Happiness Highlights: My Husband, My Kids, My Friend

Every week when I sit down to write this post, I open up my Flickr page to remind myself of what made me happy; I tend to record happiness in the moment through photos. But today I stopped myself just as the new tab was loading and thought “are only the photogenic life events worthy of gratitude?”

Actually, in my brain it probably sounded more like, “um, you might be missing the point.”

So I sat back for a moment and asked myself what I am most immediately thankful for right now.


He isn’t always the first thing to come to mind. Like two people in any relationship, we are in constant motion and sometimes that means we’re going towards each other and other weeks we seem to be moving away. This week was one of coming back to the common middle, of reconnecting and laughing.

This week we slipped out of the house together a couple of times, once to share a waffle smothered in ice cream and another to dig through other people’s junk. This week I watched him excel as a parent, and at the exact moment when I and his son needed him to. This week he decided to drive home through the park at the last minute, “so you can see the leaves changing.”

It didn’t occur to me to capture that bobbing and weaving back together in a photo.

I did, however, manage to snap a shot of him finally finding an available Twitter handle. How freaking adorable is he? Very.

My other happiness highlights this week included another trip to PNC Park, this time with my friend Eileen.

I never get tired of this view.

Eileen shared one of her season tickets with me and introduced me to her section mates and fellow Pirates fans. She let me hug her when McCutchen hit a much-overdue home run to win the game. She also sang along to Lifehouse during the concert after the game, which endeared her to me even more. On the ride home, she listened to me babble about my childhood and my theories on parenting, and she shared some of her own history with me. The more time I spend with Eileen, the more I like her.

Sunday, Jared and Becky went to another baseball game (I think they might be dating) while I took the kids to the Carnegie Museums of Art and National History (more RADical Days freebies.)

My kids are surprisingly fun to take to museums because they are interesting people. They look at things, read signs and form opinions of their own. Devin and I talked about how Monet’s Water Lillies make him feel sad and make me feel dreamy. Emma noted that a lot of people try to paint like Picasso, and that she also uses bright colors and abstract shapes in her own paintings.

At lunch, we giggled over our noodle plates and crab ragoons. Devin swapped plates with me when I realized pork and shrimp wontons sounded better than they tasted. We shared a round of fist bumps after realizing we had two of our $27 left after paying the bill and leaving a tip. I love it when they are both acting like they like each other and me.

“I enjoyed that more than I thought I would,” Devin admitted afterwards, and I instantly tucked that away into my heart to carry me through the next tween outbreak of foot stomping, eye rolling and insistence that he is not being rude.

My happiness this week came from spending time nurturing relationships. Where did you find your moments of joy and peace?

I take the time to highlight what made me happy each week because gratitude is the root of all happiness. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; I wholeheartedly believe it will change your life.

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  1. Hockeymandad says:

    Reading posts like this makes me miss you guys and the family times we shared.

  2. Megan says:

    Peace was a bit ellusive this week, but all will right itself eventually.

    P.S. – I want to move to Pittsburgh. Now.
    Megan’s most recent post: Come Play With Me

  3. Your kids seem adorable! I love that you have adult conversations with them :)
    Amanda @ Click. The Good News’s most recent post: Bumbershoot

  4. Theresa says:

    I like the idea of developing one’s own gratitude practice by highlighting what makes you happy. I am one of those people who get so caught up in the process of the day that I miss the moments that made it special. Thanks. :)
    Theresa’s most recent post: Monday Mommy Memories – Explosions!

  5. Kent says:

    I LOVE that you call your kids interesting people. That’s about the biggest compliment you can give.
    Kent’s most recent post: Freedom to Redefine

  6. Oddly enough, I found happiness this week in recognizing that I haven’t been very happy lately. Allowing me to actually do something about it. Looking forward to happiness returning over the next few weeks!
    Carrie Monroe O’Keefe’s most recent post: Fool. Me. Twice. Shame. On. Me.

  7. Lisa says:

    I realized last weekend that I am happy. I know that sounds weird to the outsider, but you know my story and can appreciate what a revelation it was. I am happy. Despite everything, there are some really great things in my life. I’ve learned to let go of a lot of things that I couldn’t control anyway, and in the letting go I am free. And happy. It’s awesome.
    Lisa’s most recent post: Adventures in Cake

  8. Becca says:

    My happiness highlights this week were

    1. I was approved for long term disability, this is an awesome thing and helps me feel like I am contributing again.

    2. I got to have a girls day, and spend the night with some of my best friends.

    3. I got to buy groceries at Sams club, don’t judge, I know weird things make me happy. :)

    4. I got to spend the evening with my Lady in candle light and romance. So very happy!! :)

  9. Becca says:

    My happiness highlights this week were

    1. I was approved for long term disability, this is an awesome thing and helps me feel like I am contributing again.

    2. I got to have a girls day, and spend the night with some of my best friends.

    3. I got to buy groceries at Sams club, don’t judge, I know weird things make me happy. :)

    4. I got to spend the evening with my Lady in candle light and romance. So very happy!! :)

  10. the muskrat says:

    I like that your posts remind me to think about what made me happy from the preceding week. This week, seeing my boy dance around by himself to a band at his school carnival made me happy on Friday, and going to Tuscaloosa for college football on Saturday made me extraordinarily happy.
    the muskrat’s most recent post: dancing

  11. Working on my book with my wife. We finished the edits, launched the ebook and will have the trade paperback out very soon
    Corey Feldman’s most recent post: Egret the Elephant – Ebook available on amazon now!

  12. i really enjoy watching you settle in to city living and it made me happy when i asked you to join me on a quick country escape to have you reply, “BUT WHY WOULD I EVER WANT TO LEAVE THE CITY?!” totally cracked me up and made my heart beat a little faster for a second. you all know i love pittsburgh and all that it offers so watching your family get comfy here is thrilling.

    and yes, i had a blast on sunday dating your husband, but i don’t think it is dating if we are kinda the same person. i’ve always assumed i was related to your momma, but the more i think about it, the more i think i am related to your husband.

    my week had major happy, and because of that it might sound silly to say that one of the highlights was playing with hair dye at your place. fun to pretend i am a girl. oh wait…i actually *am* a girl!
    hello haha narf’s most recent post: Adventure in Tahn

  13. You’d think putting my little boy to bed is such a daily routine ordinary thing, but then just the other night, when I tucked him in, smoothed his hair, and looked at him sleeping soundly and peacefully, I felt that all was right with the world.
    Andrea | ECSimplified’s most recent post: How to Make an EC Potty Cozy in 10 Minutes (from an Old T-shirt) – Step by Step

  14. Love baseball!

    My happiness is the granddaughter being introduced into this world on Monday! She is here!
    Jill of All Trades’s most recent post: Foggy Days

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