This is the next installment of Momalom's Five for Ten and it's all about Happiness. I'm not sure if you noticed, but in my title I put ME in all caps. There is a reason for that and I'm sure a lot of you can relate. When you're the mom, YOUR happiness always seems to fall second to everyone else's. We make sure the kids are happy first and husband likely gets second. We get whatever is leftover, maybe.
So here I have MY list of what makes ME happy. Naturally many are related to my family, but I've tossed a couple in there just for ME.
1.) Hearing my kids say "please" and "thank you" unprompted - when you're out of eyesight!
2.) Freshly washed sheets on my bed!
3.) A rainy day with nothing to do and nowhere to go!
4.) An unsolicited compliment - wow, those really feel good!
5.) Setting and achieving a goal. For me, this includes things like a career change, running a 5K, then a 10K and finally a triathlon. It was just a sprint - but still - I did it!
6.) Free parking. Need I say more?!
7.) Playtime with my kids. This includes things like building snowmen, bowling, and Disney vacations. Disney is, after all, the Happiest Place On Earth, and I believe it!
8.) Playtime with the husband. Things like bowling (because it's fun without the kids!), golfing, trips to wine country and fresh powder through the trees!
9.) Seeing my children taking pride in their work. It can be their Pinewood Derby cars, the instruments or sports they play or, even better, their grades!!!
10.) A break and run. I play pool (billiards) competitively and nothing gets me happier than not letting the other guy shoot!
And, as we say in the pool biz....nice out!