And We End up in Amsterdam!

We finished our Rhine River Cruise in Amsterdam…a lovely, but VERY busy city!! We stayed in an excellent hotel right in the middle of all the ‘happenings’!

Lots of canal time, visiting the Van Gogh museum, shopping, and eating delicious food!

a toast on our last night on the ship

M & R

C & W

K & J

bikes...everywhere!!!!

the flower market

checking out the multitude of gin flavors

meeting the 'kiddos' at a great restaurant

 

And finally home to the little one…  So the next blog will be back to babies, kids, friends, helpful hints, and happiness!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

More Rhine River

Are you ready for more beauty along the Rhine? Ready or not, here it comes! Photos from Heidelberg and Cologne, with a little fun along the way!

relaxing after a very hot day

gondola over the river

Life is about love, last minutes, and lost evenings

our elegant guide in Cologne

The spitting boy statue!

Cheers!

 

Lots of fun so far….only one more blog to finish sharing our trip with you!

Happiness abounds when traveling with friends!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Babies at a Pool Party :)

What a blast!!! So much fun!! Think of families, babies, toddlers, puppies…lots of them!!! Here are a major number of cuties, both the little ones and their parents!!

Cheers!!!

Daddy...and host!

Uncle, checking out the bar!

Aunt S and sweet pea...first ones in the pool

more fun...

little one getting ready for the pool

high five :)

fun with K

checking out the fun

still playing

B with baby N

counting 3 little ones

new arrivals

busy folks!

2 more little ones!

and another one!

can you see 5?

mama and babe

Mommy, hostess...and her buddy!

2 little ones and a pup

J with baby M

one last view of the pool

watching the fun!

L holding the youngest partier

enjoying playing with a phone....2nd only to her enjoyment of the pool!!

newest mama E with baby K

Papa J with M

I didn’t get photos of every single mama and daddy, but that might be a lucky thing for you!!!!!

This wonderful get-together included one 7-year old, two 2-year olds, one 1 year old, and 4 babies under 6 months!!! Along with their parents and 4 fur-babies….and a few extras, too!!  It was such a treat to watch all the interactions and activities of all kinds.

Talk about a blessing…I am so lucky!!

 

Enjoy those little ones!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

50 Years of Friendship

I had an Alpha Chi reunion at my house this week….12 beautiful ladies who I have known since the ’60′s!!!!  It is amazing how the friendships made in college have such a lasting impact! We rarely see each other…for one of us it’s been since 1969…but we revert instantly to silliness and joy as if we had seen each other every week since then!

So excuse a couple of the ‘hilarious’ photos of us having fun!!

Here are a couple of previous reunion photos:

about 2010

about 2012

this year

an unexpected gift from C and S the day before the party!!

checking out a 'composite' from 1968!!

silliness is starting

and more on the way...

and definite silliness...mixed with lots of fun!!

Love you, Alpha Chi Sisters!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C

 

Sunshiny Sunday #3

Wishing to bring joy and happiness to all….

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

1) having a view from my window with very minimal snow when the entire east coast is engulfed with it :)

2) finally having a DVR that records 6 shows at a time…it took lots of talking and finagling, but Comcast came through!!

new remote = figuring out new ways of doing things!

 

3)…. as always, my sweet pea…what a doll face!

And to top things off… The Ellen Degeneres Show was on featuring Elton John… Little one decided to join in!!

hmmm…what's that on TV?

Is he playing the piano??I think I'll join in…I love to play piano :)

I'm pretty good, right Gramma??

Loving my life…please find the joy in yours!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and now, Cork and Blarney Castle…Ireland!!

Our first stop on the cruise was in Ireland…Cork, Blarney Castle, and Kinsale…

We went to Blarney Castle…just to explore.We had heard it took many steps and was quite difficult to get to the Blarney Stone and kiss it…

Here it is!

beautiful weather

 

From here, we thought we were headed inside to explore the castle….but, nope..

we wound up climbing up the crumbling steps…no backing down, no other way out!!

this was the look at the top…definitely worth the climb

And since we were there…we did kiss the Blarney Stone!!!

We were hanging upside down over that little window at the very top!!!

Beautiful gardens and waterways…

On to the fishing village of Kinsale for a pub….beer and the best fish and chips ever!!!

Then we headed back to Cobh….the port where our cruise ship was waiting for us!

There's our ship!!

Lots of things to see and do so far in our adventure!!! Next stop will be Dublin!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

When the Parents are Away….

When the parents are away…the grandparent has lots of fun with the granddaughter!!!!

These two beautiful people:

left for a vacation in California…and left their darling daughter in my loving care for a whole week!!!  I was honored and delighted to be able to spend time with my very favorite little girl :) This is how the week went…

testing out all kinds of food

:) Gramma's kitchen turned into a disaster area :)

sweet pea…spending her days either standing up or holding hands and walking...

trying out a different chair

hanging out at Stony Creek

little one and kitty ignoring each other...

some more standing…new outfit :)

out to dinner with TLG friends

…and more...

just being cool in the stroller!

a playdate at the park!!

makes a girl very thirsty :)

time for a story??

toys at Gramma's

that is the face of someone who likes the TV

all dressed up for dinner with 2 Grammas

having fun with Gramma Mary!!

hanging out with Uncle Chad and the kitty

some more playing...

some more standing...

some more books...

exciting bath time :)

aren't I cute???

 

and Mommy and Daddy come home!

checking out Yosemite!

Gramma had a wonderful time with sweetness while Mommy and Daddy had a lovely trip to themselves!  PS: Tell them they can do that again any time they’d like to :) ))))))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Wine Tasting…with a Baby !!

This past weekend my darling family treated me to a family wine tasting tour in the Traverse City area. Two sons, two daughters-in-love, one adorable granddaughter, and me…exciting adventure for all!! We left on Thursday and returned on Sunday. This was a Christmas gift for me from the kids, and what a treat it was!!! They are all so much fun to be with!

a beautiful sunny day with my loves!!

 

They rented a lovely house in Leland, a block from town and a block from the beach…perfect!!

walking into town…and Fishtown

snuggled in and ready to go :)

The first day we hit 4 wineries and 2 distilleries!!

trying a breadstick..

couple #1

couple #2

me with my guys

We had so much fun visiting all the  beautiful vineyards!

baby's sleeping during this tasting

the guys and their favorite 'taste'

At the Blue Tractor inTraverse City for lunch…experimenting with a lemon!!

whoa!! but after this first taste she was just fine with it :)

This is what our counter looked like after the first day…yikes!

The second day we visited the beach, Fishtown, Glen Arbor, and a couple more wineries…

heading to the beach

trail is not meant for a stroller!

hi from the beach!!

can you see the bugs??? Yuck, swarming!!

didn't bother her!

throwing competition!!

delicious sandwiches at Fishtown…while baby naps

Then off to Glen Arbor:

a little more wine tasting

a snack at Boonedock’s

she says, "Happy Father's Day, Daddy!"

Then back toward Leland to our favorite winery, Chateau Fontaine

This was the counter at the end of day 2!!

The time we spent together in the house was so precious…loved it all!

Thanks, my darling family, for an absolutely perfect vacation with the perfect people!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C

95 and sunny…

The 95 refers to this lovely lady who had a birthday while I was in Florida last week…. as in years old, not quite the temperature :)

Happy Birthday, Mom

lookin' good Mom!!

 

…and with her new great-granddaughter

Now for the sunny….I spent time in sunny Florida with my TLG buddies…so much fun!!

lots of friends…

lots of restaurants and beautiful skies…

We were lucky enough to see the launch of a SpaceX rocket to resupply the Space Station…

Cheers to all!!

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Teacher Friends….

For all of my teacher friends out there….HANG IN THERE!!!

As a retired teacher, I have huge compassion and appreciation for all that you do and/or are trying to do.

Today’s overpowering reliance on conformity and data accountability gives me ‘the shivers’…

In ‘honor’ of all those in-services that are supposed to give you info on things you don’t want or don’t need to enhance your kids’ knowledge and excitement about learning:

some expressions for you…

I have to get out of bed for a workshop???

I'm supposed to do what??

Let me tell you what I think!!

Oh, you're killin' me!!!

I do not agree!

phssewww…with raspberries!

Love these expressions…I may have even seen them on teachers I know  :)  :)

 

Happy Parenting and Hug a Teacher Today!

D and C