Joyful Thursdays #49

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #49

 

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

 

1) Scott and Lauren’s engagement continues to make me very happy…

aren't they cute?

2) I found my own ‘elf’ on the floor downstairs one morning…. someone took it off the tree…can you guess who that might be??

3) new stockings this year….love them!!


Their pups have stockings now, too!

 

This is a lovely week isn’t it….between Christmas and a brand new year! Count your blessings, and share them with your kids!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Some News and a Merry Christmas!

Scott and Lauren are engaged!!!   ….as of Christmas Eve morning, during a walk with the puppy in the park!

We are all so excited!!

the happy couple :)

My lovely, romantic son actually found the ring she had posted on pinterest….sneaky, huh?

gorgeous

We all celebrated at our traditional Christmas Eve dinner out…with Lauren’s family and ours, too :)

An exciting start to our Christmas!!!!

A very Merry Christmas to all of you

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

A TLG Christmas

Another beautiful TLG Christmas…delicious meal, great presents, but most of all…wonderful friends!!!

Every year, as many of us as possible get together and have FUN!!!  9 of the 12 possible adults, 8 of the possible 15 “kids”…..

a signature cocktail...

a yummy pork roast

many tasty side dishes...

great folks...

more lovelies...

I love these people sooo much…those who attended and those who couldn’t…        Our Torch Lake Group:))

One of our continuing traditions since the kids were babies! More traditions coming soon!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Joyful Thursdays #48

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #48

 

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

 

1) working on doing 26 acts of kindness…love it!

#1 & #2 – drug store gift cards left at the pharmacy

#3, 4, & 5 – small box of chocolate to smiling cashiers

#6 – 12 – bought a book for each grade level and dropped them off in classrooms


#13 – Barnes and Noble gift card for media center person to buy books for school

#14 – today when I deliver Meals on Wheels I’m giving each senior a flower also :)

2) continuing to come up with ideas in the coming weeks to finish out 26 acts…and hopefully continue with more

ideas: gift cards for crossing guards and police at schools, gift cards(or $) stuck to packages of diapers at KMart and Target, buy towels for rescue centers, buy socks and/or mittens for senior center…..do you have any more for me??

 

3) new sugar cookie recipe was yummy and easier than cutout cookies!!

Keep finding the joy this season…laugh with your kiddies:) Make beautiful memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Helping Remember

C and I were checking out the ornaments on last year’s tree, and I was telling him the stories of each one…where and who it came from, how long we had had it, whatever I could remember. C said I should take a photo of each ornament and tell the story on the back so the stories wouldn’t be forgotten in the future. That sounded like a great idea until I began taking the ornaments off the tree and decided I would NEVER get finished…way too many of them:)

So here is my compromise:  photos of groups of ornaments that have similar stories…here are way too many of them for you to see, but definitely not all of them!

F2's childhood ornaments

my childhood 'Horns'

some of C's

more of C's

some of S's

more of S's

lovely TLG ornaments

birds for luck and more of D's childhood

bells

love elves and angels

more angels

collected during our travels

more travel

metal...plus college

love the teacher ornaments

gifts from family and friends

Okay…I know…that’s enough, right?? I have at least twenty more photos, but you get the idea, I’m sure! I love that C thought of this plan. Looking at the photos will make it easier to tell the stories of individual ornaments and reliving the memories that make them special!

Find happiness in the season and share it with your children:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Santa?

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?

peeking!!!

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





















Joyful Thursdays #45

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #45

 

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

 

1) the ordered Christmas cards arrived so I can begin addressing them…here are some memories from previous years’ cards:

2) the piano lessons are coming along:) I love it when I can actually recognize what I am playing! Working on some Andrew Lloyd Webber music right now…ahhh!

my dad's piano from about 1958

3) think this one is ready for the holidays??

Finding your own happiness, even in the midst of trials, is a great gift to your children!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Happiness Tuesdays #52…wow! A Year’s Worth!

Happiness Counts!

 

Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

Happiness Tuesdays #52

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

This time of year I could put many things here, so how about these…

 

1) Out to eat with the guys and their girls…love it

2) a Christmas get together with our Torch Lake friends

the 'kids'

...and the big guys:)

3) Christmas Day with my favorite people :)

beautiful, inside and out...

love them:)

I hope the holidays brought you joy, gave you peace, and relieved a bit of that pre-Christmas stress. Find your happiness with the people you love!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Remembering Manners + Christmas Share – Day 22

The Thursday before Christmas??? Are you ready? Are your children ready to be cheerful and happy with what they receive…no matter what it is?

are you grateful for each other?

 

Maybe a little discussion is needed…talking about the difference between wants and needs…talking about those less fortunate…talking about manners and making those around you feel comfortable!  Lots of discussions, spur of the moment kinds of talks…what do you hear and see on TV and music…is that how you want your kids to respond to others?

Speak up…let them know how you want ‘your’ family to act and react during this crazy, festive, stressful holiday season!  Kids will only go as far as you let them…so check for the coming meltdowns and distract and redirect to help them find something interesting to do.

Please and thank you are important lessons to pass on to your children…and they learn them from watching you and your interactions with them and others.

use any kind of thank you's...

How about thanking Santa for the goodies?

Loving the season, the reason, the family, and the day….be happy and joyful (even if it hurts)….

 

Happy Parenting and Christmas Sharing,

D and C

 

From This Mama Says….for Christmas share

http://yourmamasaidwhat.blogspot.com/2011/12/100-cheap-small-giftstocking-stuffer.html

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Christmas is just right around the corner and normally the last thing that everyone is shopping for are those small gifts and stocking stuffers. All those little things you kept saying to yourself that you’d pick up later….. Well ‘later’ is NOW!

Here is a great list of OVER 100 small and inexpensive gift ideas! I don’t know about you, but I hate filling stockings and buying small ‘filler’ presents only to be throwing away those things within weeks, because they were junk!


This year I’ve decided that instead of wasting money, I’m buying things that are either needed, useful or consumable!

Another great idea for coworkers, friends or family is to group some of these items together for a “theme basket”. I tried to group the items together as best I could! Here are a few suggestions… Baking, coffee, makeup, nails, art, golf, spa, electronics, car care, etc.

Also, considering that most of these items are $5.00 or less this would be a wonderful way to bless a family in need! We will be filling a stocking to send to our World Vision child, but you could also drop off with a charity, a church or a specific family that you know! What a wonderful blessing to someone you could be! And what a lesson it would be for your children!

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Happiness Tuesdays #51 and Christmas Share – Day 20

Happiness Counts!

 

Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

Happiness Tuesdays #51

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) a fully decorated tree…old, sentimental, lovely ornaments

filled with love

and more love

 

2) Chad and Scott each did these cross stitch stockings in their fifth grade classrooms…aren’t they wonderful?  Both the stockings and the boys!!!

lots of math involved in these projects!

3) My mop angels bring me happiness every Christmas! I received the first one about 15 years ago from a mother of a 6th grade student (thank you, C) and now have five of them! They are so beautiful and definitely share the Christmas spirit with me!

look at those sweet faces!

Christmas brings us joy and happiness if we let it! Happiness to all of you and your families this holiday season!

 

Happy Parenting and Christmas Sharing,

D and C

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December 20th, 2011

Featured Blog – Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the chance to share special meals with friends and family… but what can you do if some of your loved ones are allergic to your favorite traditional foods? It can be tricky to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fish and nuts… the most common food allergens. But take hope! I’ve searched the internet to find delicious recipes that are free of the top 8 allergens, and I’ve collected them here with photos and links to inspire your own holiday feast! (click for more).