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


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 5/24/13

It’s been a little dreary here in CT the past few days, and I have to admit that our cranky meter has been off the charts this week. So going through all of these pictures while putting this post together was just the thing I needed to un-crankify myself. (Thank you spell check, I know that’s not a real word.) Hopefully this post brings a smile or two to your lips as well.

Some things that made me happy:

Some light gardening (aka, rolling mulch from spot to spot)

Some light gardening (aka, rolling mulch from spot to spot)

Oh these eyes and eyelashes!

Oh these eyes and eyelashes!

Baby hoodie

Baby hoodie

Playing dinosaurs in Barbie's house!

Playing dinosaurs in Barbie’s house!

Snuggle time

Snuggle time

Crossed baby feet!

Crossed baby feet!

Had the kids' room at the library all to ourselves

Had the kids’ room at the library all to ourselves

And some things that made you happy:

Kelley from OK: Her boys sweeping up water after the storms, being goofy, and wearing their Paw's tshirts as jammies. Cuties!

Kelley from OK: Her boys sweeping up water after the storms, being goofy, and wearing their Paw’s tshirts as jammies. Cuties!

Julianne from MD: My son had such an exceptional day today, I made the executive decision to have ice cream and french fries for dinner. I love having an awesome son!

Julianne from MD: My son had such an exceptional day today, I made the executive decision to have ice cream and french fries for dinner. I love having an awesome son!

Beverly: Helping me clean. (Don't worry, I didn't let him lick it!)

Beverly from NE: Helping me clean. (Don’t worry, I didn’t let him lick it!)

As always, thanks to everyone who submitted some happiness! Please keep it coming. Until next week…

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 5/17/13

“It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta get down on Friday . . .” (Can you name the singer? Also, sorry for getting that stuck in your head!) Hope you all had a great week!

Some things that made me happy:

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Mother’s Day brunch at my daughter’s school

Ran out of paint. No problem . . . just use water!

Ran out of paint. No problem . . . just use water!

Me and the wild things on Mother's Day

Me and the wild things on Mother’s Day

A fun morning with friends at the park

A fun morning with friends at the park

Baby buddies!

Baby buddies!

My boys! (And I swear the baby was smiling right before I actually snapped this pic.)

My boys! (And I swear the baby was smiling right before I actually snapped this pic.)

Cuddle bugs

Cuddle bugs

He wasn't feeling well and she sang him to sleep!!

He wasn’t feeling well and she sang him to sleep!!

And some things that made you happy:

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Krissie from IL: This is me, with my five week old Georgia Mae. It was nap time (for me), but she wasn’t in a sleeping mood. Picture time then!

Jenn from Mommy Needs a Martini (https://www.facebook.com/MommyNeedsAMartini): These are my girls having a dance party to show off their new shirts. And also, THIGHS!

Jenn from Mommy Needs a Martini (https://www.facebook.com/MommyNeedsAMartini): These are my girls having a dance party to show off their new shirts. And also, THIGHS!

Jharmain: This is my 2-year-old son Joel showing off his cheesy smiles & messy face :)

Jharmain: This is my 2-year-old son Joel showing off his cheesy smiles & messy face 🙂

Amanda from AL: Our son Arlie, who turned 2 in Feb, just loved visiting with his family in Texas last month. He didn't want to get out of Papa's pool. He followed his 8 year old cousin around and got to meet his new baby cousin. We took him to the Forth Worth Zoo and several parks in the area. It was a great family trip!

Amanda from AL: Our son Arlie, who turned 2 in Feb, just loved visiting with his family in Texas last month. He didn’t want to get out of Papa’s pool. He followed his 8-year-old cousin around and got to meet his new baby cousin. We took him to the Forth Worth Zoo and several parks in the area. It was a great family trip!

Melissa from MD: There’s nothing like running through a sprinkler; pond inspectors; not quite sure about these s'mores things.

Melissa from MD: There’s nothing like running through a sprinkler; pond inspectors; not quite sure about these s’mores things.

Julianne from MD: My little Diva, in my parents' garden, using a tiny gazing ball as a microphone.

Julianne from MD: My little Diva, in my parents’ garden, using a tiny gazing ball as a microphone.

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Missy from PA: Here’s a pic of my baby girl. She is just over 27 weeks’ gestation & she already had sweet chubby cheeks!

The Princess from The Precious Princess's guide to Bananaland (https://www.facebook.com/ThePreciousPrincesssGuideToBananaland): The girls actually smiling!

The Princess from The Precious Princess’s guide to Bananaland (https://www.facebook.com/ThePreciousPrincesssGuideToBananaland): The girls actually smiling!

As always, thanks to everyone who submitted some happiness! Please keep it coming. Until next week…

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 5/10/13

Happy Friday everyone. Somehow this week dragged on and flew by all at the same time. Does that ever happen to you?

Some things that made me happy:

Even our dolls ride safely. (Also, that is my Cabbage Patch doll from when I was little. Makes me happy that my daughter can play with some of my childhood things.)

Even our dolls ride safely. (Also, that is my Cabbage Patch doll from when I was little. Makes me happy that my kids can play with some of my childhood things.)

Why do we even buy the whole crib?

Why do we even buy the whole crib?

Someone set up his dinosaurs with a little snack outside.

Someone set up his dinosaurs with a little snack outside.

"Cleaning up" with his bulldozer. (And many of those cars were my husband's from when he was little.)

“Cleaning up” with his bulldozer. (And many of those cars were my husband’s from when he was little.)

Sticker butt, courtesy of his sister.

Sticker butt, courtesy of his sister.

Puddle jumping!

Puddle jumping!

And, if you missed it, there was a hilarious photo making its way around the interwebs the other day of a little baby with fake eyebrows drawn on showing various expressions. It was so funny I had to do it with our little guy, and this was the result:

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And winner winner chicken dinner for the fan share this week goes to . . . Shaneal from South Carolina who sent in this adorable picture of her 2-year-old during storytime at the library. (No I don’t choose winners from fan shares, but Shaneal was the only person to share this week, so that automatically makes her a winner.) 🙂

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

Thanks to Shaneal for sharing some happiness! Please keep it coming. Until next week…

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!

 


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 5/3/13

Apologies that this week’s SHSFGF post is a little on the light side . . . I’ve been a bit distracted with a family emergency and only remembered to ask for submissions a few hours before I typically sit down to put these together. With that said, I’ve still got some feel-goodness for ya! Ready? . . .

Some things that made me happy:

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Ice cream for dinner (and a 3 yo pirate)!

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

Cute crawling bear

Cute crawling bear

Woke up to this one morning

Woke up to this one morning

Got to drink this on an impromptu date night thanks to a great friend

Got to drink this on an impromptu date night thanks to a great friend

All my ducks in a row

All my ducks in a row

This guy!

This guy!

And some things that made you happy:

Kristina from MD: Do all princesses sleep in their high heels??

Kristina from MD: Do all princesses sleep in their high heels??

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Lisa from The Golden Spoons (http://www.the-golden-spoons.com/): Last week I got to spend a day with my 5 year old super cool Rapunzel!! That’s the only good thing that came from her having the stomach bug! 🙂

Julianne from MD: Instead of making dinner last night, the kids and I went for a walk. The little one brought her little one, and "baby" had her first experience at the playground. I have to hand it to the little mommy, she took good care of baby the whole time...except for when she launched about 3 feet off the end of the slide. Oh, wait, the same thing happened to my little one the first time she went down that slide. Oops!

Julianne from MD: Instead of making dinner last night, the kids and I went for a walk. The little one brought her little one, and “baby” had her first experience at the playground. I have to hand it to the little mommy, she took good care of baby the whole time…except for when she launched about 3 feet off the end of the slide. Oh, wait, the same thing happened to my little one the first time she went down that slide. Oops!

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

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Encouragement, A Walk, and Date Night

Ok, so this is the very first time I have put out two posts in the same day. But, I wanted to follow-up on my post from this morning (What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What to Do?) in which I shared the problems we’ve been having with our 3-year-old and the emotional toll it has been taking on me.

I have not had any big epiphany on how to handle all of this, but three pretty fantastic things happened today to help me put things in perspective and put me in a better mood.

Encouragement

When I wrote my earlier post, I figured I’d get a handful of comments like I always do. But you fine people have really blown me away. That post has now become my second most-viewed post of all time (ok, that’s only like 2 months, but still), behind only my Momopause post from a few weeks ago. And all of the encouragement and helpful suggestions you have all shared–and even just the comments to say, “Hey, I’m sorry you’re going through this, I am/have, too, and yes it does suck”–have really comforted me and made me feel less alone. The fact that so many of you reached out to share your own stories and experiences means so much. So, thank you!! (And keep that shit up!)

A Walk

After publishing my post this morning I was feeling super introspective. So I began thinking about different ways to approach our 3-year-old’s behavior–different ways to help avoid escalations, different punishments for unacceptable behavior, different coping mechanisms, different ways to handle my reactions…

And then I remembered a post my friend Amy at Funny is Family wrote for another blog about a day she happened to be at the mall with her 3-year-old before it opened and how her accidentally leaving her phone in the car turned into an amazing morning of following her daughter’s lead and delighting in every moment. (You can read Amy’s post here.)

And this inspired me to do the same. So with big Sissy at school all day, I packed up the boys and we headed to our town green. When we got out of the car, I turned things over to my 3-year-old. “Have at it,” I said. “What would you like to do?”  “Let’s take a walk, Mommy.” And so we did.

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I let him take the lead and didn’t interject one bit. His brother and I followed him around the green as he explored the rocks and sticks on the ground (every.single.one I might add) and the steps leading up to Town Hall. We wound up and around the church and even down some paths we had never been on. I never once said, “no” or asked why he wasn’t listening to me. And there were no meltdowns. It felt good.

Not only did it make me feel good, but it also made him feel good–he was able to do what he wanted on his time. It was something for him. He owned it and he was happy. Now I realize I can’t always let him take the lead like that, but we’ll definitely be taking advantage of his excellent navigation skills much more. And I’m excited to see where we end up.

Date Night

And last, but certainly not least, my wonderfully amazing friend called me up this afternoon to tell me that she was going to take all three kids this evening so that my hubby and I could go out on a date. So that we could actually go out to dinner alone. With no kids, just the two of us. Did I mention we’d be alone? With no kids?

I was hesitant at first, not because I didn’t want to go, but because my friend has 3 kids of her own (one a few weeks younger than our littlest), and I didn’t want to be a burden. But she called BS on this and said she wouldn’t have offered if she didn’t want to, she was taking the kids, that was final, and I’d better go out and enjoy some time with my husband. (She actually said it much sweeter than that, but that was the gist.)

So as not to disappoint, my husband and I did just that. We were able to go out just the two of us for the first time in I don’t even know how long. And it was glorious.

We don’t have any family in CT (our closest family members are 5 hours away), and not many close friends in the area, so being able to go on dates, or to do anything without any of the kids, actually, is next to impossible these days. I literally never have a moment alone (except for when I’m sleeping, and even then I usually have one little visitor at some point in the night), so my friend’s kindness and generosity in the midst of the craziness of the past few days really meant so very much to me. And helped me remember that my husband and I need to do this more often.

So there you have it. I’ve ended my day in a much better place than I was in this morning–and even the past few mornings for that matter. And I have the encouragement from all of you, a simple walk where my 3-year-old called the shots, and a date night made possible by an amazing friend to thank for it!


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 4/26/13

The kids and I have been slow to get back in the groove after our trip down to VA last week, but we’ve had some good moments this week.

Some things that made me happy:

This girl with her goofy faces and crazy hair!

This girl with her goofy faces and crazy hair!

These cuddly boys!

These cuddly boys!

Sibling love

Sibling love

Pretending to be turtles

Pretending to be turtles

Frozen cherries!

Frozen cherries!

Believe it or not, she asked the same question before I took each of these pics: "Mamma, do I look fabulous?"

Believe it or not, she asked the same question before I took each of these pics: “Mamma, do I look fabulous?”

Taking a trip down memory lane in the exersaucer that used to be his

Taking a trip down memory lane in the exersaucer that used to be his

And some things that made you happy:

Becky from PA: We went to the zoo! It was a beautiful day and Earth day and we took our kids plus 2 neighbor kids and had a ball at the Philadelphia zoo!

Becky from PA: We went to the zoo! It was a beautiful day and Earth day and we took our kids plus 2 neighbor kids and had a ball at the Philadelphia zoo!

Betsy from CT: Picnic and swings with my girl! Taking advantage of these warm weather days (Finally!!)

Betsy from CT: Picnic and swings with my girl! Taking advantage of these warm weather days (Finally!!)

Michelle from You're my favorite today (http://youremyfavoritetoday.blogspot.com) sent this in. (Photo originally on http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/the-cutest-things-that-ever-happened)

Michelle from You’re my favorite today (http://youremyfavoritetoday.blogspot.com) sent this in. (Photo originally on http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/the-cutest-things-that-ever-happened)

Chris from DadNCharge: On an adventure with his 8 year old son on a road trip to NYC to spend a Night in the Museum at the American Natural History Museum (Check out his post about it: http://www.dadncharge.com/2013/04/night-at-museum.html)

Chris from DadNCharge: On an adventure with his 8 year old son on a road trip to NYC to spend a Night in the Museum at the American Natural History Museum (Check out his post about it: http://www.dadncharge.com/2013/04/night-at-museum.html)

Jessica from VA: Smiley little man!

Jessica from VA: Smiley little man!

Sophia, 5, from WA: Who wouldn't be excited for PJ day at preschool?! (To see more fun outfits, check out Sophia's mommy's FB page, Does This Match? https://www.facebook.com/DoesThisMatch?fref=ts)

S, 5, from WA: Who wouldn’t be excited for PJ day at preschool?! (To see more fun outfits, check out S’s mommy’s hilarious FB page, Does This Match? https://www.facebook.com/DoesThisMatch?fref=ts)

Amy from Funny is Family (www.funnyisfamily.com): My three year old started soccer last weekend. She barely likes to walk, so I thought she would hate soccer. She didn't hate it. At all.

Amy from Funny is Family (http://www.funnyisfamily.com): My three year old started soccer last weekend. She barely likes to walk, so I thought she would hate soccer. She didn’t hate it. At all.

Julianne from MD: Baby sis is very, very excited to play on big bro's team. In fact, one of the coaches (Dad) and I had to drag her kicking and screaming from the field because we wouldn't let her be the team's designated hitter.

Julianne from MD: Baby sis is very, very excited to play on big bro’s team. In fact, one of the coaches (Dad) and I had to drag her kicking and screaming from the field because we wouldn’t let her be the team’s designated hitter.

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

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 4/19/13

I’ve been out of town with the kiddos all week looking for a place for our family to live next year–We’ll be moving from CT to VA for my husband’s fellowship. And my husband is in another city at a conference for work. It’s been a nice week, because we’re able to stay with my parents at their B&B, but it’s also been a bit stressful. Good news is that I found a place for us to live and we’ve been approved for it, so that’s a big stress lifted off my shoulders. Phew!

With all of this going on, I completely spaced on asking for submissions for today’s SHSFGF post. My apologies. I’ll do better next week when I’m back to my regularly scheduled program.

In the meantime, here’s a whole lotta stuff that has made me happy this week . . .

Such great travelers on our 8 hour car trip

Such great travelers on our 8-hour car trip

Our little slice of heaven at my parents' B&B

Our little slice of heaven at my parents’ B&B

Fun in the gardens feeding the koi fish, watering the flowers, and just being cute

Fun in the gardens feeding the koi fish, watering the flowers, and just being cute

Fun with the wagon and a good pic with all three wild things

Fun with the wagon and a good pic with all three wild things

Dinners on the patio, traveling dinosaurs, and the first watermelon of the season

Dinners on the patio, traveling dinosaurs, and the first watermelon of the season

The baby being cute . . . passed out on Gramma, riding Mommy's wooden horse, checking out the dog crate

The baby being cute . . . passed out on Gramma, riding Mommy’s wooden rocking horse, checking out the dog crate

Shadow family

Shadow family

Until next week . . .

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 4/12/13

Here’s your dose of happy for the week . . . Enjoy!

Some things that made me happy!

Morning cuddles with my 3 boys

Morning cuddles with my 3 boys

Getting her bag (with books in it!) ready for a trip to the park

Getting her bag (with books in it!) ready for a trip to the park

Playing fetch with himself

Playing fetch with himself

Free cone day at Ben & Jerry's (our lunch that day)

Free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s (our lunch that day)

Sibling love

Sibling love

Sometimes all you need is a dump truck, a shovel, two flower pots, and a bunch of dirt

Sometimes all you need is a dump truck, a shovel, two flower pots, and a bunch of dirt

Some things that made you happy!

A few quotes from our cute little buddy B in MD:

“I love all the colors of the rainbow, mommy!”
“I love you the size of a swimming pool and airplane!”

From Erin in MO: Two achievements . . . Completed her first 5K (ran the whole thing and beat her goal time by 2 mins), and her 5 mo rolled over for the first time (notice how proud his big sister is)!

From Erin in MO: Two achievements . . . Completed her first 5K (ran the whole thing and beat her goal time by 2 mins), and her 5 mo learned how to roll over (notice how proud his big sister is)!

My friend Michelle from You're my favorite today (http://youremyfavoritetoday.blogspot.com/) loved this cute little piggy!

My friend Michelle from You’re my favorite today (http://youremyfavoritetoday.blogspot.com) loved this cute little piggy!

From Julianne in MD: "Thanks, Granny and Peepaw, for taking us to the circus. We LOVE our new shirts!!"

From Julianne in MD: “Thanks, Granny and Peepaw, for taking us to the circus. We LOVE our new shirts!!”

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

 

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 4/5/13

I didn’t get any submissions to share this week, so you’re forced to look at even more pics of my kids and things around here that made me happy this week. Here ya go . . .

A glimpse into our Easter

A glimpse into our Easter

Falling asleep sitting up with his Gramma's fuzzy scarf

Falling asleep sitting up with his Gramma’s fuzzy scarf

Playing dentist (note the burp cloth "bib" on her bunny, just like the one at the real dentist)

Playing dentist (note the burp cloth “bib” on her bunny, just like the one at the real dentist)

Pile o books next to bed

Pile o books next to bed

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What pile of dinosaurs in your bed?!

This made me smile. Because it's true.

This made me smile. Because it’s true.

Hope to see submissions again for next week! I know some of you must be smiling at something, right? Don’t be shy. We all need more happy.

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are 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 can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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

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…