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Back to School - Back on Track

Friday, August 22, 2014

For me, the start of the school year feels more like New Yearís Day, than the actual New Yearís Day. Something about a fresh start and a clean slate, new pencils and all that. Back to school also means back on a regular schedule for me, and thatís not always a bad thing. Sometimes, I want to fight the clock during those early morning wake-up calls. And sometimes, itís frustrating to have to drop everything, to go pick up kids from school. But itís super easy to find the silver lining there. Early mornings mean Bubba and I can get our morning walk in sooner, so my day ends up being more productive. And this week, Iíve added strength training back into the mix. Iíd been away from it over the summer, so Iím easing back into it and it feels great. Today is Day 1230 of my exercise streak. WooHoo!


Taking Audrey to and from school is its own silver lining. She just started her Freshman year in High School, so this might be the last year or so that I take her. Soon, sheíll be driving herself. I enjoy those moments with her in the car, every day. Iíd post a first day of school pic, but I promised not to take one this year. Sigh. Remember when Audrey was in all of my vlogs and I said I was enjoying it, because I knew it wouldnít last forever? Yup, she definitely reached that point and Iím respecting her privacy. Enjoy the moments and be ready to move on to the next one, preferably without kicking and screaming.

What Bubba looks like, while Audrey is at school. ďHey lady, stop working and play with me!Ē

So, Audrey is a Freshman and Logan turned 20 this week. Big week for our house! Logan has been lamenting the loss of his youth. He thinks life is basically over, once you become an adult. I keep assuring him that heís barely begun and thereís a ton of good stuff happening now and just around the corner. He is the Eeyore to my Tigger. Look, here he was as a little guy, with our first bulldog, named Phyllis. Fast-forward to today with Manboy and his dog. (Heís oblivious to the fact that I have a blog, so he doesnít really care what I do. Iím just happy I got a picture at all. He Who Shall Not Smile.)

Proud of this hardworking, young man.

Another area Iím getting back on track with is lunches/snacks. Remember how I said I was going to start packing a stash to have at work, so I wouldnít grab something to eat on the way home, or binge-eat when I finally got home? Well, I did it. I have a little stash of healthy snacks in the fridge at work and Iíve already dipped into it once. It saved the day yesterday, when I wasnít able to get home for lunch. Next step, freeze some wraps at work and create a snack stash for the car. WORKDAY PREPPERS UNITE!

Stash, next to communion trays--occupational hazard :)

Early morning workouts-check, strength training-check, freezer meals-check, work stash-check. I think Iíll start seeing positive results on the scale in the next couple of months. As always, I remain optimistic! I hope you are too!

I will leave you with some unrelated photos, because thatís what I do. Audrey finished painting her room, so she was finally able to install a special decal that Shelley (BFF) made for her two years ago. Weíre not the quickest DIY peopleÖ Shelley makes decals for a living, so her stuff is really cool.

This is made with chalkboard vinyl, so Audrey can doodle all over it, using chalkboard markers. Sheís having a lot of fun with it.

A lot of my friends are artists; many of them are visual artists. Not only does Shelley have her own business, she has an art studio in her house. A couple of weeks ago, she invited a bunch of us over to play. We were supposed to bring our own canvas and we could use all of her paints and stuff. Audrey painted a hat box. Check it out.

Girl has skills

Visual art really isnít my thing, so instead of bringing a canvas, I brought this:

Paint by number, with the suggested look, original title--"Good Friends"

I decided to reinterpret it this way instead:

New Title: "Galaxy Cat and UniDog from Outer Space" (1 of 1)

Have a great weekend; paint outside the lines, be amazing. Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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MCJOYFUL 8/27/2014 11:15PM

    I just love your blogs! It looks like you have some pretty amazing kids. And way to go on the exercise streak! That is awesome!

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KALEWINE 8/27/2014 10:54PM

    I love your positivity! And back to routine can be great! And I agree about the beginning of a new school year being more like new year's than new year's. But then, my job runs on the school calendar, so it really is a new year.

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LORIVIOLA 8/27/2014 1:23PM

    As always, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, joy, artwork, and of course Bubba!
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LIVIN4LISH 8/27/2014 7:40AM

    Thanks for the blog - you've helped me rethink what a melancholy time of year this year. Only one of my kids started this week, the other two start after Labor Day, so I think between then and now is a great place to get a plan in place emoticon

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MSBEKANATOR 8/27/2014 2:04AM

    Love the fresh start, even though this is the second year I have had with no first day at school...not sure my baby would want me to fly up to her college to take a first day of school pic, lol. Time seems to evaporate; wasn't it just yesterday my oldest was nervously awaiting that first day of Kindergarten?
I think the fresh starts are also why I love Mondays. It's like being given a fresh clean slate to write my week upon. Doesn't matter what happened earlier, it's a new week, lol.
Love the artwork! Let me just say awesome!!! Love your creativity, and Audrey did an amazing job. What a fun day, and what wonderful memories you are creating with her.
Have a blessed day!!

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VALKYR8 8/26/2014 8:55AM

    LOVE the artwork (especially space cat and uni dog)! LOL!

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KIPPER15 8/26/2014 6:59AM

    emoticon You are the best lift for me on a bad day! Thanks so much!

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SJKENT1 8/24/2014 10:54PM

    I love the paint by numbers kits - they are such fun. I may have to try it your way... and let the artistry flow.


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LIVEDAILY 8/24/2014 8:19PM

    LOVE Galaxy Cat and UniDog!! Woot!!

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You rock!

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LADYJAJA 8/24/2014 3:48PM

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BABYTUXXY 8/24/2014 10:30AM

    Great blog as always!

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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 9:38AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. I love the art work and the pictures of your son.
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JANIEWWJD 8/24/2014 12:25AM

    Enjoyed your blog and enjoy your children!!! They do grow up fast!!!!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/23/2014 9:55PM

    Enjoyed your blog, as always!

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NANHBH 8/23/2014 8:37PM

    Kids are so much fun! I never thought Audrey would get tired of the limelight. Too funny that your son thinks his life is over.

Great job on having the meals and snacks prepared. You are so organized! Looking forward to hearing your results as time goes on.
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KAREN608 8/23/2014 2:29PM

    20 and his life is over? No, just childhood. Still has lots of energy, is limber and young ideas. Youth really does seem wasted on the young.

Weird paint by number. Bet it was fun to do!
All I did was string some huge sand dollars on twine to decorate a bathroom window and remember a friend who is moving away to chase her dream of living by the sea at age 64.

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 11:33AM

  They grow up so fast (sob, sob)! My beautiful dd is about to turn 21, and I can hardly stand it/believe it. Good for you for getting back into the groove so well.

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AZMOMXTWO 8/23/2014 10:35AM

  it is so sweet when they get older but it is hard also love the blog

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DJSHIP46 8/23/2014 9:37AM

    Sparking-on here... Loved your blog!!!

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123ELAINE456 8/23/2014 9:04AM

  Awesome Blog. I always Love Them. Beautiful Paintings. Love Them Too. You are doing Great with the Snacks. Keep It Up. Love the Photos. You have a very Good Looking Son. And Bubba is so very Cute and Sweet. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Fun Week. A lot of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!For Everyone. Take Care. And Stay Safe.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 8/22/2014 11:45PM

    As always, loved your blog. You are so entertaining. Good job preparing your snacks ahead of time and taking them to work. You will be successful!

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WALNUTT1961 8/22/2014 11:39PM

    Great blog! Love your prepping ideas. Great pictures and art! Happy Birthday to your son and hope Freshman year is exciting and fun for your daughter. My son is 23 and doesn't want to get caught smiling either.

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LINDAK25 8/22/2014 10:24PM

    Thanks for making me smile at least. I sincerely hope I don't dream about your UniDog tonight!

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SUGAR0814 8/22/2014 10:22PM

    Love the paintings! emoticon

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JAMER123 8/22/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon Can be really fun to paint outside the lines!! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/22/2014 9:57PM

    emoticon Prepping saves the day all right! I'm in batch cooking and freezing for later when things are fast-paced. emoticon to your fine son, and emoticon to sweet Audrey on her freshman year. Keep up your AWE~some progress, dear heart~ emoticon BB~ emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/22/2014 9:43PM

  awesome

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PICKIE98 8/22/2014 9:38PM

    Both of your kids have your features, but your hubster's coloring.. Logan gets more handsome every year... he will find his niche`..

I really, really , miss Audrey on Sparks.. she is the Abbott to your Costello, the Hardy to your Laurel, the Teller to your Penn!!

I really hoe she joins Sparks...

I am so happy to see your snacks are so organized and in place. You must really inspire your co-workers!! And Bubba..

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OLDERDANDRT 8/22/2014 9:10PM

    Lucky Audrey! Our kids have to wait till Mon., 8/25! hehe Nice that the early schedule will be a great thing for you and Bubba!!

Glad the freezer meals and snackies and such are working out, too!
I've told you before that Audrey is totally talented!! (She get's it from you whether you choose to admit it or not! hehe)
Sorry Audrey has decided she's too big for her pic to be in your blog, but I'm hoping that somewhere along the way over the next few years that she'll allow it!
Have a super weekend, my friend!! (((HUGS)))

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SUZMANNIE 8/22/2014 9:07PM

    I like what you did with the paint by numbers. The painting they wanted you to paint looked like a Hallmark card from the 1960's. Bravo for you for packing snacks. Sometimes "willpower " comes down to being prepared.


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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/22/2014 8:50PM

    Love all your creativity - even if YOU don't think so!

Thanks for sharing!

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LOLAJO54 8/22/2014 8:00PM

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HARROWJET 8/22/2014 7:59PM

    They do grow up fast. You are wise to enjoy the precious moments when they happen.

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FELINEBETTER 8/22/2014 7:46PM

    Spark on, Spirited Girl! lol Love your blog! "Our" little Audrey is all grown up!

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2014 7:04PM

    I love your blogs! Such spirit! Like you, the first day of school has always been extra wonderful for me.

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THOMS1 8/22/2014 6:47PM

    You lead such an interesting life. Have fun! emoticon

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GABY1948 8/22/2014 6:08PM

    GREAT artwork!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 5:45PM

    Yikes! How do these kids keep getting older . . . but we DON'T! Ok . . . BWAHAHAHAA . . . moment of insanity there . . . a senior moment??? Nah.

Enjoy this year with Audrey. The moments becomeprecious and few as they get older.

Awwwwww, Bubba is going thru Audrey withdrawal. Poor guy! My Mr. Spot is going thru withdrawal, too, as DD starts back to college. What am I saying . . . so am **I** going thru withdrawal!

Well, good luck getting back into the not-the-summer-anymore-routine. It takes a it of time.



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JOYINKY 8/22/2014 5:31PM

    Planning for success--check!

Great blog, and fun. This is the first year I don't have at least "grandkid" duties related to school and I kind of miss it! It does give structure to your day and week! Oldest 4 grandkids are all driving now and cover any needs of the 5th that lives here. Two others live too far. Yes, it is in it's own way the start of a new year. Make it great!

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BEINGERIN 8/22/2014 5:28PM

    Ok...your "paint OUTSIDE the numbers" project ROCKS!

It ROCKS!

'nuff said.

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JUSTYNA7 8/22/2014 4:46PM

    Who says you are not an artist, lol. Had to call my DD to look and she loved it. Enjoy the structured days. I'm trying to do a little of that myself but waiting for knee surgery makes it variable. only because what I WANT to structure is still on hold. People make plans and God laughs. He is really having a good chuckle right now!

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RAINBOWMF 8/22/2014 4:37PM

    emoticon and keep planning.

Love the pictures.

Mary

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/22/2014 4:23PM

    Looks like you have a plan and are planning to make it work! My DD is all done with school, so there is no new start for me in September this year...but it's okay...we can all make a fresh start whenever we need to!

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Bubba Walk: Different Kind of Adventure

Monday, August 11, 2014


Took a muggy, morning walk with Bubba and rambled about stuff Iím trying and going to try. Kind of a long vlog for me, but wanted to share a couple of things, in case it helps anyone else. Feel free to learn from my mistakes! (Also feel free to skip entirely.) Iím okay with slow and steady, as long as Iím learning along the way.

I wonít bother restating everything I said in the vlog. Suffice it to say, Iím still doing freezer meal prep for dinners. And now Iím going to extend that to lunches. I think having emergency stashes at work and in my car, is going to help during those times Iím stuck at work and canít get home.

Work has been pretty interesting lately. We shot an amazingly cheesy, music video for an upcoming project. Audrey did all the hair and makeup. Check out the look she gave me:

I should go to the grocery store like this.

Hereís the rest of the ďband.Ē This would be funnier, if you knew what we really look like. Just know that these people are actually a nurse, teacher, worship leader, truck driver and electrician. Now, we have all discovered our secret, inner rock star. heh heh

We. Are. Rockstars

Also, weíre recovering from popping 600 bags of popcorn for the weekend. We started a new, summer movies series and are serving popcorn each week. Thatís a LOT of popcorn.

I may stop loving popcorn in the next five weeks...

Weíve had fun with the set, though. Lookó giant, candy boxes, full of calorie-free, invisible candy. SparkWorthy.

Imagine if those SnoCaps were real! Holy cow.

And hereís a little Pinterest win we tried. We wanted to make our movie posters light up, like the vintage signs. One of my team members found this tip and it worked really well. We cut slits in ping pong balls and slid LED Christmas lights into each ball. They form little light-up globes. It was cheap and turned out really cute. I think Shelleyís daughter is going to use this idea in her dorm room. Iím not really a crafty person, but thought Iíd pass this along. It really is a clever idea. Just make sure the lights are LEDs, so you donít melt the ping pong ballsÖ

Fun little idea

Well, I suppose Iíll sign off here and go tackle some housework. My house looks like itís been in the eye of a sharknado. (Please tell me youíve watched at least one Sharknado movie this summer. It gives your brain some necessary rest time.)

Oh, I must leave you with this inspirational photo of Bubba. I love these flowers; I think theyíre totally Dr. Seussian creations. Cindy Lou Who probably has a vase of them on her nightstand. I was later informed that the flowers are called Naked Ladies, which probably makes this picture inappropriate now.

A Moment with Bubba

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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MRSRIGS1 8/26/2014 10:49PM

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You're too funny! The set (and ideas) are incredible!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:51AM

    Sounds like alot of fun!

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KELLEYAIMSHIGH 8/20/2014 7:27AM

  I'm still laughing about the "hair and makeup" and your notion to go to the grocery store like that! The pic makes you look a little like a cross between Roseanne Barr and Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister!! Great job.

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KIMBALLITE 8/15/2014 6:32PM

  Loved your blog, loved your dog.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/15/2014 1:30AM

    Great blog well stated

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CKAYTHOMAS 8/14/2014 11:55PM

    Love you and love your vlog!
I am adventurous. I am LATE 50's and I skydived the last day in May. In July I went to Belize and toured a cave - it was crazy scary and hard - one of the most challenging things I've ever done!
I love the Lord and I love the life He is blessing me with!
Thanks for sharing your triumphs and struggles.
Also, I just got back from a mission trip to Nicaragua - and saw God at work!
Love that you are so REAL!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/14/2014 11:14PM

    Y'all seem to be having a lot of fun! BTW, the naked ladies aren't really naked because they've got their bloom(er)s on. LOL emoticon

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CICELY360 8/14/2014 9:13PM

  Good blog.

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PEGGYO 8/14/2014 8:36PM

    great one thanks

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NSCARNEY 8/14/2014 2:05PM

    I would have an adventure with you any day! Thanks for sharing your warmth, you humor, and your Bubba.
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TBOURLON 8/14/2014 10:28AM

    You should post a video of your "band!" I'm a closet rocker, too! emoticon

Sorry, haven't seen any "Sharknado" movies, but did go to see "Into the Storm," and I highly recommend it. May go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" this weekend, I've been resisting it but everyone says it's a hoot!

Like your comments about adventure. One of my goals that I've talked about is wanting to travel to Middle Earth - New Zealand, to be exact, and I've been saving my pennies for that. Not this year, hopefully next! I'm so-so with meal planning, actually haven't done that in a week or so. It seems like a To-Do list at work, something ALWAYS comes up and I have to roll with it. There are nights when I come home tired and just don't feel like cooking, but my hubby's a diabetic and has FINALLY gotten serious about counting carbs, so I need to do my part for him and get back into meal planning. I also keep a stash of "healthier" snacks in my desk, to try and avoid (or at least limit) the higher-calorie "not so healthy" yummy treats. Some days are better than others in that regard. Thanks for the video, and hang in there!!! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/14/2014 9:42AM

    Slow and steady sounds good to me. Do the Rockstars have a video?

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MSALICAT 8/14/2014 8:50AM

    Life IS an adventure and it's yours to define it - you do it well! Thanks for sharing yours!
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OSCEOLABADGER 8/14/2014 8:39AM

    Awesome blog! Love all the creative things you've been up to.

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IMLOCOLINDA 8/13/2014 11:28PM

    Glove compartment or jockey box here in my part of Montana! You are such a treasure!

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MM11113 8/13/2014 9:30PM

    Glove Compartment - central Ohio

Love your spirit!

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PUNKGIRL5003 8/13/2014 6:06PM

    Very awesome blog i loved it, and yes you should def go to the store with that hair do, see peoples reactions.
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FRABBIT 8/13/2014 5:43PM

  What a very interesting vblog. thanks for sharing. I really need to figure out how to put some adventure in my life and find a better balance. You are doing great.

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TRACYTREECE 8/13/2014 4:16PM

    You are kinda awesome!! And I call it a Glove Box (northwestern Ohio)

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    thanks for sharing

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    Ditto!

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KIN59VARA 8/13/2014 1:51PM

    What a great vlog as usual. You are an inspiration! I don't think I could try to walk the dog and video.

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CHARITYAK 8/13/2014 10:47AM

    Goodness! That was a lot of fun! :) :)

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MEBAZI 8/13/2014 9:13AM

    That was the best vlog I've seen! I felt like I was on the walk with you guys! I loved the creativity you added, the different random shots, the music.... quality conversation.... good stuff! Thanks!

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TENNISJIM 8/13/2014 6:44AM

    Woo hoo.

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JSTETSER 8/13/2014 6:26AM

    Nice blog!
Today I am motivated to do more!

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JIBBIE49 8/13/2014 12:52AM

    Hugs

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SJKENT1 8/12/2014 10:39PM

    What a great way to think of Adventure. I too have thought I'm adventureless, but no I'm not. My life is an Adventure... Adventure in Awesomeness. Just somedays I need to be reminded.

Thanks for the reminder!!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/12/2014 9:47PM

    nice...... Those are called Naked Ladies and I have a lot of them in my yard.

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SPEDED2 8/12/2014 9:33PM

    My mother called those flowers Surprise Lilies, because after the leaves die and disappear, the flower come up and bloom.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/12/2014 9:04PM

  Shelli,
Your so entertaining. I can really see WHY you love your job! You have a lot of opportunity to make your messages visual, use music, stories, and the like. I don't think a lot of churches do this stuff that much, except a play, Christmas or Easter musical. I 'm positive it would help people remember the point.

I appreciate what you discussed about finding balance with work, home, family...

I hope you find some good things for lunch. I know they have freezer dinners, but didn't think they had lunch things... DUH.

I hope it works out.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/12/2014 7:50PM

    Your rock band looks like it's right out of Woodstock!! Groovy!!!!!
Love the huge candy boxes and the movie posters with the pingpong ball lights! From your picture, they look like the real deal!!
I really love your videos esp. when Bubba is with you! What a handsome boy!! It must have been quite a humid day as the sweat was really beaded up on your face! I felt like I was really with you on your walk. I'm glad you got some lunch ideas, too. I'm always wagging my finger at my DD for skipping out on her lunch , but she says, "But mom, I was busy!" Same ole same ole! hehe
I know you love this job and you do it super well! (Being Wonder Woman, I'd not expect any less!) But do keep track, dear. Don't let it drain you totally! That girls' vaca recently help tremendously, I'm sure!
Stay safe and Spark on, for you are the brave Sparker!! (((HUGS)))

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TIHAITIEN 8/12/2014 7:29PM

    Your so great.

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Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose

Monday, July 28, 2014

I know youíve eagerly awaited the next Laundry Room Accordion Concert. Honestly, how have you lasted this long? How? I regret to inform you that Accordion Concerts are now being held in the garage. Now you know. Why am I sharing this? Because I can. And I think itís highly SparkWorthy, to share whenever youíre trying and learning new thingsóeven if itís the accordion. Heaven help us.

Accordion matters aside, hereís a little vacation update. If you read my last blog, youíll know that we had a girls-only road trip to Nashville, to visit family.


Here we are, setting out.

We had such a great time. Nothing super organized, just a quick, yet relaxing trip. We called this the ďGet Out of Town for a Couple of Days, Before We Inadvertently Kill SomeoneĒ trip. You know what Iím talking about. We all needed a break! But guess what? We kept the streak alive, by working out in the hotel fitness center. Woo to our hotel hoos.


We worked out every single day. ROAR

And guess what else we did, with all the time in the world and no agenda? We went to a childrenís Science museum and planetarium. Without children. Yes, this is what we (along with the two, older teenagers) decided to do. Nerds. And guess what? We had so much fun! Turns out, itís way easier going to a childrenís museum without children. Who knew? We had fun climbing all over things and Shelley and I only nodded off a couple of times during the planetarium show. We werenít bored, just relaxed and the lights were out.


Finally! My chance to ride on the Magic School Bus.


Shelley, dangling from a large rope and using leverage to lift a small car.


The girls, trying to do some hockey thing, that we never figured out.

And hereís another thing we tried to do, while traveling. We tried to eat semi-reasonably; lunch portions, splitting meals, etc. The one, big, splurge meal was at a Mexican restaurant. You have to understand that my cousinís mother-in-law owns the restaurant. This is her home cooking, the real deal. Jody (my cousin), wanted us to try everything. We felt obligated. I was raised in the South; I have manners. But Jody had the smart idea of ordering everything family-style, instead of a bunch of separate meals. So we had this huge table, full of food, but we only sampled a little bit of everything, rather than gorge on one thing. Just a taste of this and that, instead of the whole thing. It was a great way to try a lot of different things, without overdoing it in a big way.



Me and Jody (Can you tell weíre family?)

Anyway, I thought that was pretty brilliant and thatís a tip Iím gonna try to remember. That said, the scale did bump back up a little. But Iím not alarmed. Even eating somewhat reasonably, Iím sure that my sodium intake was up. That always throws me for a loop. And I never can drink as much water while Iím traveling, as I can at home. So, I expected some fluctuation. Itíll all even out in the long run. And I got some very valuable rest and relaxation that my brain so desperately needed.

And guess who was very glad his walking buddy came home?


This guy.

Another news flash: Last week was the first week that my knee felt normal! Guess it really did take six months to heal from the Death By Bulldog Sprain. Iím awfully glad it finally did, because this dog does not want to stop. Check it outóBubba finished his first 5K the other day. (Heís probably done one before, but this was the first one I actually measured.) He did great! What a SparkDog.


I think he deserves a medal.

Well, Iím sure youíve had your quota of Mostmom exploits for one dayóaccordion concerts and vacation pics. Riveting stuff. I hope youíre having a good summer (if itís summer where you are) and getting to recharge your batteries (even if itís not summer where you are). Have a great week! :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!

  
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LADYJAJA 8/24/2014 4:02PM

  emoticon Shelli! :-)

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    Glad to hear you had a fun getaway! It's great how you kept your goals in front of you while on vacation. You exercised, watched your portions, and made healthy choices! Good for you!

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    emoticon Sounds and looks like a lot of fun

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MSBEKANATOR 8/6/2014 11:10PM

    Awesome! Road trip looks like a lot of fun! Love the concert! You Go Girl!!!! You have improved a lot! What a great inspiration to get out and follow your dreams!!!!

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    Super, Shelli!! Love it! emoticon

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URBANAUDREYE 8/4/2014 10:51PM

    IMHO... YOU SOUNDED AWESOME! And I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but I've got polka band relations, so from me, that's saying something. I'll polka the heck out of that one!

Next time you wanna take a little nerdy vacation, you should come up to PA. Crayola Experience in Easton is super fun. We took the kids about a month ago, and I'm pretty sure me and the hubby had more fun than them. (Actually, hubs made me leave earlier than I wanted to... it made me sad). Oh, and of course we have Philadelphia up here too. It's been a while since I've done any of the museums or historical landmarks in Philly, but it's a good time. We did go to the Philadelphia Zoo after I did Run or Dye (because what better than walking around a zoo for 4 hours after doing a 5k, right?), it was a good time.

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SUSIEMT 8/4/2014 10:19AM

    I loved the concert! Keep up the practicing! Yea road trips!

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  god blog

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SHARONCAPPS 8/3/2014 11:50AM

  Great post,. Thanks for sharing.

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  Great Concert! I love the pictures, the dog and the narrative! emoticon

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LMGMILLER 8/1/2014 6:18PM

    I enjoyed hearing you play, My husbands grandfather used to play. ( He passed recently) and One of our friends plays in a polka band. We are leaving this Sunday for a week long vacation that includes 3 days at the fair and I am very nervous about the built in controls I have at home being removed. You did a great job on your trip and that makes me feel like I can too.

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AMBER461 7/31/2014 10:28PM

  Thanks for sharing, it look like you had a great time.

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    Great outlook.....positive nd moving forwrd

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CHARTHESTAR 7/31/2014 6:16PM

    Just love your attitude! So positive!

road trip sounds great as well as the food! No worries on #. as you said spikes in salt can do that plus there is a lot of cheese in Mexican food.

Glad to hear your knees are better!!

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TATTER3 7/31/2014 3:53PM

    Oh girlfriend I am in love with your attitude. Thanks so much for sharing and making my day!!

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    Love your posts! You are so much fun, I wish you lived near me!

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    Love it...thanks. You sound like a riot and wish we were related! emoticon

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RITAROSE 7/31/2014 9:48AM

  You are a pure ray of emoticon my dear! I emoticon your sense of humor and fun!! Congratulations on your great achievements in your health, weight and MUSIC!! Loved it!! Thanks for sharing with us! emoticon Ritarose

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    Wonderful fun and I like the idea of sharing a bunch of meals. emoticon

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  Looks like you had lots of fun!

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    Oh my gosh! I just love, love, love your blogs! Thank you!! I think you're doing so awesome on that accordian!! You go girl!! emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing your adventures
Spark on too
One day at a time
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COOLRAIN 7/30/2014 4:53PM

    Loved this!
We called this the ďGet Out of Town for a Couple of Days, Before We Inadvertently Kill SomeoneĒ trip. You know what Iím talking about.
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Lucky you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/30/2014 4:27PM

    I remember that song from when I was taking German in fifth grade (I was in school in Switzerland.) Thanks for the memories!

And what a great trip.

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LISAREADS 7/30/2014 4:20PM

    emoticon So glad you had a great "get outta town" vacay!
The accordion is coming along smashingly, I must say ;-)))
Thanks for the pics of little Bubster too, I know he's a happy camper
to have his walker Mommy home...5K is really good too, glad to hear
the knee has mended, mine's on the fritz today from chasing toddlers,
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KIN59VARA 7/30/2014 12:09PM

    I love reading about your life! Glad your knees are better!

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SPARKASAURUS 7/30/2014 10:47AM

    omg, best.blog.ever!

I wish you were my neighbor! Good job on the accordion- that looks so hard!

I'm going to be thinking all day about "fox stole my goose, and give it back". emoticon

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    emoticon Love it! I'm glad that you had so much fun on your vacation!

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CHARITYAK 7/30/2014 10:12AM

    You're having a little too much fun with all this. We're supposed to suffer more.... :)

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    Great post

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MAWMAW101 7/30/2014 8:52AM

    Love it, love it! For several years I went to "Santa Claus Land" with a friend and we took no kids! It has been renamed Holiday World but I still have my picture sitting on Santa's lap!
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Quick Drive-By Blog

Monday, July 14, 2014

I AM ON VACATION!!! Woo to my exhausted hoo! I haven't taken any time off, since I went back to work in September, so I'm definitely ready for a break. I'm getting ready to do massive amounts of laundry, so Audrey, my BFF, her daughter and I can head out for a girls-only, road trip. WOOT! And guess what? The guys still have a couple of freezer meals left, so they're set. How about that?

Quick Watermelon Update: Apparently, this is the summer for me to try 14 different ways to slice a watermelon. First, there was the giant, slicer, which frankly--still makes me nervous. Next, were Pinterest watermelon sticks. Took me a while to cut, but they were super easy to pick up and eat, kinda like watermelon popsicles or something. Now comes, "skinning" a watermelon. Have y'all seen the video that's floating around? Here it is:
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I tried this, but imagine me doing it in super slow-mo. My knife isn't that sharp and I wanted to keep all my fingers. But it was a really easy way to deal with the rind. The watermelon chunks weren't as easy to snack on as the sticks, because you have to have a bowl, but still, pretty cool.

Results from "skinned" watermelon

Aren't you glad I share these important findings with y'all?

Here is one of the reasons why I'm exhausted and ready for a break. Last week was filled with set building/dressing. Here's an example:

Me in the lift, attempting to hang our foam-carved "Elisha." It's harder than it looks, people!

But, it turned out pretty cool.

I get to make cool stuff at work, because I work with amazing people.

But I'm exhausted and ready for a break!!

Also, yesterday, we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Just for fun, I'll share this vintage pic with you. Here we are:

There's a whole story behind that hair. Heaven help us!

Here's the reception, where the Best Man made a toast to Randy and SHEILA. Randy spit out whatever he was eating and I yelled, "Who's Sheila?"

Look at my face. Haha. We were off to such a classy start.

Okay, I need to sign off and head to the laundry room, so we can get this party started. Don't worry, I will definitely be Sparking on the GO. Today is Day 1191 of my exercise streak. We'll keep that going on the road.

I'll leave you with this sad pic of Bubba, who will be left for a couple of days, with humans who won't take him for a walk. Bless his little bulldog heart.

I'll make it up to you when I get back, buddy!

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!!

  
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CHERYLHURT 8/6/2014 7:14AM

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    GREAT pictures! Have a fun vacation!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/28/2014 10:57AM

    OMG!!! You made my day! I grew up next door to a first generation Polish family, and they had 4 boys, each of which learned a different instrument. The oldest one played the organ, and the next one down played the organ.. Let me know when you can do "Lady of Spain"... LOL... We moved away before the younger 2 got playing, so I can't say what other wonders were upcoming. I did learn a few words of Polish, but not enough! They were a really nice family, but we were almost always blessed with great neighbors! ANYWAY... I digress! Love the vacay photos! Looks like a BLAST!! My DH & I are childless, and we love to go to children's science museums. There is a fabulous one in San Francisco!

My favorite moment of the day is you telling me (and everyone else) that our lives must be so boring to watch you practice the accordion... And I only watched so that I could see you do something like that... heh heh heh... I believe I understand your sense of humor...

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/19/2014 7:35PM

    well if they donīt take bubba for a walk i hope they will at least clear up any little messes he might make,lol.have a great time.love the wedding photos. emoticon

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EILEEN828 7/18/2014 4:11PM

    I'm constantly amazed by the set building you do. Have fun on your trip and enjoy the watermelon. Bubba is going to learn just how much he appreciates you! LOL

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HYATTI1 7/18/2014 10:45AM

    Have fun you deserve it.

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NEWMOM20121 7/18/2014 9:09AM

    Enjoy your trip. Loved the blog, you always make me smile.


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    Happy Belated 23rd annoversary

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    Have a fun road trip. Thanks for sharing.

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    Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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LISAREADS 7/17/2014 8:22PM

    How's the girls VACA going? Thanks for all the watermelon ideas!
Hope the Bub-ster made it thru with "just the guys"!
They probably don't want to walk him for fear of the knee-capping? Ouch!
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WHITEANGEL4 7/17/2014 7:19PM

    Have a great trip and enjoy your time with friends

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    Love it! Hope your vacation is going awesomely!

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    Have fun and I know you will!!!!!

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    Thanks for sharing all your great news
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    Enjoy, enjoy! And that's got to be the saddest little face I've ever seen. You'll be warmly welcomed when you come back home.
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KALEWINE 7/16/2014 6:02PM

    I hope you enjoy your vacation! That watermelon skinning video is insane!

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LUVTOBOWL 7/16/2014 4:18PM

    You are funny. I hope you enjoy your well needed vacation girl!

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    Have fun!!

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    Enjoy your vacation! Your exercise streak is inspiring! emoticon

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    Happy Trails To You (imagine I am singing... no maybe you shouldn't...) Hope you enjoy every minute!!!

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    Happy vacation!

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    Have an amazing time!

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TERRIJ7 7/16/2014 11:08AM

    I'm getting ready to leave for vacation too, but we're going camping so will take our 4-footed family member. Poor Bubba--look at that face!

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    emoticon and have a great holiday!

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LADYJAJA 7/16/2014 9:39AM

  Wow! That guy has serious watermelon skinning skills! And a very sharp knife. Poor Bubba, he looks so sad :-( But you deserve a vacation and some girl time, so have fun! Thanks for sharing the wedding moments, Sheila, er, Shelli! Cute couple :-) emoticon

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    nice

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LADYGSC 7/16/2014 9:18AM

    You keep your blogs so interesting, love them!! Keep sparking!

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BARBARAJ73 7/16/2014 9:17AM

    Riley and I would love to take Bubba with us on walks... have a fun-time with the girls!!

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    emoticon Love Bubba! I have a bulldog too, Mazey! Enjoy your vacation!

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SJKENT1 7/16/2014 8:28AM

    Hey is that a new lift I see you on? Woo Hoo to that!

Happy Anniversary - that is fabulous!!

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    Happy anniversary and enjoy your vacation!!!

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    Have fun on your much deserved road trip.



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Freezer Meal Marathon--VICTORY!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

I survived my first Freezer Meal Marathon last week! Okay, technically, Iíve done a freezer meal workshop before, but this was the first time I did it solo. Audrey and I took a couple of days, scouring the Internet for recipes and building a shopping list. Honestly, the recipes arenít ďdietĒ recipes. Theyíre just regular food, made in bulk quantities or prepped ahead of time and frozen. Iím not that concerned about ďdietĒ food. Iím more interested in ďrealĒ food, less processed stuff, smaller portions and ready to have on-hand. So, this worked for me. Pretty much the only processed thing, was a can of beans I threw in one of the soups. Other than that, it was just regular food.

Back story: We have two major grocery stores in town. One is Kroger, which I know like the back of my hand. I can be in and out of there, lickety-split, if necessary. The other is Jungle Jimís, which is a massive, local store. I SO wish I could take you there via vlog, but they donít allow filming. It has to be one of the most interesting grocery stores on the planet. Itís full of animatronic exhibits and tons of exotic stuff. But I donít have that place memorized very well, because itís so big. So I usually just go there for interesting produce, special cuts of meat and weird stuff I canít find anywhere else.


They carry stuff like this. Cricket bars were NOT on my list.


I also found these, monogrammed beans. I passed on these, as well.

For some unknown reason, Audrey and I decided to do this massive shopping trip at Jungle Jimís. It took us hours. At one point, we both wanted to cry. We wanted to ditch our cart and just go home. But we had too much effort invested in it, so we soldiered on. We got the best produce and meat, though. But holy cow, we were glad when it was over.

By the time I got home and was ready to start prepping, it was almost evening. Did I mention that we got a late start, because a water pipe busted in our basement? Yup. I knew I couldnít cook or do anything, until repairs were made and the water was back on. So I didn't even get started until after dinner. But I was determined to do this on my one and only day off, so I persevered. Audrey helped as much as she could, but itís a small kitchen and sometimes itís easier to fly solo. This is insane, I know it isóI meal prepped until three in the morning. What can I say? I got a late start. I knew this was my only day to do it. It had to be done. Next time, Iíll schedule one day for shopping and one day for prepping. And Iíll try NOT to schedule a plumbing emergency. Really, what was I thinking with that?

But. I. Did. It. At one point, I was really running out of steam. Audrey hugged me and said, ďYou'll thank yourself later, mom. It will all be worth it.Ē Then, my mantra became, ďFor Future Shelli!Ē


One casualty of the night. Chicken Tortilla Soup that spilled while I turned my back for a second. That was not a fun clean-up, I assure you.

So, we have a freezer full of meals and I went a whole week without panicking or exploding when someone asked what was for dinner.
Hereís the rundown/quantities of what I made:
Lasagna (2)
Chicken Fried Rice (2)
Honey-Spiced Glazed Pork Chops (2)
Roasted Chicken & Veggies (2)
BBQ Ribs
Beef Kabobs
Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
Chicken Tortilla Soup (minus a few beans)
Roast for French Dip sandwiches

13 meals, with leftovers. And everything either has veggies in it, or will have veggies as big sides. Iím not gonna lie; pretty darn proud of myself. And Iíve been tracking my food this week and staying within range. Feels pretty good.

Important Watermelon Update:
As you know, my friend Shelley has a gigantic, watermelon slicer. I do not. I terrify myself and my family with a large knife. But one of my SparkBuddies, JoyInky, shared a great way to slice up watermelon. She found this on Pinterest. Iíll have you know, Iím usually a walking testimony for Pinterest fails; I really am. But I was halfway able to do this one. Except my watermelon sticks were more like watermelon spears or lightsabers. But theyíre WAY easier to grab and eat this way! Cut the melon in half and then cut it like you cut a potato for fries. Hereís the link:
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My watermelon sticks/spears/lightsabers.

I will leave you with this pic of my new practice space for my accordion lessons. With everyone home for the summer and my son working night shift and sleeping during the day, Iíve now been relegated to practicing outside in the garage. But Iím improving!! Iíll have to stage another laundry room/garage concert soon.


I think I need a soundproof practice room! I tried practicing in my car, but thereís not enough room. An artist is never appreciated at homeÖ

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!

PS: I forgot to mention that most of these recipes are freezer to crock pot meals. Can't get much more convenient than that. Not until they build a robot, home chef anyway.

  
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LADYJAJA 8/12/2014 4:36PM

  I just read this blog post and am so inspired! I know you must have been exhausted, working into the wee hours of the morning like that, but you also must have enjoyed that whole week not having to worry about "what's for supper" (it's a universal cry with all eyes fixed on Moms across the world at suppertime!). I think I'm going to give this a try!

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    Awesome job! I love prepping and freezing meals.

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    Way to go!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 7/26/2014 12:29PM

    I so need to do this!

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MOEFATLOSS 7/16/2014 1:28PM

    I love Jungle Jims although I don't go often. I spend too much money. I go there with my grand daughter who is now 6. We go in with the intent to find fruits and vegetables we have never had and try them. Our motto is: try something new, whether it be food or another life adventure. If we don't like them we don't have to eat them. We usually spends hours there, there is so much to see and we often get turned around and find ourselves in a place we have already been. It makes a great day trip.

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LIFESTYLE12 7/14/2014 4:51PM

    commenting on this a couple days later but honestly you have inspired me to do what I should have been doing already - would make life less stressful and more nutritious! Hopefully we can space out our shopping and prepping better to make sure we get some sleep in too! emoticon

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ANIHAKA 7/14/2014 4:02PM

    Once I'm home I will doing the same. We had a friend who cooked and froze his dinners for a week on his days off. The one awful thing he had the same dinners every day! Yours sound delicious.

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SIMONEKP 7/13/2014 7:34PM

    That's how I stay sane, every saturday or Sunday I cook for the week ahead.

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KIPPER15 7/13/2014 1:18PM

    Love to cook like that. Makes meals for lunches easy and fast dinners less of a stress. I usually use the whole weekend. You rock for doing all that after dinner! emoticon emoticon

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UNSTRUNG 7/13/2014 11:15AM

    I've thought about doing the freezer meal thing. I need to get a upright freezer first as I find that I can't reach the items at the bottom of the chest freezer and it all goes to waste.
I look forward to doing this though.

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LIVEDAILY 7/13/2014 4:16AM

    That was a TON of food!! You must have a huge chest freezer! All of your meals sound wonderful though. I have heard of Jungle Jims, yes, even all the way here in NJ! It's kinda fun to do "big" shopping in a place like that. Glad to know you are still practicing your accordian!
Spark On!

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FALLNTENN 7/12/2014 8:21AM

    That was an impressive amount of food to cook in one evening. Happy Eating! emoticon

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JOJOSLIVIN 7/11/2014 5:29PM

    AWESOME!!! As to Pinterest fails my mantra is as long as it tastes good its a SUCCESS! You might be inspiring me to pull out the accordion and try again.
Have a great weekend!

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BEVANNE45 7/10/2014 10:00PM

    Hi!! First of all, may I say, you're my kind of gal!! I am always so glad to meet folks with your sense of humor, and zest ! It makes me write a lot of exclamation points!!!!! lol

Sounds like a great adventure, and look at the outcome...meals for days!! That's fantastic, and may I say, also....I have tried to play a violin in my car..didn't quite work ...my sis plays the accordian, and it's great to see someone else with an interest in that great instrument...keep up the adventures, and the good work... emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/10/2014 7:24PM

    Fantastic. I do not do all my freezer meals in one day, but when I am cooking many dinners I make one for dinner one to freezer. Especially soups, stews and chillis. When I make chicken pot pie,, I make the filing for two, use one and cool the other to put in freezer for use later in month. Thaw and make the crust and bake. Saves so much time later when we are in a hurry

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MOONGLOWSNANA 7/10/2014 5:51PM

  Great watermelon idea for spears! I will do this when the 10 grands are here at the end of the month! emoticon

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MAJONES1225 7/10/2014 4:08PM

    Nice

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NONNAOF2 7/10/2014 12:28PM

  You are amazing!! I remember doing that kind of thing when I had a family at home, worked full time and made it to the gym, too. Boy, did I have a lot of energy from somewhere!! Now with only my son and myself and me being retired for a lot of years, my pace has slowed down as well as the need for making extra meals for us that would be ready for those days I just couldn't do one more thing! The great thing is that you did a lot of walking around to find what you needed, then putting it all together for all of those meals, so kudos to you and Audrey!! The variety of foods you made are so varied, nothing boring went into your freezer!! :-)

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JERICHO1991 7/10/2014 10:38AM

    Entertaining and informative. Thanks.

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MSFROGGIE 7/10/2014 9:25AM

    I'm single and that's how I cook on Saturday and Sunday. I'll make up vegetables (enough for 4 or 6 meals). then I cook up a few different meats.

It's easy for me in the morning, grab two meals (lunch and breakfast) and on my way.

sorry your day started out on a wet (ha ha) note, but it turned out great in the end!

Have a great week. Thank you for sharing!

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PENOWOK 7/10/2014 8:18AM

    Tremendous plan!! Plus, you probably saved a bundle and it sounds as though there may be some lunchtime leftovers in there, too!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/10/2014 7:18AM

    good job!

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-LORI-B 7/10/2014 6:41AM

    Will have to try this, but start with a couple meals at a time.
Thanks fir the watermelon tip. I am horrible at that! Lol


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VTMAID 7/10/2014 12:21AM

    Nice fun blog. I have been thinking of doing the same thing and I will remember to schedule it over two days.
Thanks for the great advice and I enjoyed your sense of humor!
Hugs,
Karen

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RENATA144 7/9/2014 11:25PM

  Amazing !! emoticon

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KALEWINE 7/9/2014 10:07PM

    Wow! You. Are. Awesome! I think I would have given up and not finished the project that day. I definitely would not have stayed up until 3AM.

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/9/2014 7:14PM

    What a great idea-I am seriously going to do this. Love your blog!!!

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MOLLYMORPH 7/9/2014 5:27PM

  You went shopping at Jungle Jim's and cooked 13 meals!? I'm very impressed and a bit intimidated.

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AMYSNEWSPARK 7/9/2014 4:36PM

    That's awesome! I'm a big Pinterest fan and have been contemplating the freezer meals for a while. I feel motivated again thanks to you.

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COWARDLYLION59 7/9/2014 3:36PM

    Wow I am with the rest and saying that is great! just wish I had the time to deal with cooking to freeze, saving meals to pop in the oven when ever needed. Now days it is just me and my sister at home and sometime she does not feel like eating a lot heck of a lot before work so good food would go to waste. We all do applaud you for save time when in a rush.

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LEESA-B 7/9/2014 3:33PM

  I love freezer cooking. But yes, you definitely have to shop and cook on separate days!

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SOON2BSMALL1313 7/9/2014 12:58PM

    makes me want to go put together a freezer week. It would probably do me good :D recipe hunt here I go

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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/9/2014 12:52PM

    Sounds delicious!

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ANNABELLE53 7/9/2014 12:50PM

  emoticon This is something I really need to do. I'm inspired by you.

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SASSYSNAIL 7/9/2014 12:42PM

    Absolutely awesome! I need to do this for myself. I have been thinking about it lately, since I get home from work between 6-7 pm or later and then have to get in bed no later than 10 pm to be up for work the next morning at 6 (5:30 if I can every get my butt motivated to work out before I go in). emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/9/2014 11:01AM

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I need to start doing that... preparing meals ahead of time. It sure would beat having cereal for dinner.

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SANDRA_E 7/9/2014 10:12AM

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HOPEFILL 7/9/2014 10:12AM

    Homygosh! You're amazing!

I've embarked on all-night cooking sprees like this, myself, but the most I ended up with was 3 meals. 3!!! (perhaps it's time to look into what takes me so darn long...)

Animatronic displays sound pretty wild.

Congrats on a super duper productive day!!!

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DIANAJEAN53 7/9/2014 10:07AM

    I know this blog was not about accordion lessons, but I am thrilled to know that people are still learning how to play the accordion. It has always been a much unappreciated instrument and it takes a lot of work to learn and play well. As a child, I took lessons for more than 5 years and competed pretty well in music festivals. It was a huge, enjoyable and satisfying part of life back then. I wish you much happiness in learning your music! Keep it up... emoticon

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