Super Saturday #30

Hurray for Super Saturday #30…

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:

 

3 beautiful gifts from my darlin’s :

this portrait of all of them…sneakily taken in the fall and hidden from me ’til now:))


Isn’t it gorgeous?? I am the luckiest mama in the world!!!

I also got individual couple pictures from their engagement photos…love them!!! I’ll show you those later:)

 

Here are a few others from the sneaky photo session!!


love it:)))

Beautiful, right?? Aren’t I lucky??

LOVE THEM ALL!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to Everyone! Enjoy the time with your families..no matter what you plan:)

From our growing and wonderful family to yours…

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #29

Hurray for Super Saturday #29…

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) angels..love them…


2) my mom’s crystal…from 1943…pretty, huh?

with pralines and Russian teacakes...

3) additions to my beautiful nativity set…thanks, S family!!

before...

...and after...

 

Many things to be thankful for this season…rejoice in the season….   :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Believing in the Magic of Christmas!

An original post from 3 years ago…do I still believe these words?? Absolutely! Have fun with your young ones…which will lead to fun with your kids as they grow older…


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



















 

 

Super Saturday #28

Hurray for Super Saturday #28…

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) a working fireplace…thank you, Chad:)


2) Christmas tree and our ornaments:

old handmade and new beautiful...all mixed up!

can you see Yoda and ET?

sand dollars and Roxy prints:)

...from F2's childhood...

mixed bag...love 'em!

 

3) a beautiful Willow Tree nativity set…a wonderful gift in the past couple of years:

only a portion of the set...

Because the 3 of us left town for Christmas after F2′s death in ’96 and continued to leave for Christmas for many years, all the Christmas decorations stayed in their boxes. When we decided we could handle being home again, the ornaments brought sweet and wonderful memories back for all of us. Now, we love to see them and talk about each one. C even asked that I write a list of ornaments and how we got them or what they meant…great idea, right?  So instead, I took photos of them in groups that could be described…hope they make sense!

Appreciate what you have for Christmas and make as many memories as you can…  they will light up your lives forever:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Holiday ‘Presence’

Ideas for creating that joy on Christmas morning that we all are longing for….  past post #2:

 

Now that your children’s gifts to others are taken care of … see previous post… what do you want to do about their gifts from you and from Santa?

If your kids know that you buy them some gifts that you want to be surprises for them, you can give them some tips about not looking around for presents because of the chance of “wrecking the surprise”. If they can learn to delay gratification and wait for surprises, their Christmas mornings will be sooo exciting, and they will have developed a useful character trait.

If they’re not looking for your gifts, they won’t ‘accidentally’ find Santa’s gifts!!!

I had always thought that Chad and Scott didn’t snoop when Christmas came around because they liked to be surprised. Wrong!! I just discovered that…instead… they were nervous that if they found  surprise gifts we wouldn’t let them have them!! I’m sure we never said that exactly, but they could tell from our voices that snooping was not a good thing.


If you want Santa to last…always keep separate wrapping paper, labels, bows – only to be used by Santa. At our house, Santa wrapped some gifts and left others unwrapped by the tree – and other unwrapped trinkets in the Christmas stockings. Last minute wrapping of Santa’s gifts is always a great idea.

It’s less confusing if all family gifts are wrapped ahead of time with the whole family involved (and in our house put away until Christmas Eve). So all you need to be concerned with on Christmas Eve after the children go to bed is wrapping Santa’s gifts and arranging the presents under the tree.

whether the presents are wrapped by Mom and Dad
or by Santa
or left unwrapped by Santa
or packages from friends and families









Make sure your kids appreciate each gift individually. More to come in Part 3!!




If you do appreciate the idea of giving, whether through Santa or through another avenue, planning ahead of time is always important. Family values come first!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Super Saturday #27

Hurray for Super Saturday #27…

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) Christmas cards…ready to be mailed:)))


2) a Michigan State win…hurray!! On to the Rose Bowl!

3) finding very old-fashioned ‘elves’ while putting decorations on the Christmas tree…

in this mess...

 

these little guys are probably close to 40 years old…way before the ‘elf on the shelf’ phenomenon!!

So much fun, this time of year….find it and enjoy your happiness!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Christmas tips

For any of you wondering what got me started blogging in the first place…

I was very much interested in helping parents – with ideas to share about children and Christmas – always hoping for respect, manners, and joy to be a major part of every child’s world.

From December, 2010 … Part 1 of 3

 

This is the first of a three part series on holiday gift giving.
Today we’ll talk about the “giving” of presents. How do you involve your children in the giving spirit of the season?? Well, the operative word here is INVOLVE!


Decide with your children who they will give gifts to: Mom, Dad, brother, sister, grandparents, teacher, and anyone else you think appropriate. Remember that some of the most precious gifts family members can receive are those that have been made by the children in their lives.


Then decide, based on the child’s age, who will pay and how much. When children are very young, obviously the parents will be in charge of buying gifts and helping with decision-making. As children get older they can begin contributing some of their own money as the decision of what to give becomes more their own. Many schools offer Santa Shops where kids can purchase inexpensive items for all of their special people, and in some cases, the Santa Shop elves even help them with wrapping presents before the kids take them home.


Do include your children in the wrapping of gifts to give to family members. Involving your kids in thinking about what to give, who to give to and why, and preparing the gift increases their ability to care about others and to think about someone besides themselves.

an obvious overabundance!!
gifts of clothing can be fun:)
Christmas photos when they’re young…
…and when they’re older – always important!!

Remember to teach your children important messages in the little things you do every day, especially during the holidays!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Memories for Dec. 4th

My honey’s birthday would have been today…lots of lovely memories to keep me happy:)))

Lovin’ the happiness that memories make:))

 

And my sweet friends gave me this beautiful arrangement to ‘celebrate’ F2′s birthday….aren’t they the best??? What a nice surprise!!


Happy Birthday to my hubby!

…and Happy Parenting to you,

D and C