MUSICMOMOF2's SparkPeople Blog MUSICMOMOF2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community July 27, 2016 Such an emotional day. First off, I need to mention last night's rehearsal. The Praise team met after the visitation to get microphones marked and we ended up running through "Where I Belong". All I can say is wow. So much emotion in that song last night. We finished and everyone was in tears. Of course, the fact that Zoey was right there in front of us was a big part of it (the visitation was at the church). Anyway, I managed to start printing some of the bulletins during that time, so manag... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:41:10 EST July 26, 2016 It has been a long day and it's not even over yet. <BR> <BR> I started my day with my workout and then it was just off and going. I headed in to work a little early hoping to get the newsletter done today. Well, I had so many interruptions that I only managed to get it printed, folded and assembled. I'll finish it tomorrow while printing the 600 funeral bulletins (that's a lot of bulletins). Yes, they are expecting 600 people to attend Zoey's funeral tomorrow. They have chairs set up in the ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:27:29 EST July 25, 2016 So tired tonight. I slept better, but summer is just messing with my sleep schedule. At least the county fair is over, so no getting home late for the rest of the family! <BR> <BR> It was a fairly quiet day. Matthew did a lot of reading. We played a game of Yahtzee and watched "Inside Out". I'd had the DVD from Netflix for a while and Jacob never wanted to watch it, so we took advantage of him being gone to watch it. Cute movie. I did do a little bit of cleaning, but I just wasn't very motiv... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:43:36 EST July 24, 2016 Well, it's been a crazy few days! <BR> <BR> Friday - After a very crappy night's sleep, I woke up with a migraine. After a while we realized that the central air wasn't working. It was blowing air, but not cold air. On a super hot day, really? Luckily the boys and I were heading for Des Moines, so it ended up being okay. We had a pretty good day. There were no fights, not a lot of arguing. I was glad that we all went. Anyway we get home and get stuff put away and of course the house is just ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:43:28 EST July 21, 2016 It ended up being a very rough day - emotionally. I was getting ready to head out the door for work and saw a post on Facebook talking about being in shock and to stop in and have an ice cream in memory of Zoey. What? So I start scrolling and just see mostly cryptic posts about her being gone, but no explanation as to what happened. I asked on one post and then headed out the door. I finally found out. 17-year-old Zoey lost her life in Tennessee in a motorcycle accident. So sad. She was on va... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:07:51 EST July 20, 2016 It is so hot and it's only going to get worse this week. We are under an extreme heat warning through Saturday. Nothing like perfect timing for the Adair County Fair! And then the Nodaway Valley boys are playing a baseball game tonight in Creston. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Overall it was a pretty good day. Work went smoothly. I got the agendas done and printed, so that's one annoying task off of my list. We had a few hours at home before it was time to head to the fairgrounds for 4-H judging. Both boys... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:10:20 EST July 19, 2016 It was a pretty good day. My left shoulder, along the shoulder blade (so I'm guessing it's just a knot) is sore, so it's giving me a headache. Ugh. I used some Deep Blue Rub on it after my shower this morning and I've been stretching it throughout the day and it just won't let go! Of course, then Jacob wanted me to play some basketball with him after supper... <BR> <BR> Work went well this morning. I actually had some stuff to work on (or at least found some stuff to work on) before my meeti... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:57:30 EST July 18, 2016 A nice day at home with no place to have to be. I did get my kitchen cleaned, but never did tackle any laundry, other than putting stuff that I washed yesterday away. It was a pretty good day. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to figure out this whole work thing. I don't remember if I mentioned that I met with one of the council members last Thursday and he was talking about people that would show up and walk down to the office and I wouldn't be there. Now he was talking older people that the stair... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:07:30 EST July 17, 2016 I had a pretty good Sunday. Started with church this morning. I am always amazed at how many fewer people there are at church in the summer. Of course, we tend to always have a last minute "flood" when we start the service at 8:30! The service went well. I got my music ready for tonight's practice and then headed out. I had to go put gas in the car and in the process ended up with the boys. Huh? Mike had them in the pick-up, but he stopped to look at something and the boys decided the wanted ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:37:00 EST July 16, 2016 Today didn't really turn out like I thought it would. I let myself sleep in, so I did finally get a good 8 hours of sleep! I got up and got my workout done and had my breakfast. While I was in the shower, Mike got a call that he needed to go in to work (ugh), so it was me and the boys. Matthew went to a friend's house for a sleepover, but he didn't leave until 11:30. Luckily Mike was home by then. The rest of the afternoon just was blah. Jacob was in and out of the house, so I never really go... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:19:54 EST July 15, 2016 I am so tired... So we didn't go out to eat tonight. Matthew had already made plans with a friend to go to the pool anyway, so we wouldn't have had a lot of time. Anyway, I'm enjoying a nice quiet house while they are all gone. I desperately needed it! <BR> <BR> This morning was the last day of basketball camp. I dropped Jacob off and headed to Fareway to get groceries. Does anybody know if they actually train the workers to bag groceries? I know that I'm picky, but I'd appreciate all of my ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:41:58 EST July 14, 2016 Well, it ended up being an interesting day... for our 15th Anniversary. <BR> <BR> The morning was full of taking Jacob to basketball camp and then heading to work. I met with one of the council members, so that delayed printing the bulletins just a little bit. Due to that, it was 11:00 before I even got out of there, so I called Matthew and told him that I was heading to Greenfield to get some milk and pick up Jacob. Finally got home after noon. <BR> <BR> The afternoon was the usual bicker... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:45:01 EST July 13, 2016 Well, today was a little better. Still some issues with the boys being boys, but other than that... <BR> <BR> Work was better. I decided to send an email to council this morning. I actually typed it up at home and saved it as a draft, to give it a chance to just sit. When I got to work I read through it, made a few changes and clicked send. The funny thing is that I felt peace when I sent it, not nerves. So I know that it was the right thing to do. I did get a few responses that were actuall... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:28:04 EST July 12, 2016 Oh boy, what a day. Where yesterday was actually fairly calm, today was the opposite. I got Jacob dropped off at basketball camp and then headed to work. I made Matthew go with me because I really didn't trust leaving him. Of course he was "bored" the majority of the time. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Work was just weird. Pastor and I had our meeting, which is usual for a Tuesday. We ended up spending most of the time talking about the Council meeting this past Sunday. They are still insisting that I post... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:03:21 EST July 11, 2016 It was a fairly quiet day. Jacob started basketball camp at the high school this morning so I had to take him over for that. Once I got him checked in I stopped at Fareway to get some more milk (good grief I just bought 2 gallons on Friday) and then came home. I enjoyed a quiet morning - Matthew was up in his room reading. I headed back to pick Jacob up then we came home and finally had lunch. The rest of the day the boys pretty much kept to themselves, so there wasn't a lot of drama for a ch... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:52:54 EST July 10, 2016 So it was a pretty good Sunday. First off I didn't have to play this morning and Mike ended up taking Matthew in for practice before, so I enjoyed a little extra time at home with Jacob. We worked on the puzzle for a little bit before heading out. The service went well and was actually done at 9:20. Not sure why it went so fast, but it did. I still feel weird being there and not playing. I think it makes Kim nervous too. Anyway, it was nice to actually be able to sing the songs - of course I ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:07:10 EST July 9, 2016 Good grief! Jacob has been up and down today and this mama can't take it any more! We'll be going along fine and then boom. It's is usually when he's not getting something right away, but good grief. I can't handle it. We were just working on a puzzle and it was fine and then it was time for him to take his shower and he asked about watching baseball. I said no and now he's "you never let us do anything!". Ugh. <BR> <BR> Other than Jacob's little mood swings, which have set off my mood swin... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:46:25 EST July 8, 2016 It was a pretty good day. Jacob and I went to town to run some errands and get groceries while Matthew was still asleep (I didn't even try to wake him). The rest of the day was just at home until their hair cuts at 2:30. Matthew actually decided to get his all buzzed. He's been wanting to grow it out and it hasn't looked too bad, provided he actually combs it, but he decided that it would be cooler. So, he got it all cut off. He looks great! <BR> <BR> Now Mike and the boys are out. The boys ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:58:20 EST July 7, 2016 Woke up to thunderstorms at 2:30 this morning, managed to get back to sleep to have the phone ring at 4:50. It was 10 minutes before we normally get up, but that's 10 more minutes I would have liked to have! Mike ended up having to get in to work as quickly as he could. So, I've been dragging all day. <BR> <BR> First up was work - it all went well. I had to leave to take Matthew to the high school for his Springbrook Adventure trip. Then it was back to work to finish up the bulletins. Once d... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 21:00:58 EST July 6, 2016 I had a pretty good birthday. I attempted to sleep in this morning, but didn't succeed. It was nice not going to work today. No rushing around to get out the door this morning. The boys were actually pretty good this morning, so that helped too. <BR> <BR> This afternoon the original plan was to drop the boys off at the pool, but the pool ended up being closed because of algae. So, I took the boys with me to The Corner and we enjoyed Strawberry-Banana smoothies. Then the boys headed for the l... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 21:44:44 EST July 5, 2016 It's my birthday eve! Today wasn't too bad. I was feeling better for the most part, so that helped. I could have done without the steaming heat though. <BR> <BR> Work went well. I left the boys home with jobs to do - they got them done in like 15 minutes and then kept calling me. I did manage to get everything done that I needed to get done though. I made a quick trip to Greenfield to get some of my yogurt and they didn't have any! She did tell me that there would be some on the truck tomorr... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:11:34 EST July 4, 2016 Happy Independence Day! I am so ready to crash and I really didn't do a lot today. I'm still feeling just "ugh" and almost just wanted to stay home. Mike and Matthew headed out bright and early for the tractor ride. Jacob and I walked up to the intersection to see the tractors go by - they took gravel roads from Greenfield to Fontanelle, the intersection is less than half a mile from our house - and then walked back. Mike and Matthew did end up coming home, but we took the Camry back to Green... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 21:28:53 EST July 3, 2016 Today hasn't been too bad. I just felt off this morning though. The fluid in my ears was really making me feel just blah this morning. I feel a little better tonight, but I can't wait to get this taken care of. <BR> <BR> My day has been pretty calm. It started with church this morning and the rest of the day has just been relaxing. Mike and the boys headed to Clearfield for their annual Truck & Tractor Pull, but it ended up being cancelled, so they are on their way home now. Such a bummer (n... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:03:19 EST July 2, 2016 It ended up being a dreary and rainy day. I didn't think we were supposed to get rain all day, but we did. I'm not complaining though because we really did need it. <BR> <BR> I had a mostly quiet day. Mike and the boys were out working in the shop the majority of the day. Yay! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 185 of no Diet Dew. Portions were good. <BR> 2. Fitness: Jessica Smith's Walk Strong: Core Control and Gentle Yoga: Flow 1 - Neck & Shoulders. Loving the newest workouts! <BR> 3... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 20:17:20 EST July 1, 2016 Still can't believe that it's July! <BR> <BR> I had a nice day today. Mike took the day off so they headed out on a bike ride while I had a chiropractor appointment and got grocery shopping out of the way. I then enjoyed a quiet house. I got several loads of laundry done and just enjoyed my day. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 184 of no Diet Dew. Portions were okay. <BR> 2. Fitness: Jessica Smith's Walk Strong: Steady, Ready, Go! I think I'm going to love the new workouts! <BR> 3. P... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 21:53:14 EST June 30, 2016 Well, VBS is done. Today was nice. We headed in and I got the bulletins printed and any other little things done that needed to be done. Then I came home and enjoyed a quiet house, while tackling laundry, until they all got home after 5:00. So nice. We went back in for the program, and Jacob ended up not singing (makes me a little upset, I would have stayed home), but Matthew was helping. We took the Bronco in because it was clear (just a few clouds to the northeast and to the south). Well, a... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:24:59 EST June 29, 2016 Today was a pretty good day even with the lurking migraine. It never took full hold again, but it's lingering. <BR> <BR> Work went well this morning and I enjoyed my quiet time at home before having to pick the boys up. Then it was back in for Praise team practice tonight. Even though there were only 10 of us there, practice was kind of fun tonight. We have some good songs for Sunday, so that helps. We didn't really talk about the county fair since there weren't enough people there. It's goi... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:59:10 EST June 28, 2016 I woke up with a horrible headache this morning, so I started the day with some gentle yoga instead of anything strenuous. I did take some Excedrin Migraine after breakfast and that seemed to get rid of it and luckily the meds didn't mess with my stomach this time. I did feel like I flew through getting the newsletter done though! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, work went well obviously. I got the newsletter done and mailed out. I always love when that job is done. After dropping them off at ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:25:46 EST June 27, 2016 I had a pretty good day even though I've felt off all day. It's like that trying to get a headache, but it's not really taking effect type of feeling off. Does that make sense? I can't explain it. Anyway, I enjoyed my quiet house while the boys were at the church. It was definitely needed so that I could recharge. Now if I was only feeling better.... <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was a pretty uneventful day except for one thing. Apparently the Praise team is doing the church service at the Adair Cou... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:26:15 EST 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 June 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