I noticed too many of my blogs revolve around my experiences leaving Mormonism behind...I want to dedicate this post to my newfound happiness.
THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY
Stepping out of my detached garage to find my husband sitting on a lawn chair in the late afternoon sunshine, beer in hand, enjoying watching the kids and puppy play ball around him on the freshly mowed lawn. These days are the best.
Watching my kids play sports, and seeing their secret smiles or nods to me from the field.
Erdbeer-Rahm Schokolade. (Strawberry cream chocolate) Nobody here makes it like they do in Europe.
Painting for 8 hours straight with nobody making me feel guilty that I could be spending time with them instead. I'm not sure I've done this but the thought of doing so makes me happy!
Travel plans of any kind. Especially of the book-a-trip-to-Hawaii-or-Austria variety!
Lunch at Olive Garden with Jazzy & Tony eating our usual: Salad with Naughty Sticks dipped in Naughty Sauce!
My husband letting me warm my ice blocks I once considered feet on his warm ones every night in winter.
Fall leaves as they change.
Going to the fair and drinking that delicious freshly-squeezed lemonade, and eating greasy fair food.
Sitting home on rainy days with a warm blanket and a good book, with a perfect view of the rain outside.
The smell of wood fences just after it rains.
Laughing about childhood antics with my siblings. I mean really laughing. Oh yeah, mocking and making fun of each other too. Our cutting wit is just too much.
Coming to work to find I got a dollar raise for no reason.
Sitting with my dog in my lap, playing with his soft ears.
Going on hot dates with my man.
Giving my kid a back massage every single night. Even though I protest, I really don't mind doing it, because someday he won't "need" me anymore.
When my daughter climbs in my bed in the morning to sleep just a little longer before I get us up.
Blaring the radio in my car when a good song comes on.
The fuzz on old ladies' cheeks.
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Playing games until late on Saturday nights, without the worry in the back of my mind that I still haven't prepared a sharing time lesson yet.
Listening to my kids tell me about their day.
Shopping for swimsuits. HEY! How'd this get here? That should be on my "Things I Absolutely DETEST" list! I'm just checking to see if you're still reading or if I've put you to sleep yet.
Looking west at the Montana sky in the evening. There really is something bigger and better about the sky here.
Taking photos of my stepdaughter, A. She's one beautiful person, inside and out.
Reading a favorite novel.
Watching the movie Love Actually again, even though I've seen it 5 times.
Music from The Sound of Music.
My husband when he sings.
Being around my extended family.
The smell when I walk into a bookstore. Same when I walk into an art supply store.
Wearing my favorite pair of jeans.
Big round hay bales in a field.
Sitting by the ocean while my kids play in it.
Knowing that I'm OK.