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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 8/30/13 (Baby Edition)

So I thought I’d do a little something different with this week’s SHSFGF post and put a little theme to it. This decision may or may not have had something to do with the fact that I didn’t have too many photos to include this week. Whatever the reason (or not), I think this is something I’m going to do from time to time, so stay tuned for more themed requests. 🙂

Now, without further adieu, I give you this week’s theme: Babies!!

Some baby pics that have made me happy:

My oldest, "Belle" (now 5)

My oldest, “Belle” (now 5)

My middle, "Saurus" (now 3)

My middle, “Saurus” (now 3)

My youngest, "Eli" (now 1)

My youngest, “Eli” (now 1)

And some baby pics that made you happy:

Stephanie from TX: Ace Avery Harrison. He is 7 months in this pic and 10 months now.

Stephanie from TX: Ace Avery Harrison. He is 7 months in this pic and 10 months now.

Ann from X

Ann from MI: Look at that cutie pie!

Laura from X: One of my favourite pics of my 5-week-old daughter Evie Marie. It makes me smile as it looks like shes poking her tongue out at her toy hedgehog, either that or shes about to lick its nose!

Laura from Australia: One of my favourite pics of my 5-week-old daughter Evie Marie. It makes me smile as it looks like shes poking her tongue out at her toy hedgehog, either that or shes about to lick its nose!

Terri from X: This is my gorgeous grandson who I fittingly nick named "TAZ" he is the apple of my eye I <3 this little boy so much. In this pic he is about 10 months.

Terri from MN: This is my gorgeous grandson who I fittingly nick named “TAZ.” He is the apple of my eye!

Tiffany from AR: My son Kade at about 1 month old.

Tiffany from AR: My son Kade at about 1 month old.

Koa from Full Blown Bunny: Baby Jed, now 4.5, at 5 months. Makes me smile every time. ;-)

Koa from Full Blown Bunny: Baby Jed, now 4.5, at 5 months. Makes me smile every time. 😉

Shaneal from SC: Here's a pic of my son Elijah when he was 1 month old. And the other picture is me at 3 months.

Shaneal from SC: Here’s a pic of my son Elijah when he was 1 month old. And the other picture is me at 3 months.

From Chronically Sick Manic Mother: This week I have been playing with my pinhole camera app. It gives real true black and whites and Its helped me realize what the lighting is in regular color pictures too! This is the kid...a cool barn and Princess P.

From Chronically Sick Manic Mother: This week I have been playing with my pinhole camera app. It gives real true black and whites and Its helped me realize what the lighting is in regular color pictures too! This is the kid…a cool barn and Princess P.

Renee from X: My baby boy is getting so big! just turned 6 months old :)

Renee from CA: My baby boy is getting so big! just turned 6 months old 🙂

Nicole from IL: Baby Alice!

Nicole from IL: Baby Alice!

Julianne from MD: (1) This is what happens when you get your big brother's hand-me-down clothes and toys--no one can tell from the photo that you're a girl. (2) Baby girl's first Strawberry Festival (June 2011).

Julianne from MD: (1) This is what happens when you get your big brother’s hand-me-down clothes and toys–no one can tell from the photo that you’re a girl. (2) Baby girl’s first Strawberry Festival (June 2011).

Maryann from KY: Patton's Kentucky born and raised :) Here he thought he was funny because he got on the other side of the baby gate. He's 13 months old.

Maryann from KY: Patton’s Kentucky born and raised 🙂 Here he thought he was funny because he got on the other side of the baby gate. He’s 13 months old.

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: 8/23/13

Happy day everyone! You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t done much blogging this week. I’m a little buried with life stuff right now — my 5 yo started kindergarten this week, and I’m swamped with work (and NOT the cleaning up spilled milk and wiping butts kind of work, my other day job) — so I’m on a bit of a writing hiatus. Thanks for hanging around until I can get it all reigned in. In the meantime, enjoy some adorable pics!!

Some things that made me happy:

Having fun at the county fair!

Having fun at the county fair!

Little man was excited to be at the fair, but really wanted to ride some rides, too.

Little man was excited to be at the fair, but really wanted to ride some rides, too.

Had to get the very last bit of chocolate off his funnel cake.

Had to get the very last bit of chocolate off his funnel cake.

Somebody started kindergarten this week!

Somebody started kindergarten this week!

He is such a goofball!

He is such a goofball!

And some things that made you happy:

Claire Kent from Sydney, Australia: I looooove painting mumma!

Claire Kent from Sydney, Australia: I looooove painting mumma!

Danielle from CA: My little man has Down syndrome but is the most "uppity" soul I have ever encountered, and he makes me a better person and brings joy and happiness to everyone he meets -- he makes my heart happy!

Danielle from CA: My little man has Down syndrome but is the most “uppity” soul I have ever encountered, and he makes me a better person and brings joy and happiness to everyone he meets — he makes my heart happy!

Phyllis from NC: Abby and Jeb holding hands because that is what big sisters and baby brothers do!

Phyllis from NC: Abby and Jeb holding hands because that is what big sisters and baby brothers do!

Jerica from CO: My daughter on her first day of kindergarten; my daughter and her auntie Veronica playing on the play ground; and . . . Baby Bump : ) 6 months with another girl!

Jerica from CO: My daughter on her first day of kindergarten; my daughter and her auntie Veronica playing on the play ground; and . . . Baby Bump : ) 6 months with another girl!

Devan from TN: My baby telling me I have lipstick on my teeth!

Devan from TN: My baby telling me I have lipstick on my teeth!

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: 8/16/13

Because I goofed and forgot to ask for submissions yesterday until very late in the day, this week’s post is a little more bare than usual. Still, there’s some pretty cute stuff in here. Take a gander, won’t you?

Some things that made me happy (at least one of my sons makes an appearance, can you spot him?):

Because the Stuffie, the doll, and the dragon need to be buckled in on the car ride and reading a book.

Because the Stuffie, the doll, and the dragon need to be buckled in on the car ride and reading a book.

She wasn't going to let a little rain keep her inside!

She wasn’t going to let a little rain keep her inside!

Baby footprint

Baby footprint

I'm sure the neighbors had a chuckle. And yes, that IS a rockin outfit she has on!

I’m sure the neighbors had a chuckle. And yes, that IS a rockin outfit she has on!

Woke up one morning and this awaited me on the couch. (They had gotten up with their daddy and then went back to sleep.)

Woke up one morning and this awaited me on the couch. (They had gotten up with their daddy and then went back to sleep.)

Homemade dresses for the baby dolls.

Homemade dresses for the baby dolls.

Dinosaur parade.

Dinosaur parade.

And some things that made you happy (sorry again for my late photo request):

Chelsea from MO: My son Harry insisting that he stand at 4 months old. And he happens to be standing in front of my very first Mother's Day gift given to me by his older brother in 2010.

Chelsea from MO: My son Harry insisting that he stand at 4 months old. And he happens to be standing in front of my very first Mother’s Day gift given to me by his older brother in 2010.

Julianne from MD: My little ones, in Amish country.

Julianne from MD: My little ones, in Amish country.

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: 8/9/13

Wow, I really needed some smiles today and you all came through. You all are simply the best! Enjoy this week’s cute overload!

Some things that made me happy:

First, just click the following link. It’s a video of my youngest. (Sorry, I can’t embed videos directly in my posts just yet.) I promise you will not be able to watch this without cracking a smile! Oh, and if you’re in a public place, you’ll want to turn your volume down some. But make sure to have it on a little, because you need to hear it. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ivJ3XTeRw

Ok, on with the photos . . .

Peekaboo

Peekaboo

Cousins watching a movie. (Soooooo happy to live close to family now!)

Cousins watching a movie. (Soooooo happy to live close to family now!)

More pool fun (with a "ship" they found) and some impromptu huggies

More pool fun (with a “ship” they found) and some impromptu huggies

My great helper girl!

My great helper girl!

Getting ready for his new preschool next week.

Getting ready for his new preschool next week.

Do these need any explanation? ;)

Do these need any explanation? 😉

What can I say? The baby was being super cute this week.

What can I say? The baby was being super cute this week.

And some things that made you happy:

Julianne from MD: The 4th generation of kids on our family's farm outside of Burlington, WV. It was wonderful to see my kids have fun in the same barns and fields I did as a kid; Saturday at the National Zoo reminded me of the pure joy of a child riding on a carousel. And how much cooler that you get to ride on a lady bug, iguana and an oryx?

Julianne from MD: The 4th generation of kids on our family’s farm outside of Burlington, WV. It was wonderful to see my kids have fun in the same barns and fields I did as a kid; Saturday at the National Zoo reminded me of the pure joy of a child riding on a carousel. And how much cooler that you get to ride on a lady bug, iguana and an oryx?

Kathy from IL: My little super star, and my little man with no fear!

Kathy from IL: My little super star, and my little man with no fear!

Jean from Mama, Schmama: My daughter kept dropping her beloved Monkey out of the stroller on our walk today.  My son appointed himself Monkey's rescuer and kept an eye out for when it went overboard.  This is him running to return Monkey to his sister.

Jean from Mama, Schmama: My daughter kept dropping her beloved Monkey out of the stroller on our walk today. My son appointed himself Monkey’s rescuer and kept an eye out for when it went overboard. This is him running to return Monkey to his sister.

From Does This Match? I really didn't think today's outfit could get any "better" but shoes are required at Costco.

From Does This Match? I really didn’t think today’s outfit could get any “better” but shoes are required at Costco.

Phyllis from Just Bcauz (http://justbcauz.blogspot.com/): Katie (20 months) and Jeb (3 months) - she adores her little brother!

Phyllis from Just Bcauz: Katie (20 months) and Jeb (3 months) – she adores her little brother!

Bethany from OH: Xavier rocking his shades on Virginia Beach. Luna & Ayden and the suit of Armor @ Great Lakes Medieval Faire. And Ayden taking the plunge in Conneaut Lake, PA.

Bethany from OH: Xavier rocking his shades on Virginia Beach. Luna & Ayden and the suit of Armor @ Great Lakes Medieval Faire. And Ayden taking the plunge in Conneaut Lake, PA.

From Chronically Sick Manic Mother: We had a ladybug party and released 3,000 ladybugs amongst a bunch of kids for my daughters eighth birthday.

From Chronically Sick Manic Mother: We had a ladybug party and released 3,000 ladybugs amongst a bunch of kids for my daughters eighth birthday.

Chelsea from MO: These are my 3 boys, each photographed at 3 months old. They are now 3.5 yrs, almost 2 years old, and almost 4 months old.

Chelsea from MO: These are my 3 boys, each photographed at 3 months old. They are now 3.5 yrs, almost 2 years old, and almost 4 months old.

Megan from NJ: Donuts is how I make grocery shopping a little less trying.

Megan from NJ: Donuts is how I make grocery shopping a little less trying.

Jennifer from TX: Brotherly love!

Jennifer from TX: Brotherly love!

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: 8/2/13

Happy Friday, everyone. Need a smile? Scroll on through . . .

Some things that made me happy:

Tumblin' boy

Tumblin’ boy

Tumblin' girl

Tumblin’ girl

Snoozin' boys

Snoozin’ boys

The family that climbs together . . .

The family that climbs together . . .

We like to call this "lion jumping"!

We like to call this “lion jumping”!

She likes to dress up . . . and then play basketball!

She likes to dress up . . . and then play basketball!

This one is up to no good.

This one is up to no good.

Brudders

Brudders

And some things that made you happy:

From The Sadder But Wiser Girl: caption

From The Sadder But Wiser Girl: Posing with the “silly tree” at the park!

Daisy from TX: Daughters Summer and Wynter reunited after 8 days . . . so happy!

Daisy from TX: Daughters Summer and Wynter reunited after 8 days . . . so happy!

Stephanie from MD: Piper found some joy in a rainstorm on our Orlando vacation!

Stephanie from MD: Piper found some joy in a rainstorm on our Orlando vacation!

Amanda from X: It's blurry, but this is one of my all time favorite pictures of my daughter, Lilly. Taken just last week.

Amanda from FL: It’s blurry, but this is one of my all time favorite pictures of my daughter, Lilly. Taken just last week.

From Chronically Sick Manic Mother:

From Chronically Sick Manic Mother: 8 years later!

From DadNCharge: Spending a week with my parents whom we only see maybe 3 times a year in person because they live in Chicago. We attended a wedding together. We hiked a canyon together, had s'mores, and have spent the time enjoying each other's company.

From DadNCharge: Spending a week with my parents whom we only see maybe 3 times a year in person because they live in Chicago. We attended a wedding together. We hiked a canyon together, had s’mores, and have spent the time enjoying each other’s company.

Erin from MO: First day of ballet.

Erin from MO: First day of ballet.

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: 7/26/13

Hope you all have had a great week. And I hope this post can put a smile on your face!

Some things that made me happy:

Knowing what would happen, we thought we'd turn on the jets during the  kids' bubble bath in our tub. They had a blast!

Knowing what would happen, we thought we’d turn on the jets during the kids’ bubble bath in our tub. They had a blast!

I guess he likes the sound of the dishwasher. Or leaning on things is his new thing. (See his door hug from last week.)

I guess he likes the sound of the dishwasher. Or leaning on things is his new thing. (See his door hug from last week.)

The 5 yo's story of a bear family going to space. (Can you guess what classic book series we've been reading lately?)

The 5 yo’s story of a bear family going to space. (Can you guess what classic book series we’ve been reading lately?)

This is a new thing, too.

This is a new thing, too.

Just testing out the pack 'n play.

Just testing out the pack ‘n play.

Bedtime stories.

Bedtime stories.

Welcome to Wild Thing Cafe . . . what would you like to eat?

Welcome to Wild Thing Cafe . . . what would you like to eat?

And some things that made you happy:

Traci from X: My daughter Tara...makes me laugh everytime I see it!

Traci from AR: My daughter Tara…makes me laugh every time I see it!

Soopa from X: The little one said she likes to lay on her big sister "because she so 'comfable.'"

Soopa from NY: The little one said she likes to lay on her big sister “because she so ‘comfable.'”

Christi from CA: Ryan dancing in the pool.

Christi from CA: Ryan dancing in the pool.

Kathy from IL: (1) Her little lady was born to perform! (2) Having fun at the splash pad!

Kathy from IL: (1) Her little lady was born to perform! (2) Having fun at the splash pad!

Melissa from MD: 5th birthday breakfast of champions!

Melissa from MD: 5th birthday breakfast of champions!

From Ms. Snippy Bloomers: Cotton candy at a fest is fun!

From Ms. Snippy Bloomers: Cotton candy at a fest is fun!

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: 7/19/13

Today’s post is chock full of cuteness! You’d better get to scrollin’!

Some things that made me happy:

Waiting for Daddy to come out of the bathroom.

Waiting for Daddy to come out of the bathroom.

More blue icing for the baby's bday with out-of-town family! Adorable turtles courtesy of Auntie J!

More blue icing for the baby’s bday with out-of-town family! Adorable turtles courtesy of Auntie J!

These two are going to get into so much trouble one day! ;)

These two are going to get into so much trouble one day! 😉

Just a little light morning reading.

Just a little light morning reading.

Haircut before and after!

Haircut before and after!

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water play

They didn't even care the pool was full of grass at this point!

They didn’t even care the pool was full of grass at this point!

And some things that made you happy:

From Bryan: Liam in Dad's uniform!

Bryan from CA: Liam in Dad’s uniform!

connor in cupboard

Trisha from Cape Town South Africa: Connor 15 months hiding in the cupboards.

Christi from CA: Her little guy and his tools.

Christi from CA: Her little guy and his tools.

Stephanie from MD: This is my 14-month-old daughter, Piper, modeling her red, white and blue crab swimsuit on the Fourth of July! Love her expression here!

Stephanie from MD: This is my 14-month-old daughter, Piper, modeling her red, white and blue crab swimsuit on the Fourth of July! Love her expression here!

MarRana from GA: This is my daughter when she was about 6 mo :)

MarRana from GA: This is my daughter when she was about 6 mo 🙂

Ashley from CT: Coloring with great-grandma; Pony ride; Brothers being silly; BFFs; Late night dress up procrastination!

Ashley from CT: Coloring with great-grandma; Pony ride; Brothers being silly; BFFs; Late night dress up procrastination!

Stephanie from TX: My sweet 7 month old baby boy!! Ace Avery Harrison. This pic reminds me of "Carlos" in The Hangover.

Stephanie from TX: My sweet 7 month old baby boy!! Ace Avery Harrison. This pic reminds me of “Carlos” in The Hangover.

Shannon from FL: It's been a sick week home for my children but they still know how to keep up the fun for all of us. Here was yesterday's entertainment (finger puppets) bc tv is overrated!

Shannon from FL: It’s been a sick week home for my children but they still know how to keep up the fun for all of us. Here was yesterday’s entertainment (finger puppets) bc tv is overrated!

Devan from TN: My and my BFF's kids at Buffalo Wild Wings on my daughter's 7th birthday. Mine are the two girls, hers are the two boys. Her hubby just retired from the US Army and they now live here!! Happy times for the kiddos and the parents!!!

Devan from TN: My and my BFF’s kids at Buffalo Wild Wings on my daughter’s 7th birthday. Mine are the two girls, hers are the two boys. Her hubby just retired from the US Army and they now live here!! Happy times for the kiddos and the parents!!!

Melissa from MD: Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic - Pizza Planet Truck.

Melissa from MD: Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic – Pizza Planet Truck.

Wendi: What a little cutie pie she has!

Wendi from Okotoks Alberta: Look at her adorable 4-month-old miracle baby!

Julie from MD: Her little man at 1 day old . . . already putting on the charm for the ladies!

Julie from MD: Her little man at 1 day old . . . already putting on the charm for the ladies!

Renee from CA: Her little sweeties!

Renee from CA: Her little sweeties!

Kristi from TN: Brother and sister meeting for the first time!

Kristi from TN: Brother and sister meeting for the first time!

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!