DWSCHUYLER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DWSCHUYLER DWSCHUYLER'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/ Happens Every Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448419 I started teaching summer school a week and a half ago. I have these 9 kids only 3 hours a day 4 days a week for 4 weeks. I love to teach, but these nine kids mostly spend the time looking blankly at something. I depend a lot on building relationships, but there isn't enough time in this situation. While I have not regretted agreeing to do this, I was basically thinking just get this over and I can get on to the "main event" - fall. Yesterday only 4 of them showed up. I was upset at fir... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:29:55 EST Life and Baseball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447245 There is a city less than 10 miles from us that has a minor league team and it is as minor as you can get and still be part of the majors! We went to a game last night and I have always loved the atmosphere there. Tickets less than $8, relatively cheap food, parents with young kids all over the place. These players get paid very little. They hope to be successful and break into the big leagues, but sometimes that doesn't ever happen. There was one player that I noticed had been on the te... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 06:48:10 EST Mindfulness and Paying Attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446033 Today my adult son from Texas comes home for a week. All right, it really isn't HIS home any longer, but... I am beyond excited to see him since it has been since Christmas. Since he has sort of a routine to visit all his favorite food places to visit while he is here, it sort of presents a problem. He is not expecting me to spend time making elaborate meals, that's good. He is expecting us to join him at his favorite places, that's bad. I have a plan, which 6 months ago I would not have... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:25:02 EST Enjoying My Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444837 While my head knows that this is MY journey and no one else's, it can be hard not to compare with other people. Questions go through my head. Why am I not losing weight? Why is my weight going down when others are losing more? How do some find so much time to exercise? This is my journey and I can only worry about things I can control. I can control what I eat, whether I work out that day, whether I use a combination of cardio and strength training, and whether I drink the recommended a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 06:11:33 EST Rest, Relaxation, Working Out, and Eating Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443898 On the spur of the moment, my husband suggested that we take the day and drive to the Finger Lakes. Now one of my great pleasures is visiting wineries once or twice a year (not so much my husband's, since he hates wine!). It was a gorgeous day and I began to think about how taking the time to relax is also so important. I know I went on a vacation early on in the summer, but it wasn't restful. Absolutely fantastic, yes, but not relaxing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 07:50:06 EST Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442979 This was me yesterday - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l659739461.jpg"> <BR> All day. I had a bad sinus headache that hurt whenever I moved. Stayed drugged up the entire day. Slept all day and all night. I know that my body was telling me I had to do it, so I listened. Here's the thing - I know I feel better and can do some things today. Maybe not all of them, but at least some of them. But, I don't want to. Staying in bed yesterday was wonderful. <img src="... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 07:31:55 EST Stress vs. Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440607 Give up stress and make a goal of laughing every day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698003395.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158440494.jpg"> <BR> Have a healthy, happy day! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:13:17 EST Jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439351 Nothing serious here. Just a quote that I found by one of my go-to philosophers: Charles Schultz. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028497285.jpg"> <BR> Have a healthy and safe day! <em>30</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:29:37 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438128 Whew! It was quite a morning yesterday. We only have the kids from 9-12, but it certainly felt like the entire day! No major problems, but attention issues with all of them, to some degree. For most of the time I have them broken down into 3 groups of 3, but even then... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2002670342.jpg">. <BR> <BR> Decided I am not looking for greatness (good thing!), but I can be consistent! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:14:15 EST At the Risk of Sounding Sappy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436936 Today I begin teaching summer school. I have the the 9 neediest children coming from Kindergarten into First Grade. Extremely needy academically, of course, but also needy from the lack of parental support and with behavior problems to boot! I am definitely not looking for a pat on the back because this is what I am meant to do. I always want my previous year's kids back because they know the routine, my expectations, and my concern for them. This group does not know me and I only have 1... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:32:15 EST Exhilarated Tiredness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436069 I have been experimenting with walking/jogging (all right, experimenting is probably a strong word because I have only done it twice). I managed to start off with a mile and a half straight, walked/jogged around the HS track, and mostly walked home with about a half mile of jogging for a total of at least 3 miles jogging. Needless to say, my body wasn't used to it and I was tired. <BR> <BR> I had forgotten that this was the night that I was going to see a HS summer camp theatre productio... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:16:36 EST Weird Mood Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434967 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763758865.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937963448.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740288065.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760243776.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505636428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And with that being said, I am going out for a walk this morning! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 08:08:09 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433920 So many people have said that this is a journey, not a destination, but I have never thought of this in terms of an end product of success. I need to go back and check my goals. Are they goals that have to do with the destination or goals that have to do with the journey? My major goals should not be about the destination, I believe, because that implies to me that when you reach that goal, you are done. Instead, my goals should be about some things that I will keep on doing with end poin... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:02:59 EST Outpourings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432684 I am truly blessed! I have my family and friends who are wonderful. It has been my SFs lately who have offered advice, questioned me, supported and encouraged me. It truly helps when people have gone or are going through the same thing you are. I am beginning to realize that this whole calorie thing may stall me for a quite a while until I figure it out (feel free to hit me on the head with that fact over and over again!). If I didn't have all of you here, I probably would have given up ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:10:47 EST Ridiculously Amazing Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431433 I am not sure I am "making" my day ridiculously amazing, but really just noticing things that make the day amazing! Examples of this just yesterday: husband texting me for no reason at all <em>220</em> , sitting at my desk yesterday getting ready for summer school and realizing that I am doing exactly what I was meant to do, <em>150</em> , having a professional conversation with a woman who used to be my son's girlfriend in HS and being able to help her with teaching resources, havin... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:57:20 EST Ridiculously Amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430248 Before I head out the door, I need a plan. No, not a plan for eating, nor a plan for getting my water in, nor a plan for exercise time. I need a plan for this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146330111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Imagine what your life would be like if you set out to do this every day! Every day is amazing and, in the rush of things, we sometimes forget to notice that. <BR> <BR> What if we all took the time to notice and be thankful for all things in ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:29:57 EST OK, OK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429004 I was right. Number wasn't the way I would have liked it to be...up 1.5 pounds. I used the Fitbit to check calories burned during exercise, so I know I was closer than just guessing like before. I always ate 1200-1500 calories with a good balance. The new tracker says I wasn't eating enough, but I didn't believe it. Yesterday it said I should have eaten between 1700 and 2200 calories based on how much i worked out. I guess I am going to try to do what it says. I did eat 1600 yesterday.... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:10:22 EST Worrying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428015 Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I am worried. I know, it's just not about the weight! I have worked out every single day and worn my Fitbit so I know exactly how many calories I have burned. I have never been closer to the exact proportions of carbs, fats, and proteins as this week. I have never been as close to 1200-1500 calories as this week. I feel great. Why am I worried? I am afraid the scale won't be my friend and, while that will not deter me in any way, I won't be happy! One thin... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:22:29 EST Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427134 Last night we had terrific thunderstorms all around us with lots of wind. The flowers are flattened, but the air is cool and smells so fresh! I'll take it! <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138320767.jpg">. "Out of the mouths of babes." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1165813933.jpg"> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:32:48 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426224 Yep, my blog is going to be about weather. We don't have air conditioning, so we are hot. We have a well, so we are being very careful with our water (which pretty much means only quick showers)! I have nothing but admiration for all of you who have this all the time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780601616.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l263565272.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1616368408.jpg"> <BR> and my ve... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:22:59 EST Follow the Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425043 Have always loved this quote. I have embraced this philosophy in my professional life, but never in my personal life. Now, instead of following people that aren't where I need to be to become healthy, I am trying to forge my own path. Tracking has become a way of life, working out as soon as I get home, another way, staying in touch with friends here, another. I am forging a new path little by little. Yay! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62285409.jpg"> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:36:19 EST 10 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423791 Catching up from Spark Solutions, I read about the "all-or-nothing" philosophy we have towards exercise. I used to have that, but right now I feel guilty when I don't work out and usually get it in. I have just made it a habit this summer since I have had more time off. Now that I am headed back to school, I am concerned about making time, but the concept of, even if you don't think you do, make only 10 minutes in your day somewhere. I promise my thinking is changed and that WILL happen! ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:33:06 EST Making Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422634 Day 2 of 12-Week Daily Challenge. I always think of changing bad habits, but that might be the negative slant. How about beginning to make new habits? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140558079.jpg"> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:59:55 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421503 Today I am excited to take on a new challenge. I just joined a new ST - 12-Week Wellness Challenge. I'm hoping this will keep me accountable as I go back to school and time and organization become the essence. Most, if not all, of the team members seem to have been a part of the 2-Week Spark Solutions team. I have not even finished the book. Well, to be honest, barely started! I had good intentions, truly! We'll see how it goes! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:13:03 EST Holding Me Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420517 Interesting thoughts to ponder. Been wondering about why, when I have a streak of doing so well, I self-sabotage? Not hugely, but enough to have to restart some part of my life. I realize that I am trying to change a lot of lifelong habits and I cannot expect perfection AND I am not discouraged, but quite happy with my progress. I have recently been thinking about WHY it is so hard and slow going? Not so much the product, but the process. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:57:47 EST Warrior? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419536 Now some of you may read this and say, so what? I'm hoping others will know what I mean. Yesterday, for the first time since I have been on this journey, I got injured during working out. I rolled my ankle big time and fell hard to the floor. My foot and knee got messed up pretty bad. I limped to put ice on it and sat down for 20 minutes. The whole time I was sitting there I was thinking whether or not I could finish my workout. I checked and it wasn't swollen and I was able to put wei... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 07:00:08 EST Summer Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418578 I venture a guess when most people think of summer pleasures, they come with things like swimming, lemonade, BBQs, etc., but my favorite summer pleasure is reading. I teach first grade and one of my main goals is to show kids, not only HOW to read, but to ENJOY reading. I am passionate about this! The problem with that is I spend so much time during the school year "doing" for my kids and I fall asleep before finishing two pages! The summer is my catch-up time! I am not fussy about the b... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:26:12 EST Childlike Excitement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417542 I slept last night with the windows open and woke up to 61 degree weather. Perfect! Laid there listening to the birds and, because there was a breeze, the wind chimes. I checked my weather app and it said, while there was a slight chance of a thunderstorm later this afternoon, the humidity has lessened and it will be @71 today. I immediately began thinking back to my childhood when I used to jump out of bed and plead with my mother to go right outside, but she made us do our chores first.... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:03:28 EST Wrong Choices, Right Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416530 I do not set out in my life to make wrong choices, but I do. That's life. I recently had a conversation in which I was mentioning the my husband and I were beginning to think about the next step in our lives. We thought we had it figured out, but there were some things that did not feel quite right, even though I wanted them to be! She said that she has run up against roadblocks at various times in her life and found out later why...because there was a better place to be. Wrong choices ca... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:39:49 EST Quitting. Not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415324 #1 reason why it is important to have written down your goals. Too easy to forget them during all the hard work! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080845698.jpg"> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:44:44 EST Steep Hills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413924 When I started on this journey seriously, I knew it was going to be difficult, but had no idea! Self-negativity (is there such a phrase?), sliding backwards, moving, but not always forwards. I have come to the realization that no matter what, I will continue this quest. It may take me a lot longer than I had anticipated (and, believe me, I had already anticipated a LONG time!) or my goals may still be unrealistic, but none of that matters because I will keep heading toward the top of that ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 06:06:28 EST Fruits of Labor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412972 One thing I like most about this time of years are the flowers. I don't like to do a lot of work in my garden, but I certainly enjoy the results! With the help and ideas of others, I have done a little bit each year and now get to reap the benefits! So indulge me today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2142180.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1461085727.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l766010944.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 06:34:26 EST Embrace Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412110 As I watch my niece get ready for her wedding on September 1st, I think back to my own wedding almost 38 years ago. I absolutely knew that I was marrying a wonderful man who had solid values, but I had no clue what I was in for! I wonder if anyone does? If there is one thing I would tell her is to embrace change. Maybe even seek it out. Whether it is in your professional life, a relationship, or in a quest for a healthy lifestyle, you need to be ready for changes. <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:13:08 EST Tweaking Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411256 Just got back from vacation and then celebrated 4th of July by taking my 90 year old mother-in-law that is in a wheelchair to her reunion over 2 hours away. It was an adventure, to say the least, but she remembers parts of it and some of the people there, so that was good! While I didn't do awful regarding food, it wasn't good either. I decided to plan ahead by cutting down on previous meals, but I didn't turn down wine, pie, and ribs! And yesterday, who could resist the best macaroni and... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:58:35 EST Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736127169.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1056237106.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718380691.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1506693917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Independence Day is here. Happy Fourth of July everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> . <em>195</em> <em>232</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 04:37:24 EST Everything I Wanted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409385 About 10 days ago I posted a blog about anticipating my vacation and called it, "All I Ever Needed." It was what I needed AND wanted: beach, mountains, family, old friends, new friends, anticipated and unanticipated days, but always joyful. I am sad to have it end, but ready to get going again. I have decided that I am not going to worry if I have to ease myself back into the routine! Feeling very tired and jet lagged right now, but headed to the store for healthy foods and plan to do a ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:39:01 EST All I Ever Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397028 "Vacation, all I ever wanted. Vacation, had to get away." - The Go-Go's <BR> <BR> Hmmm...should we go to the beach or the mountains? Let me think...BOTH! First, the beach for a few days by ourselves and then to the mountains to see our son. Perfect! Thought this school year would never end. Not the kids, but our admin and NYS. Since NYS isn't going anywhere with the new Common Core and apparently our whole admin team isn't going anywhere, it will be Round 2 in September (or August for ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 06:53:38 EST Noble Art! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330182612.jpg"> <BR> This motto is going to be in front of me for the next two days until I board a plane at 6:30 on Saturday! Lots of "have-to-do" things before I am done tomorrow at 3:00. I hate paperwork, but that will be done first. Everything that has to be boxed up before the cleaners can come in, second. Pretty much the rest of the stuff, not so important. So I am fine with that! Exercise has not happened the past two days and w... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:14:37 EST Summer! Really! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394457 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303752615.jpg"> <BR> It is the first day of summer. At 11:30 this morning. Really! Our students get out then. Every year at this time I think of my own summer vacations. Some years a vacation, but not too many as we didn't have much money. Lots of reading and playing outside. We lived out in the country and there was no talk of having friends visit or talk to them on the phone since all calls cost money. Today, I make sure that I sen... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:21:37 EST True! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392964 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2107256705.jpg"> <BR> 1 1/2 days left with kids and every year I remember these words. So true! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:57:17 EST But It's All Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391592 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365520467.jpg"> <BR> I feel like this woman! All week! 2 1/2 days left of kids. All the paperwork that needs to be done. Classroom ready for the cleaners at 3:30 on Friday. Keeping summer school supplies in a place I can find them quickly! Meeting with my mentee for one final meeting. Start packing and shopping for vacation which starts on Saturday! Getting the house and deck semi-clean because I am hosting a bridal shower for my nie... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:05:48 EST Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390600 One of my favorite lines is from "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo - "To love another person is to see the face of God." I have been lucky enough to have had in my life for 40 years a person that epitomizes this quote. He has loved me no matter what. I recently found another quote by Victor Hugo and need to find out where it came from. (Smart man, Victor Hugo!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1413403426.jpg"> <BR> I want to be on the lookout for beauty everyday and ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:45:44 EST Post-Flag Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389743 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. Micro... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 08:09:08 EST Happy Flag Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302325415.jpg"> <BR> 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 bea... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:11:19 EST My Gardens - Work or Pleasure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387662 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... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 06:21:06 EST End of Year Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702324372.jpg"> <BR> 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 ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 06:31:00 EST Master of One's Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385446 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! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1990569862.jpg"> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:49:52 EST Spring Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384100 I am waiting patiently (somewhat!) for my hydrangeas, but I do have some flowers to enjoy before I see those. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045044228.jpg"> <BR> Type of dwarf iris. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377040850.jpg"> <BR> Clematis and Jacob's Beard <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363895844.jpg"> <BR> Balloon Flower <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81290848... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:12:23 EST Winnie the Pooh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383235 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109222960.jpg"> <BR> Love quotes from Winnie the Pooh usually. Not planning to follow this one, but plan to remember it! <BR> <BR> BTW, yesterday was a lovely day with my husband. He actually bought 4 shirts. Mind you, two of them were the exact same color, even though he says they are different! It was fine, and I was able to get some things also! Glad I went! Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:01:59 EST Endurance and Patience! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382178 Hah! If you thought this was going to be about a healthy journey in some way, you might want to click off of this blog! This is a part of my healthy journey, however. Today I am determined to be as stress free as possible, but it could be a stretch! We leave for vacation in two weeks and my husband decided last night that he needed to get a few things. My heart sank. I knew where this was going. I already had my weekend planned out - school stuff, gardening, housework. You see, we liv... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:00:46 EST