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My Daughter's Special Weekend Included Victories for Me

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ahhh, the wedding reception was perfect.

Aside from feeling a little stressed during meal time and eating two extra brownies after it was dark and I knew no one was looking, the evening was a huge success.

I have a couple of favorite memories from the celebration. My daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Josh, got up and thanked us and his parents doing such a good job raising them and helping them to be the perfect match for each other. They presented us each with a quilted picnic blanket that Deanna sewed. Ours included triangles cut out of a pair of mod bell bottom pants I sewed in '74. My mother had saved them and gave them to Deanna when she was a teen in the 90s. She actually wore them, too! It gives special meaning to the gift. She designed them herself. She is a fiber arts artist. I'll have to post a picture of it when I can get to it.

Another favorite memory is of the stuff that happened after dark. Of course the whole dinner and entertainment were outdoors, in the beautiful mountains of WV. The sky was clear, the air there is pure, and there was only an early moon. So by the time it got dark, it got extremely dark. We had candles lit on tables. They had a fireworks show that was the best home fireworks display I'd ever seen. Beautiful. After the fireworks, no one wanted to leave. We sat and gazed at the stars which were amazing. So many of them. I've never seen so many. We sat and named constellations and saw the milky way. We saw a satellite cross the sky and to top it off there was a meteor shower that night! Prayers for a night of no rain were answered, to everyone's relief.

Food was great and I had small servings, but two servings of the main items: bar-b-cue, mac and cheese, and cubed sweet potatoes cooked in garlic. Delicious. I also had plenty of veggies and fruit. Chocolate cake, a small piece.

There was one mistake I made that I regretted. My grandson told me he had made sure that his mom bought mountain dew for me. He sees me drink it all the time. But he had her get full sugar, caffeinated, but I drink caffeine free diet m. dew. I didn't want him to think I didn't appreciate him thinking of me. He's 10 and I thought it was so special that he did this. I drank one. It was hot out and I was getting dehydrated. It was thirst quenching, but oh boy did the caffeine and sugar do a number on me! My heart raced and I felt quite a sugar rush. I had to sit down. My 21 year old son came and sat next to me and spoke to me in his calming bass voice. He had me steady my breathing and slow my heart rate by focusing on "breathing from my heart". It worked and I was calm the rest of the evening. Smart boy!

Six hours in the car each way wasn't bad. I exercised in the car doing glute squeezes and hip raises, pelvic tilts with tight abs, (all at once) for 10 minute stretches, two times each way. I also made trips to the bathroom exercise opportunities. I did pulsing squats for a min each time and wall triceps pushups also for a minute. I made it in of out of the gas station potty stops without even considering buying any treats. I am so proud of these things.

Sorry for the long post. I'll write a separate one about the great time it has been having Deanna's kids for three days.

I lost a half pound from Friday till Tuesday. No weight gain over this event! That really excites me! It's a first!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    That sounds like such a blessed time well spent meshing two families together. It is quite a feat to do but you did it all with style and grace the way you always. God blessed us with some beautiful kind children.....

    God bless & congrats!!

    1770 days ago
  • _JODI404
    It sounds like an absolutely incredibly wonderful day!!!! How awesome!!

    The picnic blanket was such a thoughtful and meaningful gift!

    I love star gazing -- especially when the sky is extra full of them. So relaxing!

    "Breathing from you heart" is a great technique, how wonderful of your son to help you relax so you could really enjoy yourself.

    Congrats on making really great food decisions, especially at those gas stations, and on no weight gain!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1773 days ago
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  • KANOE10
    That was a wonderful celebration. How sweet of them to make that quilt for you.

    No gain for the event is great!

    1773 days ago
    Wow, super!! I can't wait to see the picture of the picnic blanket. I'm glad it was such a great time. See, all of your worrying paid off! emoticon congrats on not gaining anything!
    1774 days ago
    What wonderful, wonderful memories!!! Good job on the eating and exercising toooooooooo!!!

    Lovely, just lovely!

    1774 days ago
    You have so much to celebrate! Go you!

    The wedding and reception sound special, the fireworks were a great touch! You have reared some great kids, your daughters gift, your son`s patient way...awesome testimonies.

    Great news that you lost weight to boot! Perfect.
    1774 days ago

    I'm so happy for you. Great victories for sure. Your son is a good man calming you down.

    1774 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Sounds wonderful...glad you enjoyed your family...tell your daughter congrats...way to go on doing those exercises in the car and on your weight loss...You Rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon ..Thanks for sharing!
    1774 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    So glad you had a wonderful time and look back on your daughter's wedding with happiness!
    1774 days ago
    Wow - What a special time for you, your daughter and your family. Special fireworks aside, God put on the best show eh?!? So neat that your daughter made you all a special gift as she did, how precious! A Mountain Dew?!? Excuse me? God gave you some special time with your grandson then ~ Beautiful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 8/13/2013 5:27:14 PM
    How wonderful that she had saved the jeans and remembered to include them in your momento. You raised her AND your son to be observant, thoughtful and appreciative or it wouldn't have happened. Your kids are so blessed to have you and visa versa. Great blog. emoticon
    1774 days ago
    Sounds wonderful, and what a thoughtful personal gift. You did well with your self control and exercise. So pleased your son helped steady your breathing and got you back in control.
    1774 days ago
  • JANUT57
    Sounds like a wonderful time. Congratulations on the marriage of your daughter. You handled everything beautifully. emoticon
    1774 days ago
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