TLG Christmas Party, 2017

This wonderful group of friends has been celebrating Christmas…and, well, every thing else also…for a very long time. We always have so much fun, and now we have 3rd generation cuties to make us laugh!

Enjoy the photos as we continue to make delightful memories!

From start to finish, the party was so much fun….and exhausting for some ;)

For more pics, head to my Facebook page!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

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

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

50 Years of Friendship

I had an Alpha Chi reunion at my house this week….12 beautiful ladies who I have known since the ’60′s!!!!  It is amazing how the friendships made in college have such a lasting impact! We rarely see each other…for one of us it’s been since 1969…but we revert instantly to silliness and joy as if we had seen each other every week since then!

So excuse a couple of the ‘hilarious’ photos of us having fun!!

Here are a couple of previous reunion photos:

about 2010

about 2012

this year

an unexpected gift from C and S the day before the party!!

checking out a 'composite' from 1968!!

silliness is starting

and more on the way...

and definite silliness...mixed with lots of fun!!

Love you, Alpha Chi Sisters!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C

 

Glasgow

A post….Just because I don’t want to forget to share an amazing part of an amazing trip….here is Glasgow!!

Let me just say that I LOVED Scotland! It is so beautiful, and the people are so friendly…and …the accent…wonderful!!

heading into the harbor...

Leaving the ship, everyone was given a shot of whisky!!!

First mention of haggis (actually tasted pretty good!)….with our ship in the background

A first view of the scenery…with hay bales

beautiful green

Just gorgeous…

You take the high road????

Checking out the view…

Many pics from Inverary Castle where the Duke of Argyle still lives:

decorative artillery

a view of Loch Lomond

eating in Inverary… Steak Pie…yum!!!

wetting our whistles!!

The pub where we sampled the fare!

Loch Fyne Whiskies....why not??

Loch Lomond

…in the city of Luss along Loch Lomond

peeking...

…and finally, our tour guide and driver…Alen from Stravaign Tours….great job!!

We all loved this part of our trip…a Scottish excursion….lovely!!

 

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

…and now, Cork and Blarney Castle…Ireland!!

Our first stop on the cruise was in Ireland…Cork, Blarney Castle, and Kinsale…

We went to Blarney Castle…just to explore.We had heard it took many steps and was quite difficult to get to the Blarney Stone and kiss it…

Here it is!

beautiful weather

 

From here, we thought we were headed inside to explore the castle….but, nope..

we wound up climbing up the crumbling steps…no backing down, no other way out!!

this was the look at the top…definitely worth the climb

And since we were there…we did kiss the Blarney Stone!!!

We were hanging upside down over that little window at the very top!!!

Beautiful gardens and waterways…

On to the fishing village of Kinsale for a pub….beer and the best fish and chips ever!!!

Then we headed back to Cobh….the port where our cruise ship was waiting for us!

There's our ship!!

Lots of things to see and do so far in our adventure!!! Next stop will be Dublin!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

When the Parents are Away….

When the parents are away…the grandparent has lots of fun with the granddaughter!!!!

These two beautiful people:

left for a vacation in California…and left their darling daughter in my loving care for a whole week!!!  I was honored and delighted to be able to spend time with my very favorite little girl :) This is how the week went…

testing out all kinds of food

:) Gramma's kitchen turned into a disaster area :)

sweet pea…spending her days either standing up or holding hands and walking...

trying out a different chair

hanging out at Stony Creek

little one and kitty ignoring each other...

some more standing…new outfit :)

out to dinner with TLG friends

…and more...

just being cool in the stroller!

a playdate at the park!!

makes a girl very thirsty :)

time for a story??

toys at Gramma's

that is the face of someone who likes the TV

all dressed up for dinner with 2 Grammas

having fun with Gramma Mary!!

hanging out with Uncle Chad and the kitty

some more playing...

some more standing...

some more books...

exciting bath time :)

aren't I cute???

 

and Mommy and Daddy come home!

checking out Yosemite!

Gramma had a wonderful time with sweetness while Mommy and Daddy had a lovely trip to themselves!  PS: Tell them they can do that again any time they’d like to :) ))))))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Wine Tasting…with a Baby !!

This past weekend my darling family treated me to a family wine tasting tour in the Traverse City area. Two sons, two daughters-in-love, one adorable granddaughter, and me…exciting adventure for all!! We left on Thursday and returned on Sunday. This was a Christmas gift for me from the kids, and what a treat it was!!! They are all so much fun to be with!

a beautiful sunny day with my loves!!

 

They rented a lovely house in Leland, a block from town and a block from the beach…perfect!!

walking into town…and Fishtown

snuggled in and ready to go :)

The first day we hit 4 wineries and 2 distilleries!!

trying a breadstick..

couple #1

couple #2

me with my guys

We had so much fun visiting all the  beautiful vineyards!

baby's sleeping during this tasting

the guys and their favorite 'taste'

At the Blue Tractor inTraverse City for lunch…experimenting with a lemon!!

whoa!! but after this first taste she was just fine with it :)

This is what our counter looked like after the first day…yikes!

The second day we visited the beach, Fishtown, Glen Arbor, and a couple more wineries…

heading to the beach

trail is not meant for a stroller!

hi from the beach!!

can you see the bugs??? Yuck, swarming!!

didn't bother her!

throwing competition!!

delicious sandwiches at Fishtown…while baby naps

Then off to Glen Arbor:

a little more wine tasting

a snack at Boonedock’s

she says, "Happy Father's Day, Daddy!"

Then back toward Leland to our favorite winery, Chateau Fontaine

This was the counter at the end of day 2!!

The time we spent together in the house was so precious…loved it all!

Thanks, my darling family, for an absolutely perfect vacation with the perfect people!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C