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


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??



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?


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



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 #26

Hurray for Super Saturday #26…

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) Thanksgiving with these folks!!

2) hosted here…

the new Mr. & Mrs. hosted:))

their newly beautiful dining room

S made this bar/buffet :)

table looks great, doesn't it?


3) food…before and after…

What is all that, you ask?? I took 2 appetizers, a veggie, and a salad…

pineapple meatballs...crockpot

cheese sausage bites

green bean casserole and brussels sprouts slaw

the turkey was brined and smoked...delicious!!

busy carving

full plate

...and empty!!

I am always thankful for my wonderful family!! This year was especially exciting in so many ways….adding beautiful people to bless us all, being able to enjoy an incredible meal with the newlyweds in their beautiful new home, and always being grateful for wonderful memories:))


Happy Parenting and Thanksgiving to you and yours!

D and C

The Story of the Ring

On Saturday’s post I mentioned the emotional story of the ring….

So now…for the story:

Chad, the groom’s brother, and Lauren, the bride-to-be, came up with a plan for Scott’s wedding ring that would have meaning and an emotional impact on all of us!! We gave Lauren the CMU class ring that belonged to F2 ( the groom’s dad and our everything…who died in ’96). She found someone who would melt it down and incorporate it…and the gold from her great-grandmother’s earrings…into the metal of the ring. So the ring now represents the melding of the families forever. Chad then designed an inscription for the inside of the ring….a play on F2′s signature with an initial D hidden there for me, and a line around the entire inside of the ring for a continuing signature. Lauren wrote a MOST beautiful letter to Scott which she was going to read to him at the rehearsal dinner…couldn’t do it, she had to ask Scott to read it out loud to everyone, while she sniffled emotionally in the background….actually everyone was sniffling in the background. They have a wonderfully emotional group of friends who appreciate the sentimental!!

reading the letter



Lauren showed me the ring at one of the showers…



Scott will wear this very special ring for very special occasions….since he also received an every day ring for bumming around!!!

Scott was so amazed and in awe of the sentimentality that went into making this ring!! I loved watching him watching Lauren…with LOVE in his eyes:))) It was so special. He said it was the best surprise he’s ever had…sigh:))



Happy Parenting!

D and C

An Awesome Day:)

For your viewing pleasure….a small overview of a beautiful wedding!


beginning the ceremony

it's official...they're husband and wife!!

entering the reception

sharing cake...

first dance...

looks like love...

groom's speech

best man's Chad

I love this!!!


Just a touch for everyone…there will be stories and photos to come in the future!

Everything about the day was all we had hoped for…the weather cooperated, all of us were blessed with joyful hearts for the newlyweds!!  Two beautiful people becoming a loving married couple…perfection, for sure:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #14

Hurray for Super Saturday #14…

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) at the rehearsal dinner, an amazing, beautiful letter for Scott from Lauren…it touched everyone’s heart…as she gave him his wedding ring for the ceremony (if you want the story, let me know)  :)

Scott reading his letter...


emotional Lauren watching him...

2) yesterday was our Out-of-Towners’ BBQ….held in Chad and Shannon’s back yard for Scott and Lauren

very popular:)

with Lauren's grandparents

enjoying the shade

Roxy gets to come to the picnic

the boys with Tom and Krista (my brother and sister-in-law)

love 'em

a little one, picking apples!

Mary, with her hubby and her sisters

relaxing in the shade...

family :)

babies included:))))

end of the evening with a tired puppy!


We had hot sun and bright skies, then clouds came in….and, in perfect timing, at the very end of the night, the skies opened up and it POURED for hours! We’re all assuming that was to get it out of the way for a more important day!!!

3) The most exciting of all…. today is the day of the wedding!!

These two are lovely together, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored to be the one to make them husband and wife!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Memories of Put-in-Bay

So….a bachelor party at Put-in-Bay???  No, not Scott’s…but he did attend one recently. It brought back some memories of the great fun we used to have when we took our boat and spent the night at the Crews’ Nest Marina. We toured the island, swam in the pool, and enjoyed sleeping on the boat…conveniently named Freddie and the Dreamers!

Scott would have had this look long ago when figuring out what the partiers were doing at the main marina…

But at that time we were having our own party!!

Both on the boat and off!

Memories of great times…always wonderful!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

End of Summer??

Children…summer fun!! And then so soon it’s time for school to begin again….

So much fun over the years….little guys, big guys…doesn’t matter! Back yard, on vacation, alone or with friends. Michigan is a beautiful place to PLAY!

But then, back to a new, fresh year of learning in school! Exciting for most…ready for friends and new classrooms!

If you still have a few days of summer left…enjoy them:))

For those of you back in school, enjoy those days, also!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C