Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The wonderful Jen, over at The King and I, has tagged me for a Happy 101 award! The deal is that I have to write about 10 things that make me happy every day. Never one to walk away from a challenge (unless it involves physical exertion) I am happy to oblige!
1. The obvious - my gorgeous, happy, healthy children. There were many years when I thought I'd never be able to have 1 child, let alone 2, with baby #3 (or Smallie as we refer to him) in the pipeline. Every day I look at them and count my blessings.
2. My lovely Mr Taz. He is a wonderful husband and father and he makes me laugh so hard that I'm glad my pelvic floor never went through the rigours of pregnancy and child-birth!! Through all the ups and downs of adoption, autism and parenthood, he's always supported me 100%.
3 My parents. I had the happiest childhood you could possibly imagine, and today my parents are healthy and as madly in love with each other as ever. They have set the bar really high for me and it's my ultimate goal for my children to have as many happy memories of their childhood as I do of mine.
4 Cake! I love cake! having recently gone back to Weight Watchers, I can't enjoy it as often as I'd like to. But a nice cake makes me very, very happy!! And a chocolate cake makes me positively ecstatic!!!
5 My facebook family. You guys and gals have been my comfort and support for a year now, and you are the nicest bunch of people I know. I'm a blow-in to the town where I live and making friends has never come easily to me, but now I have you all to chat with and a certain select few to have coffee with. You're all a little bit crazy too, you do know that don't you?
6 This is stretching the "every day" aspect of the challenge. But i do get very happy when my house is tidy!!!
7 That moment where the children are in bed, and you sit down in front of the telly to watch a programme other than Dora or Peppa Pig! Bliss!
8 I have a photo in the kitchen of Button and Belle laughing. It's impossible not to smile when you look at it, so I have palced it on the window ledge beside the sink. If I'm having a "moment" I look at it and all's right with the world again. I'll post it on Facebook later and see if you agree!!
9 Watching my children head off happily to school. Button hops on his bus every morning and Belle skips in to playschool as happy as larry. After the horrendous first year we had with Button in school, knowing my children are in the right educational placement for them, makes me happier than you could ever imagine. And it's not something I take for granted, believe me!
10. My bed. This includes my electric blanket and my new goose father and down duvet! Aaaaahh!!!!
Not a very exciting list, but these truly are the things that make me happy! Can I have my award now, Jen?
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Abacus Drogheda Needs Your Vote: in the AIB Better Ireland
Abacus Parents Assocation is working everyday to maintain the additional services which are essential to the most effective intervention for our kids.
Abacus Drogheda is in the final 3 for the AIB Better Ireland grant scheme.
The group who comes 3rd gets €2,000,
2nd Place will get €3,000
But If we win we get €5,000 !!!
You can help simply by Texting:
DROGHED-B to 51303 as many times as you can. And by telling everyone you know to do it too.
Texts are charged at the standard text rate
Go to: http://www.betterireland.ie/vote.html
And then select: Louth in the County List and Drogheda in the Branch List,... See more
Then select B for Abaile
You can vote once per day per email address. So if you have several email addresses please place a vote for each one. And it costs you nothing. Nada. Zero.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Right so, I'm jumping on the bandwagon! Here's my "99".... I've "bolded" the ones I have done.
Started your own blog (erm... helloooo?)
Slept under the stars
Played in a band
Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford to charity
Been to Disneyland (4th trip to Paris coming up, and twice to Florida! I get stressed if i don't get a regular Disney fix)
Climbed a mountain well, a small hillock in Connemara - but it felt like a mountain at the time!
Held a praying mantis
Sang a solo
Visited Paris see comment re Disney - never seen the Eiffel tower, though!
Watched a lightening storm loads - the most impressive one was from the 2o - something floor of our hotel in Thailand. Floor to ceiling windows, very impressive!
Taught yourself an art from scratch
It's a bit matronly, but I cross-stitch
Did this one while waiting for Button to come home
Adopted a child 2, and another in the pipeline!
Had food poisoning
Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Grown your own vegetables a few straggly scallions, and some quite impressive carrots!
Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Slept on an overnight train
Had a pillow fight
Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
Built a snow fort
Held a lamb
Gone skinny dipping
Run a Marathon
Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse
Watched a sunrise or sunset
Sunrise on the morning we brought Button home
Hit a home run
Been on a cruise
Seen Niagara Falls in person
Visited the birthplace of your ancestors umm....Galway?
Seen an Amish community
Taught yourself a new language i tried to teach myself Thai - and learnt how to say "where is the toilet?" surely, that's all you need?
Had enough money to be truly satisfied
Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
Gone rock climbing
Seen Michelangelo’s David
Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Visited Africa Egypt - wow!!!
Walked on a beach by moonlight
Been transported by ambulance
Had your portrait painted does a caricature done in Disney World count?
Gone deep sea fishing
Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
Kissed in the rain I think I mentioned Galway...... If i didn't kiss in the rain I'd never have been kissed!
Played in the mud
Gone to a drive-in theater
Been in a movie
Visited the Great Wall of China
Started a business
Taken a martial arts class
Served at a soup kitchen
Sold Girl Scout Cookies
Gone whale watching
Got flowers for no reason
Donated blood, platelets or plasma
Gone sky diving
Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
Bounced a check
Flown in a helicopter
Saved a favorite childhood toy
Visited the Lincoln Memorial
Pieced a quilt
Stood in Times Square
Toured the Everglades
Been fired from a job
Seen the Changing of the Guards in London before my parents moved us back to Ireland we did all the touristy things in London so that my bro and I would have some great memories. needless to say, we don't remember a thing!
Broken a bone
Been a passenger on a motorcycle
Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Published a book
Visited the Vatican
Bought a brand new car
Walked in Jerusalem
Had your picture in the newspaper
Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
Visited the White House
Killed and prepared an animal for eating
Had chickenpox my mum got out of doing jury service because of my pox - she's still thanking me!!!
Saved someone’s life Technically, if we hadn't adopted Button.....
Sat on a jury
Met someone famous Said hello to Gok Wan in London in November!
Joined a book club
Got a tattoo
Had a baby
Seen the Alamo in person
Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Been involved in a law suit
Owned a cell phone
Been stung by a bee