Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Retirement Feelings - Last Parish Paycheck

July 31, 2012

Announcement:  My RETIREMENT is now official, especially since I received my last school paycheck yesterday.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Art Fun with Paint and Found Objects!




Welcome to Ms. Nancy's Art Class!

Today's class is a little messy, and that adds to the overall enjoyment! Kids get to experiment with mixing different colors of paint to make new colors, and they also paint with objects from around the house! Grab some old "big" shirts to protect their clothing, cover the working surface, and have lots of fun!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Retirement - Am I REALLY Doing This??



"R" Day

March, 2012

Okay, I need to deal with it, today is "R" day.  My husband is driving me to Baton Rogue, Louisiana, to the Teacher Retirement Office for me to fill out my retirement application.  I have dreaded this day, and I have even hoped that a miracle would happen so I would not have to retire at this time.

Friday, July 26, 2013

"Shaker" Pudding





 Here's a fun, fast, and easy way to create a delicious dessert for your family or class.  Everyone gets to help!  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"MEGA" Scotcheroos





Scotcheroos have long been a favorite snack in our family.  Several years ago, when I had to eliminate chocolate from my diet for medical reasons, I was disappointed that I could no longer eat this quick and easy, delicious dessert.  I continued to make this scrumptious recipe for my family, and then one day it occurred to me - modify Scotcheroos and leave out the chocolate!  Of course, that led to a mutiny as far as my chocolate-loving family is concerned!  I therefore created my own variation, complete with "crunchy" peanut butter, my favorite! Now everyone is happy!! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"Game" Plan: Coupons for Cash!!




Do you have children?  
Do they like video games?  

If you answered yes to both questions, then you know that kids often want new video games, and games can be very expensiveRead on for my solution.

Monday, July 22, 2013

This Is the Day!




This is the day!

Are you familiar with that song?  Here's how it goes:



This is the day   (2nd person or group repeats) 
That the Lord has made.    (repeat)
I (We) will rejoice      (repeat)
And be glad in it.    (repeat)

Friday, July 19, 2013

"Exploding Shape" Mosaic Art




Welcome to Ms. Nancy's Art Class!  

Today's project can be easy and challenging as it requires creative thinking and visualization!  Individual results will vary depending on the age of the child.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tips for "Picky" Eaters






Is your child on a "Hunger Strike"?  Is meal time a battleground with your child refusing to eat?  Is more food ending up on the floor than in the mouth??  If you answered yes to any of the above questions, read on!  Here’s my best tip for the “picky eaters”!  It is “Grand-kid Tested and Approved!” 

Friday, July 12, 2013

My "Star-Spangled' Americana Guest Room



With a last name like Justice, it seems only fitting and right that our family would be very patriotic.  In fact, when I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I even toyed with the idea of "Liberty Ann" Justice for a girl name!  We had a boy, and 2 boys followed, so we never used that name!

I love my country, the United States of America.   Yes, when I was teaching, my class did say the Flag Salute daily, along with singing a patriotic song.  I always told the kids, "Stand up straight and tall; be proud to be an American!"


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Up-cycle: Adult T-Shirt to Girl's Nightshirt






There's an unspoken rule among those born in West Virginia:  Never throw away a West Virginia T-Shirt!  With that rule in mind, I decided to "Up-cycle" my t-shirt into a nightshirt for my granddaughter, Mia.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hot Dog!! Who's making the chili?





Telephone conversation:

"Hello, we're having a Hot Dog Sale for our church Youth Group this Saturday.  Would you like to order some hot dogs?"

"Who's making the chili?"

Monday, July 1, 2013

My Dad, My Hero!



My Dad said it is okay if I write a blog post about him, but he said I must say that he is the "Old maid's heart-throb!" Okay, Dad, I said it! Now the rest of what I write is up to me!  But, now, how do I describe my Dad? He has been such a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend; it's very difficult to put it all into words.