Sunshiny Sunday #5

Here again are three things that make me happy, bring me joy, and give me peace!!

1) My Mom and my friends…together:

…isn’t she amazing??

2) My dad’s Prisoner of War book from WWII

any ideas on how to preserve the book and all the letters home??

3)…and, of course, baby girl…

Isn't she just the sweetest thing?

More to come next week…hope you’re enjoying the Super Bowl!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sundays #2

Sunshiny Sundays #2…here we go!!

Here are three things that bring me joy, make me happy, and encourage the positive side of me:

1)  spending time in a 7th grade classroom doing Egyptian projects with C…fun!!

they are working hard…see the pyramids and sarcophagus??


weighing the heart ceremony..

items that might go in a tomb…

All six groups did a fantastic job…way to go 7th graders!!

 

2) Love this egg cooker…makes hard boiled eggs….easy to peel hard boiled eggs…amazing!!

see???? perfect!!

3)  ….and always, sweet baby girl:

hanging out with her puppy!

uh, oh…she thinks Daniel Tiger is hilarious!!

I hope you are all finding your joy….keep it up!!

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

Intentions instead of Resolutions

For those of you who have been hanging around our blog for a few years, you know that I have been doing a list of intentions’ rather than ‘resolutions’ for a couple of reasons:

1. the stress involved in trying to complete resolutions leads to feeling bad instead of feeling positive…doesn’t really go along with my ‘mantra’!!

and

2. intentions can easily be ongoing…so when you complete them you can feel successful, when you start you can feel successful, and anywhere along the way you can feel successful….much easier to adjust or even cancel as you, yourself, change.

In the past, some of the things I have completed include:

having the piano tuned and taking piano lessons

completing 3 quilts made from F2′s tshirts

organizing photos, both digital and print

finding photos like these and being able to make folders online

cleaning specific areas of the house, like the garage and the basement

finding treasures

needed cleaning, right?

doing as many philanthropic endeavors as possible..love them!!

Anyway, now my list of intentions becomes more mental than physical…I want to help my kids in any way that I can, including caring for the new grand baby in my life!! I don’t think I need to write any of that down…because I love every part of it :) :)

Most definitely, 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!

 


 


 


The Grands…

How about an up-date on these two lovely people??

smiling at the rehab center

When we visited Carl today he was happy as a clam! We gave him a cheese biscuit from Red Lobster…took him a minute before he decided he liked it, but then…yum!

Grabbing the hand of his ‘sweetie-pie’….while holding on to that biscuit!

Mom gave Carl this Jamaica hat to wear instead of the LA cap he wouldn’t give up…he says it’s ‘ok’…

Mom is back home in her condo now continuing to improve from hip surgery after a fall. She spent 3 1/2 months in the rehab with Carl for therapy…lots of pain, but they spent much of every day together and enjoyed that!

She has a wonderful neighbor who is keeping tabs on her and helping her with things she can’t yet handle on her own.

wonderful Irene

 

She has amazed everyone with her recovery!!!  94 and hanging in there!!

We went to happy hour for snacks and a bit of bingo…yup, I said bingo ;)

Carl took this photo for us :)

 

Here Mom is, looking feisty…using her walker in the house and a cane and someone’s arm outside the house.

We are all very proud of her hard work in doing way better than anyone thought she could! Now, if we can just get her to slow down and take the advice of the professionals…we could rest a little easier!!

Way to go, Mom!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

In case you hadn’t heard….

We are totally surprised with the number of new blog readers:  wow! thanks, everyone, for joining us on our journey. For those of you lovely folks who have been with us for some time, you know we talk about those things that make us happy…and joyful parenting! So, just in case you new readers didn’t know about our parenting book: How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths …

Here it is  :)

Chad (son) and Diane (mom) wrote the book together to help parents find easier ways to have children who are delightful, respectful, responsible, and eventually independent adults! There are 10 common misbeliefs that kids grab onto and keep forever without a parent’s guide to let go of them. We included lots of stories from our lives…in both of our voices!

 

Feel free to head to Amazon to find our pretty little book in paperback or on Kindle. It is also available online through Barnes and Noble. It does make a great gift for new parents or grandparents, but also for those with kids anywhere from age 1-18.

For any of you delightful people who already bought one…we express a huge thank you to you. We hope you found the book helpful and enjoyable. Feel free to express your thoughts, good or bad, for others to see.

 

Christmas gifts anyone??  This is a plug for the book not because of our making any money but because of our love for kids and our hopes for improving future generations!

delivering backpacks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

 

Thanks and

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Reception

Ready for more photos??? Well, ready or not, here they are!! This time…of the reception: food , fun, friends and family, and dancing!!!  Much Love to spread around…a beautiful ending to a perfect day:))

Such a wonderful evening, with delightful results…another beautiful, kind, compassionate daughter to add to the Fink family!!  Lots of Love from all of us :)

Happy (!) Parenting!

C and D

Thank You, Joanne!

Every now and then something captures your attention…and you say, “Well, that makes sense…I should really do that.”  And then…often…you don’t get around to it….

 

Reading the blog for Zarate Fitness…see it under his blog at zaratefitness.com….an inspirational idea to recognize someone who helped influence, mold, enlighten your life! I love this idea, so I’m going to run with it!

lovely Joanne

This beautiful lady is Joanne Teague, my friend but also my inspiration. I taught with her when I first began teaching…so much fun. We were separated along the way with different buildings, grade levels, and responsibilities, but remained good friends. Then I was lucky enough to have her, as the principal, hire me to teach in her building.  It was amazing!! What an awesome experience…to work with someone so motivated to do what is best for kids. She is the one who got me involved with the accreditation process including data collection of all sorts, theme building, teamwork always, and working harder than I had ever worked before…and loving every bit of it. She never asked us to do anything that she wasn’t already doing more of…and always with a smile on her face. It was a dream job, and I learned so much more about myself as a person. I became stronger and more knowledgable in all areas, took on more responsibilities than I ever would have thought of, and loved learning about all things..both scholastic and not!!

Joanne and other inspirational folks I know

 

She was, and is, a beautiful person…who is a role model to all who know her. So in the spirit of this blog, I say:

Thank You, Joanne Teague, for all that you have done for me and for all those who know you!!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Another TLG Shower

Our TLG celebrated this lovely couple:

D & C, aren't they cute?

 

a shower in preparation for their October wedding…

having fun, as usual!!

Held at this home:

fantastic hosts, as usual!!

Eating, opening presents, playing with little ones, enjoying each other’s company…always!!

twinners!!

Gramma and Granddaughter!

yummies!

my sweeties...

…and everyone heading out…

All of our TLG get-togethers are wonderful, but special ones .. like wedding or baby showers… are fantastic, emotional, and lovely. We all love our second generation so much…and the third too!!

 

Happy Parenting….always!

D and C