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Sunday, May 30, 2010

P90X A Year Later

Next month it has been one year since I started P90X. As you can see from my not so flattering "Before" photo below, I didn't have a lot of weight to lose, but definitely needed some toning and defining.

A year later, I have nearly met my goals. I have toned up a bit. Now I am working on gaining some muscle, especially in my biceps.

P90X works, as most any good program will, the key is to actually DOING the work laid out for you. Many people eagerly start a new program and give it their best for 1-2 weeks then give up when they don't see those results appear as fast as they think they should.

Remember, you didn't become overweight or out of shape overnight. Don't expect to get in great shape overnight!

Also while P90X is touted as a 90 day program, and you will see some great results in those 90 days, any program is really a lifestyle change. The 90 days is to help you create new, healthy habits, but it really is about a lifestyle of maintaining those new habits. You can't expect to workout hard and eat great for 90 days then go back to your unhealthy lifestyle and think you're going to maintain those results!
To learn more about P90X, or the new Beachbody program Body Gospel or any Beachbody product, visit my Beachbody Coach Website. There is still plenty of time to be swimsuit ready for the summer!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Guess It Wasn't That Bad After All....

My oldest son was homeschooled from the time he was in first grade(we took him out of public school the second semester) all the way through high school. There were plenty of times he felt he was missing out on something by being at home. There were the clubs, prom, social activities, ROTC, sports and other things that the public school offered that I just couldn't replicate here at home.

For high school we did give him the option to attend the local public school and even went as far as talking to the guidance counselor, principle and others. In the end he decided at least academically I could provide more for him here at home.

I've always wondered if he ever regretted that decision, especially now that he is in a classroom setting for the first time in his Hospital Corpsman training.

Today, I think I got my answer.....

We've been considering putting our toddler in a local Christian Preschool this Fall because he seems to be struggling a little in social situations and we thought regular exposure to people other than us, in a setting other than home and church where he is very comfortable may help(I can't believe, me, a 13 year veteran homeschooler was actually worried about the old "socialization" issue!)

Well, thanks to some health issues it appears it probably wouldn't be a good idea to put him in preschool. I was telling my son about this today, and he was blown away I was even considering preschool and asked why, and I explained, and he said, "school is just going to make those kinds of problems worse." Then he proceeded to give me advice on how to arrange more social situations for our toddler without putting him in school. He was very adamant about it too!

It just feels good to know that know that now that his schooling at home is all done, he still thinks homeschooling is the best educational option for his brothers! And he must have learned a thing or two during those years here at home, as he is doing very well in his school academically and socially and has developed into quite a nice young man...Sailor!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Patriot Guard Riders

I had never heard of these guys before this morning, but I had heard of the lowlifes they are protecting the families of our fallen heroes from. I am just sickened that these sickos at Westboro Baptist Church even call themselves Christians. They are so full of hate and ignorance, which is so anti-christian, that I really don't understand how they get away with calling themselves Christians.

But this post isn't about them, they don't deserve anymore attention than they already get. It is because of those same fallen heroes whose funerals they protest that they have the freedom to protest, like I said they're just ignorant.

The heroes here are these guys known as The Patriot Guard Riders. They go to the same funerals that the Westboro Sickos are protesting and put up a barrier of sorts between the funeral procession and the protesters with flags so the family members don't have to see the hurtful signs and images the protesters are waving.

Other than this video below, I know nothing more of this group, but I do plan on looking into them some more. This is a group who I would like to assist in anyway possible. This is the group that should be getting the attention at these funerals, not the low life's of Westboro. I think the news and media should focus on them and not even give the Westboro idiots any media attention whatsoever!

Here's a LINK for those having trouble viewing the video here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Spiders, Centipedes, and Worms, Oh My!

I was just thinking this morning how much I've changed since I first moved out to the country about thirteen years ago. I was just hopping out of the shower this morning and my kids were screaming that there was a black widow spider running loose in the house. I don't think they appreciated my unconcerned response to just get a shoe and swat it. Really, it's just a spider. It's not like it's going to quadruple in size, evade the shoe, and jump up and bite you! I was a bit irritated at their border line hysteria over the situation.

Me, I would just swat it and be done with it, but they have to make this huge scene over a silly little spider. Then they have to talk about it for the next several hours. Boys....(rolling eyes)

I haven't always been so calm in such matters though. Thirteen years ago I would have and did put on scenes quite similar to the boys or worse! A bee would fly in the house and I'd run out side screaming(where there are hundreds more!) Now I just let them be until they decide to fly back out.

Spiders have never bothered me much but anything else that creeps, crawls or flies and has six or more legs would cause me to go into full blown hysterics running and screaming until someone would come and remedy the situation. Now you will find me often just picking up insects with my bare hands and relocating them outside, or in the case of poisonous or venomous critters, swatting them with a shoe or magazine!

I never would have believed it if you told me thirteen years ago that I could sit in the same room with a bee buzzing around my head for hours and not be hysterical.

There are still less than a handful of critters that will get a reaction from me. They wont send me into a wild scene, but you wont find me volunteering to be the one to get rid of them.

Centipedes, Scorpions and Tomato Worms; yuck, yuck and yuckier!! I just can't bring myself to even swat a centipede or scorpion. I will however, not so calmly and while shaking quite a bit, get a jar and get them in there and make the kids take it outside. Tomato worms are a whole other story. They just gross me out more than you can imagine. They are odd not so little critters too. They hiss when you try to kill them. They just give me the creeps BIG TIME! Until this last year I'd just pay the older kids a dollar a worm to get rid of them. But with finances being tighter, I decided to try and get over my fear and tough it up and do the deed myself. I can now manage the smaller ones myself, but still pay the kids to rid my plants of the larger ones.

What has changed in these thirteen years to make me less afraid of all the creepy crawlies? They are still just as creepy today as they were back then. They haven't changed. I don't think I really have myself that much either. I think it's just the constant exposure. Each time of being exposed and having to deal with the situation at hand made it less yucky than the time before, until finally in most cases it got to where they really don't' bother me at all anymore.

In the case of the insects the repeated exposure has been a good thing. I just wonder how many negatives we allow in our lives as well that we would have never dreamed of, had it not been for the constant exposure making us comfortable with less than noble or moral thoughts, ideas and images? Makes me think of the old children church hymn; Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.

Friday, May 14, 2010

And The Winner Is......

We have a winner for the Well Planned Day Planner! We did this in a totally old fashioned, unofficial, but fair way. I had planned on using or some other such site to pick a number, but hadn't signed up for an account ahead of time, so....I told my brother in law how many entries we had, and had him pick a number between one and nine(he hadn't looked at the comments, so it was totally random) and he picked number THREE!!

So, Judy you are our lucky winner!! Contact me via email or Facebook and we can arrange for delivery of your planner! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Last Chance!!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter to win the FREE Well Planned Day planner. Actually, I will be accepting entries until tomorrow morning, but tomorrow evening a winner will be selected, and the item will be shipped to the winner by Monday.

Enter HERE before it's too late. All you need to do is leave a comment!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know I also have a Cooking Blog?? I have to be honest and say I update it even less often than I do here, but I just added a new recipe and plan on adding more the next several days as I have been trying lots of new recipes lately.

Lots of friends and family ask for my recipes, and this blog is where I keep them all. Not only to share, but so I have them stored in a place I wont lose them!

I also share tips on Freezer Meals and other make ahead recipes that can be real lifesavers for homeschool moms, especially during lunch time. Actually I think any busy mom would appreciate some of the ideas. If you have meals in the freezer you made ahead of time it will save you time and money when you are running late and tempted to buy fast food. I try and keep not only full meals, but things like pizza pockets, burritos, and breakfast ideas in the freezer so when one of the kids announces they're hungry, I only have to tell them to go to the freezer and pick something out.

If you're looking for new ideas or a new recipe to try, go ahead and check it out! I plan on adding links in the sidebar of other recipe/cooking blogs I enjoy and get lots of ideas from.

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Favorite Planner(and a chance to get one FREE!!)

I have been home educating my children now for about 13 years. In all of those years I have searched for the perfect for me planner. I have tried many different kinds, online, computerized, binders, day planners and more. Finally, after all these years I found it!

The Well Planned Day has everything I've been looking for all in one convenient spiral bound planner. Each planner is designed to hold lesson plans for up to four children, shopping lists, meal planner, and so much more.

The planner itself is very pretty and not overly bulky like many planners. There are encouraging articles throughout as well as motivating quotes, catechism and more.

This planner truly meets all my needs and has helped me organize our homeschooling better than any other planner I have tried over the years. The only thing I wish it had, but doesn't is pockets in the front or back cover or elsewhere to store extra papers like test scores or my yearly affidavits. Considering everything else it does have and how well it meets my needs, that one small flaw is easy enough to overlook.

They also make planners for middle schoolers and high schoolers. This year I purchased one for each of my middle schoolers so they too can have their own planners. Up until this point I've been writing their own plans in a composition book, which works just fine, but these planners are so much more cool, the kids are begging to use them now rather than waiting for the new school year to start in the fall!! They are actually excited about using them.

I love these products, as well as the magazine they publish. In my excitement I accidentally ordered two of the new 2010/2011 planner. I love this product so much that I thought rather than try and return the extra, I'd like to share it with one of you! For a chance to win this planner for yourself, all you need to do is leave a comment here, on this post. I will leave the giveaway open until Friday morning. Friday afternoon I will pick one lucky commenter to win the brand new planner!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


With my son graduating from Navy Bootcamp in Great Lakes, we decided to take in all the sights and sounds of nearby Chicago. Here are some photos of our trip in no particular order.

Wrigley Field was the top of the list for both my brother and myself. They sure love their Cubs in Chicago!

It is so hard to believe this is a LAKE and not the ocean!

AA little Italian place we found downtown where we enjoyed the ever so popular Chicago Deep Dish!

At the Navy Pier which was the top of MY list of sites I wanted to take in!

Pretty tulips right in the middle of downtown!

Quite an interesting Street performer!

Don't have magazine racks where I come from! I guess I am just easily impressed/amused.

A HUGE eight story high mall!! A shoppers delight!

More pretty flowers downtown. They take good care of their city!

While not much of a big city gal myself, I have to say I was pretty impressed with Chicago. Even as big as it is with all the crowds, they are friendly people and maintain their town well. There was much to see and do. Of course none of it impressed me as much as my true reason for being there to begin with, which was to congratulate my new Sailor son!!

A Giveaway!!

I have not been blogging very often lately. I have just been completely overwhelmed with the whole Navy experience and other stuff going on in my personal life. I intend to try and get back in the regular habit of blogging here again, and to kick it off I am doing something I've never done before: A Giveaway!!

I wont share just yet what the item will be, I will share that Monday. But I'll give a little hint, I think it is something any home educating parent will love!

Check back here Monday to see what the item is, and for a chance to win it. I will announce a winner that Friday and have it in the mail the following Monday.

Monday, May 3, 2010

He's a Sailor!!

It's been a long time coming, but Andrew is now officially a U.S. Sailor. I even have the pictures to prove it!