Joyful Thursdays #19

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #19

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

 

1) waking up in the morning to bright sunshine pouring in the window and birds singing their songs…

 

2) recognizing the students that I have taught….this year’s seniors…I looped with them from fourth to fifth grades, and 5 of them I also had in second grade….I got to know them pretty well…a wonderful group of kids!!! Best wishes to them!

4th grade sweeties

smart, kind, responsible....awesome!

3) an Apache blessing for you:

may the sun bring you new energy by day,

may the moon softly restore you by night,

may the rain wash away your worries,

may the breeze blow new strength into your being,

may you walk greatly through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

More Family Goodies….

Lovin’ these oldies but goodies….

the pregnant cutie!

D and C

M in a Michigan winter...

Horns at the Detroit Zoo

I’ll just keep showing you photos that bring me happy memories until you tell me you’re sick of them:)))))

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Kids on a Road Trip…

I imagine many of you will be traveling with the ‘younguns’ over this long weekend! Are you going to make it fun or will it be all trials and tribulations??? I’m hoping for the fun:)  As long as you lower your expectations for everything except manners, I’m thinking you can make the trip a delight for all:

neatness in the car...not a requirement...

the cleanest we can hope for...occasional clean hands!

young or old...hitting the tourist traps keeps kids entertained:)

when you have a tent, visiting your buddy's popup camper is a treat...

hiking...

walking in a garden...

playing at the beach

Whatever you do in the car to interact….try to make it fun, but always take the opportunity to stop along the way. It may be the memory you treasure the most from your entire vacation:)

pushing mom and baby brother...what a big guy

checking out Paul Bunyan

don't believe their faces...they had fun!

cute, huh?

naps work too!

Making the most of your time together is so important. Say yes when you can…but never if there is whining involved. Say no when it’s required….and then do not back down. Remember every moment is a teaching moment. What do you want your kids to learn??

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #18

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #18

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

 

1) finding old photos of family

2) finding old photos of travels

3) finding old photos full of memories

Definitely one of the things I love most in the world is photographs of people I love having fun…sigh:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Horn/Gallimore family…old style:)

A few ….. with more to come… love you folks!!

Horn kids/ finkbeiner boys

S, S, and C

way to go, pregnant Krista!

hi, Julie!

awesome....Michelle and cousin Chad!

cute, huh?

brother and nephew!!

pregnant me with family...

fishin'

more fishin'

so sweet...

where's that frisbee???

are we young, or what???

hangin' at the Space Center in Huntsville....

More family photos to come…finding these in the slides was so very wonderful:)

Love you, family:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

Road Trips are Fun!

I’ll share a few photos from the old slides today…all about traveling with kids on road trips!!

before we got a big van...packed and jammed...no, he didn't ride back there :) )

a lot of camping in tents...

playing in the leaves with buddies before the campfire starts...

stopping at Zubler's for souvenirs

traveling to the West...souvenirs are still important

getting to play at a 'tourist trap'

more souvenirs...Sea World often!

Mt. Rushmore, with cool sunglasses

at tahquahmenon falls

we love traveling near the water...

at the mackinac bridge

up North with TLG ....silly clothes party...

great trip to Cape Cod

my guys, hiking in the woods

Loved road trips….of all kinds….to lots of different places. They bring so many wonderful memories…and any difficulties fade as time passes:))))

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #17

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #17

 

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

 

1) beautiful sunny weather

2) a gift of orchids…I’ve never had them before, hope I don’t kill them!!

and this guy...isn't he adorable??

3) last weekend…a wedding shower, a birthday dinner, and a wonderful Mother’s Day

the bride-to-be and her sister

Lovin’ these days!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

Happy Days

I may have mentioned before what wonderful boys I have…wink, wink!! But, they truly are:)  They, and their delightful girlfriends, gave me such a lovely day for Mother’s Day. We spent the afternoon in S’s backyard…watching the dogs play:

ohhh...see the ball? Wanna play?

how do we decide who gets it first??

ok, you go first...then it's my turn...

eating deliciousness from the smoker…

pork tenderloin and spare ribs…yum!!!

Having drinks, snacks, a wonderful new dessert, presents, and spending the day with the guys who bring me joy every single day!! I am certainly a happy mother because of my most incredible sons!  I love you both very much!!

and always laughter:))

They have both picked amazing young women to enhance our time together. Life is awesome:))

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #16

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #16

 

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

 

1) fun in Florida…sunshine, food, beverages, and giggles:

food...

more food...

and still more food:)

2) beautiful birds at the beach…

3) returning home to a cat that REALLY loves you…. I got home late at night, ready for bed…but my sweet cat missed me, so all night long he slept on my head, next to my head, under my head PURRING loudly! Along with the ‘kneading’ with claws a bit too long…it was annoyingly delightful:))  Love that cat!!!

 

What makes you happy?? Enjoy your day:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Beautiful Days with Buddies

Lovely weather and company!!

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