Super Saturday #35

Hurray for Super Saturday #35…

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 first birthday for a little cutie-patootie

2) celebrating my birthday with my favorites:))

burger for me, not the mussels..Cadieux Cafe

with these two lovelies...

and these two lovelies...


3) another quote from my bag of tricks:

“Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up!”

It’s so easy to listen to that committee instead of setting up your own positive committee. Try, try, try…… :)


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Super Saturday #31

Hurray for Super Saturday #31…

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) McDonalds…every morning…breakfast burrito and coffee , yum!!!

2) received this great stamper with my return address on it…so cute!!

3) this beautiful scarf has been very handy in the cold we’ve been having…warm and cozy…thanks, AK!!

What makes you happy? What are you grateful for? There are always things to be joyful about…are you finding them? Share joy with your kids!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #26

Hurray for Super Saturday #26…

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) Thanksgiving with these folks!!

2) hosted here…

the new Mr. & Mrs. hosted:))

their newly beautiful dining room

S made this bar/buffet :)

table looks great, doesn't it?


3) food…before and after…

What is all that, you ask?? I took 2 appetizers, a veggie, and a salad…

pineapple meatballs...crockpot

cheese sausage bites

green bean casserole and brussels sprouts slaw

the turkey was brined and smoked...delicious!!

busy carving

full plate

...and empty!!

I am always thankful for my wonderful family!! This year was especially exciting in so many ways….adding beautiful people to bless us all, being able to enjoy an incredible meal with the newlyweds in their beautiful new home, and always being grateful for wonderful memories:))


Happy Parenting and Thanksgiving to you and yours!

D and C

Super Saturday #23

Hurray for Super Saturday #23…

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) friends

…we eat…

2) we drink…

3)  …and we stop to smell the flowers…


Friends make life wonderful:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C



End of Summer??

Children…summer fun!! And then so soon it’s time for school to begin again….

So much fun over the years….little guys, big guys…doesn’t matter! Back yard, on vacation, alone or with friends. Michigan is a beautiful place to PLAY!

But then, back to a new, fresh year of learning in school! Exciting for most…ready for friends and new classrooms!

If you still have a few days of summer left…enjoy them:))

For those of you back in school, enjoy those days, also!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Prayers, Please….

New and great information on my stepdad Carl!

For previous info, check here

Carl has been in a rehab for 3 months…waiting for diagnosis for something other than ‘just’ dementia. It has been so hard for him and my mom. FINALLY, after a ton of work and research by my stepbrother Tom (who is an angel of immense proportions!), Carl is being operated on today. He has NPH, normal pressure hydrocephalus, which presents as dementia..but has a precise set of symptoms in a definite order…a strange gait, and then dementia, and then incontinence. Today he will be having a shunt put in which will divert extra cerebrospinal fluid from his brain to his belly! In most cases, all  or at least most of the symptoms GO AWAY!!! We are all so thankful that this is being done!

All prayers and positive thoughts will be appreciated today. I’ll let you know how things go:)

two sweeties!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Thanks, Santa!

Christmas is over…the giving, the receiving, the hoopla, and the excitement. Now is the time for the gratitude! I’m sure you and your children shared their thanks with those who were with them during the holidays, but what about those who sent their gifts?? Have your children written their thank you notes yet?

For some reason…I never seem to see the idea that kids could also send a thank you note to Santa! They are always eager to send out those ‘requesting’ letters before Christmas. But what about being grateful for what was received?  The poor old guy gets left behind…I wonder why…      Is it because we as little folks never wrote notes ourselves? I don’t remember ever writing a thank you letter to Santa, but now that I think about it, I think I should have!

So let’s start a grateful campaign…have your children write a sweet note to the ‘happy old soul’ and give them the idea that thank you notes are always a great way to go:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Kids During the Holidays…kind, grateful??

Do your kids know about kindness and respect? How did they act at the Thanksgiving dinner table?

beautiful table, wonderful kids??

If your children sat at the table for the entire dinner, interacted politely with those around them, remembered to say Please and Thank You, and Smiled :) - Congratulations! You must have been doing something right for years!! If that did not look like your table – All of these things can be taught with you as the model. Practice now for a new look for the holiday tables:


1. Have your kids stay at the table every night until everyone is done with dinner…it’s only polite!!  And then, have them ask to be excused. No…really!! It works – the boys’ grandfather is still impressed, 25 years later, that they said, “May we please be excused?” from a long ago holiday dinner.
with Gramma and Grandad Gallimore workin’ on manners

2. Kids need to practice talking to adults, being kind and respectful. Being able to talk to you on a daily basis shows how they will interact with others. Be kind in the family also since you are always being a role model, good or not so much…


3. Please and Thank You are SOOOO important!! It is so easy to teach at home if you are constantly modeling what you want and never relaxing your expectations. Kids do what you show them they have to do! Always say please to them (not asking as if it’s a request, but just being kind) and always expect a thank you in return. Remember to reply with a You’re Welcome to reinforce that you heard their polite response:) Always say thank you to them. If you hand your kids something, keep your hand on it until they ‘remember’ to thank you. Eventually a look from you will remind them of their required manners. Please help your children to find their manners :)
Practicing manners with Gramma and Grampa Finkbeiner starts early!!

4. Smiling can be taught!!! Try it…we told our kids that fake smiles were better than real frowns. Besides, your brain reads those smile muscles as happiness – it actually makes you feel better if you smile. HONEST!! Give it a shot!

Torch Lake kids being happy!!


If you concentrate on these few ideas for the next month, your future holiday dinners could be a breeze, and your children could learn valuable lessons for their future.

Good luck! Let me know how it goes:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C


blood drive

I scheduled donating blood before Hurricane Sandy caused so much devastation, but I donated on Tuesday the 27th. I’m so glad that I was able to help.


This was only the second time I have donated …except for about 30 years ago. This time went quite well…all the before hand paperwork, blood pressure, finger prick went just fine! When they finally started I didn’t even feel the needle go in, but the nurse (such a nice lady) said, “Uh, oh…you’re going to have a bruise…I’m so sorry, this never happens to me!!”  She almost had to stop the blood draw, but thank goodness, it continued. She said they are not allowed to use partial donations…so that would have been in vain! Whew!


So, all done… head to the table for a snack and some water…started feeling warm…and, yup!! Passed right out!! What a dork!! Flat on the ground when I woke up…talk about drama! People say it is quite common after giving blood and in the future I should choose juice instead of water.   Will do!!!


No matter what…I will donate again! I feel if I can help someone else in such an easy way…I want to!


Big props to the American Red Cross for all they do…constant blood drives all over the country every day. It’s very impressive! Please give if you can:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Remembering Manners + Christmas Share – Day 22

The Thursday before Christmas??? Are you ready? Are your children ready to be cheerful and happy with what they receive…no matter what it is?

are you grateful for each other?


Maybe a little discussion is needed…talking about the difference between wants and needs…talking about those less fortunate…talking about manners and making those around you feel comfortable!  Lots of discussions, spur of the moment kinds of talks…what do you hear and see on TV and music…is that how you want your kids to respond to others?

Speak up…let them know how you want ‘your’ family to act and react during this crazy, festive, stressful holiday season!  Kids will only go as far as you let them…so check for the coming meltdowns and distract and redirect to help them find something interesting to do.

Please and thank you are important lessons to pass on to your children…and they learn them from watching you and your interactions with them and others.

use any kind of thank you's...

How about thanking Santa for the goodies?

Loving the season, the reason, the family, and the day….be happy and joyful (even if it hurts)….


Happy Parenting and Christmas Sharing,

D and C


From This Mama Says….for Christmas share


Christmas is just right around the corner and normally the last thing that everyone is shopping for are those small gifts and stocking stuffers. All those little things you kept saying to yourself that you’d pick up later….. Well ‘later’ is NOW!

Here is a great list of OVER 100 small and inexpensive gift ideas! I don’t know about you, but I hate filling stockings and buying small ‘filler’ presents only to be throwing away those things within weeks, because they were junk!

This year I’ve decided that instead of wasting money, I’m buying things that are either needed, useful or consumable!

Another great idea for coworkers, friends or family is to group some of these items together for a “theme basket”. I tried to group the items together as best I could! Here are a few suggestions… Baking, coffee, makeup, nails, art, golf, spa, electronics, car care, etc.

Also, considering that most of these items are $5.00 or less this would be a wonderful way to bless a family in need! We will be filling a stocking to send to our World Vision child, but you could also drop off with a charity, a church or a specific family that you know! What a wonderful blessing to someone you could be! And what a lesson it would be for your children!