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

In case you hadn’t heard….

We are totally surprised with the number of new blog readers:  wow! thanks, everyone, for joining us on our journey. For those of you lovely folks who have been with us for some time, you know we talk about those things that make us happy…and joyful parenting! So, just in case you new readers didn’t know about our parenting book: How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths …

Here it is  :)

Chad (son) and Diane (mom) wrote the book together to help parents find easier ways to have children who are delightful, respectful, responsible, and eventually independent adults! There are 10 common misbeliefs that kids grab onto and keep forever without a parent’s guide to let go of them. We included lots of stories from our lives…in both of our voices!


Feel free to head to Amazon to find our pretty little book in paperback or on Kindle. It is also available online through Barnes and Noble. It does make a great gift for new parents or grandparents, but also for those with kids anywhere from age 1-18.

For any of you delightful people who already bought one…we express a huge thank you to you. We hope you found the book helpful and enjoyable. Feel free to express your thoughts, good or bad, for others to see.


Christmas gifts anyone??  This is a plug for the book not because of our making any money but because of our love for kids and our hopes for improving future generations!

delivering backpacks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina


Thanks and

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love and Joy, today and always!!

...a special surprise in the snow...


Love to my sweeties!

adorable, aren't they? ....and just as sweet!


Happiness to spread around….

...reading brings happiness too, right?


Love to my honey…always!!!

..he loved that car:))


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone…and, as usual, find your joy….wherever you can find it:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C






Book Time

Our book club met to discuss The Orphan Train. We all really liked it…and discovered that there will be a discussion about the actual Michigan orphan trains in Clarkston next month! How exciting! We will meet there for dinner and discussion of our next book, The Language of Flowers, and then on to the library to hear what we hope will be a very interesting talk on the 12,000 children who rode the orphan train from New York to Michigan from the 1850′s to 1929! Overall, more than 200,000 orphans rode these trains from New York to cities in the Midwest. Amazing stories…both good and bad!


My most recent ‘read’ was a new book in a series of 7 written by a 21 year old!! The book is The Bone Season, another dystopian novel about young people. It’s a slow-starter, but definitely becomes interesting!

Yesterday was a beautiful day for reading outside…so that’s just what I did!!! I’m reading an old novel by Jonathan Kellerman…’Bones’….it’s a good book, especially reading in the sunshine and breeze!

Books are my thing!! I love to read….mostly non-intellectual books (sorry to disappoint you, but I’m a mystery, legal, medical thriller type of girl). I read for pleasure mostly and only occasionally for learning:)))

What are you reading??


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #4

Hurray for Super Saturday #4…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


1) leaves and plants growing green .. that amazing spring-time green

2) completing a particular task….writing invitations, affixing labels, buying supplies….any task that can be checked off the list…magic!!

3) for those of you who have loved reading Robert B. Parker books for many years and have been saddened by his death…take heart!! The author who has been given permission to use his name by his estate…Ace Atkins, does a fantastic job using the same familiar characters and the same sarcastic humor we have become used to. The latest book, “Wonderland”, feels just like a Robert B. Parker Spenser book.   Love it:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #59

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #59


Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:


1) celebrating Scott’s birthday at Mongolian BBQ…hilarious!


grillin' up the food..

poor Scott...ha, ha...foil helmet and singing "I'm a Little Teapot"

at least he was rewarded with a free sundae!

oh, no...poor puppy was afraid of the new look!!

2) being able to help teachers with their unending testing….I brought home some theme tests to grade at home

stacks of them

3) had book club this week…book was Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, next month The Kitchen House and then The Forgotten Garden

thought this was hilarious!!

I hope you are having a delightful Thursday:))


Happy Parenting!

D and  C

Gift Ideas ;)

Just a couple of book ideas to share…


For parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers, and babysitters:

How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths

sorry...can't help sharing:))

And…for all of you fans of Fifty Shades of Grey:

Fifty Shades of Chicken

This is a seriously funny parody…with ‘Miss Hen’ and ‘Mr. Blades”….actual recipes, with naughty dialogue between the two main ‘characters’. Throw it in the stockings of your friends…great surprise!!


Have fun!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Thankful Thursdays #34

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #34


Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:


1) The absolutely gorgeous weather we have been having…lovely during the day, windows open and covered in blankets at night…ahhh…I feel a fall breeze coming. Here are some summer pretties!

2) ha, ha…to prove that our book club is not full of ‘book snobs’…we decided to read “Fifty Shades of Grey”!!!  The discussion was definitely hilarious….embarrassing, but funny:)    These shirts are only worn at book club…one of us chickened out and another was working….but the 3 of us thought we were brave even though the waitress at the restaurant looked down her nose at us telling us about her lofty literary choices….    here’s the proof of our bravery:)))

3) having the time to read…anytime and anywhere…I love to go to the metropark to read or the outside mall, people-watching while reading, or just in the back yard…the cooler weather makes it so enjoyable!


Enjoy your days…find time for fun, for you and your kids!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Joyful Thursdays #21

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #21


Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

1) waking up to a cool breeze blowing in the window and a loving cat snuggling close…

2) attending a 50th wedding anniversary for some wonderful friends!

3) nearing our one year anniversary of having our book published….check here to see the reviews !  How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths would be a great Father’s Day gift for a new daddy but would be a fun read for helpful hints and/or funny stories for anyone!

Spring is springing!!! Are you, also….fly, people, fly:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

to my students…

I’d like to let all of my students…many of whom are now my friends…know what a privilege it was to have been your teacher!


You learned so many things, not only academic – but social and emotional, too. You have had so much growth over the years:

Not only math, but the ability to solve problems that will improve our world…

Not only English, but the will to write intelligently – even if only on FaceBook and blogs…

Not only reading, but the joy of learning – hopefully, reading those chapter books have led to reading for both knowledge and pleasure…

reading for knowledge and pleasure...

In all other ways – I hope you have learned to be kind and honest. I hope you love to help others and delight in giving what you can. Compassion, respect, belief in others, and wonder in the world around us…I hope you have them all!

so important!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey! Best wishes in all that you do,

Mrs. F.  :-)