This Week’s “Happy”

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday list. This week is bringing all sorts of fun things, so I thought I’d blog my top ten things that make me happy this week:

10. My birthday is tomorrow. Birthdays aren’t as cool as they once were, but it’s fun to feel super special for a day. Incidentally, I have 2 close friends who share my birthday. One of which shares not just my birthday, but my middle name (we were born the same year too). So Happy Birthday to Marybill Andrews and Kim McPherson Holland tomorrow too! Happy….

9. Spring has sprung in St. Louis! Everything is turning green, yellow, pink, purple and white. The birds are chirpy-cute, the sun is coming up earlier and staying up longer, the pollen is assaulting my sinuses…It’s gorgeous! My fingers are absolutely itching to do some yard work. Now, I don’t want to do your yardwork people. I want to do my own. My very own! BWA HA HA HA HA HA! (That’s my evil laugh.) My head is full of happy thoughts about my new yard. I went and took a closer look at what’s going on in the front yard. It looks like I have some azaleas, some hostas, and some sort of bushes. We’ll have to see if they get to stay. I’m thinking the bushes at least need to go. And the azaleas will probably need to be moved. Happy…

8. Due to #10, I get to go shopping tomorrow. I’m sure it is a little bit of a cop out in terms of birthday gifts. But, it’s still shopping. I can’t complain about that. My wardrobe has been Pacific Northwesternized and that doesn’t quite jive with a Midwest Summer that is fast approaching. I mean, I own 2 pairs of shorts. 2. So I believe Old Navy will be happy tomorrow too. But that still makes me happy. Happy…

7. It has been so fun to be back together with family. This may be the ramblings of a 30-something chick, but I appreciate having family around and close much more so then I did in years past. It is special to be apart of each other’s lives. Sharing in the joys and the sorrows of the people you love makes life rich and full of love. Celebrations are much less celebratory when there aren’t other people to share it with. But together, together we all make things more fun. Happy…

6. Hobby Lobby, Target and Homegoods…they are such happy places! I’ve been finding a bunch of fun and pretty things for the house. Just today I picked up a beautiful green and off-white paisley table cloth for my dining room (which is going to be green and white) at a consignment shop I’ve been meaning to check out here in St. Charles.  Just being able to dream about decorating and painting has been so much fun. I have blocked all that stuff out of my head for 4 years! Now I think about it so much that I’m telling myself I need to pull back and not to try to do everything all at once. Happy…

5. I haven’t put Cooper in any sports for various reasons up until now. He took swimming lessons for one session and he did a kiddie-gymnastics class when we first moved to WA. So I guess he has been to a few things. But I haven’t been consistent. I feel like a complete weirdo in comparison to all my friends because their children have been in some sort of sport for multiple years already. Now that we have an address (or will shortly) and we know a little more about where we will be, I decided to check out some area sports leagues for the big man. I found an introductory t-ball course through the St. Charles Parks and Rec website and I’m going to sign him up! The course isn’t a league, it’s really just teaching the kids the basic in’s and out’s of t-ball. It is required before the kids can move up to being on a team and playing games. Cooper would hate being thrown into something without knowing what to do, so I think this will be perfect for him. It doesn’t start until May, but I can’t wait! He’s going to look so stinkin’ cute…Happy.

4. This week, we go to Home Depot to purchase all our supplies for painting the house. I think I have my paint colors all nailed down. I’m wavering on just two rooms; the hall bath and the basement. I keep telling myself that if the colors don’t come out like I envision them in my head, I can always repaint. But, whew, who wants to repaint? I might have to get little samples so that I don’t paint the whole room and decide I hate it. I’m most excited about the color my bedroom will be…mmmmmmm happy…

3. We have a basketball hoop in our driveway at the new house. I love that. Maybe it’s the “Father of the Bride” movie scenes flashing through my head of a dad and child playing basketball. Of course, I change Steve Martin for Jeremy and Brad Paisley’s wife for Cooper and Chase. But, I just hope that thing gets used. All we need is a basketball…or three. Happy!

2. My kids are finally settling in. I hope that the move won’t mess things up too much. In fact, I’m praying that seeing all of our “stuff” in our new house will help the boys settle in even further. I hope it communicates to them that “this is it”. I’ve noticed the move has been hard on the boys. Cooper has been sad and Chase has been a bear. (Not that he isn’t a bear anyway.) I want them to feel safe and secure. I want them to be confident in God and in us as their parents. I want them to know everything is going to be ok. I believe it in my heart. I believe God has a plan and a purpose for us and I’m so excited to discover it together. Happy…

1. Friday, we close on the house. We take the plunge. We commit to 30 years of financial output. I’ve thought a lot about what this means for us. It means neighbors, relationships with people you could live next to for an undetermined number of years! It means endless projects. Happily for us, most of the things that need done are on the outside of the house. The inside just needs a little paint and some cleaning. But this house is going to be our kids’ boyhood home! It’s going to be the only place Chase will remember. I can’t wait to just fill that place with memories. I’m cherishing this opportunity so much. What a gift! It really is the best birthday present. Thanks honey!

Top 10 Tuesday: Things I Love About Christmas

10. I love the spontaneity that people possess all month long. Time becomes a precious commodity once December hits and we all try to cram in as much as possible. Some pretty awesome memories get made when you can just say, “sure, why not?” and go do something like make Gingerbread Houses or go Christmas caroling or drive through to look at millions of Christmas lights by the car full.

9. Decorations on EVERYTHING. Cups, tables, ceilings, stair banisters, mirrors, bathrooms, towels, napkins, plates, doors, houses, sidewalks, light posts, windows and even boats. You name it, it’s got a decoration on it. I love that!

8. Making treats and giving them away. It’s fun to make them. It’s fun to decorate them. It’s fun to eat them. But it’s even more fun to give them away and get them out of my house. All the fun, less of the calories.

7. Starbucks limited edition flavors. ‘Nuf said.

6. You’re SUPPOSED to go shopping. It’s expected. Often.

5. Parties. I love a good Christmas party. Ugly sweaters, ridiculous white elephant gift exchanges (and the opportunity to re-gift it for the next party you’ve been invited to), goofy games and yummy treats. I love seeing kids hyped up on sugar running through a house laughing hysterically while all the parents either ignore them or say something like “Be CAREFUL!” or “SLOW DOWN!”.

4.  Christmas songs, carols, hymns and music and the random times and places people will sing them. Oh what joy I’ve had teaching Cooper the words and hearing him mess them up. There’s nothing cuter! The songs always remind me of how powerful worship is to focus our hearts on Christ and on the tremendous gift the Father sent us despite our deep depravity.

3. Wrapping presents. I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but I would LOVE to work at Macy’s or Nordy’s or some place that provides fancy gift wrap services at Christmas time. I love to wrap presents. I love to make the box look as beautiful as possible. It’s so fun!

2. Mistletoe!

1. Talking to my kids about the miracle of Christ’s birth.  Chase does not get it at all. He can’t even say “Jesus” yet. (Though he does say Amen with gusto…which sounds like “MAYMEN!”) But Cooper, he gets it. I love all his questions and I love talking with him about what the answers might be, what they are and how to discover them ourselves without just guessing. I love hearing him repeat the things he learns to others. I love the awe and the wonder that Christmas holds for him. It is contagious and it reminds me of all that is pure and holy.

What do you love about Christmas?