Beauty is…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, correct? Well, in that case, here are some things that I think are beautiful:

snow like this that disappears in a temperature of 55 degrees and sunshine!

That is definitely beautiful during a Michigan winter:)

cat resting on the ironing board so that you just 'have' to find something else to do!

Yup…beautiful, in my eyes!!

gorgeous sunrises

...and sunsets

Nature in all forms is beautiful…

...and people...

Special people are always beautiful!!!


And, because you know I just have to….

my guys...

These two are the ones who always bring beauty to my life!!

What do you think is beautiful?? Do you share that with your kids?? Find out what they think is beautiful…it might be fun!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

It’s only fair….

Since I spend so much time having fun sharing photos of the boys when they were young….I thought I’d share some ‘lovelies’ of me from times past  ;-)

yikes! must be at CMU about '67 ish!!

'78 brand new baby! leather jacket, pointy collars, feathery hair...we're purrrty!

'79 feathered hair, blue eye shadow, looong collars!!

it's fair to have F2 in here too...still love that smile!

'83...F2 taking some glam that really me?? that I am pushing the ‘publish’ button…hope you like reliving the past with me!! Keep those old photos so your children can laugh at you:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #2

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #2


Three things that bring me joy:


1) the ability to visit a beautiful museum during the middle of the day with friends…at the Detroit Institute of Arts

2) learning…that life-long learning thing definitely appeals to me:)

3) this lovely gift from my 2 guys many years ago when I moved from 6th grade to 2nd grade teacher…a chair, a rocking chair, a soft-cushiony chair…for groups, reading (loved reading to students)…and now, at home…I can sit in the sun with the cat on my lap, still reading!!

And because I can’t help myself, here are a few more favorite ‘found’ slides:)))

I love photos like this, holding hands, looking away!


me with my guys

Dad with his guys

Lots of things bring me joy and happiness!! How about you? Look hard and share them with your family:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C



Changing?? Changing what??  Let’s remain calm….small changes can be good for you, right?? Are you still looking for Happiness Tuesdays? I kind of hope that you are…but the small change around here is…changing to Joyful Thursdays!! Why?? I have no idea…seriously…just a small change to stir things up. I hope you will follow along on Thursdays to see the things that make me both happy and joyful!


Today, how about some changing weather:

this was Saturday morning...

an angel checking out the snow...

The clouds were amazing…the temps in the early morning were zero one morning and six the next!

The very next day the temperature was nearly 50 (!) and the rain washed all of the snow away!  Sometimes it pays to be lazy. I hadn’t shoveled the driveway and sidewalk, but …ta, daaa… it has all disappeared :)


Changes of all kinds…be ready for them! Choose to embrace them!


Please come visit us on Thursday for our ‘happy times’!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

48 Facts You Never Knew About Me

We have a beautiful sunny weekend in Michigan with a little bit of shining snow on the ground. So…I thought I’d do something I have never done before….a survey about me! I stole this survey from a lovely blogger…Angie on Maui from Living Aloha. Go visit to see her beautiful thoughts and photos. She’s a gem!!


Goofy survey…now:

1. What time did you get up this morning? around 7

2. How do you like your steak? medium

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?: War Horse…an amazing story

4. What is your favourite TV show? Rizzoli and Isles and the new show, Alcatraz

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Right where I am with the chance to travel anywhere for short periods of time

6. What did you have for breakfast? A breakfast burrito from McDonald’s
7. What is your favorite food? Potatoes! Mashed, baked, roasted, French fries, scalloped…….
8. Foods you dislike? fishy fish, strawberries (weird, right?), brussel sprouts, cilantro

9. Favorite place to eat? Mr. Paul’s Chop House (near Detroit) or Grills (Cocoa Beach, FL)

10. Favorite dressing? depends on the salad, but ranch or raspberry/walnut

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Traverse

12. What are your favorite clothes? jeans and sweaters

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Tahiti

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? at least 1/2 full, usually way more

15. Where would you want to retire? I am…right here!

16. Favorite time of day? morning after the sun rises

17. Where were you born? Port Huron, MI

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Olympic Sports, summer and winter…gymnastics, diving, ice skating

19. What is your favorite fragrance? Chopard, love it! I have a sensitive nose…dislike many smells

20. What is your favorite face cream? Lubriderm

21. Favorite baby/kids products? safe ones!

22. People watcher? Yup!

23. Are you a morning or night person? morning…see #16

24. Do you have any pets? Beautiful, black cat…keeps me company every day

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? book published for parents

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A teacher or secretary…became a teacher for 41 years!!

27. What is your favorite memory? college memories with my hubby and family vacations with the 4 of us

28. Are you a cat or dog person? cat

29. Are you married? this may seem like a strange answer since he died 15 years ago…but a very definite YES!

30. Always wear your seat belt? Always in the front seat, rarely in the back seat

31. Been in a car accident? one..other car kids who had been drinking, no one was hurt

32. Any pet peeves? people who are unkind, those who make decisions without all the info, neglect

33. Favorite pizza toppings? sausage and lots of cheese

34. Favorite flower? red carnation

35. Favorite ice cream? chocolate

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? McDonald’s every morning for drive-thru breakfast…even though I’m retired!

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? Never.

38. From whom did you get your last email? My buddy Bev

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I love Target and/or Kohl’s

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? answered a ‘pay it forward’ email

41. Like your job? loved it…not sure I would like the politics of it now…teacher

42. Broccoli? Yes

43. What was your favorite vacation? Hawaii…have been 4 times…love it!!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? part of the Torch Lake group

45. What are you listening to right now? nothing…cat purring, snow melting in the sunshine, peaceful quiet

46. What is your favorite color? red and yellow…warm, sunny colors

47. How many tattoos do you have? One. A memory angel. Got it at 65!!

48. Coffee drinker? yup, once a day


Well, that was kind of fun!! Want to join in?? Please do!!

Find things to make you happy!!
Happy Parenting!
D and C



Joyful Thursdays #1

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #1


Here are three things that bring me joy:


1) spring flowers in the winter…they make me smile

2) pot roast!!! Yup,  I learned how to make pot roast from my mother-in-law many years ago. It’s a recipe that the boys love. Here’s a beginning photo without an ending photo because we were too busy eating it:)

3) still working on those old slides…here are a couple:

on Cape Cod at the Tern Inn...just checked, it's still there!!

ocean, beach, and a joyful Scott:)

I hope you’re finding your own joy, day after day! Be happy!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

How to Read a Report Card

“What do you mean…read a report card???  If I can see an A, B, or C or a 1, 2, or 3….doesn’t that mean I’m done?”

do you read this part of the report card?

how about this?

..or this?

maybe your card looks like this...

I have a few pointers for you to help you make the most out of the information available to you on that report card. There are many different types of cards…for elementary and secondary schools…types of reporting with grades and/or numbers. No one can know what that reporting system means without actually ‘reading’ the directions first. Yup, that’s what I said…you really do have to know what the +’s and -’s mean that are attached to letter grades. But even more than that, most cards have individual standards listed underneath each major heading (like math)…if you see x’s or checkmarks in little boxes there, do you know what they mean?  I don’t either unless I ‘read’ the card. It’s the only way to know if those extra marks are encouraging or hoping for more attention! The more you read that side of the card, the more you can help your child to succeed academically.

here's my favorite part of report cards...

But, more importantly, at least in my opinion, is the other part of the card. You know….the part that talks about citizenship and/or work habits…. This area of the card is so important in telling you how your child is doing with traits that will be of benefit to him all through his life. Reading the card is, again, of utmost importance to see what the ‘grades’ are in these areas. If, for example, 1-5 is used to report a child’s ability to listen to and follow directions…what does that mean to you? Is a 3 for satisfactory okay with you?? In life…don’t you need to be able to follow directions in a better manner than satisfactory? I always wanted a 1 or 2 in every area in both citizenship and work habits for my children at home and for the students I taught at school. Less than that meant, to me, that the kids weren’t trying their best to be kind or work hard or finish things on time or whatever the skills were on that card.

are these important qualities for you to monitor?

social and personal growth?? Oh, yeah!

work habits are extremely important also...

Make sure you check with your child’s teacher about their methods of grading and what they expect, but then also remember to read and understand that report card before zooming directly to the numbers and letters. And because I can’t leave it alone…please encourage citizenship and work habits above all else. Our world definitely could use kind and responsible citizens now and in the future.


Just thoughts from a retired teacher…hoping to be helpful!

Missing Happiness Tuesdays?? Join us on Thursday for something new:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…an excerpt :)))

In case you have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about our book….wink, wink!!….I thought I’d show you a tiny piece so you can see what it’s all about.


The following is from a section on the Myth called “No Means Yes”…just one small section in the first chapter. I hope you enjoy it…

” Get off that couch and get back into their lives. Your “couch” is anything that may be keeping you from paying attention to your child. Our world is so full of distractions keeping parents and teachers from truly connecting with the children in their lives: long hours at work, television in every room, iPods, and cell phones, to name just a few. It is even more important to make those personal connections in spite of the hustle and bustle of a modern, technology-driven world. Children need directed teaching from parents to show them what they should do instead of yelling “no” over and over again.


  • Diane: The advantage of using physical activity to engage your child will amaze you. When Chad and Scott were very young, I spent much of my time following them around with my eyes and then, if necessary, with my feet. When kids are little, their job is to explore and discover boundaries. I loved watching them learn: what an end table handle felt like, how the material on the couch was different from the material on the floor, what you could see out a window.

But, because I watched them a lot, I could often tell when they were     curious about something dangerous like a cord, an outlet, or a piece of a plant. When my voice started saying, “No, no, Honey,” my feet were already headed that direction to help divert their attention to something else. The actual physical activity of redirecting them helped in more than one way.

My interaction with them became a lifelong one, always being concerned and aware. Some would say over-protective, but I didn’t care. The idea of “No,” even when said in a calm, quiet voice became a serious idea, not to be debated.


We include stories (the part in blue) with each section of each chapter (the part in green). If you’d like to see more here on the blog…please comment!!  You can always go to Amazon to look for “How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths” or click on this link.

Have a beautiful day with your children…each day is a gift for you and for them!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

finding family

Continuing my  quest to transfer a million…okay a few thousand…slides into computer folders…


Here are some more favorite photos from the 80′s!

me and my guys

love this one

workin' on a puzzle...

dad and his guys...


And I must add this one which includes three more special guys (hope their parents are watching) :)  …

my boys + the 3 B's

Finding old family photos is like finding old friends, so fulfilling!!  Love them so much!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #54

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 #54


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) a lovely gift for Christmas

pretty cool, huh?

2) check out this amazing card sent to us: individual greeting just for us...I like it!

3) a paperweight with this lovely quote on it…

“Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.”


A new year….share that happiness:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C