Project Happy: Week 24

Wow.  I missed a few weeks of Project Happy.  Not because we failed to find the happy, but because I was too busy holding on tight to what matters the most…and so I took a little break.

We’ve had so many wonderful small moments these past few weeks.

Riley graduated from preschool.  Sean and I are so very proud of her.  This wasn’t her favorite year of preschool (last year was).  It just wasn’t the best match with the teachers.  But she went, and learned, and she found small moments of happiness there…and she graduated.  And although the whole Kindergarten thing has me a bit freaked out (who said she could graduate from preschool?), I couldn’t be happier for my sweet baby girl…

This also means that it’s summer…and I get the kids to myself until late August!  I know, most parents are desperately seeking camps and entertainment.  And I totally understand…but I really just love the family time.  We have so much fun together, and it’s nice to just slow down and be a family.

Riley took her first ride on a ferris wheel today!  She loved it.  Like she couldn’t get enough of it.  Sean spent the ride trying not to vomit everywhere…and I watched with heart palpitations.  I think we might need to hire a person just to take her on rides in the future…

As you already know…the kids love chasing butterflies.  But today?  Riley actually caught one.  On her own.  She made a very sweet little “butterfly forest” for it on the patio.  And then?  The butterfly crawled onto her hand…and Liam’s! Oh happy day!  I’m pretty sure this is what winning the kid lottery looks like (who needs money when you have a butterfly on your hand?)…

 

And I will leave you with this cute little video.  An old childhood friend of mine stopped by the other day.  He happens to play a little guitar on the side…and he happens to enjoy John Mayer’s music as much as Liam does.  So he joined “The Racers” for a few songs in the garage…Liam was in heaven (so was Sean, I believe.  He enjoyed having a guitar player around).  Enjoy the show!

 

 

Go out and find some happy!

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of “The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World” (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming “No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls” (Penguin Random House, 2018)