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2013 Marillac Christmas Tree

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Every year, my sisters and I decorate and donate a tree for the Marillac Center for Children. The trees are sold in a silent auction. This year our theme is "A Forest Celebration". We made many of the ornaments including twine balls, pine cone gnomes and slices of wood stamped with sayings and snowflakes. It turned out very pretty this year.

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JANIEWWJD 11/30/2013 12:28AM

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 11/13/2013 10:06PM

    Beautiful!!!!! :)

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BOBANDTY 11/11/2013 11:23PM


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NINETOZE 11/10/2013 9:37PM

    What a cool idea. I find some way to "give" during the holiday season too.
Thank you!

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GRACIEC 11/10/2013 5:22PM

    Clever ideas - looks great! And for a worthy cause! emoticon

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ANNETTE117 11/10/2013 5:04PM

    Pretty tree and for a good cause. Great work!

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TAICHIDANCER 11/10/2013 4:07PM


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SINGER73 11/10/2013 4:00PM

    Cute. It looks much better than mine every has

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BRYANBABY3 11/10/2013 12:19PM

    That is awesome!! Great job!!

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JAMDRGN76 11/10/2013 11:29AM

    That is really cool. Great Job.

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Cutest thing ever! Last tree house blog I promise but you've gotta see this!

Monday, August 26, 2013

So, as you know from my last blog, my husband and son built a tree house for my grandson and he loves it. Well...his puppy loves it too! Jessie is a 3 month old beagle/rottweiler mix although I really think she might be a treeing coon hound!

She climbs right back down, too! Silly puppy!

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NINETOZE 11/10/2013 9:39PM

    How cute is that! I'll have to go check out the other tree house post!

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SAASHA17 9/19/2013 9:54AM

    aww they are so cute

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BOBANDTY 8/27/2013 10:54PM

    you can share pictures like that any time. That last one of Logan and his puppy made my day!

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LITTLEDEBI 8/27/2013 10:21PM

    love the last picture of Logan and his puppy...priceless!

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CARLAWO 8/27/2013 9:49PM

    That is the most adorable thing!!

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LOREN009 8/27/2013 9:11PM

    That picture of your grandson with the dog is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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GSDMOMMA 8/27/2013 10:02AM

    How cute is that?!!!

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BAMALANE 8/27/2013 9:08AM

    OMG!! I love that!! That dog will face any fear to be with his human, now that is love!!

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AFERARI 8/27/2013 2:02AM


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JANIEWWJD 8/26/2013 11:35PM

    OMG, this is too cute!!! emoticon

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NEVADAPP 8/26/2013 10:51PM

    Awwww! Too cute!!

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GRACIEC 8/26/2013 10:36PM

    I'm tickled that you posted it - I LOVE that last picture - it's priceless!

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KATI5668 8/26/2013 9:20PM

    we had a tree'in Walker Hound & it did exactly what the pup did...
too the last pic..delighted smile on that sweet face!

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/26/2013 9:15PM

    You're right! Very cute! emoticon

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JACKIE542 8/26/2013 9:06PM

    That is really cute, great tree house too. emoticon

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BECKYSFRIEND 8/26/2013 9:03PM

    really cute

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Logan's tree house

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My wonderful husband and son built this tree house for my grandson's birthday. Not quite done, it still needs to be painted and rails around the deck. We blindfolded Logan and surprised him this evening. He loves it and says he is going to live there now!

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BARCLE 8/26/2013 7:00PM

    OH what a wonderful birthday gift - so special in so many ways emoticon

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WOUBBIE 8/26/2013 10:54AM

    I want that! You guys are awesome!

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FREELADY 8/26/2013 12:12AM

    I love seeing this! What a delightful gift!

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GRACIEC 8/25/2013 10:41PM

    That is so cool! I'm sure he'll love it - I love the notion that he's going to "live" there from now on! Lucky Logan!

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CARLAWO 8/25/2013 10:10PM

    How wonderful! Love the sand box underneath!

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LITTLEDEBI 8/25/2013 9:34PM

    Logan is very lucky! Great birthday gift...

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SINGER73 8/25/2013 9:32PM

    My kids would be jealous

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/25/2013 8:50PM

    What a thoughtful and GREAT gift for a young boy! It looks fantastic. I'll bet he really likes it. Are you going to let him pick the color and/or help paint it?

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Smart goals for BLC

Monday, June 10, 2013

S- Stay within my calorie range weekly by planning ahead and making up for a higher calorie day by eating lower range on other days. I will get at least 20 minutes of cardio fitness in 6 days a week.

M- I will measure my calories and fitness by using the Sparkpeople trackers and keeping them public so I recieve feedback from other members.

A- I have all the resources I need here on Sparkpeople to attain this goal.

R- I am choosing to count calories as my goal, even though I will still be striving towards clean eating. I know that counting my calories will work for me and I am comfortable with it. It will help me move back into a healthy weight loss mind set.

T- I will commit to my plan for the 12 weeks of BLC22.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 6/15/2013 9:52PM

    Sounds awesome! You can do this!

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GRACIEC 6/11/2013 2:46PM

    I know that planning ahead makes it easier for me! Great goals!

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CJJANISS 6/10/2013 9:36PM


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Weight Loss Motivation

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I read an article today on titled Weigh Loss Motivation 101.

I definitely need this right now. Part of our challenge this week is to remind ourselves often of why we are doing this. This article helps to guide you to that why. Not just "I want to lose 40 more pounds", but "Why do I want to lose 40 more pounds".

There are 2 categories to consider:

1. Towards pleasure:
To feel good in the clothes I am wearing
To feel strong
To feel proud of myself
To stay in a jeans size long enough to wear them out
To travel and enjoy my retirement years with my husband

2. Away from pain:
Less pain in my knees and hip!!!!!!
Avoid the pain and complications of diabetes!!!!!

This is my list. While there are more items on the Pleasure list, I am more motivated by the Pain list. Diabetes scares me to death. The hospital unit where I work is filled with diabetic people and I see what happens. A work friend recently went blind because of her diabetes. I will not allow that to happen to me when I can do something about it!! I know that there are thin people with diabetes but they are the exception. That is my compelling reason to get off the couch!

Now that I have gotten to the root of my "WHY" I can work from there. I only need to go into the patients rooms to see my motivation.

I will enjoy all the pleasure reasons for losing weight but more than that I will enjoy the freedom of being healthy!

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FREELADY 3/15/2013 6:55AM

    Love your clear motivation. This blog helped me think. Thanks!

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GRACIEC 3/13/2013 12:30PM

    Great article! I especially liked the category "To stay in a jeans size long enough to wear them out"! Thanks for sharing that!

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SINGER73 3/13/2013 12:11PM

    They are very good reasons to stay motivated. My sister found out she had diabetes and my mother got tested and she had it too. Now my brother has it and my one skinny active brother is per-diabetic. I get tested all the time and I definitely want to avoid it at all costs.

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STHOMAS1009 3/13/2013 11:23AM

    Thanks for writing this blog and sharing the link to PeerTrainer. I have been diagnosed with Diabetes. My doctor says if I can lose 25 pounds, that I can turn that around.

Why I haven't, I don't know.

Good job for you though. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/13/2013 10:19AM

    I think that's one of the reasons it's sometimes tough for younger people to find long-term motivation. All those ailments can seem so far off. Once I hit my 40's I started to see people around me becoming debilitated and it got "real" very quickly.

I've said it on numerous ocassions, but I would keep eating the way I am now even if I never lost another ounce, because it's so good for my health otherwise.

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AMARILYNH 3/13/2013 10:15AM

    These are GREAT reasons to get fit and healthy!! I especially agree with avoiding diabetes - that's what got me started with exercise over 30 years ago. My mother had type 2 diabetes and back then she didn't know nearly enough about all the medical issues it could cause so didn't really do a lot to change her lifestyle. She became legally blind and had a leg amputated 3 years before her death at age 76. Diabetes was her ONLY disease - but it caused many, many health issues. It breaks my heart when I see those with the disease not doing everything in their power to control it. So I'm with you - let's get healthy BEFORE we get the disease!!

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