PINKNFITCARLA's SparkPeople Blog PINKNFITCARLA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm a Grandma x4 now :-) My oldest daughter, Emily, gave birth to my fourth Grandchild on 7/8/15 :-) After multiple trips to the hospital with preterm labor from 32 weeks on, she went all the way to 38 weeks and delivered Tekla 2 days prior to her scheduled C-section. <BR> <BR> Here she is just 2-1/2 days after her C-section, already out walking all around the neighborhood! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Emily with AJ meeting his new siste... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:37:19 EST Baby Kinleigh :-)Born 11/18/14 This week brought the birth of my third Grandchild and first Granddaughter, Kinleigh Nikole. She was born Tuesday and looks so tiny! She was 6-9, so little compared to her big brother that was 8-15.5! <BR> <BR> Here are a couple pics of her: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:09:32 EST 4th of July Parade and Fireworks The awesome fireworks in Old Town Manassas. This video is just about 3 minutes of the whole thing. Sorry I couldn't get it to play facing the correct way , but it's still an incredible display. Each year an anonymous businessman donates 100,000 to the city for the festivities. They add that to their own budget and their fireworks always are the best around! <BR> <BR> We started the day with the 46th Annual Dale City Parade which is advertised as the biggest in Virginia. They had 150+ floats ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:36:17 EST Visiting Leesylvania Dave and I took advantage of the last day of a beautiful long weekend and went to a local state part, Leesylvania. I love it there. There are so many different trails to walk on, including a "Fit Trail" that has stations throughout that let you do different exercises. <BR> <BR> There are places to picnic and sit all throughout the park and there are gorgeous views. <BR> <BR> Here are a few of the places we hiked: <BR> <BR> This was one of my favorite views, it was taken sitting on the ben... Tue, 27 May 2014 21:53:29 EST Memorial Day Weekend/Aaron's Birthday I enjoyed a great day with friends and family! We missed Mom and Larry, Emily and Joey and Dave's sisters, Katherine and Barbara. <BR> <BR> We also celebrated Aaron's 26th birthday, which is tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pics: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:23:20 EST My little garden This is my little garden. Not as big as in prior years, but it will be fine for us. Here is Meghan tilling it. We rented a tiller and took turns doing it, when one got tired, the other took over for awhile. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some of our tomatoes, in our colorful tomato cages :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we have red, orange, yellow and several h... Sun, 18 May 2014 12:25:09 EST Rembering Lori. RIP my dear friend, our Little_Queen :-( I was so saddened to get the call this morning and hear that our dear sweet Lori (Little_Queen) had passed away overnight. We knew she had been sick but had heard she had a good day the day prior and were hopeful that things would start to turn around for her. <BR> <BR> I know she touched every soul that was fortunate enough to know her. She was so encouraging, so inspiring and such a good friend to so many of us. <BR> <BR> Almost 4 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lori, along wit... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:54:30 EST Getting ready for Christmas I love to decorate for holidays and am so happy to be in a new house. For those of you that don't know me very well, or those I haven't had a chance to really talk to in some time, my husband and I separated quite some time ago and in October, my daughter and I moved into our own house with my new boyfriend. We are making great memories together in our new life and we all had so much fun decorating this weekend. Here are a few of our pics. <BR> <BR> Close up of my penguin on the porch :-) <... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:15:24 EST Thanksgiving at Mom's My blog is a little late, but we had a great time at Mom's for Thanksgiving. It was a short trip for us because we had to get back to take care of the doggies, but it was still nice. Here are a few pics from that day: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:42:19 EST Halloween Party We had a nice time at the Halloween party last evening! Here's Meghan and I and what we wore: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the spider and monster eye eggs I made to take with us: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a few of us at the party: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:50:49 EST Washington Capitals Autograph Party~Let's go Caps!! Those that know me well, know I am a die hard Caps fan. I LOVE hockey and I love my Caps. I rarely miss a game. My daughter-in-law Amber's friend has season tickets. I wish I could afford them, but they are way out of my league price wise. I go to the occasional game as I can. Every year they have an autograph party at a local Amusement Park, Six Flags. This year her friend had two extra tickets and Amber invited me to go with her. It's a ticket exchange, you trade one of your season tickets... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:05:51 EST RIP Prancer :-( RIP Prancer <em>39</em> You along with the 7 other "reindeer" puppies were born right before Christmas in 2004. You gave us almost 9 wonderful years and you gave us our beautiful puppies, Mollie and Moxie and you gave Brandon and Lisa their feisty yet gorgeous and energetic Fiona. We love you and will miss you very much.....RIP beautiful girl, I hope you're running pain free with Blitzen (Cody) now. <BR> <BR> Prancer had breast cancer and was starting to not do well, having trouble get... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:13:53 EST Levi's 2nd Birthday Party! Today was Levi's 2nd birthday party. It was so nice being with friends and family, especially with Emily, Joey and AJ up from North Carolina to join us. Only wish Brandon and Lisa could have made it, but they did come to visit me yesterday with their two doggies. <BR> <BR> Here's a few pics. We had a great time. <BR> <BR> His cake: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Opening a few gifts: <BR> <img src=" Sun, 8 Sep 2013 23:21:36 EST Almost 4 year log in streak, I guess I'm a defintely a daily sparker! I have been on Spark People for 4 years now. In the beginning I didn't log on everyday, but starting in about October of 2009, I got involved in the Rootin' for Ruby team and their Sparktoberfest challenge and since then, I haven't missed a day and my sparkpoints have really gotten up there! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how your points can rack up by just going through and reading articles and tracking food and fitness... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:20:06 EST Meghan's high school graduation :-) After all of that rain on Friday, we had a beautiful day for Meghan's graduation yesterday! It did rain just a little at the end, but it quickly cleared and it was inside so it didn't really matter. Mom and Larry drove up for it which was really nice since her brothers and sister for various reasons were not able to be there. Afterwards we had a party at her friends house with parents and friends. It was a nice safe place for everyone to go and not worry about them out on the roads. <BR> <BR... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:29:56 EST My 1st week with The Spark Solution I have really enjoyed my 1st week with the Spark Solution! Even though I've been on SP for over 4 years, there are new things I have learned. I love the way the book makes it so easy to follow the plan. It is well put together and streamlined to help you make every day successful. <BR> <BR> I decided to try it to jump start my weight loss again since until very recently I'd been maintaining at a weight still well above my goal. I lost almost 2 lbs the first week and the book really helped m... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:32:04 EST Love this pic and bringing them home today I think this is my favorite picture of AJ so far! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's us yesterday: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's the big day that they get to come home. It still amazes me that they send a new Mom home less than 48 hours after a C-section there, our hospital (or rather insurance companies) allow anywhere from 3-5 days, with 4 being the average. That's not muc... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:19:56 EST I'm a Grandma again! AJ is here :-) Well, after a long day, AJ was born by c-secion at 7:14 pm. He weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and was 19 inches long. He's healthy and so adorable! She was completely dilated at noon, labored down til 4 when she started pushing and after 2 and a half hours she had no progress at all and his heart rate was in the 200's and then down to 80 so they called a C-section. After she stopped pushing his heart rate was normal so it wasn't done urgently. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:07:02 EST April is a big month in our family and Emily is getting closer! April is a busy month for me. First off, DH landed a full time job as a meter reader with a major power company in the area! Good benefits and pay, finally after no work since November. Next is my 27th wedding anniversary today-thank you to all of you for the goodies and well wishes on my spark page! <BR> <BR> Sunday is Emily's 23rd birthday, the 20th is my birthday (I will now be just one year away from 50!) and the 22nd is the day Emily's first baby, AJ is due! <BR> <BR> She's getting cl... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:35:18 EST Emily's Baby Shower with pictures! We arrived in North Carolina yesterday and had Emily's shower today. We had a lot of fun! Here are a few pics Mom and I wanted to share with our Spark friends <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's hard to see, but there's a little foot sticking out on the belly <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a cake for the Daddy :-) <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:04:59 EST Emily's sono-she's 33 weeks now Emily is moving right along in her pregnancy. She's doing quite well. She's tiny, so tiny in fact that the doctor ordered a sono to make sure everything is ok as she's consistently measured a few weeks to a month behind at her office visits. Well, today she had her sono and the baby is not behind at all. He's measuring 4 lbs 15 oz and he still has 6-1/2 weeks left. <BR> <BR> Here she is last week at 32 weeks: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:37:25 EST Meghan's surgery tomorrow Well, tomorrow is finally Meghan's long awaited sinus surgery. After months of being told it was allergies, a trip to the ENT told a different story. Her sinus CT scan showed multiple problems, requiring surgery to correct. We have to be at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg at 650 am tomorrow for a 745 surgery start. The surgery will be about 1/5-2 hrs and will hopefully correct all the problems. She has a completely occluded right maxillary sinus, a soft tissue mass that he said is ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:34:20 EST Today's sono pics Emily had her official sono today which confirmed that the unofficial one in my office was correct. AJ is indeed a boy :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here's a little foot: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And a nice profile pic with his mouth open: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He's growing quite well and as th... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:53:33 EST It's a boy :-) Today Emily and Joey came in for us to look at their baby and see if we could tell it's sex. She is 18 weeks today. It was so nice to see her on her short trip here from NC :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was really hard to tell for sure since the baby's cord was right there between his legs too, but we caught a glimpse of his scrotum too so that pretty much clenched it :-) She has her "real" ultrasound in 2 weeks, so that sho... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:35:01 EST One word answers-borrowed from Pixie Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Doug <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> short <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Nancy <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Carl <BR> <BR> Your favourite thing? <BR> walking <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Favourite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> livin... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:02:33 EST 100 mile challenge This month myself and a few friends are challenging ourselves to walk or run, or a combo of each for 100 miles. We actually started earlier in the week, so we have 5 weeks to get the miles in. It averages out to about 3 miles per day to make our goal. Some days I have less, but other days I have more. Yesterday a friend and I hiked for 7.6 miles and today we are going on another long walk. <BR> <BR> I'll be doing lots of <em>311</em> and <em>312</em> . Anyone else care to join in? N... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:04:53 EST ABC's-borrowed from Pixie A. Are you at all artistic? <BR> Not really <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? <BR> Avocado, peppers and salsa <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> Hot pink <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? <BR> Diamonds <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> a tiger <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> I can't remember! Don't go often at all <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? <BR> I've li... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:09:02 EST RIP Teresa (Unstoppable) You were loved and will be missed! Mourning the loss of a dear spark friend. It's been a full 24 hours since I learned of Teresa's death and I'm still in shock. Teresa (unstoppable) was a bright light here on sparks, always full of jokes and motivation for everyone. She was extremely active on here and it's just such a shock. May you RIP Teresa. The bright light and spark you ignited in others will always live on. You will never be forgotten. <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:09:14 EST Levi's 1st birthday party :-) Tomorrow is Levi's 1st Birthday, today was his party. It sure doesn't seem like it's been a year since he arrived! <BR> <BR> Here are some of the pics we took out of the 100's :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and his SMASH cake: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 1 Sep 2012 16:05:45 EST Day 7 of my streak..thanks for the inspiration Pixie!! Thanks to my spark friend Pixie and encouragement from another special friend, I have started and maintained my exercise and eating right streak for one full week. Pixie has been on a streak for 172 days and has done awesome! She motivated me to start my own streak and while mine has only been 7 days, you have to start somewhere :-) <BR> <BR> I have lost 30 lbs, but have basically maintained a weight at 30 lbs above my goal for the past couple of years. I have 30 more lbs I want to get off,... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:22:30 EST The Purina Diet-good or bad? I was at Walmart buying a bag of Purina dog chow for my dog, while in the check-out line a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. Why else would I be buying dog chow, RIGHT??? So on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again, and that I probably shouldn't because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:46:41 EST Never Quit Pledge Sunday, August 05, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I a... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:19:33 EST In memory of my Nanny-Louise Gaines 12/22/24-7/26/12 Here are some pictures of my Nanny and Mom's (Nanfacemire1) Mom. Nanny left this world on 7/26/12. We will all miss her. She had many friends and family that loved her. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:42:44 EST Crazy storms! Microbursts are not a good thing! My son and daughter in law live in Fredricksburg, VA, about 30 miles from me. Last evening we all had very bad storms, but they got hit the worst. My son called me telling me they had golf ball sized hail and torrential winds, trees down in his and neighbors yards. He lost power as we talked. Later he and his wife went out to survey the damage. Only 1 block from their home, a "microburst" destroyed a thankfully only small area. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:27:48 EST NOVA Sparkers Runway 5/10K Manassas VA Today 5 of us NOVA Sparkers met at Manassas Regional Airport for a Runway 5K. The race went around the runway and the finish line ended by some airplanes parked. It was a completely flat course which made it really nice. It was also gorgeous weather. I am the slow one of our group, but even I beat all my prior pace times :-) <BR> <BR> I started off trying to jog more and stay with Tiffany, but I stopped to walk while she kept on. Along the way, I met up with another lady who seemed to be s... Sat, 12 May 2012 21:28:44 EST 5th Annual Walk of remembrance: The Kyle Wilson 10K Walk for Fitness Today was the 5th Annual Kyle Wilson 10K Fitness Walk to remember Kyle Wilson, a local firefighter that died in the line of duty April 16. 2007. Fitness was important to Kyle and his family has this annual walk to not only remember him but to promote his passion, fitness. It's called "Pack the track" and it was packed today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We started off at Hylton High School and walked the hills of Spriggs Road for 6... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 14:25:33 EST A bittersweet moment in history-pics of Space Shuttle Discovery-The Final Flight As most of you know, today was the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It left Florida, piggy backing on a 747. It took a "victory flight" over the entire DC Metro area. I had the news on my entire way to work and with my Mom on the phone reading me where it was at that moment from the numerous Facebook and news reports. It circled 3 separate times before it landed at Dulles to be taken to the Air and Space Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly. One of my co-workers called, ranting and rav... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:24:37 EST Levi's first Easter and a great time with family I had a wonderful weekend with Aaron and Amber and Levi. I drove down yesterday afternoon and spent the night. <BR> <BR> Today, Mom and Larry, Brandon and Lisa, Amber's parents, sister and her family, brother and her Grandpa came down to spend the afternoon and have dinner. We missed Emily and Meggie. Em had to work and Meghan is still on Spring Break in California until tomorrow night. We had a great time together and the food Amber made was awesome. She made quite a few Weight Watcher re... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:22:16 EST My first half marathon- Rock 'n' Roll DC This is the vision board I made last year. My biggest goal was to complete the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon with a group of SparkPeople friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had many obstacles during the time I should have been training. Several months before I had a back injury, a month before I developed hypertension and my readings were so high I was literally scared to do anything fitness wise except some walking. The week befo... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:11:08 EST I'm back in the game I've had a rough year so far. I hurt my back around Christmas and a large part of January I wasn't able to do the things I had been doing fitness wise. Then in February I developed high blood pressure and got started on medication. That was a bummer, especially since I had made such great changes in my life and always had perfectly normal BP when I ate crap, weighed 50 lbs more and rarely exercised. After 2+ weeks on the med, I'm finally getting good BP readings again. Today was 104/68 :-) ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 22:35:29 EST I am Grandma...of puppies! I got a frantic call from my daughter in law early this afternoon. Her female Husky, was panting a lot and looked like she was getting ready to have her puppies. Amber was home alone with Levi and hasn't been around puppies, so Ambers Mom and I went over to help. <BR> <BR> So far Bayleigh did great and has 4 little Huskies! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More updates later once I see how many she has :-) <BR> <BR> UPDATE: <BR> Here... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:45:35 EST A disturbing day I have always had normal blood pressure. Even before losing almost 50 lbs, eating healthier and exercising, my blood pressure was always in the normal range and even at the lower end of normal range. I was shocked to find it elevated at my doctors appt yesterday. It was 150/91 there. She said maybe it was just a fluke, so she asked me to have it taken at work on a regular basis and bring her the readings back in two weeks to see if I need to start BP meds. I had it taken at work yesterday aft... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:49:09 EST NOVA Sparker meet up and onto the next week of Clean Eating Well, one thing I noticed is that when you have a meet up of spark friends at a grocery store, you all shop, lol. We had our first meet up of the New Year at Wegman's. I know Wegman's has been up North for years, but we just got them in our area in the last few years...some of us in the area just in the last year or two. <BR> <BR> We spent a couple hours chatting and catching up since we hadn't seen each other since October (other than Monica and I who ran the Hot Chocolate 5K in December) ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:02:46 EST Happy New Year! Happy New Year to all of my wonderful Spark friends!! I enjoyed 2011 with you and look forward to 2012 with everyone too! <BR> <BR> Here's to a fit and healthy 2012 where our goals are achieved! <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> It's <em>411</em> of a great year! Time to reach for your dreams and make them a reality! <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:08:47 EST Mom's 25th Wedding Anniversary, Levi's first Christmas and Christmas Eve at Brandon and Lisa's I've had a wonderful weekend with friends and family. <BR> <BR> We spent yesterday at Brandon and Lisa's, celebrating Mom and Larry's 25th wedding anniversary and Christmas. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Amber even made red and green eggs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 14:30:50 EST Run for Chocolate-DC Hot Chocolate 15/5K I was up well before the crack of dawn this morning to "Run for Chocolate" with 20,000 other people. I left my house at 4:35 am to meet Monica. We got the the race site at 6:05 am for a 7:25 am start. (had no choice but to go early so we wouldn't miss the shuttle bus). The race was delayed and didn't start until 8:30, so we were right by the water in the cold for well over 2 hours! Our fingers and toes were frozen, even in our winter gear and gloves. <BR> <BR> No same day packet pickup was ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 13:40:58 EST Our Thanksgiving We had our Thanksgiving at Mom's yesterday. We were waiting for the kids to come down. Everyone was able to make it except Brandon and Lisa and we sure did miss them! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Poor... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:56:51 EST Our Turkey Trot Mom and I got up early and left for our Turkey Trot at the Waynesboro YMCA. It was COLD and we had trouble deciding what to wear to stay warm yet not get hot while doing the trot. <BR> <BR> This was the smallest race I've ever done. Only 300 people. I'm used to thousands of people. We were walking, not running so we lined up near the end. There were lots and lots of hills, definitely not a flat course that would allow a better time. <BR> <BR> Here we were inside before we started. Not sur... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:32:54 EST Levi's first photo shoot :-) Here are some pics from my Levi's first photo shoot. I think they came out great! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 07:52:08 EST All smiles Meghan and I spent the night at Aaron and Amber's last night so I could watch Levi today while they go see Breaking Dawn. He was up super early for him, but then slept for about 3 hours. Now he's up and just enjoying sitting in his bouncy seat. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once I leave here, I have lots to do at home. Hopefully I can get it all done before I'm back to work tomorrow. I am off after tomorrow until the 28th. Meghan is h... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:36:24 EST