Monday, April 29, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 17/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happiness for the past week.

I played with the small Bears' Lite-Brite this weekend, while drinking a bottle of hard cider. Yes, it's a wild and crazy life for me. Really, though, I enjoyed it a lot! Today's Lite-Brite toy is completely different from the one I had as a child, but mostly in really good ways. You can't burn yourself, for one thing. And four children could work on it at the same time, because it's a square, whereas mine was wedge-shaped with only one screen. Given the way my two squabble over it when they work on it at the same time, I have trouble picturing four kids doing this in harmony but I like the idea. On Sunday morning, the small Bears seemed slightly annoyed with my temerity, but I did reuse an old sheet which had already been punctured by pegs. Hey, Mommy likes to play too.

On Saturday, we ate lunch at a brew pub. We love to eat there; the food is good and the beer selection is excellent, though only the Bear imbibed (I drove). We ate on the outdoor patio this time, under a big umbrella, since the weather was perfect. This was my lunch - a club sandwich (turkey, ham, bacon, cheese) on toast with lettuce and tomato and fresh guacamole on the side. Oh, so good. I took half the sandwich home with me and ate it for lunch on Sunday. I ate all the fries then and there because who takes home fries? They're too good not to eat right away.

Swimming towels and bathing suits on the clothesline! Hard to believe it's that time already. The little boy next door invited my small Bears to play on his Slip 'N Slide on Saturday afternoon. It was nice out but not terribly hot, maybe 80 degrees. They had a great time, though; everyone got slathered up with sunscreen and they were excited to dig out their swimsuits. The GB's little suit is new, I bought it on clearance last year and put it away for her to grow into; the LB is growing more slowly these days and is wearing his suit for the third year in a row. They made me laugh when they put them on; each came out of their respective bedroom doing a different type of modeling walk to show off their beach bods. They are silly little people who make me very happy.

It doesn't get much better than quiet time alone with a juicy book and some chocolate. During the week, I enjoyed this experience while both children were in school. I relaxed on my bed, reading and eating chocolate. This is far more luxurious chocolate than I would usually eat; it was Valrhona Le Lait 29% Cacao - in other words, very light milk chocolate. I like dark chocolate, but I really love milk chocolate. Cadbury's Dairy Milk is just fine, but I enjoyed this special treat very much. The book is Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll, a memoir written by the sisters who front the rock band Heart, one of my favorite groups. I'm loving the book; they are really interesting women and I'm an avid reader of memoir and autobiography, especially about lives very different from my own.


Those towels and bathing suits are the real deal - summer is so close now! The small Bears will be done with school by May 22. This past weekend was the mass registration for swimming lessons at all the city pools; I have signed them up for two sessions, each running for two weeks, at our local pool, which is just up the road from us. I chose sessions which are not consecutive, to spread it out over the summer. Both will have musical performances and picnic or potluck lunches with their classes in the last few days; there has been much rehearsal singing going on around here! We're really in the wind-down time now. All the teacher gifts are done; I'll share them soon!


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  1. Lite-Brite! I never owned one, but I loved playing with the ones my friends had. Now that it sounds a little safer maybe V can have one some day.

  2. I have never heard of Lite-Brite! It looks like fun. :) My kids do not finish for summer holidays until July! :( I bet you cannot wait for them to finish and have lots of fun things planned for them around their extra activity lessons. I cannot wait to see your teacher gifts, I really think that is such a lovely idea and something I would really like to do (I just hope I can make something decent!) :o/ x

  3. We had lite-brite when my kids were little....great toy!!
    You are a woman after my own heart...turkey clubs ]with mayo & bacon] are my VERY favorite thing to order...with fries of course!!!
    I also love the Bear!! hahaha!
    And.....4 for 4...
    I love HEART...especially..."All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You"...favorite!!!

    Enjoy your week Jennifer...we will be returning to the cottage mid-week, to get more WORK done!!!

    Cheers! My Friend...
    Linda :o)

  4. Awwww the picture of the Lite-Brite made me happy! I loved it as a child...

  5. You've been living a fun-filled life and enjoying yourself! I bet the kids are excited for summer vacay! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. What a treat to read a book while eating a bar of chocolate during the day!!

    I love a good rock n roll memoir!!

    Leanne xx

  7. Your kids get out about a weekearlier than the kids do here. It sure is getting close. Now if we could get into a consistent spring weather pattern it may feel more real. The chocolate bar sounds divine. With your book that must have made a perfect relaxing break. Have a great week!

  8. Sounds like an awesome weekend! I'm jealous that you already have swimsuit weather! Looking forward to some pool time! The book sounds really interesting, I'll have to check it out!

  9. I'm so jealous of your warm temperatures and swimming and eating outdoors. It's still very cool here. It's never reliably warm until well into May. Reading and chocolate while the bears were at school - good for you! It sounds perfect. x

  10. Sounds like a lovely weekend with lots of happy moments.
    M x

  11. I love how you engage with your children and family! I've always wanted a lite-brite as a kid. Maybe I'll get one of these fancy ones for the summer. I am also feeling the busy-ness of the upcoming summer - it's got me running around too.
    Have a great day :)
    Handmade Cuties!

  12. Now I want french fries, yum@ Looks like a great weekend :)

  13. So jealous of patio weather and bathing suits!! I might be able to have an outdoor lunch with a heavy sweater... but definitely no beach days in my near future. Glad you had a fun week:)

  14. Love the photos Jennifer! Looks like you all had a lovely weekend. I love when the weather is warm out, and just being able to spend days like this with family, it's always so lovely. :)

  15. What a brilliant idea, and did like your happy photos

  16. It's nice you were able to fit in a bit of quiet reading/chocolate time. I think that for busy mom's it is the equivalent of putting gas in your tank. :-)

    I am trying to wrap my mind around the fact you are showing bathing suits and towels. We woke up to a light dusting of snow here in BC this morning!

  17. These are great happy photos.

    Love this post, thank you for sharing : )

  18. This book looks interesting :)
    Noor @ Noor's Place


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