Super Saturday #21

Hurray for Super Saturday #21…

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) I did remember to buy some flowers to pass out to the Meals on Wheels seniors:

pretty yellow!


Comments included: “Thank you sooo much!”, “These will sure brighten up my day”, and my favorite: “ohhh, posies for my sweetie!” from a gentlemen for his wife:))  There were also a few shocked faces, but I think everyone liked the sunny flowers!

After leaving some at the senior center where the meals are prepared, I took these beauties home to brighten up my kitchen!

2) This over-laden apple tree is in one of the senior’s back yards. I’ve watched it with blossoms and then tons of apples this year after absolutely none last year! Check out the spike of tree at the top still trying to stand tall after all the rest of the branches have bent under the load of apples! I guess we could use this for a metaphor of our lives, huh? Stand tall, everyone:))

3) …and you know this little, okay big, guy is my forever buddy!! He had a birthday…12 now!!! Yikes! I guess he needs his beauty sleep:)

look at that cute little nose:)


Enjoy your last Saturday in October….are you ready for Halloween??


Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Second Anniversary!

Isn’t that amazing?? I actually have been blogging for 2 years now…it doesn’t seem that long! I hope you have enjoyed the posts ( a little over 300 since Oct. 2010), because it has been fun and a little creative for me:)

This is what the first two posts looked like:


Still talking about Halloween and the fun we can have as families while introducing values that coincide with the boundaries we have for our children…loving the happiness that Halloween can bring!

What you decide is right for your children…costumes, candy, trick-or-treating is definitely up to you. Make sure your decisions are long term ones that you, and your children, will remember with fondness:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Great Zoo!

The Detroit Zoo is so much better than it used to be. You could spend many days just walking through it as if you were walking through a beautiful park!

It may have helped being a lovely fall day with both Halloween decorations and autumn foliage…

lots of animals to see…

rhinos look like the boulders!

beautiful bald eagles

then we headed toward the polar bears….

then into the tunnel…wow!!!

look at those feet!

a seal, up close and personal...

the polar bear chasing a ball over the top of the tunnel...amazing!

playing with his ball:)

We had such a great time at the zoo! I’m sure we’ll be back again to spend a little more time….if nothing else, to see the amazing polar bears again!!!

Head on over to the zoo, with or without your children:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

More Halloween

Ready for more cute Halloween photos…pumpkins: the veggie kind and the sweetie-pie kind….

Super cute, right??

Love ‘em:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Old-Fashioned Halloween

Just reminiscing about Halloweens past…want to see??

Sooo much fun!! We had a great time coming up with costumes that didn’t require buying much. When they could be used as pajamas or sweats….success! The boys always worked with Daddy to figure out what the jack-o-lanterns would look like:)


These photos were all from the mountains of slides I worked on this year….love the memories!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happiness Tuesdays #44

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 #44

Here are three things that make me happy:


1) Silly, little kids…laughs and giggles about anything. When kids can’t control their laughing, I love it!

encourage silliness:)

2) Halloween is over…oh, wait….did I say that out loud??? I do like Halloween, but I definitely breathe a sigh of relief when it has passed on by!


3) …and a quote for you…

” Remember the wonderful blessings that come to you each day from the hands of a generous and gracious God, and forget the irritations that would detract from your happiness.”

William Arthur Ward


Try to find the good in each day and in each person. Grow your own happiness and pass it on to your children!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all !!


When looking through the box of dolls that we found in the attic, this poor bride doll showed up!?!  Not much good for anything…except for today!!!

Featuring “Zombie Bride”….


scary?? or just sad?

Have a great Halloween with your little monsters and princesses!  Check here for some helpful hints on how to handle the ‘gimmees’ that follow this candy-filled holiday!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Halloween Tips

Our family has always had great fun for Halloween! The boys were involved in all the wonderful activities that October has to offer.

Going out to find the best pumpkins while visiting the cider mills for yummy cider and donuts.

finding the best pumpkins

we like october!

Changing those simple orange gourds into silly, amazing, or scary jack-o-lanterns.

using safe pumpkin knives gives a good start

Green Lantern lovin' those jack-o-lanterns

aren't these great??

Finding costumes that don’t involve much spending or sewing, but that the kids loved.

pajama ninjas!

lil drummer boy

throwing together pieces that work!

Halloween can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Calm down! Enjoy the simple moments, and don’t add in more than you can handle. Sometimes cutting down on the extra parties and get-togethers can make the one time ‘trick-or-treating’  become more special to the family as a whole. You have to decide what works for your family. When your kids are young, I hope you can focus on them and leave your adult time activities to take a second place just for one night :)

It’s coming soon!!! Are you ready?? What will your kids be for Halloween?  Have fun and enjoy!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Halloween Tips

Hi Everyone!!

Welcome to our new blog: SassyKids at Childhood Myths!    I am Diane, mother of 2 adult sons, and a teacher forever! My older son Chad, also a teacher, will join in now and then with his viewpoint also. Our hope is that you will find an occasional tip or technique to help you make your parenting more joyful and fulfilling for both you and your children.

Week 1, Tip #1:      …here goes:)
Enjoy Halloween with your kids!!!

From going to that pumpkin patch:

Pick a kid-friendly one that encourages kids to touch and sit on the pumpkins—they will remember  and want to go to the same place year after year. Starting family traditions with tons of interaction leads to great memories. As the kids grow older, what you do at that pumpkin patch may change to include cider and donuts, corn mazes, hay rides, and even haunted houses.
To carving that pumpkin:
Get messy!!! Kids love the chance to decide for themselves whether to help get the “guts” out of the pumpkins. One of my boys was always ready to dive in, and the other one dug with a big spoon…at least when they were still little!
Let them use the kid-friendly pumpkin carvers. They love them!! They can use markers first to draw whatever face they want…scary, funny, happy…their choice. If you need a choice make sure you grab your own pumpkin!! Please, please use this as fun time for your family!

And also the costumes:

Using stuff you have at home and repurposing to make a costume was always my plan…I don’t sew(yuck), and I didn’t want to spend $ on one time use costumes. But using jackets, scarves, capes, pajamas, etc.—that was great fun that the kids could help with. And then make-up was always the added key!!

Next week: tips on what to do with all that candy:)

Have fun,
D and C