Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hap, hap, happy day!

Amo at Where a woman shakes her tablecloth recently tagged me to list 10 things that make me happy, and she couldn't have picked a better time. I've been sort of down lately due to a case of winter doldrums, stresses from work and those I put on myself, and to be brutally honest, a little bit of hormones just to round things out-what a fun me! Anyway, she sort of forced me to look at my life as a whole, so here’s what gives me joy:

1. Watching my kids sleep- No matter how hectic things were during the day, or how crazy my kids made me, seeing them sleeping peacefully takes me back in time. I remember them as infants, and all of those emotions associated with becoming a mom come flooding back, and nothing else seems to matter.

2. Laundry hung outside- I may seem like the “little woman” with this one, but I love the smell of laundry hung outside on a clothesline.

3. Petting our dog- Our dog is only allowed on the sofa in our family room, although someone must have forgotten to tell him that since I catch him from time-to-time on our living room sofa… He has to lay with at least one body part touching you, and his favorite spot is usually right beside me because I enjoy massaging his tummy and scratching him behind the ears while I’m watching TV-I’m very well trained.

4. Talking to my husband- One of the reasons why my husband and I ended up together was because we could talk about anything and everything-he is still the first person I want to talk to when I get up in the morning, and the last person I want to talk to when I go to bed at night.

5. Watching my daughter do gymnastics- I am just amazed at what my daughter can do, especially since she is fighting all the clumsy, non-athletic genes that she inherited from me!

6. Shopping- I love buying new things, but I am no “shopaholic”-I’m too cheap.

7. Being able to create something- I love putting my own creative spin on something, whether it’s a food item, decorating my house, writing/designing my blog-I want to look at it and say, “That’s me.”

8. Being understood- Friends share experiences and a common bond, and I feel as if I made quite a few new friends this past week. I can’t thank you all enough for your comments on my last post.

9. Just a little taste of something sweet- My “go to” foods when I need something sugary are cheesecake (although you all know that by now), chocolate ice cream, and the occasional Snickers bar. I don’t really have a sweet tooth per se because I can stop at eating just that one serving, thank goodness, but these cravings usually happen in the evening, and that’s not so good.

10. Teaching- There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you see that spark of understanding in a student’s face.

Now, the happy moments must continue, so I am tagging the following ten blogs:
Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker

Nicole at A New Normal

Flory at A Woman's Life Stages

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded

The Girl at The Girl Next Door Grows Up

Jing Lejano at hypermom

The girl with the flour in her hair at Peeling An Orange With a Screwdriver

Sarah at My Charmed Life

Septembermom at My Voice My View

Clueless Mama at Guessing all the Way

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom

Heather at Theta Mom

Yes, I know it's more than ten, but I wanted to make a point to pass this on to those who commented on my last post, and those who did not receive the tag yet. Thanks so much everybody, and have a hap, hap, happy day!


  1. thanks for the tag.....I love watching my kids sleep too, for many reasons! Gotta have a sweet tooth, and I can't wait to get a dog! (although my husband is starting to back out, but I'm not going to let him)

  2. Watching my kids sleep is the BEST thing on earth! It's like all is good in the world when they are so peaceful! Thanks for the tag! Great to "see" you again! :)

  3. Hi there! I loved all the things that make you happy. Petting my dogs is always relaxing to me. I am glad you got to have a second to think of great things going on in your life:) I bet that made you smile writing this post. I can't wait to write mine. Thanks for the tag:)

  4. Those were 10 great things to be happy about! Thank you for the tag, I appreciate it!!!

  5. Thanks for the's a good time for me too!

  6. I love watching my kids sleep - they look so sweet and peaceful.

    Thanks for the tag. Have a great week!

  7. Watching my kids sleep always makes me feel good, especially after a crazy day. It does bring you right back to those infant days. I'm happy with my sweets too! Can't go without them :) I have so much admiration for all that teachers give to their students each day. I'm glad that teaching brings you such happiness. Your students are happy to have you too! Thanks for tagging me. I'm putting together my post now.

  8. This is a great list, and I agree cheesecake and snickers make me happy

  9. Congrats on the tag and what a wonderful list. It's always so nice to turn to the simple things when we're bothered by bigger things.

  10. You are so right Susan! watching my girls sleep is the best feeling ever. I watch them take their little breathes and how they twich when I kiss their foreheads. Its the most peaceful thing ever!

  11. Love your list! They're all such happy and great things! Thanks for the smiles tonight.

  12. I like your list. I've been tagged a few times for this, but like you, I've been kind of down lately and haven't been in the mood to think "happy". Maybe I should get on that... :)

  13. Love your list - I can definitely see some things that make me happy there too! Thanks for the tag, I will definitely make some time for this ASAP.

  14. I love your list.

    I know I wasn't tagged in this, but I did a similar list a few months ago that I would like to share with you too.


  15. Kids are so adorable when they sleep. It's nice to see them in such peace. :)


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