Blue Jeans & A Good Hair Day

Some days, that's all it takes. Those little things every day that makes us smile, or sometimes, just make the day a little more bearable. The mornings where I begrudgingly drag myself out of bed, and tiptoe across the icy cold bathroom floor after a quick shower, only to take a sigh of relief when I remember it's Friday. I throw on my favorite pair of jeans and instantly feel ready to face the day. Or the simple fact that some days, a good hair day is all it takes to make you feel like a million bucks. It's the simple pleasures and everyday comforts of this life that are perhaps most important, yet often the most neglected. 

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project, I know there is pleasure to be found in writing what makes one happy - even if it's just one sentence (or photo) a day. Thus, starts a Friday ritual of mine - to document the good in every day, through words and pictures.

"5 years. 365 days. 1825 happy moments captured."

Saturday: watching Cruz play at our friends' little boy's birthday party.  It was a perfect excuse to soak up the out-of-season warmth and reunite with friends, hold their babies, and get Cruz acquainted with some new friends.  He was so good, so caught up in trying out all the new toys around him, that I sometimes forgot he was there!  It amazes me how adaptive kids are - Cruz had no idea who all the people were, yet, he took food from them, let them snuggle with him, and held his own with the 'big' kids.  And, he's proving to be a summer boy - he ate an entire grilled brat, sans bun!

Sunday: delving into a pan of homemade lasagna!  The perfect meal to end our week at home and much to my surprise, Cruz ate an entire helping.  He's a big fan.  

Monday: fresh wild flowers from a friend brought the beauty of Spring Break right into the beginning of my work week. 

Tuesday: Asian Glazed Pork Tenderloin on the Big Green Egg.  A Thai chili sauce with honey and peanut butter, paired with steamed veggies and mashed potatoes.  Recipe coming soon...

Wednesday: a really great discussion on a really great piece of literature with a really great group of 10th graders.

Thursday:  snuggling and dancing with Cruz and Beau in the living room to 'Freshman' by the Verve Pipe (an oldie, but goodie, rekindled by Pandora during dinner).  Blowing bubbles in a mug of soapy water and teaching Cruz the 'Motorboat' song simply because I was convinced his giggle was enough to get me through the week ahead.