MEGAN6277's SparkPeople Blog MEGAN6277's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community memory lane I was going through some old pictures and came across the one i posted in my status. I guess that was taken when my dad was in the army sometime. Back then when you were in the service it meant something. Seems its lost its valor so to speak nowadays, atleast my brain thinks so. Dad served during Vietnam time and from what I know, he used to be strapped to either Nike or Apache missles to do the wiring or something like it. He was afraid of heights later on in life, no doubt from his military... Fri, 22 May 2015 17:14:22 EST my sons accomplishment <img src=""> Sorry about the sideways picture once again... My middle son entered this picture into the towns historical society coloring contest and won! I hadnt any idea he had done this until today. Im so proud of him! He won a big box of 120 crayons, and a big coloring book. He always does such a good job on everything he colors im happy someone has finally seen it besides me! I hope everybody has a good holida... Thu, 21 May 2015 17:34:58 EST Thanks to all <img src=""> I just wanted to thank everyone once again for all the comments on my blogs and page and all my likes for my pictures. Dad used to say if youre not laughing youre not really living much. So many days I spend being grumpy but I do try to put humor into all i do it helps me to get through my day. I get reminded every time I take one of the kids to the drs that my dad would always try and lighten the situation when we were at the... Tue, 19 May 2015 16:53:19 EST recent mugshot <img src=""> Yup its me just sideways....cant get it to turn, oh well maybe ill look skinnier sideways....oh well. I hate taking pictures as you can see..but i still have to get back to work on myself again. My stress level hasnt gotten any better, seems more is being piled on me. I was starting to take time for myself, but these last few days has proven different again. I am going to call sometime this week for an appointment with my ob... Sun, 17 May 2015 17:09:04 EST why me? <img src=""> I had a rough day today. It seemed every time Id try to settle down to do something I needed to or wanted to the boys would start causing trouble. I wanted to run away from everything today. I couldnt do anything right by anyone. I thought it had started out ok, but my patience was quickly pushed to my breaking point and I didnt want to deal with anything. Last week my mother was all gung ho about taking on one of my clients... Sat, 16 May 2015 21:11:01 EST who would expect it to be this easy <img src=""> After looking at this picture, I totally agree with it. Ive never been comfortable enough with myself to even consider putting on a bikini even when i was my ideal weight. But now ive got stretch marks and scars on my tummy from my pregnancies. Im not ashamed of them, just consider them my battle wounds. No one should be ashamed of marks that created life. Embrace them as accomplishments instead..useful thought? I hope it help... Thu, 14 May 2015 17:23:09 EST three nights! <img src=""> My youngest son has gone the last three nights all by himself!! My dogs still woke me up but i was able to go back to sleep alone for a change. I pray that it continues for a while anyway. My middle son is now 8 and im having trouble believing hes that old. Anyway, my birthday is wed this week. Thats why i posted the minion with getting older. Ill be 42 and never thought id be this age. Im afraid of getting older. Too many c... Mon, 11 May 2015 19:35:08 EST too good to pass up <img src=""> Ok I went off the bandwagon for today. I created this luscious brownie funfetti cookie dough cake for my sons birthday party. Wow is all i can say! It was so good i know i wasnt supposed to eat it but i had to try it. I only had a small piece and it was just enough. It was worth it for a few minutes just to enjoy my creation. Oh well tomorrows another day to try again....maybe. Do you ever want to be bad on purpose? I know we... Sat, 9 May 2015 18:51:37 EST last minute annie <img src=""> Tomorrow is my middle sons birthday party. My house looks like a cyclone blew thru it, the cakes not done yet, i still need to pick up ice cream and make waffles for lunch for everybody. Its going to be too hot to make anything in the oven for lunch so thats why were doing waffles and ice cream....Im exausted from the horrendous week Ive had and dont want to do any of it. Not to mention I need to make cupcakes for his class ... Fri, 8 May 2015 20:45:41 EST work or bugs bunny? Well so far my weeks been in the pooper! Yesterday i had a vet appointment scheduled and my husband tells me to clear my schedule to go for a ride with him. Ok so i do...we dont go. Then today I had plans of going to work and my youngest wakes up with a 102.8 fever...home again. But as i read this morning, Ive gotta see the good in my challenge...uhm, when can i revolt?! Im trying really i am. So im sitting here with my youngest watching bugs bunny. Life could be worse, its just money and not... Tue, 5 May 2015 13:21:02 EST a little me time <img src=""> Well I took the time to do this to my nails. Thought they turned out really pretty! I went on pinterest and got a few ideas then went with what i had and this is what i came up with. Of course i had to change a dirty diaper after i was done but it was fun just the same. Mon, 4 May 2015 16:55:32 EST my creation <img src=""> Ive been searching online for new ideas and patterns that are quick to make. I came across this loofa and tried it, well my boys like it so much that they each want one. Theyre so simple and easy to make too! I also made the blueberry muffins in the spark cookbook but tweaked it of course. I put in grated carrots, raisins, coconut all instead of the blueberries. They came out delicious!! I love taking a basic recipe and makin... Sun, 3 May 2015 19:30:23 EST my creation <img src=""> Ive been searching online for new ideas and patterns that are quick to make. I came across this loofa and tried it, well my boys like it so much that they each want one. Theyre so simple and easy to make too! I also made the blueberry muffins in the spark cookbook but tweaked it of course. I put in grated carrots, raisins, coconut all instead of the blueberries. They came out delicious!! I love taking a basic recipe and makin... Sun, 3 May 2015 19:29:53 EST April confession <img src=""> After an entire month of what seemed like non stop stress, I have a huge confession to make. Im not happy with myself at all and take shame in telling anyone. I have gained back 8 of the 10 lbs previously lost. I havent got anyone to blame but myself. Along with not being careful of what Ive been eating im stuck right back where i started three months ago. This is ridiculous and very disheartening to me. Along with the stress ... Sat, 2 May 2015 06:54:45 EST Ive gotta share this sweet gesture <img src=""> My 3 yr old found about .30 $ on the floor. He was very excited, he came over to me and says," mommy money for gas for your jeep and donuts!" To any three yr old that little amount is an enormous fortune. When I take him with me to get gas for the jeep i always treat him to a little package of chocolate frosted donuts. He got a packave last week and ate all but one of them. We were headed to Lees house my 95yr old vet who has... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:59:10 EST tired <img src=""> Today i havent accomplished much of anything really accept getting annoyed and extremely tired. My world comes to a slamming crash on sundays so it seems. I rush around and clean and care for everybody throughout the week then need and desprately want a week home after it all only to push it aside and start all over again on monday morning. Its been my visious cycle for most of the yeR and Im tired of it. Im in a job that no... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:46:06 EST another crazy week behind me! <img src=""> This week has been so nuts its unreal! I had to take my puppy to the vet to be spayed and was without her for the night. Shes back home and warm. The weathers turned back into winter, we relit the outside furnace to burn up all the scrap wood that was left. So im back on duty for now. Ugh a job i love to hate!! My youngest is still getting over his ear ache and is scheduled to go to the dentist again for another filling. I wi... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:52:01 EST my unofficial bucket list <img src=""> Lately all you hear about is this adventure or that adventure are on my "bucket list". Who came up with such an idea and why do we have to actually stick to it? Ive decided to create an unofficial list. These are things I might or might not actually get to. Sorta like a New Years resolution without the commitment. Ok here goes: 1. Id like to become a published author of childrens literature so I can work from home and make ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:10:25 EST vitamin deficiency? Ive been taking Natures Bounty PMS formula for about two weeks steady. It contains vitamins b12 &6, magnesium, b1&2, vitamin C, D, cranberry concentrate and borage oil. I feel great once I take it, but when it wears off, I get a racing heart, extremely tired, and a little hungrier then normal. Are these considered deficiency symptoms or is it just that my body is so low that what i take wears off and my bodys supply wears out by the end of it. I feel like an emotional mush head without it. I ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:50:07 EST my Jonah day <img src=""> If anybody were to look at me crosseyed Id probably start balling on the spot. I found out my ex sils father passed away yesterday of cancer. Then this morning i go to put washer fluid in my jeep and found antifreeze all over my engine. I had to take my youngest to the dentist so i put more in and went. On the way back i stopped at the mechanics and he said he could fix it tomorrow. My sons friends grandmother showed up and ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:59:20 EST its been a while Life has gotten crazy yet once again in my world. I havent had any time to settle down and do for me again. We rented a 20yd dumpster and have limited time with it to haul out our house. Needless to say, I started with the worst room and have moved to each room in the house attempting to toss anything broken, or unwanted to relieve some of the clutter. My husbands been working on the shed and garage along with work and taking care of his dads cows. Its been a challenge and a huge project, but... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:15:34 EST An intoxication only nature can fill <img src=""> Every spring I anxiously await the sounds of the redwinged blackbirds, and all the Canadian geese on our beaver pond in the back yard. I always say that there are so many that come back that their sound of reuniting with family members becomes literally intoxicating for me. I dont drink, or do anything else, but the good Lord gives me my intoxicating fill of nature after a horribly dreadful winter, its a very welcome sound an... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 06:57:06 EST why does sleep never happen? For the last week I havent gotten much sleep yet again. I try so hard and have the best of intentions to sleep all night but it has iluded me. Its the same routine every night. I sleep till midnight or one and then my youngest jumps in bed, then I get him settled then the dogs start and continue until Im wide awake and they fall back to sleep. With leaving me only an hour left before my alarm goes off. Its very frustrating. Any suggestions besides shooting the dogs? ( not speaking literally o... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 04:49:14 EST April fools day prank <img src=""> I know its not April Fools day yet but i was remembering a time when my grandma was staying with us. I was about 6 or 7 years old when she was with us for a little bit. It was April fools day and she was terrified of mice. I had a toy mouse for my cat filled with catnip and I decided to put it in her the underwear drawer of her dresser. I thought it was funny and boy did she scream! I got into a good bit of trouble over it, ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:50:58 EST how do i? <img src=""> With caring for my family, my job of caring for four elderly people, trying to keep track of constantly changing schedules how can i fit in any me time? I havent been very good at taking care of myself lately and desperately need some "me time". My daily routine can change in an instant so quickly. Ive tried to schedule it in the past but always feel guilty because ive had to put out someone else to do my job for a little whi... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:54:45 EST Life.... <img src=""> I thought this picture was cute! Lifes been "on the rocks" again. Littlest has an ear infection, oldest is giving me attitude troubles, and the middle one is just trying to stay out of trouble for a change. Too many situations going on at once for me to deal with at the same time. But I guess thats how its gotta be I suppose. How does one deal with a sassy 9 yr old boy? He has starte to get all huffy when I tell him he cant ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:33:45 EST I figured out what I did...duh moment! Friday morning the weather was sunny and beautiful. I couldnt find my pups leash so I just cut her loose from the house. Big mistake!! She ran off down two houses to the amish property next door. I stupidly tried to pound through the knee high snow in oversized boots after her. I should know better but aparently I dont. I woke up this morning with bruises on my knee and got to thinking about it and thats why my knee has been bothering me all weekend long. DUH!! Sometimes I do things without t... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:34:24 EST my realization <img src=""> Four years ago when I got pregnant with my last son, I weighed 175. I had gained about 15 lbs from my other two children that I couldnt get rid of. On top of that 175 I gained 51 pounds and delivered my son at 226. Which I thought was horrible and it was. Over this time, Ive lost that 51 pounds and am back to my prepregnancy weight and back to loosing the weight from my other two boys. Im hoping to get that extra weight gone ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:03:10 EST too sweet for words My husband needed to borrow my fils car because his truck is in the shop for a few days. He said it was ok but hed like it back today. My hubby said hed try, but why? Come to find out today is the anniversary of when my inlaws met 56 yrs ago. He wants his car to go get a pizza to celebrate it. I only wish my husband was taking notes!! My fil is almost 80 and from what ive gathered over the 11 years ive been with my husband, hasnt done much for my mil up until recent years. Theyve had a rough ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:14:54 EST turning my dont want to into have to I am struggling with having to go to work this morning and not honestly wanting to. Im not feeling all that great and have a mountain of work ahead of me today. Id much rather curl back underneath my covers with my aching back and go back to sleep. If I didnt have to get my boys up for school, I could do just that. Then I think of Lee and Lois. Both of whom depend on me for taking them to the diner and making their lunches for them. Of course Ive also gotta clean both of their houses. Someday... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 05:10:23 EST weather forecast <img src=""> Im sooooo excited! This weeks outlook is as follows: Awesomely warmer then it has been!!!! I have heard hints of spring with the return of the redwinged black bird as well!! Were almost done with this dreadful winter!!! Yes theres still chances of snow clear till June, (not serously but you never know here) it has snowed as late as Mothers day honestly. I had snow on my birthday when I started college in Vermont. I had gone ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 02:00:36 EST easy day ahead <img src=""> I first wanted to thank everyone who has been commenting on my blogs. I sometimes dont get the chance to thank everyone indivually. Well anyway like my title says, Im hoping for an easy day today. I only have to pick up some stuff at my clients house along with doing two days worth of dishes and taking him to the diner. It shouldnt take all that long to accomplish. My second clients granddaughter called last night and told m... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 04:41:37 EST i wish i was a bear <img src=""> I drew this picture many years ago and have loved it ever since. Its very simple and basic but can tell so much about me. Again i dont know how to turn the picture once its been posted. Anyway, I wish many times during this hard winter like weve had that I could be this bear hibernating. This way I dont have to face any of this mess that I already have. I hope that you enjoy it and let me know what you think about my drawing... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:31:25 EST a funny for you <img src=""> I wanted to post a few funnies but my phone won't let me.....I want my computer hooked up to the internet!! I thought this was worth posting.....I wish it would warm up its supposed to this weekend, I pray it stays instead of going back down again. I can't take much more. I long to hear the words.."let the furnace go" ....not sure if it'll happen or not this year. Have a good day !!! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:08:18 EST don't let someone else define you <img src=""> I have always tried my hardest at what I do. I was always told by my father that if I gave it my best no one can expect anything more. How can someone give more then that? Not everyone's expectations for themselves are the same. Everyone is unique in their own way. This is what makes us human, and an individual person. I also have been told you can't go looking for your ideals outside of yourself. Its not what the world bring... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:14:14 EST lost and found <img src=""> Since I have finally buckled down and gotten serious about wanting to loose weight, I've lost 5 pounds in two weeks. I've also discovered I've almost lost my double chin and found my rib cage again. Not sure if that counts as a non scale victory but I have just the same. Id been without either for almost four years since I was told my son was going to be born. Funny how you don't really stop long enough to notice such things... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:17:59 EST I got bored <img src=""> I decided to shovel my pathway up to my garage. Then I needed a path from the back of the house to the woodshed to get more wood. I can't depend on my overstressed husband to do it for me so I'm on my own. Here is a picture of my path I made. The snow has finally stopped and is knee high. I wish I could figure out how to post pictures turned the right way....aggravating!! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:58:22 EST my work in progress <img src=""> My best friend is going to have some major surgery soon and I started crochetting this blanket for her. Its half way done and wanted your thoughts on border color. I've still got two more larger squares to make, so not sure except trying to think ahead on a border color....any thoughts? Thanks Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:46:53 EST life strikes again This week has been very difficult for me so far. I'm able to log into spark but unable to get points for my emails. Anyway, my mother in law called me Mon at work to tell me my son hadn't eaten or drinken all morning. So I said I'm just about done I'll be there. In the meantime I called the dr and they say let him come in in an hour. (I'm a half .hr away from my .mil) I say ok and fly to get him. I get there just in time only to wait a half .hr to see the dr. Next think I'm faced with a secur... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:48:13 EST I seriously need a buddy I'm not sure what most people expect but I need someone to be accountable to and also to be a friend. I'm also not exactly how the whole thing works either, help!! All I seem to do is clean house because that's my job. I clean two places each day then come home and clean my own. Least until I'm exhausted and flop on my rocking chair. I also haul wood once a day for our outside wood furnace, and chase after my puppy when she's run off to the neighbors. Which is a long ways off. In the summer I... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:09:37 EST walk a mile in some else's shoes Many times I think about what someone else may think of what I'm doing during the course of a day's time and think why bother? My life is very hectic and confusing and I am always being thrown curve balls. My friend from church who has no job nor any children stopped by to see how I was. We'd agreed to read a book of her choosing and go over it. I tried to tell her I'm honestly not sure how or when I could meet with her to discuss it. She tells me I have to carve out time to do it. There are ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:22:36 EST my fur baby <img src=""> I've wanted to get a picture of my pup up for a while now and haven't been able to. She's an American eskimo and about 6 1/2 months old. Her name is Snowflake. She's got more energy then me at times. She's a pill but keeps me hopping. She likes to run off to the very back of the yard where its swampy and be gone for a while. She also likes for me to come chase her. So some of my weight loss lately has been from chasing her ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:29:00 EST cool I figured it out!! <img src=""> I've wanted to write a blog but haven't been able too. Well as you can see my furnace is frozen. It happened twice last year and so far once this. All we have to do is drain the water and ice out of the line and it should be ok. The weather has been friged this week. Kids have had two days where they've gone to school late because of below zero temps. I despise winter it's beautiful if you don't have to go anywhere. Well my pi... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:48:58 EST a very heavy heart I had to take my little guy to the doctor's because I suspected an ear infection. Why does mom have to be right? He's got one all right. He's also always had a murmur, I've been told they will out grow them much as my older boys have. Well this one seems much different. She says it's a systalic murmur and because of family history of cardiomyopothy, she wants to get him an echocardiogram done. Then tells me not to get stressed about it. Uhmmmm too late!!! I knew it was gonna be one of them I... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:19:56 EST have a merry Christmas!! I wanted ti wish everyone a very merry Christmas! Lately time seems to be slipping away from me so quickly I can't turn around. My father in law is slowly on the mend, becoming frustrated because he can't do much as of now and doesn't understand the word rest. Well I suppose I don't much either. He's a farmer who is 79 and not retired yet....but forcibly retired due to his kidney surgery to get rid of his stones. He's never known how to stop and enjoy life until now. My husband's the same wa... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:42:26 EST what does my exercise routine consist of? Many days it seems to revolve around my schedule but many days I do a lot of cleaning. Does it count as exercise ? My day starts out getting the furnace set for a few hours, then the kids off to school, my youngest to his grandmother's, then it's off to work. I get my client his meds, take him forabreakfast or make it whichever he wants, get back, then I start in cleaning. I strip his bed, throw it in the laundry, remake his bed with different sheets. Then I move to the kitchen. Doing dishes,... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:41:27 EST my crazy world! This month seems to be holding its own craziness already. First off, my fil has been dealing with bladder stones, he's set for surgery on Dec 4th on his kidneys and prostate. I guess they're going to see if the cancer has come back. Plus they'll take care of the stones in his bladder. My sister has an ekg set for Monday this coming week. She keeps blacking out and then don't know why. Then my mom is going in for a complete upper and lower .gi scan to see what's going on with her stomach. Also... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:59:20 EST I'm too relieved to grieve! My life is changing yet once again. My mom has hired someone else to do my job with my sister and I'm not upset by it! I feel as though the weight of the world has been lifted off me and about 100lbs lighter. As the song says, I'm too relieved to grieve. I have picked up two more clients and yes the pay may be less, and it's dropped me to 20 hours s week between them and my current client, but I'm not worried about it at all. I'm doing just the opposite, for the first time I'm at complete pea... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 02:43:09 EST chocolate apple pie smoothie Here is a recipe I love to make <BR> <BR> 1 apple peeled and chopped <BR> 1 banana broken into pieces <BR> 1/2 tsp honey <BR> 1/2 tsp cinnamon <BR> 1 tsp baking cocoa <BR> 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder <BR> 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (your favorite kind) <BR> 1 cup of milk, or as much to make it a little thin...your desired amount of thickness <BR> <BR> Blend all together and enjoy! <BR> <BR> My boys love this recipe as well. It seems to go over well with a teething almost three yr old. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:48:07 EST 10/17/14 Seems like everything is getting to me lately and I've become overwhelmed with life. I've had too many things going on at once, I'm not sure where to put .my attention first. I've been called a piece of trash by someone I once considered a good friend, which hurt but I'm no longer friends with them after about 20 years. Its really sad that hurting people need to hurt others to make themselves feel worth while. I feel many days as though I'm running around so fast I run past myself many times ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:17:55 EST