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2012....Changes are a-comin'!

Well, another year has come and gone.

About me: I'm a stay at home mom of two girls, and I substitute teach at their schools. I'm 40. I've been over-weight since before I got married in my mid-20's. I lost down to 145, but I've gained back up to 170 plus (depends on the day). BUT... This is the year of NO EXCUSES. I've got to get back to exercising and get this weight off!

Until recently, I cared for my grandmother in my home. She has Alzheimer's and has heart ...
Well, another year has come and gone.

About me: I'm a stay at home mom of two girls, and I substitute teach at their schools. I'm 40. I've been over-weight since before I got married in my mid-20's. I lost down to 145, but I've gained back up to 170 plus (depends on the day). BUT... This is the year of NO EXCUSES. I've got to get back to exercising and get this weight off!

Until recently, I cared for my grandmother in my home. She has Alzheimer's and has heart troubles. She kept falling, and I was afraid that she would get hurt worse than a few bruises. I chose a nursing home that was close to the school so I could check on her every day. However, after she had to go to a special facility to get her meds under control, my uncle moved her without my knowledge to a home an hour away. Now, I cannot afford to go see her like I want to. More importantly, my little one (who was only 2 when Gran moved in with us) is missing her terribly and cries knowing that she cannot see her every day. Please pray for us as we deal with this loss.

On a better note: I'm an Independent Consultant for a national beauty product company. I am looking forward to having more time to spend on the business. I'd love to share the products and ideas with you. So PM me if you'd like to know more.
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Member Since: 9/25/2007

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My Goals:
New Year... same goals as last year....

1) Start exercising again

2) Cook better for all of us... lower the sodium

3) I'd love to meet my goal weight sometime this year

My Program:
1. cooking better (less fat)

2. eating smaller portions (no seconds)

3. use my Wii to get in my exercise time

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*mom of 2

*part-time substitute elementary school teacher

*caretaker of live-in grandmother




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*hobbies: crafting, jewelry making, knitting

*identical twin to a 4-minute older sister

*also have one older sister and younger sisters who are fraternal twins

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DISPATCHER04
4/17/2012 6:00:50 AM

I'm glad your girls did well at L2L. :) It's always such a pleasure to see your child learning how to serve God. :)

Yeah, I know it's not about winning. That's what I always liked best about LTC. The kids aren't competing against themselves, but against a standard of excellence. Both programs are excellent, but my kids do respond better to bringing home the plaque with each medal on it for the work of a whole year. My oldest was the only one to do L2L for 3 years. But he was beginning to become discouraged at working so hard all year, and having nothing to show for it. Some kids thrive on that kind of competition. My son was becoming discouraged, and less inclined to participate.

Congratulations to the two finalist boys. Good for them! :)

I don't have the papers with me here at work that list the kids' medals. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are Older Puppet Team=gold, Chorus=silver, Malachi speech=gold, Malachi & Madeline Signing for the Deaf=both gold, Daniel Song Leading=silver, Daniel Speech=gold. Daniel's Bible Bowl individual=Silver, Daniel's Bible Bowl Team=Bronze. I was rather pleased with the sign language and Older Puppet Team, because those I taught. I taught Chorus also, but I'm not sure why we only got a silver. :/ The kids sang well and with enthusiasm. That's all I can ask for. :) They truly enjoyed it. I love to teach kids who enjoy singing. :)

I wish we would have our LTC before or after Spring Break. But no. I think we've had that happen once. :/ This year, our SB is really late. Next week. I think we have 3 weeks of school after that? Crazy.

Sometime, we will go see some Nashville stuff. It's only 3 hours away, so not too far. When we used to go to L2L, we sometimes stopped at places on the way up there. Franklin has a lot of historica stuff. We toured Carter House there. We wanted to tour Carnton Plantation, but it was closed when we went. We always enjoyed staying at the Opryland Hotel, but I do really enjoy the smaller crowd in Mobile. It was always so stressful to find the right room of Daniel's events. It truly would have been crazy this year. As it was, it was very stressful even at Mobile. For individual events (speech, song leading, etc), I had 3 kids in 3 different rooms at the same time. I didn't want to miss anyone's stuff. So, I'd go and throw myself on the mercy of the judges to move one kid to the top of the list, one at the bottom, and one in the middle. It was rather frantic. Next year, I will be back down to 2 kids--still a little stressful, but nowhere near as bad as 3. LOL. But I sure enjoyed seeing all 3 of my kids singing together in chorus.




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DISPATCHER04
4/16/2012 6:23:29 AM

Hi girl! So glad to hear from ya! :) I know what it's like to be busy. I have 3 very busy kids ;)

I'm so sorry to hear about your gran. Sometimes a nursing home is the only option. But I'm sorry your uncle moved her away. I know she must have loved the day with you and your family and the ice cream. :)

How did your girls do at L2L? I thought about y'all when we were in Mobile at LTC. :) Our tax return paid for our trip. It's the only vacation we really go on also. (This year being a bit of an exception with Texas and Gatlinburg.) But we always spend Good Friday on the beach at Gulf Shores before Bible Bowl on Friday night. I was really pleased with how all of our church's kids did at LTC. And Malachi (his first year at LTC) was chosen to give his speech at the Closing Ceremonies. I couldn't have been prouder. :)

How very cool that you and your daughter get to do The Wizard of OZ together! I love Momma/Daughter stuff! :)

Madeline & I are headed to Notre Dame, Indiana for baton/dance National Competition in July. She is sooooo excited! We are doing some serious fundraising! That will be an expensive trip, and we will be there for 5 days!

It was good to hear from you. ((hugs!))



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ENNAID11
3/19/2012 12:27:10 PM

Hi, how are you? May I suggest that you lighten the color of you web page. It is very difficult to read. I would appreciate it. Thanks

Dianne



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DEE107
2/29/2012 12:39:04 AM

I love my room but when I cznt walk in it its time to clen it lol I am bad



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DEE107
1/17/2012 12:32:16 AM

praying for you and your family and love it when the nieces and nephews come over too saw my niece and nephew this weekend hugs



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