"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.

Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 3/29/13

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If you missed it, last week I declared that Fridays on Raising Wild Things will forever more be known as Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Fridays! Since parenting can sometimes suck the  life out of me, I wanted to do these posts as reminders of the good, the great things that happened during the week amid all the crazy, exhausting, sometimes frustrating, sometimes maddening, sometimes head-exploding moments that seem to linger in my memory and put me in a mommy funk.

Here are some things that made me happy!

Our first complete family outing to the park this "spring" -- marina gazing, Eli's first time swinging . . . beautiful day

Our first complete family outing to the park this “spring” — marina gazing, Eli’s first time swinging . . . beautiful day

Getting ready for summer by finding all of the flip flops; playing at the library

Getting ready for summer by finding all of the flip flops; playing at the library

Cuddles and running with pants on backwards

Cuddles and running with pants on backwards

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Silly monkeys; opening an Easter care package from grandparents

Finding all of the missing tea balls and a page out of a library book that made me chuckle (because of my 12-year-old sense of humor I guess)

Finding all of the missing tea balls and a page out of a library book that made me chuckle (because of my 12-year-old sense of humor I guess)

But I don’t want these posts to be just about me, so I invited you to share as well. Here are some pics and stories of things that made you happy, too.

One reader's 3 yo helping her little brother blow bubbles

One reader’s 3 yo helping her little brother blow bubbles

From Cheryl in NY: I love their spontaneity, their silliness, their everything!! ♥ "Dark" vader is 5 ;)

From Cheryl in NY: I love their spontaneity, their silliness, their everything!! ♥ “Dark” vader is 5 😉

From the Hernandez family in CT: Oh, to be 5 again!

From the Hernandez family in WA: Oh, to be 5 again!

From Natalie in TX: (1) Enjoying some tummy-time......finally! (2) My little firefighter having some peanut butter crackers, or as he calls them, "pea-butt tracks"!

From Natalie in TX: (1) Enjoying some tummy-time……finally! (2) My little firefighter having some peanut butter crackers, or as he calls them, “pea-butt tracks”!

This little guy makes me happy every day. That will all end as soon as he can talk so I'm soaking it up while it lasts. :)

From Erin in MO: This little guy makes me happy every day. That will all end as soon as he can talk so I’m soaking it up while it lasts. 🙂

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From Julianne in MD: I went to Sam’s kindergarten spring fling party yesterday. It was an ice cream social. Sam was soo excited I was there, and was more than a little social (and had more than a little ice cream). As we walked to the car he said, “Mom, wasn’t that fun? That was the best party EVER!!”

That’s enough to melt any mother’s heart, but was particularly meaningful since I always wonder whether Sam will care about those social events that are such a fundamental part of typically developing children’s young lives. Autism has actually made me savor these moments even more.

Thanks to everyone who submitted some happiness! Please keep it coming. Until next week…

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Author: Mamma Wild Thing

I'm a mamma to four little wild things and can't imagine life any other way. (Well, most days.)

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