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Trip with Grandson

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We just took a four day trip with our 10 year old grandson. Took him to celebrate his birthday with his cousins. We had such a good time in Seattle. Ate way too much of far too many wrong things, but it was such fun to watch him be so grown up on the airplane, on boats, at fancy restaurants, museums, dancing to video games and helping assemble some very complex Legos. His three requests - Space Needle, beach, ferry - all turned out great. It was such a joy to have him to ourselves. No fighting with his big brother or little sister. He was a little tense on take off going up, but not on the way home. Lunch at Space Needle was about $350 for son's family of 4 and dh, me and gs. But, it was so worth it. A rainy day, but so many fun memories. The time flew by. So glad we did this. Will take his brother somewhere in February and then his little sister when she is older and our son's girls when they get old enough. This is a dream of mine...to have each alone with us for some special time of making great memories. I so hope that if when they are older and have things they need to talk about and maybe are nervous to share with parents, they will feel safe with us to share and be encouraged.
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SPEEDY143 10/23/2014 11:12PM

    And that's exactly why being a grandparent is so rewarding. I love the idea of you spending time with each one alone as they get old enough to remember... everyone benefits emoticon emoticon DGS

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JUDITH316 10/22/2014 5:32PM

    emoticon that was a wonderful way to celebrate your grandson's birthday..It's emoticon to spend those 1 on 1 times with our grandkids...

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/22/2014 9:37AM

    What a great idea. I only have one grandchild so I get these one on one moments and I love them.

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NANCY- 10/22/2014 7:35AM

    What a wonderful idea to spend alone time with just your grandson. So glad that you enjoyed it and now you all have wonderful memories to savor.

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NASFKAB 10/21/2014 11:45PM

  this is great making memories with grandson wish could have done so also

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DOGLADY13 10/21/2014 9:48PM

    Sounds like so much fun. For sure everyone will have happy memories.

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COOP9002 10/21/2014 5:11PM

    Awesome that you got to make those memories with him.

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Day 54 - Countdown to Vacation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ouch! Another bad morning on the scale, but I do think I'm getting back on track. My fear is failure as in a few days I must drive out to care for my 100 year old mom. She really needs full time care and can't afford it. She refused to go into a nursing home. She has always been very selfish so this is not really a surprise. Still it will be hard to be away from my husband indefinitely. I hate leaving my grandkids, too. Bottom line is that our vacation may never happen. Thankfully, I bought trip insurance. But, it sounds like Mom may not live much longer. For her sake I pray that is true...so much pain, so weak, so miserable. Her care giver agency nurse came by and threatened my brother with protective services. Her doctors and other nurses told us she was fine to be at home alone for awhile longer. But, we don't want to get into trouble so I will go and stay. She won't like that I have to leave my husband, but will be glad to be at home. So, this week I'm working like a maniac trying to get myself ready for the trip.

  
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NANCY- 10/22/2014 7:37AM

    So sorry that you have to be away from your family and what a wonderful daughter you are to go care for your mother in her time of need.
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MARGOO_GNU 10/21/2014 2:12PM

    I'm so sorry you have to do this. My stepmother was senile the end of her life and when we took her car away she would call and rage at us (my stepsister and me) daily. We had to get one of my brothers in to actually take it from her, she wouldn't have listened to we women, it had to be a man.

I would find a hospice or nursing home that she could afford that you like okay, even one near you instead of where she lives? At her age and state of health she can't very well do much about it. It is not like she can get any angrier or more stubborn or live "better"? Use your rightful knowledge that she doesn't like you leaving your husband; there is no wonderful solution so don't give so much of your self away on your end, you still have to live afterwards.


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STEPH057 10/21/2014 12:17PM

    Everything happens for a reason. I know the timing and circumstances are bad, but try to cherish the remaining time you have with your Mom. emoticon

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RAINRUNNER5 10/21/2014 12:11PM

    You're doing good by your Mom. :D

Good luck!!

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Day 55 - Countdown to Vacation

Monday, October 20, 2014

A bit sad today after gaining 2 pounds on trip to visit son's family. We ate out every day, usually twice each day. Had some amazing meals and did a lot of walking. But, walking did not counter all those calories and carbs. Today I'm getting back on track and hoping some of the weight is not actually weight, but bloat. We'll see. I think this will be a great week! Take care everyone!
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NANCY- 10/21/2014 8:44AM

    Might just be more salt ... give yourself a few days for your body to readjust.
So glad you had fun.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/21/2014 8:15AM

    Sounds like bloat to me -- the succeeding week will see its loss and maybe a friend or two!
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NELLJONES 10/21/2014 8:12AM

    It doesn't matter if the weight is real or fluid, you're back on track either way.

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NASFKAB 10/20/2014 11:21PM

  keep at it dear friend

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SHAMROCKY2K 10/20/2014 10:46PM

    I was a guest of my daughters this weekend and even eating in managed to gain. It's hard when you are not the one planning the meals. Keep tracking food as much as possible for a lifetime of good health!
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DOGLADY13 10/20/2014 9:36PM

    Don't underestimate the power of sodium to make you retain water. Increase the amount of water you drink and see if that doesn't help.

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PURPLEPEONY 10/20/2014 6:50PM

    Restaurant food has a lot of sodium so it may just be fluid retention. Get back on track & you`ll be back to normal soon. emoticon emoticon

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Day 59 of Vacation Countdown

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It may be 59 days until our tropical get away in December, but in an hour or so we leave to pick up our 10 year old grandson to board a plane for a fun long weekend getaway. I am so excited to have his all to ourselves - no fighting with his big brother or little sister. No getting lost in the middle. It's all about him...at least for the plane trips. We will stay with our son and family. They have two little girls and I know the kids will have fun together. It's been a year since they've been together so I am very eager to watch and enjoy. Meanwhile I finally am beginning to lose the weight I gained over about a 8 month period. Hopefully by the time my countdown finishes I will be lacking quite a few more. We'll see. Have a great weekend everyone!
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BEESTILLANDKNOW 10/20/2014 4:30PM

   

Enjoy yourselves!

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NANCY- 10/17/2014 4:00PM

    Enjoy! I cannot wait to hear all about it.

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GRAYGRANNY 10/17/2014 3:05PM

    emoticon on the weight loss
Hope the trip was enjoyable

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NASFKAB 10/16/2014 11:05PM

  have a healthy & safe journey stay focused

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SPEEDY143 10/16/2014 9:11PM

    Bon Voyage emoticon have fun emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/16/2014 7:00PM

    That is so wonderful you are doing that - so sweet as he is the middle child

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2BDYNAMIC 10/16/2014 6:36PM

    Have a wonderful time ......... so happy for you! ......... emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/16/2014 5:00PM

    Sounds like a good time! Have fun!

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WIFE48 10/16/2014 4:15PM

    Have a great time with your grandson. emoticon

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PURPLEPEONY 10/16/2014 4:06PM

    emoticon Have fun!

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Day 61 - Countdown to Vacation

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I walked for quite a long time today as I hunted for gifts for granddaughters and then once home I had to walk back down to find a lightweight travel purse for a short trip this week and a rain coat for grandson we are taking with us to Seattle to help him celebrate his 10th birthday with one of his cousins celebrating her 6th. We are hoping he won't chicken out as the time draws near for us to take him to the airport. It will be fun to have him pretty much to ourselves for awhile. He's the second boy and there is also a little sister who is four. He sometimes gets lost in all the activities of that very busy family. Hope everyone is having a great week!
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NANCY- 10/15/2014 8:27AM

    Now that is a pleasure trip!
I can just see the bounce in your steps as you are going through your day.
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NASFKAB 10/14/2014 10:03PM

  enjoy the trip Happy Birthday great job doing so much walking

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/14/2014 9:28PM

    Fun shopping for a trip -- good job on the walking (the best exercise EVER)!

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SHAMROCKY2K 10/14/2014 7:49PM

    Enjoy your trip. Seattle is beautiful.

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2BDYNAMIC 10/14/2014 7:38PM

    Have a wonderful trip and good job on all the walking!

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