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

When the Parents are Away….

When the parents are away…the grandparent has lots of fun with the granddaughter!!!!

These two beautiful people:

left for a vacation in California…and left their darling daughter in my loving care for a whole week!!!  I was honored and delighted to be able to spend time with my very favorite little girl :) This is how the week went…

testing out all kinds of food

:) Gramma's kitchen turned into a disaster area :)

sweet pea…spending her days either standing up or holding hands and walking...

trying out a different chair

hanging out at Stony Creek

little one and kitty ignoring each other...

some more standing…new outfit :)

out to dinner with TLG friends

…and more...

just being cool in the stroller!

a playdate at the park!!

makes a girl very thirsty :)

time for a story??

toys at Gramma's

that is the face of someone who likes the TV

all dressed up for dinner with 2 Grammas

having fun with Gramma Mary!!

hanging out with Uncle Chad and the kitty

some more playing...

some more standing...

some more books...

exciting bath time :)

aren't I cute???

 

and Mommy and Daddy come home!

checking out Yosemite!

Gramma had a wonderful time with sweetness while Mommy and Daddy had a lovely trip to themselves!  PS: Tell them they can do that again any time they’d like to :) ))))))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Wine Tasting…with a Baby !!

This past weekend my darling family treated me to a family wine tasting tour in the Traverse City area. Two sons, two daughters-in-love, one adorable granddaughter, and me…exciting adventure for all!! We left on Thursday and returned on Sunday. This was a Christmas gift for me from the kids, and what a treat it was!!! They are all so much fun to be with!

a beautiful sunny day with my loves!!

 

They rented a lovely house in Leland, a block from town and a block from the beach…perfect!!

walking into town…and Fishtown

snuggled in and ready to go :)

The first day we hit 4 wineries and 2 distilleries!!

trying a breadstick..

couple #1

couple #2

me with my guys

We had so much fun visiting all the  beautiful vineyards!

baby's sleeping during this tasting

the guys and their favorite 'taste'

At the Blue Tractor inTraverse City for lunch…experimenting with a lemon!!

whoa!! but after this first taste she was just fine with it :)

This is what our counter looked like after the first day…yikes!

The second day we visited the beach, Fishtown, Glen Arbor, and a couple more wineries…

heading to the beach

trail is not meant for a stroller!

hi from the beach!!

can you see the bugs??? Yuck, swarming!!

didn't bother her!

throwing competition!!

delicious sandwiches at Fishtown…while baby naps

Then off to Glen Arbor:

a little more wine tasting

a snack at Boonedock’s

she says, "Happy Father's Day, Daddy!"

Then back toward Leland to our favorite winery, Chateau Fontaine

This was the counter at the end of day 2!!

The time we spent together in the house was so precious…loved it all!

Thanks, my darling family, for an absolutely perfect vacation with the perfect people!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Sharing

My dad, Robert Gordon Horn, was a veteran of WWII.

in the service in the early 40's

 

His mom, my grandmother..Maud Jowett Horn…kept this service record from the time he entered the service until he finished:

this contained photos, a record of all correspondence sent and received from my dad, and newspapers articles

 

My dad was a member of the Army Air Corps (before there was an air force) as a bombardier:


my dad, far left first row, with his flight crew

My parents were married in June of 1943 and in January of 1944 my dad was sent overseas.

before being deployed

 

He was shot down over Germany in Feb. and was missing in action for all of the 6 weeks of lent. On Good Friday, my mom was notified that he was alive and a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a captive there for 15 months before he returned home at the end of the war. He was one of the lucky ones to survive the action of World War II.

Luckily my dad was able to come home and begin our family:)  He served our country and should be remembered for that. But he also served our family until his sudden death from a heart attack when he was only 44. We remember him today….

 

Honor all those who have served in the past and those who are continuing to do a huge service to all of us who live in this great, though sometimes flawed, country. God Bless You!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C


 

95 and sunny…

The 95 refers to this lovely lady who had a birthday while I was in Florida last week…. as in years old, not quite the temperature :)

Happy Birthday, Mom

lookin' good Mom!!

 

…and with her new great-granddaughter

Now for the sunny….I spent time in sunny Florida with my TLG buddies…so much fun!!

lots of friends…

lots of restaurants and beautiful skies…

We were lucky enough to see the launch of a SpaceX rocket to resupply the Space Station…

Cheers to all!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Happy Birthday, Scott!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Scott!!

What a wonderful person he is…I am so proud of him, in all ways…he is kind, strong, helpful, caring, and especially a fantastic husband and new father!!

…as a little one..

and again…

 

And with his little one…

so sweet…

Love this guy so much!!

Do you think his little sweetie looks like him???

Happy Birthday, Scott!! I love you lots!!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

The Important Things

The important things in life…at least in mine:

LOVE… all kinds, loving yourself enough to let the negatives gooooo, loving others…family and friends, old and young. Love without judging…believe in all possibilities. Use introspection to discover who you love and why…love with awesomeness!!

KNOWLEDGE: Learning…all kinds, what works – mechanically and emotionally, curiosity in all areas, not just books…but people, ideas, thoughts of your own and others, responsibility for accomplishing success in whatever area you want…

KINDNESS: kindness to yourself and others is all about respect, thinking about what you are about to say or do to see if it’s necessary and/or kind…thinking and believing in your own ability to be the good person you’d like to be. Kindness is all-encompassing…and a beautiful thing!

and finally, HAPPINESS: some folks will say that this is just pie-in-the-sky garbage because you can’t plan on happiness…but, I say, phooey on that notion!! I believe in looking for the positive instead of the negative…will the negative be there? Sure! But if I focus on the positive I believe I will find more happiness…whether you call that peace, joy, gratitude…If I smile more and choose to be happy as much as possible, I believe I will have that joy I’m always looking for!! Pollyanna??? Yup…that’s who I want to be :)

So for me, today, these are the important things!!  Think of yours and embrace them!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Gratitudes

Well, I haven’t been on here for a few weeks, not because I don’t care but because I do!!!  I don’t want to leave you with inconsequentials or silliness or any kind of negativity…so I thought and thought about what you might like to hear! My response was…hmmm, I have no idea:))) So, I am back to what I love! I have had Happiness Tuesdays, Thankful Thursdays, and Super Saturdays in the past, and I did love sharing with you things that make me happy. I am still going to share those kinds of things with you but without the label…I am trying not to categorize myself too much!!

 

The main object causing me infinite happiness these days is the adorable granddaughter…3 months old and a delight! How perfect is it to be able to watch your son’s little girl 2 days a week… I’ll tell you: Perfectly perfect!!

newborn sweetness

 

And many more perfectly perfect photos of the little one:


LOVE this pic...

she says, "seriously, another picture???"

stylin'...

This little sweetie will be keeping me happy for years to come!!!

And here is my cat, thinking he is much smaller than he actually is, sleeping in a shoe box!!

Finally, my philosophy, in a nutshell:

Loving life because life is good!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Seasonal Excitement!

New babies! New holidays!!

 

Here’s the sweetie with her ‘pumpkin butt’:

…and her lion costume!!

We are thankful for this adorable ‘turkey butt’!!

And…the most adorable wearing of an ‘ugly Christmas sweater’!!

so sweet…LOVE:)

 

Happy Parenting (and grandparenting!),

D and C

The Grands…

How about an up-date on these two lovely people??

smiling at the rehab center

When we visited Carl today he was happy as a clam! We gave him a cheese biscuit from Red Lobster…took him a minute before he decided he liked it, but then…yum!

Grabbing the hand of his ‘sweetie-pie’….while holding on to that biscuit!

Mom gave Carl this Jamaica hat to wear instead of the LA cap he wouldn’t give up…he says it’s ‘ok’…

Mom is back home in her condo now continuing to improve from hip surgery after a fall. She spent 3 1/2 months in the rehab with Carl for therapy…lots of pain, but they spent much of every day together and enjoyed that!

She has a wonderful neighbor who is keeping tabs on her and helping her with things she can’t yet handle on her own.

wonderful Irene

 

She has amazed everyone with her recovery!!!  94 and hanging in there!!

We went to happy hour for snacks and a bit of bingo…yup, I said bingo ;)

Carl took this photo for us :)

 

Here Mom is, looking feisty…using her walker in the house and a cane and someone’s arm outside the house.

We are all very proud of her hard work in doing way better than anyone thought she could! Now, if we can just get her to slow down and take the advice of the professionals…we could rest a little easier!!

Way to go, Mom!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C