Intentions instead of Resolutions

For those of you who have been hanging around our blog for a few years, you know that I have been doing a list of intentions’ rather than ‘resolutions’ for a couple of reasons:

1. the stress involved in trying to complete resolutions leads to feeling bad instead of feeling positive…doesn’t really go along with my ‘mantra’!!

and

2. intentions can easily be ongoing…so when you complete them you can feel successful, when you start you can feel successful, and anywhere along the way you can feel successful….much easier to adjust or even cancel as you, yourself, change.

In the past, some of the things I have completed include:

having the piano tuned and taking piano lessons

completing 3 quilts made from F2′s tshirts

organizing photos, both digital and print

finding photos like these and being able to make folders online

cleaning specific areas of the house, like the garage and the basement

finding treasures

needed cleaning, right?

doing as many philanthropic endeavors as possible..love them!!

Anyway, now my list of intentions becomes more mental than physical…I want to help my kids in any way that I can, including caring for the new grand baby in my life!! I don’t think I need to write any of that down…because I love every part of it :) :)

Most definitely, Happy Parenting!

D and C

Christmas Plans

How about a recap from one of the first blog posts from Childhood Myths??   December, 2010


How did those letters go that your kids wrote to Santa? Did they ask for too much…did you help them adjust?




1. Kids do not ‘need’ lots of toys – help them see the difference in needs and wants early. Make sure they understand that they will not get everything on that list, nor should they. Santa has many children to give to and shares his toys around the world.


2. Do not give your children all that they ask for. It saps the excitement from each moment because they begin to understand that, no matter what, they really will get it all.


3. Christmas morning at our house was always “stockings first”. The kids had to wake us up so we could go downstairs together for our stocking stuffers…small things – fruit, matchbox cars, socks. Everything was ‘oohed’ over and appreciated.

not really awake, but ready!
older, and much more ready…with Corky

 

4. When we, as a family, opened gifts under the tree it was always one gift at a time. Everyone watched until that gift was opened, then we moved on to the next, including Mom and Dad. We alternated gifts from Santa and ones from parents. The kids knew they needed the right grateful attitude when opening presents…or we just might stop;)

5. All during the holidays have the kids help. Chad and Scott helped make cookies, cook, wrap presents for others, straighten up. After Christmas Day see if the kids can find toys they’re ready to let go of (ones their new gifts can replace). Have them go with you to drop these things off at a shelter or another organization that helps people.

still in jammies, but helping up a storm!

 

Try to instill that attitude of gratitude early. It can begin to enhance their ability to think of others on their own as they get older.

Christmas brotherly love :)

 

Good luck during the holidays with gratitude!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and because it’s necessary…a photo op for new Christmas baby:

precious!

 


 


 


Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to my sweet mom,

 

I love you…lots!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #42

Hurray for Super Saturday #42…

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) being a mom :)

who wouldn't love being a mom to these cute little guys?

 

all seasons, all the time :)

big brother, little brother...

2) being a mom…. C and S   :)

my beautiful boy #1...

my beautiful boy #2

 

3) being a mom… my two guys and now my two girls :)

all adorable and all beautiful, inside and out!!

 

Being a mom is what my life is all about…I love it, I love them! I am soo grateful for all that I have:))))

:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love and Joy, today and always!!

...a special surprise in the snow...

 

Love to my sweeties!

adorable, aren't they? ....and just as sweet!

 

Happiness to spread around….

...reading brings happiness too, right?

 

Love to my honey…always!!!

..he loved that car:))

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone…and, as usual, find your joy….wherever you can find it:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

 

 

 

Super Saturday #32

Hurray for Super Saturday #32…

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) Frozen lake, then more snow, then it starts to melt…and this beautiful blue color appears!

photos just can't capture the color...

 

2) the guys and girls gave me a wine tasting for Christmas, and we took advantage of it last night….great place, Filipo Marc Winery! We tasted 15 different wines, with great explanations and tasty snacks. Yum!! Then we went out to dinner…great night with those favorite folks of mine:)))

cute couple #1

cute couple #2

(a few other slightly obnoxious photos were taken, but I’ll keep them secret)  ;)

3) goofy cat has decided that sleeping on cast-aside newspaper from Christmas boxes makes the best place for a nap….lots of crinkling going on:)))

silly kitty!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Super Saturday #31

Hurray for Super Saturday #31…

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) McDonalds…every morning…breakfast burrito and coffee , yum!!!


2) received this great stamper with my return address on it…so cute!!

3) this beautiful scarf has been very handy in the cold we’ve been having…warm and cozy…thanks, AK!!

What makes you happy? What are you grateful for? There are always things to be joyful about…are you finding them? Share joy with your kids!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #30

Hurray for Super Saturday #30…

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:

 

3 beautiful gifts from my darlin’s :

this portrait of all of them…sneakily taken in the fall and hidden from me ’til now:))


Isn’t it gorgeous?? I am the luckiest mama in the world!!!

I also got individual couple pictures from their engagement photos…love them!!! I’ll show you those later:)

 

Here are a few others from the sneaky photo session!!


love it:)))

Beautiful, right?? Aren’t I lucky??

LOVE THEM ALL!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to Everyone! Enjoy the time with your families..no matter what you plan:)

From our growing and wonderful family to yours…

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #29

Hurray for Super Saturday #29…

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) angels..love them…


2) my mom’s crystal…from 1943…pretty, huh?

with pralines and Russian teacakes...

3) additions to my beautiful nativity set…thanks, S family!!

before...

...and after...

 

Many things to be thankful for this season…rejoice in the season….   :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C