Drinking Through Europe!

Our recent European trip was wonderful! We saw Prague, Passau, Linz, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, and Budapest and after checking out the photos…it seems we drank our way through the trip:)))

Not that anything’s wrong with that!!

Check these out:

Prague hotel

in 'The Crazy Goose' in Prague

pub crawl

more beer in Prague

at dinner on the River Beatrice, Passau

toasting with a Blue Danube

in the lounge before dinner

in Passau, more beer!

at ...wait for it... The Shamrock Pub, in Salzburg

at a wine tasting in Durnstein...wonderful winery!

guys with...yup, a beer!! in Durnstein

look!!! It's not alcohol!! Viennese coffee in Vienna:))

on the boat, Budapest....a champagne drink with a dried hibiscus...

wine each night with dinner

Lots of wine and beer with cocktails before dinner…we did lots of toasting to an amazing trip!! Loved it:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Super Saturday #21

Hurray for Super Saturday #21…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) I did remember to buy some flowers to pass out to the Meals on Wheels seniors:

pretty yellow!


Comments included: “Thank you sooo much!”, “These will sure brighten up my day”, and my favorite: “ohhh, posies for my sweetie!” from a gentlemen for his wife:))  There were also a few shocked faces, but I think everyone liked the sunny flowers!

After leaving some at the senior center where the meals are prepared, I took these beauties home to brighten up my kitchen!

2) This over-laden apple tree is in one of the senior’s back yards. I’ve watched it with blossoms and then tons of apples this year after absolutely none last year! Check out the spike of tree at the top still trying to stand tall after all the rest of the branches have bent under the load of apples! I guess we could use this for a metaphor of our lives, huh? Stand tall, everyone:))

3) …and you know this little, okay big, guy is my forever buddy!! He had a birthday…12 now!!! Yikes! I guess he needs his beauty sleep:)

look at that cute little nose:)


Enjoy your last Saturday in October….are you ready for Halloween??


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Kids Everywhere…and teachers:)

I hope you know I love kids…so here are a few pics of kids around the world:

on a playground in Czech Republic


at recess in Germany


hi, kids!


on a field trip in Austria


Kids everywhere are delightful!

Because I care about them, I also care about the teachers who work with them ….here is a blog post from John Spencer with a ‘humorous’ look at the new testing ideas:))


Post co-written by Tom Panarese and John Spencer

Here’s a variation on the How Many Teachers Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? concept:

Principal: I’ll get back to you on that.

Superintendent: There’s a lightbulb out? I’ll ask the Board of Education if we have any money for them.

Board of Education: The schools have enough lightbulbs. They don’t need any more.

State Department of Education: Teachers will fulfill measurable lightbulb-changing objectives based on a pre-assessment and post-assessment.

PD Coordinator: I need to develop a Lightbulb Theory Training with clip art lightbulbs and Comic Sans font. Can anyone tell me what Marzano said about lightbulbs?

Standardized Test: A) 2 B) 3 C) 3.14 D) Pineapple

Federal Government: “We see you have been changing lightbulbs but we don’t think you have been changing enough of them fast enough. All lightbulbs must be changed at a 100% rate each year or you will lose money for lightbulbs.”

Taxpayers: Why are our tax dollars being spent on things like lightbulbs?

Teach for America: The lightbulbs are going out, because the engineers are lazy slobs. Let’s replace them with someone who went through a month-long training course on engineering.

Parent: Why didn’t you call me two weeks ago to tell me the lightbulb was going to go out?

Union: This isn’t in the contract. It’s the custodian’s job.

Khan Learning Academy: Watch this neon-on-blackboard video on how to change lightbulbs.

Arne Duncan: Bill, can you change the lightbulb for me?

Movie Tagline: Some lightbulbs, they said, would never be changed. She inspired them so they could be.

RT @participantname: We should think beyond the lightbulbs and inspire the light to light the bulb itself.

Education Conference Attendee: I just was so INSPIRED by that wonk’s keynote about changing lightbulbs!

Techie Reformy Post: Eventually lightbulbs will replace teachers. Kids can find the light. You don’t have to do it for them.

Seth Godin: We are stealing their lightbulbs. Read my book about it.

Student: [says nothing and doesn't notice lightbulb is out because he/she is texting]

#stuvoice: Why is the teacher the one changing lightbulbs? Every kid should have their own lightbulb.

Maker Movement: Kids will make lightbulbs if you get out of the way and leave them alone.

Unschooler: We don’t need lightbulbs. That’s a part of factory/industrial mindset. Kids should be playing out in the sun all day.

Homeschooler: Even though the lightbulbs are exactly the same, the ones in my home are better than the ones at school.

#edchat: How do we change professional development so that teachers start changing lightbulbs instead of complaining that the bulbs are dead?

#edtech: Check out these 95 coolest, super-amazing, LED lightbulbs that will revolutionize classroom space.

2,000 retweet Twitter post: You have to think outside the bulb. #lightchat #bulbchat

TED Talk: Everything you thought you knew about light bulbs is wrong and I’m here to tell you why.

Tumblr Teacher Post: Here’s a .gif of a flashing lightbulb and a quote by Dewey about enlightening minds. Hope this helps.

This American Life: I’m not sure how many it takes, but I think we could learn something from a counterintuitive human interest story on lightbulbs. I’ll narrate it in a near-whisper.

Time Magazine: Why Teachers Are the Real Reason for Busted Lightbulbs and How Michelle Rhee Will Fix It

Internet Magazine: How An Amazing Way a 3rd World Teacher Changes Lightbulbs and Occasionally Refurbishes Lightbulbs from the Dump

Politician: Why do Finland’s lightbulbs work so much better than ours? I’ll ignore the evidence and assume that their bulbs and their entire electric grid must be decentralized.

Teacher: Actually, I did it 35 minutes ago.

photo credit: B Tal via photopin cc


Teachers, I hope you liked this. Parents, please believe this is exactly how teachers feel right now! I love you, teachers!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #20

Hurray for Super Saturday #20…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) reminiscing over photos…Danube River Cruise starting with 3 extra days in Prague, awesome! Just a few for you to see of the many 100′s I took!!

Prague Castle

in a train station!!

beautiful stained glass

my buddies, just arrived from long flight!! Gorgeous hotel...Boscolo!


2) birthday dinner for Chad…I fancied up the table, a rare occurrence….but got down to basics for dessert!

potato soup and then pot roast...

the 'famous' cake knife, a smaller version of our favorite bump cake, and a sneaky 'candle' to blow out:))


3) I added another Meals on Wheels day to my schedule…now I’ll be doing the same route on Tuesday one week and on Thursday the next! It’s nice to get to know the people from week to week. They’re not always the same but many are there some weeks and back again later weeks. It may be time for me to grab some flowers again to pass out to these sweet people!


Find your happiness and spread it around…happy Fall and Happy Sweetest Day!


Happy Parenting!

D and C





Happy Birthday, Chad!!

From this sweet little guy…

so cute...


celebrating a birthday a 'few' years ago:))


getting a little older and still sweet…


And finding his love:))


with his loved ones, human and canine!

and excitement for the coming year….

and still the sweetest guy ever…a loving, compassionate, intelligent, and all-around great person!!

Happy Birthday, Chad!!


Happy Parenting!

D andC

The Hawk

Hawks are fantastic birds…beautiful, mysterious, fierce, able to slowly soar through the air or to execute amazingly swift dives after what they are looking for! They were favorites of F2 and remind me of him whenever I see them. The qualities of the hawk are quite similar to the qualities of F2:)))


On our recent trip through Europe, I saw a hawk on the first day in Prague…it was riding on the shoulder of a man just walking through a square:

and then there was a beautiful bird in the square of the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest at the end of our travels:

I felt like F2 was with me throughout the trip….love the feeling!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #19

Hurray for Super Saturday #19…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) being home after a vacation, no matter how wonderful:))


2) loving Michigan in the fall…as usual…


3) having a delicious dinner with my favorite people…at S and L’s new home:))

Thank you my darlin’s for being you!! All of you are amazing and wonderful people:)))))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

The Story of the Limo

Another wedding story for you…are you ready??


A limousine bus was hired to take the wedding party to the ceremony site: Ladies first, from the hotel to the golf course then the men from one of their houses to the golf course. The bride and bridesmaids were picked up and delivered exactly as planned. The guys were to be picked up next…while the bride was secreted away…and delivered. Nothing happened…no guys…waiting, waiting, …hmmm! What’s going on?

Finally a bridesmaid checked with the guys who were still waiting to be picked up and then called the limo company. Talk about defensive…they said that’s not what they were told, they went back to the hotel to pick up guests (the hotel had its own shuttle for that). After demanding a refund, the girls called the guys and said, “Get here now!!”  This was 30 minutes before the ceremony was to start.  We all assumed there would be 3-4 cars zooming up…there were 7 groomsmen and the groom to be delivered.


Instead….look what came!!

isn't this great?


This beautiful car…which just happened to be in the wedding colors…belongs to one of the groomsmen! All of the guys were in it!!!

yup, they are in there:))

Out comes the groom…

Ready for the big day!!


The car looked a bit like a clown car as all the guys poured out, but it did save the day! The ceremony started about 10 minutes later:))


Sometimes things happen for a reason!! No limo…not a big deal when a better story is the result:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C