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Happiness is…

on September 23, 2011
(I’ll stop being so cheesy in a minute!)Happiness is being alone every now and then.
And happiness is coming home again.
Happiness is morning and evening,
Day time and night time too.
For happiness is anyone and anything at all
That’s loved by you.
Happiness is having a sister.
Sharing a sandwich.
Getting along.
Happiness is singing together when day is through,
And happiness is those who sing with you.
For happiness is anyone and anything at all
That’s loved by you.
Select Lyrics from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.

My mom signed my two older brothers and I up (forced us) to sing that song in a primary talent show when I was two or three. I don’t really remember, but I thought there was a picture somewhere I could show and couldn’t find it in my scrapbook.
My mom reports: “You and your brothers were sooo cute I had to put you in the talent show… you were a Sunbeam probably just turned 4. It was just before Janessa was born.”
And she emailed me the pictures from it too. We sang “Happiness is…” and “I Have a Family Tree”. I vaguely remember…At any rate, I’m feeling much better after those few days of unbalanced moods and here are some things making me happy.
When I get up in the morning and Elizabeth has prepared breakfast (a pretty good one!) for all of the kids and they are eating so cozy and nice. (They are also watching cartoons.) These pictures are from Thursday.Who wouldn’t want Cocoa Puffs for breakfast? I love them!
And now, back to their regularly scheduled program! (Olivia’s bowl is paper because the real bowls were all in the dishwasher, except Elizabeth’s and the one Vincent is using is too little for the girls.)
After taking the girls to school, Vincent had preschool at a friend’s house and I got to help this time, then lunch, naps for the two littles, my visiting teachers came to see me, a short nap for me, picking up the girls from school, picking up a free 16×20 picture poster from Walmart ($1.07 tax), and ran into one of my best friends from high school (she and I dated best friends and set up her boyfriend’s sister with my brother and they have been married since just over two months after that!) It was so great to see her and chat about her new baby. We dropped off my final finished baby cross-stitch (I will get caught up at some point, but for now, I’m still in May) and visited with a friend and her boys for a few minutes, and then went over to the place we have car insurance to sign up for some better, cheaper, and nicer health insurance. It helps a lot that it is also $250/month cheaper and our deductible for the year is less too. Insurance costs are out of control! I totally recommend this company (Harvey Monteith Insurance). I emailed my representative (Bobbi Jo) on Wednesday just before 5pm (and called her to let her know I was doing that to make sure I told her all the right info) and the next day before noon, she emailed back options and ideas and made a great policy for us. Great service! She also didn’t mind that I brought four kids to her office. They colored and played with her 7 year old daughter and Vincent had a forced time-out (given by Elizabeth) and noticed the headshot pictures on Bobbi Jo’s wall of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. He wanted to know who they were and I told him and then he said that Marilyn was naked. She wasn’t. She was, however, wearing a spaghetti strap low-cut top. He also said that boys in their swim trunks were naked, so you really can’t trust him. He just knows when people aren’t fully clothed.)
When we got home, I made some chicken stir fry for dinner and cooked up some rice noodles (and some bean ones too) that I bought a while ago and needed to use. The kids LOVED them! The clear bean ones that looked like plastic-loved them! I’m so happy they will try new things! Even Abby had some chicken and carrots. Following dinner and cleanup, we had a delayed FHE. It was a great day!

Friday morning I got up extra early (for me) to help with pictures at the school. Torrie babysat Vincent and Abby for me for a few hours while I did that (and by helping got the girls’ pictures free!) She is so great to come over and help me out. I came home for an hour, feed Abby, changed a poopy pull up (SO FRUSTRATING, but not as much as the other day when it was overwhelming), and it was time to go and get the girls from school (early release). We came home so Elizabeth could change out of her long jeans because it was 90 degrees and I took a few pictures while I waited in the car. I even sent her up to the door with one of my sets of keys (I keep an extra set in my purse so I don’t lock myself out!) She can open the door for me now. I love her independence.
Vincent can now buckle all of the sections of his seatbelt. He has been doing the top one for a while, but can now buckle the little ones into the bottom. I still check to make sure he’s got them tight and he’s all set. Another independence blessing!
Olivia went inside while Elizabeth changed to put the ice away from her lunch bag. She was so sad after school because she had to go to the nurse’s office after she fell down hard at recess. A few of the girls Elizabeth’s age helped her. NICE! Look how big those bandages are! Both knees. Poor girl!
When Olivia got back in the car, she wanted to take pictures of Abby. See how she did? These are nearly in chronological order. This is how they were cropped. =)
And finally, Elizabeth was back and we were ready to go again. The door was locked and she had my keys. All was well.
Then we went to the bank to get some cash and over to a fellow PTA lady’s house to help a group count money for the fifth graders’ fundraiser to go to Camp Wooten this spring. We only had time to count two classes worth, but they did an amazing job! The kids were able to play in their big backyard with some friends. Abby was upset, but that kind of made sense because her naps keep getting interrupted. She ended up being rocked to sleep by one of my friends and laying down in a crib there. We came home for an hour, Elizabeth made chicken nuggets for Olivia and Vincent and ramen for herself while I fed Abby and made a grocery list, Andy got home, and the girls and I were off to our school movie night. Andy and Vincent went to the store to get the groceries (and the newly released Star Wars blurays.) We girls watched “Mars Needs Moms” and Abby ate some bits of popcorn off the floor. I love Joan Cusack. She cracks me up.

Another busy day. But a much better attitude about it. What a difference MY mood makes! I’m excited to watch our General Relief Society Broadcast Saturday night with the sisters from my stake at church. It will be great guidance and encouragement.

Happiness is….
Kids who behave.
Children who help.
And they get along….(sometimes!)


One response to “Happiness is…

  1. Mary says:

    Conspiracy??? I found the pictures and e-mailed them to you so you can add them…You and your Brothers were willing participants. You sang "I have a Family Tree" also!

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