Then and Now

Hawaii…ahhh, beautiful, amazing, uplifting! Can you tell that Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world?

My hubby and I first went to Hawaii in ’72 and again in ’74…I know, I know…I must be ancient:)))  We absolutely loved everything about that beautiful place.

I did not go again…life got busy and family came first…until I decided to take my boys in 1999, after their dad died. I took my two with their best friends when they were 18, 19, 19, and 20. It was a gift to myself, remembering all the fun …because memories are one of the biggest gifts we can give ourselves!

It was such a pleasure to watch those boys enjoy Hawaii as much as F2 and I had.  Then, in 2004, I took my 2 guys again to just vegetate in Waikiki…beach time, sunshine, good food, and wonderful people!!

And now we just returned from a most delightful trip to Hawaii…my sons, and THEIR WIVES!!!  Hurray! They are all the best people in the world! Kind, compassionate, fun loving and positive! My guys really know how to pick them!!!

I am over the moon excited to spend time with them whenever I can..but to be able to share my favorite place with them was awesome, delightful, fantastic and every other positive adjective you can come up with. Love ‘em all!!!

So here we go with the ‘then and now’ of photos…some are from slides from the first 2 trips so the quality may be shaky, but we’re working on memories here folks. It’s all good! Mixed up…old and new photos from Hawaii! Enjoy!!

some new…

some more old…

…and new…

a few more old…

yes…this is the same banyan tree!!!

 


and now…

I hope you enjoyed this small sampling of my Hawaiian memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Shan’s Birthday…Twice!

We celebrated beautiful Shannon and her birthday twice during the last week….and she’s definitely worth it!!

…at her house with the guys in her life…

her brother

her dad

her grandfather

and her newest guy :)

 

lots of fun with family and toasting!!

my boys!

and my girls:)

Day #2…out to dinner at Shan’s favorite restaurant….we all love it too!!

cute, huh?

 

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl…love spending time with you:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

TLG Shower

Great times, great friends, great reason for a party!!!

 

Shower #2 for C & S…the Torch Lake Group shower, held at

S & L’s beautiful new home….3 generations joining in to celebrate the upcoming wedding!!

Here we go with the photos again….be ready:)))

Some great decorations:

labels on top of homemade strawberry jam…

 

…and some great people…

the host and hostess…awesome job!!

bride-to-be with her mom and dad

having fun with the entertainment for the day ;)

yummy food..

Opening gifts…

sooo cute!!

 

Love them!!! Aren’t they the best??

 

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

Drinking Through Europe!

Our recent European trip was wonderful! We saw Prague, Passau, Linz, Salzburg, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, and Budapest and after checking out the photos…it seems we drank our way through the trip:)))

Not that anything’s wrong with that!!

Check these out:

Prague hotel

in 'The Crazy Goose' in Prague

pub crawl

more beer in Prague

at dinner on the River Beatrice, Passau

toasting with a Blue Danube

in the lounge before dinner

in Passau, more beer!

at ...wait for it... The Shamrock Pub, in Salzburg

at a wine tasting in Durnstein...wonderful winery!

guys with...yup, a beer!! in Durnstein


look!!! It's not alcohol!! Viennese coffee in Vienna:))

on the boat, Budapest....a champagne drink with a dried hibiscus...

wine each night with dinner

Lots of wine and beer with cocktails before dinner…we did lots of toasting to an amazing trip!! Loved it:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Super Saturday #14

Hurray for Super Saturday #14…

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) at the rehearsal dinner, an amazing, beautiful letter for Scott from Lauren…it touched everyone’s heart…as she gave him his wedding ring for the ceremony (if you want the story, let me know)  :)

Scott reading his letter...

 

emotional Lauren watching him...

2) yesterday was our Out-of-Towners’ BBQ….held in Chad and Shannon’s back yard for Scott and Lauren

very popular:)

with Lauren's grandparents

enjoying the shade

Roxy gets to come to the picnic

the boys with Tom and Krista (my brother and sister-in-law)

love 'em

a little one, picking apples!

Mary, with her hubby and her sisters

relaxing in the shade...

family :)

babies included:))))

end of the evening with a tired puppy!

 

We had hot sun and bright skies, then clouds came in….and, in perfect timing, at the very end of the night, the skies opened up and it POURED for hours! We’re all assuming that was to get it out of the way for a more important day!!!

3) The most exciting of all…. today is the day of the wedding!!

These two are lovely together, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored to be the one to make them husband and wife!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Super Saturday #13

Hurray for Super Saturday #13…

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) one week from today….we CELEBRATE :) :)

 

2) out to eat with my favorite people…and L got to make the reservation with her present name for one of the last times!


3) met with my Monfort buddies…soooo much fun!! Thanks, everybody:)

thanks for hosting, A!!

 

We all keep breathing this week, rehearsal and dinner, backyard BBQ,   …… and the wonderful wedding!!!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Super Saturday #12

Hurray for Super Saturday #12…

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) heading to the Armada Fair…Chad and the girls!!


2) interesting Fair stuff…on the 7th day of the fair, some of the exhibits are a bit gross, but the carving is beautiful…and be ready for Madagascar 3, 4, 5….you naughty monkey:))))

yuck...

 

3) Roxy…’sharing’ toys with cousin Seger!!

Loving spending the days with great people at the Armada Fair…fun:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Nearly There

It was time for the Bachelorette Party for L…with the Bachelor Party for S going on at the same time, but separately!!

held at S and L's house, before heading out...

L’s mom and I attended the early part of the party, before the carousing began :)

with her mom

with me

 

with many of her friends…

‘kiss’ cookies…

Roxy…all dressed up…

opening pretty presents…

Lots of fun with friends…celebrating with the bride-to-be..

Love and kisses to all of you!!

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