VENISEW1's SparkPeople Blog VENISEW1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Great quote found online about parenting "Being over-protective is an easy and common mistake that parents make," admits mom Riana F., noting she sometimes closes her eyes and says, "World please be gentle with this child of mine." But, she realizes, "The world will never be gentle, it will only ever be real, and if I try to protect my children from its challenges I will also be protecting them from its rewards." Tue, 5 Apr 2016 16:50:43 EST Heartbroken for my youngest daughter Just venting, hoping it will make me feel better. My middle child has always been so strong and inspirational to me. She is very independent, good hearted & has her own unique sense of style. She had long beautiful hair and donated it years ago & loves the freedom of very short hair. Just being able to wash and go. I remember asking her several times are you sure, people might mistake you for a boy & she was fine with that and often thinks it is funny when strangers think she's a boy but rece... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:01:02 EST 11/8/15 I could not have asked for a better bday weekend. Friday night my family and I ran into a few friends at the local HS football game that was being televised down the St. Happy to see them win. Then Sat. I went shopping, had lunch & got my nails done with my middle child and then went with my family for a Mexican diner. This morning I slept in and after mass we picked up some groceries to make lunch. After we enjoyed the delicious bday cake that my daughter & dh made for me I had a nice long n... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:09:52 EST 6/3/15 Wow I can't believe how long it has been since my last blog. I have been pretty busy purging, moving & selling appliances for our new home renovation. I finally learned how to do a required power point presentation report on New Caledonia for my son's first grade class. First grade is very different from when I was a kid. It was educational for me as well. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 06:58:33 EST 6/19/14 Do not lose hold of your dreams, or aspirations. <BR> For if you do, you may still exist, but cease to live." <BR> - Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Wow have not written in a while. Today I have jury duty so I have to miss my ds kindergarten show:( expensive day so far between child watch and parking, boo! Hoping I am done after today and that it doesn't go long. I have served jury duty before so I know l will be just sitting around for awhile, wondering if I will be selected and what time ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:19:28 EST Helen Keller quote <BR> "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it <BR> is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if <BR> they were great and noble." - Helen Keller <BR> Thu, 15 May 2014 11:05:31 EST Lowe's came through Woohoo! So Best Buy came to try and install our washer & dryer early this morning even though I called last Friday after several of their previous visits and wasting weeks of my time waiting on the phone and for them to show up to when they kept saying they could not install for a various reasons or going to the wrong address on more than 1 occasion even though they confirmed they had the correct address due to problems with their system & finger pointing between the store, corporate & the warehouse ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:49:12 EST Best buy Is so disappointed with best buy for their non installation of my washer and dryer. Should have known when I tried to order my washer and dryer. I gave them the model number they then gave me a different price that I had seen on line. I asked to confirm they had ordered the correct one and he had not. Then when I saw my email receipt I noticed they had the wrong size stacking kit for the machine. I called the number on the receipt and was told I needed to call the store or corp to fix the pro... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:11:03 EST 10/12/13 Good morning sparkfriends. Enjoying my family weekend with my in laws. They have been so helpful moving. Emptied the storage unit yesterday except for 1 wire rack and the house of everything except for some tools and some stuff we want to donate. I think my dh & FIL are already gone to fix stuff in the attic. The contractor came and patched an eyesore hole in our basement. Now we are wondering if we go back w/the original cranberry purple color or something brighter? Anyways today I plan to g... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 06:32:34 EST 10/3/13 <BR> What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. <BR> - Henry David Thoreau Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:00:52 EST 9/11/13 Knees and legs are sore from moving. Was so tired feel asleep at 6 and awoke to drool on my pillow at 8 last night then couldn't fall back asleep :( Lost our power here shortly at 4:30AM Glad it is back on now :) Have movers coming to move some big awkward furniture today, thankfully. Picked up some groceries. Need to remember to get the envelopes at our previous home today. Praying our previous lovely home gets sold soon!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 04:55:21 EST 9/9/13 "Quit talking and start doing." - Walt Disney <BR> ________________________________________<BR>______ Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:10:33 EST 8/28/13 "In the confrontation between the steam and the rock, the stream always wins -not by strength but by perseverance." - Unknown <BR> ________________ Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:45:52 EST 8/9/2013 So we are in the process of buying a new home and listing our current home for sale. Stressful and we have been super busy to say the least. Wish us luck with our first open house this weekend. <BR> <BR> "A year from now you'll wish you'd started today." <BR> - Unknown <BR> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:23:47 EST 7/11/13 I woke at 2am, too much on my mind, going to want a nap today. My girls are enjoying their friends having slept over last night. My son was feeling left out so since dh was traveling I let him sleep w/me. They're all still sleeping and I pray he doesn't wet the bed. I think there's a hornets nest inside our pool fence so our pest control co is coming this afternoon to hopefully get rid of them. Other than that my plans are to get the car inspected, pay bills and get more boxes for packing. Ma... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:55:56 EST Tonsil check up Today it has been two weeks since both my dd had their tonsils out. We went to the dr.s for a follow up. The Dr. confirmed that the tonsils removed were awful & that they had both healed nicely. Funny how she thought my older daughter had a smaller mouth than my youngest. Afterwards we put some Xmas stuff in our rental storage unit before picking up our fixed Pool robot.. On our way home we picked up some boxes for packing and some healthy groceries. Now that we have finally had lunch and did... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:29:21 EST 7/6/13 "High expectations are the key to everything." - Sam Walton Sat, 6 Jul 2013 00:02:29 EST 7/6/13 "High expectations are the key to everything." - Sam Walton Sat, 6 Jul 2013 00:02:20 EST 7/4/13 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! "Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most <BR> important." - Janet Lane Thu, 4 Jul 2013 02:41:44 EST June 24 Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." - John Wooden <BR> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:06:01 EST inspiring quote "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:25:45 EST 6/7/13 "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford Fri, 7 Jun 2013 05:23:32 EST 6/4/13 "What we have been is an established and unchangeable fact. What we can yet become is an unlimited, boundless opportunity." - Jim Rohn Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:34:48 EST Awesome Mother's Day weekend! Has the best dh and kids. Today & yesterday they let me sleep in, decorated the house, gave nice gifts, didn't have to cook, ran with dh and let me play on the computer(ok maybe they gave me a little gruff for that, so addicted.) Sun, 12 May 2013 23:23:22 EST what you do "It's not what you go through that defines you; you can't help that. It's what you do after you go through it, that defines who you really are." - Unknown Tue, 7 May 2013 10:52:31 EST qUOTE OF THE DAY "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison Sat, 4 May 2013 00:22:22 EST Grandmotherly advice I love this bit of grandmother wisdom for curtailing impulse clothes purchases I read today: My grandmother always says you should wear something once for every dollar you spend on it. I thought it was silly the first time I heard it, but now I find myself holding up items and thinking "Will I really wear this 25 times?" It definitely helps my impulse buys! G-E-N-I-U-S! What tactics do you use to avoid purchase regrets? <BR> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:39:02 EST Praying they catch the bomber hearts go out to anyone affected by the tragic event at the Boston marathon this week. There is evil everywhere, yet the aftermath of this event has shown that good people vastly outnumber those that wish to do harm. Kindness will always prevail. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 03:14:44 EST Boston marathon Thoughts and prayers for families and friends of those killed at the Boston marathon today as well as for all those injured. We enjoyed a day in Goldmine ghost town. I found the train conductor and mine tour guide very informative. The mystery shack was entertaining. The weather was perfect. Now heading to Flagstaff so we can be closer to the train for the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Yesterday we had fun at the Rawhide. Climbing the rock wall with my girls was a challenging workout. We got some co... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:52:05 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY "When things get hard don’t look for someone to blame. You already know that the world can be a mean nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it can beat you down and keep you there if you let it. But life isn’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. You gotta be willing to take the hit and not point fingers. Cowards Do that and that isn’t you. You are better than that." - Rocky <BR> Another beautiful day out tod... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:45:18 EST QOTD "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin Tue, 9 Apr 2013 00:35:40 EST QOTD "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin Tue, 9 Apr 2013 00:35:40 EST Quote  "My will shall shape my future.  Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own.  I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.  My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny." - Elaine Maxwell  Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:56:51 EST 4/3/13 glad i decided to skip boot camp. just found out they cancelled class b/c the instructor hurt his back. I was suppose to go running w/my buddies but it was way too cold so I met a buddy at the gym and I used the stationary bike for almost an hour. Tried a new crockpot recipe tonight w/chicken, cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, ranch dressing as well as corn, salad and rice on the side. Yummy!! My girls have been getting the costumes for dance recital. My son is getting his 5 year dr appt ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 20:08:02 EST 4/1/13 I had a nice weekend. Enjoyed easter w/the family. Went to Zumba and core ST classes this am and ran w/my girlfriends for 4-5 miles this afternoon. <BR> Hope you enjoyed your April fools day. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:20:36 EST Quote "A winner is not someone who never fails, a winner is <BR> someone who never quits." - Unknown Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:25:48 EST 3/26/13 "It is never too late to be what you might have been." <BR> - George Eliot <BR> <BR> So last night my children noticed one of our fish lost an eye and this morning the other eye was missing and I not sure if it is due to an infection or injury due to the other couple goldfish picking in him. So I put him in our old small fish tank and will give him medicine when we get back home in a little bit from the pet store. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:37:54 EST 3/24/13 <BR> Good morning sparkfriends, <BR> I'm up early looking forward to help my daughters get ready for church this morning. One is doing a reading and they are both singing at both palm Sunday services. I had fun helping them finding matching dresses & accessories at the mall yesterday w/the family. Exhausting but fun since we had to go to 4 different stores before they could find a dress we all agreed looked good. Pretty cold and sunny here. Wishing you all an awesome & restful Sunday. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:19:00 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY "Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain." - Unknown Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:33:34 EST PI day Yesterday we got brown water coming out of our pipes. Didn't think anything of it b/c it has happened in the past and usually after a few hours it has been resolved until today, I noticed our water is still brown so I sent an email to our town water dept since the office is not open yet. Now I am just cleaning out some emails so far, need to input some receipts & pay bills to clean my desk. Packing away some of my chidrens clothes in the attic for my nieces and nephews as soon as they get old... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:15:12 EST 3/4/13 "I found every single successful person I've ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore; they were going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most people never made it at all." <BR> - Brian Tracy Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:00:13 EST 3/1/13 "All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." - Charles Kingsley Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:03:06 EST inspiring quote YOU'VE GOT TO WORK FOR WHAT YOU WANT <BR> <BR> <BR> I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. <BR> <BR> -Estee Lauder <BR> <BR> Note: This is definitely a lady you want to take advice from, especially since Estee Lauder probably produces half of the products in your makeup bag, even if they are labeled differently. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:12:59 EST 2/25/13 "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:54:09 EST Quote "Your success or failure in life will not be decided <BR> by the number of setbacks you encounter, but rather <BR> how you react to them." - Unknown Sat, 23 Feb 2013 17:48:25 EST Beginning of Feb vacation Enjoying a long weekend at the Boston Marriott with the family thanks to my dh who set it up. We got plenty of exercise walking around the science museum yesterday as well as enjoying the pool and hot tub at the hotel & doing some window shopping at the prudential. Could have done better nutrition choices but so enjoyed all the food and drinks included on the concierge level. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:07:17 EST Quote "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is <BR> ours to win or to lose." - Lyndon B. Johnson <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:59:56 EST 2/15/13 Haven't done much exercise since cleaning and purging some stuff earlier this week. My nutrition has also been awful. At the beginning of the week I was celebrating mardi gras aka fat Tues but was more like long fat weekend, lol. Made up for some of it yesterday and today so far. Thyroid meds in the morning are a bummer. I am not suppose to have much to eat for the first 4 hours after I take my meds, but after an hour or so I caved and had a half bagel w/cream cheese and some fresh raspberrie... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:00:42 EST "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - John Wayne This past weekend I had a great time skiing w/my girls at the Blue Hills. Fri-Sat we had a huge snowstorm that dumped between 26-30" snow. Thankfully my dh was home to snowblow the driveway and shovel the walkway. He was so sweet to do the neighbors as well. I am so lucky to have him as a husband. We celebrated Mardi Gras and Valentines day yesterday since we begin lent today. So trying to stay off the sweets and soda as usual and doing good so far. Have a great day and thanks for taking the ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:55:20 EST 2/8/13 "Success is something you attract by the person you become." - Jim Rohn Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:54:58 EST