Seasonal Excitement!

New babies! New holidays!!

 

Here’s the sweetie with her ‘pumpkin butt’:

…and her lion costume!!

We are thankful for this adorable ‘turkey butt’!!

And…the most adorable wearing of an ‘ugly Christmas sweater’!!

so sweet…LOVE:)

 

Happy Parenting (and grandparenting!),

D and C

Never Forgotten…

It is hard to believe…

18 years since my heart was broken into pieces…but he is never really gone if my heart glued itself back together with beautiful memories…

Believing…makes all the difference…he is still with me, with all of us…bringing us joy and peace, if that is what we choose!

I choose my sweet Fred..always and forever!

Out to celebrate life tonight, with the TLG…toasting memories with our B52′s….

Love you, my sweetie!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Then and Now

Hawaii…ahhh, beautiful, amazing, uplifting! Can you tell that Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world?

My hubby and I first went to Hawaii in ’72 and again in ’74…I know, I know…I must be ancient:)))  We absolutely loved everything about that beautiful place.

I did not go again…life got busy and family came first…until I decided to take my boys in 1999, after their dad died. I took my two with their best friends when they were 18, 19, 19, and 20. It was a gift to myself, remembering all the fun …because memories are one of the biggest gifts we can give ourselves!

It was such a pleasure to watch those boys enjoy Hawaii as much as F2 and I had.  Then, in 2004, I took my 2 guys again to just vegetate in Waikiki…beach time, sunshine, good food, and wonderful people!!

And now we just returned from a most delightful trip to Hawaii…my sons, and THEIR WIVES!!!  Hurray! They are all the best people in the world! Kind, compassionate, fun loving and positive! My guys really know how to pick them!!!

I am over the moon excited to spend time with them whenever I can..but to be able to share my favorite place with them was awesome, delightful, fantastic and every other positive adjective you can come up with. Love ‘em all!!!

So here we go with the ‘then and now’ of photos…some are from slides from the first 2 trips so the quality may be shaky, but we’re working on memories here folks. It’s all good! Mixed up…old and new photos from Hawaii! Enjoy!!

some new…

some more old…

…and new…

a few more old…

yes…this is the same banyan tree!!!

 


and now…

I hope you enjoyed this small sampling of my Hawaiian memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Reception

Ready for more photos??? Well, ready or not, here they are!! This time…of the reception: food , fun, friends and family, and dancing!!!  Much Love to spread around…a beautiful ending to a perfect day:))

Such a wonderful evening, with delightful results…another beautiful, kind, compassionate daughter to add to the Fink family!!  Lots of Love from all of us :)

Happy (!) Parenting!

C and D

C & S Wedding Ceremony

More photos for you…this time of the ceremony…so beautiful!!

It's official:)))

best man

happy groom

 

Aren’t they adorable?? I am the luckiest mama in the world!! Two wonderful sons married to two wonderful daughters…hurray:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Venue

A wedding…accomplished!!!   What Joy, Happiness, and Perfection!  Because I took so many photos…I know you’re very surprised!!… I will share bits and pieces with you over time:))

The ceremony and reception were held in the back yard of the happy couple…just a taste of the guys with the bride:

gorgeous, aren't they?

 

And now for an overabundance of venue pics for you…C and S did all of the artistic touches themselves…just amazing!!

they built the dance floor!

clever cover for the propane tank!

memory ribbons

..and finally, the guys getting the lights ready for the dance floor!!

Delightfully done :)  I’m so proud of all the people who did such a wonderful job on a beautiful venue!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Boots!!

In just two weeks, these two will be married!!!

In cowboy boots!!

Here’s a preview:))))

I can’t wait!! It will be so much fun!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Folks

Sharing a few photos

Mom and Carl…at the rehab center
with Dan
with me
and the 4 of us:)
love my mom…

 

Mom is having some gains in pain management..whew…that has been really hard for her! Physical therapists are happy about her efforts. Sooo, we are on a positive path, I think!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Another TLG Shower

Our TLG celebrated this lovely couple:

D & C, aren't they cute?

 

a shower in preparation for their October wedding…

having fun, as usual!!

Held at this home:

fantastic hosts, as usual!!

Eating, opening presents, playing with little ones, enjoying each other’s company…always!!

twinners!!

Gramma and Granddaughter!

yummies!

my sweeties...

…and everyone heading out…

All of our TLG get-togethers are wonderful, but special ones .. like wedding or baby showers… are fantastic, emotional, and lovely. We all love our second generation so much…and the third too!!

 

Happy Parenting….always!

D and C

Shower Sunday:)

C and S’s first bridal shower was today!!! It was amazing! Shan’s mom is a wonderful organizer, planner, and ‘finisher’! Everything was beautifully done….so much work…thanks for letting me be a part of such a lovely event!

 

Be ready for photos because that’s just who I am:))

The wedding will be a burlap and lace theme with touches of horseshoes and cowboy boots…so this is all just perfect!

Isn't this the coolest thing ever? Don't you think S's mom could sell these???

and she made this, plus some beautiful plates as gifts!!

true love:)

doesn't show how gorgeous the back of the dress is...but Chad likes it!!

S and her mom!

delicious!

C with a 'frou-frou' toasting glass:)

folks working on their game cards...

soo cute!

bridesmaids in charge

presents...

lots to open!

a beautiful homemade garter ( by sweet Marie, C's babysitter when he was little)

 

And my favorite….a framed piece with S’s parents’ wedding photo, F2′s and my wedding photo, and C and S’s engagement photo!!…It doesn’t show up here, but it is wonderful!!!!!

smiling lots...ouch:)

S and sister, Al

S and R

my 2 new daughters...soo excited to have them be a part of the family:))

S with maids of honor A and A!

a beautiful bride and her beautiful bridesmaids

happy mama with her 2 cuties!

cleaning up...

Yikes! Lucky kids!

What a treat to be involved in a son’s shower…it was amazing, and we are all so grateful for everyone who took part!

This may just be what parenting is all about…watching your children become independent, loving, responsible people who find other independent, loving, responsible people to spend their lives with….proud mama here:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C