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Webble Wobble and they CAN fall down…


Hya,

I know, I know you think I have finally fallen off my walker! Well, not totally! ūüôā I know I also said when I got back from Texas I would do this more often but I have had some things change recently.

I have a job!!! FULL TIME!! WHOOT! NOT sure I am ready for this?  EEK! Lots of phone-time, and crazy, crazy busy!!!!

Also, since I dropped out of Highschool–I taught myself to type.¬†I know, you are asking WHY are you telling me this Traci? Well, since I am a scheduler at a Court Reporting firm, some of these lovely people type 120 WPM! UM HELLO? And, well as I said I taught myself so I don’t use the shift key for caps like most people, so am TRYING to learn this but it’s slowing me down and with my job– I have to know how to type, be REALLY anal and fast–two things I am NOT! Can I learn these things? For cutting and pasting aren’t¬†options apparently. I would miss something yesterday in training and I was like UGH! But they keep telling me ‘ Traci, it’s your third day, ¬†soon it’ll be why were you so worried?’¬†It’s one data base and it’s the same thing ( yeah, there are variations) OVER AND OVER AND OVER all day long. ūüôā Yeah, I worked at Dell and had three databases and did data entry and I am STILL freaking out! This too shall pass, I know!

I’ve been¬†stressed! I haven’t walked ALL week and –ok here is where you say the TRUTH RIGHT? I am at 159.2! I haven’t been this since I starting losing weight! NOW, first off let me say it’s TRACI’S TIME! But still, RED FLAGS, no pun intended! ¬†But still, this is a warning, a heads up, a get it together Traci! Now, I won’t totally freak out till next week when I can look at the scale and see where I really am. BUT still, OH MY GOD! And, I haven’t really eaten that much differently. ¬†But, I really think walking, even with as slow as I do it– these two miles or so apparently are¬†helping. I ¬†am up at 6:40 every morning and getting home around 6pm and then having to make dinner and blah blah.¬†I KNOW ya’ll do it too, but I am SO not use to this. I’m just going to have to make the time to go walk. I don’t want to get up early (lol) so I may ask my WONDERFUL husband if I can walk before dinner and eat a bit later so I can MAKE sure I go.

First off, I just ordered a Graduation picture of Courtney–will post it when I have it! ūüôā I couldn’t take pictures inside really so we ordered one.

Two, we also had another Graduation, which was Breah’s, Michael’s daughter. As a lot of you know, this is a hard place for us. There is some pain with his daughters per our adoption. It comes down to how Britt found out. We didn’t tell her right, we couldn’t reach her, so she was very angry. She has made it quite clear that she will do what she can to make this not happen for us. She does not live with us, she is in College, but that does not seem to matter. Breah, his other daughter, moved out when I moved back to Texas –over 4 years ago because Michael and I were having problems and well, Cort was in Texas. Courtney had always wanted me to come back to Texas, as I have always wanted her to come here to Michigan.

Breah and Courtney --Wyoming Happier Times

Breah and Courtney –Wyoming- Happier Times

The problem is–I always thought Cort would be here in Michigan! But fighting her Dad was just not going to work, he didn’t want me to have her for his reasons and it just became a battle I was not going to put Cort through. ¬†So, I was always in two places and it caused a lot of issues here, for I struggled. I had one foot in Michigan and one foot in Texas and really it was not fair to anyone. This got better once I moved back to Michigan and married Michael in 2009. I finally accepted that things were this way and Courtney was old enough and going to be ok.¬†Though, as you read from my last post, I will always be a Mama Bear!

Erik, Michael, Breah, Traci-Wedding 2009

Erik, Michael, Breah, Traci-Wedding 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finally made a promise to Cort that I would come to Texas–I couldn’t break it no matter HOW much Breah wanted me too. I loved both my girls, that was the problem, they both loved me. ¬†Breah wanted me to stay, Cort wanted me to go. So, I left. Michael and I cried in our driveway, it was a very, very hard time.

I got to Texas, Cort was great–at first. The thing was, Cort wanted¬†her freedom. Her Dad pretty much let her do what she wanted–then I come along– I am IN her life, IN her business-we fought ALL the time.

And Michael was so hurt, and it was bad in Michigan –the kids were upset! I was a mess!

I finally broke down and called Michael, ¬†we had a huge fight –I guess that’s normal , we broke up. I was getting it from all sides, it was NOT a good place for me.

But we finally started talking, and discussing everything– Cort and I weren’t even speaking, I didn’t even see her on Christmas…

Three months later I was back in Michigan.

But I lost Breah, I lost Courtney, almost 4 years later I cry as I write this. MY heart still breaks! I recall Breah telling Courtney what a bitch I was AND Courtney agreeing with her! It was brutal!

But the tide shifted when Courtney came to Michigan with lice–I was SOOOO mad, I couldn’t BELIEVE ¬†her Dad couldn’t see that! And I spent ALL my time getting it out of her hair, I ended up getting it. And Michael was great through this. He didn’t freak out or anything and Erik was ok. ¬†And Breah was still here but at first she was pretty upset and she was bad mouthing me and Courtney said to her ‘ don’t you ever call my Mama a bitch’ and things between them have never been the same. It’s just very sad.

So, Breah can’t forgive me, she can’t forgive Michael, and her and Courtney, well, they are very different and this just made the gap widen.

Status as of today…

Breah had a minor car accident, last year I think. She was fine! The thing was, we have this wall of pictures of all us through the years and I was just sitting there crying and praying to God! Saying ‘ please just open her heart’ and 10 minutes later she calls…

She called Michael crying and told him she loved him and didn’t want things ¬†left un-said and they talked. ¬†So, we see her sometimes… but she is still not happy about us adopting I am not sure why? So it’s the white elephant in our relationship. ¬†But ¬†I THINK it’s either because she thinks she’ll be¬†replaced or because Britt is against it. But she won’t talk about it. It seems she comes around when she wants something or when she can ‘ fit us in’! Don’t get me wrong, she is polite and all that but it’s just all surface. I have pushed for more through all this but I am just not sure I want to keep doing that anymore. I keep hoping she will have that ‘ breakthrough’ but I am just not sure anymore if she will have that?

She told me she loves me a bit ago, it was in passing…and she is nice to me, but it’s all on the surface.

But she wants a superficial relationship, a figurehead! Which is hard for Michael.

Hence the student loans for college…Michael is old school. He DOES not like giving out what is in his back account ( I agree). He gave her everything but what IS in our back account, she WAS NOT happy! So, when he mentioned the adoption, she got upset again–of course not talking about it. So, again she is upset with us, since we are a pair.

So, we went to her Graduation. But per Father’s day, she called, for she had a concert that night ( umm hello, could have come by during the day or something but didn’t) , said she come by some day that week–never heard from her. Whatever, I am TRYING to let it go! I mean, jeez, even Courtney called Michael. It just drives me crazy!

Michael, Breah, Britt and Ani

Erik, Breah and Britt

Erik, Breah and Britt

Michael, Breah and Traci

So, this is what is going on in Traci’s life right now! I am trying to get a handle on things, figure out a schedule so I can navigate around a bit. Sorry I haven’t been commenting as much–will try to do more of that. Still reading!! ¬†My aim right now is to try to do this at least twice a week for now. Right now as we speak, I am icing my knee so I can go walk, since I haven’t walked all week and it’s sore for God only ¬†knows why but I can’t afford to make it worse– and I want to walk SO badly I am going to go anyway. LOL

Hope everyone is well!!!!! Miss you  all!

xoxoxoxoxo

Traci

Graduation and tears of a Mama Bear …


Hello Dear friends!!

I am home!! Back from the Texas heat and home to the Michigan 70’s! I must admit– going from ‘ oh my God’ soooooo¬†HOTTTTTTTT to ‘ oh how¬†pleasant outside’ takes some getting use to! ūüôā

So, not only did my babykins graduate!!! I must admit, it was VERY hard on this Mama bear! ¬†The toughest thing was watching her drive away– it broke my heart just a little. I KNOW, I know, we are to¬†raise our kids and set them free– let them go off into the world, but still, it broke my heart just a little. For so long, I have loved and cried, held on, been there no matter WHAT, and I’m¬†to just LET GO? Walk away? Let her make her own judgements, her own mistakes, her own, her own choices? Sigh, I know, I know, but still my heart broke a little…

Cort and Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I gave this to Courtney for Graduation as it was given to me by my Mama, I can’t read this without crying…

‘ I love you Forever’

Written by Robert Munsch

‘That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town.¬† If all the lights in her son’s house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.’

Cort and Mom-Riverwalk

Cort and Mom-Riverwalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney now has a job, drives a car and is looking to take classes this Fall. ¬†I hope she understands a¬†Mama Bear is for life! We love, we cherish, we keep our children next to our hearts always. Though, I am learning to back off ( I am TRYING)–to let her live HER life, make HER choices, not interfere and LISTEN! I am proud of the woman she is becoming, honored I get to share this next chapter in our lives! For Courtney Aline, is quite simply–amazing!

Cort and Baby James

Cort and Baby James ( her brother, he just turned one)

Cort with her Dad and I at Graduation

Cort with her Dad and I at Graduation

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Party and my Sister’s house, she was AMAZING! She decorated and went ALL out! That is Lisa and Bryan, my brother and sister and her friend Rachel!

Rach, Cort and Ash

Grandma watching intently

My Mama

Jeremy and Courtney-Riverwalk

Jeremy and Courtney ( a friend of hers) Riverwalk¬†–San Antonio)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxooxox,

Traci

One step back, from this Biggest Loser wanna be….


Update, I added some audio to my video! ūüôā I am still sick, so please note that if it doesn’t sound the best but I tried… ūüôā Hope it helps anyway! ūüôā

I’m ¬†sorry, I have been really sick with a bad ¬†head cold, fever, throat and ear issues. My Husband was trying to help so he published my blog ( Thanks hun for trying ūüôā ) and it really wasn’t ¬†ready so I ¬†came ¬†back and made some changes. I’m sorry, my video was not on here ( and has no sound, that wasn’t an ¬†issue I haven’t been able to fix) ¬†and it wasn’t edited yet! Still not feeling very well and somewhat medicated so hope this is ok, lol! ¬†I’m sorry ¬†ya’ll are getting this twice, ¬†and hope you don’t mind reading it again. ūüôā

xooxoxoxo

Traci

We all have those don’t we? The some days, the should have’s, the could be’s! The lying on the bed with the coat hangers sucking in just ONE more DAMN inch from those DAMN jeans, or the ‘passed over look’ of the one person we wanted to notice us? How about the some day, I will work out ‘ some day’ or I will start my diet ‘ tomorrow’? Yeah, or what about the infamous ‘ Ex’? Yeah, I have that to, I adore my Husband don’t get me wrong but my Ex, as ¬†many issues as I have with him, my memories ¬†got me through some rough moments! Any of you have those? That ONE thought of revenge, that ONE song that plays just for the two of you, the more ‘ twisted’ the better, or maybe it’s just me who is like that? It is not that you want them, but you want them to see you looking just AMAZING? ūüôā I can be the happiest I’ve ever been and still that one song speaks of the best revenge, the worst breakup, the most ‘ get even’ and in this situation, well, it really helped me. If you could see my iPod, you would understand and maybe I will make that one of my posts, a music post, for hey, what gets you through right? We can’t all be thinking of beaches right, or am I the only twisted sister out there, lol? ¬†The would of, could of, should of’s? I have a daughter who is about turn 18 and I adore her, and all her life I have ¬†never kept my word about this diet, I have failed at EVERY DIET, yeah, how many have you been there? What a role model I HAVE been! ¬†We WANT to and wham, the dreaded three days come around, yeah you know the ones I am talking about and ¬†a cheeseburger NEVER tasted so good, you would DETEST it during the week but something happens on Saturday that just shuts your brain off right? I don’t know why either, but I can tell you I have learned some tricks, we CAN do this, it DOES get easier!

Well, as so many of you know I have gone through this journey, and still going through it. ¬†I ‘m going to¬†¬†try and ¬†back track and do what I can to show you what I did, help you walk through it and show you what I did! Yes, I made mistakes, yes I went backwards¬†, YES, I blew it on the weekends BUT I learned from it and YES, I have an injury and have lost over 90 pounds and YES, I don’t work out like the majority of people ( not by choice I miss you Beth!), I can’t! At this point, I am still having complications from my total knee replacement I had in 2010 and I am now having shoulder issues, we just did the MRI Saturday to see if my rotator cuff¬†is torn¬†(update) it is NOT torn, we have found out that I have a lot of inflammation and arthritis. ¬†I have to see a specialist to see where to go from here. I am starting to have pain in my right shoulder as well, I am not exactly sure what all this means as of yet.

Here is my first installment…

Before the Eat Clean Diet, before anything else I was lost…I thought, there is NOTHING that could help me. My best friend Kat introduced me to Biggest Loser and I thought, oh lovely, another reality Tv show and then Jillian, Bob and Allie ¬†happened and I was hooked….and frankly I need someone to kick MY ASS! Ya’ll need me to help you and well, I need you to help ME, hold me accountable, keep ME in line! For I am towards the end, I need someone who won’t be afraid to tell ME what is what! Michael is wonderful, God love him! But he is the Hubby and, well that gets complicated for you can only hear that truth so often you know? Does anyone ELSE know what I mean? He means well but we are together all the time, I need someone ¬†else, someone others to help me with this journey, any takers, can someone be my ‘ Jillian’? ¬†It is just different if that makes sense?

Jill ¬†got my ass off the couch, her and her black team which was so often the underdog, I rooted for her, I cried for her, I was like YES, she is MEAN, but she has heart, she has soul- I LOVE IT! ūüôā I was terrified,¬†¬†I was scared, I was afraid but I was going to do it, they were coming to Michigan. ( I wanted Jillian, I wanted her to go for her) ¬†I was 245 pounds and I needed to change my life! I needed Jill, Bob and Allie…I needed change! I needed a Jillian, that courage, that strength-someone who can hold ME to it, oh I will do that work, I have…I just need to follow through and get to the end! She inspired me, I miss her! Sadly, I couldn’t I had surgery soon after…

I wish I had the sound, somehow it got deleted but you can at least see what I was going through in this brief clip, I wanted ya’ll to see that I have BEEN there, I do REMEMBER! I walked the walk, I made the excuses, I cried the tears and I was a mess, oh such a mess! So, as Biggest Loser starts their season with no excuses, I believe that should be our theme as well, so please, oh please join me and let’s have NO EXCUSES!!!! I will cheer you on as you cross your finish line, so let’s do this together!!!! We have so much we can learn from one another for my journey is NOT over, I am still walking it! Let’s do this!!! One pound at a time!!!

X0xoxoxoxoxo

Traci