Monday, December 16, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 50/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week. Number FIFTY!


The paperwhite narcissus has a tiny green shoot! Tiny green shoots make me really happy, whether they're coming up from the ground in early spring, or emerging from a forced bulb in wintertime. We keep our little bulb on the kitchen windowsill, among clay creations in various stages of the drying process, where it gets plenty of sunlight. It's exciting, and educational, to watch the progress of a little plant.


The GB is such a good little mother. She has been wearing her baby in this doll sling that I made for her a couple of years ago. I was an avid baby-wearer when my two were younger, the GB especially because she was one of those "high-needs" babies. I made a sling for her dolls because she loved seeing photos of herself in one as a baby. She goes through phases with her doll sling and has lately been using it every day. I enjoy seeing her with her dolls, she is very compassionate and kind to them, and she comes up with imaginative scenarios in her play.


Daddy's Cafe has been transformed for winter. We made a "snow"-covered roof for it, using layered cardboard with white paper to look sort of puffy like drifted snow. A clay fireplace with flickering LED-light fire is also in progress. I meant to make a wreath for it but I think it may have to wait until next year. We put the Cafe under the tree with just a few gifts that the Bear's parents left when they went back to New Zealand in November. It's a festive scene.


I had a nice time assembling student artwork and poetry for the LB's teacher. This week, we'll have the biggest event of the school year, Art and Poetry Night, where the students' artistic and written work will be on display. Ms. S. sent me home with student poems, accompanying artwork and supplies for mounting it all for display. I'm amazed at the work these kids produce. They're aged eight to ten and all are very talented. The zebra at the far right happens to be the LB's drawing. She offered me the job because she knows I enjoy crafty stuff. It's really nice when people know your interests, isn't it?

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45 comments:

  1. I wish I'd planted some indoor bulbs now. It would be nice to see some growth. It's been so mild here this last week that some of my bulbs in the garden are coming up which is rather alarming! The GB is adorable wearing her sling. x

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  2. I love to see little ones playing make believe with dolls. Eleanor had a few dolls but she was never that interested in them. I'm loving Daddy's Cafe and how it's transformed through the seasons.

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  3. I love how Daddy's cafe is all set for winter! It still has time to go before Christmas so perhaps one of the little bears will make a wreath for the door! xx

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  4. I love indoor bulbs to and Paperwhites have such a gorgeous scent so lots to look forward to, I enjoyed reading you're happies
    Clare x

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  5. How sweet of you to make your daughter a doll sling.. very cute! I was charmed to see Daddy's Cafe under the tree, I remember when you gave us the tour of it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. What a sweetheart GB is :)

    I remember when my girls were about 6 and 4 they decided to play operations with their dolls ... their were limbs everywhere! They were mighty relieved when I managed to put every doll back together, although one was left with a permanent felt pen 'scar' on her tummy!

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  7. Hey Jennifer,

    I love seeing that first green shoot poking through the soil. I find it very exciting and magical too. You always have such lovely happies, Jennifer. It's nice to see the cafe again.

    Leanne xx

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  8. Oh and your new header - quite beautiful xx

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  9. The "Madonna and Child" photo of your darling daughter just melts my heart! She is passing forward the tender love and compassion she experiences every day at home - every child should be so fortunate.
    Merry Christmas, Jennifer!

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  10. your doll sling is so cute .I love your manny stripe.

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  11. Your paperwhites will be so pretty when they bloom. And the scent... mmmmm. Lovely! The kids artwork puts a big smile on my face!

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  12. I am so loving seeing her with her doll sling! How adorable is that!!!! And yes the emerging buds of any kind make me want to sing!! So beautiful! And how cool is that little cafe! Absolutely fun and festive! Enjoy poetry night and have an outstanding week!!!

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  13. Lovely happy photos. How sweet your little girl is. I wore my babies in slings, especially the littlest boy - he lived in his for the first six months, I couldn't put him down. He still likes to be right next to me some of the time. He clung a bit at school just this morning. It's nice to be needed though. I love the bulb growing on your kitchen windowsill, I think we should try something like that. You're right about it being a good way to learn about plants. Daddy's cafe is fantastic, I'm sure your little bears must love it. And well done you for framing all the school artwork. I hope you have a lovely week Jennifer.

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  14. Lovely photos, Jennifer. Adorable-baby sling. I too wore my daughter in a baby sling, and I loved it. Your GB is so cute! Such happy photos. =)

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  15. Oh that little shoot is such a lovely welcome sight - new life - I love it! I also love GB's baby sling, how sweet, and so nice to see Daddy's Cafe again all spruced up for Christmas. How helpful and sweet of you to utilise your craft talents in helping Teacher out with school projects - I'm sure she'll be thrilled with your work and may even award you a gold star! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  16. I love seeing the green shoots too. I'm growing hyacinths indoors but I think the bulbs in the garden are further ahead. It has been soils here - slightly odd for Winter. X

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  17. I love all your post, all the photos, specially the one where your daughter is carrying her baby, so cute and lovely.
    Have a nice week!

    Lluisa xx

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  18. Love the baby sling, what a lovely idea, they look so cute together :) xx

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  19. Lovely happy photos, especially the baby sling. I carried my three around in a sling a lot of the time, and they loved it! Dear little snow cafe under the tree :-)

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  20. Aw that is so sweet !
    It is nice when people now and appreciate your interests :)

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  21. It is great that LB, you and others can participate in a poetry and art night! I love what you have shared about the school in various posts, Jennifer. GB is precious indeed, and your Christmas decorations are forming a grand tradition I can imagine that LB and GB will treasure. Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. Hi Jennifer, That is such an adorable photo of your GB with her dollie!!!! The peaceful loving look on her face speaks a thousand words!!! Have a great day!!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  23. GB looks so cute with her dollie. Looks like she is so much in care of her doll.

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  24. Lovely happy photos of daily life.I think this is the real meaning of happinness, hidden behind these little momments ...
    "To see a world in a grain of sand
    and heaven in a wild flower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
    and eternity in an hour."
    William Blake
    Be always happy Jennifer!

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  25. Your little GB looks so sweet with her dolly in the sling!
    Marianne xx

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  26. I love your happy photos, Jennifer. So full of love and contentment.

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  27. Isn't she darling with her baby in the sling, how cute is that?
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  28. That picture of your daughter with the doll in the sling is the sweetest thing ever! And Daddy's Cafe looks very Christmasy under your tree. :-)

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  29. I love that sling picture. I carried my babies around too, it meant I had two hands to do something else. I found you could do most things with one hand but cutting an onion and pegging washing absolutely needs two!! Jo x

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  30. So cute with the baby in the sling :) I love that you are working on the kids art to display, kids enjoying art is such a great thing!

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  31. Lovely photos Jennifer. Your daughter looks like a real little mother with her dolly.

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  32. Beautiful post Jennifer. It's nice to be able to help out for such a special event - Ms. S. is sure lucky to have you as her assistant :) The photo of your daughter is just too sweet. It warms my heart to see such tenderness. And, your husband - he's mighty crafty himself! Love the cafe!!

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  33. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures Jennifer! Great happies indeed. Dolls and slings evoke many sweet memories of my own little girl playing for hours and hours. Annie's dolls grew older with her, adapting to her play needs. She recently handed some of them over to her little brothers (including the sling) because she is now too cool to play with them. others went to a friends daughter. A sad moment really but part of growing up I suppose. Cx

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  34. I love seeing your weekly happy little things. The picture of your little girl with her doll is precious. Good to hear the school is promoting Art and Poetry night. Sometimes these important things are neglected in schools.

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  35. Hi Jennifer,

    Been walking around your neck of the woods, and noticed that the tops of the railings on a gate you have pictured are exactly like ours!! Is it your gate?

    Your sweet daughter is, I'm sure, modelling the behaviour of her loving mommy, mirroring all the lovely things she does for her family - I am not surprised! Happy crafting; would love to see your arrangement!

    Poppy
    PS: Thank you for the very kind words over at Poppy View today!! You are such a sweetheart!

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  36. Great photos. I especially love Daddy's cafe under the Xmas tree :0)
    The Art & Poetry night sounds great fun. Lovely to see that all the children's work is celebrated, and I bet those poems are brilliant.
    Can't believe how quickly your parcel arrived - I'm so happy you've received it before Xmas.
    Jill x

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  37. Very nice happy things in the prelude to Christmas. The café looks very good in snow ... needs something wintry leaning against the outside wall ... maybe snowshoes or skis or a sled. Do your husband's parents live in NZ? Maybe I missed that info previously. I like that calm that descends on the house when everything is ready, and all we have to do is wait. There's always something you 'could' be doing, but nothing urgent & pressing. I'm almost there. I just need to knit for a few more hundred hours & then I can bake some cookies. I think my whole family is anxiously waiting for me to start some serious cookie baking now. My daughter is home and it feels good to fill the house with baking smells when everyone is together again. Wendy x

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  38. Yes growing something from seed is indeed fasinating, just got to remember to water it! The little cafe model has been transformed, looks really cute and all holidayed up x

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  39. My daughter is just beginning to play mommy to her dolls… it's so sweet! Daddy's Cafe looks like a very nice and cozy place! I like your new header and profile photo!

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  40. Love the beginnings of a plant spring to life..

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  41. Good examples of how the little things in life can bring us joy.

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  42. Gosh week 50! So nice to see that green shoot I totally agree its a great uplifting thing to behold. Your daughter is very sweet with her baby dolly. The slings a great idea xx

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  43. Wonderful happies. I too was an avid sling user. Both mine were constantly in slings, with little Es less so as I was in bed too much and didn't have the strength to carry her, but she did have a good five months were she was permanently attached. I loved it and really miss it too. Beautiful art work and I love the sweet zebra, she is so talented!! xoxo

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