Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!

Thanks to all my new friends in blogland for amazing companionship, friendship and support - I have only been at this for a year and I feel like I have "met" soooo many inspirational and amazing people that I learn from everyday - - I really look forward to getting to know all of you even better next year and the next year and the next year, etc.
Seriously and truly, to any and every blog author that I follow - thank you...thank you for the entertainment and support and wonderful ideas and motivations that you bring into my life each and everyday without even knowing it!!!!!!!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from (L to R) Kidrock and Lucky(held by me - Ann) and Angelica (held by Waliacha)!!!!!

Weigh In Day...etc.!

Thank goodness that today is weigh in day because it gives me something to say! LOL

I have been a bad, bad blogger but I honestly have had nothing to say that is really exciting or positive really....:-)

Things are really busy and crazy at work and really crazy at home....Waliacha is starting a new job and they could not work today as we had a massive snowstorn over the weekend and the snow is still falling. So, needless to say the boys are off today....but Waliacha needs money!!!!!! Oh well, mother nature does not care about bills, etc. so neither do I (I wish I didn't). Anyway, I am trying not to think about it and god-willing he will get to work Tues and Weds before the holiday break.

So, I actually lost 2.8 this week - yippee for me. I was suprised as I snuck a few cookies this week here and there and also had pie and cheesy mac at a holiday party on Tuesday. So I guess the being careful most of the time and working out worked!! YIPPEE!!!!!!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday and I will definitely post the christmas card pic for everyone!!! Merry Christmas to all and God Bless and keep you ALL safe!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Waliacha Got a new Job!!!!!!

I am sooooooooooooooo excited to announce that finally after weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks of interviews and meetings and tests and applications....
Waliacha got a new job!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is excited and feeling sooo good - you can just see the total change in him. I guess it is true that men tie a lot of their self-esteem to their profession and he had been really down lately - I am sooooooooooo happy that he can be happy and feel productive again!
He thanked me this morning over and over for being so supportive (he did not hear me mumbling under my breath when I found him napping in the middle of the day-LOL) and thanked me for not constantly berating him for not having a job (I respect this man with all my heart and could never do that to anyone at ALL). I said "your welcome, it is just the way I would have wanted to be treated" which is how I TRY to live life today! Ha!!! I said TRY!!! :-)
I think he is really thrilled to get off unemployment and feel useful!
I am really proud and excited for him as this also has the opportunity of becoming a supervisor which I think would be great for him!!! Fingers crossed that this job for residential roofing is a move in the right direction for him and our lives can move forward together and productively - YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Annnnnnndddddd they work ALL YEAR ROUND!!!!!! YEAH!!!

Am I too old to have a baby?!?!?!!?!??! I think not!!! :-) LOL

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekly Weigh In!!!!! Week 2 Down!!!!!!

I kept thinking I had nothing to post today...sad Monday!

I actually got a lot done this weekend in preparation for Christmas (ran errands/bought gifts/wrapped gifts/finished decor) but nothing really spectacular which deems posting...


I weighed in today at WW and lost 1.4 pounds this week! YIPPEE - still going in the right direction!!!!!

I had a little slip and fall this weekend on a patch of ice....Sunday night I was carrying my purse (not a light purse mind you) and my year old niece Ali (one of the twins) in a dark alley walking to our cars and I slipped on a patch of ice under a puddle of water.....I went flying to my butt while holding Ali above my head the whole time - thank goodness she did not even get wet. I, on the other hand, was a mess!!!! Ripped open palm of my hand where I caught myself...Black, muddy water all over my sweats and white sweater!!!! Not a pretty sight! I borrowed sweats from my Aunt Marti as I had a two hour drive home (could have been a little uncomfortale - HA) and drove home.

I guess my lesson was that I bounce really well as nothing at all hurts today....I thought for sure I would be sooooo sore but I have no aches or pains at all!!!!!!! YIPPEE!!! I BOUNCE WELL!!! And, I used oxy cleaner on my white sweater and it came clean also!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gingerbread 101 for 2009?!??!?!?


The debut of the 2009 Waliacha and Ann Gingerbread House...

Yippee!!! I think it turned out great minus the balls missing from the front door already. :-(

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

13 Year Anniversary!!!

Today is OUR 13 year anniversary!!!

Thank you to all of you that have ever attended, sat in or spoke at a meeting or written a blog post at all!!!!! Whether positive or negative or happy or sad!!!!

I love my life today sooooooo much and it is only possible because of all you!!!!!!

On 12/9/1996 I entered (what I hope is by the grace of God) my final stint at a rehab (after years in and out) and everyday since has gotten just a little bit better!!! I look back now and do not even recognize that person I was - I do not think, see, feel or act the same at all!!!!!!!!!!

Life is such an amazing journey and thanks to all of you here on blog land because (along with real life meetings) reading your thoughts and inspirations have all added a little piece to who I am today!!!

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Weigh In! Week one down!

I am soooooooooo excited to post this!
I started back at WW last week and weigh in was today.
I knew I did well and did not cheat and worked out but...
who would have thought...DRUMMMMROLLLLLLLL...
lost 8.8 lbs this week!!!!!!!
That is my biggest lost EVER in a week!!!
I feel like I should be on Biggest Loser and be jumping up and down in a sports bra and yelling!!!!!
But trust me, you do not want to see that!!!!!!! LOL So instead I posted a pic of Jillian (what I aspire to become more like)! Ha!
Anyway, I am soooo happy and definitely motivated to hang in another week!!!!!!!
Zumba and 20/20/20 tonight at the gym - YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Well Crap!!!!!!!

Not sure what else to say.....CRAP CRAP CRAP!

Just got a call from Waliacha and he has NOT passed (hate to use the word failed) his drivers test for FedEx. He said he bumped a cone backing up in the truck and the test leader just could not pass him.

So, he now has to wait for 21 days to try again! Yuck!!!!!

Oh well, sometime all I can say is crap - I really thought this was going to be "the job" but God must have something else in mind.....footwork footwork and more footwork...

Lord, when you have the time, please fill me in....this is tooo much suspense for a controlling woman!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Secret Ornament Swap

Imagine my excitment when I got home from work last night and had a package!!!
I participated in secret ornament swap hosted by Valerie at It's a Wonderful Life!
Better than anything else is packages....second only to mail (not bills but letters from friends, etc)!
I found out that my secret ornament swap blogger friend is Cindy at


Look what I have already hung on my tree!!!!!!

Here is the adorable card she included....

Snowman jingle bell ornament
Another snowman..

Beautiful cross (this looks amazing on the tree)!

Peace angel!! Is this not beautiful!!! I love it!!
And also this little notepad with a beautiful verse on the front!!
Thank you soooooooooooo much!! I love it all and as I said the ornaments are already on the tree!!!! My only regret is that the photos do not do the ornaments justice - they are all beautiful!
This was soooooo much fun - Thanks again to Cindy at and Valerie at It's a Wonderful Life - I cannot wait until next year!

Thanksgiving Post - A Little Late :-)

Here it is in pics...Turkey Day at my sisters (also included annual cookie baking weekend and trip to Chocolate World)!!!!!!
Here is sister-in-law Sara at the kitchen table - she is currently preggo with my soon to be new niece "Ann Jr." - I am working on convincing them to use this name LOL

Mommy washing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen....we are an OCD family....ha

Waliacha waiting in line for the Hershey tour ride....

The Hershey cows....Gabby, Harmony and Olympia

Kyleigh waiting in line for the ride - I told her to give me her excited look - LOL

JoJo and Kyleigh holding hands waiting for the ride... I love this pic and it is even better if you know that Kyleigh is a "mini Jordan" - it is like watching Jordan grow up all over again - she does everything just like Jordan - really neat to watch!!!!!!!! They ae buddies to the core!!!!!!

Out of sync pics...sorry....this is of the outside of Chocolate World - it was crazy busy at Hershey the Day after Thanksgiving!

Steve and Waliacha in kitchen (they boys cleaned the table up after Turkey dinner since the girls cooked) nice, hugh???

Another of the boys cleaning up...

Again, out of order, sorry!!!!!!! This is all of us on the ride....shortly after I snapped this a lady at the counter said "Maam, you cannot take a picture of your picture - you have to buy your picture". Oh well, live and learn....needless to say, this time around I did not buy my picture...was this wrong?!?!?!? I kinda blended right in with the back seat of the car....LOL

A picture from the ride....

And another...

Back at the house - Ali in the car that the twins fought over ALL weekend)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The girls once they realised I woul dkeep snapping until they looked at the camera
This is the one before that - they think they can hide from the blog post....not happenin'!!!!!

Kyleigh and her new monkey (JoJo is cleaning out her stuffed animals and gave them to KyKY)
What a nice cousin!

Another of Ali and "the car"!!!!!!!

Christmas Tag

1.WRAPPING PAPER or GIFT BAGS? Wrapping paper. Gift bags are sooo hard to transport without them all getting squished and folded.
2.REAL or ARTIFICIAL TREE? Artificial this year! Never before this though - I have ALWAYS had real up until this year.
3.WHEN DO YOU PUT UP THE TREE? Already did - about thw weeks before Thanksgiving!
5.FAVORITE GIFT AS A CHILD? Barbie ski slope - LOVED that thing and also loved the rock tumbler I had for years - soooo fun!!!!!!!!
6.DO YOU HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE? yes - had to put it high up so the cats dont steal baby Jesus again this year.
8.EASIEST PERSON TO BUY FOR? Older nieces - just want gift cards!!!
9.EMAIL OR CARDS? Cards - preferably with pics!!!!!!
10.FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE? Rudolph and the land of the misfit toys
12.FAVORITE THINGS TO EAT DURING CHRISTMAS? Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate
13.WHITE LIGHTS OR COLORED LIGHTS? white outside on icicle lights and coloered on the indoor tree!
14.FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG? Little Drummer Boy - makes me cry every year!!!!!!
16.CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA'S REINDEER? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, and dont forget RUDOLPH!! (cheated on this one and left previous answers) - but I still can do it on my own LOL
18.DO YOU OPEN PRESENTS CHRISTMAS EVE OR CHRISTMAS MORNING? Pick one to open Christmas eve from a fmaily member and the rest (plus the ones from Santa) Christmas morning
20.UP EARLY OR SLEEP IN? Up Early!!!!!!!!!!
24.FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Family all gathering at my mom and dad's with kids no matter how old we all get and no matter how far away we all go!
This was so fun! Try it out everyone!!! And let me know so I can check your answers out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

Hopefully this is yummy!!!!!!!!!
I am on day ten (got this bag of starter from my sis over Thanksgiving and she took care of it the first 7 days of its life) and tonight I will go home and add ingredients and portion out three starter bags to give to three LUCKY people at work.
Then I get to add more ingredients and bake my bread....I will blog pics of my cooked loaf!
I hear there are many variations on how to cook this bread..what to add, etc. If you have any suggestions please leave them and I will give them a shot eventually. I think this would be a cool thing to do with blogger friends also....jyst figuring out the logistics of mailing the starter bags,...LOL
Since I started fat club I will have to freeze some for me to try later - sounds good to me!
Walt will be my official taster tonight!
I am soooooo excited to see how it turns out!!!!!!!!

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