Monday, September 27, 2010

At My House: The Little Things


 

I remember reading an article once about how the measure of "happiness" in one's life is far more a product of little everyday enjoyments than of big momentous ones like getting married, going on holiday, graduating, etc. I'm glad that it doesn't take much to make me happy -- the little stuff is more than enough. I look forward to things like my morning toast, a hot shower, listening to a good podcast, or time spent reading in bed in the evening. Especially now that I'm home with my two little ones, I rely on day-to-day pleasures to keep me sane and stimulated. Here are a few of the things that made me happy this week....

 Some new reading material....

The toy library....

 Making salt-dough beads....

 A perfect day in Picton spent with visiting family.  Cousins played, grown-ups talked,
and starfish, crabs, snails, and tiny fish were found under rocks on the beach as the tide went out....
 
 Flea market finds: wooden truck,  a beautiful piece of Nelson pottery, new
Lambert merino leggings (they are the absolute best thing to sleep in.  I have one well-loved pair.
It will be good to have two) and strawberry seedlings.  Total, $12.00....

Birthday-gift train set from Ikea.  Endless combinations, endless hours of play....

These incredibly beautiful alphabet cards with illustrations by Charley Harper.
One side has letter flashcards and the other creates two stunning floor puzzles.
I bought them originally for Aya's birthday, and then held on to them for thinking that
Solomon would enjoy them more.  Finally, I thought "Nah, I love them too much to see them
chewed on or lost."  So they're mine, all mine.  (But as you can see, I share sometimes....)

By the way, if you have the time, do follow the link to see more of Charley Harper's incredible wildlife illustrations.  I'd never heard of him before I found the flashcards, but they are so so beautiful.

Hope you have had a week filled with little happinesses too.

ps  This is my first week participating with At My House...  Visit a few other homes here, on Buttons By Lou Lou. 

5 comments:

Jennie said...

Oh i love your photos!
You guys have had a busy time - i love the wooden train set!

Seedling said...

Thank you! The photos were a bit of a mishap - - I only realized after shooting away for a few days that my contrast settings were completely wonky (making the contrast very very high, and giving a bit of a glow to some of the objects.) I couldn't figure out what was going on. Oh well, a happy accident, I suppose...

The train set was a great find. Sets here are so pricey -- oh, to have Ikea in New Zealand!

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

That post just made me smile all the way through it. A brilliant start to joining in with 'At my house...'. Thanks for having us at your house and with such a great reminder that we need to enjoy the little things each day. It certainly needs to be a conscious choice most days with little ones around. Thanks for joining in. Lou.

nina said...

I love this post :)
reminds me why I want to come over..
thank you for sharing! I thought you edited the pics.. nice colors :)

Seedling said...

My pleasure, Lou! I'm very happy to have discovered your blog.

Nina, definitely -- I find the pace of life here much slower and conducive to enjoying the everyday and taking in the beauty of the ordinary.

I haven't edited my pics much for a while now -- a timesaving benefit of (finally) figuring out my camera. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to fix the glow that all of my subjects suddenly have! It would be sad if it really is on its last legs just as we're getting familiar.

xx