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/ Anne Frank quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224140 How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.- Anne Frank <BR> <BR> Awesome reminder for each of us!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:52:48 EST Peter Drucker- Your Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223553 The best way to predict your future is to create it!- Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> Great reminder... it's up to you and me.... what do we want our future to look like and what are we willing to do to make it happen? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:24:19 EST Lou Holtz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223298 "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." -Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:10:38 EST Teacher Tiredness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222795 Oh so tired!!!!! That is all! It happens every year.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:59:57 EST Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221831 Up early this morning to get a little walk in... such a beautiful morning, feels like fall!! There is no rain in sight.... <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for the upcoming week, but first spending some time with the Lord... the best way I've found to stay focused on what's truly important! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:13:26 EST Two days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221375 The first two days of the year are in the books.... and so far so good.... my kids all twenty-two of them ROCK!!! They are inquisitive, respectful & polite, and ready to learn!!! :) They are also rambunctious, curious, and caring!! We are going to accomplish great things this year!! <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to Fulton, MO for my sister-in- law's retirement party.... as I total resisted the urge to curl up in my recliner and relax when I arrived home from school last night at 5:30.... instead... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:44:23 EST Aristotle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220730 Happiness depends upon ourselves- Aristotle! <BR> <BR> Just a reminder that we are only as happy as we allow ourselves to be! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:56:23 EST And it begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220142 It's the first day of school.... A day of new beginnings for my students as well as myself!! A day which signals the start of a unique opportunity... the wonderful gift of getting to know, truly know these little souls... what they like, their favorite subjects, what they hate, what makes them laugh as well as cry, how they see themselves, and their goals and dreams; for this is how true learning and growing begins! So very, very, blessed to be called teacher! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:15:56 EST Billy Graham on Character... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219489 "When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." -- Billy Graham <BR> <BR> This is a great reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:36:08 EST Back to School Bash... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218984 In just a little bit I will be heading out the door for our annual school registration/meet the teacher event and am finding myself being a bit reflective, as I begin year twenty-nine as a teacher!!! <BR> I still recall my first day as a teacher way back in 1988, at Mary Immaculate Catholic School in Kirksville! I was so blessed and priviliged to have terrific parents and even more wonderful students that year and every year after! However, its the mentors I've had through the years that k... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:14:33 EST Success -vs- Value Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218230 Strive not to be a SUCCESS, but rather to be of VALUE- Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> Like the thought of this!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:21:23 EST Benjamin Franklin Quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217720 An investment in KNOWLEDGE always pays the best interest.- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> Never stop learning and challenging yourself! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:26:09 EST Rainy Week-End :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217137 We're expecting a rainy weekend and I am absolutely not going to complain about it; as not being able to get outside will force me to get some last minute files/units ready for school! Also going to spend time finishing cleaning out a couple of closets,,, that I've warranted attention for quite some time!!! So as they say.... "Bring on the rain!'' <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:34:56 EST Potpourri Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216608 Today is going to be another great day! I'm going to finish up some prep work for school, while also doing laundry, also going to continue to read in the book "Made to Crave" for my online Christian based healthy living support group. Loving this book and the author's perspective! This afternoon, I'm off to donate blood!!! <BR> <BR> I almost forgot, I weighed in today.. down 2.6lbs this week, for a total of 31.7 since I recommitted to being healthy at the end of April!! I'm feeling st... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:40:32 EST Happy Birthday in Heaven, Kenny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216020 Thirty-seven years ago my first nephew was born and it was love at first sight! Kenny Kale McKenzie, Jr. was a beautiful baby, who grew up to be a wonderful man! Who was loved my many, he was the first baby in our family which made him extra special, we were blessed when his mother (my sister) allowed me to babysit him when she returned to work after his birth! He was like our first born.... and so loved.... When we had our first son, Kenny Kale still continued to be a huge part of our fam... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:55:35 EST Spark Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215457 A goal without a plan is just a wish!- Anon <BR> <BR> Read this today and realized the total truth in it! I am a big list maker... trying to focus on the big things first...sometimes when I don't write things down I get way off track, this still happens when I do write things down, but not as often or easily as when I have my list... I consider these lists to be my goals.... sometimes they're quick/simple tasks that need to be accomplished, sometimes they are longer... some are truly long ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:55:52 EST Oh the life of a teacher...and most who attempt to organize... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214790 How many can relate.... you to your room to "prep" for the new school year... and open "the cabinet"... first thought, shut it quickly, instead you begin to pull "stuff" out, while some "stuff" falls out.... I know I'm not alone.... Your room quickly looks like a small disaster zone... three to four hours later... you are done... with ONE cabinet.... Next... <BR> Oh yes, the struggle is real, but I shall be victorious.. tired, but victorious! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:00:13 EST Working in my classroom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214553 Back at it in my room... worked all day... game home to fix supper and eat with hubby and headed back... <BR> <BR> Gotta work when in the groove! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:04:39 EST Back to school shopping and the GRANDS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213631 Oh boy...yesterday we took one of our GRANDS, Layton (aged 9) back to school shopping, personally I would much preferred to go ANY other weekend than "tax-free" weekend, but this was the weekend that worked for the family, so this is when we went! Let me say, neither Layton or my hubby enjoy shopping, unfortunately Layton is at the age where his taste in what he wears has evolved to the point, that he MUST pick out the majority of his clothing...so shop he must!! The stores were PACKED...... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:30:09 EST Surprise visit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213177 So, yesterday I was working in my room, school was empty of people, so my music was blaring...when I hear a familiar voice saying "Mrs. Shafer??" I turned and saw one of my former students.... he had come up with our local communications business to help install cameras in our building... I hadn't seen him in quite sometime, but he (like many) was one of my favorites... he was in my gifted program from a young age, so I really did have him for YEARS and watched him grow from a somewhat awkwa... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:33:53 EST Beautiful August morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212639 I went out early this morning to sweep sidewalks, ramps, and porch and was thrilled with the beauty of the day! Low humidity, which is a rarity this time of year in our area!! I ended up turning a 15 activity into a little outside "stress relief" time by taking a little walk!! :) Now it's time to reload my school bag and head back to my classroom for a little more ORGANIZATION! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:11:24 EST Do you hear it???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212035 Do you hear it??? It's my classroom softly calling... Get up here... Get up here.... It's time to get back to work... Two weeks from today my newest group of kiddos will be walking through the door ready to learn and grow!!! Gotta go.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:21:09 EST A nice thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211461 <BR> "Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity." -Gilda Radner <BR> <BR> Love this one!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:51:11 EST Missouri Primary Election Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210944 Today Missouri citizens have the opportunity to do what many people will never have the opportunity or privilege to do and that is VOTE! Yet, sadly many Missourians/Americans will NOT exercise this right/responsibility... Instead choosing to sit back and complain about the shape our cities, towns, counties, states, country, and world are in... believing that their vote doesn't count.... Oh my dear, friends....every vote counts.... it's that simple...if you CHOOSE not to vote... you are givi... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:30:36 EST August 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210528 It's officially August, which means I MUST get serious about getting everything ready for back to school.... this will be my 29th first day of school... yet, it doesn't seem like it's been that long!!! I am blessed to have a career that I truly LOVE.... at least 97.5% of the time!!! <BR> <BR> School resumes on Thursday, August 17, 2016!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:51:05 EST Sunday, Sunday... Thankful and Grateful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209730 Whatever you do today, choose to be grateful and thankful!! Often we get so busy and caught up in our often busy and hectic lives that we fail to take the time to truly be thankful and grateful! So today, let's choose to take some time time to truly focus on what we are thankful and grateful for! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:19:16 EST Bennett's Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209490 Bennett's party was a huge success!! We had a great time visiting with everyone in attendance, but especially enjoyed spending time with our grands!!! :) We ended up staying so Tony could help our son put the basketball goal we got for Bennett together! The instructions said two people could put it together in two to three hours, the guys ended up putting it together in about 45 minutes.... :) Layton enjoyed the extra time with his cousins!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:13:43 EST Beautiful Summer Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208935 My hubby and I took advantage of the cooler temperatures today by getting lots of outside chores completed! ( He was off today, recuperating from oral surgery, which he's doing quite nicely!) We power washed for almost six hours... taking turns of course.. it's amazing how nice a good power wash makes things! Tony mowed, while I did around of power washing and I trimmed trees and shrubs during one of his turns!!! We finished a little before 6 tonight, just in time for a nice summer shower... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:45:24 EST Thursday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208335 The thunderstorms that past through our area yesterday helped cool things down, which is much appreciated! We're looking at upper 80's to lower 90's for the next several days, I can handle that!!! <BR> I was going to go out and do some yard work this afternoon, but another storm is slowly passing in and through our area... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed evening! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:00:41 EST One of my favorite quotes. St. Francis of Assisi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207578 "Start by doing what is necessary; then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."- St. Francis of Assisi <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite quotes... Simply stated and filled with truth! :) <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:15:55 EST Mahatma Gandhi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206908 Shared before but.... <BR> <BR> "Be the change you want to see in the world."-Mahatma Gandhi (So true!!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:18:59 EST Rulon G. Craven quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206348 Rulon G. Craven <BR> Temptation is like a magnetic force which holds a metal object in its power. It loses its magnetic force and power when you turn away from it. So we must turn away from temptation; then it will lose its power. <BR> <BR> So true in so many areas of our daily lives... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:19:38 EST Nice little reminder quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205772 Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.-Elizabeth Gilbert <BR> <BR> Love this one! So many times we say, "I wish" and wait; when we should go out and make it happen! Making our wishes into reality, now that's something! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:32:18 EST Einstein thought of the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205252 We cannot solve our problems with the same THINKING we used when we CREATED them.-Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> So true!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:56:56 EST Happy Friday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204837 Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday! It is going to be a HOT and HUMID one here! Heat advisories and safety alerts for our entire area! <BR> <BR> Remember what ever you do today, be your best!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:59:24 EST Spark Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204576 Thought for the day: No one is impressed with how good your excuses are. - Spark People <BR> <BR> This is great!!! I must admit, I have been guilty of making excuses regarding exercise.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:24:50 EST Key to success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203988 To succeed we must first believe that we can.- Michael Korda <BR> <BR> <BR> So true... when we don't believe in ourselves, we ultimately fail!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:09:30 EST Confucius http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203419 " It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."-Confucius <BR> <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen!!! <BR> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:09:33 EST Feeling STRONGER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202824 I'm really pushing myself to continue on path to be the healthiest version of myself that I can possibly be... My food and beverage choices are great at least 90-95% of the time!! <em>211</em> I'm doing either strength or core training daily, in addition to my cardio, which includes walking, jogging, and biking!! I am proud of the progress I am making, while being a little disappointed that I CHOSE to slip back into the bad habits that I spent so much time breaking... BUT I refuse to ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:26:50 EST The weekend and GRANDS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202284 We had a wonderful time with Layton in St. Louis and Six Flags!! All three of us were totally worn out when we got home last night, as we arrived at the park when they opened and leaving at 7:30, but it was worth it! We had a low key day.... ending with a trip to the movies to see Finding Dory before he went home tonight! We are so blessed with all six of our GRANDS and for that I am very thankful! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed week!! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:57:07 EST Six Flags Here We Come... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201406 Drove to St.Louis last night with Tony and Layton so we could be here bright at early for Six Flags! Layton had fun swimming in the indoor motel pool last night, way to crowded for this grandma! He and Poppa are down swimming this AM , I'm heading to the workout room to get a little limber BEFORE the park! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:25:23 EST A little challenge- to get me moving.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200821 So I signed up for a 21 day (free) Fitness Challenge and am really enjoying it!!! This morning I headed to the park early to get a little jog in, it was tough today... as this is day four and my knees were SCREAMING-- but with the help of some tunes by: Adele, Billy Joel, Pat Benatar, Maggie Thorn, Rebekah Northern, and a final push from Bob Seger's "Against the Wind" I was able to get 40 minutes in! My goal is to better my time and or distance daily... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! <... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:58:56 EST Peace by Ralph W. Trine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200509 Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.- Ralph W. Trine <BR> <BR> What a great reminder today; as I reflect on some of the recent turmoil and tragedies in our country this brings me comfort! As I am reminded that MY peace is found within my soul! The source of MY peace JESUS!!! Amen!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:01:04 EST John F. Kennedy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199759 Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how President Kennedy would respond to the current situation in this wonderful nation of ours, but I'd like to think he would not only address it but handle it in a way that ALL Americans could be proud! <BR> <BR> Prayers for this nation of ours! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:25:52 EST A little jog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199204 Just finished a 20 minute jog... whewwweeee...can you say... hum-id-i--teeeeee....! Felt good to do a little jogging! I am a huge fan of walking, but today just felt like doing a little more... was able to get twenty minutes of jogging in without stopping... not flat out running... just a little jog... only a mile and a half... but felt good to ME! <BR> <BR> Now back to work on school projects... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:25:11 EST Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198958 Today was a nice quiet day which gave me the perfect opportunity to get some school planning done! I've been working on Growth Mindsets, which I think will greatly benefit my students while helping to keep positive thoughts and outcomes in their daily work and activities! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:17:25 EST Simple quote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198042 <BR> Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:43:29 EST Last full day in KC!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197274 Today was our last full day in KC with our daughter and all four grands, so we had a low key morning, before heading out to Chick Fil A for lunch, followed by a trip to Lemon Tree Yogurt... oh my goodness wonderful yogurt, then a trip to the local park where they have a 100% free fountain system for kids to play in! The kids had a BLAST and really enjoyed playing with all the other kids who showed up!!! Then it was back home for the evening... which included pizza and movie night! (It w... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 23:53:57 EST Great Thursday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196750 We had a great day with the four GRANDS who are with us in Liberty! We visited Crown Center.... with the highlight being Lego Land!! This evening we watched Bryson (9) win his final game of the ball season! Followed by a late supper at Red Robin!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a blessed day, too! Fri, 8 Jul 2016 00:34:35 EST On the road again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195728 On the road again, Just can't wait to get on the road again! <BR> <BR> We're off again! Have a great day friends! Looking forward to spending time with our daughter her family and two of our son's little ones! <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:34:25 EST