Sunshiny Sunday #4

Here are three things that make me happy, bring me joy, and keep me positive:

1) Giving blood in a blood drive….before and during: NO! That does not make me happy at all. I really don’t like giving blood. But…after I am done, I am so happy that I have contributed to someone else’s health and happiness.

2) These 5 beauties give me so much joy! They took me out for my birthday to a new restaurant…delicious! And a very needed gift that I would have procrastinated on doing myself!!  They are so smart :)

3) My little cutie in all her glory:

rocking her sunglasses

driving around in her 'ride'

checking out her 'kicks'

:) :) How's that for a pose??? Ha, Haa!!!

Loving my life….find the happy in yours and enjoy it!!

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


Writing to Gramma Gallimore

A great idea for teachers:

Involve your parents in projects with your kids!!


Whether I taught 2nd grade or 6th grade, my mom…Gramma Gallimore…chose to write letters to my kids. They were about anything and everything…animals, surfing, Florida, space, whatever looked good to her at the time..she would share tidbits of her life with my students. That was exciting enough, but…my kids then had to return letters to her, telling her about themselves, thanking her for treats she may have sent, asking her questions for future letters. The amazing thing is that my mom has kept all these letters!!! Some were from as long ago as the ’80′s right up until I retired in’09.


Many of these students have kept in contact with me, which is so exciting to me!! I’m checking now to see if some of them remember the Gramma Gallimore picnic we had for Gramma and Grandad when they were visiting Michigan a few years ago. Here are some photos to help bring back memories:

Here is Gramma’s letter and a response from a 5th grader:

with Mr. Seader, the principal


The kids loved these back and forth letters, usually about 5 a year; but more importantly, it’s one of my mother’s favorite memories.  Thanks, kids!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Shower Sunday:)

C and S’s first bridal shower was today!!! It was amazing! Shan’s mom is a wonderful organizer, planner, and ‘finisher’! Everything was beautifully done….so much work…thanks for letting me be a part of such a lovely event!


Be ready for photos because that’s just who I am:))

The wedding will be a burlap and lace theme with touches of horseshoes and cowboy boots…so this is all just perfect!

Isn't this the coolest thing ever? Don't you think S's mom could sell these???

and she made this, plus some beautiful plates as gifts!!

true love:)

doesn't show how gorgeous the back of the dress is...but Chad likes it!!

S and her mom!


C with a 'frou-frou' toasting glass:)

folks working on their game cards...

soo cute!

bridesmaids in charge


lots to open!

a beautiful homemade garter ( by sweet Marie, C's babysitter when he was little)


And my favorite….a framed piece with S’s parents’ wedding photo, F2′s and my wedding photo, and C and S’s engagement photo!!…It doesn’t show up here, but it is wonderful!!!!!

smiling lots...ouch:)

S and sister, Al

S and R

my 2 new daughters...soo excited to have them be a part of the family:))

S with maids of honor A and A!

a beautiful bride and her beautiful bridesmaids

happy mama with her 2 cuties!

cleaning up...

Yikes! Lucky kids!

What a treat to be involved in a son’s shower…it was amazing, and we are all so grateful for everyone who took part!

This may just be what parenting is all about…watching your children become independent, loving, responsible people who find other independent, loving, responsible people to spend their lives with….proud mama here:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Christmas tips

For any of you wondering what got me started blogging in the first place…

I was very much interested in helping parents – with ideas to share about children and Christmas – always hoping for respect, manners, and joy to be a major part of every child’s world.

From December, 2010 … Part 1 of 3


This is the first of a three part series on holiday gift giving.
Today we’ll talk about the “giving” of presents. How do you involve your children in the giving spirit of the season?? Well, the operative word here is INVOLVE!

Decide with your children who they will give gifts to: Mom, Dad, brother, sister, grandparents, teacher, and anyone else you think appropriate. Remember that some of the most precious gifts family members can receive are those that have been made by the children in their lives.

Then decide, based on the child’s age, who will pay and how much. When children are very young, obviously the parents will be in charge of buying gifts and helping with decision-making. As children get older they can begin contributing some of their own money as the decision of what to give becomes more their own. Many schools offer Santa Shops where kids can purchase inexpensive items for all of their special people, and in some cases, the Santa Shop elves even help them with wrapping presents before the kids take them home.

Do include your children in the wrapping of gifts to give to family members. Involving your kids in thinking about what to give, who to give to and why, and preparing the gift increases their ability to care about others and to think about someone besides themselves.

an obvious overabundance!!
gifts of clothing can be fun:)
Christmas photos when they’re young…
…and when they’re older – always important!!

Remember to teach your children important messages in the little things you do every day, especially during the holidays!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

What a Great Idea

Just when I needed it most,  I found this beautiful FaceBook page:

26 Acts of Kindness


The premise…so simple…

Do 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 taken from us at Sandy Creek:

What might you do as a random act of kindness?

I’d love your ideas as I begin to think of what mine might be:


McDonald’s cards for the police who are providing a presence at our schools this week


Small boxes of candy for pleasant cashiers during this stressful time of year


Leave money at a restaurant where the elderly often eat


Flowers to pass out to people you think could use them


Books for classes of children


I’m trying to find simple things to pass out with a note telling folks why….although…this would be a special thing to be doing all the time!!

hold your 'babies' close no matter how old they are!

Happy Parenting!

D and C


Joyful Thursdays #46

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #46


Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:


1) Christmas cards- bought, addressed, and sent: Check!

2) I actually got to talk to a group of students, and adults, about their ‘Kindness and Compassion Club’ – usually called the KC Club. I shared some Goodness Gorilla stories with them about sharing kindnesses with others. They are so excited to be organizing ways of helping….a possible Penny Challenge in the works:)

3) Saw the James Bond movie, Skyfall…it was impressive! If you like action and surprises, give it a shot! Lots of fun!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


City Lights

Friday night in Rochester with friends…first dinner, then the gorgeous holiday lights came on! Wow! Rochester really knows how to throw a party…it is beautiful:)))  We walked up and down the city streets and through the Kris Kringle market. What a lovely start to the season!

all the stores on Main Street participate

making sure I show a Scott streetlight...with smiling buddies!

we ate here and watched as the great lights were turned on

up close

to show the dichotomy...semi in the front, horse and carriage in the back:)

at the Kris Kringle Market


in a store window:)))

beautiful evening

Many families enjoyed walking around the streets checking out the lights. Main Street has just recently been reopened after a long reconstruction. What a great way to get everyone back in the swing of things! Enjoy the holidays:)

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

Meals on Wheels

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend…it is so beautiful today!!!


Do you all know how Meals on Wheels works?

This is what it is all about…helping seniors who are homebound! They receive a meal at lunchtime 5 days a week. They pay if they can…$3 a day, but if they can’t it is funded by the organization.

I deliver the meals only one day every other week, so many volunteers are used for MANY different routes. Now that I am familiar with my route I really enjoy it…seeing the same folks each time.

This is what the seniors get:

today's hot portion

stuffed shells and peas

the cold portion includes a fruit salad, a veggie salad, a slice of bread, and milk

this lovely lady organizes the meals into the correct cold and hot storage bags

these are the bags in my car ready to go!

Once I’m packed up, off I go to deliver meals to 12 seniors who live in houses, apartments, mobile homes, and condos. I like doing this and may volunteer a little more on my route if needed.

I hope you find things to do that help others and bring you happiness. Share these ideas with your kids!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C