to my students…

I’d like to let all of my students…many of whom are now my friends…know what a privilege it was to have been your teacher!

 

You learned so many things, not only academic – but social and emotional, too. You have had so much growth over the years:

Not only math, but the ability to solve problems that will improve our world…

Not only English, but the will to write intelligently – even if only on FaceBook and blogs…

Not only reading, but the joy of learning – hopefully, reading those chapter books have led to reading for both knowledge and pleasure…

reading for knowledge and pleasure...

In all other ways – I hope you have learned to be kind and honest. I hope you love to help others and delight in giving what you can. Compassion, respect, belief in others, and wonder in the world around us…I hope you have them all!

so important!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey! Best wishes in all that you do,

Mrs. F.  :-)

Joyful Thursdays #14

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #14

 

Here are three things that bring me joy and make me happy:

1) a peaceful, purring cat…

ahhh

2) I just read Angel on Board by EJ Thornton…if you’re at all interested in a lovely story about angels, this one is beautiful!

3) time for a few more photos from F2′s scenery slides (love them…and love him):


I hope your days are happy and you constantly find your joy!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

work ethic – part 1

I am so proud of my boys…ahem…I mean, young men! They have a crazy-good work ethic. Besides doing a bang-up job in their careers, they love to work on their houses and yards, on vehicles of all kinds, and on projects involving artistic and building talents. Once they start a project they have a hard time stopping…even to eat! They are also very conscientious about doing things correctly. They learned the “measure twice, cut once” philosophy from their dad when they were young.

Here are a few photos to show some of the ways we tried to instill the idea that working and helping is part of what you do as a family:

helping to clean that basement...

what can we build?

cleaning out the dresser??

emptying the dishwasher...

helping at the sink...

get rid of that wallpaper!

everyone loves to clean out the fireplace, right?

 

Tune in soon for part 2, showing what the kids ‘got’ to help with outside…

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C


Group Fun

Another one bites the dust…another Torch Lake ‘kid’ hits the 30 year mark, so it’s definitely time for another party!

soo tiny!

….and Happy Birthday, AJC !!!

the birthday girl:)

Group get-togethers are great fun…love them!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #13

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #13

 

Here are three things that bring me joy and make me happy:

 

1)  finding a pen that works for you from the amazing number that don’t…

only a couple of these work well for me...

I think I prefer the cheapest pens…no gel pens, and I like the skinnier ones. They just ‘fit’ better!

2) a lovely audience at the Rochester library for our workshop…thanks for joining us:)

3) a quote for you from Wisdom for Healing Cards by Caroline Myss:

“This is a day to practice the power of choice – choose the quality of mood you want.”

 

Happiness is all around you…go find it!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

loved it again…

We went to see The Hunger Games again today!! I still loved it! I may have enjoyed it more the second time since I could pay attention to the story instead of wondering how they were going to portray the story!

these guys

and these guys!

The ladies and I had gone the first week it came out, and all of us wanted to see it again! So this was our chance!

Afterwards we went out to eat…yummm…a chicken quesadilla was delicious!

 

Did you see The Hunger Games? What did you think?

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #12

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

Joyful Thursdays #12

 

Here are three things that bring me joy and make me happy:

 

1) On Tuesday the 17th, Chad and I will be presenting a parent talk followed by a book signing at the Rochester Hills Public Library from 7 – 8:30 in the evening!! We  hope you will come join us!!

 

2) Changeable Michigan…after 85 degree days to frozen yuck and frosted over sad tulips and daffodils…the tulips popped back up and sunshine returned!


3) Life is Good! I love the company and the sentiment:)

Thanks for joining this happy journey…invite your kids along:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Boys and their Toys

We celebrated S’s birthday on Sunday…both boys and their girls here! Loved it!


One of Scott’s gifts from Chad was toys!!! Here are my adorable young men shooting their guns at each other…and falling over with laughter! soooo much fun:)

and the puppy got in on the action with a little 'smell-o-vision'..arghh

 

And a very happy birthday tomorrow for my mom!!

For more photos of her check here.

Have a great day everyone!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Should be 92 today….

Today would have been my dad’s 92nd birthday….but he only made it to 44! A surprise, and life-ending, heart attack at the age of 44. Whew! I was 18 at the time and had just graduated from high school…that was definitely hard!

So here are some photos of my dad and our family…

Happy Birthday, Dad!!

Dad, you may have been gone for 48 years now, but you’re still with me….so Happy Birthday, Dad!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #11

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

Joyful Thursdays #11

Because today is a special day…Scott’s birthday!!…all three of the things that make me happy are my sweet son #2.

Happy, happy, happy birthday, Scott! I love you lots:

 

Where it all began…

Chad welcoming baby brother Scott!

awww...

my happy guy!

birthday #1...yummm

love that look...

brothers

with Dad

 

From my favorite photo…

brotherly love....

To the present….

still great buds

what a guy:)

the boys and their girls!!

handsome brothers

mom and her boys

Scott and his pup

 

what a great son….sweet, kind, thoughtful and responsible, independent, resourceful….love you, buddy!

Happy Birthday, Scott!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C