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Raines Elementary

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Hello everyone!  I thought I would share this picture with you all.  I found this on facebook the other day.  This is where I went to school from 1st to 6th grade.  In my 7th grade, they decided to tear down the school and build a new one.  They then moved all us students to another building.  I have many fond memories (and some not so fond) of this place.  You see, I went to school during the time when teachers could still paddle.  Not only that, but if I got in trouble at school, I knew I was in trouble at home.  How did we ever get to where we are now.  If a kid gets in trouble at school now, it is always the teachers fault never the kids.  Oh well, sorry, I think I got on a rabbit trail there.  Any way back to the picture.  The small building you see in the right hand corner is the girls toilet.  That’s right, toilet-not bathroom.  You can not see it but there is one just like it on the left for the boys. No swings or any type of play equipment.  Sometimes, someone would bring a board bat and a ball and we would play ball.  Most times, we just played tag and hide and go seek, jump rope, hop scotch,  things like that.   In the upper left is the coal house and the pump house.  Starting at the right of the building, the first room was the 3rd and 4th grade, next was 1st and 2nd, then 5th and 6th and the last room was for the 7th grade.  I guess they thought if you made it to 7th grade, you deserved a room all to yourselves.  As you probably guessed, we were a small school and everyone knew everyone, no matter what grade you were in.  The older grades watched out for the younger grades.  Everyone’s parents knew everyone’s parents.  Of course, this meant you couldn’t get into too much meanness because someone was bound to tell on you.  But I liked that, we knew where our boundaries were.

Well, that’s my walk down memory lane.  I hope I didn’t bore you all too much.  We are working with grapes today.  So I better get off here and get started.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

July 4th

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I hope you all had a great 4th of July.  This MawMaw was very happy!  For the first time, EVER, all our grandkids were here at the same time.  Chuck and his crew arrived first.

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They managed to find a few ripe blackberries.

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We did hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and sit in the shade most of the day.

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My oldest granddaughter, Alexius.

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My youngest, Miss Katie.

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Everyone was very impressed by the little frogs that are in the “little pond”.

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Sam, just being Sam.

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The swings got lots of use.

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I think the hammock was the most loved though.  They spent lots and lots of time making the hammock into a big swing.  After we ate, we all took a ride down the Parkway to Mabry Mill.  I, of course, forgot my camera but Dave took a picture of everyone there at the mill.  He is going to email it to me so if I can figure out how to transfer it over I will post it.  I so badly wanted to get a group picture but the day just sped by and it slipped my mind.  Then on up to a little place called Meadows of Dan.  We ate pizza in a little gazebo there.  Thanks Dave!  The little boys had tons of fun playing with rocks that were there.  We then came home and Dave and Chuck set off some fireworks Dave had brought with him.  The first boom sent 3 or 4 deer running out of the cornfield.  I guess they thought it was hunting season starting early.  After that it was off to “little town” to see the big fireworks display.  We all had a great day.  From about 10:30 in the morning till about 9:30 that night, my entire immediate family was together.  God is good.  Now, I wonder when we could do it again!!

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Fun

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Okay, so our visit went by much too quick.  Monday evening when they first arrived it seemed like such a long time, but now it is Thursday and they are gone.  I miss them already.  We had so much fun. We went to a park here in town.  When the girls were little they called it “the colored swings.”  We, of course, still call them that.  Tuesday was a beautiful day, we packed a picnic lunch and headed into town.  We had a great time.  Wednesday was cool here.  Not much outside activity.  Today however is gorgeous.  Nice and warm with lots of sunshine.

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Doesn’t he look like he is having fun!

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The girls had a great time keeping up with him.  Well, maybe not a great time but they did have fun.

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No fear-no gain.  Tuesday evening while we were outside burning off the garden, Daniel had lots of fun playing Superman.   As I have said before he is all boy.  Time for me to start supper.  I think tonight’s menu will be sloppy joes and fries.  Something easy.  MawMaw needs to rest.  (Just kidding)  I don’t think anything makes me feel any younger than being around small children.  They love so freely and completely.  No wonder Christ said for us to come to Him as a little child.  Take care and God bless.