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5 Great Things…

First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for your kind comments and words of encouragement in yesterday’s post. You guys are wonderful and between your words of advice and the general therapeutic nature of writing, I felt a lot better. Anyway, I thought I’d take a different approach today and write about the things that are going really well – that way I’ll have given equal attention to the good and the bad of these days, which are so fleeting…

Jean @ Working Momma 247 has been doing Gratitude Posts lately and that is really what inspired me to give this a go, so here are 5 things that I’m grateful for / happy about right now or just things that have made me smile…

  1. I finally finished reading Dead Until Dark last night – I feel very proud of myself for sticking with it, never mind for finding reading time at night again. I actually ended up really liking this book – I’ll try to write a review soon.
  2. Last night Dan attempted to make a 5 course dinner in celebration of our anniversary. I think it was a little overly ambitious, especially with him not getting home to start cooking until 6:00 pm and us having the new baby and the crazy preschooler, but we had a fun time anyway. Even when he caught the garlic bread on fire. It was actually a really nice night and there was really no point where either of us were upset when our plans went crazy it was just kind of like, “Yeah this is our life now.” I am impressed looking back on it, at how well we both just rolled with the punches. 5 courses turned into roughly 3 which I commented was maybe perfect for a 3 year anniversary. Maybe in two years we’ll attempt it again? We still have the ingredients to attempt courses 4 and 5 sometime this weekend maybe.
  3. MM has added two new phrases to his constant vocabulary – “two minutes” as in, two more minutes until nap time, bedtime, diaper change etc. He says it so cutely that it’s hard to be annoyed, never mind the cleverness of his scheme to bide his time. The other phrase is “two little” as in, I’ll have “just two little crackers” or “two little grapes” or “two little oatmeal.” This one doesn’t really mean he wants 2 – one bowl of oatmeal is fine and he will want more than two grapes but again – it’s cute. He’s cute. There’s cuteness.
  4. We finally got our washer / dryer fixed – again. Apparently another bird made another nest in the vent and our office manager guy came himself, climbed up on the window sill in MM’s room (teaching him new bad habits – hurray!) and got it out, then added a vent cover so as to nip the problem in the bud. And that night Dan added to our child proofing stick in the window thing so that MM will definitely not be able to open to window to reenact our office manager’s actions. In retrospect, I totally shouldn’t have let him watch, but all is good and fixed. Finally.
  5. BB is just beautiful – have I said that enough? She’s healthy and happy and nurses well and is getting bigger and becoming more alert during the day and we are all crazily in love with her. And when the bad seems to pile up on me, it really should be remembered – that I have two beautiful, healthy, brilliant children – not to mention a helpful, caring, patient husband who cooks me 3 to 5 course meals and changes the diapers at night…

How about you? What are 5 great things in your life right now?

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What Makes You Happy?

Melissa @ The Inspired Room is giving away a $100 gift certificate that can be used towards any of the items in the Life Is Full collection at DaySpring. All you have to do to enter is write a post about 20 little things which make you happy. Which sounds easy, but I’m going to guess it will be harder than I think and then maybe miraculously easy? Let’s see…

20 Things That Make Me Happy…

  1. Sitting down to read a good book.
  2. Having a healthy, normal pregnancy with healthy, normal weight gain!
  3. Watching my son grow and learn new things.
  4. His laughter, his jokes, his silliness…
  5. 100 calorie lattes made by my very dear husband
  6. Taking long walks with husband and son (and getting in shape while we do it!)
  7. When the stains come out easily – gotta love Spray ‘n’ Wash!
  8. Indulging in a chai tea latte or frappucino – especially the ones at Starbucks – yum!
  9. Flowers & plants finally in bloom after a harsh winter!
  10. Watching my son begin to learn how to spell words! Amazing!
  11. Having good friends over for dinner and / or games.
  12. Capturing beautiful and memorable moments with pictures
  13. When old clothes fit again!
  14. Decluttering our apartment finally – seeing counter space that has been long hidden!
  15. Change, even the unexpected and unplanned changes, which lead to new, exciting adventures in life.
  16. John Mayer’s music. You know, all of it.
  17. Baking cookies, the smell filling the kitchen, the end result delicious.
  18. New episodes of our favorite tv shows
  19. The end of jacket season!
  20. The beginning of flip flop season!

Your turn. What makes you happy? Make sure you tell Melissa all about it!