Project Happy Week 31

After a month of travel, which isn’t really much at all but somehow felt never-ending, Sean is back in town. And truly, I could just stop typing right now.  The kids are thrilled and I couldn’t be happier.

I missed these quiet moments with coffee and a just a little bass behind the conversation.  During the second half of the trip, we hardly talked.  He was in Italy.  Between the time difference and conflicting schedules, there was no time for us.  I snapped that picture during quiet time yesterday.  As we sat, side by side with Riley across from us, chatting and catching up it hit me that moments like these are what I remember when he travels or works insane hours.  These are the moments that help me feel whole.

So I could stop there…but then there was this very cute father-son moment yesterday.


Seriously…could you just pass out from cuteness?

And then there was this teaching moment that I almost missed but thankfully didn’t (the laundry might have suffered as a result)…


And just when you think you can throw away the inflatable pool that is entirely too small, it takes on a new function…


The girl can jump!

Incidentally, I’m over at Circle of Moms this week talking about back to school success.  Check it out!

What made you happy this week?

About Katie

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 "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)