Joyful Thursdays #49

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #49

 

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

 

1) Scott and Lauren’s engagement continues to make me very happy…

aren't they cute?

2) I found my own ‘elf’ on the floor downstairs one morning…. someone took it off the tree…can you guess who that might be??

3) new stockings this year….love them!!


Their pups have stockings now, too!

 

This is a lovely week isn’t it….between Christmas and a brand new year! Count your blessings, and share them with your kids!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Some News and a Merry Christmas!

Scott and Lauren are engaged!!!   ….as of Christmas Eve morning, during a walk with the puppy in the park!

We are all so excited!!

the happy couple :)

My lovely, romantic son actually found the ring she had posted on pinterest….sneaky, huh?

gorgeous

We all celebrated at our traditional Christmas Eve dinner out…with Lauren’s family and ours, too :)

An exciting start to our Christmas!!!!

A very Merry Christmas to all of you

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

A TLG Christmas

Another beautiful TLG Christmas…delicious meal, great presents, but most of all…wonderful friends!!!

Every year, as many of us as possible get together and have FUN!!!  9 of the 12 possible adults, 8 of the possible 15 “kids”…..

a signature cocktail...

a yummy pork roast

many tasty side dishes...

great folks...

more lovelies...

I love these people sooo much…those who attended and those who couldn’t…        Our Torch Lake Group:))

One of our continuing traditions since the kids were babies! More traditions coming soon!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Joyful Thursdays #48

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #48

 

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

 

1) working on doing 26 acts of kindness…love it!

#1 & #2 – drug store gift cards left at the pharmacy

#3, 4, & 5 – small box of chocolate to smiling cashiers

#6 – 12 – bought a book for each grade level and dropped them off in classrooms


#13 – Barnes and Noble gift card for media center person to buy books for school

#14 – today when I deliver Meals on Wheels I’m giving each senior a flower also :)

2) continuing to come up with ideas in the coming weeks to finish out 26 acts…and hopefully continue with more

ideas: gift cards for crossing guards and police at schools, gift cards(or $) stuck to packages of diapers at KMart and Target, buy towels for rescue centers, buy socks and/or mittens for senior center…..do you have any more for me??

 

3) new sugar cookie recipe was yummy and easier than cutout cookies!!

Keep finding the joy this season…laugh with your kiddies:) Make beautiful memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

What a Great Idea

Just when I needed it most,  I found this beautiful FaceBook page:

26 Acts of Kindness

 

The premise…so simple…

Do 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 taken from us at Sandy Creek:

What might you do as a random act of kindness?

I’d love your ideas as I begin to think of what mine might be:

 

McDonald’s cards for the police who are providing a presence at our schools this week

 

Small boxes of candy for pleasant cashiers during this stressful time of year

 

Leave money at a restaurant where the elderly often eat

 

Flowers to pass out to people you think could use them

 

Books for classes of children

 

I’m trying to find simple things to pass out with a note telling folks why….although…this would be a special thing to be doing all the time!!

hold your 'babies' close no matter how old they are!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Joyful Thursdays #47

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #47

 

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

 

1) some of my all-time favorite pics:


Love them!

2) a ‘just cuz’ dinner out with the guys and girls

3) my beautiful Mother’s Day orchid that lasted until September and then slowly dropped every single bloom and turned into sticks….is growing again!!! WooHoo…never throw out a ‘dead’ plant works for me:)))

Find the beauty, joy, and happiness around you during this special time of year!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Gift Ideas ;)

Just a couple of book ideas to share…

 

For parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers, and babysitters:

How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths

sorry...can't help sharing:))

And…for all of you fans of Fifty Shades of Grey:

Fifty Shades of Chicken

This is a seriously funny parody…with ‘Miss Hen’ and ‘Mr. Blades”….actual recipes, with naughty dialogue between the two main ‘characters’. Throw it in the stockings of your friends…great surprise!!

 

Have fun!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Helping Remember

C and I were checking out the ornaments on last year’s tree, and I was telling him the stories of each one…where and who it came from, how long we had had it, whatever I could remember. C said I should take a photo of each ornament and tell the story on the back so the stories wouldn’t be forgotten in the future. That sounded like a great idea until I began taking the ornaments off the tree and decided I would NEVER get finished…way too many of them:)

So here is my compromise:  photos of groups of ornaments that have similar stories…here are way too many of them for you to see, but definitely not all of them!

F2's childhood ornaments

my childhood 'Horns'

some of C's

more of C's

some of S's

more of S's

lovely TLG ornaments

birds for luck and more of D's childhood

bells

love elves and angels

more angels

collected during our travels

more travel

metal...plus college

love the teacher ornaments

gifts from family and friends

Okay…I know…that’s enough, right?? I have at least twenty more photos, but you get the idea, I’m sure! I love that C thought of this plan. Looking at the photos will make it easier to tell the stories of individual ornaments and reliving the memories that make them special!

Find happiness in the season and share it with your children:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Joyful Thursdays #46

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #46

 

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

 

1) Christmas cards- bought, addressed, and sent: Check!

2) I actually got to talk to a group of students, and adults, about their ‘Kindness and Compassion Club’ – usually called the KC Club. I shared some Goodness Gorilla stories with them about sharing kindnesses with others. They are so excited to be organizing ways of helping….a possible Penny Challenge in the works:)

3) Saw the James Bond movie, Skyfall…it was impressive! If you like action and surprises, give it a shot! Lots of fun!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Santa?

So…do you believe in Santa?

Come on, Santa, smile!!

That is always the question, isn’t it? Is there really a Santa Claus? How do you answer your children’s questions – blow it off, ignore it, answer from the head or from the heart?

























We wanted our boys to enjoy those light-hearted, magical beliefs as long as possible. I still believe in Santa…the spirit of a giving soul expecting nothing in return! Shouldn’t we all be more like that “Jolly Old Elf”???







If your conversations with your children can begin to focus more on the gifts Santa gives to everyone else, how kind and industrious he is – it may help your children to develop some of those helpful characteristics in their own lives. Santa letters, Santa cookies to give to others, special Santa wrapping paper and bows, trips to see Santa, watching TV specials — how can that be wrong?

peeking!!!

Make sure your child knows what you believe. You do believe in that loving spirit, don’t you? If you’re confident in what you want for your children in the way of believing or not, then no remarks by kids at school or by crabby relatives can shake them from those beliefs.

a present from Santa :)

The light and sparkle in your kids’ eyes should not be extinguished just because others may think your children are too old to believe in Santa. Hold on to what you want for your own kids. Chad and Scott never thought that we had lied to them when they were young but that believing in the spirit of Christmas continues into adulthood.


I believe in Santa, do you?

Happy Parenting!

D and C