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Happiness Report #19 – Happiness Hodgepodge

Happy November! I feel like I say this with each passing month, but November already? Really? Raise your hand if you think that seems impossible!

My heart has been heavy this week as I think of you all on the East Coast who have gone through so much. The pictures, stories, accounts… they all seem so surreal observing from Kansas. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Everything else seems kind of irrelevant, but I always think there is time to focus on what’s making us happy, so I decided to share a Happiness Report. Also, as the month of being intently thankful is upon us, seems like a good time, don’t you think?

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, and I knew with Nick traveling this year would be even less fun, but my aunt Rose changed all of that! She left work at her job 2 hours away and got here just in time to trick-or-treat with the kids. She left early this morning to head back to work, but I’m happy she made it here to help us enjoy the day!

photo courtesy of Mugsweater

I may have ordered myself an early Christmas present this morning. When I saw this adorable coffee mug cozie, I couldn’t resist. It might be frivolous, but it sure makes me happy! Check out all of the adorable designs at the Mugsweater Etsy Shoppe.

The blog Thought Catalog makes my brain work in both relevant and irrelevant ways. I enjoy reading their blog as well as enjoy the ways it makes me think.That makes me happy.

My friend Sandy and I are going to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 in concert! It’s not until February, but I’m pretty stoked about it nonetheless. Speaking of Adam, have you seen his new house? It’s gorgeous and so is the Zillow blog. Could browse those homes all day long! Happiness is leisurely browsing of homes you’ll never be able to afford, but daydreaming anyway.

My friend Jennifer Mullinax took our family pictures this past weekend. This is a shot from the back of her camera. As much as I hate getting prepared for family pictures, I’m so happy to have them done. Can’t wait to see the final products!

And, that’d be it for now! Go ahead and tell me… what’s been making you happy lately?

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Comments

  1. What a cute family! I also love the mug cozie – so cute ;).

    We got to go on a trip 2 weeks ago which made us all happy. But the thing that’s making me most happy right now is that my husband and I have finally worked out our budget (to be fair he’s only had his job for over a year and we had a baby… so things were changing a lot!)

  2. I’ve recently discovered your blog and I enjoy reading your posts very much. I especially enjoy your happiness reports, reading them makes me slow down and appreciate the little things in my life that bring me happiness as well. Thanks.

  3. I couldn’t love these posts more, Kristen! Thought Catalog is a great site…some posts are so funny and some are so spot on! And that mug sweater, I have to have one of those!

  4. Just looking at this post and page, the beautiful Instagram photo of your sleeping daughter makes me smile, that cute mug cozy definitely makes me smile. Getting well past my word quota for the day and a strong desire to have kept writing makes me ecstatically happy…and I have to smile that I, too, am someone who has never looked forward to Halloween. High Five, girl!

  5. Love the family pic! Can’t wait to see the final ones. We need to take a family portrait its been a year since we did one. And it was very unofficial – my mom took the pic of us in Hawaii. Hardly professional. The challenge is always getting the youngest one to smile AT the camera and getting the 4 year old to not do her fake smile. ha ha

  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    We recently had professional photos done for our little guys first birthday and just like you said- they are not fun preparing for but I never regret having them done! (Can’t even begin to imagine preparing four little ones!!)

  7. The Husband says:

    You smiling makes me happy.

    I love you.

  8. Tiffany Colvert says:

    All this happiness makes me happy! Plus today is my 9 year wedding anniversary, which is another reason to be happy! http://www.at-altitude.com/

  9. Wholesome Hedonist says:

    What’s making me happy: local Flemish Beauty pears (they taste so much like candy that I actually considered giving them out for Halloween yesterday, and then realized I’d be *that* mom), mid-season sales (though they are not making my wallet so happy) and that mug sweater you posted. I may need to try my hand at some for Christmas presents!

    http://www.WholesomeHedonist.com

  10. Wholesome Hedonist says:

    What’s making me happy: local Flemish Beauty pears (they taste so much like candy that I actually considered giving them out for Halloween yesterday, and then realized I’d be *that* mom), mid-season sales (though they are not making my wallet so happy) and that mug sweater you posted. I may need to try my hand at some for Christmas presents!

    http://www.WholesomeHedonist.com

  11. So cute!! I might just have to get one for myself!! You have such a beautiful family. We really need to get family pictures taken, we never have. (it’s coppertop97 from IG)

  12. ok…….your husbands comments are always to sweet Kristen! ♥

    I’m in love with that mug sweater! and I can’t wait to see all your family pics!!

    Have a great weekend!

  13. I LOVE your family picture and lol viewing it from the back of her camera! Can’t wait to see the processed images. I always look forward to your happiness reports – and lucky you going to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 in Feb! I would have loved to have been in NYC too see Aerosmith today and I hope that they brought a sense of joy in their music to the people affected by Sandy.

  14. I’m going to see Adam too and I can’t wait :) Love that little mug cozie; who comes up with stuff like that?!

  15. I love this post. As someone over on the east coast it’s nice to hear that things are going on normally in some parts of the world. And that Halloween wasn’t ruined for some kids! xoxo

  16. Well, we’re watching election results, so I guess I’d be showing my hand if I said that’s what’s making me happy right now, huh?

    Also, being on the east coast, I’m happy that we didn’t suffer really at all from the hurricane – it inconvenienced my day, and half a tree fell down in our back yard, but it only grazed the house, and we didn’t even lose power. We know how much worse we could have had it, so we’re thankful Boston didn’t get hit very hard!

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  18. Dine & Dish says:

    Oh happy anniversary! That definitley is a happy thing! Doing anything special tonight or this weekend to celebrate?

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