show at Great America today! My daughter and I went for a few hours and we saw the early show before we left. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest had a great time with his friends this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My parents have arrived safely at our house. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:16:22 EST Gratitude July 22 2015 Number 1: This morning we went to see the new Minion movie. It was not the greatest movie. It needed a plot and it didn't have one. The minions were cute. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got lots of walking in. We walked to the movie and back. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I took Youngest to his swim team tonight while my husband dealt with our every five weeks guests. It all worked. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:19:31 EST Gratitude July 21 2015 Number 1: I met with the trainer this morning and we worked on true weight lifting. We did cleans. That is taking a loaded barbell from the ground to shoulder height. It is harder than it looks. First you need to dead lift the weight then get it up. Anyway, it was fun. However for the first time in a very long time I had to pull out my inhalers to deal with breathing. Did you know that holding your breath is a BAD idea when getting oxygen is a problem? I found this out the hard way t... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:32:35 EST Gratitude July 20 2015 Number 1: Fall Swim Team placements have been done. My youngest is happily looking forward to continuing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got to the gym this morning. It was more of a near thing than it should be. I was tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The weather is supposed to cool down tomorrow. <BR> <BR> (All my kids are home. Oldest got back from language camp a little over a week ago. My boys are home too. It is really nice with everyone under one roof.) Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:12:25 EST Gratitude July 19 2015 Number 1: Strawberries are yummy! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Dinner with everyone there. <BR> <BR> Number 3: It rained a little. Every bit counts in this drought. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:12:41 EST Gratitude July 18 2015 Number 1: Saturday means sleeping in. It was very nice. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got to go to a baseball game. There were fireworks. It was very nice. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I walked lots today. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:08:38 EST Gratitude July 17 2015 Number 1: My older son went to orientation at the community college today. He came home full of motivation and plans. I like this. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went for a walk this morning after going to the gym. No ducks. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched McFarland USA today. We got it from Netflix. It was a sappy sports movie. I like sappy sports movies. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:24:46 EST Gratitude July 16 2015 Number 1: It was my day off of going to the gym. Sometimes this is very important. This was one of those times. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I took the kids in to Great America today. Youngest played in the wave pool and the small water slides. Oldest went on thrill rides with short lines. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got shipping notices on most of the school related stuff I ordered. We will have history and english books soon. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 01:16:42 EST Gratitude July 15 2015 Number 1: I got up and went to the gym this morning even though I was tired. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I sent email to a potential Spanish teacher for my older son and she says that she has time to make the schedule work. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There is fresh fruit in the house. Yum! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:37:27 EST Gratitude July 14 2015 Number 1: I saw the trainer today. We have a plan and it includes more weights and more weight lifting. This is good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went on a walk with my Youngest today. Twice. Youngest and Middlest are butting heads more often right now. I hope it will get better when school starts and they both have less free time on their hands. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The CSA box arrived this morning. We have fresh fruits and veggies in the house! Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:07:38 EST Gratitude July 13 2015 Number 1: This afternoon I went to the park and talked to other homeschooling moms. It is quite strange to figure out that I have the oldest kid in this group. There are plenty of other moms with older kids but they mostly just drop off their kids and leave. I stick around because of my younger son who is eleven. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to swim team tonight and watched Youngest swim. He is getting better. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I found out that we do not have a swim meet this weekend... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:17:20 EST Gratitude July 12 2015 Number 1: Today I went to the Obon Festival in downtown San Jose. I got to hear two different Taiko drum groups, one from UC Berkley and the other from UC Davis. They were both good. I also tried ramen for the first time. I mean real ramen here, not the bricks that you buy at the grocery store. It was yummy. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My daughter told stories about the fun she had at camp. Some of them were really funny. And she sang the "We are hungry" song for us in German. While at cam... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:27:51 EST Gratitude July 11 2015 Number 1: She is HOME! After two weeks in Minnesota, my big kid is home. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I took youngest to his swim lesson today. This is different from swim team and something he has done for a long time. Anyway, I got to watch him swim and he can really swim! I was happily surprised. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I talked to my diet coach today and we figured out that low carb is not a good thing for me. At least not now. And so I am off low carb and feel a million times better. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:52:30 EST Gratitude July 10 2015 Number 1: Daughter flies home tomorrow! She should get her communication devices in the morning and be able to talk then. Looking forward to seeing her. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got to the gym and biking today. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I figured out why I have been soooo tired this week. I have been eating low carb and my body does not like that. At all. I think I am the only person who doesn't function well on low carb, but here I am. No more jerky and protein powder for breakfast, I get ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 01:38:23 EST Gratitude July 9 2015 Number 1: I found a picture of my daughter on the camp Flicker feed. She is alive! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Sleep is wonderful. Truly amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest made a lego swan. It was pretty good. My ducks have been missing so it was nice to see the water fowl even if only a lego version. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:12:24 EST Gratitude July 8 2015 Number 1: In the spirit of no news is good news, my daughter is doing okay at camp. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I walked a lot today. I am super duper tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I can go to bed as soon as I finish typing this. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 01:17:11 EST Gratitude July 7 2015 Number 1: I found pictures of my daughter on the camp account and she looks happy. I think they were playing checkers on a really big board. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I met the new trainer. I like him. He likes weights. I like weights. This is a good mix. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I have a plan for dealing with the food disaster that was today. If it was junk and in the house it is probably not in the house anymore. I ate it. But tomorrow is a new day and I am going to drink a glass of wate... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 01:38:23 EST Gratitude July 6 2015 Number 1: Daughter really is doing okay! We got a letter in the mail that says so. Woohoo! She will be home again on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Park Day went well. It is amazing how much better it is when it lasts 2.5 hours than when it lasts 4 hours. I think everyone gets tired of each other by then. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We were back at the orthodontist again. Youngest has a band that doesn't want to stay put. It is cemented in again. <BR> <BR> Number 4: Austin Dillon, a ra... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 01:37:51 EST Gratitude July 5 2015 Number 1: Daughter is still okay. At least I have no reason to suspect otherwise. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Fresh strawberries! Fresh blueberries! Fresh apricots! All at the Farmer's Market this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We went to a San Jose Giants baseball game tonight. It was amazing. Really. We had seats behind the VIP seats and the General Manager and his wife sat in front of us. We had a most excellent view of everything including the fireworks. And they even won. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:35:56 EST Gratitude July 4 2015 Number 1: Daughter is still doing okay at camp! <BR> <BR> Number 2: We walked down the green belt to get a good view of the Great America fireworks and found that lots of other people had the same idea. It was good. There were some kids with fireworks and as best I could tell the night ended safely for them. <BR> (California is very dry, but all the cities around us has displays tonight so I am guessing the fire danger wasn't so bad.)) <BR> <BR> Number 3: I finished a book I had been w... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 01:47:26 EST Gratitude July 3 2015 Number 1: Daughter is still doing okay! <BR> <BR> Number 2: We saw early fireworks tonight. They were pretty. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We saw a show at the local amusement park that made my husband laugh and laugh and laugh. We all need a good laugh sometimes. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 01:22:24 EST Gratitude July 2 2015 Number 1: I am assuming that no news is good news from my daughter at camp. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Older son took the placement tests at the local community college. He did fine. He was signed up for a computer class and trig. He had the math covered because he took the ACT and did well. But there was an english 'suggested' skill level and that is what he passed today. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 3: We bought tickets to see a baseball game on July 5. It has fireworks. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:17:23 EST Gratitude July 1 2015 Number 1: Daughter is still at camp and doing okay. (This is going to be on the list until she is home again.) <BR> <BR> Number 2: While biking this morning we saw a jackrabbit. No ducks, but the bunny was nice. <BR> <BR> Number 3:I stuck within my calories today. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 01:42:22 EST Gratitude June 30 2015 Number 1: Daughter is still safe at camp. There is a camp blog that has pictures and I found her playing cards in one of the pictures. <BR> <BR> Number 2: It is my husband's birthday! Woohoo! Celebrating is waiting until the weekend, but it is still his birthday. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I spent the day watching Criminal Minds and drinking tons of water. A good way to spend the day when it is over ninety outside. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:55:12 EST Gratitude June 29 2015 Number 1: Daughter made it to camp safely and mostly happily this morning. I talked to her a bit while she was waiting for the bus to start up. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I have a packet of letters and pictures to send to her. It goes out in the morning. I also sent her an email. She can't send any to me, but I can send them to her. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There was a birthday at the park today. Creme puffs, chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes with cream centers were all there. And... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:20:30 EST Gratitude June 28 2015 Number 1: My daughter is off to language camp. She took a plane this morning and is spending the night in Minneapolis then off to the bus and camp tomorrow. She is massively stressed. Calm thoughts in her direction would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest and I went for a walk this morning. We saw one lady duck in the creek. I am glad she was there. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I stuck to my calories for the day. It was no fun, but I did it anyway. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:04:29 EST Gratitude June 27 2015 Number 1: My boys are home. We picked them up at camp this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got a lot of walking in today. My husband has a new pedometer and he is trying to get 10,000 steps a day. That means going for several walks a day to get enough steps. I don't mind. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I did all the laundry. The clothes the boys took to camp are clean and dry and put away. The clothes my daughter needs for camp are packed and ready to go in the morning. All the laundry done! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:44:16 EST Gratitude June 26 2015 Number 1: It was a calm day at my house. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We went to a San Jose Giants game tonight. They lost to the Modesto Nuts 4-3 in ten innings. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There were fireworks after the game. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:05:10 EST Gratitude June 25 2015 Number 1: Sleep. This morning I slept in. It was amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We went to San Francisco today and ate in the Ferry Building. We also walked from Pier 17 to Pier 1. There are lots of people walking. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My daughter is back from spending some time with her friend. I am glad she is home. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:08:19 EST Gratitude June 24 2015 Number 1: We went to the Alameda County Fair today. After we got out of the day we realized that we forgot sunblock. Good thing for us, the information kiosk had pumps of sunblock for anyone to use. I call that amazing. Many thanks to the supporters of the Fair that provided the free sunblock. (It worked too!) <BR> <BR> Number 2: We saw the Pig Races! Adorable piggies on a race track. I think Sloppy Joe won it all. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The food at the Fair was okay. So much of it ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:10:49 EST Gratitude June 23 2015 Number 1: Today's adventure was to an airplane museum and then to Dairy Queen for lunch. My husband doesn't much like chinese food like we had a couple of days ago. I don't much like Dairy Queen. It was a trade off. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw the trainer this morning. My arms are tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: All the kids are out of the house tonight. My daughter is at a friend's house and the boys are at camp. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> (Jean, about the bagel place, I think it is a Jewish del... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:11:13 EST Gratitude June 22 2015 Number 1: Today I went to the USS Hornet. It is an aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum ship. Very very cool. It picked up the Apollo spacecraft after the moon landing! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Husband and I went out to lunch at a deli in Alameda. I had pastrami on an egg bagel and an apricot hamentashen cookie. It was worth all the calories. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched part of the college world series tonight. Good baseball. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:16:32 EST Gratitude June 21 2015 Number 1: My boys are safely and happily at camp. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went on my bike ride this morning, all be myself. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We had chinese food for dinner. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:19:47 EST Gratitude June 20 2015 Number 1: The Steel Drum Camp concert went well. We played our songs. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest son went to his swim team make up this morning and he normal swim lesson this afternoon. He was tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Daughter went to play bridge this evening and had a good time. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I finally got a diet update from my coach. This is going to be a break week. More calories than the past few weeks. I like that. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:12:38 EST Gratitude June 19 2015 Number 1: Ducks in the creek! Three of them today. Maybe they are back to stay? I hope so. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Today was the last day of steel drum camp. That isn't so much a good thing because I have enjoyed it, but tomorrow is our concert and that should be fun. We will be playing three songs. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Daughter did Orientation at the community college today. She said it was more helpful that she expected. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:06:47 EST Gratitude June 18 2015 Number 1: Ducks! The ducks were back in the creek. They really didn't like the mowers and have been hard to find. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Jello is being a hit with my kids. I am happy because I don't like jello and it is not tempting. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest got his Swim Team shirt tonight. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:57:58 EST Gratitude June 16 2015 Number 1: It was the second day of steel drum camp and we are finally making music. I don't know if we sound good, but we are making sound! <BR> <BR> Number 2: On the way home from camp I walked past the creek and saw a duck flying overhead. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Middle child, son age 14, is signed up to take his two classes at the community college. He will be taking Trig and Python. I hope he likes them. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:18:56 EST Gratitude June 15 2015 Number 1: Steel drum camp started today. It was very fun. There are eight people in the camp, six ladies, one young man, and a nine year old girl. We sounded pretty good by the end of the first day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I think I saw a duck in the creek as I walked home from camp. That would be great. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate my veggies. This was more challenging than usual because I was busy in the morning and the afternoon. But I got it done. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 01:33:28 EST Gratitude June 14 2015 Number 1: I went for a walk to the creek, but there weren't any ducks. There was a huge mower. I hope the ducks came back after the mower did its thing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Strawberries. Blueberries. Apricots. Tomatoes. And samosas and curry mix. It was a good day at the Farmer's Market. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched some baseball on tv. The CSU Fullerton team was doing really well when the game was called for rain. They will continue tomorrow. <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:00:04 EST Gratitude June 13 2015 Number 1: I went for a walk this morning. I only saw one duck, but it was a duck. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched the Battle Frog Challenge this afternoon on ESPN. It was an obstacle course. I was entertained. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest went to his swim lesson and finally got the teacher he was supposed to. He was the only kid in attendance. They worked on butterfly because that is what Youngest wanted to learn. <BR> <BR> Number 4: We went in to the local amusement park and watch... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 01:22:36 EST Gratitude June 12 2015 Number 1: Ducks in the creek! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Jurassic World had many many dinosaurs. The kids and I liked it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My daughter is out having a good time with her friends tonight. Husband will go pick her up in a little while. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:10:48 EST Gratitude June 11 2015 Number 1: The weather was nice today. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My husband and daughter went downtown to pick up their stuff for the 5k they are doing on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am working on taking better care of me. Chess books bought. Food plan organized. Exercise planned. Now I just need to make it important. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:29:35 EST