Deck the Halls – Writing Prompt

Day 53 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Today I’m playing along with a writing prompt – Deck the halls.

Christmas, for the most part, makes me happy. How about you? Do you enjoy decorating for the Holidays?

I typically decorate for the Holidays the day after Christmas and tend to put everything away the day after Christmas. I know. I’ve done this for years.

But not this year. This year things have changed a bit. I’ve moved. It’s a new house and It’s the first time I was traveling over Thanksgiving so decking the halls had to wait a bit. But most importantly, my granddaughter wouldn’t be here until the week before Christmas to decorate the tree with me.

What to do?

The Compromise…2 trees!

I decided to go ahead and decorate the tree downstairs and would wait to decorate the game room tree until she got here. I tucked a few of her “friends”, which I borrowed from her room, beneath the tree just for some cuteness. I am a little behind on gift wrapping. I’ll have to work on that.

I took the opportunity this year to go with pink glam for downstairs since It’s just the girls this year. And we like pink!

But Snowmen and the traditional holiday colors will reign upstairs. I’ve began to get the game room in order but I’ve made sure to keep the majority of the “decking” limited. It’ll have to wait for Miss R’s magical touch to finish the rest of the Christmas decking.

Hope you are having as much fun as I have in decking the halls.

Ho Ho Ho!

April

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When Life Boils Over

Day 47 – #HappyDay Challenge

Some days pots boil over, meetings run long, and a scratchy throat turns into a full blown cold. Hello, Life!

Welcome to my day.

But even with these small daily mishaps I am mining the day’s moments for happiness. Ya know what – they are there.

  1. My daughter called me. And that always makes me happy to hear her voice.
  2. I have ibuprofen on hand and a heating pad to ease the aches.
  3. I confirmed lunch plans with a wonderful girlfriend.
  4. The chili I made turned out pretty good despite the beans boiling over.

There you go. Four happy moments in a somewhat foggy day. And I know if I really spent some more time I could come up with a lot more blessings. But it’s time to be kind to myself and rest.

Sending you lots of happiness!

Love, April

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Joy of Giving

Day 46 – #HappyDay Challenge

How do you feel when you give freely?

Giving from the heart opens me to experience unmeasurable happiness. Have you ever experienced this joy in giving?

I began reading “Tattoos on the Heart” by Gregory Boyle, after hearing him speak on NPR. I admire him, a Jesuit priest, giving all he has to help the young people escape gang violence in L.A. What his book shows is all the good God can do in the face of poverty and days of uncertainty. How God can take the smallest kindness and magnify it into unrecognizable proportions.

Reading this book makes me want to give more. It makes me want to do more. Be more. My prayer today is that God blesses us all and uses our small gifts to help others in magnificent ways that’s only known to Him.

Love, April

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Turn A Light On

Day 43 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Sunday errands complete, I arrived home with a happy find – guest room lamps! I braved HomeGoods this morning for a rolling pin since I haven’t found mine since the move and decided I needed to replace it. Anyway, as I wandered the store I discovered a pair of lamps that will work upstairs.

That being said, it’s time to buckle down and review my budget (which I’ve decimated with travel and the Holidays). All these little extra finds are adding up. Does that ever happen to you? I try not to wait until the new year to revisit my budget. By then I will need a stern talking to and banned from shopping for the foreseeable future. Who am I kidding. I think I’m there right now. It’s time to put my wallet away. Thank goodness my holiday shopping is done.

Cheers!

❤️

Happy Black Friday. Are you shopping?

Day 41 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Today is Black Friday. It’s the day when the holiday shopping madness officially begins. It’s a scary thought. Are you out there shopping? Or, like me, do a little online shopping? It’s a great time for deals even online in the comfort of your home over a cup of coffee.

The guys were up early and out the door. I packed them both bags of baked goods, complete with cinnamon rolls, to share with their early morning teams. I’m hoping the treats keep them motivated throughout the shopping madness.

Today is my last day in Des Moines. I head home tomorrow morning on the 6am flight. 😳 I’ve enjoyed my visit but I can feel it’s time to get back to my real life and give my son and Gregg back their time. I’m sure they are ready, but I’ll miss them.

We took some cute pictures on Thanksgiving in front of the Tree Beau put up. Picture almost perfect memories. LoL. You should have seen us trying to get Mr. Abraham to look at the camera with his ears up. Oh well. A few of my happiness moments.

Cheers!

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Small Blessings

Day 37 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Last night I pulled out a package of croissants from Trader Joe’s to rise over night and then baked them before my son headed out to work. When I was browsing at Trader Joe’s, I chatted with a lady who had 4 boxes in her arms. She raved about them so I figured I’d try them just to see what the fuss was all about.

Run, don’t walk to Trader Joe’s while you can. They are decadent. They bake up light and airy oozing buttery goodness in every delicate layer. The first bite took me back to France. These heavenly croissants that will make even the Parisians fall in love with them.

I’m enjoying my visit here with the guys. Gregg surprised me by bringing home the cake platter I had deliberated over along with a bouquet of flowers. I’m so blessed.

Today’s baking adventure began and ended with a brilliant, festive cranberry quick bread. This decadent loaf is made with cream cheese with a hint of vanilla which softens the tangy cranberries. This will make a perfect Black Friday morning treat for all the hard working staff at Gregg’s work.

By the way, don’t forget to pull your turkey out of the freezer and put in the fridge to defrost if your cooking Thursday.

Happy baking!

Cheers!

❤️

The Start to A Spooktaculious Mexico Halloween Cruise

Day 14 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Hello Galveston!

I’m leaving Houston behind for a week to inject some fun into my very solitary life. But before I get into that can I just say prepping for all this fun is hard work! Car serviced, check. Mani/pedi, check. Hair, check. Dresses, check. Shoes, check. House cleaned; check. Laundry, check. Passport, check. Tickets printed, check. Sheesh….and I’m sure I’m missing something!

Too late now. I’ve checked into the Holiday Inn on the seawall in Galveston. The ocean and sunshine is deceptively beautiful but the gusty wind has a chill autumn zing to remind me it’s the end of October. Brrr

The 90 minute drive took its toll on me a bit. As I lay on the hotel bed relaxing into the softness I can feel the lack of sleep and busy days catch up to me. I’m going to resort to a half of cup of coffee and hope the caffeine will revive me. Dinner and then the pre-cruise party is right around the corner and I need to get ready. 😝

But before I do anything I have to share my happiness moment with you! Miss R is Queen of the Ladybugs! TaaaDaaa! She makes my heart flutter with so much love. I just love this kid!

I’m blessed, and grateful to have such a wonderful grandchild… LoL. I’m not bias at all, right!?! With everything going on she is and will always be my brightest, happiest moments when they come… because soon she will be grown and these minutes will fade far too quickly!

Cheers!

❤️