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.