Thankful Thursdays #32

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


Joyful Thursdays #32


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


This is all about the Yellow House wedding up North this past weekend:

1) Before the wedding….

turning a garage into a lovely 'hall'

making sure everyone knows where to go...

bride's father 5 minutes before the rehearsal:))

'practice' bouquet

the bride with her bridesmaids

father and sister of the bride

tlg making the signature drink for the cocktail hour

2) During the wedding….

performing the ceremony...'these are the hands'

the 'Royal' kiss...

beautiful table settings

ready for the party!!

sister of the bride and her guy:)

the happy married couple:)

gorgeous mother of the bride and sister of the bride!!!

TLG working "Dancing Queen" for the lovely bride:)))

3) More During and After the wedding coming soon…so excited to share photos with you…please hang in there with me:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C


What a Day!

A beautiful sunny day…a beautiful couple…a beautiful wedding!!


rehearsal dinner

the venue...beautiful Burt Lake

they're married!!!

TLG having fun...

enjoying the reception!

Such a lovely wedding….more wedding photos to come:))

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Thankful Thursdays #31

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


Joyful Thursdays #31


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


1) on my way up north for a beautiful wedding


2) Andrew Lloyd Webber music…love it all, my favorite is The Phantom of the Opera!! I just got the sheet music to try on the piano…


3) seeing 5 of my 6 first cousins, one of whom I haven’t seen in 25 years! Although happy to see them…the reason was sad…the sweet uncle who walked me down the aisle…Uncle FJ passed away…

the Smith cousins and me:)

Enjoying family, and those who feel like family….that’s what it’s all about! Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Parenting!

D and C



Fun at the Fair

We had so much fun on Sunday! The boys and their girls and I headed out to the Armada Fair for the afternoon! I do love my once-a-year corn dog:))) We wandered through the 4H exhibits and crafts, saw lots of animals both regular and exotic, watched the tractor and truck pulls, and finished at the beer tent….how could that not be fun?

It was a gorgeous Michigan day, bright sun and high 70′s!

starting with the geese...

how about a rooster?

or a turkey?

lots of goats and sheep

great petting, feeding area

some people even take their dressed up geese for a walk!?!

a lemur anyone? Just like King Julius!!!

hometown fairs are all about the truck pull...

and the tractor pull...

heading for the beer tent? the beer tent

heading home after a fun afternoon at the fair

Thanks to my guys and their lovely girls for putting up with me and my camera…I just can’t help myself:)

Spending time with these four was…as always…perfect!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Long-lasting Couples

1968 was a great year!!! F2 and I graduated from college and then in August…we got married!

look a little young, don't we??

a shower with my maid of honor and my wonderful Aunt Bea and at the mom and both my sweet grandmothers:)

Then at the end of August, my brother Dan married his lovely wife Carol.

aren't they cute?

At the beginning of October in that same year, my mom and Carl were married.

not a wedding pic...but nice, right?

So…44 years and counting…(I get to keep counting just because I want to)…and hopes for many more:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C


Thankful Thursdays #30

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


Joyful Thursdays #30


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


1) “Everything is a learned behavior.”   Doesn’t this quote make you think??  Perhaps as parents and educators we can make sure what children learn is what we want them to know…including behaviors and character traits!

2) Have you read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? It is AMAZING!!! What a beautifully written and thoughtful story….the language is so good it takes your breath away. I strongly recommend you try it! I won’t tell you what it’s about because my language doesn’t fit the author’s so it would lose something in the telling….honestly, a wonderful read!!


3) I did my second day of Meals on Wheels today…whew, it was so much easier the 2nd time. I found the houses easier and finished in just over an hour of driving time. I think I like it:)))


just because he makes me happy:)

Enjoy your perfectly wonderful day and share your happiness with others!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C




Do you think that having a sense of responsibility will be of help to your children in their futures? Most of us would say, “Of course!”  So how can we as parents encourage this wonderful life skill? Start when they’re young and never quit!

helping in the yard

There will always be chores to do, whether we like it or not!!?!

at all times of the year

So helping those little ones learn to “just do it” is such a gift to them. None of us wants to do chores; but we can choose to be miserable about it, procrastinate, be stressed and feel guilty – OR – we can find a method that works for us to make doing chores tolerable. Find that method for yourself, and then try lots of methods out on your kids. Remember that all kids are different – musically inclined, athletically inclined, dramatically inclined – whatever turns them on: USE IT!


Through the Quantum Learning program that Chad and I attended, we learned about 1-song breaks. I used this method in my classroom often:) When kids are involved in their work, leave them alone; but if you notice them becoming antsy, having wandering eyes, losing concentration – use the 1-song break. You, as the adult, pick a peppy CD without showing the kids. Have them pick a number from 1-14(the number of tracks on the CD). Then play that track. For the entire song, the kids and the adult must dance or march around the room to the music, no running, no talking, no touching. The first few times you do this, you really have to tease and encourage them into it. After that, they love it! When the song is almost done, slowly lower the volume until it is silent. The kids then go directly back to work. It’s amazing how much their concentration on the task improves. Try this in a classroom or in your home!!

in the garage...

Try different methods – stop and shoot baskets, draw, read, dress up, whatever your children love to do: 20 minutes of work, 10 minutes of play. SET THE TIMER!

or on vacation...

If your children ask to help with something you’re doing: Let them!! Whatever it is they want to do gives you the opportunity to teach them new skills and spend time together:)  Who cares if the dusting isn’t done to your standards? If you can keep quiet about that, you will have helped to build your children’s confidence in themselves.

When your kids have been doing chores as a normal part of their day from the time they were little, they naturally continue expecting to do them as they get older. Let them feel the achievement and accomplishment of completing tasks.

Give your children the ‘gift’ of learning responsibility. Once learned, always ingrained, and then thoroughly appreciated:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #29

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


Joyful Thursdays #29


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


1) “It’s a happy talent to know how to play.”    Emerson

dogs know how to play....

canoeing with daddy


these 2 know how to have fun:))))

2) the Olympics…love watching all the amazing talent!!

3) beautiful days…

Add a little needed rain and cooler temperatures today…and happiness abounds!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

People Pics

Just for fun….favorite folks, new and old…

There!! That was fun for me…hope you enjoyed it, too:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Corn and Eggs…

Corn and eggs? No, not together! I just have to share these two important summer ‘findings’ !!!

Many of you will have already seen them on blogs or pinterest, but for those of you who haven’t seen them yet – Eureka!

1)  hardboiled eggs…by baking!

I love deviled eggs but rarely make them. I have a hard time cooking them correctly…is the water boiling enough, covered or not, remove from heat..maybe…how many minutes…arghhh! The eggs would often not turn out correctly. So the new plan: Take the eggs directly out of the carton and put them either right on the oven racks or in muffin tins in a 350 oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Take out and put in ice water, then proceed normally for whatever recipe you need. It’s amazing! Perfectly cooked eggs:)  If you have slight scorched spots just remove them with a knife..they are just on the surface!  See!

a dozen eggs...2 dozen deviled eggs :)


2) corn on the cob…the easy way

for any number of ears…take the corn still in the husk and put in the microwave…cook 4 minutes per ear. Then remove, they will be hot. Cut the stalk end off about 2 rows into the kernels (husk still on). With a towel or potholder, grab on to the silk end and shake the cob out – you may have to slice the husk a little to allow the corn to slide out. When the corn slides out it has no silk on it…since you are holding it in your other hand!! Amazing! This is perfect when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen with boiling water or when you only want one ear of corn. I love it!

cook, then cut right end, hold left end and slide corn out...

I hope you love these 2 tips…anything to make your days easier!

Happy Parenting!

D and C