The beauty of fog…

A photo essay of the beauty of fog lifting to reveal the sun…

fog over the St. Clair River

the sun trying to shine through

awaiting the return of their loved ones

the beauty of nature

a little brighter


a different view

Canadian smokestacks barely visible

a more visible Canada in the sunshine

sunshine and shadows

This was such a great daytime excursion for me…middle of the week…no one around, watching the fog lift. I enjoyed a snack, read a book, and felt my spirits rise!

Feeling sad? Find a way to lift up your spirits and find the sun!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Joyful Thursdays #9

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

Joyful Thursdays #9

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


1) still springtime weather…over 80 degrees and beautiful sunshine…lovely


2) leaving windows open all day and night…in March…in Michigan…amazing!!


3) forsythia blooming, green weeping willow trees, daffodils, tulips, and green grass…lovin’ it!!

even a dandelion looks good...for a minute:)

Michiganders are always excited when spring finally sneaks into our dreary, gray skies…usually around the end of April or even later. But if you want to see a state with tons of smiling people, just come visit us today!! This has been such a mellow winter and, then, to have summertime weather for over a week…it’s just unbelievable and very much appreciated! An amazing blessing:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

A happy green day to you….

an Irish toast with a Pat O'Briens's glass...New Orleans:)

some lovely spring green

some green left over from the fall

in case you need a green shirt

And if you put some of the puzzle pieces together…

ta, da!

You’re ready for a corned beef and cabbage kind of day!!


Have a delightful and safe St. Patrick’s Day:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #8

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

Joyful Thursdays #8

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


1)  Michigan…March….sunny….and 75 degrees!!!

This is amazing!! What a great day to be retired:)

not quite ready for these yet....but soon!

2)  presenting at the Michigan Reading Association conference at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids on Saturday afternoon…what an impressive venue…wow!


3)  more ‘pretty’ photos :)

I hope your week is going as well as mine…calm and easy-going! I finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Catch Me by Lisa Gardner….recommend them both:)


Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


I’m loving this photo, found in our long ago slides….doesn’t he look like he’s taking a thoughtful stroll??

just thinking...

We have beautiful weather today….so maybe I’ll take a thoughtful stroll….how’s that sound to you???


Take your cute little ones outside and enjoy some family time:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Green and White


green and lovely on Saturday


white and drooping on Sunday

What a difference a day makes, huh?

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Stay Positive!

No, really!!! Stay Positive!!! Put a fake smile on your face until you feel as if the weather really will get better!!
We had 68 degree temp one day, and 2 days later, this:

This would be very pretty if it were December….

Two days later and we have 14 degrees this AM with a high of 31…lovely, huh?
So paste that smile on your face, giggle at the weatherman, and make your own Spring…

Even if you have to buy it at the store  :))

Have a great weekend and
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

Spring?? and St. Patrick’s Day

May your heart be light…and keep looking for that Spring!!!

Here is blue sky, but frozen lake remains…

Can you see the poor ducks trying to walk on the ice?? They’re wondering if they came back a little too soon!

Ice still here…sea wall shedding….spring??

Do you think green things can grow here yet?? But wait…see the sun is actually shining in the background…ah, signs of good things to come:)

The cherubs guarding the spot where the tulips and daffodils will soon grow….maybe a leprechaun is lurking, waiting for spring also:)

Happy St. Patty’s Day to all… find something ‘green’ to do with the munchkins today. They will love it!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C