Monthly archive for July 2013

You’ll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

I saw a video the other day of a wedding party who decided to go out on a dock to take pictures.  The weight on the dock caused it to collapse and the entire wedding party fell into the water.  After they were back safely on dry land, the entire wedding party declared that this was the best wedding ever. I reflected on this video yesterday as Johnny was having chemo on our 54th wedding anniversary.  What might have been a depressing day ended up a wonderful day together.  I asked one of the nurses to take our picture as he began the chemo.  I took pictures of Johnny during our six hours there and posted them on Facebook.  At the end of the day, I read to Johnny many of the kind words that were posted. I shared these two stories because many of you might be going through something really tough right now, and you

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Tips for Healthy Summer Snacking

Tasty Fun From The Freezer Instead of frozen treats from the store, let the kids make their own treats.  Use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes from a 1-inch-thick slice of seedless watermelon.  Insert a Popsicle stick into the bottom; place on foil and put in the freezer.  Frozen grapes and berries are also great. Make Your Own Pasta The wide variety of whole grain pasta shapes has great kid appeal.  Have a batch of cooked pasta in the fridge and let your kids make their own snack with fresh veggies, cheese, fruits and nuts. Pick Your Own Fresh Fruit Summer is the most bountiful time of the year when it comes to delicious fruits, such as peaches, berries and melons. Looking for something fun to do outdoors?  Take your kids berry-picking at a local farm.  You can find one at www.pickyourown.org or check your local listings. Spice Up Your H2O Those cute juice boxes may be

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Fired Up For Freedom

Fired Up For Freedom

KABOOM!  I remember jumping up and down with my sisters, holding our hands over our ears, as my dad launched bottle rockets from our backyard.  Even with our ears covered, we could still hear the yelps coming from my little sister when she stepped on the sparkler I dropped.  Growing up in a military family, the 4th of July was a special holiday.  My dad served in two wars: Korea and Vietnam. When I see the stars and stripes, I naturally stand a little straighter. My dad usually had fireworks for us, including firecrackers.  I am not sure whose idea that was!    The fireworks were a big deal, but so was the cookout.  We never had much money, but on the 4th of July my dad went all out at the grill – STEAKS!  He would wait until the t-bones were on sale at the commissary and each of us would get to eat a whole one, which was way

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Freedom to Play

Freedom to Play

Do you remember as a child going out to play?  From the time we awoke in the morning until we went to bed at night, all of our plans for the entire day revolved around having fun at play. We didn’t have to think about what time we could play or if we could work it into our schedule. As a child, everything was fun and play. Ask yourself this question: at what point in your life did you graduate from the concept of play and having fun? I see children every day who do not know how to play. Children know how to watch television, play computer games and some organized sports, but if I put them in a gym and say play, most children do not have the imagination to entertain themselves without some object. Why? The adults in their lives have lost the concept of play and going out

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