Happy This Week

I have started a daily gratitude journal…and I love it. It really helps me clear my mind and focus on what is good right before I go to sleep. I’ve also really enjoyed looking back on here on Fridays on what was good in my week. Feel free to join me!

Here’s what made me happy this week…

The boys just LOVING soccer. Gabe said “I could just play soccer all day!” It makes those freezing cold, rainy practices and games that much easier to bear.

Olivia enjoying her first baseball game of the season. She hit the ball twice and actually made a fielding play! She threw the ball to the appropriate base. Best of all? She had fun.

Olivia has a crush on a boy on her baseball team. She has for years. He’s 20 and has Down’s syndrome and is adorable. He calls himself “The Beast”. She called him “muy caliente”. YIKES!!!

Matthew’s skinny little frame. He was sitting at the dinner table shirtless the other night and I just smile at how cute he is and how my fat baby became this skinny little guy.

Playing Quirkle with my boys after dinner. We were cracking up because it was Matt’s first time playing and he was awful at it. He’s good at everything!

Gabe threw an ever-loving fit the night before the math standardized test. It was awful, it kept us all up late and I was angry. But I was also really thankful that he feels safe enough with us to express his anger. Not everyone has that safe feeling.

Matt and I were able to sit and watch a movie on Tuesday night. That’s always bliss.

My Mom. I just love her and she is so helpful. I’m so thankful I have her.

What made you happy this week?


10 responses to “Happy This Week

  1. I think this is a great practice because then we are looking for the happy, and what a lovely list you have!
    Things that make me happy: Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. 😉

  2. I love that you are grateful for your son’s expression of anger. As a parent, it is so hard to get through those episodes, and with teenagers, I sometimes think I will bite my tongue off while I listen to them expound on all the ways I have wronged them. But by learning to do that, I have found that they actually calm down and listen. They just need to get it out. Kids don’t have all the coping skills that we have (not that we are great all the time either), and those need to be developed through safe expression. We have some boundaries around respect, but if I want to know what is really upsetting them, I have to be willing to sit through the things that are hard to hear and that aren’t expressed gracefully. (I’m feeling some advice to my daughters coming on…)

  3. I am grateful for my kids and my health. An amazing woman passed away this week. She was only 40. She has 3 young children. I had flashbacks to my mother’s illness and death when I was a child. I went to the visitation yesterday. It was so sad. I am grateful that I am healthy and able to be a mom to my children. I tend to get caught up in my own world too often. I have it pretty good and just need to appreciate that. I also am very grateful for your posts! They are one of the highlights of my day :o)!

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  5. we love quirkle too! and i had to laugh at your comment about matthew becoming a skinny kid. he sure was one fat baby! 🙂 so what made me happy this week? the beautiful weather and playing outside! being able to stay home with my kids and participate in their school events. reading and enjoying fifty shades of grey :p and having the time to sit down and enjoy my fb time and blog time (especially your’s!). glad you had a good week. enjoy your weekend!

  6. This is a wonderful list, it made me happy.

  7. This is such a lovely goal. I like that it’s a record for your and your kids to look back on. My happiness? Is coming from within and working its way out, which is something I have to work on with a conscious effort but it’s so very worth it.

  8. This week was pretty uneventful, but I DID get to satisfy my craving for broccoli cheddar soup. That was pretty happy 🙂

  9. I do a journal also. It is so easy to focus on all the bad stuff all the time. It helps me think about the good stuff. I used to have a journal for each kid but I couldn’t keep it up.

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