Super Saturday #38

Hurray for Super Saturday #38…

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) the weather is changing….at least a little:))

on Friday, I opened the windows and let the 40 degree weather blow in…ahhh, loved it!!!  OK, they were only open for about 10 minutes, but fresh air of that lovely temperature is delightful:))

2) we can actually see grass in some areas now…not in the front, but in the back where the afternoon sun shines strongest there are spots of grass….it’s nice to see you again:)

3) melting snow this weekend and now …until Wednesday… when 4-6 inches of that white stuff that we’re sick of will fall again!!! Arghhhh…..sorry! I will appreciate the sun and warmth while it’s here  :)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Take your pick…Labor Day weather!

Many of us in Michigan have heard the phrase, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day!”

This weekend seems to be a real life example of that saying:


Yesterday, high of 97 degrees and high humidity…

hot and humid = in the water!

Today, high of 91 and thunderstorms…

definite thunderstorms!

Tomorrow, high of 77 and scattered showers…

showers...that means puddles:)

Monday, high of 66 and sunny…

It’s Michigan!! Take your pick! Which is your favorite…hot and sticky, warm and rainy, cool and sunny?? Can you tell, by the biased way I phrased that, which day I would choose??  I certainly do love the cool and sunny days that lead to fall, my favorite season:)


Whatever the weather this weekend where you are…I hope you enjoy this lovely family time together!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


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Ingredients for a great summer

Are you ready to mix up a wonderful summer?

Here’s a recipe for you to try!

1 – kids eating dripping fruits and ice cream…watermelon, pineapple, berries…

messy is good, inside or outside:)

2 – kids playing in the water…hose, pool, puddle, lake, sink, or bathtub…

splash water all over those clothes!

3 – kids playing in the dirt…  in the garden, in your yard, making mud pies…

dirt is sure fun!!

4 – kids having fun with family… in your house or out, on vacation alone or with friends, visiting neighbors or just being a part of one fabulous family…

we loved camping...

we can have fun anywhere!

havin' fun in the water with family:)

Throw in a dash of giggling, an overflowing cup of cuddling, and gallons of love….and the end result is a perfect recipe for a great summer!

Enjoy your summer and your family!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Tricycles and Training Wheels

Spring, Spring, yes?? no?? In Michigan you can never really be sure. We all need to take advantage of good weather whenever we see it, but I suppose that’s true wherever you live, huh?
Today the temperature might be 45 degrees…

workin’ that trike and ‘wheels’

Have the kids get out into the fresh air anyway…they love it!
Tomorrow the temp may be 60 degrees…

lovin’ riding together

Lighter jackets, but look at those smiles…out of the house, having fun!

riding those bikes to school

When the snow and ice are gone from the streets and sidewalks, off they go to school on their favorite mode of transportation!

riding rental bikes on Mackinac  Island

Riding bikes becomes even more fun when the kids are able to rent bikes while on vacation. They can help plan the route, decide where they would like to go, and have fun as a family.

are you ready?

Are you able to let your kids have messy fun??? Some of our most delightful times with the kids….spring puddles!!!   F2 and I had always loved walking in the rain and, yes, stomping through puddles…so we just naturally encouraged the kids to enjoy the same process. Here’s how it goes….have the kids put on junky (easily cleaned) clothing, get your camera out, and have them speed through any puddles they can find. This is what it looks like:


Does it look like fun??  So many giggles and shrieks! They LOVE it. They also love the ‘skunk stripe’ they get up the back of their shorts and shirts :)  Water and mud…sounds like boys, right? I’ll bet the girls would like it too.  And now, for the teachable moment…

When the kids finish riding through the puddles they have a job to do…every time!! They must hose down their bikes and then completely dry them before putting them away in the garage. This becomes a great lesson in how to take care of your things…explanations of what rust can do and how important it is to take responsibility for their own possessions. No slacking or whining allowed…make it fun, so they’ ll want to do it again!

Have fun with those kids this spring…don’t be afraid of dirt! Hurray for puddles!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C