LASARRE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LASARRE LASARRE'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/ 1/30/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082971 I should clarify that, as a real estate agent, I am self employed. The only reason the guy can request we go to those meetings is because it is a thing that you have to be trained for and many are not invited to the dance if you know what I mean. I am also a Relocation trained agent and I have to keep current with training with that as well. <BR> <BR> The company can not require that I attend the weekly meetings in the office or that I sell any specific amount of homes. What I do is up to m... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:50:18 EST Continuing On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081758 I heard back from the guy with the meeting. It turns out he is having a makeup meeting for those of us that can't get to the other state. He is doing it only 10 miles from where I live. He didn't want to tell anyone as he wants the majority of people going to the "big" meeting. This "big" meeting is on February 24; the makeup meeting is on March 7. It seems to me that once again he is not giving people notice and they won't be able to make either meeting. Doesn't he realize that people make ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:08:20 EST Update for Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080832 I had enough of my kids and decided to go to the Y. Usually, my DD goes with me. I had a nice, quiet time. I did the Elliptical and the treadmill for 60 minutes each and then stretched and walk the track for another 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> When I got home, DD had cleaned the house and, as soon as I walked in, she apologized. Apparently, she and her brother worked it out last night. So, for the time being, that drama is done. <BR> <BR> Then...the work drama begins. I am a rapid response agent ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:19:39 EST Update from 1/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080601 I was so upset with everything that happened yesterday that my ulcers started acting up. I think that could also be because of the antibiotics. Last night, DH decided to get me out of the house as I was so worked up. I made very good choices. I just had half a turkey sandwich with no mayo, fruit and a salad. <BR> <BR> In either case, I hadn't seen my daughter all day and my son was still at work when we left. We didn't know what was going to happen when he got home. We walk in the door and D... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:10:46 EST So Angry and Frustrated!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079757 I think I am at the end of my rope. As most of you who know me know, my son has Aspergers. He is 22 years old and he does have two jobs now. He is still at the one place where they give him 1.5 hours a day unless he can find more to do and he gets about 23 hours at the other place per week. <BR> <BR> We found a therapist who is very good. However, it is a VERY slow process. My son still has trouble controlling his temper, but only around us. A week ago Sunday he got very angry and started sw... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:01:56 EST A Real Eye-Opener http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073664 My daughter and I watch The Biggest Loser together. The other day she told me what was staged and how long it actually was between weigh ins etc. I asked her where she got all that information and she told me to google The Biggest Loser Secrets and The Biggest Loser--where are they now. <BR> <BR> I did that and it was quite eye opening. The weigh ins are actually much farther than 1 week apart. People are kept dehydrated and mal-nutritioned. They stick them in Saunas for 6 hours prior to the... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:10:44 EST Pushing On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070261 I am working really hard to get this weight off. Now don't fall over, but I have only had 1 glass of wine all week. Yes that is one glass. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that I was taking Benadryl and didn't think that would be a good mix with alcohol. <BR> <BR> Speaking of which...ok so I am stupid. I have been really dizzy for the past week. I went to Pilates and just couldn't keep my balance. Someone there said to try Benadryl. I did so. Don't like the stuff one bit. Even w... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:02:29 EST Time To Get Serious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065150 I don't know how time passes so quickly. It is already January. Show season is only 3 months away. My goal was to lose 10 lbs so I could have my riding suit taken in and I would feel more confident showing JC. He has come such a long way this winter. He is doing great. No more spinning or being stupid. My trainer's goal was to make him senior proof (owner 50+ years of age HA!) and she did her job. <BR> <BR> I realized I need to start focusing on mine. I lost almost 2.5 lbs this week. I am dr... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 19:24:43 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056838 <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 01, 2016 <BR> <BR> I copied this from Ceriusly w ho copied it fromi JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:17:24 EST Today's Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054742 The worst thing about writing these blogs is figuring out what to call them. <BR> <BR> I realized that I never wrote about our trip to New Orleans. It was absolutely awesome! If I could move there tomorrow, I would. I absolutely love the City. For the first time, we did the swamp tour. The weather was gorgeous and so was the swamp. Not at all what I expected. We had the car, but didn't use it. We mainly just stayed in the French quarter and took our time doing nothing which is exactly what ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:15:13 EST Unbelievable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051235 Since the neighbors went after our home owner's insurance for the dog nipping their kid, we got a letter that the insurance is dropping us. Thanks Liberty Mutual! <BR> <BR> I have been calling places all morning trying to find someone that would include liability for the dog on the home owner's policy and it doesn't look like that is likely. One agent even told me to get rid of the dog. Apparently, the neighbors have been paid $1,000 and now they are going for more. <BR> <BR> Every insur... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:47:43 EST 12/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042749 I finally took it upon myself to call DS' employer...the one he has been with for 2.5 years. They are actually very nice and just said that they don't want to lose him which is why they are trying to find more hours for him. Unfortunately, they just can't accommodate his limitations. I suggested they work with his job coach, but I don't think they are going to do that. So he is back to his 1.5 hours a day there. However, his other job now has him at 40 hours a week. I hope that lasts after t... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 12:41:26 EST Updates and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040670 Wow, I didn't realize it has been so long since I blogged. My son started work at Stein and that is going well. He ended up back at the other place for only 1.5 hours per day. Now, they called him this morning and wondered if he wanted to work at Fed Ex loading and unloading for 5 hours a day midnight to 5 a.m. He is taking that job. So he will no longer work at the original job. I am having trouble keeping up with all this. HA! <BR> <BR> Took my daughter to my Orthopod for her knees. Her kn... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:09:53 EST Finally Saying Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029279 My son finally quit the other job today. He found out this morning that they were going to cut him to 1.5 hours a day. Seriously, who does that? My husband asked why they didn't just fire him. Very simple...they needed him to quit or they would have had to pay unemployment. Last week, they were calling him to come back every evening because the guy that took that job was on vacation. <BR> <BR> Today, they cut his hours to a ridiculous amount. Unbelievable. I spoke with his job coach and he... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:58:10 EST 11/4/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026693 The hardest thing I find out writing a blog is coming up with a title. I've decided the date works HA! Things haven't been great exercise wise this week. I ended up with something this weekend and a 103 fever. I feel better and did exercise yesterday. But, today, I am really tired. It could be because the dogs got me up at 5. That is the middle of the night to me. <BR> <BR> Updates on my son. Of course, with no word of warning, his current job called and said he didn't have to come in for h... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:22:21 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020389 My son had an interview with another company yesterday. Initially, they will give him 20 - 25 hours a week which is fine. He can keep his morning shift with the job he has and he will have a full time work week plus the side jobs. This company does have the potential for full time, permanent employment. <BR> <BR> It seems like his other job has ESP. As soon as we started with DVR again, they gave him the "temporary" extra 4 hour shift. Then, last night, they had him do a two man run to Illin... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:32:17 EST I Made Progress :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018283 I think I am getting somewhere. Job coach called and we had a meeting this afternoon. He was very good. He has worked with people on the Spectrum for 18 years and wasn't put off by my son's habits in the least. He understood him perfectly. He came up with a plan that may give my son a full time job down the road with benefits and he can still keep his part time job for now. He can go and help him on the job and this employer will not drop my son's hours for deficits due to his disability. I w... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:54:06 EST And it continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017591 Dear son's Job coach finally called this morning. He told my son that we should wait until Friday. If nothing changes by Friday, he will take my son to Steins. He can definitely get him a job there? Really? He said he was going to do that two weeks ago. WTH???? What does he expect to change by Friday. They have said they will not give my son the extra hours permanently. Do we know why? No. Why don't we know? Because this idiot won't do his job. I wish I was one of those people who could do no... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:12:20 EST My Exercise Buddy :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016581 My daughter has become my exercise buddy. We do something every day. Today, I was really sore and I wasn't going to do any exercise. We were watching tv and it was boring so I said, "let's go for a short walk." I knew she didn't really want to, but she went with me anyway. We ended up walking for 45 minutes. We walked for about 2.5 miles. We followed the creek on the new path they put in and then walked through the woods on the way back. <BR> <BR> We were saying that it is so nice living her... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:42:26 EST Updates and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016100 First off, I am ready to explode at DS's job coach. He will not return DS's calls. It turns out that DS's extra 4 hours was just until they could hire someone else to do the job. We can not understand why they won't give it to B. He already knows the job and trained others to do that. That is where the job coach should come in, but we can't get hold of the job coach. I know the Dr has also tried to get hold of the job coach. I'm hoping Dr. D gave up and called the employer himself. He is abso... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:14:23 EST Some Hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015093 <BR> Today we met with the psychologist who works with adults with autism. He explained that my son actually has aspergers. I really liked him a lot. He is the first psychologist we have met with that seems to really want to advocate for B. He is going to call B's job counselor from DVR and see if he has met with B's employers to see what is happening there. I laughed. I have never found DVR counselors who choose to do much of anything. B has had this counselor for 3 months and has met with ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:40:58 EST On A Roll :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012302 I have been on a roll this week. I have been tracking everything I have been eating which was one of the challenges for this week. Also, we only ate out once this week. We are cutting way back on that as we are trying to save for our trip to NOLA and Nashville in December not to mention the calories. I cut way back on the alcoholic drinks as well. <BR> <BR> I put my orthotics back in and they seem to be helping. Now, I can walk after I walk. I did the treadmill a couple of times today and wa... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:37:03 EST Anatomy of Walking From Leslie Sansone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011120 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ea9759d-b9d6-4325-ac23-99919eb78b9c.png"> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:41:18 EST This Week's Accountability and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002206 I finally reported my Jewelry stolen to the insurance company. I already have the check which will more than cover the ring we are having made. However, that ring was supposed to be done today. I called and the guy who placed our order went out on maternity leave the day after we were there and no one knew what we wanted done. Another 2 weeks. UGH! I'm not used to having my rings off. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> My accountability for this week so far: <BR> Sunday: 30 minute Walk <BR> Monday: ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:10:50 EST Really Freaky Neighbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999736 It seems like it is one thing after another lately. I don't remember if I posted this, but I went to look in my jewelry chest not too long ago and discovered that all my jewelry was stolen. There were not a lot of good pieces, but there were a few. I think I did post this because I remember writing that they didn't get my mom's diamond earrings. In either case, we finally decided to file a claim. We filed it yesterday and they settled it today. They are sending us a check which is good news.... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:23:12 EST Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996645 I think my eating will get better. My husband has put on 20 lbs and decided we should lose weight. He put the menu on the board for the week. This morning we went on a 30 minute bike ride. They are creating a 5 mile bike path by our house. I think there is only 1.5 miles done, but we still had to get to it and get back. Yesterday, I rode JC for 45 minutes. Caitlin makes you ride a long time. Tomorrow, I have Pilates and Tuesday is back to the pool. I'm ready to get this weight off! I've had e... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:47:54 EST Karma---it is a B.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994218 Most of you who have known me for a long time know that my siblings stopped speaking to me when I wouldn't give them everything I had that was my mother's after she passed away. If you recall my brother and nephew showed up at my house to take my mother's things and I wouldn't give them to her. My brother then wrote me an email stating that I either give all of her things to him and my sisters or they would never speak to me or my kids again. Well...3 + years later and they still haven't spok... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 15:10:30 EST New Toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992665 For the last couple of years, I have been using the Fitbit One for steps and the Polar FT4 hrm for workouts. That worked ok, but since most of my steps are in the pool now, the fitbit didn't do me much good. <BR> <BR> I decided to upgrade my HRM and step tracker. First, I tried the Garmin Vivofit 2 which looked like a bracelet. It was awful. I received it Wednesday morning and returned it Wednesday afternoon. It didn't count my steps. I walked two times around the small pool and... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:29:26 EST And So It Goes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991003 I am so frustrated. My son is having so many problems. The woman who he has worked for for 3 years got a dog that was abused. My son isn't getting along with the dog so she cut my son's hours back. His new job coach reached out to his current regular job and they won't increase his hours. They weren't even going to let them come and observe him. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I should get him some sort of behavioral therapy or just let him work with the job counselor for a while who is supposed t... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:37:08 EST Back in the Saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981704 JC was such a good boy. At first he wouldn't look at me because I hadn't been out in two weeks. Caitlin said he has been extremely upset. He was very happy when I was riding him. He was wonderful. We spent time walking and talking afterwards. I will go back out again on Saturday so Brian can see him and I can spend more time with him. <BR> <BR> I love the trainer and the job she has done with JC, but there is this 20 year old girl at the barn that has the foulest mouth you have ever seen. Sh... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:26:12 EST Still Advocating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977835 This is a total rant. I am so tired of the Government bureaucracy and the pass the buck mentality. My son is 21 and on the spectrum. We discovered he was on the spectrum last year when we were working with DVR. His then counselor suggested we see a psychologist and have him tested. She then stated that we should try to get him SSI because no one was going to hire him for full time work. <BR> He has a job that he got over 2 years ago which ranges from 3 - 5 hours a day. He got that job throug... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:43:45 EST Updates and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972086 I have been very active. I have been swimming, going to pilates and riding JC. My trainer would like me to start coming out twice a week..once for a lesson on JC and once to ride a lesson horse to get my stamina back. <BR> <BR> Pilates has been amazing. I never realized that a form of exercise could keep you from hurting. I used to get up and everything hurt. Now, I have some minor soreness in my back, but, I believe, that is from trying to twist around the dogs at night. Together the two ar... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:41:56 EST Ad in honor of my mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965481 I decided to take out an ad in memory of my mother in one of the horse publications. This picture will be the pic I use of JC (yes I bought it). I also want to thank my trainer for spending the time with us and JC especially. He is happy and he is doing incredibly. He is thinking like a show horse again. We were trying to have just a nice ride yesterday, but he is still in show mode. He looks so good and is strong and healthy. He's fun to ride again. <BR> <BR> The pilates is helping with my... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:01:12 EST A Couple Pix from the Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963859 JC was such a good boy this weekend. My trainer showed him both times. He had 6 in the first class and he was 2nd. There were 5 in the championship and he was reserve champion. Not too bad for being retired for 5 years. Now, he gets off until September. Just a couple of pics from yesterday. The actual pictures of him showing are at Rick Osteen photography. He showed in Open English Pleasure. He got some great pics of him yesterday. Of course, I can't reprint them unless I buy them. If you wan... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:09:51 EST Tomorrow We Return to the Ring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958704 I finally got all parts of my riding suit. It isn't 100%, but it will be enough to get through this week and next. I rode JC in it on Wednesday at the barn. We had a super ride. He has been an absolute angel since he has been showing again. I think he may have starting acting naughty at the barn because he was bored. He always loved to show. <BR> <BR> My trainer said he worked wonderfully this morning and he has never been to this facility before. We decided there was no reason to show him f... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:39:17 EST Short Term Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956497 Second time at Pilates. I can definitely feel it. I am aiming for 2 days of pilates, 2 days of swimming, 1 day of riding and then whatever for the other two days. <BR> <BR> I am aiming low for a short term goal. I would like to lose 10 lbs by October so they have to take my suit in. It is absolutely beautiful and would be even more beautiful if there wasn't so much yardage. I have two shows this month and then we are off until October. <BR> <BR> I will get lot of riding in this week. I am ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:37:53 EST Pilates and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954000 Did pilates for the first time yesterday. Instructor was very good. She is trained in working with people with lots of injuries and was very careful in what she was having me do. She decided immediately that I was right, the mat is not for me. Too many injuries. I decided to keep going and I will start at twice a week. I am pretty sore today, but I'm thinking that is normal considering I was using muscles I have probably never worked before. <BR> <BR> On another note, I checked on my riding ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:08:42 EST Where Did this Month Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952863 Wow, I can't believe it is the end of June. The last time I wrote a blog was at the beginning. It has been a really busy month with some ups and some downs. <BR> <BR> Continuing on with the dog saga. The neighbors decided to go after my insurance. I talked to my attorney last night and he said that's what the insurance is for. He will put himself down as contact person for me, but he said that the insurance company will hire an investigator and an attorney to determine where the fault lies. ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:31:42 EST Frustrated (Warning Rant Long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938416 It seems like everything is falling apart this week. First there is the issue with the dog. She is on Quarantine and can only go outside on a leash. This is not working well. She has a fenced back yard and is used to running out. Yesterday, my son and my husband reinforced the entire face which was pretty loose. Today, my husband is adding wood in between the pickets to turn it into a privacy fence. <BR> <BR> I am so angry because the only reason my dogs starting going to the fence is becau... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:54:40 EST Ridiculous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937526 Where I do appreciate the safety of my new neighborhood, I do not appreciate the people who think they are better than everyone else and their kids can do no wrong. We had appointments all day starting at 12:00 today and finally got done at 5:30. Some turned out well others not so good. <BR> <BR> We finally got to lunch/dinner at 5:45. I get a frantic call from my daughter that some guy (our next door neighbor) walked into the house and they were calling the police. Sarah didn't know what he... Sun, 31 May 2015 22:31:24 EST Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934524 We spent yesterday fixing up the rec room. We now have all the exercise equipment in place, the bar set up and the furniture set up. It's been a while since I posted photos and Winter is getting so big. Here are just some fun photos we took yesterday: <BR> <BR> Brian and the "Accepted Offer" bar <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49d29953-63eb-4370-bb9e-4af3d2e595d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Winter and Sarah laying in the rec room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:32:30 EST I Don't Get It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934017 Why is it that people feel that what you ask them not to do with your dogs, it is ok to do. My SIL and BIL came over yesterday. Most of you know that Summer can get weird with other people especially in her own home. I think she has some PTSD from when we were living in the other house. We have been able to get her to listen by using pet corrector. One of my BILs she really doesn't like. Then, again, neither did Sydney. There is just something about him. He doesn't ever talk to the dogs. He j... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:08:59 EST Settling In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929666 Time goes so fast. I can't believe it has been since the 4th since I have written a blog. I was so stressed in the other house that I used to write every day. <BR> <BR> Things with the new house are wonderful. The neighborhood is quiet. It is so quiet that I fall asleep by 11 and am up by 7. At 11 pm at the other house, things were just getting into full swing in the fall and that's when the trouble would erupt. This area is wonderful. Sarah and I ride bikes, Brian and I walk the dogs and w... Sun, 17 May 2015 15:00:15 EST My Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923056 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l907394489.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are the fabrics that will be used in my new riding suit. The plaid looking one will be the jacket, the dark brown is the pants and the cream color will be the vest. We thought with his rich color and the white through his mane and tail that it would look great on him. <BR> <BR> Of course, I couldn't pick the cheapo materials. But, my husband said if we were going to do this, we might as well get what will l... Tue, 5 May 2015 12:16:45 EST Mr Big Heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921766 Many of you have known me since I retired JC from the show ring. He returned to the show ring today and he won. He came back like he went out :) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I order the new suit. We've come a long way from having no income after leaving my teaching job and having to quit showing to being able to take him to a few shows and get a new suit. Unfortunately, the body is bigger on me, but at least, JC has the same big heart! <BR> <BR> What a wonderful animal to go from 5 years of retirem... Sun, 3 May 2015 11:06:59 EST So Much Going On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920276 After we got the news that Ben's hours had been cut at work, I decided we should start filling out job applications again. I was floored by how much he has learned in the two years at his current job. Two years ago, he was like a deer in the headlights. This time we looked at jobs and he understood what they were asking for and knew what he could and couldn't do. It is drilled into my head that he has disabilities. Everyone who meets him tells me I am nuts. All I know is all the schools said ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:30:35 EST Feeling Bad :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917263 My son has been at the same job for almost 2 years. He has never missed a day except when we went to New Orleans. He was so happy that they moved his hours and gave him extra hours. Over those years they have never given him a raise, but he was up to 5 hours a day. The last few days he has been training someone to do his job. He was told it was because they needed him to work the morning shift from 6 am, but would have the same hours. <BR> <BR> Tonight he came in all excited about the Milwau... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:45:20 EST Getting Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916543 This has been a crazy month. Busy with work, frustrated with people, crazy. But, JC is preparing for his first show next week. Just decided today to let him go as a see where he is at show. He will show in one class with my trainer. He doesn't have his shoes on yet and won't get those until we see how he does next weekend. He seems happy to be back to work: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622654151.jpg"> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:19:21 EST Busy, Busy, busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904409 The Spring real estate market is in full swing. I have lots of new buyers and listings. It has been nuts, but I am actually enjoying it. I am probably enjoying it more now as I don't have the stress of where we were living. It's so peaceful here. We are surrounded by parks and everyone is out walking their dogs, jogging, biking usually these things include baby strollers. I just don't feel all stressed out with being busy. <BR> <BR> We went and bought bikes. The last time we bought bikes was... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:27:50 EST JC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900355 JC is doing fantastic and seems so happy to have a job again. This is what he looked like at his last show 5 years ago: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l394313169.jpg"> <BR> That is not me on him. That was his trainer. <BR> <BR> He will begin his show career at the exact same show he retired at. We are just going to have fun and enjoy ourselves. No pressure this time. He has been awesome! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:31:22 EST