Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What I Need?





The hustle and bustle we encounter each day. We struggle and find ourselves in a losing battle.
Then one day someone comes along and asked you, "What do you need?"
You quickly respond, "Money!"
But the stranger asked you a second time, "What do you need?" You realized he asked you about something more significant that touches your very soul. You ask yourself,  how do I respond. Your mind goes blank. He asked you a third time, "What do you need?" You feel embarrassed, you don't know how to answer his question. So you walk away with your head hanging down.
Read the following poem and then ask yourself, "What do you need?"

TIME, that is what I need is time.
To live this life and leave my past behind.
SMILE, that is what I need and it can be done,
To put on a smile and show it to everyone.
LOVE, that is what I need in my heart,
To embrace this emotion right from the start.
FRIEND, that is what I need is a friend,
Someone who will be there till the end.
PRAY, that is what I need to do is pray,
To seek the Lord and call on him today.
PEACE, that is what I need is peace within,
I can find it by letting God come in.
LIFE, that is a gift that I know is mine,
All I need to do is let it shine.


Monday, December 26, 2011

Make A Difference

2011 is coming to an end.
Before the start of the new year.
People tend to look back and decide to make changes for 2012.
They come up with a New Year Resolution.
It can be anything,
Better mood, eat less food,
Exercise more, do a chore,
make a new friend, lend a hand,
worry less, clean your mess,
write a letter, eat a lot better.
Focus on one and get it done.
My New Year Resolution, is to Make a difference.
The following poem hangs on my bedroom wall.

I live this day with an open mind.
I wear a smile and show that I am kind.
I give some love and help someone too,
I got to believe it's the right thing to do.
Make a difference, that is my goal,
Part of my life and in my soul.
I want to help every day I live,
And do my best in what I give.
I live this life to do my part,
I reach out with an open heart.
I make this promise, I'll be there,
To lend a hand and show I care. 



Friday, December 23, 2011

The Night B4 Christmas





It's Christmas eve, Tommy, Joe and Mindy are decorating the living room. Mom and Dad left the house to pick up the presents at Grandma's. The three kids planned to purchase a present for their parents while they were gone. They stopped at a store for the perfect gift. "So what are we getting mom and dad?" Tommy asked. "How about this," Joe pointed to the window display. Mindy shook her head, "we're running out of time, we better find something soon." Joe found a cat on display made out of porcelain.
They all chipped in and paid for the gift. The three kids ran home to wrap the present. Tommy and Mindy fought on who should wrap the gift. They tugged back and forth holding on to the cat. "Let me do this," Mindy cried. Tommy shouted back, "No, I want to do this." Immediately, both Tommy and Mindy fell to the floor. All three kids watched the porcelain cat shatter in pieces. "Now, look at what you did," Tommy shouted at Mindy. Mindy started to cry, "it's not my fault." She ran upstairs and slammed the door. Joe and Tommy quickly cleaned up the mess. "What are we going to do?" Tommy asked. Joe stared at the clock and sighed, "It's too late," Joe said, "mom and dad will be home soon." Mindy called Uncle Ted on the phone. She told him the dilemma all three kids were in. "Don't worry about anything," Uncle Ted said, "I will take care of it." Mom and Dad came through the door carrying presents. Joe and Tommy helped their parents place all the gifts under the tree. "Where is Mindy?" Mom asked. Joe and Tommy looked at each other. "She's taking a nap." The door bell rang  and Uncle Ted arrived. He asked the kids to help him unload the presents from his car. Mindy came down the stairs and helped move the presents under the tree. "I can't stay," Uncle Ted said, "but I will be back at midnight." The three kids went upstairs to put together a handmade Christmas card. "I'm sorry I yelled at you," Tommy said to Mindy.  "I'm sorry too," Mindy replied. They worked together to make the special card for their parents. The clock struck midnight, the kids ran down the stairs and sat on the floor near the tree. The parents stood back and watched all three kids eyes light up the moment they opened each gift. "Thanks Mom and Dad," all three kids shouted together. They took turns and hugged their parents. "Let's sit down and read about the first Christmas," Dad announced. Mindy raised her hand and volunteered to read from the bible. Before they settled down to rest, Dad noticed there was one more present behind the tree. He picked up the gift and saw it was marked for Mom and Dad from the kids. All three kids stood in shock. They whispered to each other, "how could it be?"  Mom opened the present and found a porcelain cat inside. "Thank you, kids," Mom replied, "this is a special gift." The kids wondered where it came from.  "You must have spent all your savings on it," Dad said. "Ah, Yeah," Joe replied, "we're broke, tell them Mindy." Mindy stared at Joe, "we have no money left." Tommy announced it was a shattering experience. Uncle Ted finally came back to join the family in a sing along. They walked toward the couch when Mindy stopped Uncle Ted along the way. "Thanks, Uncle Ted," Mindy said, "please don't tell anyone." "It will be our secret," Uncle Ted said. Mindy gave him a big hug.





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tell Me A Joke!




Knock Knock
Who's there?
Jo King
Jo King who?
You must be joking.

Waiter, Waiter, this food tastes funny
Then, why aren't you laughing.

Why didn't the skeleton go to the Christmas party?
Because he had no Body to go with.

Why did the singer climb up the ladder?
To reach the high notes.

Why are you staring at the frozen can of orange juice?
Because it says Concentrate.

Why is it hard to win at sports in the jungle?
Because too many cheetahs.

I'm here to tune your piano.
But I didn't call you.
No, but all your neighbors did.



THINK ABOUT THIS?



There are twenty people in the store.
The last five made a purchase and left the building.
Three more people walked in and one lady left
without making a purchase and another man went next door.
How many people are in the store?


SOLVE THE MYSTERY WORD?

Change the numbers 1 & 12 to the first letter in the word Mistletoe.
Change the number 2 to the fourth letter in the word Friends.
Change the numbers 3,4 & 8 to the second letter in the word Presents.
Change the number 5 to the sixth letter in the word Family.
Change the number 6 to the first letter in the word Cards.
Change the number 7 to the first letter in the word Home.
Change the number 9 to the sixth letter in the word Caroling.
Change the numbers 10 & 14 to the ninth letter in the word Relatives.
Change the number 11 to the first letter in the word Tree.
Change the number 14 to the sixth letter in the word Decorations.


_  __   __  __  __  __  __  __  __   ___  ___  ___   ___  ___
1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9     10    11    12    13    14





Monday, December 5, 2011

Words To Remember.

                There are three little words that you could say,
            That will bring joy to someone each day.
            The best three little words you will ever know,
            Believe in these words and let it show.
            The power of these words we may not always see,
            But it can touch the heart of someone close to thee.
            It can create a feeling that is precious to our heart,
            Strengthen the bond that no one could take apart.
            We leave our mark on each word we say,
            Words that will effect the ones we see each day.
            So the best thing you could ever say or do,

            Say these three little words I LOVE YOU.




Friday, December 2, 2011

IT'S CHRISTMAS!



Pete was wrapping Christmas presents when Buddy walked in. He leaned over to see Pete sign each card with the words, "Happy Holidays." Buddy shook his head in disbelief. He snagged a chair and plunked down beside his friend Pete. "What season is this?" Buddy asked him.  "It's Christmas season," Pete quickly answered. Buddy stood up and folded his arms and glared at Pete. "Then why are you sending cards with the words, Happy Holidays on it?" "Because everyone does it," Pete replied.  "No, No, No," Buddy cried out, "It's Merry Christmas!" But Pete defended his actions. "Look around, " Pete responded back, " it's everywhere."
Buddy then posed three questions to Pete. "Do you say Happy Holidays on Fourth of July," Buddy asked him. "Do you say Happy Holidays on Thanksgiving Day," Buddy continued. "Or do you say Happy Holidays on Easter," Buddy added. Pete found himself speechless. He walked  back to the table and tore up the cards. He pulled out a new card and signed it, Merry Christmas. He taped the card to a Christmas  present and  handed it to Buddy. Buddy's eyes lit up, He quickly thanked his friend for the gift. Pete smiled back and said, "Merry Christmas, my friend."  


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Henry Loves Pierogi.



Henry ran down the stairs and burst into the kitchen. "Wait for me, Dad." His Father was preparing a Holiday tradition. They are going to make "Pierogi." The table was set, with mounds of flour, eggs, and water. Henry invited his friend, Pete to join. Pete walked into the kitchen and started to chuckle. He watched Henry pace back and forth around his Father. "Henry, relax," Pete replied. Henry went over and tussled with Pete. "I waited 364 days for this," Henry answered.  Henry and Pete watched in awe as Henry's Father mixed  the flour, eggs and water to create the dough. The Polish Father used a rolling pin to flatten the dough until it was thick enough to cut. All three worked together to cut the dough with a cup and place sauerkraut inside and seal it. They dropped all the pierogi in a huge pot of boiling water. Henry and Pete took turns to stir the pierogi in the pot. "Is it ready?" Henry asked impatiently. Henry's Father poured all the pierogi in a strainer and placed the hot steaming dumplings in a large bowl and mixed it with butter. Henry's Father placed some of the pierogi on a flat large dish. "This is better than pizza." Henry announced.  "Mmmm, this is great," Pete said. Henry and his Father joined Pete at the table and feasted on the pierogi. Before Henry took another bite, he turned to his Father and said, "Thanks, Dad." His Father smiled and replied, "you're welcome, Son." Pete's mouth was too full to reply but Henry and his Father knew Pete enjoyed this Polish treat. "

     


Sunday, November 20, 2011

What will I be?



"Buddy, have you done your homework." 
"No, mom."
"It's better you start now." 
I grab my pen and pull out a piece of paper.
I start to imagine what will I be?
I could be an artist.
Every so often I draw animals on my sketch paper.
I stop and ponder another thought.
I could be an astronaut.
Now and then I read about Neil Armstrong and picture myself landing on a another planet.
From time to time I think I could be an archaeologist.
Every so often I dig part of the yard and search for anything valuable.
But then again, I could be a teacher.
I enjoy teaching my younger brother new things.
I imagine also that I could be an astronomer.
Every night I pull out my telescope and scan the night sky.
I could be a librarian like Mrs. Kurchell.
I love to spend time at the library and I enjoy reading books.
I have other choices like maybe I could be a veterinarian.
I take care of my two dogs and a cat.
"Buddy, have you finished your homework?"    
"Not yet, mom."
"Stop daydreaming."
"OK, mom."
I have a assignment, we have to write a story on "What will I be?"
I have many ideas, where do I start?
With my imagination, I could be a writer.
You never know.



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NOW THAT'S FUNNY!

Q:   Who is not hungry on Thanksgiving Day?
A:    The turkey, he's already stuffed.

Q:   What happens when cranberries get sad?
A:   They turn into blueberries.


Q:   What am I thankful for on Thanksgiving?
A:   I am thankful I am not a turkey.

Q:   Why did Pilgrims pants always fall down?
A:   Because they wore their belt buckle on their hat.


Q:   Why did the turkey cross the road?
A:   To prove he was not a chicken.

A turkey farmer wanted a perfect turkey with more legs to satisfy his family.
He told his friends, he finally did it. He cloned a turkey with six legs.
His friends asked him how did it taste. "I don't know," The farmer said,
"I could never catch it."




THINK ABOUT THIS?






If I gave you ten dollars and you gave me back nine dollars.

If I gave you eight dollars and you gave me back seven dollars.

If I gave you six dollars and you gave me back five dollars.

If I gave you four dollars and you gave me back three dollars.

If I gave you two dollars and you gave me back one dollar.

How much money do I have?
                                                              


CAN YOU SOLVE THIS MYSTERY WORD?



Change the number 1 to the 7th letter in the word Dessert.

Change the number 2 to the 1st letter in the word Harvest.

Change the number 3 to the 3rd letter in the word Cranberry.

Change the numbers 4 & 11 to the 7th letter in the word Pumpkin Pie.

Change the number 5 to the 4th letter in the word Turkey.

Change the number 6 to the 1st letter in the word Stuffing.

Change the numbers 7 & 12 to the 8th letter in the word Dumplings.


Change the numbers 8 & 10 to the 4th letter in the word Family.


Change the number 9 to the 4th letter in the word Gravy.

                       --   --    --    --    --    --    --  --   ---    ---     ---    ---
                       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11    12







Monday, November 14, 2011

SHARE A SMILE!

You get out of bed, you put on your shoes.
What will you do, there's so much to choose.
How about a game, that is something new.
To make someone smile and make them happy too.
So let's get up and go,
Share a smile and say hello.
Take a walk across the street, 
Greet everyone that you meet.
Wear a smile like the sun,
Show the world how it's done.
So let's get up and go,
Share a smile and say hello.
Wave your hand in the air,
Show the people everywhere.
You are there to say Hi,
To everyone you pass by.
So let's get up and go,
Share a smile and say hello.
Lend a hand when you can,
Treat them all like a friend.
You will find it's really true,
It's the right thing to do.
So let's get up and go.
Share a smile and say hello.
Don't stop till the day is done,
Show your friends this is fun.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A WORK IN PROGRESS.


AWESOME, OUTSTANDING, BRILLIANT.
Words I wish my mother would say to me. Instead,
I hear, brush your teeth, clean your room, do your
homework. I know my mom loves me and is looking
out for me. But it's hard to do the things my mom
asks me to do. So I wrote down my top ten things I avoid.
10. Brush your teeth.
 9.  Eat your vegetables.
 8.  Clean your room.
 7.  Do a chore.
 6.  Go to bed on time.
 5.  Get up early.
 4.  Do your homework.
 3.  Be nice to the class trouble maker.
 2.  Follow directions.
 1.  Pay attention.
So you can see, I have some work ahead. I admit sometimes
I don't listen. Maybe I don't pay attention.
No one is perfect. I love my mom and I will try to do better.
Right now, I am a work in progress.
But, please Mom, no vegetables tonight.



Saturday, November 5, 2011

What have I learned?


I know I can learn something everyday.
I try to learn anything even if it's a little thing.
What have I learned recently? Here's my list.

1) I feel good about myself when I help someone in need.

2) My listening skills are better than my words of advice.

3) When I have pain in my body, I don't have to be one.

4) My dog doesn't want to eat my spinach.

5) When I wave at someone, they wave back at me.

6) When I say I'm sorry, it isn't hard as I thought it would be.

7) I can cry and still be strong.

8) When I make mistakes, I can still try again.

9) You don't have to be popular to be cool.

10) You should forgive yourself.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WORDS TO LIVE BY.




A lways think positive.
B elieve you can make a difference.

C are about animals.

D on't give up on yourself, ever.

E xpress gratitude.

F orgive one another.
                                              
G et along with everyone.

H ang on to your dreams.

I magine you can succeed.

J oin a school club.

K eep your heart free from anger.

L ove without conditions.

M ake someone happy.

N ever lie, cheat, or steal.

O bey your parents.

P ray to God.

Q uick to listen, slow to speak.

R ead a book.

S tart your day with a smile.

T hank God for what you have.

U se your time wisely.

V alue your family.

W inning isn't everything.

eX alt God.

Z est for life.



Sunday, October 30, 2011

TELL ME A JOKE!


Q:   Why is it hard for a ghost to tell a lie?
A:   Because you can see through him.

Q:  Why doesn't Dracula have any friends?
A:  Because he's a pain in the neck.

Q:  Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
A:  No Body

Q:  Why does Dracula consider himself an artist?
A:  Because he likes to draw blood.

Q:  Who wrote the best seller about a haunted house?
A:   Ghost writer.

Q:  Why did the vampire quit the baseball team?
A:  They only let him be a BAT boy.

Q:  What did one casket say to the other casket?
A:  Is that you coffin.




THINK ABOUT THIS?

Name four things that have numbers on them?

Name any states that start with the letter N?

Name three things you always do before you go to sleep?


Name a color that you can't rhyme with a word in the dictionary?

Name a friend who's first name starts with the letter S ?


CAN YOU SOLVE THIS MYSTERY WORD?





Change the numbers 3 & 4 to the 4th letter in the word Skeleton.

Change the number 6 to the first letter in the word Witch.


Change the number 1 to the 2nd letter in the word Ghost.

Change the number 2 to the 2nd letter in the word Candy.

Change the numbers 7 & 8 to the 6th letter in the word Monster.

Change the number 5 to the 2nd letter in the word Coffin.

Change the number 9 to the 7th letter in the word Pumpkin.

___   ____    ___     ____    ___   ____    ____    ___    ___  
 1         2         3          4         5       6          7          8        9

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TRUNK OR TREAT? PART 3



Buddy rummaged through his desk looking for his pen. He stumbled on a old photo with his two best friends.
He noticed on the back of the picture, there was an inscription, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER.
Buddy's thoughts turned back to Trunk or Treat? He had mixed feelings. "Do I go to Trunk or Treat or Do I go with my friends to the Halloween party?"  Suddenly Buddy had an idea. He called up his two friends and invited them over. Buddy presented Wally and Pete his offer. Spend thirty minutes at Trunk or Treat. If they choose to leave, Buddy will go with them to the Halloween party. Pete and Wally looked at each other. They both agreed it was a fair deal. Buddy jumped up and down when he heard the news. He took his two friends to a church parking lot. Pete and Wally's eyes lit up. They noticed the parking lot was packed. They saw a crowd of kids line up near the row of cars with their trunks opened. They went in line and found the adults were filling their bags with their favorite chocolate candy. Buddy, Pete and Wally sat down and ate hot dogs and drank some soda.  They had so much fun, they forgot about the thirty minute deal. Buddy and his two friends watched a car decorating contest and they participated in variety of games. When the party was over, Wally and Pete thanked Buddy for the invitation. "You were right," Pete answered, "Trunk or Treat was a lot of fun."


Saturday, October 22, 2011

TRUNK OR TREAT? PART 2


Buddy placed all his photos from last years Trunk or Treat on a dining room table.
He laid out each photo side by side in order for his best friends to see.
He designed a special invitation for Wally and Pete. He looked up at the clock and noticed his friends were due at his house any minute.
Buddy rushed to set his plan in place. Wally and Pete walked in and noticed the special display. Buddy pleaded with his friends to join him at Trunk or Treat. But Wally and Pete were adamant, they were not coming. Buddy handed out the two invitations, making one last pitch.
Pete shook his head. "All my other friends tell me not to go,"Pete replied.
"They say it's not a Halloween party." Buddy paused for a moment. He looked straight at Pete, "What makes something Halloween?" Pete was not sure how to answer. "I guess when you go door to door for treats." 
Buddy became agitated. "I think Halloween is dressing up and receiving candy." "Yeah," Pete replied, "But you don't call it Halloween." Buddy sighed. "What's the difference what it's called," Buddy said, " I wore a costume and I got candy."
Buddy pointed out the fun things you can do at Trunk or Treat, but Wally and Pete did not budge. "We're going to a Halloween party," Pete announced. Wally and Pete decided to go home. Buddy sat down and dropped his head in disbelief. He pulled out his invitation. "I wish my friends would come."

                                 TO BE CONTINUED................. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TRUNK OR TREAT?


Buddy opened his letter and found he received an invitation to a party.  It was a special occasion celebrated on Halloween night.  It's called Trunk or Treat.  Buddy pulled out his photo album and glanced at all the pictures taken a year ago.  A smile spread across his face, when he recalled last year's celebration. Buddy's  favorite teacher, Ms. Upshaw  had invited him to his first Trunk or Treat.  Buddy arrived at a church parking lot and noticed a row of cars decorated with their trunks opened.  He walked up to the first car and a family of four greeted him. They took turns and dropped treats in his bag. His eyes lit up when he noticed it was a chocolate bar.  Music filled the air while Buddy was served hot dogs and a drink.  Buddy watched a pumpkin carving contest and participated in several crafts and bobbing for apples.  He was so happy when he made new friends and won several prizes.  Afterwards, Buddy hugged Ms. Upshaw and thanked her for inviting him.  When Buddy turned to the last page of his photo album, he noticed there was something missing.   His two best friends were not there. 
 Would Pete and Wally join him this year?

TO BE CONTINUED..........

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

IT"S JOKE DAY!


Teacher asked the class, "who gave the Liberty Bell to Philadelphia?"
Joey raised his hand up, "It must have been a duck." 
Teacher looked back at him, "did you say a duck?"
"Yes,"Joey replied , " you taught us there was a Quack in it."

Q: Why do you think a frog could be a good baseball player?
A:  Because he could catch flies.

Q:  Why did the math book cry?
A:   Because it had so many problems.


Q:   Why do lobsters have a hard time sharing?
A:    Because they're shellfish.

Q:   Why did the turtle go to the therapist?
A:    He wanted to come out of his shell.

Customer went in a pet shop.
"Have you got any cats going cheep?"
"No, sir," replied the clerk, all our cats go meow.





THINK ABOUT THIS:



 Check your room for the following.
Is there anything in your room that rhymes with sock?
Are there any objects that begin with the letter J?
What is the largest thing in your room?
What is the smallest thing in your room?
Are there more green objects or blue objects in your room?



SCRAMBLE TIME:

Can you unscramble the letters?
CLUE: Names of animals.

1-   ksukn
2-   aebr
3-   varebe
4-   quilresr
5-   edre
6-   ewales
7-   orcanco

Sunday, October 9, 2011

BE POSITIVE!

It's not fun to be pouty, I rather be silly.
It's not fun to be grumpy, it's better to be funny.
It's not fun to be crabby, I like to be zany.
It's not fun to be grouchy, I'd rather be happy.
It's not fun to be moody, It's better to be cheery.
It's not fun to be angry, I like to be friendly.
If I put good thoughts in my head,
it becomes easier to be positive.
The more I try, the better I can do this.
Please join me to express ourselves in a positive way.
It can be fun, so let's start this today.



Friday, September 30, 2011

Wally Worm's Dilemma





Wally Worm picked up six books from the library. He placed them on his desk and sat down on his chair. He pondered which book to read first? Suddenly, the first book stepped forward.
"Pick me," cried Book one. " look inside, it's full of adventure."
Wally heard another voice. He looked up and noticed Book two jumped up.
"Don't listen to him," Book two replied. "My book is funny, you'll laugh out loud."
The third book stood up. "Read me," Book three said, "my book is about dinosaurs."
Book four edged forward, "My book is better," he proclaimed.
"You can learn more about your favorite animals."
The fifth book came up, "Wait, examine mine," Book five said. "It's about your favorite hero."
The sixth book took his turn. "Don't forget me," Book six replied.
"This book is written by your favorite author."
WHICH BOOK SHALL WALLY WORM  CHOOSE?
WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE?



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Let's visit the zoo

 

It's time to get ready to have some fun.
You get out of bed and what do you do?
You go on a trip to visit the zoo.
You go through the gate and what do you see?
The tiger is pacing and a lemur is on a tree.
You look at the elephant and the meerkats too.
You see the black bear and the flamingos in view.
Koalas are pretty cute and the baboon is on the go.
Sea lions are swimming and the turtles are slow.
You spy on the gator and the gorilla on the grass,
You stare at the snake and the fish behind the glass.
Zebra makes you dizzy and the rhino's sitting down,
Monkey is with a baby and the lion is wearing a frown.
You spot a wild leopard and the lizard on the ground.
You find a gray goat and the cougar running around.
The cheetah goes fast and the jackals can run.
The puma's on the move and otter's having fun.
You follow the weasel and the big horn sheep,
You come across a fox and the panda's asleep.
Watch the penguins walk and all the birds fly,
Notice the kangaroos and the bats hanging high.
Hippo's in the water and the giraffe is really tall.
Ostrich is eating and there's a pony in the stall.
You have seen all the animals in your visit at the zoo,
We hope you had fun and learned something new.
It's time to go home, we'd love to see you again.
We hope you come back and bring along a friend.