Sunshiny Sunday #8

Things that make me happy and bring me joy and peace!! These 3 things could be on here every week…perfection!!!

1) These two darlings:

love this photo!

2) These 2 darlings:

with their little darling..

3) And always the littlest darling:

running :)

heading for the ocean!

hanging…literally…with great gramma

what a sweetie!

My loves!! All of them…all of the time! I am SO blessed! Enjoy those you love and find your joy!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #7 ?? Sort of…

Instead of a normal Sunshiny Sunday, I thought I’d return to the cruise from the fall…

Because it’s now March, maybe exploring Ireland would be a good idea…so for today, we took an excursion called “Irish for a Day”.  Our Princess Cruise ship arrived in Dublin:

an Irish Ferry complete with a shamrock!

We headed by bus out of Dublin about an hour to a farm where we were greeted with coffee and scones before learning to make our own Irish soda bread…

our Irish friend is standing on a table giving us our directions :)

hmmm, not bad…

Then we had a hay ride on a wagon to a peat bog…which is now protected a lot like our wetlands are…

the bog, with beautiful heather just beginning to bloom

The turf, which was used for heating, takes millions of years to grow…millimeters at a time! Amazing!

The weather was cooperating at this point!!

After returning to the barn, we got to milk the cows before heading in for lunch.

Lunch was delicious… a vegetable puree soup and then ham, potatoes, cabbage, and carrots along with our very own soda bread and butter. We finished with apple pie for dessert!!

Doesn't it look good?

After lunch we headed to the barn to learn some authentic Irish dances..sorry, no time for pictures…we were too out of breath :)  We also learned how to play the bowron…a drum!

This guy taught us the dances, and yes…everyone participated!! See the drums along the back wall?

We saw Cannemara ponies…very pretty and gentle!

We finished the day watching the sheepherder and his dog herding the sheep. The dog was having so much fun. He didn’t want to stop when the sheepherder was trying to train the next young pup!

What an amazing day in the Irish countryside!! Thank you to the owners of the Causey Farm for inviting us to join them for the day. As an added piece of wonderment…the day ended with this rainbow! …Which became a double rainbow and followed us all the way back to the ship!! Sigh! Who needs reality??!!

look closely for the double rainbow!

It’s too bad pictures can never show the true beauty of real life, but they are a good way to trigger your most beautiful memories!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #6

Here we go with three awesome and wonderful things that make me happy:

1) It is always exciting to see a launch of any kind while in Florida…this time an Atlas delivering GPS satellites!

2) Friends from school surprising me for my birthday…love them!!!

3) sweetie pie, growing up so fast…it’s hard to believe!! She makes me laugh :) :)

cool in her shades!!

trying to share with the kitty

…and because I only have boys…I get to play with her hair…Boy, do I need practice?!?

but she sure is cute!!

Find your sunny times…whether they come from outside or inside!!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #5

Here again are three things that make me happy, bring me joy, and give me peace!!

1) My Mom and my friends…together:

…isn’t she amazing??

2) My dad’s Prisoner of War book from WWII

any ideas on how to preserve the book and all the letters home??

3)…and, of course, baby girl…

Isn't she just the sweetest thing?

More to come next week…hope you’re enjoying the Super Bowl!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #4

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

1) Giving blood in a blood drive….before and during: NO! That does not make me happy at all. I really don’t like giving blood. But…after I am done, I am so happy that I have contributed to someone else’s health and happiness.

2) These 5 beauties give me so much joy! They took me out for my birthday to a new restaurant…delicious! And a very needed gift that I would have procrastinated on doing myself!!  They are so smart :)

3) My little cutie in all her glory:

rocking her sunglasses

driving around in her 'ride'

checking out her 'kicks'

:) :) How's that for a pose??? Ha, Haa!!!

Loving my life….find the happy in yours and enjoy it!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #3

Wishing to bring joy and happiness to all….

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

1) having a view from my window with very minimal snow when the entire east coast is engulfed with it :)

2) finally having a DVR that records 6 shows at a time…it took lots of talking and finagling, but Comcast came through!!

new remote = figuring out new ways of doing things!

 

3)…. as always, my sweet pea…what a doll face!

And to top things off… The Ellen Degeneres Show was on featuring Elton John… Little one decided to join in!!

hmmm…what's that on TV?

Is he playing the piano??I think I'll join in…I love to play piano :)

I'm pretty good, right Gramma??

Loving my life…please find the joy in yours!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sundays #2

Sunshiny Sundays #2…here we go!!

Here are three things that bring me joy, make me happy, and encourage the positive side of me:

1)  spending time in a 7th grade classroom doing Egyptian projects with C…fun!!

they are working hard…see the pyramids and sarcophagus??


weighing the heart ceremony..

items that might go in a tomb…

All six groups did a fantastic job…way to go 7th graders!!

 

2) Love this egg cooker…makes hard boiled eggs….easy to peel hard boiled eggs…amazing!!

see???? perfect!!

3)  ….and always, sweet baby girl:

hanging out with her puppy!

uh, oh…she thinks Daniel Tiger is hilarious!!

I hope you are all finding your joy….keep it up!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sundays #1

You are right…I have been lax in the blog world for over a month!! I have been enjoying the holidays immensely!!

Now, in order to keep myself on track, I will return to posting things that make me happy and bring me joy. I have done Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays…so now, let’s try Sunshiny Sundays.

Here are three things that bring me joy, make me happy, and encourage the positive side of me:

1) Sunshiny days whether warm or cold,  hot or cool…if the day is sunny, I love it!!

2) Boys and girls that are filled with love…fill me with love.

Aren’t they adorable???

3) And….always, the beautiful baby girl who made me a gramma:

I hope you find happiness on this lovely Sunday morning :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and now, Cork and Blarney Castle…Ireland!!

Our first stop on the cruise was in Ireland…Cork, Blarney Castle, and Kinsale…

We went to Blarney Castle…just to explore.We had heard it took many steps and was quite difficult to get to the Blarney Stone and kiss it…

Here it is!

beautiful weather

 

From here, we thought we were headed inside to explore the castle….but, nope..

we wound up climbing up the crumbling steps…no backing down, no other way out!!

this was the look at the top…definitely worth the climb

And since we were there…we did kiss the Blarney Stone!!!

We were hanging upside down over that little window at the very top!!!

Beautiful gardens and waterways…

On to the fishing village of Kinsale for a pub….beer and the best fish and chips ever!!!

Then we headed back to Cobh….the port where our cruise ship was waiting for us!

There's our ship!!

Lots of things to see and do so far in our adventure!!! Next stop will be Dublin!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Trip

Have you missed me?? I have been derelict in my duties – busy with birthdays and Halloween and fun, fun, fun with little one!!

 

Since it’s been almost 2 months since we returned from our British Isles cruise, I think it’s about time I show you a few photos from the trip. Because I took WAY too many photos I’ll just pick some from each area at a time. I hope it gets you ready to spend some time in another country….especially with forever friends, it’s amazing!

 

We started with 2 days in London before the cruise began:

at the Tower of London…yup, in the rain!

metal monkeys … ?….

We did hit as many pubs as possible...

Parliament

right before a downpour!!

just missed being able to go into Westminster Abbey…but managed to stand in its alcove for the storm!!

We did go into Buckingham Palace also…but no photos there. The dining room all set up for dignitaries was gorgeous!!

Then it was on to the ship and our first dinner on board:

me and my buddies :)

 

and beautiful views from then on!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C