Super Saturday #28

Hurray for Super Saturday #28…

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) a working fireplace…thank you, Chad:)

2) Christmas tree and our ornaments:

old handmade and new beautiful...all mixed up!

can you see Yoda and ET?

sand dollars and Roxy prints:)

...from F2's childhood...

mixed 'em!


3) a beautiful Willow Tree nativity set…a wonderful gift in the past couple of years:

only a portion of the set...

Because the 3 of us left town for Christmas after F2′s death in ’96 and continued to leave for Christmas for many years, all the Christmas decorations stayed in their boxes. When we decided we could handle being home again, the ornaments brought sweet and wonderful memories back for all of us. Now, we love to see them and talk about each one. C even asked that I write a list of ornaments and how we got them or what they meant…great idea, right?  So instead, I took photos of them in groups that could be described…hope they make sense!

Appreciate what you have for Christmas and make as many memories as you can…  they will light up your lives forever:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Extra Holiday Stuff

Starting to take the ‘holiday’ stuff down and return it all to the basement…but I only do a little bit at a time. I really do love all the decorations, and it’s hard to go ‘cold turkey’ back to what all of a sudden seems very empty!!

still up...not quite ready to take it down

a yummy 'signature' drink

d making those cocktails

LOVE photo cards

the boys actually made these in the 5th grade!

the couples:)

love them lots!

Thanks for letting me share….


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Helping Remember

C and I were checking out the ornaments on last year’s tree, and I was telling him the stories of each one…where and who it came from, how long we had had it, whatever I could remember. C said I should take a photo of each ornament and tell the story on the back so the stories wouldn’t be forgotten in the future. That sounded like a great idea until I began taking the ornaments off the tree and decided I would NEVER get finished…way too many of them:)

So here is my compromise:  photos of groups of ornaments that have similar stories…here are way too many of them for you to see, but definitely not all of them!

F2's childhood ornaments

my childhood 'Horns'

some of C's

more of C's

some of S's

more of S's

lovely TLG ornaments

birds for luck and more of D's childhood


love elves and angels

more angels

collected during our travels

more travel college

love the teacher ornaments

gifts from family and friends

Okay…I know…that’s enough, right?? I have at least twenty more photos, but you get the idea, I’m sure! I love that C thought of this plan. Looking at the photos will make it easier to tell the stories of individual ornaments and reliving the memories that make them special!

Find happiness in the season and share it with your children:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Happiness Tuesdays #51 and Christmas Share – Day 20

Happiness Counts!


Happiness Tuesdays are here to tell you some things that make me happy and to share with you quotes, websites, and photos to make you happy!

Happiness Tuesdays #51


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) a fully decorated tree…old, sentimental, lovely ornaments

filled with love

and more love


2) Chad and Scott each did these cross stitch stockings in their fifth grade classrooms…aren’t they wonderful?  Both the stockings and the boys!!!

lots of math involved in these projects!

3) My mop angels bring me happiness every Christmas! I received the first one about 15 years ago from a mother of a 6th grade student (thank you, C) and now have five of them! They are so beautiful and definitely share the Christmas spirit with me!

look at those sweet faces!

Christmas brings us joy and happiness if we let it! Happiness to all of you and your families this holiday season!


Happy Parenting and Christmas Sharing,

D and C

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December 20th, 2011

Featured Blog – Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the chance to share special meals with friends and family… but what can you do if some of your loved ones are allergic to your favorite traditional foods? It can be tricky to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fish and nuts… the most common food allergens. But take hope! I’ve searched the internet to find delicious recipes that are free of the top 8 allergens, and I’ve collected them here with photos and links to inspire your own holiday feast! (click for more).

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!!!





Enjoy this precious family time! Merry Christmas!

Happy Parenting!
D and C