July Checklist

How are things going this summer? Are they going the way you want them to….

Check this:

Fun with Kids

Yes!!…after completing some jobs each day!

Do your kids want to go to the park? How about 20 minutes…by a timer… to ‘rush’ clean???  Everyone goes crazy and picks things up and cleans areas as fast as they can – kids love a race. Turn it into fun! Hurry, hurry!! Play music and bebop for a set amount of time!

everyone helps during a camping trip...

traveling...before and after kids...Mackinac Island is fun!

chores done...play with the group!

Then head out for some playtime – in the yard, at the mall, at the park – anywhere the kids love…


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #27

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


Joyful Thursdays #27


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


1) celebrating another Torch Lake kid’s 30th birthday…Happy Birthday, Em:)

2) watchin’ S at work…leading the project in Rochester

3) watchin’ C get some obnoxious peeling paint fixed at my house…

ceilings that look like this...

LOTS of scraping involved...

yuck, right?

Yes, I’m definitely thankful for people I care about:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C




Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either

“I wish I had”         or        ”I’m glad I did”.

Zig Ziglar


No matter the weather…hot, cold, wet, or dry…inside or outside….find the time to make memories together!   I think I can say, “I’m glad I did”  !!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Finally…a lovely day:)

Perfect weather…low 80′s, a breeze, bright sunshine

Perfect friends…since 2nd grade!!!

A delicious treat….yummmm:)

my guys have grown up in the 20 or so years since we've all been together

great idea, right?

Have a happy day of  your own!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Brother Birthday

Here’s a Happy Birthday to my baby brother…..have a wonderful day:))

lots of Danny...I love the top left photo!

clockwise from top left...diane, dan, diane, dan

with dad, just us, Aunt Bea and Sondra, Aunt Bea and Uncle Max, Gramma and Grampa Horn

Christmas photos from long ago

Dan with Diane, and with Carol

Happy, Happy Birthday, D….hope you enjoyed the memories!! I love you!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Because I have a special post ready for Thursday, I thought I’d give you a little mixture of Happiness Tuesdays with Joyful Thursdays today….can’t help myself!!


Remember last week that Chad was painting the guest room…well here are a couple of the ‘after’ photos:

nice, huh?


old rocking horse and chair were F2's

I wound up with brand new white closet doors also…I love it!! It’s so much more fun to walk into that room now. Guests are coming this week…excited:))

And for excitement number 2….these are my dad’s baby shoes which means they are over 90 years old! Aren’t they special??

Number 3 of the things that make me happy will be posted on Thursday. So be ready!! Life is Good:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C


“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but felt by the heart.”


I love piano music…it’s just sooo beautiful, maybe that’s why I remember the melody of songs, but never the words. Even the words of songs I love…they just don’t stay stuck in my memory bank!! My dad used to play the piano by ear…just playing for enjoyment, and I now have his piano. So I decided to get it tuned and do something with it. After three sessions the tuning is now ‘sticking’, so I signed up for lessons!!! I had my first one this week and will continue once a week for a half hour!! Yikes!! It’s kinda nerve-wracking when you mess up…especially more than once, but the teacher is very nice and knows that I will be playing only for my own enjoyment.

I have a whole collection of old sheet music that my dad had…mostly from the ’30′s and ’40′s, with a few before and a few after. I just spent hours looking through them. More memories for me:))   Want to see some of them?? OK, here you go:

do you recognize Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra?

autographed for my mom and dad when they got married...dad was in the army air corps

on the back of one....artists of the day...

I’m so happy that it takes my mom years and years to get rid of some things….I just helped clean out a closet with bags of sheet music stuck in the back. Love it!

My dad has been gone for 48 years, but going through his sheet music takes me right back to the days of listening to him play his wonderful piano.   Beautiful memories!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Joyful Thursdays #25

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


Joyful Thursdays #25


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


1) having my sweet son paint the guest room…

a great worker

old walls, needed repair work

love the bright, sunny color:)

2) lovin’ some more old photos…Gallimores:

3) and lovin’ some more photos…Horns…

So much fun!! Happy!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Fearless Fred

Chad is painting the guest room this week, so I cleared a lot out of the room for him. In the closet was…my Fearless Fred.  The spring after F2 died, the TLgroup, adults and  kids, was heading for our normal spring break trip to Gulf Shores. I was NOT anticipating a great time…sooo many memories of my sweetie with the group…I just didn’t know how it would work. The week before the trip the group gave me “Fearless Fred”. How perfect!! He actually made the trip with us looking out the back window of the van the whole way. Just a touch of F2 to help keep the ‘gloomies’ away. This group definitely knows who I am and what goes on in my heart…..that’s why I love them so much:))))

Fearless Fred:

from his head,

pink pony hat


to his toes,

cowboy boots, of course

Harley jacket and all…

a sweet face, complete with sunglasses and mustache

Here is my Fearless Fred:

This was one way of finding peace…and being happy!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Summer Fun

Check out this fun list of things to do with your kids this summer…actually, they all sound like things that adults would love to do, too!!

Please excuse the yellow strips…my scanner made it look like this without it!!??

Weird, huh?


Anyway….enjoy your summer days with those munchkins! Go find something fun to do today:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C