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Picture Blog: What We've Been Up To Lately

Monday, November 26, 2012

I've been spending less time on Spark lately. I think it's part of my transition to maintenance: it's been a gradual and unconscious shift where I find myself spending less time thinking about my weight and more time just living a healthy life. I'm not slacking on working out and I'm still mostly tracking food, but I've just been busy with other things. If I've missed important happenings in the lives of my Sparkfriends, I totally apologize! I wish I could spend REAL time with all of you...you are such special, wonderful, gifted people!

It's been a busy time around here. Juliana played "Piano Annie" in her school's melodrama, "Deadwood Dick." She was talked into it by her good friend Gary (that's him with her in the pic). She had to practice a lot and find all her own music so it took a lot of time but she had a blast!

This pic is of the marching band in our Veteran's Day parade. Juliana is the head drum major (she's in the middle in the pic.) It was a wonderful, old-fashioned parade with floats, bands, and speeches honoring the veterans.

James was home for 10 days for his Thanksgiving break so it was great to spend time with him. He has had a tough semester with challenging classes and breaking up with his girlfriend. (We are secretly very relieved...she just didn't seem right for him.) He just called with good news, that he got a promotion at work and will be able to work during the Christmas break, with a week off for the actual holidays. He will be giving campus tours to prospective students, and with his outgoing personality, that should be a great job for him.

His school (Kansas State) was ranked number one in football for a while which was very exciting for them. He is still a Husker fan at heart, though! My sister got Nebraska football tickets so James and Juliana got to go to a game and met some friends there. So much fun!

Saturday would have been my mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversary. I'm glad they are celebrating together in heaven but I've been feeling sad and missing them.

As we enter the Advent season, I'm praying for peace, hope and faith to fill the hearts of my family and friends. Enjoy every moment of this beautiful time of year. Blessings to each and every one of you!

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    Love the pictures of everyone in their Cornhusker gear! GO BIG RED!!

    I remember when my folks would have celebrated their 50th. My dad was still alive, but mom had passed about 7 years earlier. It was a really hard day for me, because I knew how much Mom would have loved celebrating it. Now they are together in heaven, and this year they celebrated 65 years together in eternity!
    2026 days ago
    That is great! It's OK to be busy, and you have worked long and hard at establishing healthy habits. It is so wonderful to see your kids grow up into great people, isn't it? My husband is a K-State alum, so he was pretty pumped about #1, too!
    2030 days ago
    You are blessed with wonderful children (of course brought up by great parents, that happens) My husband is a HUGE Nebraska fan, we watch every game out here in Calif. He still has family in Nebraska. Glad your life is so full. emoticon
    2031 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Aw! Sounds like you've had a nice start to the holiday season. Continue to enjoy it!
    2031 days ago
    Great pics! Thanks for checking in. I hear ya on the transition to mx.... I am learning too. I am trying to understand that I can treat myself without feeling guilty. I am at an acceptable weight, I am working out.... I am eating healthy..... I deserve a cookie every now and again. :) Happy holidays!
    2031 days ago
    You have a lovely family, thanks for sharing, sounds like you are a busy lady. I know I've been a little scare on spark lately myself, maintenance and living a healthy lifestyle are an awesome testimony to this site. Congrats on all you have accomplished and keep up the good work.
    2031 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Good to hear that you've been up to good things!
    2031 days ago
    It is wonderful that you have been able to enjoy the rewards of maintenance and the freedom to live a little more. You figured out your journey! emoticon
    2031 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!


    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Perfect Health Diet Team
    Country Living Team
    Dr Oz Show Fans Team
    Wheat Belly Team
    2031 days ago
    Looks like maintenace is treating you well!
    2031 days ago
    Those kids are keeping you busy. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
    2031 days ago
    Glad to know you and the family are doing well.
    2031 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! I'm happy that things are going so well for you.
    2031 days ago
    Gorgeous photos, and I am so glad to know that you are transitioning smoothly to maintenance. I'm sad on my parents' and grandparents' anniversaries every year. And most holidays. But I guess that is to be expected, and it's comforting to know my sadness is at least normal.
    2031 days ago
    Thanks for the update and great pictures. Looks like you have been very busy. Keep up the good work.

    2031 days ago
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