Welcome all to a thread full of wonderful women taking on the responsibilty of raising a family and trying to take care of themselves too. We look forward to a new day with members, new and old! Please feel free to jump right in and say hello!
Here is a little bit about who we are ...
MichelleRae: Michelle sahm to Taylor 8-25-01 & Teagan 10-13-03 Married 2 years to Zhaun. Plan I'm following is a combined WW and South Beach Diet.
Spryng: 24 y.o. married 6 years. Kids- Ava 4, Bubba (aka Joseph) 3 & Tanner 1. Currently on ww, hit goal in April.
Mompen: Penny 24 y.o. Happily Married & SAHM Momma to three active boys, Hunter 5, Nicholas 4 & Andrew 19 mo. Taking what I learned from WW & South Beach is my way of life.
Sydsmom: Kristin SAHM to Sydney 09-27-01, married almost 2 years to wonderful dh Began Weight watchers mid-July
Cindi: Mom to 6 boys & 1 mean girl. Plan.. No diet for me! Portion control, exercise & lots of water (most days)
Chubba: Geri..Mom to two boys, Will (3) & Tony (1)..married for 4 years to a great guy..following Dr Phil most days!
Crystal: 27 yo sahm of 3 almost 4. Alisa 6, Ally 3, & Andrew 22 months. Due Feb 1st. Married 9 years, live in Texas & homeschool. My plan, when on it, counting calories & exercise.
Ricci sahm to two boys 4 and 5, married 7 years, doing ww
Jill: SAHM of 1 daughter, Bayley, born 9/19/03. Currently trying to lose some of the baby weight I gained with her & need some extra support to help me do so.
Melissa: SAHM of 1 girl (4) and 1 boy (2). Currently watching what I eat and exercising 4-5days a week.
Deana: SAHM of 3 boys and 1 girl. Counting calories, exercising, and drinking lots of water.
Chris: SAHM of Tiana, Kayla and Nicole: ages 11, 5, and 2. Married for 5 years. I live in Billings, Montana. I'm a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer and trying using WW Flexpoints to lose weight
Gretchen, wife to Matt, Mom to Sean (15) and Jeremy (11). Just starting out with no diet plan except reduced calorie. I'm also a Curves lady!
Roxy, married (21yrs) 4 boys, and 6 girls, have to get serious after last baby. Doing the low-carb thing, drinking lots of water & more exercise
Stephanie, sahm of 2 boys Timothy(7) and Jack(3) and a new baby girl, Ella(8 months).
01-18-2005, 09:35 AM
Hope everyone had a great night!
Andrew is still sick so no gym for me today :(
Gonna go take care of my sick baby that just walk in here!
Have a good day!
I'll check in later at nap time!
01-18-2005, 10:07 AM
:hat: :cp: :dancer: :balloons: :cheers:
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY JILLY BEAN!!
Penny...hope Andrew's feeling better soon :^: I'm sending well baby hugs your way.
At work...just checking in...seems I have more time to post here than at home. Tony just wants his Mommy time now that I'm back to work....poor little guy.
I'll check back later. Have a great day everyone.
01-18-2005, 12:26 PM
Just wanted to say "hi" to everyone this morning. The kids are back in school and hubby is at work. (did I tell you guys how much I love Tuesdays?! LOL)
Penny - what is wrong with Andrew? I hope he feels better soon.
01-18-2005, 12:45 PM
I made it to the gym today, but I didn't go yesterday. Ella is still sick so I couldn't bring her yesterday and my mom watched her today so I could go. Not much going on today over here. Just gonna clean, clean, clean! Honestly though I love cleaning my house! I know it is strange, but I just get great joy out of it!! I love cleaning supplies and everything involved.....call me crazy!!!
I hope everyone has a great day and I will check in later on.
01-18-2005, 01:13 PM
Hi out there to Geri, Grethen, And Stephanie,
Hope you get some rest today w/ the kiddos in school!
Congrats on the exercise!
I don't know what the heck you are cleaning???????? I came out yesterday and the house was spotless.... expect for all the crumbs my kids kept making... Hopefully I picked em all up..... :)
Ok I gotta go take care of fuss pot and his nasty cold... :(
01-18-2005, 01:20 PM
hi have a great day!
01-18-2005, 01:30 PM
Hey all! how is everyone today? I went to the gym in this crazy bitter cold weather..ALthough it's nothing like what some of you are having. I'm still feeling a bit down. i was feeling better, but then this morning I felt crummy again. Trying to feel better SIL came by and I was able to vent. SO I feel a tad better now. ahhhhhh. Anyway, I was down enough early that I went to the gym and walked for 5 minutes and left. I left my trainer in a lurch. I just told the front desk staff to please tell her I had to leave. I just don't have it in my right now. I'm sure I'll feel better soon.
Penny, sorry andrew is still sick. I'm gonna call ya later.
Steph, CLEANING??????????? YOU love it? Come on over........
Gretchen, glad you are having a peaceful tuesday.
Hey Geri, nice to hear from you.
Ricci, that was the quickest post ever girl. All ok by you?
01-18-2005, 01:41 PM
Hey ladies quick one from me. I'm just getting breakfast done and then need to head for school. Got my application done finally for the masters program and will be turning it in today. However I had to stay up till 1am to get it done and study for my quiz today! ahhhhhhhh Too much time at mom's celebrating my birthday I guess. Anyway my dh got called out of bed at 2:30 this morning for a road call and never got to go back to bed. I feel bad for him, I hope he gets to nap when he gets home. Ok that's it, I gotta get out of here so I can study a little at school since I didn't get a lot of time in last night. Hope you all have a great day! I'm doing good on SBD so far (minus birthday dinner last night lol) but I'm having a hard time with the exercise. I'm hoping to work it into my new routine this week sometime. Ok that's really it!! lol
01-18-2005, 02:38 PM
I'm back for another post. I have to vent and get this out. I know you guys don't know me very well, but I am feeling kind of down today. Yes, it is quiet here. My boys are in school. I am here all by myself everyday (except Wednesday when I go to Bible study). I have been looking for another job for what seems like forever, but things aren't going well. I had a good job interview before Christmas, and I really wanted this job. It was 20 hours per week and really close to the boys' schools. I did everything right, even wrote a nice thank you for the interview letter. I finally got the courage up to call today since I hadn't heard, and yes, they have found someone else for the job.
I was laid off from my job over two years ago and haven't found anything suitable since then. I'm getting pretty depressed about it. I need to go back to work since my oldest is going to have to go to college in a couple of years and we need the money.
Sorry to lay this on you guys. Most of you have little ones at home all day and probably can't relate, but it's really starting to wear down my confidence.
Thanks for letting me vent.
01-18-2005, 02:48 PM
Okay it's really busy today cause one's better but another came down sick. Told ya, just like dominoes! Anyway trying to keep all happy. Baby isn't happy at all because I have to keep him a little isolated from the sickies so he can't understand why he's by himself alot of today. Oh well, he has toys and he's clean and fed maybe he'll fall asleep in a moment.
Hi Jilly- did you have fun on your b-day? There seems to be alot of free information out about SB so enjoy your hunting! Did you read all of the book yet? I'm sure you will get into the swing of things very soon.
Mel-praying for ya! Hope everything works out soon for you.
Ricci-??? Hi ya back! What happened? That was fast! Slow down and have a great day :lol:
Penny- you mean you don't like cleaning the house????? :dizzy:
Steph-okay, you're crazy! I suppose it might be fun or even satisfying if it stayed clean for any length of time. It just doesn't happen on my end! I have the wrecking crew here all day undoing what I just did. They are to young to clean yet. They do pick up their toys, I only have help after about 4:00 then I can relax a moment.
Gretchen- heh heh :devil: yes, I know what you mean!
Well, all of you other MIA moms hope you are out there having a better day and post soon so we can hear from you! I am shifting into my afternoon routine and hopefully I can accomplish something big before I have to pick up children at school. Love to all-
01-18-2005, 03:03 PM
Gretchen, sorry you are feeling down. Just try to remember that sooo many people are having the same trouble as you are with work. It's so hard to find a suitible job as well as you like and that pays half way decent. Keep your chin up. You will find something soon. Maybe redo you resume
01-18-2005, 03:08 PM
Sorry I missed your post Gretchen! Well...Is there something else you could be doing? My girlfriend sells on e-bay and she does very well, AND stays at home. Another started her own cleaning business and does select houses on the side for 75.00 a crack! I don't know perhaps you could think of an alternative. Then again, you can find out why you didn't get those jobs that you desired. They should tell you why you didn't get the job. Perhaps it is something simple that you can fix before you're next job interview. Polish up your resume, read a book from the library about interviews. They seem to have an extraordinary amount of pychology questions in them. Learn to answer them correctly. Or perhaps find something outside of your expertise and try something new! Good Luck to you! BTW- there are all kinds of ways to minimize college expenses as well...just a thought! Don't de discouraged.
01-18-2005, 03:11 PM
Hope everyone is having a great day.
Gretchen: Hope you find something soon. Sorry I can't relate right now, still 2 at home during the day and am thinking of looking for part time next year when dd goes to kindergarten and oldest will be working. Good luck.
Mel: Hope things get worked out for you soon. Glad you were able to vent to sil.
Penny: Hope Andrew feels better soon.
Roxy: I have a wrecking crew too so I know what you mean.
Stephanie: You can come clean mine too ;) .
Jill: Sounds like you are busy, busy, busy. Better to keep your hands in the paperwork than the cookie jar ;) .
Hi :wave: to all you other sahm's. Gotta run to town and take care of some things for dh then supper, dh goes to work and I have a scout leader meeting tonight so not sure if I will be back before tomorrow.
Have a great OP day!
01-18-2005, 03:18 PM
Gretchen and roxy, I just wanted to say that I think Roxy's post was very well written. I hope that some of her ideas are helpful.
01-18-2005, 03:22 PM
A quick flyby before my eye appt. Hope everyone is having a great day!
Roxy-I mailed that pattern today. I mailed priority...so it should be there in 2-3 days. ;)
Okay....can't get personal right now. Time to get the shoes on and head out the door. Talk to you all in a bit...
01-18-2005, 04:20 PM
Hey There Ladies! :) Hope you are all having a great day! :) G-ma is doing well, I am glad they had her switched over to hospice, it makes things so much easier. She takes 2 naps a day now and still sleeps through the night. Sydney si finally over her cold, thank the lord for that one too. She and grandma are making those no-sew blankets this week, easy for both of them. I am going out to eat at a sushi bar/japanese restaurant tonight...any ideas of what I could have that would be somewhat healthy? I don't want to over do it, but I don't just want to have a salad!!!!
Gretchen - If you would like, I can look at you resume. I have been told that I have some good ideas when it comes to those. I took a 4 week course on "presenting yourself" to companies as part of my last year at college. It would be no problem. PM me if you would like me to do that, and I will send you my email address! I think Roxy had some great ideas too! Just look where you think that you wouldn't normally look! Also, you can put your resume and hours available at staffing agencies. We have a ton of those here and that is what my cousin did and got 15 job offers in a week. Just call them up and ask if you can submit one so if there is a position that they think that you are qualified for, they can call you! Good Luck!! :) Its okay to vent here, all of our situations are different, but we try and help none the less! :) Since most of us have younger kids, its nice to have a few of ya with older ones so we know what to look forward to! LOL! :lol:
Melissa - I read your post yesterday and you are in my prayers that whatever burden you are carrying, will be lifted soon. If you need anything darlin' you know we are here! Glad you are feeling a little better today!
Roxy - Sorry you got some sick ones! :( Hope Martin takes a good nap for you ! :)
Hi Chris :wave:
Deana - Have another fun yet busy afternoon! Thanks for coming in to tell us how you are doing! :) This will probably be my only post today too! :)
Jill - Celebrate a little too long eh? Hope you had a great birthday, thankful Im sure for a healthy happy family! :) Have fun with all that school stuff, yeah right! LOL!
Ricci - :wave: how are ya girl! :)
Penny - So sorry to here that Andrew is sick, hope its nothing serious! HAve a nice relaxing day at home! :)
Steph - you love cleaning supplies? that is so weird...I do too! :) haha, my favorite is dusting, I love pledge. LOL! I don't get to dust as often as I would like but the pledge wipes are my favorite! Have fun cleaning! LOL! There is always something to clean at my house though, that is what I don't like. I wish it would stay clean for a while so I don't have to do ti so often! :)
Geri - Hi girly! Good to here from you! Hope everyone is over all the sickness in your house! :)
Okay gonna go do the dishes and make sydney pick up the aftermath of her toy and paper tornado she created! :) TTYL! :grouphug:
01-18-2005, 04:25 PM
forgot to post that I lost another pound this week. I am not really exercising, just no time. But I am watching what I eat, and I guess between my 2 jobs, I am staying pretty active! :) I was please! :) Just thought I would share! :)
01-18-2005, 04:55 PM
Thank you guys so much for your great suggestions. I will let you know what I decide to do. In the meantime, I can't let this get me down and lower my willpower!!!
01-18-2005, 06:11 PM
Sorry for being SOOOO MIA...since the beginning of January...
Christian, Hope and Seth have had ear infections
Christian and Seth have had stomach viruses
Christian had a head injury that involved stitches
I have been working very hard
I have had migraines weekly and strep throat
my cell phone company took unauthorized money from my account and caused checks galore to bounce
and I just brought DH home from hospital after having an emergency appendectomy in the wee morning hours.
Not a very happy new year so far. But hey, it's gotta get better. I am so stressed, and rarely have time to read, much less post. I do miss you all and love you all!
Be back when I can!
Where is Crystal????
01-18-2005, 07:01 PM
Cindi, I'm sorry you aren't having a good year so far, but lets just call it a bunch of bad days and move on. Next week is a new week and it's gonna be great for you. Prayers for your family and dh. How is he now?
Again, I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers. I think they are working. I'm hoping to resolve this issue real soon. I HOPE!
01-18-2005, 07:52 PM
NO time to get personal. I have to go pick Tiana up from choir practice. I've been doing good today though. Staying op and staying active. We've been painting and fixing up things around our house. WE've painted the livingroom, kitchen, hallways, and then we are going to paint the family room. We picked out some carpet today and my aunt is coming to take measurements for it friday. It is SOOO nice to have an inside edge on carpeting. My aunt and uncle own a carpet business. Needless to say we are getting an awesome deal. We looked at furniture too. Need some different stuff downstairs and my dresser has done a die on me...I have 3 drawers out of 6 broken.
Okay...gotta go get that little girl of mine. Talk to you all later.
01-18-2005, 08:15 PM
I know I told ya'll I was crazy!! I am a little obsessive compulsive about the house. I never feel like it is clean enough.
Penny- how is Andrew feeling? I missed ya at the gym today. I hope you can come tomorrow. I am gonna bring Ella. Her nose has barely run today so I think she is fine.And there is a God-Bellsouth fixed my phone line today. It is working so you can call me on that.
Gretchen-I am sorry you are having such a rough time. I will keep you in my prayers.
Jill-Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope it was agreat one!
Roxy- I too have a wrecking crew. It is a one man crew named Jack. I just stay behing him. I should probably let it go, but I can't.
I hope everyone else has had a great day and that tomorrow will be even better!!
01-18-2005, 08:22 PM
Kristin- My mother has a weird obsession with office supplies and my obsession is household cleaning stuff. I love pledge too, but my favorite supply is Pine-Sol!! I can't get enough of that smell! My 3 year old also loves the Pledge. He goes behind me sniffing the furniture!!! It is a crazy house I live in!! I am glad to hear you share my love though...maybe I am not so crazy after all!!!!
01-18-2005, 08:24 PM
Hi all. Sorry I've been MIA all day. No baby, just been gone ALL day. Left after breakfast and got home at dinner time. Still trying to eat myself and then clean up the kitchen.
The doc said I haven't dialated anymore, BUT I'm efaced 50% which is awesome. And the baby has dropped some more. He told me to keep my toothbrush packed and a 50/50 chance I make it another week. No way should I make it to my due date at this rate.
Still haven't had any timeable contractions or anything.
Thanks Penny and Roxy for iming me and checking up on me. I know I shouldn't leave you guys hanging.
Cindy, so glad to see a post from you but so sorry to hear about what's going on. I know things will turn around for you. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Gretchen, sorry to hear how things are going for you. You're in my prayers too.
Okay ladies, I wanted to check in so you didn't worry but I've still got a ton of things to do. TTYL, have a great night.
01-18-2005, 09:34 PM
Hey ladies need to make dinner but wanted to check in first and thank Mel for the ADORABLE bear that she sent for Bayley! She loves it! It was such a surprised to get in the mail today, it probably came earlier but I have a p.o. box and only check it once a week or so. I just thought it was so sweet and unexpected so thanks!! It amazes me everyday what good friends I have found here. My friends and family think I'm nuts talking about all of you guys but they have no idea! I just think it's neat so................................................ .. I'll be back later. I have a hungry family!!
01-19-2005, 12:18 AM
I don't have time to post to everyone but just had to say...
Crystal-It's getting there. 50% effaced and dropped. That's great! Now the anxiousness is probably just killin' ya huh?
You and my husband would be a good pair. He has a "small" obsession with cleaning supplies too. He loves that aisle in Lowe's. So bizarre. I thought he was one of a kind. :D
Hi Cindi (sorry to hear about all your bad luck so far)...Hi Mel...Hi Penny...Hi Jill...Hi Roxy...Hi Ricci, Geri, Cheri, Kristin, Michelle, Jill, Jeniqua, and all you others. My hand is killing me so time to splint it up for the night. See you in the morning.