Our Healthy Meal Plan

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I started using The Six O’Clock Scramble for meal planning and organized shopping lists. I can alter the recipe to make it organic/NON-GMO. Most of the recipes use the slow cooker or can be made in under 30 minutes.  If I make a big meal in the slow cooker, we can have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day.

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  • 21st Thurs Dinner- Daddy Choice
  • 22nd Fri Dinner- leftover rice and beans made into quesadillas
  • 23rd Saturday- dinner with friends – sausage and peppers in rolls
  • 24th Sunday - Slow Cooked Baslsamic Rosemary Chicken
  • 25th Monday - open faced chicken sandwiches with gravy
  • 26th Tuesday – Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup with biscuits 
  • 27th Wednesday - vegetable soup over rice 

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Dino hates burgers, but hubby loves them. Hubby is going back to nights so we had what we wanted for dinner tonight. It’s not my favorite, but Dino was happy with the hot dogs. I loved my potatoes and salad.

Potatoes: sliced, then coated with coconut oil. Then sprinkled sea salt and other seasonings on them, before baking them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. When taken out of oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on potatoes.

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Sorry, forgot to take pics…but Dino and I LOVED them…so flipping good and what a great way to use leftover rice and beans.

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I did take pics…but only of us hanging out by hubby’s fire pit…but it was too dark and my phone doesn’t take good pictures in the dark. We had a great time though

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Now that I will be going to back to work soon and most likely helping Dino with his kindergarten homework I need to make more slow cooked meals and use leftovers for other meals. I made rosemary and balsamic slow cooked chicken. It really was simple…I doused the whole chicken in balsamic vinegar and covered with tons of rosemary…it tasted wonderful. Then I baked potatoes, broccoli, and green beans with coconut oil and seasoning. Together it was a great meal and we have tons of chicken for many leftover meals.

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What a super easy meal to make. Coated carrots in coconut oil, honey, and lemon dill seasoning and sauteed on stove top. Then put chicken on bread and poured on homemade gravy. How did I make the gravy? Well I boiled some of the homemade chicken broth form the slow cooked chicken and added a ton of pancake mix…yup, that easy. Hubby insisted on some mac and cheese, but I didn’t have any. Dino was so tired from having a fun day with friends at the farm, but he had most of his food.

I was able to make three baggies of chicken gravy and three bags of chicken with veggies. Each bag is perfect for two people or three with small portions. Hopefully if I keep this up, I will have extra meals for when I am working late or can’t cook.

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I decided to try Naturebox and do love it. Sure it’s a bit pricey, but you are getting darn good and healthy snacks and tons of variety. It teaches Dino there are more snacks than the ones he’s used to. After sampling each bag of snacks we probably ate a whole serving, so each of the snack bags I made could have had more in it or another bag. Not bad, right?

Toasted Sesame Sticks are like bread sticks…only healthier. Mommy YES, Dino NO

Sweet Blueberry Almonds are great way to eat more almonds, sweet but no yucky aftertaste Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mango Orange fruit Chews are like regular fruit chews, similar to the NON-GMO ones we buy at Whole Foods. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mesa Chips, are like mini corn chips, they are okay, but I won’t buy them again. Mommy No Dino No

Dutch Sun Cocoa Crunch are like mini dried out brownies…but have a great cocoa taste. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Big Island Pineapple are so flipping good and sweet, naturally sweet. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

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Another great slow cooker meal…I put only a BIT of dry lentils…too much and I get sick. Then I added couscous, sliced tomatoes, spinach, and fresh herbs and seasonings. After it was cooked, I added the previously cooked potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

It was so good and tasty…Dino loved it and plan on having it tomorrow with rice.

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I am so excited for Dino, he’s a big boy now and on his way to learning.

 

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I made a big batch of rice and sectioned them into smaller bags. I took one bag and mixed it with some leftover soup and topped it with colby cheese…SO GOOD. Dino just about licked the bowl clean.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

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Dinosaur Reads…The Book That Eats People

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I read 51 books for the summer reading program. I got a bag and a money to buy a toy from the toy store. Mommy said I should read to learn and have fun not to get prizes.

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This review was written weeks ago…but with so much going on I haven’t posed a Dino reads in a while. 

Amazon Summary:

WARNING! THIS IS NOT A BEDTIME STORY

Legend has it there exists a book that eats people.

This is that book!

Many readers have been unable to escape its perilous pages.
But this isn’t that book.

Yes it is!

This is simply a story about that book.
Really. I mean, how could a book eat people?
So if you’re just dying to know the history of this literary monster, all you have to do is turn the page…

Don’t do it!

Dino Review: The book eats people, it eats grownups and kids, it eats everybody. It’s a mean book and is always hungry. I can read it on my own, but not when I eat.

Mommy Review: Dino first heard about this in daycare and I was shocked that it wasn’t a happy ending story. But then, the creativity and plot was interesting. Dino loved to read it over and over, but now with starting kindergarten and losing our dog Balboa…he’s scared of the book and wants it out of site.

We had this review written weeks ago…but I just never got around to posting it. Oooops.  

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Goodreads Summary: Lies You Wanted to Hear

A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.

When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.

“A gripping debut….a morally complex and thoroughly grown-up novel. ” – Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Hard to believe Thomson is a first time author, given the achievement of this novel. … I’m still not entirely convinced that these characters are fictional; that’s how much they lived and breathed on the page.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

“No spouse or parent who picks up this book will be able to put it down. Nor will anyone else.” – Andre Dubus III, NYT bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

Review: 3 Stars 

Seriously, you tell lies to not face the truth, hide your emotions, or not hurt someone else’s feeling, or even to get back at someone or protect the ones you love.

I wanted to scream at these characters…the lies were overwhelming and crazy and down right scary. If you don’t tell the truth and pretend…it will come out sooner or later. One day you will use it against that person.

Did they make the right decisions? Were apologies owed? Should they ever gotten married in the first place? The ending was weird, I wanted something more…but was left wondering…What? Why?

Again…this is so close to real life…and sometimes there aren’t answers. 

 

Also going to add books I’ve read before I started blogging the reviews.

Goodreads Summary: The Bone Garden

Unknown bones, untold secrets, and unsolved crimes from the distant past cast ominous shadows on the present in the dazzling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil–human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless woman was, and whatever befell her, is knowledge lost to another time. . . . 

Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, Norris Marshall, a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College, has joined the ranks of local “resurrectionists”–those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.

To prove his innocence, Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city–from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power–on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected . . . and who waits for his next lethal opportunity.

With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly interweaves the thrilling narratives of its nineteenth- and twenty-first century protagonists, tracing the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking. Bold, bloody, and brilliant, this is Tess Gerritsen’s finest achievement to date.

“An old mystery is crossed with a modern story in the latest from Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club, 2006, etc.).Julia Hamill, newly divorced and still smarting, purchases an old house outside Boston. Determined to dig a garden, she instead finds the bones of a long-dead woman–the apparent victim of murder–which starts her on a journey to ferret out the story behind her death. Julia connects with Henry, a no-nonsense 89-year-old with boxes of documents that once belonged to the now-deceased previous owner of Julia’s home. The two discover a mystery dating back to the 1830s. At the heart of it is a baby named Meggie, born to the beautiful but doomed Irish chambermaid, Aurnia. Married to a man who cares nothing for her, Aurnia lays dying in a maternity ward with her sister, Rose, at her side. Rose, a spirited 17-year-old, takes Meggie to protect her from Aurnia’s husband, but soon finds herself the target of a bizarre manhunt. Someone is after the child–and Rose, as well, because she witnessed a horrifying murder. The body count piles up as Rose struggles to remain free of those who would take Meggie from her. Meanwhile, a young medical student becomes the chief suspect of the West End Reaper killings when he stumbles onto another terrible homicide. Although he fights the prospect, eventually he and Rose join forces to solve the murders and protect the baby at the heart of the mysterious deaths. Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen’s graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Review: 5 Stars 

wow, words alone can not express how deeply this book has touched my soul. 

Rose and Norris’ souls have been searching for each other and finally are connected in Julia and Tom, cried so hard and I feel of have learned a lesson from Rose as well

I was trying to figure out who was buried in the garden. never thought it would be ++++++++.

Poor Norris Marshall and Rose… both suffered so much…sobs….. 

Love the history in the story, how far medicine has advanced…and love how the the role of women were portrayed in this book…they were trapped but were strong.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: How Lucky You Are

In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who’s always been the group’s anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who’s on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she’s keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics. 

As life’s pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren’t always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.(less)

Immediately I feel like I’m one of the girls…and want to scream at them for not being honest. They are all lying and hiding major issues and situations. Why can’t they turn to their friends for help? Dying for…Waverly to let her boyfriend know the truth, Amy to tell her friends what is going on with her jerk husband, and Kate to be step up and stand on her own.

Also makes you realize you never REALLY know what someone is going through.  Can’t wait to see how it all ends. 

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Boy, Was I Wrong

 

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Janine's Confessions of A Mommyaholic

 

When I was a kid, I really believed that…

I could do whatever I wanted. 

I knew it all, didn’t we all as kids? I gave my parents hell as I told them numerous times all the things I was going to do as an adult. I was going to…

  • eat what I wanted
  • dress how I wanted
  • work where I wanted
  • stay up as late as I wanted
  • make my own rules
  • stay out as late as I wanted
  • drive where I wanted

Then reality hit

I was not in charge, I had TONS of responsibilities.

  • going to college to earn degrees
  • applying for jobs
  • going on interviews
  • working all day
  • planning lessons all night
  • going to bed early
  • waking up early
  • cleaning my house
  • cooking food

Sure I had money…but that money needs to go for rent/mortgage, food, bills, clothes, and gas. Yup…I could do what I wanted…but I would not like the results.

Then as a parent I had to do all this and care for another human being…OH BOY!  This little human thinks he’s the one in charge and slowly I’m turning into my parents. One day he’ll tell me he’s going to do all these cool things when he’s an adult and I just may laugh in his…then call my parents and apologize for putting them through that.

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I also believed I would NEVER get any tattoos…well after our furbaby passed I knew I needed a tattoo to keep him with me forever. I got the tatto on the side of my calf, right about Balboa’s height. Please ignore the hair, you can’t shave a new tattoo for about two weeks. 

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So at the age of 38 I got my first tattoo! Now of course I have to get one on my arm for Dino. I’m thinking his name with a cute dinosaur under it. Perhaps closer to Christmas break, so I have those two weeks to heal at home.

What did you think when you were a kid?
Do you still believe the same things? Or has age/time changed your mind?

 

What is one thing you would never compromise?

Just Finished Reading…

 

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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

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Goodreads Summary: The Girl You Left Behind

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Wow…what an amazing book. Beautifully written stories about two women separated by time…ask focused on painting, family, and love. 

so many similarities between Sophie and Liv.

I cried, screamed, laughed, cursed, and yelled at characters.
Oh and the suspense and romance…

A must read…these characters will stay with me for a long time 

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Lies You Wanted to Hear

A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.

When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.

“A gripping debut….a morally complex and thoroughly grown-up novel. ” – Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Hard to believe Thomson is a first time author, given the achievement of this novel. … I’m still not entirely convinced that these characters are fictional; that’s how much they lived and breathed on the page.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

“No spouse or parent who picks up this book will be able to put it down. Nor will anyone else.” – Andre Dubus III, NYT bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

I’m already drawn in so deep…all the craziness and lies…wow! 

Goodreads Summary: Summer House with Swimming Pool

When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business. But the weight of carrying such a secret lies heavily on his mind, and he can’t keep hiding from the truth…or the Board of Medical Examiners.

The problem is that the real truth is a bit worse than a simple slipup. Marc played a role in Ralph’s death, and he’s not exactly upset that the man is gone. Still haunted by his eldest daughter’s rape during their stay at Ralph’s extravagant Mediterranean summerhouse-one they shared with Ralph and his enticing wife, Judith, film director Stanley Forbes and his far younger girlfriend, Emmanuelle, and Judith’s mother-Marc has had it on his mind that the perpetrator of the rape could be either Ralph or Stanley. Stanley’s guilt seems obvious, bearing in mind his uncomfortable fixation on the prospect of Marc’s daughter’s fashion career, but Marc’s reasons for wanting Ralph dead become increasingly compelling as events unravel. There is damning evidence against Marc, but he isn’t alone in his loathing of the star-studded director.

WOW…I couldn’t finish reading this. The thought of my doctor thinking these things made me sick. Knowing what would happen to his daughter made me sick. I’m sure it’s a great book, but I just couldn’t finish reading it. 

 

 

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Now onto what I have finished reading… 

Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.

REVIEW: 2 STARS

I was disappointed in this book. Sure I was incensed by the arrogant and egotistical husband…but they both raised those kids…they taught them to act this way. Leslie was made out to be the victim…but I wish she had more of a backbone…

I wanted more…expected more…I felt I was let down…but that’s just me.

To be fair, I was dealing with the loss of our dog, my furbaby, so perhaps I was not as invested as I should have been.  

Goodreads Summary: The Summer Girls

Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.Eighty-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta, “Mamaw,” seeks to gather her three granddaughters—Carson, Eudora, and Harper—with the intent to reunite them after years apart. Monroe explores the depths and complexities of sisterhood, friendship and the power of forgiveness. The Summer Girls is a perfect beach read and anyone who “enjoys such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites” 

REVIEW: 4 STARS

I was expecting this to be a typical book where sisters meet up, have issues, then resolve it all by the end of the book. I was wrong and I’m glad, to find out about the other two sisters you must continue reading the next two books. I’m in…I must know what’s going to happen with Dora and Harper.

The first two moments with the dolphin blew me away…what happened…sorry you have to read the book.

I was not a fan of Carson at the beginning, and was annoyed this was all about her…but she definitely grew on me.    

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: The Girl You Left Behind

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

I am deeply drawn into this book…wow! What is Sophie willing to do to save her hubby? I am on the edge of my seat…so torn about what I would do.

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

Baking In A Tornado

The Momisodes

Spatulas on Parade

Confessions of a part-time working mom

Juicebox Confession

Evil Joy Speaks

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

Follow me home . . .

Someone Else’s Genius

Crumpets and Bollocks

Stacy Sews and Schools

Climaxed

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

 

Tell me about a recent challenge you experienced. How did you learn and grow from it?

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I’ve been sitting here trying to think of what to write…I am truly at a loss this time. I know I have faced challenges currently and in the past, but just can’t think or write about any of them.

All I can think about is our Balboa, who we recently lost. I knew there would be a day this would happen…but never expected it so soon. He was my baby before I thought I could have a child. He refused to believe he was a dog, he thought he was our baby…and he knew we were his parents. It’s going to take a long time for us to stop crying and accept that he is gone. Perhaps one day we will adopt another dog, perhaps when we won’t compare him/her to Balboa, because that’s not fair.

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We were in Florida just last week. It was a wonderful trip for our son. Hubby and I went with my parents, but it was bittersweet as our sick Balboa was boarding at the vet. We DID have a good time, Dino got to experience and remember Disney…last time he was just one years old.

We sure did luck out, it was cloudy and rainy. How is that lucky? Disney is flipping hot with little cover from the sun. So having rain and clouds make the heat somewhat tolerable.

Dino got on quite a bit of rides and got to see the parade. He loved every minute of his time in Disney. He also got to see family in Florida…he was so happy to see all his cousins.

See? Bittersweet vacation, while we had a great time we knew Balboa was sick, then it turned out he was sicker than we originally thought.

I think we will always remember our Disney trip as the one where we lost Balboa.

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The challenge is…

  • getting back into our routine without Balboa
  • dealing with never kissing him goodbye each time we leave
  • never getting welcomed home with snorting love and kisses
  • never worrying about how long we’ll be gone or when to get home to take him out
  • passing by the pet isles knowing I don’t need to buy anything
  • getting used to the silence…no grunts, snorts, or slobbers
  • helping Dino understand that Mommy and Daddy are not dying
  • helping Dino understand that Balboa is happy and pain free in heaven with all the other angel dogs
  • helping Dino understand that while Balboa may visit us or send signs, he is not coming back to life or going to scare us as a ghost
  • not having a dog to alert me to noises and people on my property (even though he would probably play with anyone…I felt safe knowing he was always aware of any sounds or people)
  • making a peanut butter sandwich or apple with peanut butter and not having to give Balboa some in his chew chew
  • not having to share my food every time I eat
  • dealing with a hole in our hearts and an emptiness in our house

 

I am trying to figure out how to learn and grow from this. One day we’ll be doggie parents again. Right now we will never get another French Bulldog, because Balboa was beyond exceptional…no other Frenchie could compare and we would always hold them up to Balboa’s standards.

We will adopt a doggie in the future…a young dog, who needs love and would be okay with a wild and loud boy. We will adopt a doggie, who needs a forever home and wants to be loved, spoiled, and treated like a member of the family. We will adopt a doggie who will always have a Frenchie guardian angel.

 

Dear Balboa

There will be no reading post today…in light of our dog, Balboa’s passing. Instead I will be writing a letter to our sweet boy.

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Dear Balboa,

I love you dearly, you were our baby long before having a child was even possible. I spoiled you from the beginning and I never regretted it.

I remember when Daddy first brought you home, you were so tiny and scared. I refused to leave you in the kitchen alone, you had to be in my bed with me. You immediately held onto my arm as you slept. You KNEW I was your Mommy.

Everyone fell in love with you, how could they not? You were cute, sweet, cuddly, and loved to give kisses. You did not like being a dog, you knew in your heart you were our furry child.

Even when we brought Anthony home and too often you had to wait for affection, you still loved us. You loved to play tug with Anthony and would happily chase after toys we threw.

You loved when Daddy would rub your belly, the joy was all over your face.

You loved your kisses and hugs.

You loved to sit in the sun’s rays, sorry you missed that when we moved to our small apartment.

You loved to lick the sweat off Daddy’s legs.

Anytime someone got off the couch, you immediately took their spot to not only feel the warmth, but to show you could do whatever you wanted.

Even though you peed on Anthony’s bed a few times, we still deeply love you.

You loved to press your body against ours at night, truly cuddling with us. If you were lucky you got between our legs making it impossible for us to move at all.

Whether we were gone for twenty minutes or six hours, you welcomed us home with love and joy.

Tearing apart boxes brought you so much joy, of course we had to clean up the mess.

Even toys labeled as indestructible, were no match for you. If it had a soft inside, it ended up in your tummy.

The vet said you had the best teeth. I knew the “chew chews” bones filled with peanut butter would benefit your pearly whites.

A flashlight on the walls drove you mad, you just wanted to eat it.

We loved your enthusiasm for peanut butter and cheese…heck, you’d eat anything. We loved how you tried to protect us from all those crazy leaves…what a brave dog.

You loved Anthony’s giggles when you’d kiss him over and over.

I am sorry I didn’t pay better attention to your symptoms…I wish I hadn’t chalked up your extra grunts and snorts as you just being you… You weren’t having seizures, your body was in pain because of your megaesaphagus. I wish the neurologist had taken the time to look a little closer. I wish you were still here, running, snorting, jumping, licking, talking, and cuddling with us.

I’m sorry that we were in Florida when your body took a turn for the worse. I’m sorry that it would be too painful for you to wait for us to get back home. I wanted to hold you in my arms as you started your journey to heaven with God. While I’m glad that you had wonderful nurses and doctors to love you as you fell asleep, I wish it was me that held you. I’m sorry that I was not there when you needed me the most. For that I will always feel guilty.

We will always love you and miss you, our hearts will have a small hole just for you…one day we will meet again and play with and cuddle with…I can’t wait to kiss you again my sweet boy.

For now run free my sweet boy. Run, jump, snort, sneeze, snort, talk, chase those leaves, sniff other dogs, eat all the cheese and peanut butter you want, cuddle and feel safe in God’s arms. I know you will watch over us and I am so thankful we have you as our guardian angel dog.

Love Always Mommy, Daddy, and Anthony

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Just Finished Reading

 

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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 

REVIEW: 4 STARS

This was the first time I was disappointed by Harlan Coben. Was it the writing? NOPE? It was the plot…I had an idea what was going on…he made it too easy to figure out. Then the events that follow seem to be over the top and silly. I found myself screaming in annoyance, “Oh come on!” 

Now I know this was one of his first books. I can see how he developed these characters into characters in his newer books. I love his more recent books as they truly mess with me and leave me in awe at his writing. 

Despite my disappointment, I will always love Harlan Coben and continue to read all his books.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.

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Just a few pages in and I’m already loving it. A great southern flair and a spunky and funny main character. I am loving her journey to self discovery and independence. 

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Getting Stronger and Healthier for my Son

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I am now squatting 95 pounds! That’s right, 95 pounds.

I can wide squat 85 pounds.

And closed leg squat 65 pounds 

I can do 30 burpees with ease!

Why lower weight with closed-leg squats???? I started that weighted squat later than the regular squat and you have to squat down pretty low…which really works your butt.

I haven’t measured insured in a while, but I’ll wait till the end of the summer for bigger/better results.

My personal trainer, who I love, said I am getting stronger, have more endurance, and of course cracks up with me while I work out.

~~~CURRENT STATS~~~

Weight: Inches:

Thighs: 5.5 6.5 7.0 7.5  inches LOST 

Waist: 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 inches LOST

Arms: 2.0 2.5 3.0 inches LOST

Bust: 2  2.5 inches LOST

Dress Size: 1x 18 16 

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~~~CURRENT GOALS~~~

1. 10 15 knee push ups 5 regular push ups with Dino on my back

2. 10 15 20 regular push ups WITH EASE

3. 10 15 regular tricep push ups

4. 10 30 40 correct burpees with ease

5. climb 70 flights of stairs on the stair master

6. regular squat 50 lbs 60 85 95 105 lbs 

    wide leg squat 85 95 lbs

    closed leg squat 65 75 lbs

7. dead lift 40 50 lbs  

8. do 5 pull ups

~~~RESOURCES~~~

I found this site and just LOVE it…When I have the money I am so going to join. You pay once and you’re a lifetime member.

Staci and Bronwyn are my motivation…LOVE their stories and I know this is what I want. They have tons of useful info and resources