Friday, August 21, 2015

Half Way There

Well, today is a happy day. According to my original "lofty" weight loss
goal, I am at the half way point. I have officially lost 21 lbs. Now, to say
I need to lose another 21 is "lofty" because technically, that would put me
at a number that is the bottom of the range for my height. However, my
pre-Emily weight is just about 12 lbs away. So, that is the first goal
that I am shooting for. The last few pounds always take longer, but 
so far, my husband and I haven't had any trouble sticking to
our diet changes and haven't been tempted to eat things 
not normally allowed. Transitioning to
being gluten free, sugar free, and low carb has really 
not been as tough as I expected it to. The hardest times
are when we have church dinners but when we have them, I just always
make sure that I cook things we can eat. I am excited about our losses
so far and I am excited about reaching our goals. 

We haven't started school yet...which is totally unusual for us. We usually
start about the second week of August or the third week at the latest.
I didn't get everything ready in time so we are going to start the 31st.
I dread this year so much. Emily is going to be a junior and this will
probably be her toughest year yet. She has Geometry, English III, Chemistry,
Civics/Economics, and Life Management/Health. We are doing all
Abeka this year- and using the DVD's. I just cannot imagine trying
to get through these challenging subjects otherwise. We used
the Abeka DVD for Algebra 2 last year and it was much easier
than freshman year doing Saxon Algebra 1. Thankfully, she
is a really good student, works very well independently, and learns
very well visually. Also, she has a wonderful
memory...she memorizes exceptionally well, 
and remembers much of what she reads.
So, hopefully, this year will go fine. 
Pray for us... ;)

We are having a revival at church this week. Bro. Billy Mitchell is
preaching for us beginning Sunday morning through Wednesday night.
He is a great preacher. I hope and pray we have a really good meeting.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Where Did the Summer Go?

Why does it seem that summer vacation goes by sooooo fast?
We've done a lot of fun things this summer. I am happy that we
got to do some really awesome things that Emily loved. First off,
we got to go to the Cumberland County Playhouse to see Mary Poppins.
This is one of our favorite musicals so it would have been great in
any case, but CCPH does such a professional job with their productions
so we always LOVE going there.

Emily really loves musicals and especially plays.
One of her favorites is Les Miserables. We learned that
the Tennessee Valley Players was putting on a production
at UT this summer so we took over there to see it.
It was very nicely done. (disclaimer--we usually watch
the movie with Clear Play-which mutes out profanity-and the
show did have a few words that we forgot about since we
don't usually hear them) Emily loved the show. 

Of course, you already know, she went to PCC for drama camp. She
had a great time. I'd say she'll probably want to go back next summer. 

We went to my mom's house for a couple of days. We had a wonderful
visit with her. 

One evening, several of our church ladies got together to make
spring rolls (this was not the official word for them)
We've had a lady visiting who knows how to make a lot
of authentic foreign foods and so she taught us how to make them. 
I didn't get a pic of the whole group. :(  It was fun.

And of course, she's had a few sleepovers. Those are always
fun for girls. 

We went last weekend to St Stephen SC for 
Summer Spectacular 2015 at Life Baptist Church
where Bro Alfred Willis pastors. My husband
and I don't do many camp meeting type meetings.
There is simply not enough time to go to them all. 
But, we usually go to Bro Willis' meeting every year.
We've gotten to know his church people and have made
many great friends. It is always a time of refreshing for us.

~And it always marks the end of our summer vacation.
Usually, we start right back with school the following week.
We are planning to start a week later this year than we normally
do. It's just been such a busy, jam-packed summer that I didn't 
all we needed (school wise) taken care of till a couple of
weeks ago. But, alas, all the books and DVD's have now arrived.
The older she gets and the closer she gets to graduating, the more
I dread it. 

But, there you have it. That's the highlights. We've had fun. 
Now, it's time to get back to work.

***Weight loss update***
FINALLY....I hit a plateau for a couple of weeks but I finally
lost another pound. So that puts me at 20! Yay me! And my
little hubby is doing great. He still hasn't weighed but I can
tell that he's probably at least 20 to 25 lbs. That's kind of the
way that Atkins works. You might lose 5 lbs in a week and then
it might be a couple weeks before you see another loss. The
key is to stay focused, stay consistent, and don't get 
discouraged. So far, so good...