BUSYGRANNY5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUSYGRANNY5 BUSYGRANNY5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Testing week...What have my kids learned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156734 There is nothing quite like testing week for both the students and the teachers! As much as I know my students and I are so much more than a test score, there is a small part of my that worries! Questions like: Did I prepare them well enough? Did I use the vocabulary that the test makers opted to use this year? Did they truly grasp the concepts/objectives taught? These and many other questions spiral through my mind... The kids are ROCKING the test, but we won't don't the "REAL:" result... Thu, 5 May 2016 07:08:20 EST Lesson learned from children.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156042 You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. Franklin P. Jones <BR> <BR> So very, very, true!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Wed, 4 May 2016 07:04:00 EST Love- Diane Arbus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155342 Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. <BR> Diane Arbus <BR> <BR> <BR> So true... along with patience, forgiveness, humbleness, and on and on... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 3 May 2016 07:15:07 EST Good day?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154513 Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.-Anon <BR> <BR> Just a little reminder for each of us, not to let negative events ruin our entire day!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Mon, 2 May 2016 07:08:09 EST Beautiful Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153981 What a gorgeous day the Lord has blessed us with! Here's wishing everyone a wonderful day filled with all that you hold dear! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 1 May 2016 11:25:22 EST Allan K. Chalmers Quote on happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153329 "The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."- Allan K. Chalmers <BR> <BR> Perhaps the key to happiness is this simple! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:44:04 EST Martha Washington quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152638 "The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances."- Martha Washington <BR> <BR> So very true... we see this in our lives and the lives of others all the time. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:09:25 EST Elbert Hubbard quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151939 "The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher."-Elbert <BR> Hubbard <BR> <BR> This quote is so true, however we need to remember that the term "teacher" should include parents and guardians, as well as the teachers who will enter a child's life each and every year! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:51:40 EST Death and my students! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151239 This is a follow up to yesterday's blog.. I just wanted to say that my students handled Jamison's father's death so wonderfully. I allowed them to ask whatever questions they had and explained why it was important to ask questions, but also to understand that when they see Jamison he may not be able or ready to answer their questions.. this lead to a great discussion about people and feelings! I then gave all students time to write or make a card for Jamison... while I did the same! All b... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:19:21 EST Death of a parent for a 2nd grader... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150538 This morning I will have a heart to heart talk with my class regarding one their classmates who's father was killed in an accident this weekend. As second graders, death is somewhat of an abstract concept for many of them, yet some have lost loved ones, which means their may be some what of a gap in their understanding of death. Our discussion will be brief, but heartfelt and will be lead by their questions/comments. Next I will give them time to create cards and letters for the little b... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:33:24 EST Dr. Phil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149911 "Big boys don't cry, but men do."-Dr. Phil <BR> <BR> Love this reminder.... too many times boys are taught to be tough and suck it up... in some cases this is okay.... sports, games, etc... but in REAL life situations... relationships/ family/ births/ deaths/etc. BOYS/MEN should be taught it IS okay and quite appropriate to share their emotions...shed a tear... a hug... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:53:53 EST A reminder...prayers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149165 Today, I am once again reminded of just how short life is! Tomorrow is not guaranteed! We need to share our love with others daily and more important be prepared to meet our heavenly FATHER! <BR> <BR> Just learned that one of my student's father was killed in an accident last night! Prayers appreciated for this little boy, as he has already suffered the loss of his grandpa this year and has struggled with this! His father wasn't the best role model,but this little boy believed/believes he ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:12:53 EST Hot Springs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148800 Tony and I made the trip to Hot Springs yesterday evening! This morning we went down to the Farmers Market, where we were privileged to see an Upcycle Sculpture Festival! It was awesome with ALL sculptures made with or from "recycled" materials!!! After that we discovered there was a Corvette Show in town, so of course we visited it as well!! Oh my goodness, so many beautiful cars in one place! <BR> <BR> Finally, this afternoon we headed to the funeral home to pay our final respects to... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:39:39 EST Just a little reminder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147738 "You've Gotta Look For The Good In The Bad; The Happy In Your Sad; The Gain In Your Pain; And What Makes You Grateful Not Hateful " -Karen Salmansohn <BR> <BR> Read this on another blog and loved the simplicity and truth in these words! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:07:10 EST Terrific Thursday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147053 Today is my double recess duty day... praying the rain ceases...nothing like have 50 plus students sitting in a classroom on a rainy day for recess... they need to be outside running and playing... more than I need them to be outside playing!! I love recess duty... as it gives me an opportunity to see the kids in their "natural" environment.... so much can be learned just observing kids at play!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:36:49 EST Henry David Thoreau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146233 "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."- Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Love this reminder! Keeping our goals (dreams) in mind is important in all of our undertakings.... but especially when we're struggling.... <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:02:25 EST Mahatma Gandhi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145486 "Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory."- Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Another great Gandhi quote!! So much truth in this.... reminds me that life is a journey and not a destination! Our satisfaction in our day to day should come from our effort and not simply the attainment of our goals, which can equate to completion of daily tasks... etc.. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:11:26 EST Friendship....Samuel Johnson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144696 "There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity."-Samuel Johnson <BR> <BR> I have been blessed with many acquaintances in my life and many, many people that I consider true friends! I am thankful for both, but this quote made me stop and think about my "real" friends and in we do indeed share a confidence and integrity that allows our friendships to flourish and grow... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:30:54 EST Pickle Springs Conservation Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144080 It was such a gorgeous day yesterday, so Tony and I decided to visit an outdoor area (about two hours from our home) called Pickle Springs and were not disappointed! We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the opportunity to get back to nature! The rock formations were fantastic.... highly recommend! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> I have pictures on my cell phone but don't know how to get them from the phone to Sparkpeople!! Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:54:24 EST Life is short...tomorrow is not guaranteed...reminded again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143854 Yesterday one of friends from late childhood, we've been friends for over 40 years, lost her husband to cancer. He fought a good fight for nearly two years, battling stage 4 lung cancer! My heart is breaking for Sheila, so thankful that she is such a strong Christian woman, as I know she will draw great strength from her faith! She and Steve have been together since they were less than 16 years old... when they married in 1980, I was her bridesmaid... they built a simple but wonderful life ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:19:46 EST Interesting concept... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142705 "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."- Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of those people who seem to be carrying an overwhelming load, yet they do so with calm, grace, and dignity... While others with a seemingly similar load struggle, stumble, and often times fall... perhaps it is the way we carry "it." No judgement... as I personally have fallen (and will fall) in both categories! So thankful that MY GOD is there to help me carry the load... ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:25:17 EST Ella Wheeler Wilcox quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141977 "The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind."- Ella Wheeler Wilcox <BR> <BR> Love this little reminder... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:27:25 EST Charlie "Tremendous" Jones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141257 “Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be." - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones <BR> <BR> <BR> Love this reminder! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:32:06 EST Tuesday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140489 It looks like it's going to be a beautiful sunny day.... much needed after the cool rainy days we've been having!!! My students and I have several outdoor science labs we need to do, but need it to be dryer... hopefully the sun will dry out the grass enough early today so we can do our "micro-communities" this afternoon! (The kids won't mind getting their bottoms wet, sitting on the grass, but I do!!) <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:40:52 EST Dr. Everett Koop quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139649 Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.- Dr. Everett Koop <BR> <BR> So much truth in this short quote!! Now we must ask ourselves.... how am I doing with this? <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:25:12 EST Grandson's First Communion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138973 Tony, Layton, and I are in Perryville to witness Bennett Wayne's ( our 7 year old grandson) first communion! We came up yesterday afternoon and let Layton, Bennett, and Anderson spend some time playing and swimming in the indoor pool at our motel!! This allowed my son and his wife to get all the last minute "stuff" ready for today and of course we loved every minute of it! <BR> <BR> God is good! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:36:39 EST Sometimes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138403 Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.-Anon <BR> <BR> I needed to actually do this a couple of times this week...when dealing with one of my coworkers who refuses to deviate from "her way" in any fashion or form, even when what she's introducing/teaching is NOT correct... This wouldn't be an issue, except as teacher's in the same grade level our District mandates that ALL graded assignments and assessments be the same!!!!!... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:33:53 EST Wayne Dyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137636 "Love What You Do. Do What You Love."-Wayne Dyer <BR> <BR> So blessed to be able to do what I LOVE every day...even on my worse day, TEACHING is my PASSION! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 8 Apr 2016 07:12:55 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136883 "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." Anais Nin <BR> <BR> There is a great deal of truth in this quote... COURAGE to stand up for one's beliefs, for the rights of others, for those who can't stand up for themselves... that my friends is courage! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:14:12 EST Mahatma Gandhi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136099 "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."-Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful quote!! I believe Gandhi was on to something here!!! Even after 28 years in the classroom I am constantly learning, changing, and growing... the same can be said of my life as a wife, mother and grandmother..... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Wed, 6 Apr 2016 07:20:15 EST Quote Lao-tzu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135321 "At the center of your being you have the answer; You know who you are and you now what you want."- Lao-tzu. <BR> <BR> This is true... even when we forget to listen to our inner voice...it's there!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 07:17:46 EST Missouri Baseball Season begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134478 Gentlemen, play ball! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was opening day for both the Cardinals and the KC Royals!! The Cardinals lost their game, while the Royals pulled off a win against the Mets! It looks like it's going to be another great year of baseball... <BR> <BR> Let the fun begin!!! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:04:55 EST Unconditional Love... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134283 However time or circumstance may come between a mother and her child, their lives are interwoven forever.- Pam Brown (Love your children NO matter what!) <BR> <BR> We need to remember that loving our children (no matter what their ages) does not mean we agree with or condone everything they say or do, it simply means they are our child and we love them!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:22:31 EST Saturday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133166 It's a sunny day here in MO, a bit chilly, but the sunshine covers that!! Hubby and I are off to the park to visit the Pioneers in the Park encampment! Hoping to pick up two or three more homemade sets of children's bow and arrows to go with the ones we purchased last year!! (They are very popular with the GRANDS and two sets simply isn't enough!!!) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:34:01 EST Life's Challenges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132268 Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are.- Anon <BR> <BR> What a wonderful way to approach challenges!!! I must admit this is an area I continue to work on in my life!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 07:07:36 EST Love this one!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131486 Unless we can hear others singing and crying, unless we can comfort each others failures and cheer each others victories, we are missing out on the best that life has to offer. The only REAL action takes place on the bridge between two people-Anon <BR> <BR> So true.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:23:14 EST Henry David Thoreau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130681 "Go confidently in the directions of your dreams! Live the life you imagined."- Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Love this one!! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:23:03 EST A process... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130027 "Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process."-Anne Wilson Schaef <BR> <BR> Last day of Easter/Spring break! So I'm enjoying an extra cup of coffee, while reading an extra couple of chapters in my book! <BR> <BR> Life is great and I am truly blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:53:27 EST Reminder to stop and pray... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129283 When you get to the place where you would worry, stop and pray."- Edgar Cayce <BR> <BR> What a great reminder for each of us!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:42:49 EST Beautiful day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128688 What an absolutely beautiful day the Lord has blessed us with! <BR> <BR> Happy Easter! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:02:47 EST Easter Blessings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128353 Easter Blessings to each and everyone of you!! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:45:02 EST GRANDS in the House!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127235 GRANDS in the house!!! We made it home from Columbia with Sis, Bryson, and Jillian about 12:30 last night.... By 10:00 AM this morning ALL six GRANDS will be here!!! (Shadrick and Sis will be here, too! Christi and Brian both have to work today, but will be here after work!!!) <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!!! <BR> <BR> Blessed!!! Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:49:22 EST Not a "kid" anymore.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126543 Our school Egg Hunt and Fun Day at the Park was a huge hit yesterday! However, once I arrived home and sat down, I realized how incredibly "tired" and achy my body was!!! What could it have been? The hour long kickball game.... chasing balls and kids... maybe... The hike around the rather hilly golf course....maybe... the climbing down the creek bank to retrieve the baseball that accidentally went into the water...maybe... the dance party... maybe... OR was it the climbing up and down the ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:21:02 EST Easter at the park!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125689 It's going to be an AWESOME day, as we take our K-2 students the park for the day.... a day filled with games and of course an Easter egg hunt! Then we're out for Easter break and all six of our GRANDS will be home all together for the weekend! <BR> <BR> I am truly blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:21:13 EST Self-knowledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124927 Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement."- Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> <BR> So true.... not always easy but so worth the effort. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 07:02:48 EST Looking forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124119 "Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them."-Lucy Maud Montgomery <BR> <BR> Looking forward to all six GRANDS being home starting Friday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed week! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:47:42 EST Gwendolyn's Birthday Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123381 Later on today we will head to Perryville for our youngest grandchild's (and granddaughter) first birthday party! Her birthday was last week, but the celebration is today! It's going to be a great day with family and fun!!! <BR> <BR> It's also the first day of Spring, but I'm thankful that it's an indoor party as the high today is only 48 degrees... Spring is simply taking it's time making an appearance... but we do see signs!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:27:37 EST Field Trip Highlights!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122790 Yesterday's field trip was wonderful!! We visited the Cape Nature Center.... the kids participated in two classes one where they learned about the Monarch butterfly; which was super awesome because we've been studying the life cycle of the butterfly, including the Monarch and also focusing on the issue of declining milkweed plants, which directly impacts the population of the Monarch! I was so proud that the majority of our students KNEW the answers to the questions posed by the MDC educ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:12:21 EST Field Trip!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122021 Friday and a second grade field trip to the Cape Conservation Center!!!! Thank you Missouri Department of Conservation for making this possible!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:35:24 EST Saint Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121229 Happy Saint Patrick's Day!! Remember-"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.-Anais Nin Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:51:18 EST