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Post-Flag Day

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Great lesson yesterday in trying not to stress the things you can't control and fix as quickly as possible the things you can! We got bumped out of the aud. for our last rehearsal in the morning, which we found out after we went down and set it up in the morning before school. Then our boom box and CD went missing. Apparently another grade level took it for their talent show practice. We had put the microphones up on stage and taped down the cords with duct tape as per safety rules. Microphones were down on the floor with the tape pulled up. Assigned tech person MIA and PowerPoints of each class wouldn't work? These are only the ones that I can think of! Through it all, however, our kids were troupers and were so cute! Not one of those things fazed them. So, even though things do not go perfectly, or even come close, there is success at the end. Once again my kids teach me as much as I teach them!

  
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BLITZEN40 6/16/2013 12:49AM

    I think with a fun event like that the positive air of excitement amongst the kids will keep things happy no matter what details go amiss. For kids, it's all about the fun. Somehow we lose that when we become adults and the responsibility of making everything right falls squarely upon our shoulders. Glad you had success in the end!

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BLUENOSE63 6/15/2013 8:27PM

  You know I think you are a great teacher but thought I would say it one more time! I miss those early elementary days with my son singing in concerts for school....time flies so fast

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/15/2013 11:59AM

    Ignorance can be bliss. LOL They only knew what they needed to do and came through just fine!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 6/15/2013 10:37AM

    What a blessing children are!!

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LOPEYP 6/15/2013 8:39AM

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/15/2013 8:21AM

  A great ending!! Thanks for sharing!

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Happy Flag Day!

Friday, June 14, 2013


For most people, Flag Day probably isn't on their top 5 list of holidays. For 18 years of my life, Flag Day is extremely important. Why? This is a big day for all our first graders. They present a program for their families filled with patriotic songs and facts about American symbols. It is an incredibly stressful week for the teachers, as you might imagine. This afternoon, it will all be worth it! You cannot beat 100 first graders singing songs like "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Now if my kids will manage to get up on stage in the right order!
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LOPEYP 6/14/2013 12:02PM

    I think it's great that your first graders have this program. So many of the schools have removed all reference to our flag that it's sad. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/14/2013 11:31AM

    Love this!!! FLAG day is alive and well thanks to teachers like you!!!

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KIMPY225 6/14/2013 10:50AM

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/14/2013 10:45AM

    Flag Day was always celebrated in our house since it was also my father's birthday. He would have been 89 this year. He passed 21 years ago but I still think of him on this day.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 6/14/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon How awesome!

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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 6/14/2013 8:38AM

    Bless you for fostering this much-needed spirit in tomorrow's citizens! emoticon emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/14/2013 6:31AM

  Thank you for continuing to place importance on this special day! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 6/14/2013 6:29AM

  Hope it all goes really well. emoticon

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My Gardens - Work or Pleasure?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I will admit it. I love my gardens, but I am not one of those who can't wait to get out there everyday. It is a chore to me, most of the time. I don't mind weeding that much (since I don't have as many as I used to) and trimming my hydrangeas is not that bad. I love checking out all the catalogues that arrive and like planting, as long as it is nice weather. What I do love is the result! Yesterday I came home from work and the landscape guys were there edging and mulching everywhere and they are coming back today to finish! Nope, told you I wasn't a real gardener. I save up my money in the winter so I can do this and I pay to now have these things done! Truth is, I am really not good at it and I needed help and suggestions, plus the grunt work. I now reap the benefits of that and will be particularly joyous when I drive in the driveway and see it!

And what I have learned is to do what I am good at and enjoy, then seek out help and/or don't stress out about it!

  
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BLUENOSE63 6/13/2013 6:25PM

  I really love to landscape as a hobby! My family is very happy about that but my Mom is the gardener in our clan!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 6/13/2013 10:32AM

    Excellent!! This is the point in life we each strive for ... rather we know it or not!

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LOPEYP 6/13/2013 8:09AM

    You are a smart lady! emoticon

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ROX525 6/13/2013 6:23AM

    I often think of having someone more in for free room and board to do my yard work but that is wishful thinking! Good for you.

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End of Year Joy

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Yesterday was an end-of-year concert for all our kiddos, K-6. This duo is always fantastic, and yesterday was no exception. Lots of audience participation, even dancing in the aisles with each of our students. "I'm having the greatest time," said one of my kiddos. Another said, "The best part was dancing with you. I love to dance with you!" That quote was from one who had spent time with our AP several times this year. Seeing the staff come together on this and day after day watching our staff give these kids affirmations and make school the best part of the day for most of these kids is a great thing. Small things bring joy to these kids. I need to find small things that make me joyous. Goal - one thing every day. Shouldn't be too hard, should it, if a 45-minute concert can create so much happiness for so many?

  
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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/12/2013 11:08AM

    Sounds wonderful!

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NANCYPAT1 6/12/2013 10:37AM

    What a great idea - love it.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 6/12/2013 6:59AM

    Sounds doable!! GREAT idea!! emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/12/2013 6:52AM

  Thanks for reaffirming my own joy! emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/12/2013 6:51AM

    Thanks for the reminder of the joy to be found in small things.

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DMEYER4 6/12/2013 6:41AM

  small things add up to so much. I hope you find something to be joyous about every day. thanks for your devotion to the kiddies as a teacher. Teachers are so important to our children. Have a great day

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BLUENOSE63 6/12/2013 6:34AM

  Ahhh my friend.....see it works....focus on the small things, the everyday joys that truly give you what you need...the rest eventually falls into place

Once again, congrats on another successful year -- teachers and moms are the hardest jobs in the world.

PS. Thanks for the SparkGoodie



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Master of One's Mind

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Who is in charge here? My lack of control or me? Although it's gotten a lot better, I have those time when I don't even think. I just have or do what everyone else is doing. When we go out, I am trying to have a plan in place. Then, while I may not eat totally healthy, I have the conscious decision ahead of time, and accounted for it in advance!

  
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BLUENOSE63 6/11/2013 7:20AM

  Personally I think you are being too hard on yourself! Your job is very demanding and must be difficult to schedule around. I would suggest setting 1 daily goal and meeting it. This control thing is a monster but I have learned through years of training that there has to be give and take or it doesn't work causing big disappointment.

From your blogs, you are balancing within your confines and that works! Start small but think big

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RSSSLHB 6/11/2013 7:00AM

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ELRIDDICK 6/11/2013 6:57AM

  Thanks for sharing

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EVIE4NOW 6/11/2013 6:55AM

  good idea .. thanks.

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