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Date: 2012-12-09
Subject: testing
Just a test to see if this still works after my hosting company upgraded to PHP 5.4
Date: 2009-10-08
Subject: Weekly Weigh-in 3
So this week was pretty easy, thankfully. I needed a break from the hard weeks. We just finished signing papers for our house and now can focus on getting a few things fixed and repaired at the new house. Horray for progress!

I didn't meet my goal from last week of 3 walks out with the kids, but I'm going to try again this week. Today doesn't look like it's going to pan out. It's been raining since last night and hasn't let up yet. And I'm sure I'm going to be getting plenty of movement in when we're packing boxes and moving.

At this weeks weigh in, I was DOWN to 157.8 lbs from 159.4 last week, totaling 5.9 lbs! YAY! I was pleasantly surprised about this, because I thought this week I would be strictly maintaining (which isn't bad either). I can see a big change in my eating habits. My portions are smaller (most of the time) and I'm not hungry nearly as often as I used to be. I'm also drinking a lot of water, which I'm sure is why I'm not so hungry. I feel like I'm really learning the difference in my body's cues for hunger and thirst.

I happened to find a little motivation for this week from NBC's "The Biggest Loser". This week the contestants were told they were not allowed to cook any meal in their own kitchen, but would have to eat out for every single meal for the entire week. Now, I thought it shouldn't bother them that much since they workout 6-8 hours a day, every day. I was very surprised to see that when the contestants weighed in, they didn't loose nearly as much as they had previous weeks. Despite all the working out in the world, it seems to matter more what you put INTO your body than what you do or how long you exercise in the gym. This gives me great motivation, because I don't have the time to work out for an hour 5-6 days a week. BUT I can control what I eat! I realize eating and exercising have the greatest benefit when put together, but if I don't have the time to exercise, I'll be ok because my body has the things it needs to keep functioning.

This week, I'm going to try the walks out with the kids again and maybe we'll get everyone to go to the park once this week. Have a great week everyone!!

Date: 2009-10-02
Subject: Weekly Weigh-in 2
So this week was a hard week too. My ankle decided to swell up for no apparent reason. Then I got a faint bruise on the top of my foot late Saturday. On Monday night I started to come down with aches and chills, and ended up with a bunch of congestion, which I'm still fighting. At this weeks weigh in I was 159.4 lbs, DOWN from 161.2 lbs. last week! Yay! Total I'm down 4.3 lbs within the past 2 weeks. God is good! I've been really trying to watch what I'm eating, and listening to my body's clues when I'm really full. I've also been eating a salad just before I get my "main course" at lunch and dinner. This week I'm really going to work on getting on a consistent routine working out. I'm going to aim for 3 walks out with the kids and maybe 1 dvd workout, depending on how the weather acts.

Please pray my foot/ankle continues to heal and that I get rid of all this congestion, and that I can keep my challenge of 3 walks out with the kids this week.
Date: 2009-09-24
Subject: Weekly Weigh-in 1
So after a hard week of struggling with a ankle/foot injury, not completely recording all the foods I have eaten within the past week, and combating a busy schedule, I think I've done pretty good! Weigh-in this week was 161.2 lbs, down from 163.7 lbs last week! Yay!! I lost 2.5 lbs. this week!!! Woot!! I started out this week doing very well on getting my exercise in and was also doing well recording all I had eaten. Then around Friday or Saturday, I noticed my left foot was very sore and a little swollen. I continued to exercise a little bit, but by Sunday, couldn't fight the pain any longer. I'm on my feet all day, so it was very frustrating to know that the longer I am on my feet trying to get chores done. Currently, my foot is still fairly swollen, but it's gotten to the point that I can walk on it pretty much all day, and not feel much pain.

Please pray my foot heals quickly and I'll be able to start exercising very soon :D
Date: 2009-09-16
Subject: Help Wanted
So for the past few months I've been struggling to get the weight I gained during my pregnancy with Shawn off. I feel like I just don't have a lot to be accountable to. I've tried Weight Watchers twice now, and just didn't find it was the right fit for me. I was able to jump through a lot of loop holes, and doing so, felt a struggle because I felt like I was following the basic plan, but the program still wasn't working for me. Weight Watchers involves giving a points value to your foods and counting the points to stay under a certain amount for the day. You are also allotted a certain number of "weekly Flexies" as I called them, points that you used if you went over your daily points allotment. The loophole I found myself jumping through the most is I was able to plan my day around (for example) a piece of cheesecake, a candy bar and a tablespoon of icing and still be under my allotted points value for the day. The problem (obviously!) is that I wasn't losing any weight. Commence the frustration. I didn't understand what to eat. I didn't know how to feed my body. I didn't understand what a serving of meat really was. I didn't know how many servings of bread were in a plate of pasta from Zio's. Oh sure, I knew there were some things I could do better, like exercise more, but that didn't change the fact that I still had no clue what to eat. I mean, after all, I was "sticking to the plan" of eating fewer points than what I could. Right???
To add to everything, I am (unfortunately for me) a subscriber to the thought of "if you can't do it perfectly the first time, don't do it at all". And I truly gave up. I had tried to tell myself that this is a progression, a journey, something that is impossible to attain perfectly the first time. "And ultimately," I would tell myself "the program doesn't require perfection, it requires persistence". But I didn't truly believe that in my heart.
By this point I was willing to try something else reasonable. I didn't want anything that would require me to sign up for meals delivered to my door (we're on a grocery budget in this house and we simply cannot afford it. Come to think of it, I don't know anyone who could!), would require me to buy frozen meals (though I don't mind to sometimes if the sale is good enough, but I am definitely not brand loyal), would require me to go on some weird fad diet (cabbage soup diet, cinnamon diet, The Cleanse) or would require several phases/cutting out entire food groups for a time period (seriously...that can't be healthy).
A friend of mine (yes, that's you Miss Lane :D) introduced me to First Step, which is a lifestyle plan that follows the FDA food pyramid. Our church is offering it coupled with a Bible study for the next 10 weeks, which is perfect for me. I don't have to carve out any additional time away from my husband and kiddos, I don't have to pay for meetings, I don't have to find a sitter, and I don't have to travel very far to get to the meeting place (church is quite literally a two minute drive away for us). All these things I would have had to do to get to a Weight Watchers meeting.
The program itself is great! Like I said, it follows the FDA food pyramid and it teaches you just how much a serving of each food group is. It also helps you figure out how many serving of each food group you need based upon your age and current weight. My category is 1600 calories. Based upon 1600 calories, I need 8-9 servings of bread, 3-4 Vegetables, 3-4 fruits, etc. So for example, a taco: the shell would be one bread, meat would be approx. 1 meat (1 oz = 1 meat) + 1/2 fat, the cheese would be 1/2 milk, the lettuce would be 1/4 veggie, the tomatoes would be 1/4 veggie. I might have 3 tacos total, so overall I would have 3 breads, 3 meats, 1.5 milks, 1.5 fats and 1.5 veggies. Depending upon the meat, I may not have to add so much fat. If I use ground turkeyburger, I would only add 1/4 fat per serving. But it teaches you exactly how much of each food group is in your food! I know what to eat now! I know how it breaks down and that's why I love it!
Now to the purpose for this post: In order to safeguard myself from slipping back into my old ways, I need something to be brutally accountable to. I'm figuring if I post my weekly weigh in results for the world to see, I'm more likely to do what I need to do to get the good results I want. As extra motivation, Dylan has agreed to take me on vacation somewhere if I reach my goal weight by December. MY GOAL WEIGHT IS 125-130 lbs. I CURRENTLY WEIGH 163.7 lbs. I want to be able to wear a swimsuit without any fear of what people are thinking of me. I want to be able to fit into the clothes I have already instead of having to buy more, bigger clothes. But more importantly, I want to do this for myself. I want to be able to move without my joints popping. I want to be able to climb the stairs without fear that my knee will fracture again from pressure from my weight, and I'll be back to square one. I want to be here for my husband and my kids. I want to set an example for my kids so they don't have as high a chance of going through what I am going though. I want to be healthier.
Help me do this!
What I need you to do is to read my post every Wednesday night (it'll be much shorter, I promise) about how my weigh in went for the week and what I need to improve on and simply leave some words of encouragement or prayers on my Facebook page. Thank you so much for helping me during this time. I cannot thank you enough for everything- your friendship, prayers and encouragement. The Lord has truly blessed me and has shown it to me through all the wonderful relationships I have with you all :D Thanks!
Date: 2009-09-01
Subject: Yay! Not feeling sick anymore!
The past couple days were no fun at all! I ended up sick after church on Sunday, just feeling pretty yucky all Sunday night, Monday and started feeling better by the time I went to bed Monday night. Dylan was a trooper. He took off work to stay home and take care of me and watch the kiddos. He did really well, having to balance the antics of these two without any help hardly at all. I tried to stay well away from them most of the time. Shawn didn't think that was such a great idea and was pretty cranky, and Isabel was just curious why I wouldn't get out of bed and come downstairs.

Feeling better couldn't have come on a better day. There's a bunch of housework to do (when is there not??) and I need to hit K-mart Doubles week pretty hard. On top of that, Kid's Closet Consignment Sale is this week at the Overland Park Convention Center, starting tomorrow (September 2) for the public. On top of that, we need to get things in gear for the kid's birthday party. I haven't even started on any of that planning yet. I may leave that up to Dylan. Maybe he'll come up with something interesting.
Date: 2009-04-24
Subject: Today
So much of what's happened in the past few months has been the same old thing. Get up, take care of kiddos, feed kiddos, naps, up again...etc. Right now I have a little boy slumped over my right arm sleeping, and a little girl in her bed, also sleeping. The dishwasher is running, clothes are folded and still sitting on the couch downstairs. Hopefully the cat hasn't decided to claim them. I still have so much to do. I secretly hope Dylan is off work, as it is 4 pm and technically he SHOULD be off work right now. More than likely though, he's not. I just want a little adult time with him. I feel like I haven't seen him in a couple days or so.

It's muggy inside the house. I've gotten the windows open and a couple of fans running in the kid's rooms to keep them cool at night. I'm amazed at the peacefulness a baby can exhibit when they are sleeping. To be so sound with the world around him, not a care, smiling at his dreams. It's beautiful really. And to add to it, he's just so darn cute. His sister is the exact same way. Beautiful beyond all means with a runny nose to boot!

This weekend should be pretty busy. Yard work is calling, as well as those elusive errands that are truly never done, like grocery shopping and running to the recycling station. I suppose I should check on the noises coming from the living room. As far as I know, no one else is down there...
Date: 2009-01-07
Subject: The First of Many to Come (Hop
So this is the first entry of my blog about the husband, the kids , the house and life in general. Hopefully it's interesting to someone :D

Today has been kind of a rollercoaster. Isabel's potty training right now and just went in the "big girl Dora potty" for the first time today. Yesterday she did fantastic. She stayed dry from the time she woke up and got changed until about 4 pm that night. Both kiddos are sleeping right now, as that is the only way I'd be able to type this all in one sitting. We're planning on going to the playground just behind our house to play on the "green slide", as Isa calls it, once school lets out and the kids go home for the day. We went yesterday too, and I forgot to get Isa's gloves, so we headed home early because her little fingers were too cold. We had been playing for a good half hour or so, but Isa was so disappointed when I told her we would have to wait to go back.
Shawn has been doing well. He's officially decided rolling over is the best thing ever, and will attempt to do so at will (usually when lying on a flat surface, but occasionally when being held or drinking his bottle). He's also started to do it in the middle of the night when he wakes up. He won't cry, he just rolls over and plays with his binky or bumper pad. This has me worried half the night when I hear sounds coming from his room, mostly because he's gotten himself stuck in the corner of his crib and couldn't get himself out. I shutter to think what could have happened if I hadn't heard him struggling. Anyways...
I should get back to the housework as laundry and the dishes are calling me :D
Date: 2008-05-31
Subject: New Web Hosting
If you can see this post then the escape from the repeatedly down hosting is finally at an end.

I finally got away from VizaWeb.... Talk about horrible hosting. Anyone considering them... DON'T! They were cheap at the time (and had a history of good service) but the boom from Leo Laport plugging them sent them in a downward spiral. I hung out thinking they just needed a little time to handle the extra volume... but it appears they did nothing... and good service with them is only found in their advertising... The last stretch before completely jumping boat right before I would have to renew I saw at least 5 times where my site was unreachable. The only response I got was some processes on the node my site was hosted on were taking up full CPU and the issue was resolved by killing them.... Doesn't look like they could take that a step further and be proactive and stop whatever was causing this.

I am now with Setting everything up was easy and once I found out from vizaweb where they put my controls for my domain the transfer went fairly easily (once I was able to get a full backup between times the site was down). Anyways here I am. Also, I have somewhat turned on the comments again. However, you must contact me to get an account created for you. If you are not logged in, then you will get a message in the comments box saying they are disabled and when you hit submit it will take you to a blank screen.

Expecting the new Baby somtime around the first week of August for all those that still read this but don't talk to me. Will be a boy. (and no I have not created a web site this time... the extra time in college is much missed now).
Date: 2008-01-07
Subject: SPAMMED!!!
So I have been neglecting my site a bit.... OK, a lot! I knew there were a few spam comments out there, but had no idea how bad it had gotten. I just deleted about 20,000 comments that talked about all the usual stuff you see in your junk mail folder. This included everything from degrading comments about the caucus, to "enhancement" drugs, to the "see my web cam" sites. Due to this I have opted to stop the ability to add comments until I find time to increase security so that real comments are not lost in the junk. Sorry if I deleted any valid comments in my mass purge.
Date: 2007-03-28
Subject: Updated Photos
I finally have some photos that are fairly up to date (a couple of weeks old still though). Its in the Photo Gallery at

Date: 2007-01-16
Subject: A new Direction
It's been a while since my last blog. So a quick update. I have started my new job in KC and I have moved. My little girl is now going to a day care for the first time (its run by family though). So far work feels a lot like college (lots of training classes, etc...) Only this time they pay me :). well I am gonna check email before class starts today. God Bless
Date: 2006-12-17
Subject: New Pictures
To get to the new pics go to Pictures of the baptism and more!
Date: 2006-09-03
Subject: Comments Fixed
I just found out that some of you may not have been able to leave comments due to some css changes I made a while back. That should be fixed now so feel free to make comments again!
Date: 2006-08-18
Subject: My baby
For those of you who want to see the sonagrams of my little girl and see how Liz is progressing go here
Date: 2006-06-24
Subject: Net Neutrality
ISP's should never have this power. This is like the city government putting road blocks in front of all the fast food places that don't pay them extra money. Check out this video to learn more.

after watching go to to learn how you can help.
Date: 2006-04-27
Subject: Undo Firefox Block images from
So I was playing around and right clicked on one of the images on my site in firefox and did a "Block images from". You would think this would be easy and fairly intuitive to undo. But looking through all the firefox menus I could find nothing.

Through some googling it appeared I should go and edit image controls from the tools menu but there is no such option with the current version of firefox (who knows why?). Another said you just needed to right click on the image again and reselect the "Block images from..." option. However, when the images are blocked you can't right click on them because they never load and are not there. I then tried to find some css file that may be affecting the page. Once I found it I realized that it wasn't in use and not a solution.

So finally I figured out if you type out the full URL to an image (e.g. it would load the picture and then you can right click on it. Still kinda wonder why a direct URL will load the picture but a reference to that image through an HTML/PHP page won't... Anyways thought I may post this to help others that may have the same problem.
Date: 2006-03-19
Subject: Good Reading
The public library got "The Zen of CSS Design" that come from Dave Shea (webmaster of csszengarden. So I am currently reading that and hope to more improve my site and perhaps even learn how some of the stuff I use works :)

Thats all I got for now... time for sleep.
Date: 2006-02-12
Subject: New Look
You may notice I have changed a few things on the site. For the backgroud I decided to use a night photograph of the Eiffel Tower taken by my co-worker Lacy (thanks again) and for my first header (which I still need to figure out if I want to put in some text) I used a few of her pictures of La Sagrada de Familia (A church Gaudi designed in Barcelona) and my lovely picture in the middle. Comments, Suggestions, and Critiques are always welcome.

Oh and I also think I found out why firefox tends to make the scrolling choppy. It apparently has to do with the transparency. Oh and the header picture that I made in Photoshop Elements 2 doesn't display right in IE (no transparency) and the background scrolls away as you scroll down in IE. The drop down menu still doesn't work in IE either (I hace to add some javascript to make it work). Other than that I think most of the CSS is working (except in the old Netscape Communicator). So a few more things to figure out but I am happy with how it has come so far.
Date: 2006-01-26
Subject: Firefox has background
Well it looks like I finally got firefox to put a background in the right place (without setting the background for the body) I am hoping now I can use this to do a background that will scale with the size of the window. but right now I can only get it to scale to show that much of the picture (not that it can show more than the window size *shrug) IE on the other hand now shows absolutely no background, and seems to choose not to show my administration menu for adding blogs and stuff at all, even though it shows up in the source code... (FYI admin menu only shows up after I log in). Now I just need to look into the background some more and some more on that unsightly menu bar (that also only does the drop down in non-IE browsers). Also I need to figure out what to put for my header graphic... Till then..
Date: 2006-01-12
Subject: Working on a drop down menu
Above you see a broken drop down menu. That is my next goal for this page.
Date: 2005-12-16
Subject: transparency and comment box
Well I got the transparency to work finally. I was also able to get the comments to look a little nicer. right now I just import the same style sheet for the comments as I do for the main page. That might be something to change later... *shrug*
Now that finals are over I should be able to work on this a little more. Hopefully I will get some side bars up and a header of some sort in the next week or so. As always if you have ideas you think I should try please leave a comment! God Bless and good night.
Date: 2005-12-06
Subject: CSS finally
Ok so I finally got rid of the table structure for my site and moved it to CSS. Next step is to incorporate more so it's not so plain. Hopefully a header picture or eye candy of some sort, and then some side bars. Oh and if you view this page in IE it has opacity so you can see the full background image... still havent figured out how to make it work in other browsers...
Date: 2005-11-17
Subject: We now have comments
As you may notice on my post below there are now comments! I am happy!

*edit* next step is to incorporate some css.
Date: 2005-11-16
Subject: PRIDE

As Bigoted as you think

As I was driving along I saw this bumper sticker proudly displayed in their back window. It was a new black SUV of some sort that was going well over the speed limit as they passed me flashing the bumper sticker and a KS license plate. Maybe it was the music for the troops playing on the radio or as I would like to think my sense of pride struck me hard right then. It gets me to thinking, As I child I used to see pride in the United States everywhere I looked. Maybe that was the naive view of a child, but as I look back in history it is obvious that people in our country have lost sight of what the United States is all about. They have gone from enjoying the spirit of what this country was founded on, to trying to exploit each letter set out by our fore fathers. I can just imagine my great grandfather starting his homestead. The pride he has in his land, in his friends and neighbors, and most of all, In a country that would let him start with a piece of land and make a home. Just imagine the work he put into building that old house. The innovation as he made his house one of the first in the area to have electricity as he constructed his power-making windmill. (even though Im sure he was on the edge of burning his house down too *shrug*). It was these values that made the United States become the proud country it is today. When I look at anti-patriotic symbols such as this it saddens me as it appears that we are moving towards an arrogant point of view. People seem to think that since they are able to have a voice, that it must be heard. Unfortunately for people like this, just because you can speak doesnt
mean that others have to listen. Everyone IS entitled to their own opinion. Just because you dont fall into the majority doesnt mean that the majority is wrong.

My second problem with this display was the fact that they appear to like to complain but do nothing about it. They complain that Kansas is bigoted yet they proudly drive their new SUV with Kansas license plates. If they despise Kansas so much they are free to move to another state. Thats another beauty of the United States, it is a geographically diverse nation. If you dont like where you are, it is relatively simple to move to another area. All in all, I just would like to see some more of that (old-fashioned?) pride that instills in people to not complain about what they see wrong, but to do what they can to better the area around them. I can only imagine a country where everyone tried to improve themselves AND use that improvement to help those currently around them and the generations to come. I know this is a utopian view and is realistically unreachable, but nonetheless I would like to see a trend towards this, instead of away.
Date: 2005-11-06
Subject: Finally took another step
Well Today I finally started taking the step to get away from phpsecurepages. So that I can start showing all of you my blog. Starting to use some dynamic php to hide from all of you the things I dont want you to see :) HA. Well till I find the time and motivation to do more I must sign off.

The one and only Dylman.
Date: 2005-08-25
Subject: falling asleep
Almost interesting but its making me sleepy.... ahhh the joy of natural disasters...
Date: 2005-07-03
Subject: 4th Of July
My Mom and My Sister and family are here for the weekend!
Date: 2005-06-23
Subject: Lacy Help
Thanks to Lacy for helping design!!

*SMILES* Edited
Date: 2005-06-20
Subject: multi line
line one
line two
Date: 2005-06-16
Subject: ok now
Using the auto date function
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