Category Archives: Happiness

Life with children is not always what we imagined, pre-children, what it was cracked up to be. I know I had a very different idea(s) about what I would do when I had kids. I’ve since learned to (mostly) shut my mouth about what I think I know. But it doesn’t mean that parenting is any easier.

I started this “Happiness is…” project to remind me of the good that happens in my weeks with the kids. It’s not that it’s necessarily hard to find the good, but I often forget. To use a well-used analogy, I can’t see the forest for the trees and the good can get lost in the bad.

While the bad stuff keeps happening (as it always will – one more peanut buttered head, or milk spilled on the floor, or pumpkin plants cut up to pieces), I can look joyfully at my pictures to remind me that our happiness keeps happening too. Sometimes it’s about the kids, and sometimes it’s about a moment of joy in the cleanliness of a counter. Or an early bedtime and some free time. Whatever it is, it’s a little piece of happiness I can reflect back on.

Welcome to the Happiness project.

Happiness is… (vol 16) & Laudato si’

Going for a trip to the weir, watching a pelican, going for a nice long walk along the river, watching construction on the new Kinsmen Park, then finishing with a trip to a playground. Felicity tried to climb this little … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 15)

…finding parsley sprouting all over the place in the backyard. A couple months ago I started germinating many, many seeds. I’ve never had luck with parsley. I know it’s an extra-long germination period, but I waited the prescribed amount and … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 14) and What I Wore Sunday #wiws

On me: dress from Reitmans sweater from Smart Set Spencer & Felicity: Once Upon a Child Felicity’s soother: ThinkGeek (years ago) Cassia: hand-me-down Being outside in the evenings and being able to enjoy the last few weeks of spring. So … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 13)

First popsicle (or whatever you’d like to call it) of the summer season. Right before the flash thunderstorm hit and nearly blew the deck away. But we got it in before that. And it was 26 degrees while we ate … Continue reading

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Happiness is… (vol 12)

Peonies. Lots and lots of beautiful and fragrant peonies. They don’t last long, and I enjoy looking at and smelling them so very, very much. And teaching the kids about pollination in the process (Spencer was curious how flowers grow).

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