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Mutton bustin’ and trick riding

We went to the fair in town today – it was a beautiful summer day and I was so happy to have a forced family fun day – everyone gets so busy.

My girl fell in love with the trick riders

And who wouldn’t. It’s amazing to watch these girls hang all over their horses. The ultimate in trust.

I of course love the mutton busting. Those little kids are so darn cute

I realized today how great it is that I’m back doing this daily, tracking my gratitude has made me grateful for even more things.

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In the tent

The girls managed to get up the tent last night, succeeding where we had all failed the other day. They actually spent the night out there – amazing since it was pretty chilly and the girl was full of smiles about it this morning.

When I went out to inspect it I had a smile of my own. There was an extension chord running from the house to the tent, bring back memories of when I was her age. Dad would put up the tent at the beginning of the summer, I would drag out the extension chord and our tiny black and white tv and that, along with a stack of comics provided me with countless hours of entertainment.

I’m glad to see the tradition continues

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Let’s put up a tent

The girl has wanted to glamp with a friend in the yard. I decided I’d be nice and go outside and put up the tent. After about 20 minutes of struggling with the tent that is super easy to put up, I had to go get the girl. An hour later we were still out there swearing at the poles, the wind, and ourselves. Then the boy and 3 friends showed up and we spent another hour pretending we were engineers and attempting every way imaginable to make that tent look right. We laughed so hard as the tent would blow, sides would crash, people would fall into the sides.

We weren’t working smart, I’m not sure we were even working hard, but we were working funny and that made it all worth it.

The tent currently lies in a heap in the sun porch. I will be watching YouTube and figuring this out once and for all

But it was cool to enjoy some time with those kids. My monsters are choosing some good people to be in their lives.

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Italians, birthdays, and laughs oh my

We had a big family supper celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. My cousins have always been like extra siblings and I’m constantly grateful for the bonds we share. I laughed so hard my tummy hurts, and ate so much it could burst.

That’s what a tribe is. A big group of people who can fold in together and just love each other.

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Get the gopher

We took the doggies on a walk today – it’s been cloudy and threatening to rain- but it was just super humid and very calm while we were out.

Bad dog Bear has to be on a leash due to his selective listening issue, but it didn’t stop him from going crazy chasing gophers.

He’s just the happiest dude in the world. It’s the simple things….

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I am

The last few days this song has been playing in the background of my mind noise. When I meditate and am more quiet it plays loudly in the forefront. Clearly I need to pay attention to it.

It’s simple and yet incredibly powerful. When I sat down and played it today immediately surrounded by animals and slowly surrounded by kids who just sat and listened.

I am.

We all are this.

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Luau

We saw the Lion King tonight. I have spent hundreds, maybe thousands of hours watching and acting out this movie with my monsters over the years. It was their number one most loved movie without a doubt.

The new version was good, but not as good. Probably because it doesn’t come with all the memories… and this song

Apparently we aren’t allowed to say fat anymore so it was switched out for chubby. Personally I think chubby is more insulting but what do I know? And Luau is my favourite part of the movie…

It was still a really good movie and we listened to, and sang loudly to, the soundtrack all the way home.

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