Busy Baby

This sweet little girl is a very busy little person!!

I read…well, you know, as well as anyone my age reads… ;)

Ohh, love this author…Gyu Fujikawa…beautiful illustrations!

yup, I like it!

That bunny is funny!

I love all these animals...

just relaxin' and reading'...

Have you read this story???


I’m learning how to play catch…

a square ball??? hmmm...

I can figure this out….

What else is in here??

If I find it, can I play with it??

Is that a mirror…I love mirrors!!

They are very tasty!!

Did you know how much my Gramma loves me???  She does….a bunch!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Party!

Great Fun! Great People! Great Food! …..and a happy couple about to have their first baby:))

The Torch Lake Group, or at least 18 of us, came to the party hosted by kc and jc on Saturday afternoon. The house was beautifully decorated…especially when all of us have fun without any decorations at all!!!

Lots of appetizers, then comfort food: ham sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, and caesar salad….yummy! Dessert: chocolate cream pie, peanut butter pie, and cake pops!

Such a lot of cute presents for baby C….they are waiting to find out if they are having a boy or a girl…so lots of beautiful yellow, green, and orange onesies, and a book or two from everyone to add to baby’s collection:)

I love this group of people so much…and to have one of our ‘kids’ have a child is very special to all of us…a new generation added to the TLG!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

ps: to those of you who actually responded to my request from last post….thanks so much! So….I will continue… and hope to keep you happier and more positive while sending out a few tips on parenting here and there:))

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


to my students…

I’d like to let all of my students…many of whom are now my friends…know what a privilege it was to have been your teacher!


You learned so many things, not only academic – but social and emotional, too. You have had so much growth over the years:

Not only math, but the ability to solve problems that will improve our world…

Not only English, but the will to write intelligently – even if only on FaceBook and blogs…

Not only reading, but the joy of learning – hopefully, reading those chapter books have led to reading for both knowledge and pleasure…

reading for knowledge and pleasure...

In all other ways – I hope you have learned to be kind and honest. I hope you love to help others and delight in giving what you can. Compassion, respect, belief in others, and wonder in the world around us…I hope you have them all!

so important!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey! Best wishes in all that you do,

Mrs. F.  :-)

My FAVORITE Kids’ Book

     After talking about reading and kids’ books recently, I realized I forgot the one book that makes my heart flutter a bit. It matches my boys so closely, and it matches, to a “T”, my hope for brotherly love….without that nasty sibling rivalry!
The lovely book is “We’re Very Good Friends, My Brother and I” by P.K. Hallinan:

doesn’t it look cute?

aww…it’s okay, little brother

looks like we can have fun together with a brush!

buds at the ocean
now, that’s sweet…don’t tell them I told you!

buds on vacation too

I love these pages so much I started taking pics of the guys from the back.
I can’t find them all:(

can we make it?

You can find one of these photos at our website: childhood myths   check it out:)
Then some more when they are older…..

in Colorado with an incorrect time stamp!!

at Chad’s house

     This post is totally about me and my love of a particular book and even more my love of Chad and Scott, my two guys!!
I hope you enjoy it and remember to take those photos!!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C