I woke up happy and the day was going and then I ran into storm Isaac. He woke up in angry/selfish mode today and that was not a good sign for the day. It carried through into his schoolwork (we didn't even finish one math paper) and I gave up trying to do anything with him. Told the hubby I feel like I'm on the front lines without ammo. Bedtime will be coming.... (p/s: Really need his bedtime to come... No change so this has been one very long day for me.)
Maegann had a doctor visit to help with her eating (or lack thereof), car sickness and constant "deja vu." All frustration and stress affecting her intestines and her neck and shoulders. He added something to her drops that she takes 3x/day for the stress/moods so hopefully she'll be feeling better soon.
One disappointment today was calling the place where the company Christmas party will be held to see if they marinate or use oils when cooking their steaks. They said yes, which means eating before we go as the only other options are Mexican and Tim can't have that either. I may call back again and see if I can ask someone that is easier to understand on the phone. LOL (p/s: I did phone back and this time was told I could order requesting no oil and they'd just throw it on the grill. Yeah!)
BL Challenge - Team Emerald: Tomorrow is the official start day for the team. Will collect starting weights and then get busy with our "all teams" challenge. Go Emerald!
This morning I headed to my weekly session with the Nutritionist and thankfully my levels were fine again so no changes to the program are required. I then met with the Chiropractor and he did more on my sore neck and shoulders. I also had him test some of my supplements to make sure they were still strong and I did get taken off one until I'm done with the weight loss program. At that time he will also work with me on my thyroid to get me off the thyroid meds even though they are natural. My victory today was that I am finally at the point my appointments will be "as needed." Long time coming as I have seen this doctor every week since mid-June.
Once home I got some school done with the kids and after lunch I made a couple phone calls and got some paperwork done for Isaac's budget renewal. Still need to get his "plan" updated and sent in as well and then this part can be done for another year.
Maegann's final piano lesson was at 3 and her winter recital is Saturday so we're almost done with this chapter and one less commitment on the calendar. Isaac worked out with Kenzie beginning at 4 and he's done until mid-January as she is off for Christmas break.
Maegann and I volunteered to coordinate/run Santa's Store at the Christmas Village they are doing at church on the 18th, but as this is our first year attempting this we didn't have enough information to use some of those school "Santa store" outlets and I convinced the others that we would be better to just do our best with everything else and let this piece go for this year. Told them to use us where they needed us instead this year. Feeling much relief about this decision!
Only "big" project I haven't touched yet are the medical insurance claims, but I'm getting closer to that being next on the list. Happy with all the little things I am getting checked off.
Tomorrow will be school, Maegann's appointment with the Chiropractor and then she has Bible study in the afternoon. She needs to make some cookies to take as they are having a Christmas party. Should be a fairly quiet day.
Off to watch Biggest Loser and then tonight after the kids are in bed we will watch the second half of The Sing-Off.
Today was a productive day. Three loads of laundry, school with the kids, errands to drop off donations, make deposits and the bank and visit the library were done after lunch. The credit card and bank account stuff is all reconciled and now we know for sure how ugly the $$ picture is right now. We will be cutting all over the place! Main setback is that Tim has a very shy paycheck coming as we were gone for almost two weeks. No work...no pay!
Tonight we enjoyed the Christmas party at my dad's assisted living residence. The carolers they bring in are so good.
Once home the kids were on a sugar-type high and driving me bonkers with the noise level so I sent them to get pajamas on and head to bed. My ears are tired!
Tomorrow morning I head to the doc for my usual check on the weight loss program and I will see the chiropractor for my neck and to go through all the supplements I'm on to see if they are still needed. Planning for this to be my last weekly session with him and from here "as needed."
5% Challenge - Team Daisy: The current challenge ended on Saturday and I went well over the 5% goal. I needed to lose 14 lb. and instead lost 35.4 lb! I also saw my name on the list for the "No Gain Daisy Chain" which means I reported a loss all 8 weeks. This is such new territory for me!!
BL Challenge - Team Emerald: Our official "starting weight" weigh-in is on Thursday. Ready to get things started once again!
The day began with church and it was nice having the whole family in one place for a change. The service was very nice with a sermon on Anna the prophetess. Once home we got lunch put together and then Maegann and I headed out to Target as she wanted to buy a pair of cheetah print pants that she had seen last week. Here are the pants:
She also bought herself a pair of jeans and two tops. Naturally one is cheetah print.
The dog she is holding is from Kay Jewelers. We buy one each year to support St. Jude's Children's Research. We went there with another purpose...to see how much it will cost to resize my rings. High enough I will wait until I've finished losing weight even if it means not wearing them for awhile. Will give me time to save up. Crazy how much that costs! I did have one that was on warranty with them so the sizing was free.
Once home I got busy putting ribbons, bows and tags on all the presents. The kids have enjoyed seeing which packages belonged to them. The tree always looks nicer with some packages underneath. Thankfully baby Jesus takes the front though!
We also got our first Christmas cards this weekend so now the sleigh doesn't look so bare.
We also received flowers from the company Tim works with because of his mom's passing. They are so pretty and brightened up the table Friday night for our party.
Tim has been busy listing more items on Craigslist and has then began getting texts on the old van that's been on there for a week. The blessing... SOLD! We really needed that money to cover some bills and the timing was heaven-sent in my opinion. Not just because of the timing that these bills are due, but the fact that there are little things too. For one...the temporary license tag expires on the new van on the 14th and we didn't want to spend $40 on new plates when we had these we could transfer. Timing....
Another thing that makes me smile today. "the Sing-Off" is back on the air (NBC) and begins tomorrow night! This is the best show with such amazing non-instrumental singing. The voices sound like instruments!
And then... tonight is The Amazing Race finale!
Tomorrow we will do school and in the afternoon take a load down to Love, Inc. for donations. I also need to go to the bank and make some deposits. In the evening we will go the "party" at the Assisted Living residence where my dad lives. They always bring in a local caroling group from the Music Theater and it is an awesome performance. Will be a nice day!
This is what I woke up to this morning! This afternoon it got warmer than predicted so it is melting off somewhat. Because of the snow I only went and picked up my Bountiful Basket and then came home. Christmas errands can wait!
The basket today was amazing!
After the family left this morning I got time in on the Wii Fit for the first time since 10/23. Got a solid 25 minutes done. I did laundry, made Rice Krispy treats for the party tonight and then dug into the finances. Such a depressing thing right now, but know it will all work together even though it will take a few months to dig out.
So now it is time to get things ready for the party and off we go!
5% Challenge - Team Daisy: Today was our final weigh-in for this round. I made it through all eight weeks posting a loss each time and I am well over the 5% mark. Will post my stats once the official ones come out. Thankful Daisies will have some interim challenges until the next round begins!