Showing posts with label Happy Monday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Monday. Show all posts

November 17, 2013

Visiting Utah and Nevada's State Parks!

It's Monday! I hope yours is happy :) As I get ready to go to work this Monday, I started thinking about my last vacation...about how I didn't get to go the National Parks that we had planned to visit. Instead we visited some amazing state parks in Utah and Nevada. I love my job as  National Park ranger, and so was disappointed that we didn't get to go. However, I was completely surprised at how amazing the State Parks were!




While we missed out on Arches and Canyonlands, we got to see Goblin Valley State Park, Snow Valley State Park and Dead Horse State Park and Valley of Fire State Park. We rappelled, hiked, explored canyons and more. I had an amazing time. I will have to go back to see Arches and Canyonlands one day, however, we really enjoyed our trip even without visiting them!





What are you happy about? Anything you were disappointed in actually turn out better than expected? I can't wait to read some happy posts and comments :) Have a wonderful week!

So Welcome to the Happy Monday link-up. Link-up a post that made you happy this week, if you don't blog, feel free to write what made you happy in the comments. I'd love it if you'd link back to this blog and comment on some others. Feel free to take the button too!

March 31, 2013

(A) Bit of Fun - Happy Monday!

This Happy Monday falls on April Fool's Day! I hate surprises - so generally I really, really dislike April Fool's day :) So I've decided to try and celebrate humor instead of dreading it this year!

I'm also posting this a day early in order to say - woohoo, Go Duke! So, in honor of the Duke-Louisville game today...(Yes, I am a Duke Fan. Yes, I went to Duke for Grad school. Yes, I love Duke Basketball - don't hate me!)...my little Duke fan having some Cardinal for dinner :P

My husband is much funnier than I am - so the credit for this bit of humor goes all to him! 

Now it wasn't easy shooting the masterpiece - and A wasn't necessarily "happy" being the star of the photo shoot! Some of the most humorous photos were the out-takes :) Definitely not being nice to the poor cardinal....

Share something funny this week! Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out the other posts. If you like some blogs, please take the time to follow them. Thanks for stopping by Happy Monday!


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March 24, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy Spring

I love spring.
I love the slight breeze, and the smell of blooming flowers.
I love the colors on the landscape, the sunny days and smell of barbeque.
I love blue skies and time for gardening.
I love the spirit of renewal and starting a new season with a fresh slate.
I love growing plants and little seedlings.
I love blooming lavender and even hockey playoffs :)
I love watching my son enough being outdoors - and learning how to weed the garden!


This year spring is even more of a season of new beginnings. The little guy started half day pre-school. Mommy was a nervous wreck. A loves it. Every morning he is chomping at the bit to get dressed and  go to "school!" He grabs his "backpack" and is ready to go! Before I'm even ready he's out the door begging to get in the car. I had to bribe him to take this picture - he was mad at me for not opening the door fast enough! It makes me so happy that he loves school and is so adaptable! (Everyone at school loves his hats, of course!)


Life keeps changing, every season brings new excitement when you have a toddler :) What's your favorite part of spring? Any big changes in your life? I hope you enjoy the Spring! I'd love to hear what makes you happy this spring - Grab the button, link up (or just comment if you don't blog) and check out the other posts. Please take the time to follow the other blogs and comment on them! Thanks for stopping by for week 11 of Happy Monday! Don't forget to stop by next Monday and celebrate some humor that makes you happy (appropriate for April Fool's day?)

March 17, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of my favorite holidays, being a good Irish girl.

I hope everyone had some fun :) It always makes me think of my family, corned beef and cabbage, four leaf clovers, leprechauns and the color green.

My parents got the little guy a "Mr. Lucky" t-shirt and made a clover "hat" with him. We went for a very green hike - for SoCal anyway! A was a wee bit afraid of the lizards, but enjoyed himself anyway. We enjoyed the great outdoors - did some gardening, ate some pizza and enjoyed each other's company. What could be better - it made me so happy!


In case you were wondering, I always dress the little guy in green for St. Patrick's day. Here is his first St. Patrick's day! So much has changed...


Oh, and I, of course, wore my Family Reunion t-shirt from 1990. I was totally embarrassed to wear it back then...but now, I'm happy I kept it for 23 years (eek!). Hopefully I'll never wear it out. What family traditions do you have? Am I crazy to love St. Patrick's day so much? Hope you had a wonderful one!



Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out the other posts. If you like some blogs, please take the time to follow them. Thanks for stopping by for week 10 of Happy Monday!


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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about Spring - a season that always makes me happy :) 

March 10, 2013

Happy Monday - Something Small

Last week, as I was reading through all the amazing posts that everyone linked up, I was sitting there on my couch smiling. I saw a beautiful photo of a brand new baby girl, families playing scrabble and gardening together, brothers enjoying playing outdoors, smiling baby twin cousins. I read about grand plans for living a healthier life, finding time to spend time with your spouse, and even toilet seat covers. 

The something small that makes me happy? These Happy Monday Posts. It may not be big, but it really lifts my spirits every week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It is reminds me that there are so many other amazing people out there and how lucky I am to see a small part of your lives!

I love the small moments in life - the smiles, the kisses, the hugs, the time to play. Please continue to share your moments - it always make the week better :)

What's something small that makes you happy? 

Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. If you like some blogs, please take the time to follow them. 

Thanks for stopping by for week 8 of Happy Monday!


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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about St. Patrick's Day ~ as a good Irish girl, that day always makes me happy!

March 3, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy Family

Cousins make me happy!

Though we may live very far away, I am so grateful that A has two cousins in his life. I have eleven and love every one of them. Some of my best summer vacation memories are of blissfully enjoying life with one cousin or another. Over the past year, we've been lucky enough to see A's cousins three times - which is quite a feat considering they live across the country.



It makes me happy that A will grow up knowing his cousins! His younger cousin definitely made an impression on him - he is always saying her name :) They are just a few months apart. I hope his older cousin can give him some pointers when he gets older! Though I wish we lived closer, I am happy that we're able to see them as often as we do. I am also happy to have my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in my life! I married into a great family!

Not sure if he'll have more cousins one day - regardless - he is so lucky to have the cousin's that he has! You guys are awesome :)

Anyone in particular in your family that makes you happy? Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. If you like some blogs, take the time to follow them. Thanks for stopping by for week 7 of Happy Monday!


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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about something small that makes me happy!

February 24, 2013

Happy Monday - A Happy Home!

It's Monday again - and I need some happiness. It's been a tough week. A really bad cold hit the house - sick toddler and sick mom are a bad combination. It just keeps lingering! Since I've been stuck in the house, I've been trying to think of ways to make my home a happier place. Other than having magical cleaning fairies visit :)

Normally, an easy way to brighten up the house is fresh cut flowers, either from the yard or store bought. I love fragrant flowers to brighten my mood. Even just opening the windows and smelling the fresh air instantly makes me feel better.

Baking! Though I don't have energy for it this week. The smell of fresh baked bread or molten chocolate always makes the house feel happy. Some mellow music ~ or dance music ~ instantly makes me smile! Some good Latin music always makes me want to move. On a cold night, there isn't anything better than the fireplace, I love having a fireplace.


Of course, longer term, adding some color to my home has made me so happy - even as simple as painting an accent wall, changing the bedding or new artwork. We If you want to see more of my home - check out the home tour :)

The most important way to make my home happy - of course - is the making sure the people in it are happy! Who could be sad when they get to come home to smiles like these!


How do you make your home a happier place? I'd love more ideas! Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 6 of Happy Monday!


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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about a how my family makes me happy!

February 17, 2013

Happy Monday - What I Love to Do!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone found something to make them happy this week...I can't wait to hear about it :)

What makes me really happy? Having time to read! Now that my little guy is a little older, I can find time to read again. I've read three books in the last week. That is happiness :) Once it gets a little warmer I dream of sitting out in my yard, with the beautiful hanging strands of light, on my swinging chair with a hot chocolate just enjoying a good book. My home is pretty much overrun with books - so now that I have some time, I have no shortage of books to read!
reading

I have always - well, as long as I can remember - been an avid reader. I love books. I love good sentences, beautiful words, great characters. I love escaping into another world - I even love not so great books that let me escape for a little bit :) I love learning. I have my dad to thank for my love of books - I only hope I pass it on to my son.



I go through phases...Chick Lit, Russian Classics, Parenting Books, Sci-Fi, Documentaries...but I'm pretty much a fan of any genre. My all time favorite? Probably a tie between Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden. Right now I'm sort of in a Teen Dystopian and Parenting Book Phase - but I think I need some new inspiration.

What about you? What books make you happy? I'd love some suggestions!

What made you happy this week? Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 5 of Happy Monday!


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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about a how I try and make my house a happy place!

February 10, 2013

Happy Monday - Here's to your Health!

Happy Monday! I am so glad that you're here :)

I wanted to change things up a little today. I am still going to suggest a topic each week - in case there are some that need a little inspiration. But really, this is a time to collect happy stories. So feel free to link-up any post from this week that makes you happy - or share a comment about what makes you happy!

This week...exercising with my family makes me happy! It's proven that exercise makes you happy...but even better...I love running with my husband and son! This week we ran from our house to a hiking trail nearby. Once we were at top, the little guy wanted to get out and run just like daddy. I love that he is learning to love exercising too. He literally ran all the way down the hill with a huge grin on his face. He loves hiking with us too :)
Family exercise


I want that kind of happy when I am exercising! I have a lot to learn from my son.

I hope he learns to love family time and how much fun exercise can be. I hope I can set a good, healthy example!

What made you happy this week? Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 4 of Happy Monday!


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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about a hobby that makes me happy!


February 3, 2013

My Happy Place

The "place" that makes me happiest, isn't really located in one particular location. In reality, I am happiest where the ocean meets the land. I love the beach.

Galapagos, Baja, Maui, Fire Island

It doesn't really matter where, what state, country, continent - as long as I can dig my toes into the sand, smell the salty air, hear the crashing of the waves. Something inside of me just lets go. I can breathe deeper, sleep longer, smile easier.

I'm lucky to live only 45 minutes from the ocean - but really, it's no quite close enough. One day I want to be able to live somewhere where I can hear the ocean as a lullaby and walk the beach every night to recharge. One day!

Maybe growing up in the desert made my love for the beach stronger, who knows. I hope my little guy loves the beach as much as I do...I'm spending my day dreaming of the beach. Hope you have a Happy Monday too!

What place or place makes you feel at home, content, just plain happy? Link up any relevant post about places, vacations, your favorite nook - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 3 of Happy Monday!


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January 27, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy Food!

Food that makes me happy? Truth? Donuts!!!

Donuts make me happy...but so does cheese, french toast, fresh strawberries (still warm from the sun!), french fries, a crisp green apple, bacon, peanut butter and chocolate milkshakes, kefir, dried apricots and pretty much any fresh fruit.


Now I realize that I cannot grow bacon or french toast in my garden :-(  but I can grow some very yummy, very healthy, fruits and veggies. So that's my plan to add some happiness to my life through food! I have already planted strawberries, carrots, blackberries, mint and some green onions. When it gets a little warmer I am planning on adding some lettuce, tomatoes and herbs to the mix. Any additional suggestions would be much appreciated!


Not only will I get to have happy food on my table, but my son loves to garden with me (maybe he just like playing in the dirt?). That is a wonderful, happy side benefit that I look forward to!

So what food makes you happy? Link up any relevant post about food, recipes, restaurants - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. Thanks for stopping by for week 2 of Happy Monday!


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January 20, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy People

Welcome to Week 1 of Happy Monday! It's a weekly conversation about things that make us happy. I need some more happiness in my life and I'm hoping by sharing good stories, we'll all benefit!

This week the topic is people that make you happy. For me, there is nothing better than a good laugh, big hug or smile to brighten your day. I've already extolled the amazingness of my husband, son, mom and dad, even my Moose. My family is amazing and I love them.

Today, I want to talk about someone that is not a family member, but feels like a part of the family. We have been extremely, amazingly, overwhelming lucky to find a full-time babysitter for our son who loves him as if she were family. As a working mom, the absolute hardest thing I do every day is leave my son in the morning. It is made so much easier by knowing that A is in such good hands. She loves him and he loves her. It makes me happy to know that he is in incredibly capable hands all day long.



I also love that he is learning Spanish from her. It is the cutest thing when he tells me he wants to go to the "parque" or that he wants "mas" of whatever he's eating :) Definitely makes me happy!

So who makes you happy? Link up any relevant post about someone that makes you happy (or just comment if you don't blog!). Grab the button, link up and add some happiness to your Monday!

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Next week's topic is Happy Food - anything related to food that makes you happy! For more upcoming topics, check out the side bar. I'm so happy you're here :)

January 18, 2013

Happy Monday ~ Link-up!

I've decided to start something good :) Well, I really hope it is anyway!

Starting on Monday I'm going to try out a weekly conversation - a way to start the week on a happy note. I want a place to share happy stories, I can't wait to read what makes you happy. I've been reading a lot about happiness - and part about being happy is actively seeking happy. So here I go! Please come back first thing Monday morning and join me!

Next week the topic will be people that make you happy. Link up any relevant post - or just comment if you don't have a blog - about someone that makes you happy. Grab the button, link up and add some happiness to your Monday!

Crazy Casa K

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