{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

 ~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life with Like Mother, Like Daughter~

It’s been a busy week around here, so I’m late to this party, but there are so many good moments each week that I didn’t want to skip. Pardon my tardiness.


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Spring, it is a-bloomin’ (much to the dismay of my nose and eyes – allergies are not my friend). We took a walk with family last weekend along a local trail known for its wildflowers, and were not disappointed. The weather was lovely (if perhaps a touch warm), the views stupendous, the company acceptable wonderful. I am ever-so-grateful to live in such a beautiful world.



Jonathan surprised me for my birthday: he told me we were going out to dinner, just the three of us, and that we should dress up “for fun.” There was a parking space just feet from the restaurant – a rarity during the dinner hour in downtown – but he didn’t take it. Instead, he said he could walk, but insisted I get out and go get our table because I was in heels. Sneaky, sneaky – these wonderful women were waiting for me inside. We had a delicious dinner and a sweet time to visit.  Good friends, a loving husband, and fun birthday celebrations? Happy things, indeed.

{This week was full of happy moments that could have been included here: Katie planting flowers with her grandma, my introverted and slow-to-warm-up little girl (finally) deciding my dad is an ok guy, a scavenger hunt put together by my parents for my sister’s and my birthday, cousins running wild down the hall together … but I’ll leave it at this, for now.}


The things kids say: Katie, completely on her own with no help from us, has finally started referring to her Aunt Steph by name. She calls her “Fats,” which is just about the most hilarious thing ever, especially since my sister is probably the last person on earth to fit such a nickname.

(Thankfully, Aunt “Fats” is a good sport about it all. This is the kind of thing that could divide families lacking a sense of humor.)



As I mentioned in my aside for {happy}, Katie has accepted Grandpa – Pop – as trustworthy (which, as some of the more sarcastic members of my family would be quick to point out, is farther than many of the rest of us might be willing to go). Here, I give you proof: she held his hand! It really happened.

(Also real this week: two-year-old tantrums and displays of will, horrendous allergies, and a suddenly expanding baby bump – which I’ll blame on the pregnancy, instead of the far-too-many birthday treats I consumed.)

Those are the {pretty, happy, funny, real} moments around here this week.How about you? Head on over to Like Mother, Like Daughter or leave a comment here and share the contentment you captured this week!

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