Thursday, July 19, 2018

Day 5 . . . I want it to be easier . . . NOW

Getting up is getting easier; the aching in my body is not.  I know it will come.  Working through the rough part is hard.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A little "R" Motivation

Today I walked approximately 1.1 miles for the 3rd day in a row.  But . . . I almost didn't.

The plan is to hitch a ride from Brian over to a friend's house.  Ironically, we have matching house numbers; 710.  Ours on the east, theirs on the west.  According to Google, we are 1.1 walking miles apart.

Our friend's have four children, the youngest is six years old.  R is a glorious child, vivacious and smart.  She is my motivation.  The second part of the plan is the clipboard I placed in their yard.  Each day that I walk, I place a sticker on a calendar.  When I make it seven days in a row, R gets a reward.

Today, Brian left early.  I didn't realize this was happening until I hear the dog food hitting the bowl. He was on his way to the car when I stopped him.  He waited.  I got dressed.  I walked.  I couldn't let R down.  Someday I hope it will transition into I can't let myself down.

Friday, July 13, 2018

90 day count down begins!

In 90 days, Brian and I will get on an airplane bound for London!  I can't wait, but I have a lot to accomplish in 90 days.  For serious . . . I need to get serious!

Monday, July 02, 2018

And Monday it is!

One of my other five second rule things is Hannah's voice counting down and saying "get up" as my alarm.  Today I woke up on my own, before the alarm went off.  The hard part for me is actually getting out of bed.  My goal for today was to get up on time and go for a walk.  After a fashion, both of those were accomplished.  I did wake up, but I laid there until Brian got out of the shower.  I did get up and we made the bed.  Then I spent 45 minutes browsing Facebook and YouTube.  I settled upon a walking video by Leslie Sansone that I am familiar with.  I put my tennis shoes on and did a 15 minute, 1 mile walk indoors.  It wasn't perfect, but it got the job done.

July 1 - New Beginnings

For 2018, July 1 falls on a Sunday.  It is the beginning of a new week, a new month, a new quarter.  It is summer and the weather is perfect.  Making it the perfect time for a new start.

I've been listening to Mel Robbins' book "The 5 Second Rule".  The gist of the rule is that you can change any habit in 5 seconds, but interrupting and redirecting your thoughts.

Add to this, Brian and I have book our first major vacation together.  We've traveled, we've even left the country.  But there were always children at home with grandma, work or other responsibilities to worry about.

So . . .  I have decided to use the five second rule to be more grateful, more faithful, more healthy, more in-tune with me.  I want to enjoy our trip with worries.

I created this poster and have it by the door in my office.  My thinking is to remind myself to turn left when I am restless.  The candy box, candy bowl, licorice tub and kitchen are all to the right!


June 30 - A Brief Update

Hannah graduated from Lane Community College in Eugene on Saturday, June 16th with an Associates degree in Exercise & Movement Science.  She is living with her boyfriend of 2.5 year Dillon.

Parker is attending Job Corps in Astoria.  He is working on becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.  He is working at his externship at Water's Edge here in The Dalles.  He has work at the Sleep Center and is currently at Internal Medicine.  Next week he will work in Cardiology and then back to Astoria to finish up his training.

Eli graduated from The Dalles High School on Saturday, June 9th.  He is still working on  his future plans.  But for now, he is working at our local Staples in the Copy Center.

Brian finished his Bachelors degree from Chico State.  But he decided to go to work for Google instead of teach.  It was a rough start as a temp with no benefits.  But he has continued to work his way up one ladder and switch over to another one.  We appreciate him being a full time Googler and the benefits it brings to our family.

I was recruited to return to Orchard View Farms.  I am working under their new Controller as the Accountant.  I still get to be around my first love, Payroll.  But it's been fun doing something different.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Bunny visits Johnstonville School

Yip, that's our Eli. The school had spirit week this week. On Friday it was "Dress Up for the Cure" day. The kids had a fundraiser for a family who's child has Rhette's Syndrome.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ode to Midge

Our beloved greyhound Midge had to be put to sleep yesterday afternoon. In May we would have celebrated 7 years with her. She was a beautiful dog and will be greatly missed. It was a traumatic passing and as Hannah kept saying "it hurts". But we take comfort in know that she did not suffer long and that it happened during business hours so that a vet was readily available. Good bye my Midge. Have fun playing with Wolfie, Buck, Lobo, Sam and all your other canine friends in Heaven. We will see you again someday. =)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Lassen District Pinewood Derby

Yip! I said yes again and helped with the local District Pinewood Derby. As much as I dread it and complain about it in the days leading up to it, I secretly love it! The kids are so much fun and their enthusiasm is absolutely contagious. And that is what it is about after all is the kids! I set up the computer and the projector and make sure the track electronics are talking to the computer. I also coordinate the movement of cars from pit row to the track. Things went really well this year. We had a pre-registration on Friday night and that made Saturday morning go much smoother. This is Eli with his car. He placed 10th out of 27. He also won an award for the "Sportiest Looking" car. He was very excited about that. This year he was one of my helpers moving cars from the end of track back to the staging area. He did a great job and was very helpful. This picture was taken while it was snowing. Even with the yucky weather we had about 115 racers! Along with the Derby we do a Scout Expo. Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops set up booths and do activities to help garner more interest in scouting. It was a really fun day! I'm always worn out at the end, but so glad I did it. Thank you boys and girls for another great derby. =)

Happy Birthday Trudy

March 12 was my 43rd Birthday! I can remember thinking I would not live to the year 2000 or ever be . . . gasp . . . 30! Yet here I am a 43 year old wife and mother of three. Time seems to go ever faster and faster.

For my birthday I went to see the local production of Best of Broadway on Friday night. It was really good this year. Much better than the 2010 show (in my humble opinion). I loved it! On Saturday we attended the last regular season game of Hannah's basketball team. They won and Hannah played really well. Then we were off to Reno to have dinner with Parker's JR High basketball team and their families. After dinner we attend a Reno Bighorn's Semi-Pro basketball game. It was a lot of fun.

February 2011

I know I say this every time, but really . . . where does all the time go? It really is almost the end of March already and my commitment to write at least once a month is already waning. For us February was pretty much "more of the same". However we added Boys JR High basketball to our list of activities. Parker total exceeded our expectations and played really well. The team started out with 12 players and by the end of the first week was down to 7. Parker saw quite a bit of playing time and we were really happy with his coaches.

On the 19th we sold our truck and purchased a 2005 VW New Beetle. It is a manual transmission and a diesel. So far it is averaging 37.5 miles to the gallon. More than double the truck. We will miss the truck, but it just wasn't working for our situation anymore.

The kids missed A LOT of school in February due to snow and power outages.

Hannah went to her first High School experience. They toured the campus, did team building games and met some of the teachers. She also took what they call the MAP test to see what classes she qualifies for in Math and English. She tested into Advanced English and Plus Algebra. However we know that Math is not Hannah's strong point, so we are going to start with Basic Algebra. At the end of March she goes to take a computer and typing test to hopefully opt out of a computer basics class. I think she will do fine. She already types 70 words per minute.

We finished off the month wishing Jeff a Happy Birthday! He is 33 years old this year. =)