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Ice cream at the lake! August 2019

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Grandma & Grandpa with our lake crew!!

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My sweet but crazy crew at Christmas!

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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 64 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 4 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 25 minutes from us also (in the opposite direction!)
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!

Member Since: 12/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 62,679

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly

My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake

Personal Information:
I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

Other Information:
I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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    What fun to have Mr. Potato Head and Elmo hanging around. Take care of those allergies the best way you can, though.
    3598 days ago
    Had to laugh at your comment on my "daughter" status report! It's always more challenging to visit with her than with my son! I guess that's a universal.
    3599 days ago
    Thanks for your note on my blog. It's bad when you trust your doctor about as much as an auto mechanic. I've changed auto mechanics in the past, however, so I guess I can do this!
    3601 days ago
    I have another busy day today but I am up for it!! Have a great day!
    3602 days ago
    Yeah, I've found that I talk to my oldest daughter more frequently now that she has the baby...usually through an ongoing text conversation that we pick up and drop throughout the week. Chit chat kind of stuff mostly, about the baby, work, etc. The baby has helped to bring us closer this past year or so.
    Youngest daughter, not so much. I pretty much have to call her or I'd never hear from her. Hard for me because I always felt closer to her when they were growing up. Now she pretty much calls only when she needs something and rarely returns my calls. It's tough.
    Thanks for your answer, though, it seems to be falling into a fairly broad range of normal.
    3604 days ago