Catching Up

I was recently reminded that some of my family…both sons…are not on FaceBook and therefor are not seeing some of the family photos that I have posted! So, because of my dereliction of duties…here are some pics that I have scanned from 27 boxes of slide trays from the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s.  Don’t worry, they’re not all here :)  Just a few pics, mostly from the 60′s!

Have fun!!

This particular slide is from 1946!!!! ...of yours truly!

a picture of family, from the 50's...yikes!

Diane, Danny, and mom Helen

Handsome Dan!

with Tom

Gramma Horn

Gramma Smith

D and D heading to work at Chrysler during college break

me and my honey!!

D and D and F2

D and F2 wedding, 1968

ready for the honeymoon

Dan and Carol wedding, 1968

heading for their honeymoon

mom and Carl wedding, 1968

Old slides are so much fun! It makes me happy that they  have been saved for so many years!!

 

Keep making memories!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sunshiny Sunday #5

Here again are three things that make me happy, bring me joy, and give me peace!!

1) My Mom and my friends…together:

…isn’t she amazing??

2) My dad’s Prisoner of War book from WWII

any ideas on how to preserve the book and all the letters home??

3)…and, of course, baby girl…

Isn't she just the sweetest thing?

More to come next week…hope you’re enjoying the Super Bowl!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Sharing

My dad, Robert Gordon Horn, was a veteran of WWII.

in the service in the early 40's

 

His mom, my grandmother..Maud Jowett Horn…kept this service record from the time he entered the service until he finished:

this contained photos, a record of all correspondence sent and received from my dad, and newspapers articles

 

My dad was a member of the Army Air Corps (before there was an air force) as a bombardier:


my dad, far left first row, with his flight crew

My parents were married in June of 1943 and in January of 1944 my dad was sent overseas.

before being deployed

 

He was shot down over Germany in Feb. and was missing in action for all of the 6 weeks of lent. On Good Friday, my mom was notified that he was alive and a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a captive there for 15 months before he returned home at the end of the war. He was one of the lucky ones to survive the action of World War II.

Luckily my dad was able to come home and begin our family:)  He served our country and should be remembered for that. But he also served our family until his sudden death from a heart attack when he was only 44. We remember him today….

 

Honor all those who have served in the past and those who are continuing to do a huge service to all of us who live in this great, though sometimes flawed, country. God Bless You!

 

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

Thank You, Joanne!

Every now and then something captures your attention…and you say, “Well, that makes sense…I should really do that.”  And then…often…you don’t get around to it….

 

Reading the blog for Zarate Fitness…see it under his blog at zaratefitness.com….an inspirational idea to recognize someone who helped influence, mold, enlighten your life! I love this idea, so I’m going to run with it!

lovely Joanne

This beautiful lady is Joanne Teague, my friend but also my inspiration. I taught with her when I first began teaching…so much fun. We were separated along the way with different buildings, grade levels, and responsibilities, but remained good friends. Then I was lucky enough to have her, as the principal, hire me to teach in her building.  It was amazing!! What an awesome experience…to work with someone so motivated to do what is best for kids. She is the one who got me involved with the accreditation process including data collection of all sorts, theme building, teamwork always, and working harder than I had ever worked before…and loving every bit of it. She never asked us to do anything that she wasn’t already doing more of…and always with a smile on her face. It was a dream job, and I learned so much more about myself as a person. I became stronger and more knowledgable in all areas, took on more responsibilities than I ever would have thought of, and loved learning about all things..both scholastic and not!!

Joanne and other inspirational folks I know

 

She was, and is, a beautiful person…who is a role model to all who know her. So in the spirit of this blog, I say:

Thank You, Joanne Teague, for all that you have done for me and for all those who know you!!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

Writing to Gramma Gallimore

A great idea for teachers:

Involve your parents in projects with your kids!!

 

Whether I taught 2nd grade or 6th grade, my mom…Gramma Gallimore…chose to write letters to my kids. They were about anything and everything…animals, surfing, Florida, space, whatever looked good to her at the time..she would share tidbits of her life with my students. That was exciting enough, but…my kids then had to return letters to her, telling her about themselves, thanking her for treats she may have sent, asking her questions for future letters. The amazing thing is that my mom has kept all these letters!!! Some were from as long ago as the ’80′s right up until I retired in’09.

 

Many of these students have kept in contact with me, which is so exciting to me!! I’m checking now to see if some of them remember the Gramma Gallimore picnic we had for Gramma and Grandad when they were visiting Michigan a few years ago. Here are some photos to help bring back memories:

Here is Gramma’s letter and a response from a 5th grader:

with Mr. Seader, the principal

 

The kids loved these back and forth letters, usually about 5 a year; but more importantly, it’s one of my mother’s favorite memories.  Thanks, kids!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

So Much Fun!

Our TLG has been celebrating 30th birthdays with the kids of the ‘originals’….you know, the regular kind of ‘old-timer’ birthdays with gag gifts.

Well, this weekend, we celebrated wifey L’s 30th coming up on the 10th of May! She is so cute, and since she’s pregnant (with grandchild #1!!!) people were quite kind to her:))

With a a darling little girl baby and an adorable pup there, we all had plenty of things to keep us busy!

So here for you are just a few !! lovely photos of the event!!

rainbow skewers

raspberry cheesecake muffins

banana chocolate chip muffins

blt chopped salad with corn and feta

grilled ginger chicken slaw

 

Ridiculous use of Pinterest…all 5 of these recipes…whew, it took way longer than I expected. But…they were all very good:))

birthday girl with the cute baby and the adorable puppy:)

how do we keep these things on our heads???

S practicing reading with the babe:)

 

a little unsure of each other!

here's a card, birthday girl!

some silly gifts...

leather for the baby :) Grampa Fink would be proud!!!

worn out pup...

worn out kitty...

…but the baby, still going strong:))

M keeping the stairs safe:)

 

If she could, she’d be singing “Happy Birthday to you, Auntie L!!”

 

It was a wonderful day, with wonderful people!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

Super Saturday #29

Hurray for Super Saturday #29…

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) angels..love them…


2) my mom’s crystal…from 1943…pretty, huh?

with pralines and Russian teacakes...

3) additions to my beautiful nativity set…thanks, S family!!

before...

...and after...

 

Many things to be thankful for this season…rejoice in the season….   :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #28

Hurray for Super Saturday #28…

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 working fireplace…thank you, Chad:)


2) Christmas tree and our ornaments:

old handmade and new beautiful...all mixed up!

can you see Yoda and ET?

sand dollars and Roxy prints:)

...from F2's childhood...

mixed bag...love 'em!

 

3) a beautiful Willow Tree nativity set…a wonderful gift in the past couple of years:

only a portion of the set...

Because the 3 of us left town for Christmas after F2′s death in ’96 and continued to leave for Christmas for many years, all the Christmas decorations stayed in their boxes. When we decided we could handle being home again, the ornaments brought sweet and wonderful memories back for all of us. Now, we love to see them and talk about each one. C even asked that I write a list of ornaments and how we got them or what they meant…great idea, right?  So instead, I took photos of them in groups that could be described…hope they make sense!

Appreciate what you have for Christmas and make as many memories as you can…  they will light up your lives forever:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Holiday ‘Presence’

Ideas for creating that joy on Christmas morning that we all are longing for….  past post #2:

 

Now that your children’s gifts to others are taken care of … see previous post… what do you want to do about their gifts from you and from Santa?

If your kids know that you buy them some gifts that you want to be surprises for them, you can give them some tips about not looking around for presents because of the chance of “wrecking the surprise”. If they can learn to delay gratification and wait for surprises, their Christmas mornings will be sooo exciting, and they will have developed a useful character trait.

If they’re not looking for your gifts, they won’t ‘accidentally’ find Santa’s gifts!!!

I had always thought that Chad and Scott didn’t snoop when Christmas came around because they liked to be surprised. Wrong!! I just discovered that…instead… they were nervous that if they found  surprise gifts we wouldn’t let them have them!! I’m sure we never said that exactly, but they could tell from our voices that snooping was not a good thing.


If you want Santa to last…always keep separate wrapping paper, labels, bows – only to be used by Santa. At our house, Santa wrapped some gifts and left others unwrapped by the tree – and other unwrapped trinkets in the Christmas stockings. Last minute wrapping of Santa’s gifts is always a great idea.

It’s less confusing if all family gifts are wrapped ahead of time with the whole family involved (and in our house put away until Christmas Eve). So all you need to be concerned with on Christmas Eve after the children go to bed is wrapping Santa’s gifts and arranging the presents under the tree.

whether the presents are wrapped by Mom and Dad
or by Santa
or left unwrapped by Santa
or packages from friends and families









Make sure your kids appreciate each gift individually. More to come in Part 3!!




If you do appreciate the idea of giving, whether through Santa or through another avenue, planning ahead of time is always important. Family values come first!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C