TLG Christmas Party, 2017

This wonderful group of friends has been celebrating Christmas…and, well, every thing else also…for a very long time. We always have so much fun, and now we have 3rd generation cuties to make us laugh!

Enjoy the photos as we continue to make delightful memories!

From start to finish, the party was so much fun….and exhausting for some ;)

For more pics, head to my Facebook page!

 

Happy Parenting,

D and C

A Trip

Have you missed me?? I have been derelict in my duties – busy with birthdays and Halloween and fun, fun, fun with little one!!

 

Since it’s been almost 2 months since we returned from our British Isles cruise, I think it’s about time I show you a few photos from the trip. Because I took WAY too many photos I’ll just pick some from each area at a time. I hope it gets you ready to spend some time in another country….especially with forever friends, it’s amazing!

 

We started with 2 days in London before the cruise began:

at the Tower of London…yup, in the rain!

metal monkeys … ?….

We did hit as many pubs as possible...

Parliament

right before a downpour!!

just missed being able to go into Westminster Abbey…but managed to stand in its alcove for the storm!!

We did go into Buckingham Palace also…but no photos there. The dining room all set up for dignitaries was gorgeous!!

Then it was on to the ship and our first dinner on board:

me and my buddies :)

 

and beautiful views from then on!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Family Love

Family….children, granddaughter, birthday= LOVELY!!

What a special day for me…I got to spend time with this little beauty:

…with her puppy:

loving her ‘monkey’… :)

It was so much fun, and then there was more!!! Little darlin’ was all dolled up to go out to eat with us:

Not only did I get treated with dinner at my favorite spot, but I also received gifts that I love…I didn’t need them, but I did want them…if you ask I’ll let you know what they were ;)

Sweet little one was wide awake for the 20 minute ride to the restaurant and then promptly fell asleep for the entire dinner…she has the BEST manners :) )

Back home for more hugs and snuggles before I headed to my house for the night….want to know what I thought of the day???

PERFECTION!!!  All the people I love the most….I’m still in a daze of blessings!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Intentions instead of Resolutions

For those of you who have been hanging around our blog for a few years, you know that I have been doing a list of intentions’ rather than ‘resolutions’ for a couple of reasons:

1. the stress involved in trying to complete resolutions leads to feeling bad instead of feeling positive…doesn’t really go along with my ‘mantra’!!

and

2. intentions can easily be ongoing…so when you complete them you can feel successful, when you start you can feel successful, and anywhere along the way you can feel successful….much easier to adjust or even cancel as you, yourself, change.

In the past, some of the things I have completed include:

having the piano tuned and taking piano lessons

completing 3 quilts made from F2′s tshirts

organizing photos, both digital and print

finding photos like these and being able to make folders online

cleaning specific areas of the house, like the garage and the basement

finding treasures

needed cleaning, right?

doing as many philanthropic endeavors as possible..love them!!

Anyway, now my list of intentions becomes more mental than physical…I want to help my kids in any way that I can, including caring for the new grand baby in my life!! I don’t think I need to write any of that down…because I love every part of it :) :)

Most definitely, Happy Parenting!

D and C

Christmas Plans

How about a recap from one of the first blog posts from Childhood Myths??   December, 2010


How did those letters go that your kids wrote to Santa? Did they ask for too much…did you help them adjust?




1. Kids do not ‘need’ lots of toys – help them see the difference in needs and wants early. Make sure they understand that they will not get everything on that list, nor should they. Santa has many children to give to and shares his toys around the world.


2. Do not give your children all that they ask for. It saps the excitement from each moment because they begin to understand that, no matter what, they really will get it all.


3. Christmas morning at our house was always “stockings first”. The kids had to wake us up so we could go downstairs together for our stocking stuffers…small things – fruit, matchbox cars, socks. Everything was ‘oohed’ over and appreciated.

not really awake, but ready!
older, and much more ready…with Corky

 

4. When we, as a family, opened gifts under the tree it was always one gift at a time. Everyone watched until that gift was opened, then we moved on to the next, including Mom and Dad. We alternated gifts from Santa and ones from parents. The kids knew they needed the right grateful attitude when opening presents…or we just might stop;)

5. All during the holidays have the kids help. Chad and Scott helped make cookies, cook, wrap presents for others, straighten up. After Christmas Day see if the kids can find toys they’re ready to let go of (ones their new gifts can replace). Have them go with you to drop these things off at a shelter or another organization that helps people.

still in jammies, but helping up a storm!

 

Try to instill that attitude of gratitude early. It can begin to enhance their ability to think of others on their own as they get older.

Christmas brotherly love :)

 

Good luck during the holidays with gratitude!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and because it’s necessary…a photo op for new Christmas baby:

precious!

 


 


 


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

Little One Meets the TLG

A first gathering  of the TLG that baby A gets to attend!!

She was a treat for all :)

Lots of hugging and holding….

TLG 'cousins' :)

 

…and then, of course, her daddy, mommy, and me!!

Lots of love to go around…a lucky little lady!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

TLG Shower

Great times, great friends, great reason for a party!!!

 

Shower #2 for C & S…the Torch Lake Group shower, held at

S & L’s beautiful new home….3 generations joining in to celebrate the upcoming wedding!!

Here we go with the photos again….be ready:)))

Some great decorations:

labels on top of homemade strawberry jam…

 

…and some great people…

the host and hostess…awesome job!!

bride-to-be with her mom and dad

having fun with the entertainment for the day ;)

yummy food..

Opening gifts…

sooo cute!!

 

Love them!!! Aren’t they the best??

 

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