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/ We're HOME and Happy 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955574 Hubby and I made home about 5:30 this evening.... we had a wonderful trip... but were both glad to get home!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! <BR> <BR> God Bless America!! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:37:04 EST Space Needle... Final Day in Seattle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951322 We opted to go up in the Space Needle at 9:00 PM in hopes of catching the sunset...we weren't disappointed! It was absolutely beautiful! I'm not a fan of heights, but did quite well.. The panoramic view was spectacular. We were extremely impressed with all the activities available in the park area surrounding the Space Needle! Seattle is definitely a family friendly community! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8adb38ea-f6f2-4531-9298-454a91253f1c.jpg"> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:08:01 EST Seattle Temperatures.. Oh my.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950992 My husband and I are absolutely LOVING the temperatures here in Seattle.... being from Missouri and used to extremely high humidity during this time of the year, we're especially excited about the weather here in Seattle... today's highs were in the upper 80's but... the humidity is almost nonexistent... so we've thoroughly enjoyed trekking all over the downtown area and beyond.. right now my Fitbit is showing 7 miles, but we're heading out to the Space Needle in a bit and it's nine tenths o... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:30:13 EST Seattle Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950506 Our first full day in Seattle, found us up early to trek over to a historic restaurant that is known for its breakfast, we were not disappointed! We picked up our rental car at 8:00 AM and headed out for a short trip to the Boeing & Flight Museum Tour, about 30 miles or so from our hotel! What an interesting, exciting and AWE inspiring tour!! Then we headed to a beach park complete with a lighthouse and farmer's market... yummy cherries!! Next, we headed to the Hiram Chittenden (Ballar... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:20:37 EST Flight Reflections. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950039 Today as I looked out the window of our planes as we flew first from St. Louis to Los Angeles and then on to Seattle, I was once again reminded and amazed at the beauty GOD created for us to enjoy! So gorgeous to look down and see all the beauty of our world and then take time to reflect on MY creator! Truly Blessed! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:44:21 EST About laughter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949064 Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to swallow. - Diane Johnson <BR> <BR> Love this one!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:17:14 EST Father's Day blessings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948547 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.-Psalm 102:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Father's Day to all the dads and grandpas out there! Enjoy your special day and all the extra love and blessings that go along with it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings!! <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:40:26 EST What GOD wants... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948099 “God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you - Both are equally imporant to Him.” <BR> ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Amen and amen!! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:26:22 EST Nature Unleashed Training... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947614 In about an hour, I will be heading to Duck Creek Conservation Area, about an hour away, for a day long training entitled Nature Unleashed and No Child Left Indoors Workshop! While I've really been looking forward to this day long workshop, I'm a bit concerned as it is going to take place in an outdoor classroom within a wetland, the kicker we have a 100% chance of rain! On the bright side, it will give me the opportunity to try out my new waterproof coat, before I wear it whale watching in... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:57:25 EST Joyce Meyer- Faith and Positivity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947088 Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives. -Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of how important our faith is throughout our daily lives... GOD is always there... no matter where we are or what we are doing... HE is there! My faith in GOD gives me strength that goes beyond human understanding! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:36:04 EST Let the packing begin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946485 Today, I shall begin to pack for our rapidly approaching vacation/cruise to Alaska! I've been gathering "items" for quite some time and it is now time to begin the actual packing! We will be gone from home from June 22nd thru July 4th, which means lots of clothes! Our trip will begin in St. Louis, where we will stay overnight before flying to Seattle, WA, where we will spend a few days sight seeing before leaving on our cruise on the afternoon of the 26th! <BR> Trying to decide what to ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:59:16 EST Living life to the fullest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945996 Joel Osteen Ministries- We have to realize that our lives could be gone in a moment. There are no guarantees that we will be here at this time next year. Learn to live each day to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Amen to this... be prepared.... but live, live, live!! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:30:34 EST Worth and Value... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945452 “Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says.” ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <BR> This Joyce Meyer quote is great, as it reminds us that our worth/value is NOT based on public opinion but on God's word and no amount of public opinion will ever change HIS opinion! Amen!!! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:30:23 EST Max Lucado- Faithful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944830 God is faithful even when his children are not. <BR> <BR> Max Lucado <BR> <BR> So thankful that HE is always there.... <BR> <BR> Blessigs!! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:03:06 EST Too big or too little... no problem!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944581 Learn to trust God with the small things. He's already got the big things covered. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Great reminder that nothing we will ever experience is too little too big for our GOD to handle!! Amen!! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:38:22 EST Kay Arthur on Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943913 God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks - not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it. <BR> <BR> Kay Arthur on Gratitude <BR> <BR> I found this inspiring when I read it this morning! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:23:12 EST Shopping with Granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943325 Yesterday, as my granddaughter, Jillian, age 5, and I were preparing for a day of shopping she said, "Grandma, we should go to Ross!" I replied that we do not have a Ross in our area, to which she replied, "Well, there's always Wal-Mart, Grandma, Wal-mart has everything and I mean everything, Grandma!" Too funny, especially knowing what a NON Wal-mart fan I am! <BR> <BR> Needless to say she and I had a wonderful time she shopping, she is an awesome little shopper and great companion! We le... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:45:38 EST Another Joyce Meyer quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942816 Everybody else may not know what's going on inside of us, but God does. And He says the most important thing to Him is the hidden man of the heart. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to "let go and let GOD!" <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:10:39 EST Spark quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942214 You are born with one body, so you might as well learn to love it!- Spark <BR> <BR> When I read this today, it hit home, as I was kind hating on my tubby tummy... Perspective is a wonderful thing! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:42:41 EST Fitbit- Africa Badge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941575 Just received a noticed from Fitbit letting me know I've earned the Africa Badge... for walking 5,000 lifetime miles... the length of Africa since joining Fitbit in December 2012!!! <BR> <BR> Love my Fitbit and all that Fitbit does reward and motivate Fitbit participants!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!! <BR> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 07:10:18 EST Granddaughter time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941074 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d504ad1-4c5c-42d6-b2c6-ddf9800d0b62.JPG">Yesterday we started our day with a walk to our park, about half a mile from our house! My hubby and Jillian played on the playground equipment, while I did a jog/walk before joining them! As we were exploring the park, we discovered a large turtle, coming out of the mud, so we "tracked" him for a bit...he was very interesting to follow! After the walk home, Jilly and I had to get ready to attend o... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:51:58 EST Happiness is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940597 Happiness is a choice! I found the following quote on our wonderful site and wanted to share it with others, as it reminded me of the truth of happiness... it truly is a choice... <BR> <BR> Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. Instead it means you've chosen to look past the imperfections. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day filled with happiness! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 08:21:26 EST Off to Columbia!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940078 Around 10:00 this morning, my hubby and I will be heading to Columbia where we will meet our daughter, so our five year old granddaughter, Jillian Taylor can come down and spend a few days with us! It's a about a 4-4 1/2 hour drive, not bad when it means we get to bring Jilly home with us!!! If we make it back home in time we will head to the ball field for one of Layton's make up ball games, which starts at 7:30... <BR> <BR> The weather man is calling for rain, hope it's not too strong... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:01:40 EST Baseball and the grands... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939459 Last night we made the hour and half trek to Perryville to surprise our six year old grandson at his first ball game of the season! He was very excited and had a great game! After the game we all went out for ice=cream and a chance to visit with his parents, younger brother and 12 week old sister!!! Before making the trek home... long night... but so worth it... <BR> <BR> Tonight, we have another ballgame, with one of our eight year old grandsons, but he lives in our home town.... so it... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:38:46 EST Where are you living? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938904 If you are feeling sad, you are living in the past. <BR> If you are feeling anxious, you are living in the future. <BR> If you are at peace, you are living in the present.- Anon <BR> <BR> <BR> I found this little quote to be spot on.... we must decide each day where we CHOOSE to live! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Blessings! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 07:38:10 EST Summer School and lessons learned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938303 Yesterday was the first day of summer school; although I'm not technically teaching summer school, haven't since the first grandchild was born eight years ago, I do go up and do some volunteering! Today I worked with a "younger" teacher ... must say I was impressed with her and actually learned a few new tools, that I shall be adding to my teacher's tool box! <BR> <BR> This experience reminds me that we can always learn from others, no matter our age or experience levels... <BR> <BR> Hav... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:07:20 EST Chris the Spark Guy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937705 Your daily actions and words impact more people than you realize.-Chris the Spark Guy <BR> <BR> <BR> Great reminder as a NEW month begins today! <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:56:56 EST Beautiful Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937158 What a beautiful day the Lord has blessed us with! Here's wishing everyone a blessed day filled with all that you hold near and dear in your own hearts! <BR> <BR> Blessings, my friends! Sun, 31 May 2015 08:43:53 EST Granddaughter's Recital Practice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937040 Our granddaughter's full dress dance recital final practice was today! To say that it was a great day would be an understatement! We were at practice from 8:45AM until after 12:30, but the time was well spent! ALL the dances and gymnastic routines were so much fun to watch ! Of course, my favorites were the three that our granddaughter was in... she did a Cinderella ballet dance, a Choo Choo tap dance and also participated in the finale.... it was great! Please keep in mind that she's on... Sat, 30 May 2015 23:58:50 EST Off to KC... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936113 Summer break day one... we're getting ready to head to Kansas City, actually Liberty, to spend the weekend with our daughter and her family! Our oldest granddaughter, Jillian Taylor aged five will be performing in her second dance recital on Sunday!! It's going to be a quick weekend as, hubby as to work on Monday...but quick is fine... when it means we can spend time with our grands... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 29 May 2015 07:31:49 EST Last day of school.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935569 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> Lat day of school!!! We only have half a day, but then have mandatory in-service!!! I'm excited about the end of the year, so much I want to differently next year! Strange I'll be starting my 28th year in the classroom, yet it fills like it's only been a few... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Thu, 28 May 2015 07:41:13 EST Play Day and Proverb... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934987 We were able to have our ENTIRE play day outdoors yesterday... the morning started out a little "iffy" but ended up being quite nearly perfect! Everyone had a great time... <BR> <BR> Here's a Japanese Proverb that I find quite appropriate for so many occasions! A simple reminder that NO matter what's going on in our lives we should NEVER, EVER, EVER, give up! <BR> <BR> Fall seven times. Stand up eight. - Japanese Proverb <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 27 May 2015 07:16:04 EST Play Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934394 Today is our annual PTO play day! This is a day the kids look forward to all Spring, as they get to participate in field events and all sorts of carnival like booths! Unfortunately, there are also thunderstorms predicted for our region, which may result in play day being moved inside our big gym! The really cool thing about children is they are very adaptable... I'm sure it will bother WE adults more than the kiddos, once the decision is made! My goal, to be as adaptable and accepting as... Tue, 26 May 2015 07:35:23 EST My forever hero... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933835 Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor the memories of all those who've given the ultimate sacrifice for this wonderful country of ours. Personally I am thankful for every man and woman who has ever honorably worn an American uniform; but would especially like to thank my brother Raymond Alexander Frank who served our country proudly for nearly three decades before making the ultimate sacrifice in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. He lives on in the hearts of many, as a true ... Mon, 25 May 2015 07:45:30 EST Patriotism... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933392 Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.- Mark Twain <BR> <BR> This quote by Mark Twain speaks volumes and one I 100% agree with! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 09:17:49 EST The Flags... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932873 In our little community we are blessed with a beautiful Veteran's Cemetery, which I pass each and every day on my way to and from work! It is also a place where I and other members of our community can go and walk! It was created on a slightly rolling hillside and is complete with reflecting pool and interment wall. Yesterday as I was driving to school, my mind running through all that I needed to accomplish, I looked over at the Veteran's Cemetery and was awestruck by the added beauty of ... Sat, 23 May 2015 06:44:42 EST Babe Ruth Quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932370 It's hard to beat a person that never gives up.- Babe Ruth <BR> <BR> Love this little quote, as it serves as a reminder that no matter how small or slow our efforts are, as long as we keep trying, we can not be beat!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Fri, 22 May 2015 07:18:19 EST Norman Vincent Peale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931819 Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have. -Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Love this reminder.... <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 21 May 2015 07:13:43 EST What you have -vs-who you are. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931217 It may be alright to be content with what you have, never with what you are.-Anon <BR> <BR> In my opinion it is important to approach life as a learning experience. We must constantly strive to learn new things and better ourselves. Once we stop learning, we risk the chance of becoming bored and stuck in a rut, so to speak. As we strive to better ourselves our "inner selves" become stronger and stronger, making our foundation stronger which ultimately makes it easier to find/keep our bala... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:22:33 EST Food for thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930628 To comprehend a man's life, it is necessary to know not merely what he does but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is still wiser who, from among the things he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best. William Gladstone Tue, 19 May 2015 07:42:02 EST Final Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929981 Today is the last Monday of the school year for our school district! Although we will be in school most of next week, we won't go on Monday, as it is Memorial Day! The kids are excited about summer vacation, as am I, however we have NINE days before we can call it a year! So we shall push on... <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 18 May 2015 07:21:18 EST Graduation Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929497 This afternoon another group of young people will be walking across the stage to receive their high school diplomas; successfully closing a very important chapter in their lives! As they flip their tassels they are marking the beginning of the next chapter in their lives! For most, these next pages are filled with lots of hopes and dreams for what their futures hold! My prayer for each graduate is that they never quit learning... no matter what career path they choose... also may they al... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:47:24 EST Another Joyce Meyer quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929183 Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don't have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Restoration Sat, 16 May 2015 15:20:48 EST Opinions and Respect!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928473 I 100% support citizens rights to voice their opinions on issues of concern to them; just as I support the rights of those with opposing views to share their opinions! Mutual respect is a BIG deal!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!! Fri, 15 May 2015 07:38:38 EST Daily Motivator Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927340 Yesterday Sparkpeople honored me with the Daily Motivational Award! I was surprised and honored! I do love Sparkpeople and all the wonderful people on this website, but to be honest it is I who am MOTIVATED by all the great people, as well as the current and accurate information covered by Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> So thank you SPARKPEOPLE for being such a wonderful motivator! Wed, 13 May 2015 07:21:57 EST Responsibility... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926774 Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation; Every possession a duty.- John D. Rockefeller <BR> <BR> A great little reminder for all of us! <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 May 2015 07:35:23 EST H. Jackson Brown, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926182 Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.-H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of the importance of doing what I know to be good and/right even when the odds (the world) disagree or fight against me! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 11 May 2015 07:22:09 EST Mother's Day Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925664 Wishing a very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and grandmothers here on Sparkpeople! This is our special day to celebrate being mothers! Enjoy every minute of your day! <BR> <BR> Remember: <BR> The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 10 May 2015 08:17:38 EST Beautiful Saturday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925190 Just stepped outside to go to the mailbox to discover it's absolutely beautiful! It reminds me of the early morning hours when we're camping.... gorgeous absolutely gorgeous! A little later this morning we're going to do some yard work, laying more shale in the rock gardens and planting some miniature roses! This afternoon we're going to head out for some outdoor fun. No matter what you do, enjoy this day! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 9 May 2015 07:17:29 EST Isaiah 41:13" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924658 "For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."- ISAIAH 41:13 <BR> <BR> So thankful for this reminder today! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 May 2015 07:11:56 EST