Book Time

Our book club met to discuss The Orphan Train. We all really liked it…and discovered that there will be a discussion about the actual Michigan orphan trains in Clarkston next month! How exciting! We will meet there for dinner and discussion of our next book, The Language of Flowers, and then on to the library to hear what we hope will be a very interesting talk on the 12,000 children who rode the orphan train from New York to Michigan from the 1850′s to 1929! Overall, more than 200,000 orphans rode these trains from New York to cities in the Midwest. Amazing stories…both good and bad!

 

My most recent ‘read’ was a new book in a series of 7 written by a 21 year old!! The book is The Bone Season, another dystopian novel about young people. It’s a slow-starter, but definitely becomes interesting!

Yesterday was a beautiful day for reading outside…so that’s just what I did!!! I’m reading an old novel by Jonathan Kellerman…’Bones’….it’s a good book, especially reading in the sunshine and breeze!

Books are my thing!! I love to read….mostly non-intellectual books (sorry to disappoint you, but I’m a mystery, legal, medical thriller type of girl). I read for pleasure mostly and only occasionally for learning:)))

What are you reading??

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #5

Hurray for Super Saturday #5…

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

Today’s three:

1) “Let love be your guide”…   always:))


…ain’t love grand:)))

2) had book club this week…next meeting not until September, summer break!!  The book will be The Orphan Train..

3) I watched “The Way We Were” recently…quite a movie! Barbra and Robert, quite a team!

That was the name of our 1949 ChrisCraft…yup, The Way We Were!

Are you finding your happiness today?? I hope so:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #4

Hurray for Super Saturday #4…

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

 

1) leaves and plants growing green .. that amazing spring-time green


2) completing a particular task….writing invitations, affixing labels, buying supplies….any task that can be checked off the list…magic!!

3) for those of you who have loved reading Robert B. Parker books for many years and have been saddened by his death…take heart!! The author who has been given permission to use his name by his estate…Ace Atkins, does a fantastic job using the same familiar characters and the same sarcastic humor we have become used to. The latest book, “Wonderland”, feels just like a Robert B. Parker Spenser book.   Love it:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #59

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #59

 

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

 

1) celebrating Scott’s birthday at Mongolian BBQ…hilarious!

yum

grillin' up the food..

poor Scott...ha, ha...foil helmet and singing "I'm a Little Teapot"

at least he was rewarded with a free sundae!

oh, no...poor puppy was afraid of the new look!!

2) being able to help teachers with their unending testing….I brought home some theme tests to grade at home

stacks of them

3) had book club this week…book was Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, next month The Kitchen House and then The Forgotten Garden

thought this was hilarious!!

I hope you are having a delightful Thursday:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and  C

Gift Ideas ;)

Just a couple of book ideas to share…

 

For parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers, and babysitters:

How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths

sorry...can't help sharing:))

And…for all of you fans of Fifty Shades of Grey:

Fifty Shades of Chicken

This is a seriously funny parody…with ‘Miss Hen’ and ‘Mr. Blades”….actual recipes, with naughty dialogue between the two main ‘characters’. Throw it in the stockings of your friends…great surprise!!

 

Have fun!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Thankful Thursdays #34

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #34

 

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

 

1) The absolutely gorgeous weather we have been having…lovely during the day, windows open and covered in blankets at night…ahhh…I feel a fall breeze coming. Here are some summer pretties!

2) ha, ha…to prove that our book club is not full of ‘book snobs’…we decided to read “Fifty Shades of Grey”!!!  The discussion was definitely hilarious….embarrassing, but funny:)    These shirts are only worn at book club…one of us chickened out and another was working….but the 3 of us thought we were brave even though the waitress at the restaurant looked down her nose at us telling us about her lofty literary choices….    here’s the proof of our bravery:)))

3) having the time to read…anytime and anywhere…I love to go to the metropark to read or the outside mall, people-watching while reading, or just in the back yard…the cooler weather makes it so enjoyable!

 

Enjoy your days…find time for fun, for you and your kids!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Thankful Thursdays #30

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #30

 

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

 

1) “Everything is a learned behavior.”   Doesn’t this quote make you think??  Perhaps as parents and educators we can make sure what children learn is what we want them to know…including behaviors and character traits!

2) Have you read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? It is AMAZING!!! What a beautifully written and thoughtful story….the language is so good it takes your breath away. I strongly recommend you try it! I won’t tell you what it’s about because my language doesn’t fit the author’s so it would lose something in the telling….honestly, a wonderful read!!

 

3) I did my second day of Meals on Wheels today…whew, it was so much easier the 2nd time. I found the houses easier and finished in just over an hour of driving time. I think I like it:)))

 

just because he makes me happy:)

Enjoy your perfectly wonderful day and share your happiness with others!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

loved it again…

We went to see The Hunger Games again today!! I still loved it! I may have enjoyed it more the second time since I could pay attention to the story instead of wondering how they were going to portray the story!

these guys

and these guys!

The ladies and I had gone the first week it came out, and all of us wanted to see it again! So this was our chance!

Afterwards we went out to eat…yummm…a chicken quesadilla was delicious!

 

Did you see The Hunger Games? What did you think?

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Just Have to Share:)

We just need to share our latest…and greatest…information with all of you (so you don’t feel left out of the loop)… :)

 

How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths

If you open the above link, you will head directly to our Amazon page where you can peek inside our book, check out the table of contents, order, review or like our book for parents and teachers. Plan ahead for Christmas or shower gifts :)

 

Have you ever been to a book signing? I haven’t!  -  but Chad and I are holding a Childhood Myths Open House and Book Signing at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI on October 17 from 7-9PM. If you live in the area we would love to see you there…just stop in and say hi!

bring your own copy or buy one there...isn't it pretty?

If you will check out our home page you will find out about workshops that we offer to any size parent or teacher group anywhere in the US and Canada. We would be happy to answer questions you might have on workshops or individual parenting questions through our email… childhoodmyths@gmail.com

We love what we do…take advantage of us :) )

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Book Club Pick!

Are you looking for a new book for your book club? Are you a parent…or a teacher…or a grandparent….or someone looking for a baby shower gift, preparing for Christmas gifts….birthdays, or just looking for a fun read?

 

I got to be a guest speaker at a lovely book club gathering last night. These wonderful ladies had chosen How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths as their book for August and invited me to discuss it with them. How exciting is that? It was so much fun because the message of the book isn’t negative about what we don’t do as parents, but positive about what we do right. Everyone can use a hint now and then, right? Our book hopes to enrich your parenting experience by sharing silly and/or serious stories from our family and classrooms, giving you ideas to use or share with others.

If you wish to see a couple of sample pages from our first ‘childhood myth’….”No Means Yes”… just head to Amazon at the above link and you can check it out:)

 

Maybe if you choose a certain book for your book club a certain person might come join your discussion:))

 

Thanks, book clubbers, for making us feel that our adventure has been worthwhile. It means a lot to us!!

hurray!!

If you have any questions about book clubs, workshops, home parties …anything to do with parenting and/or teaching…send them along, and we’ll be happy to answer them:)

 

Happy us….and Happy Parenting!

D and C