And We End up in Amsterdam!

We finished our Rhine River Cruise in Amsterdam…a lovely, but VERY busy city!! We stayed in an excellent hotel right in the middle of all the ‘happenings’!

Lots of canal time, visiting the Van Gogh museum, shopping, and eating delicious food!

a toast on our last night on the ship

M & R

C & W

K & J

bikes...everywhere!!!!

the flower market

checking out the multitude of gin flavors

meeting the 'kiddos' at a great restaurant

 

And finally home to the little one…  So the next blog will be back to babies, kids, friends, helpful hints, and happiness!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

More Rhine River

Are you ready for more beauty along the Rhine? Ready or not, here it comes! Photos from Heidelberg and Cologne, with a little fun along the way!

relaxing after a very hot day

gondola over the river

Life is about love, last minutes, and lost evenings

our elegant guide in Cologne

The spitting boy statue!

Cheers!

 

Lots of fun so far….only one more blog to finish sharing our trip with you!

Happiness abounds when traveling with friends!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Rhine River Beauty

Back again with more info on our beautiful Rhine River Cruise!! Are you ready to see what we did next?? After spending time in Lucerne we boarded the Emerald Destiny for our cruise along the Rhine:

A lovely beginning to our cruise…

First we spent time in the Black Forest region…including learning how to make Black Forest cake….and eating it!!

Back on the ship cruising along to Strasbourg:

Strasbourg, in France, across the river from Kehl, Germany is a beautiful city!

beautiful flowers everywhere

an homage to the Declaration of Independence

an impromptu bus choir singing in front of the cathedral

 

And then into the back roads of wine country for a wine tasting!

5th generation French winery owner

a hamlet on our way back to the ship...a little taste of beer after the wine!!!

These 2 celebrated their anniversary while on the cruise!!

Happy Anniversary!!

 

More to come in the future!!

In the meantime….find things to make yourself happy and to share that happiness with others!! It is a beautiful world…find every little bit of it and share as much as possible!!

 

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

Catching Up

I was recently reminded that some of my family…both sons…are not on FaceBook and therefor are not seeing some of the family photos that I have posted! So, because of my dereliction of duties…here are some pics that I have scanned from 27 boxes of slide trays from the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s.  Don’t worry, they’re not all here :)  Just a few pics, mostly from the 60′s!

Have fun!!

This particular slide is from 1946!!!! ...of yours truly!

a picture of family, from the 50's...yikes!

Diane, Danny, and mom Helen

Handsome Dan!

with Tom

Gramma Horn

Gramma Smith

D and D heading to work at Chrysler during college break

me and my honey!!

D and D and F2

D and F2 wedding, 1968

ready for the honeymoon

Dan and Carol wedding, 1968

heading for their honeymoon

mom and Carl wedding, 1968

Old slides are so much fun! It makes me happy that they  have been saved for so many years!!

 

Keep making memories!

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 #7 ?? Sort of…

Instead of a normal Sunshiny Sunday, I thought I’d return to the cruise from the fall…

Because it’s now March, maybe exploring Ireland would be a good idea…so for today, we took an excursion called “Irish for a Day”.  Our Princess Cruise ship arrived in Dublin:

an Irish Ferry complete with a shamrock!

We headed by bus out of Dublin about an hour to a farm where we were greeted with coffee and scones before learning to make our own Irish soda bread…

our Irish friend is standing on a table giving us our directions :)

hmmm, not bad…

Then we had a hay ride on a wagon to a peat bog…which is now protected a lot like our wetlands are…

the bog, with beautiful heather just beginning to bloom

The turf, which was used for heating, takes millions of years to grow…millimeters at a time! Amazing!

The weather was cooperating at this point!!

After returning to the barn, we got to milk the cows before heading in for lunch.

Lunch was delicious… a vegetable puree soup and then ham, potatoes, cabbage, and carrots along with our very own soda bread and butter. We finished with apple pie for dessert!!

Doesn't it look good?

After lunch we headed to the barn to learn some authentic Irish dances..sorry, no time for pictures…we were too out of breath :)  We also learned how to play the bowron…a drum!

This guy taught us the dances, and yes…everyone participated!! See the drums along the back wall?

We saw Cannemara ponies…very pretty and gentle!

We finished the day watching the sheepherder and his dog herding the sheep. The dog was having so much fun. He didn’t want to stop when the sheepherder was trying to train the next young pup!

What an amazing day in the Irish countryside!! Thank you to the owners of the Causey Farm for inviting us to join them for the day. As an added piece of wonderment…the day ended with this rainbow! …Which became a double rainbow and followed us all the way back to the ship!! Sigh! Who needs reality??!!

look closely for the double rainbow!

It’s too bad pictures can never show the true beauty of real life, but they are a good way to trigger your most beautiful memories!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #6

Here we go with three awesome and wonderful things that make me happy:

1) It is always exciting to see a launch of any kind while in Florida…this time an Atlas delivering GPS satellites!

2) Friends from school surprising me for my birthday…love them!!!

3) sweetie pie, growing up so fast…it’s hard to believe!! She makes me laugh :) :)

cool in her shades!!

trying to share with the kitty

…and because I only have boys…I get to play with her hair…Boy, do I need practice?!?

but she sure is cute!!

Find your sunny times…whether they come from outside or inside!!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #5

Here again are three things that make me happy, bring me joy, and give me peace!!

1) My Mom and my friends…together:

…isn’t she amazing??

2) My dad’s Prisoner of War book from WWII

any ideas on how to preserve the book and all the letters home??

3)…and, of course, baby girl…

Isn't she just the sweetest thing?

More to come next week…hope you’re enjoying the Super Bowl!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sundays #1

You are right…I have been lax in the blog world for over a month!! I have been enjoying the holidays immensely!!

Now, in order to keep myself on track, I will return to posting things that make me happy and bring me joy. I have done Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays…so now, let’s try Sunshiny Sundays.

Here are three things that bring me joy, make me happy, and encourage the positive side of me:

1) Sunshiny days whether warm or cold,  hot or cool…if the day is sunny, I love it!!

2) Boys and girls that are filled with love…fill me with love.

Aren’t they adorable???

3) And….always, the beautiful baby girl who made me a gramma:

I hope you find happiness on this lovely Sunday morning :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C