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

Busy Baby

This sweet little girl is a very busy little person!!


I read…well, you know, as well as anyone my age reads… ;)

Ohh, love this author…Gyu Fujikawa…beautiful illustrations!

yup, I like it!

That bunny is funny!

I love all these animals...

just relaxin' and reading'...

Have you read this story???

 

I’m learning how to play catch…

a square ball??? hmmm...

I can figure this out….

What else is in here??

If I find it, can I play with it??

Is that a mirror…I love mirrors!!

They are very tasty!!

Did you know how much my Gramma loves me???  She does….a bunch!!

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

Happy Birthday, Scott!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Scott!!

What a wonderful person he is…I am so proud of him, in all ways…he is kind, strong, helpful, caring, and especially a fantastic husband and new father!!

…as a little one..

and again…

 

And with his little one…

so sweet…

Love this guy so much!!

Do you think his little sweetie looks like him???

Happy Birthday, Scott!! I love you lots!!

 

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

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

Gratitudes

Well, I haven’t been on here for a few weeks, not because I don’t care but because I do!!!  I don’t want to leave you with inconsequentials or silliness or any kind of negativity…so I thought and thought about what you might like to hear! My response was…hmmm, I have no idea:))) So, I am back to what I love! I have had Happiness Tuesdays, Thankful Thursdays, and Super Saturdays in the past, and I did love sharing with you things that make me happy. I am still going to share those kinds of things with you but without the label…I am trying not to categorize myself too much!!

 

The main object causing me infinite happiness these days is the adorable granddaughter…3 months old and a delight! How perfect is it to be able to watch your son’s little girl 2 days a week… I’ll tell you: Perfectly perfect!!

newborn sweetness

 

And many more perfectly perfect photos of the little one:


LOVE this pic...

she says, "seriously, another picture???"

stylin'...

This little sweetie will be keeping me happy for years to come!!!

And here is my cat, thinking he is much smaller than he actually is, sleeping in a shoe box!!

Finally, my philosophy, in a nutshell:

Loving life because life is good!!!

 

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!