Happiness Tuesdays #17

Continuing on my quest to find things to tell you that make me happy and hopefully will spread some joy your way!


Happiness Tuesdays #17


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) having a great get-together with the Torch Lake Group for Scott’s 30th birthday

notice the 30's in the window

having drinks

delicious food

cute couple, huh?


2) gag gifts that others get are fun

wearing some of those gag gifts

opening more goofy gifts

even the beer gets dressed up


3) finally giving Chad his memory quilt:

made from F2's t-shirts


Lots more great memories make me happy! I hope you have many also:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Green and White


green and lovely on Saturday


white and drooping on Sunday

What a difference a day makes, huh?

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #16

Continuing on my quest to find things to tell you that make me happy and hopefully will spread some joy your way!


Happiness Tuesdays #16

Here are three things that make me happy:


1) I have moved from Blogger to WordPress…and I hope successfully!!  Thank you to designer Linda Lee for actually moving my followers over…so I can continue onward from 97!!  Come join me:)

2) Kindness spoken by others!

3) Kind actions shown by others!


Here is a great quote for you, borrowed from the blog


“Only speak words that make souls stronger.”

Ann Vaskamp


Thank you for coming along with me on this strange journey. The next few weeks will involve some testing and experimenting on the blog. If you have any suggestions for me…throw them at me! The suggestions I already have received have been so helpful.


Happy Parenting!


97 followers…oh,no!

     Hello all my blogger friends!! Over this coming weekend I will be moving to WordPress, and I’m freaking out!!! I just began this blogging adventure at the end of October so I still have quite a learning curve to work with. I am now moving so that all of our website info will coordinate with each other…our workshops, blog, events, sassy kids parties, etc….will all match and fit together.
But, because I am still pretty technologically illiterate, moving from what seems at least a little familiar to me to a totally new atmosphere is very hard!  I hope you will join me on this new adventure.

this is what I feel like right now!!

     I had just gotten to 97 followers on Google Friend Connect and now I believe I have to start over:(      So…I am hoping that you will join this new site and continue to follow our Childhood Myths blogs. I’m sure most of you remember how excited you were when you reached the 100 follower pinnacle….I was SOOO close. Please help so that I will be ready to plan a giveaway when I reach that peak!
      The new site is childhoodmyths.net for the home page…you can then follow from the blog site.  If you have questions for me or ideas that may help me please feel free to let me know by way of comment or email.
      For my FaceBook people, my new site will automatically share the blog with you…but it will not look the same and will not have the Sassy Kids name, but will have the Childhood Myths name instead. Hopefully, you will continue to visit and comment. You have no idea how much your comments mean to me…thank you so much!!
     If anyone from the blog or from FaceBook is interested in having us present a parent workshop…any size, from a few parents, to a classroom’s parents, a school, community group, church group…or a teacher workshop of any size, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to present ideas and tips to help make parenting and /teaching easier for any and all groups.
     Any hints you have for us about the blog and how to set it up to be helpful to you, just let us know;)

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #15

Happiness Counts!!!
I am beginning Happiness Tuesdays to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

Happiness Tuesdays #15

Here are three things that make me happy:

     Last week’s happiness was all about Scott’s birthday. This week’s is all about my mom’s birthday!!! She doesn’t talk about age, but if you know my age…she is 26 years older than that ;)
     My mom is beautiful, strong, independent, social, kind, and busy, busy, busy!! She has always been a role model for many, so today let’s celebrate my wonderful mother!!

with her mother and father
in high school
with her mom and siblings
with my dad
with my brother and me…and with my dad
the 4 Horns
with me and F2
with Carl, Dan and Carol, Michelle, Tom, and Gail
with Michelle and Julie
with Chad and Scott
Mom and Carl
with the Finkbeiner family
with the Horn family,
Mom and Carl with the 4 kids
with Diane’s family,
with Dan’s family,
with both Gail’s and Tom’s families
Mom and Carl with Chad and Scott
with mom in Feb. 2011

     Happy Birthday to the best mom in the world. Love you bunches, Helen Gallimore :)

Another way to preserve memories of a beautiful life…remember to save those photos!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Holding on to Memories

      After F2 and I had been married for about 7 years we were clearing out some old clothing and decided we had way too many old t-shirts. But they all really meant something to us, whether sweet, silly, or downright gross. So F2 cut out the fronts or backs of the shirts and put them into this collage-ish collection, glued onto foam core. It has hung out in the garage since that time…about 35 years. It always makes me smile:)

     After F2 died when the boys were in high school, I could not part with any of his stuff for years…see grief during the holidays. F2 had always collected t-shirts. He loved them, all kinds…from trips, from establishments, for cars, for beer, anything was fair game. When he died he had TONS of t-shirts that I couldn’t and wouldn’t let go of. After 14 years I decided to put these shirts into memory quilts for the boys. Considering that I don’t sew…hate it, and don’t own a sewing machine…these are definitely a labor of love for my guys. A lovely neighbor sewed the fronts together from my patterns, but the rest was done completely by hand…with sore fingers, but a full heart to show for it.
     This one is Scott’s:

     This is Chad’s:

     Each quilt is 7′ by 7′ which means that each one has well over 49 t-shirts in it….you can tell some of the squares have 2 or 4 smaller squares in them.  I still have enough to make a quilt for myself, but I can take a lot more time for that. Did you think I was kidding when I said F2 loved t-shirts??? What do you think now??

    I hope you always decide for yourself what is an important memory to keep. Other people may have what they think is your best interest in mind….but if I had gotten rid of all of F2′s things all those years ago, I wouldn’t be able to share these great memory quilts with Scott and Chad.

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Vacation Tidbits :)

You all know by now that our family included 2 boys, mom, and dad…yay for us!!  When we traveled we used our second-hand Starcraft conversion van. It was an awesome vehicle for cross country travel, well before concerns over gas mileage!! We could put our cooler inside containing juice pouches and drinks, sandwiches, and other snacks. The sandwiches for our family included peanut butter and jelly ALWAYS!! The males in the family had to have their pb and j’s. I threw in a couple of bologna or ham sandwiches also. The boys discovered after awhile that the pb sandwiches tended to get soggier than the meat sandwiches so the numbers changed!!
The seats reclined so the boys could nap in the car, and my passenger seat swiveled so I could sneak back to check on them or redirect their attention once they woke up. I suppose none of that is as safe as is required today, but it made traveling much more convenient. Now to mention the ‘unmentionables’ – bathroom issues! We were lucky that every one seemed to have quite large bladder capacities…so we didn’t have a lot of stops that didn’t include getting gas or seeing sights or picnicking(?).  BUT, we did have a pee bottle…I know, yuck!! …however, having 3 males traveling…it did help out. Just imagine who had the lovely task of taking this full bottle into the gas station restroom to empty and wash it out…that would be me!! Gross!
Our travels have given all of us such great memories. Here are a few more of our trips to the national parks:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Mammoth Caves in Kentucky
outside Rocky Mt. National Park
Mt. Rushmore
Cape Cod National Seashore
whale watch off Cape Cod
Joshua Tree
Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

No matter where you go on your family trips, try to relieve the stress so that you can all have fun and enjoy yourselves!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #14

Happiness Counts!!!
I am beginning Happiness Tuesdays to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

Happiness Tuesdays #14

Here are three things that make me happy:

Okay, this week all three things come under one category:
Scott’s Birthday!!!!
My ‘baby boy’ has a big birthday today, yup…the big 3-0!!
Yikes, how did that happen?  So, what makes me happy today?

1) he is independent and responsible
2) he is talented and resourceful
3) he is kind and compassionate

You know I could go on and on…let’s just say he is more than I ever could have asked for :)   I love you, Scott!!

They grow up so fast..it’s so much fun! Enjoy every moment and appreciate every member of your family!

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Want to Visit a National Park???

     Family Vacation talk again :)  I hope you’re ready!!

Our family loved to travel to our beautiful national parks. They are truly unbelievably beautiful in all different ways. Whether you decide to travel by car or plane, stay in a campsite or lodge, hike or go on tourist excursions—-it will be worth your while!!  You’ll see people of all ages, including kids. The best part is that you can set up what you want to do each day according to your family’s needs. Here are some of our favorites:

Yellowstone National Park

watching Old Faithful
squinting in the bright sun…

Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams-ish Half Dome
the 3 finkbeiner guys!

Grand Canyon

getting ready for a mule ride

Grand Teton National Park

ready to go camping

Mesa Verde National Park

checking out the Cliff Dwellers

Alcatraz..yup, a national park!!

you can actually lock ‘em up!!


heading to Sturgis for Bike Week


HUGE trees, beautiful scenery

     We always enjoyed what we saw and what we learned on these great family trips!

I’ll be sharing more of our favorite places to go as a family unless you all speak up and tell me not to….I don’t want to be the dreaded “want to see our vacation pictures?” person!!

Have fun on vacation!
Happy Parenting!
D and C