MUSICMOMOF2's SparkPeople Blog MUSICMOMOF2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community June 26, 2016 Another day of being totally exhausted. Even at church this morning I felt just out of sorts. I made it through though. Then it was out of there to get home and make the casserole for the family reunion. Once that was done, we had a little snack and then headed for Lamoni. It was nice to see family even though I don't really remember most of them. They all remember me though. I definitely take after that side of my family though. I'm still told how much I look like my grandma Cleta (FYI, she ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:53:31 EST June 25, 2016 I had a mostly quiet Saturday. I dealt with more laundry today and I think that I'm finally caught up! <BR> <BR> Tonight we had a birthday party to go to for my niece. She just had her second birthday on the 21st. I wasn't in the mood, but of course we had to go. I am glad that we went definitely, but now I'm even more tired. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 178 of no Diet Dew. Food was good most of the day. Did enjoy some cake and ice cream at the party. <BR> 2. Fitness: This mornin... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:58:06 EST June 24, 2016 Ah, Friday. Of course, it's really just another day. My Thursdays are really the end of my work week, unless you count Sundays... Anyway, I was up at 5:00 as normal after another crappy night of sleep. Not sure what the deal is, but I'm guessing it's maybe hormone related... I decided to do yoga this morning to just stretch. Jacob was up after 7:30 and I finally woke Matthew up after 8:00. I left them home while I went to get groceries. Once I was done with grocery shopping I made two other ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:40:07 EST June 23, 2016 I am finally enjoying some peace and quiet tonight. It was so needed. This poor mama is just worn out. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today wasn't too horrible. I actually left the boys home while I headed to work. They were busy working on cutting thistles. It was their punishment/chore to earn back swimming after the way they acted yesterday. It was nice to not have to worry about them interrupting me. Once I got home I tackled some laundry. The boys played a game and then went back to the thistles aft... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:41:44 EST June 22, 2016 I am so ready for this day to be over with. I am just exhausted again. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the day started with my workout which always feels great. I got the boys up and got my shower taken. Once we had all eaten we headed to the church. I do love these slow weeks at work, but at the same time I hate them. Nothing to do! I was waiting for Pastor to finally come over for our meeting and then I had some stuff to work on. The biggest thing that is annoying me now is that some members of the cou... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:19:26 EST Letter to the Praise team Oh how I would love to just put this out there, but I'm too introverted to do that. So, I'll post it here to get it off of my chest. <BR> <BR> Dear Praise team, <BR> <BR> I have been a part of this group for almost 10 years (it will be 10 years in August). I am the only original member that hasn't taken a break from the group. I would appreciate the respect that I deserve. I am at practice every week. I can't pick and choose which practices to come to. If I have to be gone for some reason,... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:20:54 EST June 21, 2016 Oh, 13-year-old drama today. Not sure what his issue is, but good grief! Between picking on his brother and just being annoying.... <BR> <BR> Anyway, other than that, today wasn't too bad. It started with work, which was very slow today. It's one of those "quiet" weeks and then Pastor ended up not coming in so we didn't have our meeting. I still stayed until 10:00 though. Once home I got supper in the crock pot, washed the dishes, ate lunch, and made Jacob's allergist appointment and our eye... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:26:56 EST June 20, 2016 Happy first day of summer! We finally got some much needed rain. Still not quiet enough, but it was something. Hopefully it will actually cool things down. <BR> <BR> This morning the boys and I headed for Creston. We dropped off Matthew's trombone for maintenance and then headed to Walmart to get the things that I needed. We enjoyed lunch at Subway and we were home by noon! I love it! <BR> <BR> Overall, it was a pretty good day. There was only one little incident with the boys. Not exactly... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:48:27 EST June 19, 2016 It was a pretty good day, but I am exhausted! <BR> <BR> The day started with church. The service itself was great, but Pastor's sermon was a bit depressing and long. It's odd because I usually enjoy his sermons. Anyway, Mike did decide that he wanted to go out to eat, so we went to Adair to eat at the Chuckwagon (home of the best burger in Iowa 2016). Yummy. It was our first time eating there. Not sure why because it was delicious and so worth the calories! <BR> <BR> We got back home and I... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:47:45 EST June 18, 2016 I had a fairly quiet day. I really didn't do much and I had no place to go. Mike and the boys headed to Greenfield to help with a volunteer project for 4-H. So, I had a little bit of time to myself. Mike's original plan was to go for a bike ride on the High Trestle Trail tonight and earlier both boys said that they didn't want to go. Well, Jacob and Mike did end up going, but Matthew stayed home. He has been working on some things, so it has been a nice evening. I wasn't able to watch some DV... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:05:02 EST June 17, 2016 Today would have been my Grammie Rose's 89th birthday. She's been gone for over a year, but I still miss her. Her Facebook page is still up, so there was the notification to wish her a happy birthday. Bittersweet, but I know that she is dancing with Grampie in heaven. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was an okay day. Jacob and I headed to Greenfield to get groceries. We stopped at the pool first because he had left his goggles there last night (lessons were going on, so I knew that we'd be able to get t... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:03:47 EST June 16, 2016 I can definitely say that I had a better day today. There were still a few moments with the boys, but I managed to keep my anger at bay. I'd just go to the bedroom, take a few breaths and say a quick prayer to calm myself down. Whew! <BR> <BR> So, my day - started with my workout then Jacob and I headed to the church for work. Matthew stayed home and finished planting his seeds and let Gypsy out. While at work, Jacob got bored and since the library didn't open until 9:30 he decided that he w... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:57:55 EST June 15, 2016 The boys are home.... <BR> <BR> My parents actually got to where we were meeting right at the same time as I did, so we had plenty of time to get back for their appointments. All was well at the doctor. Yay! <BR> <BR> It hasn't been that great of a day. The boys have been bickering pretty much since they got in the car. So frustrating. I had at least hoped that we could have one day without fighting. I was wrong. <BR> <BR> Tonight was Praise team practice. I'm still fighting the urge to ju... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:41:29 EST June 14, 2016 Another day almost over. It was another pretty good day. I went to work this morning and got some things done. I then swung by Casey's to fill the car up. The rest of the day was at home. I'm still laughing because I watched "The Lego Movie" without the boys! They saw it when it was in the theater, but I wasn't able to go with them. Too funny. The rest of the day has just been reading. I didn't tackle any housework! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 167 of no Diet Dew. Food was okay, b... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:22:02 EST June 13, 2016 I had a wonderfully relaxing day! I managed to get 6 loads of laundry done and straightened up things around the house. I love my boys, but it is nice to get a break from them <em>211</em> . Mike and I enjoyed a meal out tonight and again so nice to not be stressing about the boys fighting. We still have to work out the logistics for getting them home, but I should have tomorrow too. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 166 of no Diet Dew. Food wasn't too bad even with eating out, I tr... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:39:25 EST June 12, 2016 Another long day, but it was a fun day. It started off with church this morning - the normal Youth Sunday. The only glitch was the computer quit working, so there were no words on the screens for the last 3 songs. Not sure what happened, but it's a good thing that I do print full bulletins for the Praise team to use! <BR> <BR> We had a few hours at home before heading to the piano recital. I got the cheesy potatoes put in the crock pot and cleaned my floors. Then we headed to the recital. Th... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:02:24 EST June 11, 2016 I'm so glad that this day is almost over. I really hope that the cooler weather is coming. It's too early for upper 90s! <BR> <BR> I stayed home all day and got cupcakes made for the piano recital and brownies made for church (didn't really want to...). Now I am ready to crash! I did get a few loads of laundry done. I decided to wait until after church tomorrow to clean all the floors. Mike mowed today, so there will be grass everywhere - why sweep twice, right? <BR> <BR> My mood has been l... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:09:42 EST June 10, 2016 Oh boy are the moods flowing here. I'm not even sure what started it, but Matthew is now in an absolutely aggravating bad mood. Ugh. Of course, because of that I'm in a bad upset mood now. I'm almost ready to just go to bed. Is this really what the teen years are going to be like? <BR> <BR> Anyway, it really wasn't too bad of a day. The boys had their dentist appointments this morning. We left to head to town early so that I could run a few errands before. After their appointments we stopped... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:59:28 EST June 9, 2016 Well, it's my baby boy's 10th birthday. Where is the time going? <BR> <BR> I had a quiet day at home. I wasn't feeling the greatest this morning and they had decided to go "park hopping" at various parks in Adair County and ended up at the Guthrie Center Aquatic Park this afternoon. They did have a great time. I enjoyed the time at home. I got my grocery list made up for tomorrow and got several loads of laundry done. All in all a good day even though it started off kind of icky. My stomach ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:44:02 EST July 8, 2016 A pretty normal Wednesday today. My mood was up and down with the boys. It's not that they were bad, but they would just say things that I took personally even though they were really just joking. They weren't meaning to be mean. I suppose that I'm just tired. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I actually left them home and went in to work. I got the Traditional bulletins printed and then came home. They had cleaned their rooms while I was gone! Tonight was Praise team practice and I still was not in the moo... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 21:53:48 EST June 7, 2016 A pretty normal day here. It started with work - it's a quiet week, so I really didn't have a lot to work on, but I managed to get little things done, plus had my meeting with Pastor. The rest of the day has been at home. I got supper put in the crock pot after we had lunch, then I threw in a load of laundry and did get the dining room dusted and vacuumed. I know that I'll probably have to go over everything again before Sunday, but it's nice to get it partially done. I at least found the din... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:05:08 EST June 6, 2016 Well, my oldest son is now officially a teenager. He turned 13 today. They took off for Corning to go paddle-boating and fishing at Lake Icaria. I stayed home (outdoor stuff really isn't my thing) and did the grocery shopping and did some cleaning. I have a lot to get done this week. The other boy's birthday is Thursday (he'll be 10) and we are having their family birthday party on Sunday after the piano recital. So, cleaning has to be done this week. I did get the living room dusted and swep... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 20:12:12 EST June 5, 2016 So glad to be home! We had a fun weekend and it was great to see everyone, but I will be so glad to sleep in my own bed tonight. <BR> <BR> Friday started bright and early. I got up at 3:00 a.m. (yes I really did) and got a short workout in before getting everyone else up. We were out the door before 5:00 and on the road to St. Louis. We took snacks and lunch stuff with us, so most of our stops were bathroom breaks and then the stop to eat our lunch. We made it to the hotel and ironically we... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:16:22 EST June 2, 2016 Another day that felt crazier than it actually was. It started off with work. The boys did head to the local library, so I had the last hour to myself while the bulletins printed. I did get quite a bit done so things next week shouldn't take too long. When I was done I headed to Casey's to fill the car up and pick up the boys (the library is right across the street). We came home and I worked on getting laundry done and started packing. As of now I think that pretty much everything is packed ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 20:03:35 EST June 1, 2016 It was a pretty good day. I definitely enjoyed not having to go to Praise team practice tonight! I know that I shouldn't say that, because I love Praise team, but I needed the break. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm in need of some advice or just words of encouragement. Both of my boys are taking piano lessons and they have the talent, we just struggle with getting them to practice. Jacob is already saying that he wants to quit after the recital (that is part of it, he doesn't like the recitals) and no... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:26:34 EST May 31, 2016 I cannot believe that it is the last day of May! Things have finally calmed down schedule-wise, but of course now the boys are out of school. I just can't win can I <em>211</em> <em>246</em> (I am kidding, by the way). It was a pretty good day. It helped that the weather was just right. We headed in to the church so that I could get some work done. The boys were pretty much outside the whole time, so no fighting! We got home and they went upstairs and were playing with Legos. (still no ... Tue, 31 May 2016 20:37:20 EST May 30, 2016 I hope that everyone had a blessed Memorial Day. I enjoyed a fairly quiet day at home. I still got up at normal time so that I could get my workout done before everyone got up. I did have a few hours to myself while Mike and the boys went to town to do some things. That was the extent of my day! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 152 of no Diet Dew. Food was okay. <BR> 2. Fitness: I did Jessica Smith's Walk On: Fat Burning Miles. I did all 5 miles with the warm up and cool down. Love ha... Mon, 30 May 2016 20:49:50 EST May 29, 2016 I have had a pretty good day. This morning's church service was good. Always is when it's a healing Sunday. I did have a little bit of an issue this afternoon with my mood, but Mike and the boys headed out to go fishing, so I had some good time to myself. I really needed it. Now they are off to the 4-H meeting, so a little bit more time. I am feeling better now. I just needed that recharge time. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 151 of no Diet Dew. Food was okay. I did enjoy a slice o... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:29:05 EST May 28, 2016 I didn't get a lot of alone time today. A little bummed about that, but oh well. Since the weather was questionable they didn't go on a bike ride. Matthew did go to a friend's house until tomorrow, so it is a little bit quieter. I did manage to get a few loads of laundry done, plus did a little bit of cleaning. Not a lot of energy to work with today, so I mostly just took it easy. I do laugh though - I turned down my UP challenge of going for 15,000 steps - well, I hit it anyway. The bonus of... Sat, 28 May 2016 20:42:25 EST May 27, 2016 I survived my crazy morning. Unfortunately the day started with me waking up at 3:30 and not being able to get back to sleep. Needless to say I'm ready for bed and it's barely 8:00! <BR> <BR> Anyway, after my workout, shower and getting the boys out the door for the last half day of school, I had my breakfast and then I was out the door. I stopped by the church to put away the keyboard and the monitors since we left them out Wednesday night after practice. There is a funeral tomorrow morning... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:59:33 EST May 25 & 26, 2016 Wednesday: <BR> <BR> I realized after I shut down my computer last night that I didn't blog. I was just a little bit worn out. I did get the newsletter done and mailed and got the bulletins ready to be printed. Praise team practice was last night and it went well, I'm just exhausted and so ready for a break. I love playing for Praise team, but with all the extra accompanying that I've done for the past two months, I'm getting burned out. I will get a break next week. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:23:56 EST May 24, 2016 Well, I didn't accomplish as much as I planned today. I had hoped to get the newsletter done at work, but I was waiting to hear back from a few people as to whether or not they had stuff for the newsletter. The deadline was last Friday, but I like to give a little leeway. Anyway, I got 3 of the pages printed and folded and partially assembled. I need to print the calendar/schedule and one other page tomorrow and then I should be able to get it done. Once home I did a load of laundry and did ... Tue, 24 May 2016 21:52:23 EST May 23, 2016 I had a great day today and the rain even held off for me! <BR> <BR> I headed for Des Moines and my first stop was Kohl's to make some returns. I looked around a little bit, but wasn't really in a clothing shopping mood (weird, I know). I then headed for Walgreens because Jacob had a disposable camera that I needed to get developed. Well, they don't do 1-hour processing anymore, so I'll have to go back next week to pick them up. Grrrrr.... Then it was off to Target, which was my main goal. ... Mon, 23 May 2016 20:08:20 EST May 21 & 22, 2016 I was tired when we got home last night, so I didn't blog. <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> I enjoyed a nice quiet day at home while Mike and the boys headed out on a bike ride. I decided that I'll wait until Monday to go to Des Moines. I was just too worn out. I got a few loads of laundry done and did some reading and then it was off to Winterset to meet the rest of my family at Pizza Ranch to celebrate my dad's birthday (he'll be 70 on the 24th). We had a good time. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutr... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:51:45 EST May 20, 2016 It's been a good Friday. I started with having to take Matthew to the high school for small group practice (only 1 left). I came back home and had my breakfast and got ready to head back for my chiropractor appointment. Then it was a stop at ShopKo to get some Mucinex D and then headed to Fareway to get groceries. I was home before 10:00! I enjoyed a quiet day at home. Did do a load of laundry and cleaned up the kitchen. Then it was back to Greenfield for the retirement reception. I still c... Fri, 20 May 2016 21:15:58 EST May 19, 2016 I have had a pretty good day. It started with my doctor appointment. It was a follow-up to all the blood work that I had back in December pertaining to my iron levels. She also decided to check my thyroid and my Vitamin D level to see what they say pertaining to my low energy. I couldn't remember if I had had my thyroid level checked back in September. Once done there I headed to Subway to grab some breakfast. I had time before I had to be at the high school, so I ran some little errands to h... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:44:17 EST May 18, 2016 Okay, not liking the new Spark page set up.... <BR> <BR> Anyway, today was fairly calm. Matthew ended up not having early morning practice, so I had a little extra time to get ready this morning. I headed to work and got the programs for Baccalaureate printed (still not sure why I had to do it, never done it before) and actually went ahead and printed the bulletins for the Traditional service. Then I enjoyed some quiet time at home which was nice because I am just dragging for some reason. T... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:45:40 EST May 17, 2016 Today wasn't too bad. I started out at work. I didn't have a lot to really work on, but I did find little things before Pastor came in for our meeting. I had to leave early to head to the middle school for a meeting with Matthew's TAG teacher. We were discussing his PEP for next year and whether or not he would be moved up in Math. He is already accelerated in Reading and Language Arts, but Math had been a possibility a few years ago. I'm not sure what exactly his going on with him right now,... Tue, 17 May 2016 20:07:32 EST May 16, 2016 Well, I thought that I was done with the accompanying... I got an email from NV's band director today. One of the soloists that I played for volunteered to play as part of the prelude for Baccalaureate Wednesday night. Of course I said yes. The bonus is that I just need to be there early to run through the song. No extra practice time. <BR> <BR> I had a nice relaxing day today. I did a little bit of cleaning, but the for the most part I just relaxed. I got 3 magazines read and watched some D... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:05:29 EST May 15, 2016 Well, school accompanying is done for the school year! Well, that's what I'm telling myself since the NV director hasn't contacted me at all about whether or not he needs me for graduation. So, I'm done. <BR> <BR> I had a fairly busy, but not crazy Sunday. Church was at 9:30 this morning. It was a combined service for Confirmation. I did let myself sleep the extra hour. I had debating getting up at normal time and doing some yoga, but I figured that I needed the sleep. The service went well... Sun, 15 May 2016 20:49:03 EST May 14, 2016 I am so tired and stressed out today. It's mostly just the mood that I'm in after having been home with Jacob since Wednesday. I love my boy, but there is that little part of me - the selfish part - that misses out on my alone "me" time. Today wasn't bad. I got up at my normal time, even though I usually sleep in on Saturday, and got my workout done. I was at Fareway when they opened at 8:00 to get groceries and then came home and Mike and Matthew left to help pick up food for Scouting for Fo... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:52:16 EST May 13, 2016 I am starting to go stir-crazy! I really haven't gone anywhere for the past three days. I did "escape" for a little bit yesterday and then tonight to print bulletins, but other than that I've been stuck at home with Jacob. I've been fine but tonight it is really getting to me. Part of it is that Matthew is being annoying! <BR> <BR> Anyway, today wasn't too bad really. Jacob was starting to feel better. We watched 3 Looney Tunes DVDs and he was looking at his baseball card book. He did take a... Fri, 13 May 2016 21:27:34 EST May 12, 2016 Well, it ends up that Jacob has an ear infection and I'm guessing possibly a sinus infection (hence the horrible headache). His fever did go down, but it's back again. Not sure why he's been hit so hard this time, but it is awful. My poor baby. So, my day was full of taking care of him. We watched some Looney Tunes and he just rested. I got a few loads of laundry done and did a little bit of cleaning done. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 134 of no Diet Dew. Food has been good. <BR> ... Thu, 12 May 2016 20:55:56 EST May 11, 2016 Well, I was home today with a sick boy - just a fever and aches, but enough that I really could tell he did not feel well. The fever never did break, so he is staying home again tomorrow and I have an appointment scheduled for him in the morning. It messes up my schedule, but my boys come first! The one bonus thing that happened today is that Praise team practice was cancelled for tonight. I know that shouldn't really be a good thing, but I needed the break. We are only doing 3 songs on Sund... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:28:09 EST May 10, 2016 My last super busy day of the school year! Yay! The day started with having to take Matthew to Greenfield for small group practice and then I headed to work early. I worried that I wasn't going to have anything to work on, but ended up finding something that kept me busy until Pastor came in for our meeting. I enjoyed a few hours at home and then headed to Adair-Casey to practice the graduation song with the HS Choir. I am so ready for that to be done. It is about a 50 minute drive round trip... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:18:49 EST May 9, 2016 Another wonderfully relaxed day at home today. The migraine was still lurking this morning, but I did some yoga and just took it easy today and it seems to be gone. We'll see if that is the case in the morning. I did get some stuff done today - 7 loads of laundry, plus I got some doctor appointments scheduled for both myself (blood work follow up from December to check my iron level) next week and well child visits for the boys next month, plus my annual exam in September (my doctor is so aw... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:07:13 EST May 8, 2016 Well, I had a pretty good Mother's Day, other than the massive migraine that I've been dealing with. Church went well and then we headed for Creston. I still hadn't actually decided where I wanted to eat, but we ended up at The Windrow. Enjoyed a very yummy meal. We then stopped at Walmart and I broke down and bought some Excedrin Migraine to see if I could get rid of this headache. It was so bad today that I was feeling nauseous. I haven't had one that bad in a while. The joys of after conc... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:38:58 EST May 7, 2016 I had an amazingly wonderful day! First off I tried to sleep in, but obviously my body likes to wake up at 5:00! I glanced at the clock and tried to go back to sleep. Only succeeded in about 40 more minutes. So after the busy crazy week, I wasn't even able to get some extra sleep. To top it off, the migraine that I've been fighting all week was finally able to take hold. Even with that I have enjoyed my day. I didn't have anywhere to go and really nothing to do. I did do a few loads of laund... Sat, 7 May 2016 21:11:24 EST May 6, 2016 Well I survived contest tonight, only to come home to World War III (over a computer, in case you are wondering). I don't have the emotional or physical energy to deal with this. Good grief... <BR> <BR> Anyway, the day started with taking Matthew to the high school and then I swung by the church to print off the music from the Bedford director. I did play through it a couple of times. Luckily it wasn't super hard, so I handled it. I came home and had my breakfast and started a load of laund... Fri, 6 May 2016 21:59:03 EST May 5, 2016 What a crazy day! <BR> <BR> It started with work - which was normal - just printing the bulletins. Then I ran a few errands before heading to Nodaway Valley. I was actually early and he was surprised to see me! Good grief. So I got that practicing out of the way and headed home for lunch. Here's where things go crazy - I get a phone call on my cell phone and almost didn't answer it. It was the choir director from Bedford. He needs an accompanist for large group contest tomorrow and he got my... Thu, 5 May 2016 23:01:33 EST