Sunday, July 29, 2012

My 1200th post and it's all about me


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adjective, vain·er, vain·est.
excessively proud of or concerned about one's ownappearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited: a vaindandy.

I wouldn't say I am vain.  Although I do fuss a bit over my appearance, I am NOT high maintenance.  I have not and I refuse, however, to let myself go.  Some things have changed, I no longer polish my nails and so what if my eyebrows are falling out (thyroid disease.)  The gray hairs don't bother me - much.  Stay At Home Mommy mode is ok but I refuse to give in.

I admit I am a bit obsessed with going to the gym.  I have let it slide a bit this summer.  When the girls are in school, I go almost every day.  I do my best to schedule things around gym time.  I've skipped lunches and playdates because I HAVE to be at the gym.  I like it.  I like my friends there.  I like the results I see in the mirror.  (Is that vain?)  Most days I wear a little make up and attempt to fix my hair.  (barefaced to the gym does not count!!)

It took me a while to get to this point. I decided to change something that I could not change on my own.  It would not change, no matter how hard I tried.  No matter my size or weight, it was always there to some extent.  No matter how much I exercised or how well my diet was, it stayed the same.  I've been working at it faithfully for 15 years.  So I decided to force the change.

A few days ago I did something somewhat drastic for me, and only me.  I did months of research and thought about it for even longer.

Now I do feel a bit - vain - for lack of a better word.  I admit it was superficial and expensive and completely unnecessary.  But something that has bothered me nearly my entire life is gone.  I'm badly bruised, sore, and swollen.  Will it be worth it in the end?  I believe so.

Now it's time to rest and heal.  And soon I'll be back at the gym.  Forty and fit is my goal.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Summer time fun

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Pictures recovered!!

Here are a few pictures from our party!  Clint was able to use some software and recover the pics from the SD card.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

The twelve hour party....

Yesterday we hosted our Annual Galliano 4th of July party!!  Things kicked off around 11am and it was 10:30pm before it was over.  Whew!  We had LOTS and LOTS of food.  The kids swam and played with water balloons.  When the rain hit they migrated inside and we all had a bit of fun with the X-Box 360.  By my calculations we had 53 people come through our house.  After dark we did our share of popping fireworks.  Val and Roni do not like the loud stuff, so we are pretty tame compared to many of our neighbors.

Unfortunately I have few to no pictures.  My SD card reader decided to eat the files as I was transferring them to my laptop.  Y'all know how much I like my pics so I am sooooo bummed!!  

Some of the decorations:

Val posing

Red, white, and blue!

posing again

Making burgers

And I did get a picture of my cake!

New swimsuits!

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Oh HAPPY day!!!

Happy, HAPPY day!!

It's OFF for good!!  Just in time for our party.  She has a removable splint to wear when we go places.  At home, she's free for normal activity.  I'm so impressed with her doctor.  They made it a point to see Val today after surgeries just so she could get the cast off before the holiday tomorrow.  How awesome is that?  Val's happy and I'm SO happy!!!

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Monday, July 02, 2012


The Fourth of July is fast approaching!!  The past few days have been all about prep work for our annual party. It's going to be an all day event starting at noon and ending after dark with fireworks.  I am tired just thinking about it!  I had reserved a big water slide for the kids, but with Val's broken arm, I decided to cancel it.  Cast or no cast, she wouldn't be able to slide and I just couldn't see going ahead with it.  We still have the pool and other outside toys so I'm sure it will be a blast.  A water slide is already on the agenda for later this summer - a 'Cast Off" party perhaps?  

Last night we went to our city's Independence Day celebration.  What fun!!  It was HOT but thankfully we went late in the day and it cooled off a good bit. It was almost with out incident until Veronica's sno-ball made a second appearance.  I don't know if there's anything more embarrassing than having your kid suddenly decide to splatter puke on Mommy's feet.  She was perfectly fine after that so we stayed until the fireworks.  

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