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

Never Forgotten…

It is hard to believe…

18 years since my heart was broken into pieces…but he is never really gone if my heart glued itself back together with beautiful memories…

Believing…makes all the difference…he is still with me, with all of us…bringing us joy and peace, if that is what we choose!

I choose my sweet Fred..always and forever!

Out to celebrate life tonight, with the TLG…toasting memories with our B52′s….

Love you, my sweetie!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Little One Meets the TLG

A first gathering  of the TLG that baby A gets to attend!!

She was a treat for all :)

Lots of hugging and holding….

TLG 'cousins' :)

 

…and then, of course, her daddy, mommy, and me!!

Lots of love to go around…a lucky little lady!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Then and Now

Hawaii…ahhh, beautiful, amazing, uplifting! Can you tell that Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world?

My hubby and I first went to Hawaii in ’72 and again in ’74…I know, I know…I must be ancient:)))  We absolutely loved everything about that beautiful place.

I did not go again…life got busy and family came first…until I decided to take my boys in 1999, after their dad died. I took my two with their best friends when they were 18, 19, 19, and 20. It was a gift to myself, remembering all the fun …because memories are one of the biggest gifts we can give ourselves!

It was such a pleasure to watch those boys enjoy Hawaii as much as F2 and I had.  Then, in 2004, I took my 2 guys again to just vegetate in Waikiki…beach time, sunshine, good food, and wonderful people!!

And now we just returned from a most delightful trip to Hawaii…my sons, and THEIR WIVES!!!  Hurray! They are all the best people in the world! Kind, compassionate, fun loving and positive! My guys really know how to pick them!!!

I am over the moon excited to spend time with them whenever I can..but to be able to share my favorite place with them was awesome, delightful, fantastic and every other positive adjective you can come up with. Love ‘em all!!!

So here we go with the ‘then and now’ of photos…some are from slides from the first 2 trips so the quality may be shaky, but we’re working on memories here folks. It’s all good! Mixed up…old and new photos from Hawaii! Enjoy!!

some new…

some more old…

…and new…

a few more old…

yes…this is the same banyan tree!!!

 


and now…

I hope you enjoyed this small sampling of my Hawaiian memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

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

C & S Wedding Ceremony

More photos for you…this time of the ceremony…so beautiful!!

It's official:)))

best man

happy groom

 

Aren’t they adorable?? I am the luckiest mama in the world!! Two wonderful sons married to two wonderful daughters…hurray:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Venue

A wedding…accomplished!!!   What Joy, Happiness, and Perfection!  Because I took so many photos…I know you’re very surprised!!… I will share bits and pieces with you over time:))

The ceremony and reception were held in the back yard of the happy couple…just a taste of the guys with the bride:

gorgeous, aren't they?

 

And now for an overabundance of venue pics for you…C and S did all of the artistic touches themselves…just amazing!!

they built the dance floor!

clever cover for the propane tank!

memory ribbons

..and finally, the guys getting the lights ready for the dance floor!!

Delightfully done :)  I’m so proud of all the people who did such a wonderful job on a beautiful venue!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Folks

Sharing a few photos

Mom and Carl…at the rehab center
with Dan
with me
and the 4 of us:)
love my mom…

 

Mom is having some gains in pain management..whew…that has been really hard for her! Physical therapists are happy about her efforts. Sooo, we are on a positive path, I think!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

A New “Adventure” ?

We all know that stuff happens, right? Well..currently, stuff is happening! In the midst of wonderful happenings involving weddings and babies…major excitements…my 94-year old mom tripped over a curb and broke her hip!!

 

Now I know what most of you are thinking..well, sure, 94..happens to a lot of old folks! Let me set you just a little bit straight:)) My mother is definitely not an old lady!! She doesn’t tell people her age, so most think she’s somewhere in her early 80′s! She still drives, lives by herself since her husband had to enter a rehab center a couple of years ago, socializes, eats out, and visits her hubby! She is always dressed ‘to the nines’ and never goes without makeup!

So hearing that she was in the hospital and would be having hip surgery was difficult. After 3 nights in the hospital she was transferred to the same rehab where Carl is…for physical therapy on that hip.

arriving at the rehab…Tom and Krista in attendance:))

 

Here she is meeting up with her sweetie:

he has been so concerned about her…

 

…with Tom and Carl…

first day in rehab…all smiles!

Mornings have not been the best side of the adventure….her nights are filled with pain and misery, much of it caused by medication issues. It’s hard to see her in the mornings, because she feels so bad.

But…. after she is dressed and in her wheelchair, she perks right up and the day improves! Whew!

pretty mama

handsome Carl..

smiling for the camera

Mom and I just being silly…

…and the 3 of us…

I sure wish the night time was as good for her as the daytime! I spent the night with her last night…just help alleviate some of her anxiety! It did help a bit…she was much quieter, but she definitely didn’t have great sleep until about 4:30 this morning….she is still sleeping now!! I’m so happy about that! I will stay with her until she wakes up so she knows I didn’t leave her!

Meetings at the rehab with all the staff concerned with her care: 11:00 this morning

I will keep you informed…please send along your very special thoughts and prayers for my mom!

Thank You,

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Another TLG Shower

Our TLG celebrated this lovely couple:

D & C, aren't they cute?

 

a shower in preparation for their October wedding…

having fun, as usual!!

Held at this home:

fantastic hosts, as usual!!

Eating, opening presents, playing with little ones, enjoying each other’s company…always!!

twinners!!

Gramma and Granddaughter!

yummies!

my sweeties...

…and everyone heading out…

All of our TLG get-togethers are wonderful, but special ones .. like wedding or baby showers… are fantastic, emotional, and lovely. We all love our second generation so much…and the third too!!

 

Happy Parenting….always!

D and C