…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

A Trip

Have you missed me?? I have been derelict in my duties – busy with birthdays and Halloween and fun, fun, fun with little one!!

 

Since it’s been almost 2 months since we returned from our British Isles cruise, I think it’s about time I show you a few photos from the trip. Because I took WAY too many photos I’ll just pick some from each area at a time. I hope it gets you ready to spend some time in another country….especially with forever friends, it’s amazing!

 

We started with 2 days in London before the cruise began:

at the Tower of London…yup, in the rain!

metal monkeys … ?….

We did hit as many pubs as possible...

Parliament

right before a downpour!!

just missed being able to go into Westminster Abbey…but managed to stand in its alcove for the storm!!

We did go into Buckingham Palace also…but no photos there. The dining room all set up for dignitaries was gorgeous!!

Then it was on to the ship and our first dinner on board:

me and my buddies :)

 

and beautiful views from then on!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Great Weekend

What a great weekend…a TLG wedding…a family dinner….a sweet baby girl spending the night… :) :)

the bridal couple and family

cutest family photo (I might be a bit prejudiced)...

daddies and their daughters!!

pretty mama and daughter

smelling the flowers

dancing with the bride!

wheeeee!

 

…fun and food at Gramma’s

tickle time with mama and daddy

hanging out with Uncle Chad and Aunt Shannon

…and Roxy!

Then sweet girl got to spend the night :)

ready for breakfast

time to play!!

Gramma had a wonderful weekend!!

 

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

Sharing

My dad, Robert Gordon Horn, was a veteran of WWII.

in the service in the early 40's

 

His mom, my grandmother..Maud Jowett Horn…kept this service record from the time he entered the service until he finished:

this contained photos, a record of all correspondence sent and received from my dad, and newspapers articles

 

My dad was a member of the Army Air Corps (before there was an air force) as a bombardier:


my dad, far left first row, with his flight crew

My parents were married in June of 1943 and in January of 1944 my dad was sent overseas.

before being deployed

 

He was shot down over Germany in Feb. and was missing in action for all of the 6 weeks of lent. On Good Friday, my mom was notified that he was alive and a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a captive there for 15 months before he returned home at the end of the war. He was one of the lucky ones to survive the action of World War II.

Luckily my dad was able to come home and begin our family:)  He served our country and should be remembered for that. But he also served our family until his sudden death from a heart attack when he was only 44. We remember him today….

 

Honor all those who have served in the past and those who are continuing to do a huge service to all of us who live in this great, though sometimes flawed, country. God Bless You!

 

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

Sweet Memories of Carl

This wonderful man married my mother 46 years ago…within 2 months of my marriage to F and my brother’s marriage to his wife….long lasting togetherness!

He has been known for his ‘stories’…retold with joy again and again, his love for his friends and family, and his great love for his church and his God. I am glad to know he is now in a peaceful, joyful place joining others who he loves.

with his sweetie pie…I love this picture!

look at that great smile

with my boys and their girls…now husbands and wives

he loved his hats :)

a bunch of his family...

another hat...

he 'inherited' lots of different members to his family

yup, another hat and a great smile!!

this is his favorite

with me, out in the Florida sunshine...

D and D

look at this handsome devil without a hat!!

young

…and older..

a hat from Jamaica, along with a snack :)

aren't they cute??

2 honeys gone :(

Many of the family photos I have… wound up in a CVS folder and made into a book for Carl, but now I can’t easily retrieve them…so those of you who didn’t know Carl can be grateful I’m about done. BUT those of you who did know him, know that I would post a bucketful more if I thought it would help us in our grieving process. I posted what I found on my computer…didn’t leave anyone out on purpose…just couldn’t find more right now!!

So…as Carl would say…ADIOS!

with love and happy memories,

Diane

Family Love

Family….children, granddaughter, birthday= LOVELY!!

What a special day for me…I got to spend time with this little beauty:

…with her puppy:

loving her ‘monkey’… :)

It was so much fun, and then there was more!!! Little darlin’ was all dolled up to go out to eat with us:

Not only did I get treated with dinner at my favorite spot, but I also received gifts that I love…I didn’t need them, but I did want them…if you ask I’ll let you know what they were ;)

Sweet little one was wide awake for the 20 minute ride to the restaurant and then promptly fell asleep for the entire dinner…she has the BEST manners :) )

Back home for more hugs and snuggles before I headed to my house for the night….want to know what I thought of the day???

PERFECTION!!!  All the people I love the most….I’m still in a daze of blessings!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Christmas Plans

How about a recap from one of the first blog posts from Childhood Myths??   December, 2010


How did those letters go that your kids wrote to Santa? Did they ask for too much…did you help them adjust?




1. Kids do not ‘need’ lots of toys – help them see the difference in needs and wants early. Make sure they understand that they will not get everything on that list, nor should they. Santa has many children to give to and shares his toys around the world.


2. Do not give your children all that they ask for. It saps the excitement from each moment because they begin to understand that, no matter what, they really will get it all.


3. Christmas morning at our house was always “stockings first”. The kids had to wake us up so we could go downstairs together for our stocking stuffers…small things – fruit, matchbox cars, socks. Everything was ‘oohed’ over and appreciated.

not really awake, but ready!
older, and much more ready…with Corky

 

4. When we, as a family, opened gifts under the tree it was always one gift at a time. Everyone watched until that gift was opened, then we moved on to the next, including Mom and Dad. We alternated gifts from Santa and ones from parents. The kids knew they needed the right grateful attitude when opening presents…or we just might stop;)

5. All during the holidays have the kids help. Chad and Scott helped make cookies, cook, wrap presents for others, straighten up. After Christmas Day see if the kids can find toys they’re ready to let go of (ones their new gifts can replace). Have them go with you to drop these things off at a shelter or another organization that helps people.

still in jammies, but helping up a storm!

 

Try to instill that attitude of gratitude early. It can begin to enhance their ability to think of others on their own as they get older.

Christmas brotherly love :)

 

Good luck during the holidays with gratitude!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and because it’s necessary…a photo op for new Christmas baby:

precious!