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A Notebook of Happy// Vol 2

I used to say that I write in the crannies of the day and now that’s more true then ever before. I don’t write during quiet time anymore, I grab a nap or read while holding a baby. Nor do I write after the girls are in bed, I watch an episode of something (right now Gilmore Girls has my full attention) while I feed Kieran and then go to bed at a very early hour.

A notebook of happy || this vintage moment

But lists of the things that make me happy? I can always write those. And especially in this season of more intensive mothering (all three children were up several times last night, pass the coffee) I need to write down the happy. Because there is so much of it, right along with the overwhelm.

  1. Conversations with my girls are so fun right now, they have many, many questions and observations about the world around them. They help me remember to make it fun like using jelly beans as math manipulatives on days when I would rather hire a math tutor.
  2. A good book. I’ve been reading some really enjoyable reads lately, nothing too deep or fluffy or emotional. I love having a few good books on the go!A notebook of happy || this vintage moment
  3. Bird-watching. I realize that mentioning my early bedtime and now bird-watching takes me into a whole other category but I’m okay with that. We’ve set up a couple feeders in our front yard tree and I take such delight in seeing the many chickadees gleefully perch on the suet. I’m hopeful for a nest to be built among the branches, the epitome of spring.
  4. Time out with friends- baby showers, phone conversations, coffee dates and playdates where the children play long enough for good conversation to happen- these are filling my cup right now. The last month of pregnancy and first couple months of newborn life I tended to hibernate but now that the fog is clearing, I am enjoying and needing these times.A notebook of happy || this vintage moment
  5. Using Pinterest and my library system to work for me and give me inspiration to make learning fun for my girls. This month we focused on Ireland and Saint Patrick, our library bin was full of all sorts of great books and my girls can’t wait to visit Ireland to hunt for leprechauns. Homeschooling with a newborn (after moving 6 months ago) is a post for another day but being intentional about having good books for those days when we do a lot of read aloud and art is making me happy.A notebook of happy || this vintage moment
  6. Seeing friends dream big and then getting to be an observer as they take big leaps to move their families into places they’ve dreamed of gets me so excited every single time. Even when they move away from us, there’s just something so beautiful about big dreams, pursuing them and seeing the reality of them lived out.


That’s my list on this grey March day, tell me what big and small things are on your list of happy?


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  • Rachelle March 24, 2016, 3:27 pm

    A lot of them sound like yours… Deep conversations with my older boys, delighting in the questions of my middle boy, reading aloud, reading to myself tons right now, first pussywillows of the season on my table, conversations with friends, snuggles with my babies, Cassie’s little hands around my neck and buried in my hair, planning for Easter and having the motivation to do some of it, being intentional about making our days look how I want them too, not just how I think they ‘should’ be… ❤️

    • thisvintagemoment March 24, 2016, 4:30 pm

      Your days sound beautiful and you sound so fulfilled. I’d love to know what you’re reading these days…=) “being intentional about making our days look how I want them too, not just how I think they ‘should’ be” – that’s a good word. XO

      • Rachelle March 30, 2016, 4:59 pm

        I am reading a bit of a plethora of books. When I need more downtime reading, I just bought all 32 of Louisa May Alcotts books on Kindle, for heavier reading I just finished Death by food Pyramid, and am just about to start on The Last Lion, and in amongst there my moderate reading is What is a Family, and the Life-Giving Home. ?

        • thisvintagemoment March 31, 2016, 2:35 pm

          I had no idea she wrote 32 books!! Wow. The Life-Giving Home is on my want to read/own list, I’ve heard many good things about it.

  • Jessica March 24, 2016, 7:15 pm

    You seem to be right at the stage I was at this time last year with my then newborn, lots of happy but lots of overwhelm too. Right now I’m happy about my garden as spring has come and we’re outdoors so much more again. All the singing and pretend play that my preschooler is doing makes me smile lots and I’m loving having more time for my own hobbies again, makes me remember who I am outside of being a mummy.

    • thisvintagemoment March 28, 2016, 8:16 am

      It’s so good to have that time to remember who we are are, apart from being mums. So glad you can have that space now. We are anxiously awaiting spring here, I’m sure your Island is gorgeous!

  • Rachel Friesen March 26, 2016, 12:40 am

    Talking with my older two is on my happy list as well. My eldest and I have had a great inquisitive rapport for years, but have been struggling to include my son without completely derailing the discussion. Since Christmas, we’ve hit a sweet spot of learning together while still being goofy. It makes dinner conversation such a joy.
    Love your list!

    • thisvintagemoment March 27, 2016, 3:45 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it! I feel like we’ve hit the sweet spot as well and that’s why I’m enjoying it so much. =) These ages are so fun!

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