JENNEINAZ's SparkPeople Blog JENNEINAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gratitude August 29 2015 Number 1: Pain medicine is a wonderful thing. Really. I am down to one Tylenol 3 at a time three times a day. This is an improvement over yesterday's two at a time every four hours. I think my finger is getting better. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My older son is spending the night with a friend. He is having a good time. The only issue there was the fact it was a surprise birthday sleepover. A surprise for MOM! It is a good thing that the birthday boy's Mom is a very easy going person. <BR... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:16:03 EST Gratitude August 28 2015 This morning I crushed the tip of the ring finger of my right hand while trying to close the garage door from the outside. I broke the top part and exposed the nail bed. This makes it a compound fracture. This is not something I am grateful for. It is, however, necessary for you to understand the rest of my list for today. <BR> <BR> Number 1: I am grateful for my husband. He was late getting ready for work this morning. Due to his lateness he was still home so that he could drive me ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:07:36 EST Gratitude August 27 2015 Number 1: Daughter, age 16, has passed her test to get a driver's permit. DMV was actually pretty smooth sailing today. She had an appointment at 8:30 and we got there about ten minutes early, but we were all done and back in the car at 9:00. No nightmares about them today! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Younger Son, age 11, has his braces fixed again. This is only good because the office is closed all next week so breaking them this week is better than breaking them next week. I would rather he... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:27:24 EST Gratitude August 26 2015 Number 1; I went to the gym. I went biking. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I ate lots of veggies. <BR> <BR> Number 3: It was our turn to host and my husband made pulled pork. It was yummy. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:24:39 EST Gratitude August 25 2015 Number 1: I got to flip a tractor tire this morning. And wield a strange ball on a rope and bash the tire with it. I also got to do dead lifts and bench presses. This is all good! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I picked up the form so that my daughter can apply for a learner's permit on Thursday. She needs to pass the written test then. I hope she does well. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went to the Japan Sister city barbecue tonight and it was good. I got to see some people I have missed over the s... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:06:46 EST Gratitude August 24 2015 Number 1: The gym was super quiet today. I went and all was well. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The park was nice today. We worked on the schedule for the next few months and it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I have a new philosophy book to read and I hope it helps with my head. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:43:59 EST Gratitude August 23 2015 Number 1: I went to a Child is Going to College party tonight and it was good. Child is looking forward to seeing Vermont and excited about college. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The farmer's market happened and I bought some new stuff. We have sauerkraut in the house! And pickled asparagus too. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There was little league baseball on tv. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:42:30 EST Gratitude August 22 2015 Number 1: Little League Baseball happened today and I watched on tv. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I ate my veggies. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My husband and daughter did a 5k this morning and had fun. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 01:24:32 EST Gratitude August 21 2015 Number 1: It didn't rain in Williamsport today. This is important because the Little League World Series is happening there and yesterday all the games got rained out. None of my kids have ever been involved in it, but I enjoy watching the games. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Spanish was a hit today for the second time. Older son is really liking spanish class. I like that he is interested. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Fireworks at the San Jose Giants game! It was country night... <BR> <BR> Number 4:... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 01:42:50 EST Gratitude August 20 2015 Number 1: I took my older son to get braces put on his teeth today. This is a good thing. I saw the orthodontist that first convinced us to start down this road too. I think she only works on Thursday and we are almost never there on Thursday. Anyway, it was really nice to see her smiling happy face. The other orthodontist is a wonderful man, but he doesn't smile as much and isn't quite the force of sunshine that she is. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went for a walk to see the ducks. There w... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:39:53 EST Gratitude August 19 2015 Number 1: The gym was quiet this morning. No fighting for equipment. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I ate my prepared lunch. It was easier to not have to think about it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I can go to bed whenever I want to. So I am. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 01:32:43 EST Gratitude August 18 2015 Number 1: The gym was good. I got to flip the big tractor tire again. Too much fun. <BR> <BR> Number 2: There were no ducks in the creek, but I did walk there. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I prepped food for tomorrow. No excuses. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:23:58 EST Gratitude August 17 2015 Number 1: I got to the gym this morning. I wasn't happy but I got it done. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I wasn't cold at all. It was HOT at the park today. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I don't know quite how I got all my steps in, but I did. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:43:12 EST Gratitude August 16 2015 Number 1: The bunk beds are put together and the boys are happily in them tonight. Younger son is happily on top and older son is happily on the bottom. All is good there. <BR> <BR> Number 2: It was the final night of shows at Great America so we went to go see them. They were great and best of all we had some Cedar Faire muckity mucks behind us and they liked the shows too! <BR> <BR> Number 3: We tried out a new game this afternoon and had lots of laughs. We will need to play again.... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:08:11 EST Gratitude August 15 2015 Number 1: I slept in. Really slept in. Like until 9:30 slept in. It is so nice having big kids that can take care of themselves when moments like this happen. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to ikea and bought bunk beds for my boys. Tomorrow's project is to put them together. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My big kids walked down the green belt toward the stadium that Taylor Swift was singing at tonight. They could hear the music from there, about two miles away. I can only guess how loud it was i... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:08:51 EST Gratitude August 14 2015 Number 1: Ducks! There were FOUR ducks in the creek this morning. I used the bird identifier app to figure out that they were Ruddy Ducks and not the more common Mallard ducks. Still it was super cool to see them. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got older son to his spanish session this afternoon and it went well. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went to a San Jose Giants game tonight and it was good. We had a major league pitcher that was recovering from a shoulder injury and a major league catcher that... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:38:35 EST Gratitude August 13 2015 Number 1: It was a beautiful morning. Cool weather. Bright sunshine. Wonderful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Older son weighs six pounds more than he did three months ago. Woohoo! Still underweight by every measure but getting closer. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Older son's textbooks for his community college classes arrived tonight via UPS. I could like this. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 01:43:29 EST Gratitude August 12 2015 Number 1: My sweet and wonderful husband found a way for me to watch the Little League World Series regional games. Thank you, Husband! <BR> <BR> Number 2: My youngest is actually flossing his teeth. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My older son finished his video game today. Finally. After over 90 hours of playing the thing. (not all at once!!!!) <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:47:36 EST Gratitude August 11 2015 Number 1: I flipped a tractor tire this morning. It was at the gym and it was super cool! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to a San Jose Giants baseball game. They lost in 11 innings. Looooong game. It was fun, but I was ready to go home. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I figured out how to buy my kids' textbooks for the year for their classes at the local community college. Expensive, but done. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:01:26 EST Gratitude August 10 2015 Number 1: I got to the the gym and went for a walk and even stuck with my calories for the day. WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I delivered a check to the orthodontist and made an appointment for my older son to get started with braces. <BR> <BR> Number 3: This morning younger son and I got lots of work done in the half hour I had to get stuff done. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 01:06:26 EST Gratitude August 9 2015 Number 1: I slept in and it was wonderful. Eight o'clock is blissful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went on a walk to the creek tonight and saw a family flying kites. They were doing pretty well. <BR> (Jean- The big white bird with the pointy beak was a Great Egret. He is very great!) <BR> <BR> Number 3: I played a game of chess with my older son. I was doing well in the opening and even the mid game but the end game was... not so good. I can try again another day. <BR> <BR> Number 4: ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:34:16 EST Gratitude August 8 2015 Number 1: I went for a walk this morning all by myself. I saw geese and a very large white bird with very long legs. It was cool. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went grocery shopping too. I bought some tea so I can drink it instead of anything with calories or sweetener in it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I stayed home while my husband and big kids went to Great America. This was really nice to get some almost alone time. I really needed it. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 01:18:39 EST Gratitude August 7 2015 Number 1: About a week ago I bought some plastic lunch boxes (like Bento boxes) with three little compartments in them. Yesterday I filled four of them with cooked potatoes, bacon and half an apple. The plan was to have an apple to munch on while I put everything else in a pan to get hot and then add a couple of eggs to. Think mise-en-plase for breakfast or lunch. Anyway it worked. I ate one and so did my older son. We have two left in the frig for tomorrow. Hooray for planning ahead!... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 01:19:21 EST Gratitude August 6 2015 Number 1: My younger son went to the gastro doc today and it was good. She is happy. I am happy. Even younger son is happy. We will continue on the same plan we have been doing. Because it is working. He has grown an inch and lost five pounds in the last three months, a very good combination! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I picked up a Minions coloring sheet at the gastro doc and got out my crayons and colored it tonight. I may be crazy but I colored a fantastic minion! <BR> <BR> Number 3: ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 01:13:35 EST Gratitude August 4 2015 Number 1: I went to the gym this morning and it was very quiet. Like one trainer and one client there other than me. It was kind of spooky. I didn't have to fight for any equipment... Wednesday must be a slow day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My daughter's Caramel Nut Brownie Luna bars showed up today. I ordered them a month ago. She really likes them and the local stores don't have them. Amazon does but not with their prime shipping. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We watched a baseball movie today 6... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 00:55:19 EST Gratitude August 3 2015 Number 1: I went on a walk this morning to see if the duck was still there. It wasn't and the mystery bird wasn't there either. We didn't even see the geese on the big field. It was a no bird day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We did get to the orthodontist. Youngest is doing okay. Oldest is doing well with the retainers. Middlest... needs braces. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I finished a really good fantasy novel called Uprooted. It was a great escape from a stressful world. Even though the fan... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 01:20:42 EST Gratitude August 2 2015 Number 1: Husband's procedure went as well as could be hoped for. Nothing of interest was found so no idea about the low iron. But nothing bad either. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw a bird at the creek. At first we thought it was a very lost penguin because of the coloration, but now I think it might have been a young seagull or a young heron. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We ate dinner together as a family tonight. Swim team has disrupted this for most of the summer. But summer swim is over, so w... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 01:15:19 EST Gratitude August 2 2015 Number 1: I saw a DUCK! For the first time in many weeks there was a duck at the creek this morning. He was standing in the weeds right by the edge. Happy duck day! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Strawberries in the house. Oh so many strawberries. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The prep for my husband's procedure tomorrow has gone very smoothly. The horror stories must have been for a different prep method because other than saying the liquid tasted vile, it has been okay. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:05:38 EST Gratitude August 1 2015 Number 1: I have started working on remembering my Japanese so that when September rolls around and classes start I am not quite so out of practice. Right now I am very out of practice. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went grocery shopping with my husband this morning. We bought good stuff including a whole bunch of lime popsicles for him to eat tomorrow. He is on only clear liquids for the day before Monday's check of his insides. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We saw the fireworks and the ice show and... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 01:16:45 EST 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