TLG Christmas Party, 2017

This wonderful group of friends has been celebrating Christmas…and, well, every thing else also…for a very long time. We always have so much fun, and now we have 3rd generation cuties to make us laugh!

Enjoy the photos as we continue to make delightful memories!

From start to finish, the party was so much fun….and exhausting for some ;)

For more pics, head to my Facebook page!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Babies at a Pool Party :)

What a blast!!! So much fun!! Think of families, babies, toddlers, puppies…lots of them!!! Here are a major number of cuties, both the little ones and their parents!!

Cheers!!!

Daddy...and host!

Uncle, checking out the bar!

Aunt S and sweet pea...first ones in the pool

more fun...

little one getting ready for the pool

high five :)

fun with K

checking out the fun

still playing

B with baby N

counting 3 little ones

new arrivals

busy folks!

2 more little ones!

and another one!

can you see 5?

mama and babe

Mommy, hostess...and her buddy!

2 little ones and a pup

J with baby M

one last view of the pool

watching the fun!

L holding the youngest partier

enjoying playing with a phone....2nd only to her enjoyment of the pool!!

newest mama E with baby K

Papa J with M

I didn’t get photos of every single mama and daddy, but that might be a lucky thing for you!!!!!

This wonderful get-together included one 7-year old, two 2-year olds, one 1 year old, and 4 babies under 6 months!!! Along with their parents and 4 fur-babies….and a few extras, too!!  It was such a treat to watch all the interactions and activities of all kinds.

Talk about a blessing…I am so lucky!!

 

Enjoy those little ones!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

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 #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

Teacher Friends….

For all of my teacher friends out there….HANG IN THERE!!!

As a retired teacher, I have huge compassion and appreciation for all that you do and/or are trying to do.

Today’s overpowering reliance on conformity and data accountability gives me ‘the shivers’…

In ‘honor’ of all those in-services that are supposed to give you info on things you don’t want or don’t need to enhance your kids’ knowledge and excitement about learning:

some expressions for you…

I have to get out of bed for a workshop???

I'm supposed to do what??

Let me tell you what I think!!

Oh, you're killin' me!!!

I do not agree!

phssewww…with raspberries!

Love these expressions…I may have even seen them on teachers I know  :)  :)

 

Happy Parenting and Hug a Teacher Today!

D and C

C & S Wedding Reception

Ready for more photos??? Well, ready or not, here they are!! This time…of the reception: food , fun, friends and family, and dancing!!!  Much Love to spread around…a beautiful ending to a perfect day:))

Such a wonderful evening, with delightful results…another beautiful, kind, compassionate daughter to add to the Fink family!!  Lots of Love from all of us :)

Happy (!) Parenting!

C and D

Thank You, Joanne!

Every now and then something captures your attention…and you say, “Well, that makes sense…I should really do that.”  And then…often…you don’t get around to it….

 

Reading the blog for Zarate Fitness…see it under his blog at zaratefitness.com….an inspirational idea to recognize someone who helped influence, mold, enlighten your life! I love this idea, so I’m going to run with it!

lovely Joanne

This beautiful lady is Joanne Teague, my friend but also my inspiration. I taught with her when I first began teaching…so much fun. We were separated along the way with different buildings, grade levels, and responsibilities, but remained good friends. Then I was lucky enough to have her, as the principal, hire me to teach in her building.  It was amazing!! What an awesome experience…to work with someone so motivated to do what is best for kids. She is the one who got me involved with the accreditation process including data collection of all sorts, theme building, teamwork always, and working harder than I had ever worked before…and loving every bit of it. She never asked us to do anything that she wasn’t already doing more of…and always with a smile on her face. It was a dream job, and I learned so much more about myself as a person. I became stronger and more knowledgable in all areas, took on more responsibilities than I ever would have thought of, and loved learning about all things..both scholastic and not!!

Joanne and other inspirational folks I know

 

She was, and is, a beautiful person…who is a role model to all who know her. So in the spirit of this blog, I say:

Thank You, Joanne Teague, for all that you have done for me and for all those who know you!!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Writing to Gramma Gallimore

A great idea for teachers:

Involve your parents in projects with your kids!!

 

Whether I taught 2nd grade or 6th grade, my mom…Gramma Gallimore…chose to write letters to my kids. They were about anything and everything…animals, surfing, Florida, space, whatever looked good to her at the time..she would share tidbits of her life with my students. That was exciting enough, but…my kids then had to return letters to her, telling her about themselves, thanking her for treats she may have sent, asking her questions for future letters. The amazing thing is that my mom has kept all these letters!!! Some were from as long ago as the ’80′s right up until I retired in’09.

 

Many of these students have kept in contact with me, which is so exciting to me!! I’m checking now to see if some of them remember the Gramma Gallimore picnic we had for Gramma and Grandad when they were visiting Michigan a few years ago. Here are some photos to help bring back memories:

Here is Gramma’s letter and a response from a 5th grader:

with Mr. Seader, the principal

 

The kids loved these back and forth letters, usually about 5 a year; but more importantly, it’s one of my mother’s favorite memories.  Thanks, kids!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Super Saturday #37

Hurray for Super Saturday #37…

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 able to at least try to help teachers in a priority (or failing) school in a district south of here…hard work, many ideas…mostly sharing positive energy! They are overwhelmed and under appreciated … a pretty toxic combination!  Any ideas out there??? Please share:)

2) another photo of the ‘cute’ couple: my mom, almost 94, is looking pretty amazing isn’t she???

and Carl is in such a happy frame of mind …. lovin’ it:))

3) how about another quote to start your day…

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine!”

 

What a great, inspiring quote…you can choose that sunshine for your day, instead of a stormy frame of mind! Give it a try:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #32

Hurray for Super Saturday #32…

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) Frozen lake, then more snow, then it starts to melt…and this beautiful blue color appears!

photos just can't capture the color...

 

2) the guys and girls gave me a wine tasting for Christmas, and we took advantage of it last night….great place, Filipo Marc Winery! We tasted 15 different wines, with great explanations and tasty snacks. Yum!! Then we went out to dinner…great night with those favorite folks of mine:)))

cute couple #1

cute couple #2

(a few other slightly obnoxious photos were taken, but I’ll keep them secret)  ;)

3) goofy cat has decided that sleeping on cast-aside newspaper from Christmas boxes makes the best place for a nap….lots of crinkling going on:)))

silly kitty!

Happy Parenting!

D and C