Happy Birthday, Scott!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Scott!!

What a wonderful person he is…I am so proud of him, in all ways…he is kind, strong, helpful, caring, and especially a fantastic husband and new father!!

…as a little one..

and again…

 

And with his little one…

so sweet…

Love this guy so much!!

Do you think his little sweetie looks like him???

Happy Birthday, Scott!! I love you lots!!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

The Important Things

The important things in life…at least in mine:

LOVE… all kinds, loving yourself enough to let the negatives gooooo, loving others…family and friends, old and young. Love without judging…believe in all possibilities. Use introspection to discover who you love and why…love with awesomeness!!

KNOWLEDGE: Learning…all kinds, what works – mechanically and emotionally, curiosity in all areas, not just books…but people, ideas, thoughts of your own and others, responsibility for accomplishing success in whatever area you want…

KINDNESS: kindness to yourself and others is all about respect, thinking about what you are about to say or do to see if it’s necessary and/or kind…thinking and believing in your own ability to be the good person you’d like to be. Kindness is all-encompassing…and a beautiful thing!

and finally, HAPPINESS: some folks will say that this is just pie-in-the-sky garbage because you can’t plan on happiness…but, I say, phooey on that notion!! I believe in looking for the positive instead of the negative…will the negative be there? Sure! But if I focus on the positive I believe I will find more happiness…whether you call that peace, joy, gratitude…If I smile more and choose to be happy as much as possible, I believe I will have that joy I’m always looking for!! Pollyanna??? Yup…that’s who I want to be :)

So for me, today, these are the important things!!  Think of yours and embrace them!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #21

Hurray for Super Saturday #21…

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) I did remember to buy some flowers to pass out to the Meals on Wheels seniors:

pretty yellow!

 

Comments included: “Thank you sooo much!”, “These will sure brighten up my day”, and my favorite: “ohhh, posies for my sweetie!” from a gentlemen for his wife:))  There were also a few shocked faces, but I think everyone liked the sunny flowers!

After leaving some at the senior center where the meals are prepared, I took these beauties home to brighten up my kitchen!

2) This over-laden apple tree is in one of the senior’s back yards. I’ve watched it with blossoms and then tons of apples this year after absolutely none last year! Check out the spike of tree at the top still trying to stand tall after all the rest of the branches have bent under the load of apples! I guess we could use this for a metaphor of our lives, huh? Stand tall, everyone:))

3) …and you know this little, okay big, guy is my forever buddy!! He had a birthday…12 now!!! Yikes! I guess he needs his beauty sleep:)

look at that cute little nose:)

 

Enjoy your last Saturday in October….are you ready for Halloween??

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #20

Hurray for Super Saturday #20…

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) reminiscing over photos…Danube River Cruise starting with 3 extra days in Prague, awesome! Just a few for you to see of the many 100′s I took!!

Prague Castle

in a train station!!

beautiful stained glass

my buddies, just arrived from long flight!! Gorgeous hotel...Boscolo!

 

2) birthday dinner for Chad…I fancied up the table, a rare occurrence….but got down to basics for dessert!

potato soup and then pot roast...

the 'famous' cake knife, a smaller version of our favorite bump cake, and a sneaky 'candle' to blow out:))

 

3) I added another Meals on Wheels day to my schedule…now I’ll be doing the same route on Tuesday one week and on Thursday the next! It’s nice to get to know the people from week to week. They’re not always the same but many are there some weeks and back again later weeks. It may be time for me to grab some flowers again to pass out to these sweet people!

 

Find your happiness and spread it around…happy Fall and Happy Sweetest Day!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

 

 

Super Saturday #19

Hurray for Super Saturday #19…

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 home after a vacation, no matter how wonderful:))

 

2) loving Michigan in the fall…as usual…


 

3) having a delicious dinner with my favorite people…at S and L’s new home:))

Thank you my darlin’s for being you!! All of you are amazing and wonderful people:)))))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Final bridal shower…TLG:)

Our 400th post!!!  Special in many ways:))))

 

The last shower for Scott and Lauren…put on by the best friends ever, our Torch Lake Group!  We love them all sooo much! Thanks for always being there for us!!

the happy sweeties!

a beautiful day and a gorgeous setting

Lauren and her mom Mary

delicious stuffed mushrooms

...and crab puffs!

L with 'the moms'

S having fun with baby M

L's turn with little M

Scott and Lauren with Mary and George

aren't they cute?

TLG fun

more fun...

ready for gifts???

insider joke...we love these mugs!

special gift...from afar:)

gorgeous, right?

the BEST kids ever!!!

Happy!!!

 

An amazing day for an amazing couple!! It was a perfectly lovely shower with our TLG family!

Happy Parenting….from a very happy parent!!!

D and C

 

Pretty Bird

This beautiful bird…in the street….waiting for me to take a photo:)

A hawk??

We have a lovely, non-humid day…finally!! Lovin’ it:))

Enjoy your day!!

“Kind words are sweet to the ear – healing to the soul.”

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Wood ‘Art’

Since I love beautiful and inspiring quotations, having this artwork on my wall lets me be surrounded by great thoughts every day…

today you can embrace kindness...yes!

 

Stand up for justice….practice compassion…begin again

listen with your whole heart...

Be the change you wish to see in the world…and my favorite:

Love well!!!

 

Find the inspiration you need all around you!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Are There Senior Citizens in Your Life?

Since beginning to deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors last July, I have noticed that MANY of them have inoperable doorbells. Because a high percentage of them also have some difficulties with hearing, vision, and/or mobility they are not always aware when someone is at their door. Those visitors who are at the door cannot tell whether someone is home…and just arriving slowly….or whether they are not at home.

 

Because I call them before leaving I can tell how many times they might have missed out on someone at the door. Sooo, here’s a thought for those of you with elderly relatives or neighbors. Check their doorbells and make sure they are both working and loud. If they are not, consider buying a new wireless doorbell for them.

 

After T got one for my mom in Florida, I decided to get one for myself (my doorbell has been erratic for years). Wow! What a difference! And it’s so easy to install!!

 

This part plugs in to any outlet you choose and can be moved at any time:

It has a very loud chime…with choices for 1 bell, a double bell, or a Westminster chime. It is totally wireless.

The actual doorbell attaches either with double-sided tape or screws, both of which are included.

I bought 2 of these for 2 of the Meals on Wheels folks…partly for them and partly for all those who deliver. They work so well, and the seniors were very happy for the gift (they actually wanted to pay for them…but my idea, my money). I found my on Amazon…should cost less than $20:))

 

Check out the seniors in your lives…see if these wireless doorbells might be a tiny act of kindness for them:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #55

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

 

Joyful Thursdays #55

 

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

 

1) adorable baby….so sweet

just 5 days old

2) a new recipe for bread…sooo easy!!

 

3) a quote for you:   “If you want OTHERS to be happy, practice compassion. If YOU want to be happy, practice compassion.”   Pretty cool, huh?

 

Have a delightful day!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C