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


Super Saturday #26

Hurray for Super Saturday #26…

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) Thanksgiving with these folks!!


2) hosted here…

the new Mr. & Mrs. hosted:))

their newly beautiful dining room

S made this bar/buffet :)

table looks great, doesn't it?

 

3) food…before and after…

What is all that, you ask?? I took 2 appetizers, a veggie, and a salad…

pineapple meatballs...crockpot

cheese sausage bites

green bean casserole and brussels sprouts slaw

the turkey was brined and smoked...delicious!!

busy carving

full plate

...and empty!!

I am always thankful for my wonderful family!! This year was especially exciting in so many ways….adding beautiful people to bless us all, being able to enjoy an incredible meal with the newlyweds in their beautiful new home, and always being grateful for wonderful memories:))

 

Happy Parenting and Thanksgiving to you and yours!

D and C

Super Saturday #3

Hurray for Super Saturday #3…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

Today, I love the spring we are having…even the downpours in the afternoon are good for the growing things!

1) lilacs…I love them and this plant has been without blooms for over 2 years (apparently I was trimming them at the wrong time of year!!!)

beautiful

lots of blooms this year:)

2) a bird feeder with a view…

birds taking a break, I guess...

3) one of my views….springtime greenery and the lake…love it!!

stress-free!!

What makes you happy and relieves your stress?? Go find it and mellow out your life:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Extra Holiday Stuff

Starting to take the ‘holiday’ stuff down and return it all to the basement…but I only do a little bit at a time. I really do love all the decorations, and it’s hard to go ‘cold turkey’ back to what all of a sudden seems very empty!!

still up...not quite ready to take it down

a yummy 'signature' drink

d making those cocktails

LOVE photo cards

the boys actually made these in the 5th grade!

the couples:)

love them lots!

Thanks for letting me share….

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #50

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #50

 

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

 

1) A delightful New Year’s Eve:


leaving the winter footwear at the door!

the first to 'crash' :)

2) being ‘Up North’


a beautiful 'winter' tree

3) watching people enjoy the photos books they received for Christmas….fun to make, fun to give!!

wink, wink..you can also see that pretty ring!

and the TLG each got their own book, so up north everyone shared a peek with the others…

Always lots of fun, sharing memories!

 

Are you joining in with doing random acts of kindness? It’s a great way to encourage your kids to get outside of themselves and their own issues…and instead to focus on the needs of others.  Just a thought…..

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #49

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #49

 

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

 

1) Scott and Lauren’s engagement continues to make me very happy…

aren't they cute?

2) I found my own ‘elf’ on the floor downstairs one morning…. someone took it off the tree…can you guess who that might be??

3) new stockings this year….love them!!


Their pups have stockings now, too!

 

This is a lovely week isn’t it….between Christmas and a brand new year! Count your blessings, and share them with your kids!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Some News and a Merry Christmas!

Scott and Lauren are engaged!!!   ….as of Christmas Eve morning, during a walk with the puppy in the park!

We are all so excited!!

the happy couple :)

My lovely, romantic son actually found the ring she had posted on pinterest….sneaky, huh?

gorgeous

We all celebrated at our traditional Christmas Eve dinner out…with Lauren’s family and ours, too :)

An exciting start to our Christmas!!!!

A very Merry Christmas to all of you

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

A TLG Christmas

Another beautiful TLG Christmas…delicious meal, great presents, but most of all…wonderful friends!!!

Every year, as many of us as possible get together and have FUN!!!  9 of the 12 possible adults, 8 of the possible 15 “kids”…..

a signature cocktail...

a yummy pork roast

many tasty side dishes...

great folks...

more lovelies...

I love these people sooo much…those who attended and those who couldn’t…        Our Torch Lake Group:))

One of our continuing traditions since the kids were babies! More traditions coming soon!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Joyful Thursdays #48

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #48

 

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

 

1) working on doing 26 acts of kindness…love it!

#1 & #2 – drug store gift cards left at the pharmacy

#3, 4, & 5 – small box of chocolate to smiling cashiers

#6 – 12 – bought a book for each grade level and dropped them off in classrooms


#13 – Barnes and Noble gift card for media center person to buy books for school

#14 – today when I deliver Meals on Wheels I’m giving each senior a flower also :)

2) continuing to come up with ideas in the coming weeks to finish out 26 acts…and hopefully continue with more

ideas: gift cards for crossing guards and police at schools, gift cards(or $) stuck to packages of diapers at KMart and Target, buy towels for rescue centers, buy socks and/or mittens for senior center…..do you have any more for me??

 

3) new sugar cookie recipe was yummy and easier than cutout cookies!!

Keep finding the joy this season…laugh with your kiddies:) Make beautiful memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Joyful Thursdays #47

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #47

 

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

 

1) some of my all-time favorite pics:


Love them!

2) a ‘just cuz’ dinner out with the guys and girls

3) my beautiful Mother’s Day orchid that lasted until September and then slowly dropped every single bloom and turned into sticks….is growing again!!! WooHoo…never throw out a ‘dead’ plant works for me:)))

Find the beauty, joy, and happiness around you during this special time of year!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C