Here are some things that have been making me S.M.I.L.E. lately:
** Getting family pictures taken by the amazing and talented photojournalist Jenn Ireland. This is just a sliver of a peek of our fun outside photo shoot.
Isn’t that such a happy and carefree shot of Ari? His smile definitely makes me smile … as do all the cute smiles in the picture above! So does the fact that Ari’s doctor is no longer concerned about his weight gain. We had his weight check last week and although he is slowing down, he is back on track.
** Unexpectedly discovering that the previous owners of our home planted yellow roses which are now blooming. Yellow is my happy color, my favorite color. Yellow just radiates sunshine and smiles for me.
** Our friends loaning us their extra lawn mower. Not only does their kindness and generosity make me smile, but so does the smell of freshly cut grass … even though my allergies might not always agree.
** Adding more tools to my parenting toolbox while reading a book my dear friend recently suggested to me – “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. [Side note - I adore the name Adele!]
I’ll have to do a separate post on all that I am learning from this book … and another book that kind of goes along with it, “Siblings Without Rivalry.” Perhaps I will now be able to more readily survive and even enjoy this summer with many smiles on my face .
What has been making you smile lately?