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Time to move into the New Year and New Month!
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Hapy new year to us all. May it be the one where we achieve as much as we can to better ourselves and our children.

Live well, laugh often, love much.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


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Happy New Years! It's mid-afternoon here, but I had a minute, and with all the time zones we span, I figured that someone was either celebrating or close to celebrating.

Here's a toast to a year of successes for ourselves and our loved ones. emoticon

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Laura, so proud of your son!! That is awesome! Those moments of victory are so sweet for our children (and us.)

Dee, I hope you have the most amazing New Years! You are such a sweet and supportive lady! Hugs!

Georgia and Tina, I bet it is already next year if I have my times correct! Or at least close. Happy New Years to two very sweet and wonderful supportive ladies!! (and anyone else I've missed that is in that time zone!!)

I will be setting up the New January Cafe in a bit. Hope everyone has the most amazing day!

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Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

Laura, what wonderful news about your ds. Mine dislikes having others help him as well.

Me, hanging in there. Took my dad to cardiac rehab, then the grocery store, and now sparking before my kids/young adults get up....LOL!

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Well it is the last day of the year and once again and grateful for most things especially my few but dear friends (that means YOU!)

Happy last day 2012 and looking forward to a beaut 2013.

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Welcome Sonja!

Hugs and prayers to all!

Just breezing through this morning.

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Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

emoticon Sonja, glad to have you on the team.

Vicky, do be careful going back home. I grew up on Long Island and remember those snow storms, hope it is sunshine all the way back for you. Do hope your dd doesn't get sick.

Georgia and Tina, I hear ya on the overeating. Take each day as it comes and do a little better than the day before. YOU"VE GOT THIS!!

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Got my cardio done this morning and now sparking while I can.

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The busyness of the holidays has kept me away but im back. I welcome all our new friends here. I will catch up more later when I have more time. I'm in Long Island NY right now. was visiting my brother and sis in law and 2 nieces. They were here visiting sis in laws family. I leave to go back to buffalo today. Then I'm working on getting back on track with eating and exercise. Was sick for part of the time here am finally feeling better but am afraid my daughter is getting it now. Everyone take care and HUGS!!!

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Dee and Tina sending hugs.

Welcome sonja look forward to getting to know you.

Exhausting day at work but overeating has lessened to day.

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G'day all.
Exhausted, stressed because of an incident yesterday with the kids. Over ate and feel blahh today. Just did not want to get out of bed.
Today is another day and will take a deep breath and start again.
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Afternoon All, hope you have a nice weekend.

Sending thoughts, prayers, emoticon and emoticon to All.

You are a great group of gals and I so enjoy coming and spending time with you all. The love, support, motivation and caring received here have helped me so much over the last few years.

Wishing you all the best on your journeys. Take each day as it comes and remember to make time for yourself. emoticon

Me, hanging in there. Got some ST done today, actually slept til 930 this morning and what is most unusual is that our cat let me sleep that long..she never does that...LOL! Still can't believe there are only a few more days left to this year......



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I hope you are all having nice days. I am so tired from the work this month and no amount of rest is helping at the moment.

Hugs to all

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Georgia, you are right about the cold air. I put a scarf around my mouth for most of my 20 minutes on the treadmill and had no problem today! Then I went on the Wii Active INSIDE!! I do love the quiet of the garage and the fresh air.
My Aspie teen who is now 19 was letting me know what a bad mom I am because I won't let him sleep over at a friends house for New Years. This is a friend who has Aspergers as well, but lives with his Grandma and the Grandma isn't always there. Also, this friend went to Juvenile jail because he threatened to kill his mother. But my son still thinks I'm the bad one.
Oh how I just need a break sometimes from all this.

Tomorrow is our last "Christmas" with my hubby's dad and wife and my SIL and family etc. Not sure what I am going to do.

Hope all of you have a very good evening.

Love and hugs and prayers to all! Cathy

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G'day all.
Laura your son sounds like my younger one. Kids in his class used to push his buttons to see him blow up and then act all innocent when he would run out of the room. Puberty is such a hard time for them. But we have all crawled through it. As mums we are the go between, the spokesperson, the support person and everything else our families need. Sometimes it is too hard but we just keep soldiering on. And wonder why we binge sometimes.
Cathy here we are in a heatwave and you in a freezewave. Using your wii inside seems like a good idea. I run in front of tele and the aircon. Too hot at the moment to even walk the dog.
My goal at the moment is to lose the couple of kilos I have gained over Christmas. And give myself some more me time.
Georgia I am so sorry your son used a special day to send such an evil message. There is truth in you only hurt the ones you love. If he had no feelings for you he would not even bother with you. Someone once told me that love and hate are close twins but indifference is so hard to deal with. Just keep loving him and pray for him and take the rememberence of the message away with good thoughts of times when you were both so happy. I do that with my inlaws who didn't even bother to give our kids pressies this year. You are an amazing person and I pray one day you son will remember that. hugs.
It is going to be another scorcher here today. Not looking forward to heading in to work this arvo. Kids after the Christmas festivities are going to be tired and grumpy. And most of the staff too. Going to try and move my room around today while hubbie is working over the weekend. Hopefully burn a few calories that shouldn't be there.
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Tina I know all about emotional eating. Especially after issues with DH. Be strong you have come so far. hope you are ok in the shocking heat wave you guys are having over there.

Cathy the cold air is what is causing you the problems. It is not asthma. It is like the moutnain climbers the air is thinner when cold. Maybe during the colder months limit to 10 mins then go back again for another 10 later on it the day.

Laura my ex DH did not believe my son had Aspergers. He blamed my mothering skills. He continuously undermined my efforts to give my son some sort of normality. As for the noises - could he have heard you and your DH making love? Remember they have acute hearing. agree with cathy counselling may be the key.

I am having issues getting back on track. Since my son's nasty message on Christmas day I have been binge eating. I am trying each day to lessen the madness and have gained about 3 kilos in a week (7 pounds) No one to blame but myself but now all the bad stuff is gone. I too gave it away.

On a positive note the sun is shining and we had magnificent rain last night. The garden is no longer dying,



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Hugs Everyone!

Laura, I suggest seeing a family counselor to work these issues out. Maybe that will help your hubby understand from a neutral party. I have found that it is sometimes hard for men to accept that their son has "issues." They need to understand that having issues doesn't take away from the wonderful person that their son is. Tough stuff!

I am sticking with my workout plan of 15 minutes of vigorous activity and 30 minutes of moderate daily (5-6 days a week.) Only one problem...my treadmill and elliptical are in the unheated garage. I seem to have sensitive lungs and when I tried to workout for just 13 minutes my lungs weren't happy with me. I don't have asthma or any know lung issues, but I do know that cold weather workouts affect your lungs. So I need to get a plan together of how I'm going to workout indoors and get some intensity. Maybe the Wii?

I hope everyone has a very healthy happy day!

We are almost at the New Year! Maybe we can think of some goals we would like to make for January AND for the year. Very doable attainable goals.

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Cathy you are a wise woman.
I also keep snacks for the hard times but at the moment there is so many more things available that is hard to say no to. Time to myself is wonderful and I am determined to give myself more me time.
Thankyou for all your wise words. This group is an amazing bunch of people that care.
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Hello wonderful friends!

Stress seems to be a huge part of all of our lives. But the amazing thing about all of you is how incredibly strong and positive you all are in the face of all these incredible challenges!
You are always here supporting and encouraging one another!

Love you all to bits too!!!

What has helped me so much is having a "Go To" list. Now this can be on paper or in your head, whatever works best for you.
I have a couple of these that really help.
The first is a Go To for healthy eating when I am tempted for whatever reason. I keep healthy yummy snacks that help me get through a restless anxious, hurt, or other emotion that is tempting me to eat. I only eat these things when I am really really having a hard time with control. An example would be a Skinny Cow "candy bar." Very low cal and fat, tasty, satisfying and kills the craving! Sometimes it's a 1 serving portion of baked chips of some sort. Again, it is satisfying a craving in a much healthier way, so I don't eat the house down to "avoid" the wrong foods. I really believe that picking special healthier choices that you track and portion when you are stressed is huge!
I also love smoothies, so I will make a banana and berry smoothie with protein powder and then add a very small 2 tablespoons of very dark chocolate which is so yummy, healthy and kills the craving.

Okay, the other Go To list is when I am anxious and restless and eating isn't the answer. Then I choose to:
Take a bath
Read a book ( uninterrupted) and this might only last 15 minutes, but so worth it!
Play a computer game
Listen to music
Play outside with the dogs
All of the above "Go To" activities are without the kids. They may be in the next room so I can still keep them near, but they are occupied so I can get some relief time. They are relaxing, destressing and not exercise or a chore. (although if that helps you, then great!)

It takes time and planning, but I promise it works. It at least takes the edge off. It has saved me countless times lately. And the scale is starting to very slowly move downward.

I hope this helps! I care so much for all of you. I hurt when you hurt! We are a very beautiful close and unique "chosen" family! We can do this!!

Hugs and prayers to all, Cathy

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G'day all and thankyou.
Was doing so well yesterday and then DH and had a fight and all my resolve went out of the window.
Trying to get him to realise that although he loves his new job we need to know when he gets paid and with his salary sacrificing how we can access it. He never asks those questions.
I am the one that does the budgeting and we actually need money to pay the bills.
Left me feeling frustrated and wanting sweets.
Thankyou because today I will start again with all of you.
Had my date muffins for brekkie and then going shopping so will stock up on the veges.
Heading into a six day working spree, one day off, then another two days off.
Gonna be a long haul but DH lost a lot of money changing jobs so we need to get it back.
Not complaining because I love my job and it will give me lots of exercise.
So today is the start of the rest of our lives and 2013 will hopefully be the year that we all make it.
So hugs and prayers to all, tina

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Thank you Laura. I have the same issue. stress and then eat. My eldest sent this message at Christmas and since then have been eating badly. I am trying to make today the first day of getting it under control. I am setting myself a target to be good today and then move on to the next day etc, I appreciate your support.

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Feeling a little sorry for myself. The scales were not kind to me over the break and now am having trouble with saying no to sugary cholaty things. I am walking again and today I shall see if my determination will last to say no!.

Love you all to bits. You are such amazing women and I love how we can be honest with each other.

happy Friday.

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Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

Tina, you are fast in getting all the stuff down already. I like Amanda's idea of the smaller plates also.

Georgia, glad you have gotten your walks in.

Laura, it's never fun to not be feeling well, do hope you feel better soon.

Ari, that is such a nice thing for S to do, sharing the DS with R.

Cathy, can't wait to check out the pics of your lil ones, who are probably not so little anymore.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Decided that today I will restart my journey. I'm been down in the dumps for a while now and have let that be my excuse for overeating and not exercising. Today I got up, exercised, and made a healthy shake for breakfast. Feeling a bit better now and will continue each day in this manner.

Also, dealing with ds, dd, and dh having to take turns as they all got new games for the Wii and Xbox which are connected to the same tv.........I actually have three kids/adults at times....LOL!



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Reading through all of your updates and wishing you all a peaceful recovery day today.

We did go down to MIL's yesterday and it went well. The kids were given Scribblenauts for the DS - which truly entertained them (and I am getting addicted too). R dropped his DS a few weeks ago and cracked the case - so it is non-operative. S is very caring, and has been willing to share his DS as long as a parent enforces turn taking. They did a great job yesterday.

Today was even alright despite everyone being up super late last night. We even made a successful run to 1 store to buy a new winter coat for R on end of season clearance.

Tomorrow and Friday, I am having to "give back" my vacation and go into work to meet deadlines, but weather permitting, my Dad and his wife C are going to come down on Friday and stay the weekend.

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Thank you all so much! I love you all and am so very thankful for you!

I am posting a picture of my three youngest on my Sparkpage gallery that I took this Fall. It turned out so well! Thought you would enjoy seeing it.

Georgia as I posted the words, I thought of you and felt your pain in such a real way as our stories are the same. I am so sorry that you haven't been treated with the respect you deserve.

Hugs to everyone!

Cathy

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G'day alld.
Well the tree and decorations are down. The christmas food is put away until New Year and we are back on track.
Laura you will fit into that outfit and soon it will be too big. But pj's are more snuggly when they are big.
Cathy you are an amazing person. I know that it is hard to remember but they can only hurt you if you let them. I am learning to feel sorry for people that have so little in their lives that they have to butt into others lives just to make theirs interesting. Your SIL must admire you so much to want to hurt you like she does. I am praying for you Gods armour so that all those fiery darts just fall off and fizzle on the ground around your feet. This SIL could never handle what you do every day. I have two sisters very similar to what you describe. Look in the mirror and see what we all see, and stand tall and look you SIL in the eye. Any person who really knows you would not believe her lies and if they do then they are no better than her. hugs.
Dee we wouldn't be on this site if we didn't have a problem with food. I like Amandas idea of smaller plates. Taking one meal at a time is all I can do.
Amanda what you carry is no less significant than our daily struggles. Congrats on getting through the season and like you I enjoy Boxing day better than Christmas. When I do the washing I walk each item to its place, whether it is bedroom or laundry. I put the basket the furtherest away from where I am walking. Each basket can give me around ten minutes of walking. May not be a lot but better than nothing. It is too hot for us here to walk too far so this gives me some movement underneath the lovely aircon.
Georgia I have no interest in the sales. Have to go shopping on Friday for food items but I am in and out of there. Can't stand the crowds and the heat. Glad you are getting your walking in. Your weather is definitely cooler than ours at the moment.
Some cleaning to do today, hopefully some gardening this morning. Then trying to stay cool as the temps are around 40c.
hugs to all, tina

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Good morning dear friends and at last the silly season is over and all those people you do not want in your life can move back to where they came from.

Laura I too ate too much and am getting right back on track today. No waiting until the new year.

Cathy I felt as though i was reading my story. The way your son announced his engagement is exactly the same way i found out on FB with the news being share with his friends before us. What you did by going into your room was exactly what my husbands psychologist told him to do if things became too much for him at one of our gatherings. Go to your room and write down your feelings. When you feel up to it come back out and join the group. So you did very well indeed cathy.
As for the toxic relatives - it will come back and bite them one day. You cannot give out bad karma and not get it back one day.

Oh Dee you are so right. No one made me put the food into my mouth but me. Not once or twice but many times. Well back on track today and that is what I am trying to instil in my brain.

Amanda you are right when we share all things (good and bad) it soemtimes makes us feel better. Not that we are glad someone is having a bad day but because we are not alone on this difficult journey we have before us.

I am back to walking today and it felt good even though I was draggin my feet a bit. Back to work and the fun of post Christmas sales. NOT!!!

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happy Boxing Day....I think I like Boxing Day better than Xmas because all of the hype and expectations of Christmas are lessened and you can just enjoy the day more....I got to sleep in a bit this morning, something that rarely happens, so I feel a bit happier about life today :)
You know, I am always so amazed by the strength of you all on here...makes my little truials and tribulations seem very small and insignificant....I appreciate you all sharing, even the not-so-great stuff, as it puts things in perspective...
Cathy, you are so incredibly strong with all you have faced, and conquered, over the years i have known you....you are waaaayyyyyy better than those who judge you and seek to malign you, so never forget that, ok? We Love you and support you, and we all hope that things can soon right themselves again...hugs!!
Dee, I understand about the eating...i always put on a few pounds this week in the year, but I cheated a bit this year...I used smaller plates for Christmas dinner, and waited a few hours until we had dessert...that way we really never ate supper so i sorta lessened the impact of all that food..today i filled my ;plate but actually gave the dog a fair amount of it, especially the meat (ham and turkey) so i enjoyed my lunch but didnt eat as much as i might have usually...the scales will tell later, right? lol...Have you got your daughter home for the holidays?
Laura, glad your Christmas was a good one...and I kinda think its an automatic weight-gain week, I bet each and every one of us ate too much/ate the wrong things/ etc, so you are certainly not alone...just chalk it up to the season...plus, it allows us to have legitimate New Years resolutions next week...lol
Georgia, I am glad you had church to help you through a rough moment...if it wasnt for my church, and my faith, i wouldnt have ever made it this far...dont allow negativity to ruin your beautiful outlook on life, hugs...
Tina, I like your approach to the Christmas Day overeating...you are very correct, we can certainly forgive our Christmas binge if we start to make better choices afterwards...I honestly believe that its important to let go of some things and my annual Christmas eat-everything-in-sight moments are just that...moments...and i CAN, (and hopefully, will!!) get back on track...
Ari, hope Christmas was beautiful for your famnily and you figured out how to balance the different religious aspects of it...you are a good organizer so i kniow you sorted out a way to honor both sides of the coin...
Vicky, hope you stayed sane...or somewhat survived anyway...lol..
Amy, Dianne, everyone else i have missed, I hope Christmas was a meaningful, special time for you and your family's, hugs and prayers wherever needed...
Ok, i was gonna walk this morning but it is sleeting and trying to get worse by the minute, very cold, windy, not a good walking day..hmm..gotta find something else to help me stay active...
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Good Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

Cathy and Amanda, sending emoticon and emoticon your way.

Cathy, so sorry your SIL and ds are causing you to be upset. Why do folks pick the holidays to make others miserable. Glad you took some time for yourself during all this.

Amanda, sure do miss seeing your posts.

Georgia, good for you in getting back on track.

Tina, I need to remember not to let the overeating extend into the new year as well. Thanks for the reminder.

Laura, hope you had a nice Christmas.

Ari, hope your holiday went well also.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there as usual. Gained another pound this week so not happy about that but there is no one to blame but myself. No one is buying or making the food except me and I know not to have certain things around.


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Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday. Sorry I haven't been on much lately. Trying to do so much and very stressed! Nothing new, I know!!

It has been a very trying time with a SIL who is just plain manipulative and mean at times and talks behind my back and gets others to join in, but talks nice to my face. Couple that with my oldest son who decided to plaster all over Facebook that he is got engaged (to the girl that threatened to kill me a couple years back) but hadn't told me yet.

So I spent Christmas Eve sequestered to my room because I just couldn't take the people. I talked to my three younger ones about it and they understood that mom just needed a break from people and that I was okay. They were sweet and kept checking on me. My MIL and that side of the family always do Christmas here, but I just couldn't deal with all of them. I don't care what they thought. I just needed to take care of me.
Christmas Day was with just us 7 and my son came over for the day for our traditional family Christmas. I made it clear ahead of time that Christmas is NOT the time to spring this on us...especially since the kids don't know 'her' and I haven't seen her since the whole threat thing a couple of years ago. What was he thinking? And he is my Neurotypical one? His girlfriend is psychotic (truly) and has changed him so much. My ex loves to encourage our son to be manipulative and hateful towards me, so that hasn't helped either.

Sorry to go on and on! Thanks for letting me vent! We have one more family Christmas on Saturday with my hubby's dad and the same siblings including the SIL. sigh Then we are done!

I haven't been able to eat much but am working hard to eat healthy and haven't been grazing at all. I will not derail my healthy life because of those who are so dysfunctional.

It's been a very hard and sad Christmas, but I will survive.

Hope all of you had a very blessed and wonderful Christmas!

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Thanks Tina I have been obnoxious with my food. But back on track tomorrow.

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g'day all.
Amanda you are an amazing person and we miss you when you cannot post. But know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Georgia Christmas eating is not bad eating if it does not continue to New Year. Tonight all the junk type food goes away until New Year where we enjoy the day. Hopefully it will be all gone or if not I put it away for a quiet Sunday arvo when you fancy something nice.
Cathy hope your Christmas was peaceful and amazing.
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I have top say Amanda you are a very good person to tolerate you ex at Christmas time. I am glad you shared with us. We have missed you so.

I had a charming message from estranged son which I almost let ruin my day. But I was going to church at the time and I gave the sadness up and let the blessings of Christmas take over instead.

Bad bad eating this last 2 days.

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Hope everyone had a peaceful, relaxing Christmas...or at least a day when no major mishaps occured!!
We made it through... barely...between the middle child setting fires, youngest child throwing massive fits, and the oldest child deciding I am the worst parent in the universe...oh, and having to spend the majority of the day entertaining my ex because he likes my house better at Christmas than his current wife's family celebrations....lol....so glad its bedtimne...lol..
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Merry Christmas to all!
May you have the richest blessings now and always!

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G'day all and a Merry Christmas.
My prayer is that all of you have the best Christmas ever, whatever your plans. May you day be filled with laughter, joy and most of all peace.
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MerryChristmas to you all.

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Morning All, wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tina, emoticon emoticon I knew you could do it! Now on to skydiving...you are a braver soul than I....LOL!

Ari, hope you enjoy the visit with MIL. What a nice present for dh.

Laura, how awesome that ds was able to be part of the Christmas play.

Georgia, hope you have a great day.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well with you and yours.

Me, hanging in there. Looking forward to watching Christmas movies with the family and just enjoying the day.


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Tina what a lovely Christmas present. Congrats.

Ari just wait and see then go with the flow.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Woo Hoo Tina!

Today was DH's birthday. It turned into a pretty regular day of grocery shopping and housework, but he got time to go to the gym, which he doesn't often get on weekends. I just ordered him the combined birthday and holiday present that he requested.

We are thinking about going ice skating tomorrow. I'd like to go to the River Rink in Philadelphia and hope the weather cooperates.

Our plans for Christmas are still up in the air. I am Jewish, but DH's family is not. We've traditionally celebrated by spending time with my MIL and opening the gifts from his side of the family. This year MIL was planning to spend time with my BIL, but she's been fighting a cold. If she doesn't feel well enough to travel, we may day-trip to see her (just under 2 hours each way). I guess we'll decide tomorrow.


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G'day.
Can I say woo hoo.
Am able to wear my sleigh pandora charm today because I finally made it to my 40kg loss.
It has taken me two years but I have finally stepped over that goal.
9.8kg to go before I go skydiving.
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Well it is finally Christmas Eve and as the day begins I am thinking of all my friends and all the blessings you have given me with your friendship.

May you all have a blessed Christmas and lots of joy with your families tomorrow.

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Morning All, hope you are enjoying your day.

Tina, do hope you were able to close up work early yesterday.

Vicky, Hope all goes well with your holiday. HUGS!

Me, hanging in there. I did some last minute shopping this morning for batteries and such and now in a mad rush to get things wrapped.

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Did some last minute shopping today! Still have some stocking stuffers to pick up and lots of wrapping to do!

Hope everyone is taking it easy! Im just trying to get through it with my sanity!

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G'day all.
Dee I hope that you found your chill zone, hopefully somewhere warm and cozy.
Georgia. If you find any Christmas cheer can you send me some over. Lost mine a few days ago.
Closing up work today for the holidays. So six kids up and dressed. All beds remade and sheets washed. Pack the kids then vaccuum, wash floors put bins out and everything else needed to leave the house clean for reopening. Will not leave the house dirty. Told the girls if we hurry and don't sit down we may finish early and can leave early. For one mum a bonus as she has two little ones and can do a little shopping before she picks them up.
So need lots and lots of energy today.
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Thank you Dee.

Today will be a long day at work. But I shall go on a walk shortly and find my Christmas cheer along the way and have a good day.

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Morning All, hope you have a nice weekend.

Laura, glad dh is able to help you in the mornings.

Georgia, do hope you are able to relax after the holiday rush to buy things is over. I hear ya on falling off the wagon....just take each day as it comes and try and do the best you can when you can.... emoticon

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Hoping to just chill today as I've been very, very tired lately.


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Tina, Dee and Laura hope you all achieved what had to be done.

I have fallen off the wagon last few days with hardly any walks in and eating has been ridiculous. Must be the extra hours and break in my normal routine. Not to mention the stress of situations in our lives.

Taking my mum shopping, visiting MIl and hopefully catch up the mound of ironing.

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Good Morning All, hope you have a nice day/evening.

Me, hanging in there. Taking my dad to cardiac rehab this morning. Then hoping to hit the grocery store to get the fix-ins for Christmas dinner and beyond.



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G'day all.
Laura good on your son for standing up for himself. My son is so soft it is hard for him. Mum has to step up and protect him. Thankfully he tells me everything. Our kids have an award chart. I sticker per day if they do homework. Our stickers are traded for cold hard cash, one thing they do understand. It gives them money to buy things with that they want. Some use rewards of movies or treats. I am sure you will find something your son likes that will encourage him to study. And seeing the stickers add up is a good incentive.
Dee glad that you are getting back on track. Taking one day at a time is the only way to go. Glad you are almost finished shopping.
Vicky I am so glad that the place is in your name. Moving the kids would be so much harder. It will be hard for the kids but in the long run I know they will benefit from a less stressful household. Hugs as you prepare to get through these holidays.
Georgia a little may be humidity but the rest is chocolate and cake. emoticon . Because of all the stresses and lack of sleep my resolve went out the window. But luckily I closed the window quickly. Stopped DH taking his night multivitamins and the snoring has stopped. Go figure. Read that sedatives can sometimes cause a person to snore more and the multis have a sedative in them. So more sleep.
Going shopping with my sister today to finish off the last few things and then go and pick up two of mine from camp. A mountain of washing to do before bed. Should be a busy but good day.
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Tina the weight gain could be from the humidity. Fluid retention. I too feel the humidity playing up with my legs and it does every year this time.

Vicki I have been down this road in the past. It will only get worse. Get through the holidays and then you have to be brutal for all of your sakes. Emotional abuse is the worse kind. I am 100% sure Bryan's tics get worse because of the stressful situation. So glad he is not on the leases. Wise woman.

Laura even I am proud of your son. Who knows what these kids would have had him do.

Today instead of cleaning and baking DH and I have decided to take a 1 1/2 drive to vist our grandson (adopted). So excited as i have't seen him for a month and I bet he has grown.


Oh and it looks like the end of the world did not come. So Happy Friday.



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Don't worry we will stay he will have to go. The dot we live in us in my name. Once before when we were considering switching I told the bldg manager and never changed it. He is not on my lease do if he won't go I'll call an have him removed if I have to!

Just don't want my kids to experience that :(

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Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

Georgia, do hope the next few days at work go quickly for you and you get to enjoy your time off for the holiday.

Tina, this time is stressful to begin with and it's hard to stay on track at times. You will reach your goal...I believe in you. emoticon

Vicky, I am so sorry that you are going through all this with dh during this time of year. I wouldn't be able to trust him again either. Is there any where you and the children can go? emoticon

Laura, Your ds did the right thing in telling the teacher what was going on with those boys. So glad he used his words and didn't get angry, which would have gotten him into trouble I'm sure. As far as homework goes, we break it down into more manageable segments so our ds doesn't get overwhelmed by it all. Also keeps us from getting overwhelmed... emoticon

Everyone Else, do hope all is well with you and yours.

Me, hanging in there. Got my exercise in and ate a nice breakfast. Slowly getting back on track. Most things are bought and wrapped. May need to get some small stocking type things but that's about it. Oh wait...gotta buy the ham and such for Christmas dinner but think I will wait til the weekend as there isn't much room in the refrigerator right now.


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So sorry to hear about what happened to your son. That is uncalled for!

So hubby goes to the gas station on Mon and the missing $360 MIRACULOUSLY was found by a female employee. She walked up to HIM when he walked in and said " I think this is yours" YEA RIGHT!!!! I called the gas station mon and they knew nothing about it. NOTHING. There was one employee that was not there so I called back today!

I called the gas station again and they know NOTHING about Dh's miraculous found money! I spoke to the female employee who was there Mon and she didn't know a thing about it. I called him on it and he is still sticking to his story. I told him I can never EVER trust him again. So right now I am just trying to get through the holiday so my daughter isn't heart broken and then I gotta get him out!

Bryan's ticks and tremors are increasing again so I am going to have to call the neurologist again! Don't like this one bit!

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G'day all.
Dee I have gained over 2.5kg over the last few weeks. Have lost some but unsure if I will make my goal by Christmas. We have had so many stresses over the last few weeks I am going to use it as a learning curve. Will reach my goal one day.
Laura I worry about all my six kids, whether they have a disability or not. Just being there for them is all we can do.
Georgia I am glad you have a couple of days off to try and get some R&R. Christmas is oh so close.
Have done most of my wrapping yesterday. A peaceful day wrapping and watching Christmas movies. Today off to brave the shops to finish my food shopping. And tomorrow a date with my sister doing some finish up things.
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Dee do not worry until the holidays are over. Just try and be careful with food choices but do not stress as it holds onto the weight.

Laura we all worry so much. Try and be strong for your son.

Off to work I go yet again. Thankfully I have tomorrow and saturday off. Working Sunday and Monday and then Christmas off. Oh so busy.

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Good Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

Tina, so sorry that Chris' experience was not a good one. Do hope that boy is disciplined for hitting him. Glad you made a report about the situation. Sending emoticon to Chris.

Georgia, do hope the rest of your work week goes quickly for you.

Everyone Else, hope all is well with you and yours.

Me, hanging in there. After reading about Chris' experience I am nervous. We just had a vocational rehab appt for our ds the other day which dh went too. Should be hearing back within 30 days as to whether or not ds qualifies for it. Person had told dh it would most likely be supervised/supported job training and beyond...so will have to wait and see. Went out to dinner last night for dh's bday and this morning showing a 3 lb gain....gained 2 lbs last week....need to get my head together and get back on track and I'm not liking this trend.



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I had something similar happen to my son when he was at school. I reported it to all authorities and the boy was severley disciplined as he was a repeat offender. Just because he didn't pick up quickly is the boss' fault for not dedicating enough training time. Either that or the boss is wuss!! and gutless.
Praying for him to recover quickly.

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g'day all.
Chris is going back to school next year. He was being verbally abused by one of the other boys at the landscape place, calling him stupid and slow. Mind you this is another boy with intellectual difficulties. Then on Monday the boy punches Chris in the back and when Chris goes to ring me the boy punches him twice in the stomach. If it had been Kim or Ben they would have screamed blue murder. But Chris is so gentle he didn't say anything. But I get a call from him, crying on the phone begging me to come and get him. His supervisor says that Chris is not picking up the work quickly enough, erm he has been there a couple of weeks. And that excuses the boy that hit him?.
We made a complaint. Don't know what will happen but just glad that Chris is out of there. I was told he was supervised but obviously not.
We will pick ourselves up as normal and get on with it. But with all the stress of the concreting I am exhausted. Going to sit and finally start wrapping pressies today. Been a long haul and I am tired but looking forward to a great Christmas.
I am grateful for all of you that understand what I am going through, do not pass judgement and love me as I love you all.
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This team is awesome because we all love and respect each other. We understand that some days some of us are having worse days than others. We prop each other up, offer suggestions and just an ear.

What more can we aske for.

This is one time of the year to offer thanks and gratitude and we do that with all our hearts.

So to you dear friends
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So busy at work and so tired at home. Can't wait for Monday afternoon.

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Good Morning All, hope you have a great week.

Me, the next few days are going to be busy for me so wanted to say this.....

This is a terrific team...always there with support, motivation and a kind word no matter what the circumstances we have been through as a family or individually. It's nice to know I can come here and vent or ask a question and someone will relate their own experiences to help me see clearly what may lie ahead. Love you all.... emoticon emoticon

Just stopping by to wish you all Happy Hannukah, emoticon emoticon

a Merry Christmas emoticon emoticon

and a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! emoticon emoticon

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Tina I am like you and I like toi go to the shops before it gets busy. Hope you get some rest soon. I am still walking because if i don't the stiffness returns and I hurt. Even though it is so humid and hot I pushing still.

Vicki only a couple more weeks and you can finally just set you and your kids free. I sparated a few days before my youngests birthday and explained to him it just had to happen. I too lingered through Christmas and new Year. Their father didn't even spend Christmas with us. Took off and returned in the wee hours.
My heart goes out to you. Praying for you to have strength.

Dee I hope things have settled at work for you. Take care.

Laura we all have protective feelings for our children but at the end of the day we cannot totally protect them from society. I have always felt so sad at labelling but i also am a strong advocate of explaining the situation and giving people an idea of how to befriend our special children and not judge them on their quirkinesses.

Oh what a world we live in.

Hugs to all.

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Good Morning All, hope you have a nice day.

Vicky, sending you emoticon Do hope the doc gives you the okay to go back to work. Bummer that your prof has to wait to January to observe you. OUCH on dh and the missing money. Sorry you are going through this especially at this time of year.

Tina, I know all about the snoring..... My dh now uses a CPAP machine for sleep apnea cause his snoring was so bad they did a test and found out he was actually stopping breathing, that's why the machine is being used now to supply oxygen to him.

Georgia, good for you on continuing your walks.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Gotta take my dad to cardiac rehab before work, so another busy day here as well...


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Good morning.

It's going to be hard sending the kids to school today after the events of Friday. I know I'll be hugging them extra tight.

Hoping to get back to the Doc today to get my knee checked to get cleared for full duty at work. I spoke to my professor and he is just going to give me an incomplete and come and see me mid January so I can be graded. Kinda stinks because if I got the grade I could submit it and get tuition reimbursed and I could use the $$. Now I gotta wait

Well I should have listened to all around me an gone with my gut an just split either DH right when I told him how I felt. It would have saved him hurting me again. Here I was trying not to hurt him by trying to at least get through the holidays. He gets his check this week. Which was over 660 bucks and puts 80 in gas in, get 3 coffees at Starbucks and gives me 20 to tip the person at our daughters birthday and then gives me what's left to put in the bank: $200!!!! Doesn't add up right? There's like over $300 missing!!! And he can't explain it and doesn't even seem that concerned. I am livid. This has happened other times with his pay heck but never for this much. I told him either your stashing it for something or your spending it on something u don't want to tell me about. Told him I was done. Even begged him if its some kind of stupid surprise tell me and take it back but he had no explanation. He thinks he just lost it!!! Are u kidding me!!!

So I'm just trying hard to not be miserable Nd still not take the kids dad away right before Christmas but its getting increasingly hard

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G'day all.
Exhausted. Last two days at work have been crazy and DH has snored so bad the last week I have forgotten what real sleep is. Walked in the door last night and heard him and could have cried. So bundled myself off to Kimberleys room and slept in her bed as she is at camp this week. Feel a little bit better but still tired. Have realised that tiredness and eating for me go hand in hand. And the over abundance of chocolates at work certainly don't help. Have to get it under control or I will not make my goal by Christmas and it will seem funny putting on a sleigh charm on my Pandora in January. Lots of sand to move today before the grass goes down so hoping it will keep me busy. Will not buy sweet things until much later in the week for here because I don't want to go down the same path here.
Ari it is a terrible tragedy and glad that you were able to support your son and help him understand.
Dee I have to up the ante doing my exercise. Will not be doing much gardening at work over the holidays so I have six hours to cover at home. Just want to sit though.
Georgia I go to the shops as soon as they open. Can't handle the craziness of the last few days. Hope you don't get too tired and can still fit in your walks.
hoping to find time for some me time walks next week.
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Dee have the same feeling about exercise at the moment. TO DO!!! But I keep hearing my physiotherapist in my ear that if I don't walk I will become stiff in the joints again. So I persevere.

Ari it is a very sad tragedy yet again. I think it is good the schools have measures in place for such terrible things.

So it begins the late and long days for Christmas trade. Today I am working 8am to 7pm and again on Wed. Tues and Thurs as normal. Both days on the weekend and next Monday too.. I will be so glad for Christmas to come.

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Still reeling from the tragedy in CT on Friday. It occurred about 3 1/2 hours away from where I live.

We did briefly tell S and R about the killings on Friday, because we didn't want them to hear about it from someone else. S immediately went into detailia about school lock-down procedures, and we were able to tell him that the children and teachers in the school had indeed used their version of lockdown and it was responsible for saving many of the children's lives.



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Morning All, hope you are having a nice day.

Georgia, thanks for the info on the skip bin. We call those big things the trucks bring a dumpster here. Hope you had a nice time at the barbecue.

Everyone else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. I got my exercise in, but I'm not feeling it right now. It feels more like another chore on my "TO DO LIST" then something I actually want to do. emoticon

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Dee a skip bin is a big rubbish bin for garden waste, (the reaaly big bins brought in by trucks).
When I was a t work yesterday our neighbours invited us for a barbecue in the evening so my preparations went out the door. I am up very early this morning to get sorted.

Tina hope it is started to look really good.

Laura I second dee in regards to the list is vital for a very long time. My son is 29 and although does not live with me would still need the list for things to be done.

Hugs to all.

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Afternoon All, do hope you are all well.

Laura, making a list has worked for my ds. It gives a step-by-step routine for him to follow each morning. We also hang the clothes for the next day together either on the closet door or on the rod, so he sees them first thing. My ds is 21, and still needs reminders about a lot of things. But routines and practice/preparation do help.

Georgia, sounds like you have a busy day ahead. Hope all your preparations for tomorrow go well.

Tina, what is a skip bin? Hope the kid's Christmas party goes well.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Trying to get everything done and wrapped so I'm not struggling the day before Christmas to get things, which is how it usually is.


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G'day all.
Laura Australia is an amazing place to live. Georgia lives on the east coast and I live on the west. So far away from each other though. A list is a good idea. We use them and they work really well.
Dee how wonderful having a good break. You so deserve it. My work really begins when the kids are on holidays as I work in respite. But they close for Christmas. Yay.
Georgia sounds like you are having a busy weekend. But it sounds amazing. Hope you really enjoy yourself.
Skip bin has just arrived. Phew. Needed it here before the concreters come. We seem to be 11th hour people, things happening at the last minute. As long as they happen I am determined to try and be happier and less stressed. On to work early to get ready for the kids Christmas party. Should be awesome.
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Start off by writing a list for him the day before any such occasion and get him into the routine of getting everything needed ready the day before. You may have to help him to start with but once he gets into the routine pf pre- preparing he will start to do things on his ow.

My son use to lay everything out on a chair or in the lounge room ( not my choice) but it helped ) in these situations.

I am working today but have decided not to go on my walk this morning as I am having guests for a Christmas lunch tomorrow so need to do the little stuff this orning and tonight.

Setting the indoor and outdoor tables and washing down the patio, pre preparing potaotes etc and then tonight make the dessert. First thing in the morning I shall cook my roast lamb and veges and then prepare the nibblies. Lots to do and not enough hours. hugs to all


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Morning All, hope you have a nice day and enjoy your weekend.

emoticon Laura, good to have you on the team.

Tina, sounds like you will have an action packed weekend with all the stuff going on in your yard. Glad everything is finally coming together for you.

Georgia, WTG on your walks!

Me, hanging in there. Gotta take my dad to cardiac rehab this morning then off to work after that. Dad got the okay from both the surgeon and cardiologist to drive short distances which is good as he was going stir-crazy cooped up in the apartment except when dd was off..then they would go to lunch or shopping or both. Ds is off from school now. Me...i have to work today and Monday and then off til Jan 3 when school begins again.


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G'day all.
Dee hope that you get your shopping finished soon. My kids can never keep a secret. Hope your DS can. Makes it all the more fun for them.
Georgia glad that you can still fit in your walks. Makes you feel so much better when you can have that special time to comtemplate the world.
Laura welcome. Homework in our house is so stressful too. So glad that you got a stressfree evening.
Cathy how are you going sweet lady.
The wood is down and the conceter comes tomorrow to lay the concrete. Then he will be back Sunday morning to pick up the wood. Then the grass goes down on Monday morning. Will post piccys when finally finished.
DH bought me a cute Pandora sleigh last night. Only a few hundred grams to get to my next goal of 40kg and then I can put it on. Hopefully by Christmas.
Well off to start my day today. So hugs and love to all, tina

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Welcome Laura.
Where do you live?

I live in Australia.

We all share our experiences here and learn from them. It is always good to have a new face amongst the mix.

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Could we have your first name to make it more friendly.

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LCOOK447, what a wonderful thing to happen. That's terrific that your ds did his homework and project without having to be told. emoticon for ds!!

Ari, glad you are able to get those boxes in the mail. Sorry to hear about your SIL, hope whichever treatment they try next that it works for her. emoticon

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Dee how wonderful the party sounds. And a gift under the tree, wow. It must be very hard for him to maintain secrecy.

Ari well done on being organised. It makes life so much easier.

LCook welcome and how awesome is that. Your son doing his homework and you all having a peaceful night. Prayers for more.

Tina how are you? Did the concreter finish before the storms? Are you all well?

Cathy how are going?

Me - back from my walk and having so much to catch up on today (day off) . So off I go to keep running to achieve.

Hugs to all

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