wrapped up the afte Noon.Day two in Florida and Day One of summer vacation, a fun and memorable day. We walked the “Lake Tradition Loop” with Ed’s brother and his nephews two boys. It was great! In addition to getting some exercise, God showered us and even offered wind and sideways rain as if we were on a water ride. The boys laughed, we laughed, and enjoyed the puddle jumping. We postponed the rest of the day’s plans so we could go back to the house and change in to dry clothes.
After drying off, eating lunch, and letting the baby nap a bit...we went for ice cream. Yes, again! Hubby’s sugar was higher than it’s been in a month so we scheduled ice cream for earlier in the day. A trip to Target to spoil the nephews wrapped up the afternoon.
We enjoyed the central air, kid’s songs and dancing, and wore the kiddos out. Our nephews beautiful and fabulous wife finally took a nap and let us take care of their oldest boy. While she napped, I made dinner. It felt good to “earn my keep”, lol, seriously they are spoiling us and it was a joy to do something to show our appreciation.
the perfect ending to the day...baseball!!
What’s your favorite thing to do when visiting family?
This trip has been a "discussion" for years and last fall became more of a focused thought. We started saving money, just in case. A few months ago, this became a reality and the planning, saving, and anticipation were in full swing. It was the first graduation I've missed in years and worth it.
Hubby and I have fun stories to tell about the journey from New York to Florida and have made so many memories in just a couple days, we are ever so grateful and blessed. We will enjoy time with family in Florida until the wee hours of Wednesday morning and then we start our trek to Indiana to visit more family. We decided this was the perfect way to celebrate twenty-five years of marriage (not until the end of August but with our calendars, this was the only time we could go together, lol).
Without family we wouldn't be the couple we are. We are grateful for the hospitality, love, and laughter we are enjoying while away from home. The only thing missing is our girl but times are a changing and she's growing up. We are grateful for her drive and determination to work and take summer classes, we are hoping to plan a get-away with her this summer, even if only for a day or two.
I just wanted to say Hi and let you know we are okay, just taking some much needed time to recharge. While I might not be blogging everyday, you can catch me on the airwaves, via my podcast. Hubby and I made one together Friday night/early Saturday morning when we couldn't find a hotel room. Too funny. See you soon!
When was your last vacation?
Have you ever had an author ask you to write a book review after reading their book? I know I have and until I became an author myself, I underestimated the importance of taking five minutes to write a quick review. I've learned over the past few years that when people leave reviews on Amazon.com for my book, it automatically improves the books ratings and once an author receives twenty-five reviews, Amazon actually will share the book for the author as a thank you. I think this is pretty cool but since I've only "heard it", I thought I'd test the theory.
Will you help me? Let's see if Amazon shares a book after 25 reviews...
This is where you come in, will you review one of my books?
Things you can include in your book review:
Title and Author
Synopsis of the book without giving away the punch line and ending
Your favorite part of the book and why
Who you think should read this book
Visit my author page here, after you log in, you can start writing reviews for my books.
Thank you so much, you are helping future readers know if this is the book for them.
Thank you in advance
"Funds raised support the missing children poster distribution and community education.
The posters are sent out for targeted
distribution of missing children
to aid in their search and recovery.
The local office is the only geographically
targeted poster distribution center
in the United States and posters
are sent to saturate locations
carefully chosen where
children and abductors might be found.
Approximately 10,000 to 17,000 posters
are sent out for 7 to 12 missing children
in one week’s time from the office."
The mission of NCMEC includes:
Part of the proceeds from the ride are dedicated to providing educational programming in schools. Children have been saved because of the lessons they learned during these presentations. Personally, school districts who don't take advantage of this FREE programming to educate and inform their students, parents, families, and communities is just plain silly. In the day and age of increasing costs and potential dangers for our children, it only makes sense that we utilize our resources wisely to educate and keep our kids safe?! Right!? I thought you'd agree.
If you'd like to have the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children visit your school district, contact your Board of Education, Superintendent, and/or Building Principals. Every district operates differently so follow your chain of commands. Let your PTA know about it too, parents get things done, especially when they have the chance to educate their children from professionally trained staff. It's a Win-Win.
Below are a few of the contacts to help you bring the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to your home school district, community center, and events. They even do open houses.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
New York Regional Office
275 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14608-1042
610 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202-1900
359 Ballston Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4723
NCMEC/New York/Mohawk Valley
934 York Street
Utica, NY 13502-3930
NCMEC/New York/Metro NYC
10-40 Borden Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Florida Regional Office
9176 Alternate A1A
Lake Park, FL 33403-1444
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has regional offices in
Lake Park, Fla.; Tustin, Calif.;
Austin, Texas, and Rochester, N.Y.
These offices provide child safety
education and prevention
programs to local communities,
as well as case management services on missing and exploited children cases.
MAIN BRANCH OFFICE
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175 USA
24-hour call center:
To report child sexual exploitation use our CyberTipline®.
To report information about a missing child call
8668 Spicewood Springs Rd., Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78759
North Texas Office
2904 Floyd Street, Suite B
Dallas, TX 75204
T: (512) 465-2156
Spread the word and let your schools know,
they can schedule for the 2018-19 school years!
We spent our weekend working on the lawn, among other things. I wasn't supposed to be home this weekend so it was a gift of time. We had things we'd RSVP'd that we couldn't attend and rather than mope about because we couldn't be at a couple special events, we made the best of it and enjoyed time together. The we I'm referencing is my husband, Ed, and I, and the pets of course, we can't forget them.
The lawn work isn't done (is it ever really done) but we made a huge dent. I included a couple pictures for your enjoyment. They aren't the best pics, I should have taken them when the sun was out instead of at 5 a.m. this morning but then the blog wouldn't get done because my afternoons are much busier than my mornings. These pictures share a snip-it of the fun we had this weekend. Hubby is going to finish the weed eating on his day off and I'm going to finish planting flowers and the deck next weekend but thanks to the gift of time we had, we accomplished ten times more than we thought we'd have done.
The week is looking good. Only two weeks of school left. It's bittersweet. I'm ready for a break and recharge yet I'll miss my school family and especially the kiddos. On the flip side, I need a break and I'm looking forward to the recharge. What are you looking forward to? We look forward to finishing the lawn work then enjoying the beauty of it for the summer. Have a great day!
How did you spend your weekend?
Typically people think about setting goals and making plans at the end of December and early in January but this has never worked for me, especially becoming an educator. I do much better when I set goals in June so I have the summer to create new habits, meet with my accountability buddies, and focus on improving, educating, and rejuvenating myself. This isn't in a selfish way, it's one with health and wellness in mind.
Educators spend 80 - 90% of their year giving back to educate and inspire their students. Regardless of what some think, the teachers touching a child's heart and making a difference are working at least this much, if not more. It's worth every minute! On the flip side, our own self care is often set aside so we can care for our families when we aren't taking care of our students.
Summer is a time of refreshment, recharging, and rejuvenation for me! I still wear my teacher hat, as I'll always be a teacher BUT the priority isn't others so much in the summer, it's more about sharpening my saw and returning to school in September relaxed and ready for the new year's adventure in New York State education and the positive impact I hope to make on the students I work with.
I'm perfectly imperfect and proud of it! I have goals set and a plan to meet them. What about you?
Are you able to celebrate your imperfections?
This dream made me think of the difference between a dream and a goal. A goal is written down and specific. You need to write down what you are going to do and when you will do it by. As I thought more about this I put a weight loss goal into writing and am sharing it with all of you. Feeling brave today I guess, lol.
If you need help writing a goal, check out my book, "Goal Setting for a renewed you, Because you deserve it" and this will baby step you through the process. Goal setting is important and keeps our focus on the goal at the end of the tunnel. What goal can you see? How will you reach it? Will you share in a comment below?
“Setting Goals for a Renewed You: Because You Deserve It" is an opportunity to put your goals into writing. If you are like me, the busyness of work, school, and life interfere with this task. I challenge you to pause and look to your future. Don't stop with tomorrow or next month, consider who you desire to be in one, five, or even ten years. Not every thought we have is a goal to strive for but when we take the time to consider where we are going, it's easier to see the direction necessary to travel.
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What goal can you set today for a better you?
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