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

Memories of Put-in-Bay

So….a bachelor party at Put-in-Bay???  No, not Scott’s…but he did attend one recently. It brought back some memories of the great fun we used to have when we took our boat and spent the night at the Crews’ Nest Marina. We toured the island, swam in the pool, and enjoyed sleeping on the boat…conveniently named Freddie and the Dreamers!

Scott would have had this look long ago when figuring out what the partiers were doing at the main marina…

But at that time we were having our own party!!

Both on the boat and off!

Memories of great times…always wonderful!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Vacation Tidbits :)

You all know by now that our family included 2 boys, mom, and dad…yay for us!!  When we traveled we used our second-hand Starcraft conversion van. It was an awesome vehicle for cross country travel, well before concerns over gas mileage!! We could put our cooler inside containing juice pouches and drinks, sandwiches, and other snacks. The sandwiches for our family included peanut butter and jelly ALWAYS!! The males in the family had to have their pb and j’s. I threw in a couple of bologna or ham sandwiches also. The boys discovered after awhile that the pb sandwiches tended to get soggier than the meat sandwiches so the numbers changed!!
The seats reclined so the boys could nap in the car, and my passenger seat swiveled so I could sneak back to check on them or redirect their attention once they woke up. I suppose none of that is as safe as is required today, but it made traveling much more convenient. Now to mention the ‘unmentionables’ – bathroom issues! We were lucky that every one seemed to have quite large bladder capacities…so we didn’t have a lot of stops that didn’t include getting gas or seeing sights or picnicking(?).  BUT, we did have a pee bottle…I know, yuck!! …however, having 3 males traveling…it did help out. Just imagine who had the lovely task of taking this full bottle into the gas station restroom to empty and wash it out…that would be me!! Gross!
Our travels have given all of us such great memories. Here are a few more of our trips to the national parks:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Mammoth Caves in Kentucky
outside Rocky Mt. National Park
Mt. Rushmore
Cape Cod National Seashore
whale watch off Cape Cod
Joshua Tree
Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

No matter where you go on your family trips, try to relieve the stress so that you can all have fun and enjoy yourselves!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Want to Visit a National Park???

     Family Vacation talk again :)  I hope you’re ready!!

Our family loved to travel to our beautiful national parks. They are truly unbelievably beautiful in all different ways. Whether you decide to travel by car or plane, stay in a campsite or lodge, hike or go on tourist excursions—-it will be worth your while!!  You’ll see people of all ages, including kids. The best part is that you can set up what you want to do each day according to your family’s needs. Here are some of our favorites:

Yellowstone National Park

watching Old Faithful
squinting in the bright sun…

Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams-ish Half Dome
the 3 finkbeiner guys!

Grand Canyon

getting ready for a mule ride

Grand Teton National Park

ready to go camping

Mesa Verde National Park

checking out the Cliff Dwellers

Alcatraz..yup, a national park!!

you can actually lock ‘em up!!


heading to Sturgis for Bike Week


HUGE trees, beautiful scenery

     We always enjoyed what we saw and what we learned on these great family trips!

I’ll be sharing more of our favorite places to go as a family unless you all speak up and tell me not to….I don’t want to be the dreaded “want to see our vacation pictures?” person!!

Have fun on vacation!
Happy Parenting!
D and C