"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: 7/12/13

Happy day! I hope you all have a wonderful Friday followed by a super fun (or laid back, if that’s what you’re aiming for) weekend. Be sure to snap some good memories!

This past week flew by for me. How was yours?

Some things that made me happy:

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Some days you just pray they all fall asleep! And they really are so cute when they’re sleeping! Why is that?! 😉

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Enjoying some books

Fun at the lake

Fun at the lake

There's a baby in there somewhere. (Stupid magnetic curtain rods. Only good for people without kids!)

There’s a baby in there somewhere. (Stupid magnetic curtain rods. Only good for people without kids!)

Nothing brings siblings closer together than a fly stuck in the house.

Nothing brings siblings closer together than a fly stuck in the house.

And some things that made you happy:

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Summer from Summer That: These are of my 17 month-old after he emptied a bottle of baby powder on the floor (and in his hair). He was so cute, I couldn’t help but laugh!

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Pete from True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad shares a post about why he’s So Grateful!

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Ricky and Claire Kent from Sydney, Australia: Saxon the Superhero!

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Rachael from Unchained Motherhood: Bubba is now 2-years-old, and his younger brother, Junior, turned 6-months-old on Wed. Yin and Yang!

Sara from Curious Little Kid: We always wanted to vacation on a private island :); There's always rainbow after every storm!

Sara from Curious Little Kid: We always wanted to vacation on a private island :); There’s always rainbow after every storm!

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Kayla from Mompson: My son’s obsession with chicken pot pie and his inherent love for animals.

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: 7/5/13

If you’re from the states, happy day after the 4th of July. I hope your kids and animals weren’t up all night as a result of neighbors setting off fireworks! If you’re not from the states, well, happy regular Friday! We’ve made it another week. 🙂

Some things that made me happy:

If you're arm has to fall asleep, this is the best reason

If your arm has to fall asleep, this is the best reason

Playing in the sprinkler at Gramma and Pop's house . . . whenever we want now because we live so close!

Playing in the sprinkler at Gramma and Pop’s house . . . whenever we want now because we live so close!

A little kiddie pool time at home

A little kiddie pool time at home

Running around like crazy people in the backyard

Running around like crazy people in the backyard

Told you that's where you could find the baby!

Told you that’s where you could find the baby!

An ode to my hubby!

An ode to my hubby!

Brother birthday huggies

Brother birthday huggies

Getting ready for birthday cake!

Getting ready for birthday cake!

Yessss!!

Yessss!!

Pretty scenery

Pretty scenery

And some things that made you happy:

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Ricky and Claire Kent from Sydney, Australia: Daddy and Saxon doing selfies. (Ok, seriously, how cute are they?!)

S from Does This Match? in her spirited red, white, and blue 4th of July outfit! Don't you just love her?

S from Does This Match? in her spirited red, white, and blue 4th of July outfit! Don’t you just love her?

Julianne from MD: My big boy playing checkers with his pseudo big brother (my 11 year old cousin). My princess is supervising.

Julianne from MD: My big boy playing checkers with his pseudo big brother (my 11 year old cousin). My princess is supervising.

Melissa and Julianne from MD: "This is a lot more fun that it looks!"; What's gonna work? Teamwork!!; Cousins, looking over the fence

Melissa and Julianne from MD: “This is a lot more fun that it looks!”; What’s gonna work? Teamwork!!; Cousins, looking over the fence

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: 6/28/13

It’s been awhile, eh? This one is short and sweet. One, because I managed to neglect taking many pictures during my hiatus, and two, because I’m an idiot and forgot to ask you all to send submissions this week. Criminy. Hopefully I’m back to firing on most cylinders next week.

Anyhoo . . . some things that made me happy over the past few weeks:

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Waiting for Daddy to come home

This really happens all over our house all of the time. And every time I find something like this I chuckle.

This really happens all over our house all of the time. And every time I find something like this I chuckle.

New favorite activity

New favorite activity

Sissy had to get in on the action, too!

Sissy had to get in on the action, too!

"Omgomgomg . . . grass is awesome!"

“Omgomgomg . . . grass is awesome!”

How they wanted to spend their last few nights in our old house.

How they wanted to spend their last few nights in our old house.

Getting some ice cream while waiting for Daddy's plane to finally land

Getting some ice cream (and trying to slurp it up with a straw, naturally) while waiting for Daddy’s plane to finally land

Daddy's residency graduation dinner

Daddy’s residency graduation dinner

Adjusting to VA by enjoying gymnastics camp

Adjusting to VA by enjoying gymnastics camp

Ok, so I promise to remember to ask for your submissions next week! Unless I forget again. In which case, someone please remind me. Until then . . .

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: 6/7/13

So, you know how there have been some weeks when these posts have only pictures of my kids? Well, I’m turning the tables on you this week. Not because I planned on it, but because when I went to gather up all my pictures from the week, I realized I hardly took any. Like I have three pictures from the entire week. Three. And two are of things I took pictures of at the store to remember to buy them next time. So this leaves one to share here. It’s a good one, though. Ready?

The one good thing I managed to take a picture of that made me happy this week:

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That, my friends, is how you roll through Walmart!

And some things that made you happy:

This is S from Does This Match. If you don't follow this little lady's fashion adventures on FB, you're missing out. I think she and my 5 yo would be best friends if we lived closer! Here she is ready for her preschool graduation and waxing poetic on becoming an orca whale teacher. LOVE HER!!!

This is S from Does This Match. If you don’t follow this little lady’s fashion adventures on FB, you’re missing out. I think she and my 5 yo would be best friends if we lived closer! Here she is ready for her preschool graduation and waxing poetic on becoming an orca whale teacher. LOVE HER!!!

Jessica from VA: Her little man's preschool graduation.

Jessica from VA: Her little man’s preschool graduation.

DadNCharge's beautiful family!

DadNCharge‘s beautiful family!

Marcy from FL: Her little one is a smart cookie.

Marcy from FL: Her little one is a smart cookie.

Deanna: Her daughter Maddie (on the right) with her BFF at their dance recital.

Deanna: Her daughter Maddie (on the right) with her BFF at their dance recital.

The Vanilla Housewife's 2-year-old daughter's favorite things to do: hanging around, perfecting her duck face, and eating!

The Vanilla Housewife’s 2-year-old daughter’s favorite things to do: hanging around, perfecting her duck face, and eating!

Erin from MO: Loving the beautiful weather this week!!

Erin from MO: Loving the beautiful weather this week!!

Christi from CA: Her little (super)hero!

Christi from CA: Her little (super)hero!

Kathy from IL: Tech savvy; superhero nap

Kathy from IL: Tech savvy; superhero nap

Nicky from MA: Staring contest...Lucas and the critter at the zoo.

Nicky from MA: Staring contest…Lucas and the critter at the zoo.

Julianne from MD: Her little one getting her first festival painting...they call this her Rosie the Riveter pose; her big boy passed his yellow belt test today. Such a proud mommy!

Julianne from MD: Her little one getting her first festival painting…they call this her Rosie the Riveter pose; her big boy passed his yellow belt test today. Such a proud mommy!

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

Quick programming note: There will be no SHSFGF posts the next two weeks while my family and I prepare to and actually move. (We are moving from CT to VA.) Don’t fret, though. Next week and the week after I will be sharing some of my favorite posts from some very special guest bloggers. W e will return to our regularly scheduled programming the following week. So save up your pictures please!

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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12 Simple Pleasures as a Mom that Make Me Feel Like a Rock Star and Deserving of a High-Five

As I sat down yesterday at 9 in the morning after having finished up some laundry, unloading and loading the dishwasher, and cleaning all three of the litter boxes (did it sink in that this was all before 9 in the morning?!), I was feeling pretty good about myself. Very accomplished. And then I got to thinking about all of the other simple pleasures that make me feel like a rock star now that I’m a mom. I came up with 12. Because, 10 is just so common these days. 😉 What makes your list?

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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 5/31/13

Man oh man. You people sure know how to deliver! I put a call out for submissions for today’s post, and BAM. Loving it! So, let’s get to it . . .

Some things that made me happy:

Do you see a theme here?

Do you see a theme here?

Older sisters + babies in swings = fun!

Older sisters + babies in swings = fun!

Being such a helpful big brother

Being such a helpful big brother

Seriously, how can you not smile when looking at this face?!

Seriously, how can you not smile when looking at this face?!

And some (ok, a lot of) things that made you happy:

Lindsey: Moments like this are the reason I always seem happy, even during the hard times. This little boy pulled me through a battle with breast cancer when he was just 2 and I was 27. Now he's almost 5 and I just turned 30. I've still got a long road ahead of me, but we're healthy and happy <3

Lindsey from MI: Moments like this are the reason I always seem happy, even during the hard times. This little boy pulled me through a battle with breast cancer when he was just 2 and I was 27. Now he’s almost 5 and I just turned 30. I’ve still got a long road ahead of me, but we’re healthy and happy ❤

Ricky and Claire Kent from Sydney, Australia: Daddy and Saxon with matching quiffs; Saxon, almost 2 years old, "reading" Green Eggs and Ham. He's a book worm like his mumma!

Ricky and Claire Kent from Sydney, Australia: Daddy and Saxon with matching quiffs; Saxon, almost 2 years old, “reading” Green Eggs and Ham. He’s a book worm like his mumma!

Ange from WA: These are my awesome kids.. Connor 3,  Ashley 15, and Jonny 1. We couldn't play outside with the chalk so we played inside and colored our hair with the chalk :) Aidan aged 12 was at the pool getting rained on. I think we had more fun :)

Ange from WA: These are my awesome kids…Connor 3, Ashley 15, and Jonny 1. It was raining and we couldn’t play outside with the chalk so we played inside and colored our hair with the chalk 🙂 Aidan aged 12 was at the pool getting rained on. I think we had more fun 🙂

Britney from WY: Eating worms!

Britney from WY: Eating worms!

Sundra from AZ; My nearly 6-month-old Lucas looking like a little man. And my 3-year-old Reese showing off her unique style. This week cowboy boots went with every outfit.

Sundra from AZ; My nearly 6-month-old Lucas looking like a little man. And my 3-year-old Reese showing off her unique style. This week cowboy boots went with every outfit.

Jeannine from Eubanks Eutopia (http://eubankseutopia.wordpress.com): Story time with daddy always melts me; Kids playing in the mud makes me feel like I've succeeded as a mother.

Jeannine from Eubanks Eutopia (http://eubankseutopia.wordpress.com): Story time with daddy always melts me; Kids playing in the mud makes me feel like I’ve succeeded as a mother.

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Tiffany from AR: I’ll fall asleep in my hat like daddy does! 🙂

Chelsea from OK: He always makes me smile!

Chelsea from OK: He always makes me smile!

Kathy: Blowing kisses; Batman @ Great America; Princess

Kathy from IL: Blowing kisses; Batman @ Great America; Princess

Carrie from FL: Happy!

Carrie from FL: Happy!

Lynette from Momisms Moments (http://mymomismmoments.wordpress.com): School pictures and a lunch out with the baby!

Lynette from Momisms Moments (http://mymomismmoments.wordpress.com): School pictures and a lunch out with the baby!

Karen from Smart Mouthed Mama (http://smart-mouthed-mama.blogspot.com): My son, Channing makes me smile every day!

Karen from Smart Mouthed Mama (http://smart-mouthed-mama.blogspot.com): My son, Channing makes me smile every day!

Julianne from MD: Field Day 2013...Playing under the parachute; Field Day (cont'd)...My son has no competitive streak, but he moved quickly and made a great team effort for the Vegetable Relay Race (don't ask!); You know it's summer time when the Carnivals start. This is the start of many evenings out and lots (and lots) of $$ spent on kiddie rides.

Julianne from MD: Field Day 2013…Playing under the parachute; Field Day (cont’d)…My son has no competitive streak, but he moved quickly and made a great team effort for the Vegetable Relay Race (don’t ask!); You know it’s summer time when the Carnivals start. This is the start of many evenings out and lots (and lots) of $$ spent on kiddie rides.

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: 5/24/13

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!