Happiness Tuesdays #48

Happiness Counts!

 

Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

 

Happiness Tuesdays #48

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

I am so grateful for animals that make us smile-

1) Chad’s dog looks fierce, but was a rescue dog…so a big softy!

2) Scott and Lauren have a new puppy! Isn’t she cute??

with Scott

with Lauren

with 'Uncle' Chad and 'Aunt' Shannon

pretending to be E.T.....hiding in the stuffed animals :)

3) my lovely cat….learning to be a good ‘cousin’ to family animals!

can you see the cat on the inside?? checkin' that puppy out!

keeping an eye on that pup all day!

We love our animals, don’t we? Remember to include them in your family photos….the kids will love to see them  and remember them when they’re older!

 

Beginning on Friday, I will be taking part in the 25 Days of Christmas blogshare through Sonya at pargasjunkyard.  Each day I will include a link to a blog with a Christmas flair…recipes, traditions, crafts, etc. My normal blogs will continue, but you will see a blog each day of the month. I hope you will enjoy them :)

 

The holidays are fun. Find your happiness in them and breathe through the stress!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sharing

Just sharing a few more Mediterranean trip photos:

sampling brandy and figs in Dubrovnik

enjoying Croatian food and music

clock tower in the plaka

very narrow, uphill street in Croatia with very recognizable shops :)

We all loved the combination of food and music and history…so much energy and fun! Learning a bit about an area in the world that I knew nothing about was great!

More to come….

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happy Thanksgiving!

For a great day of giving thanks for all our blessings….we actually start this beautiful day with sunshine!! In Michigan we are always grateful for a bright, sunny day…no matter what the temperature!

Enjoy your food, enjoy your family, and count your blessings :)

I know I will!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #47

Happiness Counts!

 

Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

 

Happiness Tuesdays #47

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) sitting in front of a lovely fire in the fireplace…we used to have ‘real’ fires, but now it’s the gas logs for me….still beautiful and peaceful:

warmth and beauty

2) a piano that is finally tuned…after probably close to 20 years! This piano belonged to my dad, he played beautifully! Next on my list of intentions….piano lessons for me:)   I do love piano music!!

this beauty is over 50 years old...sure wish I could play it :)

3) this wonderful lunk of a cat sleeping on my lap, wrapped in a blanket, in front of the glow of the fire….winter-time comfort!!

just barely keeping his eyes open!

 

 

What makes you happy this time of year?? Have fun!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Truth in the Comics #3

Sometimes what you find in the funny paper really does show a dose of reality…uh,oh!!

 

School, conferences, homework…whether you’re a parent or a teacher…it can all drive you nuts, depending on the day. Enjoy this small bit of humor:

Do you have a drama queen at your house??

We do tend to repeat ourselves, don't we?

Do you have any 'secret ways' ??

Hurray for the lil darlin's that love to learn:)

No, no, no...don't revert to the 'save' !!

Aren’t they hilarious??  And slightly true??

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

My Last Doll

Remember the dolls?  I received my last doll when I was 13! Yes, I know, I was a bit immature….but that means that I never really played with this doll:

An original 1959 Barbie, the first year she came out. She was dressed in a black sparkly evening dress and also had a black and white swimsuit. Each outfit had accessories and a Barbie newsletter. I still have her in her box…wonder how much she’s worth now, other than the  memories of ‘my last doll’…

Pretty cool, huh? I guess that’s why we actually do need to keep some of our favorite things from childhood so we can enjoy the memories later in life :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #46

Happiness Counts!

 

Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

 

Happiness Tuesdays #46

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) Remembering F2 with the Torch Lake Group…toasting to my honey after 15!!! years….spirit still here with me:)

us in Hawaii in '72

 

more 'oldies'

first ones there:)

the 'group'

2) Celebrating with Brigitte and Brandon and the TLG.. great food, great fun, great people!

the cute couple

the 'group' again!

...and, yes, we're eating again!!

congrats, B and B :)

3) Another quote to inspire:

“To love and be loved is like being warmed by the sun from both sides.:

Together Forever

 

So what makes you happy today?? Share it with your kids…happiness is contagious!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Inspired Treasures

Here’s a beautiful quotation to start your day:

 

“We are inspired treasures, with creative gifts to share.”

Sark

 

What gifts do you have to share with us? There are so many different kinds of gifts…the kind you make with your own hands, the kind you give with your knowledge, the kind you share through your emotions, spirituality, or inner muse! Feel free to share all of your gifts..let them out to breathe and give life to others. Experiment and find that inner guide to lead you to that most important gift that you have to give to others. You are important to the world!

Sharing some beauty from Italy with you:

Share your gifts with your children and help them to find their own!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

We Had Fun!

Chad and I were invited to speak to teachers during 4 workshops held in the Warren Consolidated School District for their Professional Development day on Tuesday. Teachers signed up for the classes they wanted to attend…and hurray, all 4 of our sessions were full!! We had teachers from all different grade levels. Hopefully they had as much fun as we did!! If they took even one tidbit back to the classroom with them that will help relieve their stress levels and help their students be the best they can be, then we will have accomplished what we wished for!!!

D and C, fall of 1980

We have a parent workshop for 1st-3rd grade parents in Utica on Nov. 30, a workshop at the middle school in Armada on Dec. 8, a student teacher seminar for CMU on Dec. 12, and looking ahead to April…a parent workshop and  book signing at the Rochester Hills Public Library. We are sooo excited to be able to share with both teachers and parents and grateful that word is getting out there :)

 

Chad and I are always interested in traveling to new areas, so let us know if you have questions to answer online or interest in workshops in your area!

D and C, fall of 2010, writers conference in San Francisco

Now…to the results of the giveaway….is anyone really out there??  My good buddy Blue…you are the winner of whichever book you’d like to check out….because you are the ONLY person to write a comment. So looking at those ‘scary’ dolls gives you an advantage!! Tell me which book you prefer and I’ll send it out immediately!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #45

Happiness Counts!

 

Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

 

Happiness Tuesdays #45

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) We have the right to vote!  Election day today…head to the polls!

 

2) We are allowed, and often encouraged, to disagree!

 

3) We are free to share our opinions!

for all...

What a wonderful country!! Now if we could only do all these things and include civility…then we would be better role models for our children!!

 

I love the USA!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C