Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Backpack Bear


Koen's class has the sweetest tradition.
Each weekend, a different child takes "Backpack Bear" 
home with them and makes a photo journal 
of their time together. 

So, Backpack Bear spent some time with us
and here are the highlights.

Friday night was cold so Backpack Bear got
quite toasty with Koen by the fireplace.


Later that night, Koen read
his very favorite Curious George book
to Backpack Bear before they snuggled down to bed. 


They spent Saturday night at
Koen's Grandparent's house.
They cuddled on the couch
and watched the UGA football game with Poppy.

 

Sunday afternoon
was spent running errands around town.
Backpack Bear took a trip
to Lowes to get some supplies
to help his Daddy with a project.

 

Then they came home and drank hot chocolate.
 We loved our weekend with Backpack Bear.

 


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Happy Birthday to me!!

{Turn around bright eyes. Every now and then I fall apart!}

So...I turned 40 over the weekend
and I celebrated with a drunken 
night of Karaoke madness with my friends.

It was SOOOO fun!
Being 40 is awesome so far!

 


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Halloween hay bales


Something exciting pops up in our little town 
every year during the month of October.
Down a long stretch of country road,
hay bales are lined up and decorated for Halloween
by the agriculture students at UGA.




The boys flip out over them every single year.
We pass by them on our drive to school
and they celebrate each one as we pass by.


The morning fog seems to add 
to the ambiance of it all.

I just love this tradition 
and how happy it makes my children.

 


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Decking the halls with poison ivy


The other day I was talking to
my best friend on the phone,
feeling angsty about something or other
and she basically told me 
that I needed to focus on my holiday mantel.

That's what best friends are for, right?
A little redirection and refocusing can be good for a girl.
So I did just that and it totally distracted me
from worrying about things that are out of my control!

I'm currently OBSESSED with
the new Dollar General store up the road a ways.
They have THE BEST seasonal items 
for super duper cheap.

Two of the ladies that work behind the register
know me by name now, y'all
because I stop by so much 
to buy that one little item I had walked away from.

I mean, most of it costs $1.50!

The whole thing makes me happy.

So, there you have it...
my Halloween mantel in all of it's spooky glory.

 


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Happiness Project :: My manuscript


I did it! I completed the rewrite of my book.
My word count went from 108,769 words down to 85,658! 
It's been a lot of work and I know
there will be drafting once an editor gets a hold of it
but this feels like a huge milestone to me.

Next step...
get ready to query agents.
 It feels so close I can almost taste it.
 
Sorry that I didn't post a Happiness photo last week.
My brain needed a break from doing anything creative.    
Sometimes the best happiness comes from taking a step back
and breathing in a calm breath.

But I'm back.
I missed this space
and seeing what made you happy.


 



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Happiness Project :: A day trip



My mom and I took a quick trip to Madison, Georgia
to follow part of the Antebellum tour and walk through
a few homes as research for my next book that I am embarking on.


Of course, we just had to stop at the Madison Tea Room
to nibble on treats and enjoy some tea. 
You know, to build up strength for the walking tour.


We had so much fun being girly
and trying on some big southern hats.


One of the homes we toured was Heritage Hall
and it was amazing and so much fun.


Take a good look because this will
be the entryway described in my next novel.
So exciting and fun.


I took a hundred photos of every little detail.
I'm sure that the tour guide thought that I was crazy.

It was a great afternoon.

 


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Happiness Project :: A weekend in the woods


We spent last weekend at the Windmill Plantation.
It was so much fun to watch the boys play in the woods. 

I really think there are fewer things in life
more beautiful than watching children enjoy nature.

With all the Minecraft/Pokemon/Skylanders in our lives
it was great to turn the screen off
and get all dirty and sweaty.

We had a blast!

 


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