Finding happiness

Because I’m happy – December 2015 and January 2016

A cute baby girl smiling, lying on a pink coat sheet and wearing a floral sleep suit with the title "Because I'm happy - December 2015 and January 2016"_Mrs H's favourite things

Last week was tough. Little Miss H had a very nasty sickness bug, which she eventually shared with me. It wasn’t pleasant. But we are now on the road to recovery.

And this afternoon has been hard. My emotions are all over the place at the moment and I often feel very tearful. To cheer myself up I think it is about time to write a new Because I’m happy post.

I always love these blog posts. They never fail to put a smile on my face and I am always amazed and delighted by the number of happy moments in my life.

A cute baby girl smiling, lying on a pink coat sheet and wearing a floral sleep suit with the title "Because I'm happy - December 2015 and January 2016"_Mrs H's favourite things

Because I’m happy – December 2015

December and Christmas seem a long time ago now. We had a lovely (if sometimes stressful) month. We spent lots of time as a family going on days out. And we spent a wonderful Christmas day at my parent’s house. It was so fabulous to see Little Miss H play with all her cousins. They do adore each other.

I have produced a little video of some of our happy moments from December 2015. Please do have a look and let me know what you think. Also, the music in the video is an absolutely beautiful song called Every Star. It is written and performed by my gorgeous Mr H. With backing vocals provided by yours truly!

Because I’m happy – January 2016

  • Sharing a number of lunch dates with my gorgeous little girl.
  • Watching from the window as the snow falls.
  • Discovering Gossip Girl on Netflix. I can’t believe I managed without it in my life for so long.
  • Putting days aside every month throughout 2016 to go on family outings with my two favourite people.
  • Buying fresh flowers and bringing a little sunshine into the house. I love daffodils. They never fail to cheer the dullest of days.

A beautiful bunch of bright yellow daffodils sit in a polka dot vase on a book shelf_Because I'm happy_December 2015 and January 2016_Mrs H's favourite things

  • Saying goodbye to 2015 and looking forward to 2016.
  • Rediscovering the habit of spending an hour with my diary and notebooks on Sunday evening. I write to-do-lists for the week ahead, plan our meals, check our schedule and (for a while at least) I feel a little more organised.
  • Drinking cups of hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows with Little Miss H.
  • Going for Sunday brunch with Mr H and Little Miss H. We went to The Velo House and I had the yummiest cooked breakfast.
  • Feeling myself again after 12 weeks of feeling frumpy and tired. Of course, a bright lipstick always helps.

A woman with long brown hair and glasses smiles cheekily into the camera, she is wearing bright lipstick_Because I'm happy_December 2015 and January 2016_Mrs H's favourite things

  • Watching Little Miss H and her daddy having jamming sessions on their guitars. Little Miss H’s Auntie B gave her an Early Learning Centre Rockstar Guitar for Christmas and she loves it. She is definitely a rockstar in the making and her daddy is so proud.
  • Receiving my bird table from my parents. It was made for me by my Grampy when I was a child and I can’t wait to put it up in our garden.
  • Listening to the wind and rain howl outside whilst knowing that we are all warm and safe indoors. Sometimes it is these small moments that make me realise how lucky we are and that we are so fortunate to have a roof over our heads.
  • Sitting down and reading a good book. I have begun both Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I haven’t got that far with either of them. But I am just happy that I have been able to sit down and read anything.
  • Enjoying a fabulous day out with friends at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. Little Miss H and her twin besties had a great time discovering the ten different play parks.

A photograph from above of a little girl with brown curly hair wearing a navy coat and a pink and white stripey fleece walks across a sand pit at a play park_Because I'm happy_December 2015 and January 2016_Mrs H's favourite things

  • Seeing Little Miss H finally get to grips with the pink Mini Micro Scooter that we bought her for Christmas.
  • Announcing that I am pregnant with our second rainbow baby who is due in July.
  • Going shopping with Little Miss H and letting her pick her own outfit from GAP for me to buy. It wasn’t a complete disaster and there wasn’t a My Little Pony in sight (Little Miss H is the proud owner of My Little Pony tights and a My Little Pony onesie. The girl is obsessed).
  • Baking lots of yummy goodies and making a mess in the kitchen. My mum’s recipe for chocolate fork biscuits are still a firm favourite.
  • Spending my days going on adventures with this gorgeous girl. Sometimes I look at Little Miss H and her beauty takes my breathe away. I could spend hours staring at her perfect little face. Of course, I realise that I am biased.

A beautiful little girl with brown curly hair stands in a sun spot in a lush wood_Because I'm happy_December 2015 and January 2016_Mrs H's favourite things
What did you get up to in January? I would love to hear what made you happy last month.

Hugs

Lucy

xxxx

A cute baby girl smiling, lying on a pink coat sheet and wearing a floral sleep suit with the title "Because I'm happy - December 2015 and January 2016"_Mrs H's favourite things

19 Comments

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    Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures
    February 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

    You know I really must think about doing this. It really is a lovely thing to remember all the things you have done in a month that make you happy. It can be too easy to forget all the lovely things and focus on the not so lovely ones can’t it. Lovely to read about all these things.

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      Mrs H
      February 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      You really should write a post like this. I would love to read it. These are definitely my favourite posts to write. It is lovely to remember all the little happy moments. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Viki
    February 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I love posts like this, they really make you appreciate the smaller things, and you are right with saying that December and Christmas are a distant memory (it’s gone so fast) Little miss H is beautiful.

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    February 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Sorry to hear you and little miss haven’t been well lovely. Pleased you are now in recovery mode. Oh wow, what a gorgeous video too, you are the cutest family. What a lovely, warming and postive post sweetie – I adore it. xxx

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    Gemma @ A Gem's Life
    February 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Awww you’ve had soooo many lovely and happy things to make you smile 🙂 Concentrating on the good times really help you forget the rubbish ones. Daffodils are a MUST, instant sunshine 🙂

    Gemma xx

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    Mums Little Loves
    February 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Congrats on the baby news. I also had a little rainbow baby and it makes you realise just how precious they are and that they really are the greatest gift 🙂 xx

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    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    February 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    This is so lovely Lucy, so full of happiness I can see why it cheers you up to write them. Little Miss H is looking so grown up now, and she really is beautiful. Love your little video, I think all those snippets are so nice to look back on and appreciate everything you have done. I am so glad you have found Gossip Girl and Chuck Bass, I’m nearly at the end of watching them for the second time and I just love it. The perfect guilty pleasure 🙂 xx

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      Mrs H
      February 9, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, gorgeous Hayley. You are so kind. I am glad you liked the video. I always get nervous when I produce them. And I love Gossip Girl and Chuck Bass. I am just struggling to get sleep because I want to watch five episodes every night. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    February 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Aaah lovely — this is SUCH a great post!! When skies are grey and you’re not feeling 100%, writing down all the good things is SUCH a positive thing to do. Just fabulous 🙂
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    The London Mum
    February 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Your voice is amazing! I really need to get our little boys christmas micro scooter outdoors now the weather is nice. x

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    Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn
    February 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Ah, it’s so lovely to remember all the things we have to be thankful for. Sorry to hear you have all been poorly. Congrats on your pregnancy. Oh, and Gossip Girl is amazing! I actually watched this from when it first started on TV and was so sad when it finished. XOXO as GG would say! x

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    Everything mummy
    February 9, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Wow busy month for you guys! I am glad to hear you’re all recovering from your sickness bug never nice are they. Love the video your husband has a lovely voice xx

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    Nikki Fraser
    February 9, 2016 at 10:56 am

    What a great idea to help cheer yourself up by thinking about all the positives in your life. Great post.

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    Alice
    February 9, 2016 at 10:05 am

    It’s such a great thing to do to write down all the things that make you happy as like yours the list is much longer than I imagined!! I’m so tempted to re start gossip girl as I loved it so much the first time. Fresh flowers in the house are a must always cheers me up! Xx

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      Mrs H
      February 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I love writing these posts, they are so good for me. Remembering all the happy moments makes me smile. And oh my gosh, I am addicted to Gossip Girl. It is amazing. And those boys… swoon. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Sarah Cantwell
    February 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

    It looks like you had a fab January. It’s such a good idea to write these kinds of posts we all need reminding of the reasons we have to be happy x

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      Mrs H
      February 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for your comment Sarah. These are now my favourite posts to write. They really make me happy and take notice of the ordinary moments in life. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Amanda
    February 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    What a beautiful song 🙂 It is so lovely that you record all of your happy moments. Seriously though….. how have you not discovered Gossip Girl until now?? I loved the first few seasons, but do hope our kids aren’t like that as teens hah :0 Also, little miss H is gorgeous – and i’m not biased haha xxx

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      Mrs H
      February 9, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Awwww, you are so kind. Thank you for your lovely comment. Little Miss H is a cutie. Cheeky but cute. And I have no idea how I have not discovered Gossip Girl until now. I must have been living under a rock. It is amazing. I am addicted. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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