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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Family @ Peggy's House Christmas 2008


ME 5 Months later!!!!

I know I am a little late with posting pictures of myself on here. We went to my sister's house for Christmas as I posted about earlier . Then I was working on changing the background of my blog all night that I didn't get the chance to post pictures of me like I promised. So my five month anniversary of my surgery was actually Christmas Day.

~~~~SO HERE I AM 5 MONTHS LATER AND
82 LBS LIGHTER~~~~












~~~~AND HERE I AM IN THE BEGINNING~~~~



Monday, December 29, 2008

~~~~~~I LOVE IT~~~~~~~

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY BLOG FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS NOW. I CHANGED IT ALL AROUND. I LOVE IT!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK??????
LOVE IT OR HATE IT????
LET ME KNOW PLEASE

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!

So much to blog about, where do I start. Ok so I will start from today and go backwards. So you know today is Sunday. The day I weigh myself and post all about it. So I slept in this morning. I guess I was so exhausted from driving home and all that we did yesterday that I was tired. So I didn't go to church again this morning. I know I am getting bad about that again. Next week I will go I promise. I did weigh myself this morning though and I thought after all we did over Christmas and all that I would have gained or stayed the same. BUT I did the total opposite. I actually LOST 4 lbs this week. SO my total weight lost this week is now up to 82 lbs.
~~~YEP 82 lbs!!!!!~~~ I was so excited. Especially since I ate all kinds of things while we were at my sister's house for Christmas.
We got home from my sister Peggy house yesterday around 4:30. I thought it would be a nice relaxing night. But our friend Robert and his son Lil Rob and their whole family wanted to come over. WE haven't seen them in Months. Robert moved to VA so I said yes and I ended up cooking dinner for everyone. There was 19 people here total including my neighbors. I made spaghetti. It was the only thing I had since I haven't gone shopping. I did 5 loads of laundry while they were all here but WE had fun. After dinner, we all played Poker. I wanted to play for real money but no one had any money except me (I keep a change jar). So we played with just chips. Anyway it ended up being a Wonderful night. They all left like around 12.

WE ALL HAD A FANTASTIC TIME AT MY SISTERS HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!
My sister Peggy had been planning for months to have all of us at her house. All of us in the family went to her house. It was ~~~GREAT~~~ There was 5 families all at her house for like 4 days. That was a total of 19 people at her house. Lil Sam said it felt like a Lodge. With all the families there under the same roof. Her HOUSE is GORGEOUS. I was in my glory the whole time I was there. I was cooking and cleaning the whole time I was there. I loved it. I LOVE to cook for other people and I am most comfortable in the kitchen So I had a lot of fun being in her Beautiful kitchen most of time I was there cooking for everyone. It was great. I felt bad for Peggy and her husband Scott because that was a LOT of people in their house for a long time. I know when Saturday came, they were all ready for us to all go home. Just as much as we were all ready to go home ourselves. We can only handle being together for just so long. But all in all We had a Wonderful time. I loved it and I'm glad she did this for us. We were able to get a picture of the whole family for the first time ever being in the same place at the same time. I am not sure if we will be able to do that again next year. IT was a lot on Peggy & Scott.
THANK YOU PEGGY AND SCOTT
FOR ALLOWING ALL OF US TO COME TO YOUR HOUSE
TO SPEND CHRISTMAS TOGETHER

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Hi Everyone. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!! We are here at my sister's house now and I have just got done cooking EVERYTHING. We have so much food it is unbelievable. Our guests are coming in now. We are expecting like over 20 people. Dinner is supposed to be at 3:00.
Today is also my 5 month anniversary from having the surgery. I will post more pictures of me when I get home and take some more. My total is now up still up to 78 lbs until I weigh myself again on Sunday.
Well until then I am going to get to our Christmas dinner and the family.
Have a great day with all of your family.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

All Packed & Ready to Go!!!

So the time has come, we are all getting ready to go to My sister Peggy's house for Christmas. We are all going to be with my family for the Holiday. I can't wait. Peggy and all of us have been planning this for almost 6 months and I can not believe the time has finally come. We are leaving like 9 or 10 in the morning. It takes about 3 hours to get there so it shouldn't be too long. I came home from work today and did all the laundry, dishes, and then I packed all of our stuff up to go with us. It is funny how much stuff we need just for a few days away from home. Clothes, blankets, pillows, bathroom stuff, towels, Presents, and the list goes on and on. Now take that and times it by 6 people in here all trying to go to the same place. It is a lot when you think of it. I felt like I was packing forever. We are only going to be gone for like 4-5 days.
So hopefully the weather is nice in the morning, the traffic is good and we don't have any trouble getting there. And we should be good to go.
Everyone enjoy their Holiday with your families. I will post again in a few days when I get the chance ok.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!

It is Sunday again already. It just seems like the days are flying by so fast. So today we woke up to not only Rain AGAIN but this time it was FREEZING Rain/ICE. What a mess it was. I didn't go out till later. I just did not want to drive in that mess. So I didn't go to church. I know I have been so bad about going to Church lately. But it is hard to get out of the house when it is so cold and yucky outside, I just did not want to do it.
But I did weigh myself again today and now my total weight loss is now 78 lbs. yep 78 lbs!!! I am not going to worry about it too much over this week because it is Christmas week and there is going to be tons of food, family, friends, and I will be so busy. If I loose weight this coming week, I will be surprised. I am feeling fantastic. Doing Wonderful and feeling energetic. There is no need to complain about one single thing if I do not loose any this week at all. I have been doing WoNdErFuL !!!!
So guess what happened today? SAM actually went to the Grocery store with me. I know that sounds funny to some people, BUT my husband HATES SHOPPING. It is like pulling teeth getting him to go to any store. He said he wanted to go so that he can get an idea of things to get the boys for Christmas. We went to Super Walmart. WE still have not gone Christmas shopping yet. We are not going to be here for Christmas so I have decided to just wait till we get back to buy them things so it is not too rushed. I have some things for their stockings but the other stuff we are going to do the first weekend after New Years. So technically I still have time. Besides it has been very tight financially that I really have not been in the mood for Christmas this year. I am finally getting there though. I know I am a little late. But oh well at least it will be fun this year with Family and Friends.
So besides going to Walmart, we got the oil changed in the van today so that we can make the trip to my sisters house without breaking down. We got the van looked over and made sure it was all working in good condition. We only bought some groceries to last for the first few days of this week since we are not going to be here for like 4 or 5 days. All we have to do now is work for two more days then come home and pack up the million things that we have to bring with us to Peggy's house then on Wednesday morning sometime we will be leaving to Manassas, VA to spend Christmas with my family. I am so excited about that. I can not wait to see everyone, especially my sister Peggy and her kids and her gorgeous house.
So that is what we did today. Our tree is finally up. It was not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. Sam and Lil Sam got bored with the whole decorating thing that they just went to their rooms. SO Cody, Tyler and I finished it all up by ourselves. I kept hearing it over and over, "we are not going to be here for Christmas, so why are we decorating"? I got so tired of hearing it. I almost gave up. But they will appreciate it when we get back and have our Christmas by ourselves and the tree will already be up.
~~Everyone Enjoy their Christmas Week~~Have fun~~Enjoy your Families~~
Happy Holidays From Sam~~Patti~~Lil Sam~~Cody~~Tyler~~&~~Kimi

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I changed it

Ok for the millionth time, I am still trying to change my blog layout page. So I changed it again. What do you think? I am going to leave it now till I go to my sister's house for Christmas.

I'm Starting to get in the SPIRIT


Finally, I am finally getting into the Christmas Spirit. I have Christmas music on all day today. The boys and Sam are working on putting the Christmas tree together (yes it is artificial). I have had real trees forever and I just got tired of cleaning up after the needles for years. My friend gave me this tree a few years ago and we have been using it ever since. It works so much better.

So when all of our decorations, tree, and stuff is up today around my house I will post some pictures of it. I have realized that this year, our Christmas is going to be FAMILY, LOVE, HEARTWARMING, THANKFULNESS, FUN!!! NOT Presents, Stuff, and Expense.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!!!!!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM/MEMAY WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!!!
LOVE PATTI, SAM, LIL SAM, CODY, TYLER & KIMI

I got rid of the Banner

I am still trying to work out the changes I want to make to my blog page. SO tonight I got rid of the OVER POWERING Banner that I had on here. I liked it BUT it was JUST WAY too big for this page. I am still trying to create one that I like to put on here. So until then, I just got rid of it completely and Just put a welcome note on there. How do you like it? Soon my page will be the way I like it and want it to be and then I will leave it alone.
The SUN was out today!!! Yeah!!! I didn't realize how much I missed the sun until we have had so much rain that I was feeling gloomy.
I have been pretty busy this week at school. We have to work next Monday and Tuesday and then we will be off for Christmas Vacation. We are really looking forward to that. I am especially looking forward to going to my sister's house in VA. I can not wait. Mom told me all about her Gorgeous House and I can not wait to see it, her, the kids, and the whole family. I can NOT wait to cook. I LOVE TO COOK and I have not cooked in like forever. Sam works nights, the boys are picky and they don't appreciate a good meal, and I certainly don't want to cook for just myself, I can't eat that much. So I am really looking forward to cooking for my family. I want to cook it all. And I know Peggy won't mind, she will have enough to do hosting the family in her home. It will be magical, exciting, heartwarming, and wonderful. The only thing though, it will go by so fast and then we will all be going back home to our own houses and then we will have our memories to take with us.
Everyone enjoy their last weekend before Christmas. I know I will finally be putting the tree up and going Shopping, I haven't even started yet. I know last minute shopper. I just could not get in the mood this year. TOO expensive.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

IT'S still RAINING

Ok I don't know about all of you out there in blog world, but I am tired of RAIN. I Love the Rain but DANG I feel like we need to start building an ark. We have so much rain in the past few weeks that I am like sun deprived now. I want to see the sun again. I am tired of my shoes getting wet, I am tired of the bottom of my pants getting wet, I am just tired of Rain. I know we need it and all, and people would say it is better than snow. But I am just venting that's all.
Anyway, I was so tired yesterday that I was in bed by 8:30. The boys were in my room watching a movie, I just crawled in there next to them and started watching it with them then it started watching me. I was sound asleep by 9:00. The boys woke me up to tell me that the movie was over and they were going to bed. And then I slept all night. I must have needed it. I felt so much better today though and I am not tired tonight. I am doing laundry, we did FFY for dinner tonight and I am on here for a bit then I am done for the night. IT is still raining and I don't have to go out tonight for anything so that's good. So Join IN with me "Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come again some other day" LOL.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!

Yes, it is Sunday again already. So let me start with last night. Last night we went the party I posted about yesterday the one we were Honoring Scotty for. WELL that was a FANTASTIC party. He was so honored it went wonderful. We had a great time. It ended at 9:00 then a group of us girls decided to go out and party for a little while. WE had so much fun. Something I needed desperately. We went to about 4 different bars and were dancing and have a wonderful time (NO I did not drink). You all should know me by now. But we danced our asses off and had so much fun. I didn't get home till after 1:00 in the morning. I really really needed that time away. Time to chill.
SO then today I woke up, very late, after 11:00. So needless to say, I missed church. I made Brunch for everyone, then I put all the people in my house to work cleaning. Then I ran to walmart for a couple things and now I am chilling on here and doing some work.
Yes I did weigh myself again, it is Sunday after all, and I lost 3 more lbs. Now my total weight loss is 76 lbs. YEP 76 lbs. I feel fantastic. Especially after last night, dancing my ass off. I am a bit tired though today and not doing too much physical today.
Kimi got a job, she is working at this new pizza restaurant up on the corner by our house. She started tonight. She is working 5-11 tonight. She will be answering phones, taking orders, and waiting tables. She will be paid plus get tips so she is excited about it and WE ARE ALL happy for her. She has to buy some clothes though because she needs to wear black pants and white shirts. So I told her to take save her tips and we will get her some clothes.
The DRAMA in my house is settled down now things are back to normal and doing ok now. And my normal life will still include Kimbirlee, she is not going anywhere. She is almost done with school, she takes her GED test in January. Next time I post on here I will high light Kimbirlee. Then I have to highlight Sam.
I am still trying to change my background. It is not working. But when I go to my sister's house for Christmas, we will work on it then.
Until next time my friends. Have a great week.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Honoring Scotty tomorrow night

Where has this week gone? I have been so busy this week I can not believe it. I have a very big weekend ahead of me. We are giving our custodian, "Scotty" a huge retirement party tomorrow night. He has been working in our school for 30 years. He is the most inspirational, wonderful, kindhearted man I have ever met. We have been planning this retirement party for over 6 months now. It is going to be Wonderful. He deserves every hour and preparation we have put into this party. We rented a church hall, having a catered dinner, music, a program and there are over 120 people coming. He is going to be so honored. I can not wait. If anyone has ever met him, you would know what a great person he is. He not only takes care of our school physically, we have the shiniest floors in Capital School District. He knows EACH and EVERY one of our students by name. Takes time to come in early every single day to talk to our kids. He knows all of our staff and knows our families. He CARES about everyone and everything he does. He is just an amazing human being. We just do not know what we are going to do without him. He said he was going to substitute with us and go on our field trips with us so that he can spend time with our kids. That is just the type of person he is. I do not know of any other custodian who genuinely wants to spend time with our kids. Usually custodians come in after the kids leave, clean the school half fast, and then go on their way. NOT James "Scotty" Scott. He is just an inspiration to us all. So tomorrow will be his night. I will let you know how the party went on a later post.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Meet Lil Sam!!!

So we call him Little Sam even though he is big and almost an adult. We have always called him that. Meet my Oldest threereidboy--Little Sam. Samuel Alex Reid is 15 years old. He is definitely a teenager. He is in the 10th grade at Polytech High School. Polytech is a technical high school and he is learning Carpentry. He is doing wonderful in school. He really likes his school. He will be driving by the end of this school year. YEA I said DRIVING! I can not believe my baby will be driving. He does not have car nor a job yet, but it will all come soon. He is no hurry to drive yet because we said he has to pay for his own insurance and half the amount of his car that he wants to buy and he doesn't have any money yet so he is no hurry.
Anyway, Sam's birthday is exactly 5 years earlier than Tyler's they were both born in June. Sam was actually born ON Father's day. So that was a great present for Daddy. Our first born on Father's day. Sam is a very polite, understanding, gentle, and extremely Respectful teenager. Very hard to come by in teenagers these days. I am extremely proud of Sam. He loves little kids, he gets a long Wonderful with little kids. Our niece Courtney calls lil Sam her "buddy" there are inseparable. Sam has been around Courtney since the day she was born, there is such a bond between them. She is 3. He will make a great daddy one day (not too soon though). He doesn't have a girlfriend yet.
Sam does not have the attitude that most teenagers give their parents. He really is very understanding and abides by all the rules. I never have to argue with him. He has his moments sometimes, but not anywhere near what most teenagers his age do. All his life his teachers have told me what a great boy he is to have in class and now the teachers are still saying how respectful he is. I am so proud of him.
Sam's favorite food is Chinese food. Sam is no where near as picky as either one of his brothers. I guess I made him try more things as he was growing up. Sam is into the typical teenage music and clothes but nothing extreme. One thing that Sam does that I do not understand but I guess it is a teenage thing is he will watch tv on mute and listen to the music at the same time. I never understood that.

SO now you have met my oldest of my THREEREIDBOYS!!!

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!

So yes it is Sunday and it is my weigh in day today. SO this morning, I did not go to church again, no reason, just did not want to actually. The wind was kicking way too much and it was absolutely freezing out there and I did not want to go anywhere first thing this morning. So I stayed home until the afternoon. I did my weigh in again this morning and I have lost 3 lbs this week so my total is now up to 73 lbs lost. YEP!!!! 73 lbs. Can you believe it? I am so excited. I feel wonderful, energized, great. In a couple weeks it will be 5 months and then I will post more pictures on here. Until then you have to wait just like everyone else. I think it is great that I have been taking pictures of myself every month. I CAN REALLY see the difference on myself that way. All my friends are telling me that they can see it, but for me, it is kind of hard to SEE it on myself sometimes but the pictures really work to tell the difference.
SO today besides not going to church and weighing myself, I went to get a haircut again. The lady did a great job on my hair. I really liked it. It was very very windy though when I got out of there so it doesn't look that good. But what do you think of my hair cut. I like it.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Change my layout

I want to change my layout of this page SO bad, I just don't know how to do it. I do not like this layout anymore. I don't want to loose my page or mess it up so I am computer illiterate about it so it is stuck as the same layout till I see my family during Christmas. If anyone has any way to help me email me and Help! LOL!

Best Friday Night in a LONG Time

So last night, I had one of the best Friday nights in a very very long time. I have been so busy and BROKE. And I have not done anything for MYSELF in like forever. I came home from work and the three teenagers in my house asked me if they can go to this dance at the Moose lodge. I said yes. They would be out till 11. So that took care of Anthanei (my nephew who is staying with me temporarily), Kimi and Sam. Then Cody asked me if he can go to his friends house for a little while and hang out there. I talked to the boys dad and asked if he can stay there till like 10. So he went to his friends house. Then Tyler asked if he can spend the night at his friends house. I took him over to his friends house. Sam was at work. So Then I was all ALONE for the first time in like forever. So then one of my BFF called and asked what I was doing, I told her I was alone and she invited me to go to dinner and to see a movies with me. She paid for it all. I just left the tip for dinner. So I had a wonderful time. Just us, NO KIDS, we went to Golden Corral. I don't really like that place too much, it is just Way too much food. But she paid, I did not complain one bit. Then we walked around the mall for a while, she shopped, I walked. I didn't buy anything. Then we went to the movies and saw Four Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughan. IT was Hilarious. If anyone is thinking of seeing it, I would recommend it. It is a good funny, family, love/comedy. It was so funny. As I was sitting there watching the movie. I just sighed and relaxed for the first time in like 2 weeks. I was totally enjoying myself. It was great. Then I got home at around 9:45 and was followed in the door by all the kids except Tyler. The teenagers were bored at the dance so they came home early. So my silent night was immediately ended. It was great while it lasted though. I had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute of it. I am so glad I did it, I just needed a break you know. So that was my Friday. Today it is back to reality, kids home, house cleaning to do, bills to pay, etc. etc. etc. it never ends.
Today, I am going to convince Lil Sam to let me get a picture of him and I will post on here about him this weekend. Look for that to come soon!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's been a few days

So I just realized that I have not been on here in a few days. So I decided it was time to post something. I have been so very busy lately. There is just a lot of family drama going on on my side of the family at this time, way too much to go into. But anyways, because of that, I have been a little preoccupied and busy along with working. But it all seems to be settling down for now. And I am able to get on here again.
Not much else is happening. I still have to post about Lil Sam but he wont let me take a picture of him, he said he will break the camera. I will take it one day soon and post about my oldest, the first of the threereidboys. So look for that to be coming soon.
I am still feeling fantastic, but right at this time, I am exhausted. I am running so much with working, kids at home, meetings and all that I just need a break. I am so much looking forward to our Christmas vacation and being able to go to my sister Peggy's house in VA and being with Family for the holidays. I am looking forward to that more then anything else this year. We have not seen each other in a very long time and I miss everyone.
So until next time, talk to you later.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Get to know my CODY!!!!!

My "Coders"!!! Cody Charles Reid is 12 years old. He will be 13 in February. He is definitely turning into a Teenager. Oh My GOSH the attitude. Likes to have the last word, likes to argue with everyone, likes to think he KNOWS it all, likes to roll his eyes, I HATE THAT. But once we set him straight, he is back on track. He is going to give me the run for my money (if only we got paid to have children right?).
Anyway, Cody is VERY CREATIVE. He loves to do things with his hands. His favorite things in the whole world is Knex. He can build the most amazing things with Knex. He must have thousands of pieces of Knex. He loves Transformers and Bionicles too. Anything he can manipulate with his hands he will be happy for hours. He is so creative. He is also very gentle with animals. He loves animals. He said he wants to be a Vet when he grows up. I hope he does so he can help animals and make lots of money. Cody's favorite color is RED anything to do with Red. If we let him, he would wear a red shirt every day. I have to get on him sometimes because I am tried of seeing him in red.
Cody is in the seventh grade at Central Middle School. He is not the best at Reading and English but Math and Science. Man he excels with Math and Science. That is his speciality. He has the highest average in the whole school in Math. I don't know how he does it. You can give him something in math and he will figure it out in no time and explain it in HIS way, I have no idea. It is amazing.
Cody is a VERY very picky eater. BUT I have to admit that I created that. He would make himself sick whenever we made him try something he did not want to. We got tired of him "trowing up" at the table so we just gave up and now as a result he is so dam picky there are only like a handful of things he will actually eat. Most of it is Junk. Sam says one day, when he is older and dating, the girls will make him try things and he will then realize what he has been missing out in life. Until then, we deal with it.
One more thing I have to say about Cody and many of you would know this, CODY is Extremely slow. Everything he does he has to analyze it and take forever to do anything. He is always late for everything. But that is just him. Sometimes we have to light a fire under his ass just to get him moving. So unlike Tyler.

So there you have it. My "Coders".

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!!

So today is my weigh in day and I was SO EXCITED this morning. I weighed myself and I have hit one of personal goals. I have now LOST a total of 70 lbs!!!!! Can you believe it? I know I did not have any goals at all. But this one was just a little goal I had for myself. I thought that 70 was a big weight loss and it was so close I knew I would get there soon. So I am excited to share with all of my friends and family that I have now lost 70 lbs and I feel Fantastic.

I did not go to church this morning either. I actually slept in LATE. I could not believe it when I opened my eyes it was 10:53 AM I never sleep in that late. I must of been really tired. Besides it is raining all day and I just spent the day at home. Something I have not done in like 3 weeks. I am always on the run and doing things that today I just decided to stay in the house. I made turkey quesadillas for lunch. I made turkey salad to just have when ever and I am in the process of making turkey and dumplings. Then my turkey will be done. I love turkey but dang, I am kind of tired of it already. I made the turkey on Friday and we have been eating off it most of the weekend. But now it will be done.

I didn't even clean today. I did the dishes, laundry, and then I colored pictures, read a book, and now I am on here. And I am cooking the turkey and dumplings. I am just truly relaxing today.

So there you have my Sunday Newsflash. 70 lbs lost, chilling at home, cooking, and relaxing. NOT a bad day at all if you ask me.
I can not wait till I can change the layout and the header to this blog I am tired of looking at it. But I don't know how to do it. One day I will.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Count Down to Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is over, that is when it really feels like it is the count down to Christmas. NOT that I am in the mood for Christmas to come this year. It is just totally too commercial. The ONLY thing I am looking forward to for Christmas this year is going to my sister's house and being with Family. Other then that, Christmas is just not that too exciting to me this year. I think a lot has to do with Money (or lack there of). The fact that we are struggling financially just puts a damper on my Christmas plans. But I told the kids all about it and I told them we will make the best of it. I told them that we will be spending quality time with the family and enjoying the togetherness and that is all that matters. So Next weekend, we will put the Christmas tree and all the decorations up and maybe I will feel a little better about it all.
Other then that. I hope everyone had a Wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed their family and friends. We had a Fantastic time with Sam's family. Took lots of pictures. When I get the one back of just our family I will post it on here.
Tomorrow I am going to introduce you to one of my other threereidboys, Cody. Until then good night and God Bless.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!

EVERYONE ENJOY THEIR FAMILY TODAY AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

LOVE----SAM, PATTI, LIL SAM, CODY, TYLER, AND KIMI


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HERE I AM 4 months later 68lbs lighter!!!!!!!

IT is now four MONTHS since my surgery. I am doing ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! Feeling Wonderful, Energized, Lighter, Happier, Glowing. SO it is about time I put some pictures of my progress. READY OR NOT HERE I AM!!!!





And here I was in the beginning. WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!*****!!!!!


















Sunday, November 23, 2008

Meet MY THREEREIDBOYS!!!!!

I have decided to add new pictures of my kids and Sam on here. And as I was adding the pictures, I have decided to do a "get to know you" thing on my kids one at a time. SO Today I am posting about Tyler.







Tyler Daniel Reid is 10 years old. He is Exactly 5 years and 1 day younger then Lil Sam. Their birthdays are a day and 5 years apart. He is and always will be my Baby. He completes the Threereidboys. His favorite color is Green. He absolutely loves Turtles and anything to do with Turtles. He is smart as a whip. He is in the 5 th grade at William Henry Middle School. He has great grades in school. He absolutely loves to READ anything and everything he can get his hands on and he reads on an 11th grade level. He has a huge dimple on the left side of his face, so cute. He wears glasses all the time now and he said not to touch his glasses because they make him smarter. His favorite food is Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Shells, if we let him, he can eat the whole box by himself. He has more energy then the energizer bunny. He is the first one awake in the morning and ready to go. He loves to play with little Lego sets and all of his turtle things he has. He loves to have conversations with anyone who will listen to him. He has such an extensive vocabulary. Some of his favorite words are "actually, seriously, technically, currently, etc." he is so funny when he is explaining something because he is so detailed in his explanations. He is fun loving and fun to be around.
So there you have it, my youngest boy!!!

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!!

Today is Sunday, the day I weigh myself and post my progress. So here is my progress so far. FIRST of All I have lost another 2 lbs. So my total is now up to 68 lbs. Can you believe it? Second, I still feel absolutely fantastic! I am doing so good it is crazy. "I feel like a woman" LOL. I am truly happy with myself right now. I have new clothes, new attitude, and a new me. Only the inside is still the same me. Lovable and happy.
I went to church today and it was so nice. Thanksgiving is this week and they were talking about how much you should be thankful for. And man am I Thankful. I am Thankful for my life, my health, my family, my job, my friends, my kids (at home and at school). I am thankful for everything I have. I realized a few weeks ago that I do not need a bunch of material possessions to be happy. Happiness comes from within. So I am finally happy from within to radiate it to the outside.
SO Happy ThanksGiving to all of my Family and Friends.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A NEW Baby in Town!!!!

So like I said a few days ago, my BFF Donna went in the Hospital to have a baby. I was with her the whole time. It was great. I wish I could have gone into the operating room, but I couldn't. She had a C-section. So she had a Baby Girl, Elizabeth Josephine Roberts. She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. She was born at 8:18 am and she was 22 inches long. She was so perfect. I have seen newborns before and because they were natural births, their heads were all deformed a little and they were wrinkly. But Elizabeth is just so perfect looking. She has little long fingers and toes and she is so cute, so perfectly round face, pink body, everything is wonderful with her. No problems what so ever. Mommy is doing fantastic too. She is healing from the C-section and a little sore and in some pain but other then that she is doing great. I saw them every day since she has been born. They are supposed to be coming home today (Saturday) afternoon. I am not going over to her house today, she needs a little time to get settled into the house and her other kids to get used to everything. Her parents are here too, helping out with the other kids, so it is a little crazy at her house right now. Donna said she is ready to come home, but not ready for all the work that is in store for her. But she will be ok, she is a trooper. I told her I would help in any way that I can.
As for me, I am doing FANTASTIC!!!!! I have some new clothes now, thanks so much to one of my friends who gave me like 4 bags of clothes. So there are a ton of things in there that I can use. I won't be in the same size for very long so they will do. And one of my other BFF actually bought me some clothes. She said she loves me and I am doing wonderful and she is so proud of me. And it is Thanksgiving and it is the season for GIVING and she wanted to do this for me. I was crying. She made me so HAPPY. She said during the summer she wants to actually take me shopping next time and we spend the day together. She is such a fantastic friend. I had no idea she was doing this for me. She said, come to my house I have something for you. SO when I got there, there was a huge bag of clothes all for me, over $100.00 worth of clothes. She left all the tags on them encase I needed to exchange something. I kept them all. Every time, I wear any of them I will always think of her and what she has done for me. That was truly the best gift anyone can ever do for me. Especially at this time in my life when I have no money and times are so tough. SO in the next few weeks, I will be sporting some new threads. I am so excited.
Tomorrow is my weigh in Day. I will post on here and let everyone know how I am doing. I know I have probably lost something, just not sure of how much. And this coming Tuesday will be my 4 month anniversary and I will be posting more pictures of myself on here.
So until tomorrow my friends, have a GREAT DAY!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Taking the Day OFF!!

So today is Wednesday and yes I should be at work, but I am taking the day off today. SSSHH, Don't tell anyone. One of my BFF Donna is having a baby today. And she asked me to be there with her. She was there with me when I had my surgery and spent the night in the hospital with me. So let's see, go to work OR see a baby be born, HUH? DUH! See a baby be born. Wouldn't you? So I am taking off today. Unfortunately, she is having a C-section but still, I will be there. I am excited. She is having a girl. She has a 9 year old girl and a 6 year old boy now. So this will make baby # 3. It is a girl and she is naming her Elizabeth. Her daughter's name is Christina and her son's name is Andrew. Her husband's name is Bill. SO in her family, the initials of each of the people = ABCDE. Isn't that funny. She realized that one when she picked the name out for this baby. I think that is cute. They are done having kids though, this is her last. She is the same age as me 38, I can not imagine having another kid at this age. Mine are all teenagers and can take care of themselves. I could not imagine going back to infant stages anymore. Bad enough my niece and her baby were here for like 2 weeks a few weeks ago. That was enough. So anyway, I am going to the hospital at 8:00 and staying there all day with her. She had to be there at 6:30 this morning. The surgery is at 8:30-8:45. Only her husband is allowed in when the C-section. But that is ok. We will still be there outside waiting for them. She is staying in the hospital until Saturday. Her parents are here to help take care of the other two kids.
So that is my day's plans. I am excited for her and to see a baby. I have been with her throughout this whole pregnancy. And this is going to be special.
As you can see I have not put any pictures up on here, but I will.
I will keep you all posted as to how the baby and Donna are doing. Gotta go now.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!

Horray for Sunday. It is Sunday again. That, for me, means another weigh in day. So I weighed in again this morning and I have lost another 2 lbs. SO that makes my total weight loss of today at 66 lbs. YEP 66 lbs. I feel great!!!

I went to Church today too. I have not been to church in like 4 weeks. I have been so busy with things going on and I was sick one weekend so I have not been back to church. So I went today, it was really nice. The main message today was that it doesn't matter what you have on the outside, House, Cars, Money, material possessions, etc. When you die, you can't take it with you. What matters is how you live your life and how you help other people in the process. Even though we can't take it with you, you still have to live and make ends meet. I have been so stressed out with all the bills and money and all that stuff. I have been having so much trouble with money lately. I really don't know what I am going to do. WE already talked about Christmas in this house. For the first time in as long as Sam and I have been together, Christmas is just NOT going to happen in our house. We are going to visit and spend time with Family and have a wonderful time, but we are not going to be getting anything at all. We have each other, we have our house and everything in it. We have our health, we have our clothes, we have everything we need. That is all that matters to us right now. I know that the boys and Kimi are not going to like it too much or understand it that much, BUT there is nothing we can do at this time. Times are so tough right now and I do not see an end to it.

Enough about my problems. LETS just say, MONEY sucks sometimes!!!



Anyway, besides that, I realized that it is now time to update the pictures of my kids on here. Their pictures are so old. So within this week, I am going to be taking some pictures of the boys and Kimi and put up new ones of them on here. SO in the next week, look for some new pictures. I am also trying to make changes to my blog page. I want to change the layout, the colors, the header, etc. I am working on it. So check back frequently for the changes I will be making.


Friday, November 14, 2008

I feel FANTASTIC!!!!

Well so Today is Friday!!! Another end to a work week. I had a great week of work. I bought some new clothes last weekend when I went shopping. I forgot to post about them. I did end up going to Value City because it is going out of business. But I didn't find anything there. They have all like picked over stuff. There was nothing there that appealed to me. So when I went to Walmart, I found a really really pretty shirt I can wear to work or out to like meetings and things. I got it for $5.00 on the clearance rack. Love those kind of finds. SO I wore it on Monday to work, and I have never in my life had so many people comment on how I looked so nice in my clothes. It really felt good. I am really starting to see a huge difference in myself and I can really really feel the difference. I am doing FANTASTIC. Never have I felt this truly happy before in my life. I am so incredibly grateful that I was given this chance to actually do this surgery and start a whole new life and stay healthy. That is my whole goal is to STAY healthy. I never had any health problems at all and I didn't want to get anything. That is the MAIN reason for doing this surgery and I would do it again tomorrow if I needed to. If there is anyone out there that is just remotely thinking of doing this, has a serious weight problem and looking for a tool to help you loose weight and remain healthy, I would recommend this absolutely.
I went to visit one of my best friends tonight. Her parents are in town for a couple weeks because she is having a baby. She is due Wednesday. Well, I have gotten really close to her parents. I call them my adopted parents. Well, I have not seen them in like 6 months. They live in upstate New York. They only come down like 2-3 times a year. I went over there tonight and they could not believe I was the same person. Her mom was almost in tears she said she is so proud of me and happy for me. I am starting to get that more and more every where I go. It is amazing. Wait till my family sees me when we get together for Christmas.

Thanks so much for everyone's support and encouragement and prayers. I am so grateful for your comments on here and in real life. Love you all!!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our Pumpking Patch Finds

A few weeks ago, we went to the pumpkin patch and had a great time picking pumpkins to carve out. Each of the boys got to pick one of their own. And Uncle Sam got one for Kimi since she was working and not able to pick her own. It was a wonderful day. Too bad the pumpkins didn't last that long. Once they were cut into, they didn't even last like 2 weeks. But everyone had a lot of fun spending the day with the family.

Here is their finds.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!!

**********64 lbs Lost**********Yep that's right. It is my weigh in day today and as of today, I have lost a total of 64 lbs so far. I knew it was going to be a big week because I didn't loose any last week. I stayed the same. So I lost 6 lbs this week alone. I feel absolutely fantastic!!!! Energy through the roof. Except today, I am a little tired because I took my niece Nicole and her baby to the airport in the middle of the night. Her plane was leaving at 5:30 am and she had to be there 1 1/2 hours before take off and the airport is like 2 hours away. So we left the house at 2:00 in the morning and I drove for like 4 hours. I didn't stay there till she left because I didn't want to park the van. So when I got back home, I slept for a few hours and then when I woke up, I CLEANED like I haven't cleaned in forever. It was so nice to have my house back to normal. Just us you know what I mean. I love her to death but having a baby here was a lot when I wasn't used to it.
Anyway, so I weighed myself this morning and that is when I realized that I hit the 64 lb mark. I was so excited I told everyone I talked to today.
Yesterday I went to Walmart grocery shopping. Dreaded task. But anyway, I felt like the mayor yesterday. Every other aisle I went into there were people I knew and stopped to talk to me. Kimi and Nicole were like do you know everyone in the world and I was like I guess so today. It totaled 14 people that I knew and stopped to talk to yesterday. Every time I go anywhere in this little town of Dover, I see someone I know. It is amazing how many people I know here. The girls got a laugh out of it. Know wonder why it took us over 2 1/2 hours just to go grocery shopping, I had to talk to everyone. But that's ok, I am a people person and I love everyone.
So I missed church again this morning because of sleeping. But it is ok. I will get back next week.
I only have 1 meeting this whole entire week coming up. That is going to be really cool, I will be able to come straight home from work a couple days and just chill.
Not much else going on here in my life. Oh one more thing. Tomorrow is the anniversary of when me and Sam first met. I like to acknowledge that too because it is a big milestone. But anyway, as of tomorrow, me and Sam will be together for 19 years. Can you believe it? Yep and we are doing wonderful. In April we will be married for 17 years. And still doing wonderful. He is so very proud and happy for me that I am loosing weight and taking care of myself.

I did find some cool shirts I bought at Walmart. I didn't find anything at all at Value City. I didn't like what they had, it was all like picked over stuff. But I bought two new shirts and I am going to wear one tomorrow to work. Pretty cool.
Well, before I write a complete novel instead of just a chapter or two, I better get off of here. Thanks for everyone's support and encouragement and prayers. I am doing fantastic and loving life right now. ****64 lbs**** lighter.

Friday, November 7, 2008

TGIF!!!!!

Thank God It's Friday. I am done with another very busy week and I am so glad. This weekend I am actually going to do something for myself for a change. I am going clothes shopping. I have been loosing so much weight that all my clothes are starting to really fall off of me. And I have been through my clothes like twice already and got rid of lots of things that don't fit anymore. Well that leaves me with very little that I can actually still wear. And it is the same old stuff. So Value City here is Dover is going out of business and everything in the store is up to 50% off. They will be out by Christmas. So I am going there tomorrow and see if there is anything I can come up with. I am going with only $50.00 and no more so I do not spend a fortune because I won't be in sizes very long so I am not buying a bunch of stuff. After clothes shopping, I have to go to the dreaded Grocery store (BLAH) I hate grocery shopping. It is getting so expensive to feed all of these people in my house. They all need to get a job and pay for all this food that is eaten in the house. Feeding four growing teens is not easy, they are constantly wanting to eat.
Before shopping though we are going to go out to lunch. It is only going to be me and Nicole and the baby. We are going to spend a little time together before she has to leave again. I have to take her to the airport on Sunday so she will be leaving and we will have our house back to ourselves again.
So that is my big weekend plans. I will post about the bargains I find if I find any. Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Did I fall off the Earth?

Ok you all must really think I have fell off the face of the Earth. It has been almost 5 days since I have actually wrote anything on here. I have been so busy and I have not had any chance to get on here at all. My niece Nicole is still here with her baby. They are leaving on Sunday, I have to take them to the airport. I have been working non stop, both outside and inside the house. I have had two meetings and three appointments all this week. I VOTED YEAH!!! and my man won I am pretty siked to see what changes he has for our future. I took the boys to the Eye Doctor the other day when we were off of school for election day. Out of all the boys, I only have one in glasses. Tyler used to wear them only to read, now he has to wear them all the time. His eyes have gotten worse. He is ok with that because he likes wearing his glasses. I had a dentist appointment that same day and had to get a filling. It didn't hurt that much, I am so used to by now.
So the boys are getting their report cards this week. So far, I got lil Sam's and he has 1-A, 1-B, 1-C, and 1-F. I know I do not like the F either. It is in ELA (English) and he does not like that subject at all. But he is very capable of bringing it up. So he better!!! I will let you know how he does the next time around. Tyler brought his home today, he got 3-A's, 1-B, and 1-C. Not bad at all. His C is in Social Studies, he thinks it is too confusing because it happened so long ago and he thinks we shouldn't have to know about that stuff. I did not get Cody's report card yet. He will get it tomorrow because I have a parent teacher conference tomorrow with his teacher. He is in Special Ed so they need to have a meeting with parents in each report card time.
Anyway so besides that, I am doing wonderful. I am a bit tired because of all the work and running around I have been doing and having a little baby in my house for like a week now. He is so dam cute though. His name is Michael. He is 7 months old but he is teething so he has been really fussy for a while. That is hard when you are trying to sleep to get up for work in the morning. I am just so not used to that at all.
Well in a few days, we will have our house back together again and I will miss them. But then I will remember how tired and busy I have been this week and I will be thankful that my kids are grown. I can come and go with out having to get a babysitter. And I don't have to feed or bathe them or do stuff like that for them. It is nice Man.
Well, I am off of here. Until next time my friends. Love you all and miss my family big time. Can't wait till the holidays I am so excited about visiting this year.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday's Newflash!!!!!

Well, it is here. Another Sunday. It is my weigh in Day. I weighed myself this morning and I have stayed the same, I have not lost any or gained any at all. IT is exactly the same as it was last week. It happens. Maybe it didn't help that Halloween just happened and I had like 4 pieces of Chocolate LOL. NO I don't have a reason or suggestion as to why it didn't change but it didn't and I am ok with that. Maybe it is another time for my body to have to get caught up with itself. Doctor said it would happen every so often. So that is my weight lost news. I still fantastic and wonderful.

I have had a house full of people here all weekend ever since Friday night. And I think they are staying here for like a week or so. My cousin's daughter Nicole, she is 20, and she has a very cute adorable baby boy named Michael. He is 7 months old. Well she came here from Arizona to try and live here and start a new life. Well she was staying with her dad but her dad has this really ASS of a women that he is with and it has been pure hell for Nicole and Mikey to be there. So I offered her to stay here for a while. Well she got a hold of her son's grandmother back in Arizona and she is going to go back there, it is just not working out down here at all for her. It is a shame, the boyfriend is a mess and she left him. But everything is going to be ok for her. She has a great head on her shoulders. So it has been nice to have a little baby here for a few days. They will be going back to AZ one day this week as soon as they can send her a plane ticket.
Kimi has been working a lot lately and I have hardly seen her at all. She has one more week of working there and then that job is going to be done. Then it will be back to square one and looking for another job again soon.

The boys are doing wonderful. They are all doing great in school. Their report cards should be coming this week. I am anxious to see them. All of their progress reports have come back pretty good.

Well it is time to make dinner, the kids are "starving" like I don't ever feed them anymore. So it is time to get off of here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

HI Everyone!!!!

I just wanted to get on here and say HI to everyone who reads this. I found out this week that a lot of my friends have been checking out my blog almost daily and I didn't even know that they were. They are desperately trying to figure out a way to leave me comments but they can not figure it out. I told them that one day we can get on the computer together and I can show them how to do it. So this is to all my friends out there that have been checking out my blog, HI and Thanks for looking at it and for all your comments you have told me over the week that I have talked to everyone. Thanks for everyone's support and encouragement, on and off of here. I know most of my family has been looking at this and have left comments THANK YOU!!! I can not wait for Christmas Peg so we can all be together again as a family. I am really really looking forward to it.
I am feeling absolutely Fantastic. I am so glad and blessed that I have chosen to do this transformation in my life. It has truly been wonderful. I am right on task as far as what the doctors say. I am Truly HAPPY again, something I have not truly felt in a long time. My self esteem is so High, my energy is so High, my positive attitude is so High. And this is just the beginning. Wonder how I am going to be feeling like in 6 months or a year. Yall are going to have to hold me down. LOL!!!!!

Anyway, again I wanted to say HI to all my friends and my family. I want to THANK each and every one of you for all of you support. And from the bottom of my heart, I love you all. You all know who you are and how much you mean to me.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

THREE MONTH ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!

I COULD NOT WAIT TILL TODAY. It has been three months since I have had my surgery and it was my weigh in day today. So AS of today I now have lost a total of 58 lbs. And it is now time to post another picture of me. YEAH!!! I can really really see the difference now. CAN YOU?????




HERE I AM!!!!! SMILING AS USUAL!!!!!!

And here was me the day of surgery three months ago.


















Friday, October 24, 2008

I changed my music



I changed my music on here. I was in the mood for some "soothing nature sounds" and I found some and put them on here. Makes my page a little more relaxing. What do you think??????

TGIF!!!!!!

I LOVE MY JOB, But I am so glad it is Friday. It has been a crazy week. The teachers that I work with has been out most of the week at a conference. And there are usually 6 adults in our room. So for the past three days, we have had 2 different substitutes each day and sometimes it is just easier to not to have them. I know that sounds mean, but sometimes if they have never been there it is almost like they are in the way. It makes it a little difficult because we are so busy and they really don't know what to do, and we are going about our business and we have to stop and think and tell them what to do, it is almost like by the time we tell you what to do we could have had it done already type of thing. So it has been a little crazy this week. Don't get me wrong, I think everyone should have the chance to substitute at least once in our building because you get a feel for the hard work we do, but it just gets a little overwhelming when you have a lot of people in one room trying to help the kids and sometimes they are just in the way. You know what I mean. So the teachers should be back on Monday and everything should be back to normal.
I have three days next week that I have meetings or appointments. Not too much. That goes with the territory of being the president of my local union. Someone always needs me or wants me to do something. But I love it. I tell you what, I CAN NOT wait till November 4th when this dam election is over. I am quite frankly tired of looking at the signs on the roads, hearing the slander against each other on the radio, seeing the negative campaigns on the commercials. I just think it is just getting way too out of hand. One person is always trying to out do the other person and it is just getting crazy. So after Nov 4th it should all be back to normal. And we will have a new president and Delaware will have a new Governor and other political people and we will all see a change happening within our states as well as our country.
Ok I think I have written enough of a book for tonight. I am done complaining and gripping. I will post more tomorrow on my adventures of this weekend.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's been a few days!!!!

So I am home tonight. The first time I have been home all week. I had meetings, appointments, a parade and errands to run all week. So last night we went to a night time parade. They do it in the town of Milford every year around Halloween. It starts at 6:30 and it went on for like EVER. It ended about 8:15. IT WAS FREEZING outside. We all had big coats, blankets, hot chocolate. it was not fun at all. The wind was kicking. Our eyes were watering. But unfortunately we were stuck there because where we parked in a bank parking lot, we couldn't get out because it was on the street the parade was on. The kids were complaining, everyone had to go to the bathroom, the parade was long. IF I heard another complaint, I was about to leave them all there. But I do have to admit, I was just as miserable. As soon as it was over, we like ran to the van and cranked that heat up. My thermometer in the van said it was only 39* out. No wonder why we were so cold. It was too cold that we didn't even enjoy the parade. So I will definitely keep that in mind next year when they have the parade again. If it is as cold as it was last night. They can have the parade with out us there that is for sure.
Anyway, in other news. Kimi got a job, YEAH!!! I know it is not a permanent job but it is a job none the less. She is working at the Halloween Outlet store here in the mall. She will have this job til the middle of November. In the meantime, she is going to look for another job when this one ends. Places are finally hiring for the Holiday season. So she could get something else soon. She is so happy. She has been looking for a job like forever. It pays $7.50 an hour, just enough to pay for her cellphone bill that she owes me. So she is happy, and she is going to school three nights a week for her GED. She should be done with school in January.
As for me, I feel great and I am doing wonderful. I still will only weigh in on Sundays so in a few more days I will see how much more (if any) that I have lost. I went through my clothes last weekend. And my friend gave me some clothes too. So that is good.
Well tomorrow I do not have anything going on after work so I may be able to post something on here two days in a row. We shall see.
Have a great Friday everyone!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!!

So It is Sunday, my weigh in day and so I weighed myself this morning as I always do on Sundays and my total Weight loss as of this morning is now up to 54.5 lbs. I was so excited. I am getting thinner every day. Every time one of the neighbor boys comes over he says I look skinnier. I feel fantastic. I feel energized. I feel great. I feel like I can move around a little better now. I can get up without effort. I just feel wonderful!!!!! Next Weekend I will post more pictures of me on here because it will be my 3 month anniversary of my surgery. So I will have to post pictures so everyone can see my transformation.
I didn't go to church this morning again. I know I am a bad girl. I just decided to take the day and clean up the house and I went through all the closets again in the house. I got rid of some more of my clothes that are getting way too big for me. I have some clothes that I just can not wear anymore. They are literally falling off of me. SO I went through some clothes that I had saved in my closet for those days that I can fit into them again. And I fit into almost all of them again. So I do not need to buy any more for a little while longer. I will wear those clothes for a while and then I will have to buy some next time these fall off of me because I won't have any more to wear.
So that is what I did today. And now I am on here listing things I am selling in EBAY. I am just trying to get rid of things we don't need anymore and trying to declutter my house. I hate clutter and I hate to keep things if we don't need them anymore. I am 100% NOT a pack rat and it drives Sam crazy because he wants to keep things and I am first one to get rid of all kinds of stuff. So if anyone wants to check out my stuff I am selling on eBay, my name on there is purplepattireid check it out. I don't know how to put the link on here.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hurray for the WEEKEND!!!!!

So it is another weekend, a chance for me to catch up on housework, sleep, husband, and stuff around the house. Because Sam works nights and I work days, I never see him anymore. I get off at 3:30 and that is the same exact time he has to be to work. So I finally got to see my husband today. And Of course nothing happened because Aunt Flo decided to visit yesterday and she wants to stay for a few days. So I had no choice but to make room for her. LOL!!!
Anyway, so this morning, I took Tyler to go to his friend's house for a few hours to play over there with them. Then I took the rest of the kids with me to do some Political action thing in town today. We had to go to different developments and drop off literature in people's doors about the candidates that are running for local offices. Cody really did not want to go but I made him go so that he can get out of the house for a little while. Well, while we were there, he says to me, "I am having fun even though I didn't want to come. If you want me to do this again, I will." SO it pays to MAKE your kids do things they don't want to do sometimes. After that, we came home and I took a much needed break. I sat on the couch, read a book, took a nap and just chilled out. I have been so busy in the past few weeks and I just needed to do NOTHING. So my plan for tomorrow is to weigh in and report on my weight loss then go to church and then in the afternoon, I have to go to a funeral. This past week, we have lost three people's family members at work. One of the custodians at school lost his wife to Lupus, at the age of 62, last Saturday. Then on Wednesday night, a girl at work lost her father to Alzheimer's at the age of 87, and then on Thursday another girl lost her dad to a Stroke at the age of 64. So it has been a tough week at work for all of us. Because we are so close to each other at work it is like family there and so we get to know each other's families. It was pretty tough to lose people like that especially all in the same week. So tomorrow I am going to one of the girl's father's funerals because I really got to know him and I want to show my respect for the family. They say death comes in threes but dam does it have to be in the same place at the same time. I guess when God is ready for them he doesn't have a time limit.

Next week, Wednesday night, I am taking the boys and Kimi to a Nighttime Parade in the town of Milford. It is a Wonderful parade. It is for Halloween, and they have all kinds of things that light up and bands playing and different "pimped out" cars that are all cool. IT is the best parade I go to all year round. And of course because it is a political year, I'm sure all of the candidates will be there too. It starts at 6 and goes for like 2 hours. So that is going to be cool.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Man Have I been busy

Well, today is Wednesday and it is the first time I have been on here since Sunday. I had a really good time on Monday night. I was invited to attend a really wonderful dinner banquet. It was at Dover Downs, a really fancy place here in Dover. I didn't have to pay, I was there!! Anyway, everyone and anyone involved in the political scene in Delaware was there. It was to honor and recognize the people who are in political office. And the candidates for this year were there too. Along with a whole lot of "Official People" of Delaware. So I met all kinds of people and "smmoozed" with some big named people. It was really nice. And guess who was the GRAND Guess speaker himself? Our very own Joe Biden, the vice presidential candidate. Man did the house erupt when they heard him being introduced. We are so proud of Joe and what he has done politically and especially for us little ole Delawareans. So it was a really, really nice night. I know not too many people are not into politics but it is an important year. And we are proud of our very own Joe Biden.

So that was Monday. Tuesday, I had a meeting and it went well. Nothing too exciting to say unless you know what we do.

Then today we had a field trip to Killens Pond state park. We got to go on a hay ride, go through a pumpkin patch and each pick a pumpkin, then we got to take a walk on the nature trail and see all the trees, insects, butterflies, and all that stuff. Then we had a picnic lunch. It was such a beautiful day and the weather was fantastic. We couldn't have asked for a better day. Then when we got back to school, we were EXHAUSTED. The kids took a quick nap for like 25 minutes and we unpacked and cleaned up all the stuff we had to bring with us then it was time for us to get them up and get ready to go home. What a very busy day we had. So, needless to say, when I got home, I took a nap too for like an hour.

So there you have it, my week so far. It has been busy and exciting. I still have two more meetings before this week ends and I am involved with something politically again this Saturday. BOY I can't wait till November 4th is over.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!!!

Well today is Sunday. Yeah. The day that I weigh myself. I know I told mentioned on here yesterday that I went to the doctor and my total is now 51 lbs. WELL, I still weighed myself at home because that is the scale I am used to and that is the numbers I have been using all along. I weigh myself three times at once in the morning and then I take the average of the three and then I determine my weight. And that is how I come up with my total weight loss. So today I did that right, and Now I am up to a total weight loss of 53 lbs. Can you believe it? I am so excited, I feel wonderful. HOWEVER, I am sick today, I went to bed last night with a very bad sore throat, I think I had a fever because I was FREEZING, my nose was all stuffy and I just felt miserable. SO I wake up this morning, I can't hardly breath, my throat is killing me, and I just feel like crap. I am not going to Church today because quite frankly I just do not want to. I don't even want to get dressed today. I feel like crap. And I have to go to work tomorrow because I took off on Thursday to have a day to myself and now see what happens to me, I am sick now, I guess karma came and bit me on my ass. LOL.

So my total weight loss as of today is now 53 lbs. YEAH!!!!! Still no goal though. I never had one and I never will have one. I just want to stay healthy and live better. Thanks for everyone's support. Love you all.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am so EXCITED!!!!!!

I had a doctor's appointment in Wilmington yesterday. It was a check up for my post-op. It has been 2 1/2 months since my surgery and the doctor said I am doing AMAZING!!!!! My totals up to this date are 51 lbs lost, 15.5 % reduced body fat, and 11.25 inches off my whole body. Everything is doing great. She said I look wonderful, all the blood looks great, I Feel wonderful. I still won't post anymore pictures until my month anniversary which will be on the 25 of October. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself and I should have done it a long time ago but I wasn't mentally prepared. I would have not done it right if I had done it a while ago.


So now that I am approaching the big 40 I am going to be healthy AND beautiful. Just like my GRAM. LOL!!!!!!!






Thursday, October 9, 2008

I did something bad today!!!!!

Did you ever just wake up and not feel like doing anything? Did you ever feel like you just could not go on? Did you ever feel like you just needed a BREAK? Well, that is how I felt this morning. I have been so busy lately: working, meetings, appointments, errands, and list goes on and on. While I LOVE TO STAY BUSY, I just woke up feeling like I needed a break. I needed a mental health day. I needed to regroup and just chill. I have been so busy and so overwhelmed, that I was getting crazy. SO I took off of work today (bad girl I know). I don't usually ever just take off, there has to be a reason, but today, I just needed it. I got the boys up and sent them off to school, against their will. They wanted to stay home because I was. But I was "no that is why I am staying home, to be by myself". Then I went back to bed til like 9:30. And I am totally enjoying the peace and quiet. I am enjoying the silence, I am enjoying my time alone. Although I am doing Laundry which never seems to end. And Kimi and her boyfriend are here, they are just chilling out and watching TV. Sam is still sleeping because he has to go to work later this afternoon.
So I guess it is not that bad everyone needs a mental health day every now and then to get themselves back on track, to get themselves refreshed, to have a "me" day. So unless anyone tells my principal that I was not really sick, I will be fine. I will go back to school on Monday and be just fine, we do not have school tomorrow because it is a state wide professional development day, state wide all the teachers have to work but not the paras so I have off tomorrow anyway. So by doing this, I have just given myself a 4 day weekend. What is wrong with that? HUH???
Anyway, so that is what I am doing at this time. Enjoying my piece and quiet. Until 3:00 that is, when the boys come running through the door and the silence will then be broken.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fall is in the AIR!!!!!!!


I woke up this morning to the feeling of crispy, fall, air. IT was wonderful. Fall, if you do not know by now, IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR. I love fall. I love the weather. I LOVE the colors. I love to decorate. I love the feeling of not having to put the A/C or Heat on. I love to have the windows open all day. I love the crispness in the air. I love the apples, pumpkins, leaves, hayrides. I love it all. So I am so glad it is finally fall. And I am so glad that I am loosing weight so that I can enjoy the outdoors a little bit better. We are going on a field trip next week Wednesday. We are going to Killen's Pond State Park. We will be looking at all the trees, picking pumpkins, going on a hayride, decorating pumpkins, taking a nature walk. It will be so much fun and I can't wait. If I had a bigger house, I would decorate every room in it in fall colors. I actually like fall and Thanksgiving better than Christmas. Christmas has become too commercialized and too expensive and people are loosing site of the real meaning, that it is no really fun anymore. I love Thanksgiving, being with family, enjoying each others company, eating turkey and everything that goes along with it.

So from my heart to yours HAPPY FALL EVERYONE!!!!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!

Well today was a good day and a bad day all in one. First, kind of bad, I weighed in today and I only lost 1 1/2 lbs this week. I know that that is still good. And I know that My body will do that sometimes, It has to get caught up with itself. I am in no way, shape, or form fighting myself for it or beating myself up about it. It is just that I was and still am so so so very close to that 50lb mark that I thought for sure it was going to be this week. I have been averaging about 2-4 lbs a week, I thought I would lose 2 this week. But I guess my body says no not this week, but definitly next week. So I am fine with that. I am kind of bummed because I didn't get on the treadmill as much as I have been doing in the past few weeks. I usually get on it at least 3-4 times a week, well this week, I didn't manage to get on it at all. I was so busy and I was so tired by the time I was done with everything that I just wanted to crash. But I will do better this next week. So I am very happy to announce that my total weight loss so far is now at 49 1/2 lbs. SO SO Very close to 50 lbs I can taste it. But not quite there. SOON though.
Anyway, I didn't manage to get to church again this week that is two weeks in a row, I hope God understands. I will definitly get there next week. The reason this week is because, my good part of the day, we went to my BFF house for a BBQ and had a wonderful time. We got there like 12:30 and stayed till 6:00. We had all kinds of food, friends, and fun. It was a great day. We played badminton, jumped on the trampoline (I couldn't seem to stay standing for too long), we played Boggle (my favorite game in the whole wide world). And we just hung out with friends and family. It was so fun. It was nice to get out of the house for a little while and do something different that didn't cost a lot of money.
Then we came home, the boys got their showers, I got on the computer for a few, and now we are all chilling out.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Aunt Jeannie

Well today, October 3rd is my Aunt Jeannie's birthday. However, 8 1/2 years ago, she passed away from complications with Diabetes. She contracted diabetes at the tender age of 11 years old and she had to live her whole life with this disease. At such a young age, she had to learn to give herself shots every day for the rest of her life. She never let it stop her though. She was amazing. She grew up having this disease and she never let it control her. She got married and had two wonderful sons and she was an amazing women to all of our family. I can remember our family always getting together for weekends and holidays and I can remember her always happy and smiling and loving life. As I was growing up, I started to realize that what she had was slowing killing her. I remember her starting to get sick and then she had to go on Dialysis. But throughout her life, she was happy and made the best of it.

When I started working with Handicapped children at the age of 15, I told her all about it. She was sssssoooo very proud of me. She told me that I was an angel in her eyes. And that one day, God is going to call me to his home and all the children I have been helping over the years are going to be there and free from their disabilities. We created such a bond towards the end of her journey on this earth that when she died, I realized right then and there that she was MY HERO!!! She was so proud of me in the things I was doing with the children. But she suffered so much and throughout it all, she never let it get her down. She is everything I wished I could be. She was the definition of Strength.

I never got to tell her the feelings that I had for her. I never got to tell her that she was my hero. I never got to tell her that she was the reason I am who I am today. SHE was the reason I love my job, I love the kids I work with. She was the wind beneath my wings. I am the person I am today because of the encouragement, love, and support that she gave me.

The very day that she passed away, the very minute I heard about her passing away, this song was on the radio "The Wind Beneath My Wings"!!!!!!! So right then, I knew that what I was doing with my life is what I have been placed on this earth to do. I knew right then that My Aunt Jeannie was MY HERO!!!!

Money Sucks!!!!!!

SO today is Friday, the day I usually pay bills. It is a weekly event Yeah!!! NOT. Sam is the only one who got paid today, I get paid every other Friday. Well it seems like as soon as I get the money into the bank it is gone. I don't know what is going on. He makes the same amount every week. But it seems like the money is just disappearing faster. I think it is because of the price of gas, food, electric, etc. Everything is going up except our paychecks. IT really sucks. I just don't know what this world is coming to. I am actually starting to go through my closets and shed to see if there are things in there that I can sell just to come up with some extra cash to make ends meet. I am half tempted to sell everything except the clothes on our backs. LOL. That is just the kind of mood I am in. I hate dealing with money, I hate stressing over money, I HATE MONEY!!! I wish we can get our paychecks and be able to save like 1/2 of it every week just so we can have a little saved up in the bank for those "emergency" "rainy days". And you know what really sucks, we make too much money to qualify for financial assistance or food stamps. So I guess I just need to be delinquent on my bills, sell all the things I don't need that bad, and get a second job just to make it in this country. I sure do hope that who ever does win this election year, fixes this financial mess this country is in. And I hope they help us poor lower/middle class people. WE need a break. WE need change. WE need help. WE need a new president!!!! And I am not ashamed to say that I am for Obama all the way. WE need a change.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It's been awhile since I posted

Wow, I haven't posted anything on here in a couple days. I was almost posting daily but I guess Life has gotten in the way with my posts. Anyway, I have had a really good week so far. I know it is almost over and it is almost the weekend again. Man time sure does fly. I didn't have many meetings this week, only 2. One of the meetings I had happened today. As the president of my local union we are in negotiations with the school district for a new contract. If anyone has ever been in negotiations it is a long, drawn out process, and we are just in the beginning stages of it. So we had a meeting today for like 4 hours and I left there feeling like we did not accomplish anything at all. It was the weirdest feeling. But as the time goes on, we should be getting closer to a settlement. This process can take months or even years to accomplish. But I am in it for the long haul. We have 6 members on our team all fighting for the rights of the paras in our district. It is really a cool experience to be involved in if you are into that kind of stuff. And me, I am into that kind of stuff. I like being the president and I like having people work together to accomplish something that is for the good of all. Together we are a team. I can not do this alone.

Ok so enough about my boring life.

I am doing wonderful, I still feel fantastic, energized, and new. I know I have probably hit the 50 lb mark by now. But I will not weigh in till Sunday. So Sunday I will post another update on how I am doing. Until then there is not enough words that I can say that can describe how wonderful I feel. This is truly been wonderful for me to have this change in my life.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Not much happened today

So for being a Monday, today went rather smooth. Went to work, day flew by really fast. Came home, for once I didn't have a meeting or appointment or anything. Chilled on the couch for like an hour. Then made dinner, did the laundry, kids did their homework. And Now I am just chilling out on the computer.
I want to make my page pink too for breast cancer awareness, but I have to do it at a later date when I have a little more time to be on here. Right now, I have to fold clothes, put them away, do my treadmill, do my weights and then hit the sack.
So, I read the comment my dad in NJ said to me. Thanks DAD I didn't know you read my blog. Did you read it all? I love doing this thing. It helps me keep in touch with my family all over the place. I love it. Thanks Peggy for hooking me up with it. I know sometime, what I write is boring. But it is just my thoughts for the day.
So anyway, I am off of here. Laundry is calling me. Have a great day tomorrow everyone!!!!!!!!