This is a year I’m not sad to say goodbye to. I’m glad in almost 4hours, it’s gonna be over. In fact I was ready for it to be over by January itself. And finally we are here.
I hope 2017 brings in better luck and more promises. I hope it’s going to be that year where we see some light at the end of a tunnel. I’m willing to put in all the hard work but I also want to see some results. I don’t know why but I feel very positive about the year 2017. And I hope with all my heart that I’m not disappointed.
So what plans do all of you have ?? Actually most parts of the world has already gone into 2017. We don’t have plans with friends. It’s our tradition that Daughter is allowed to stay up till midnight to see the ball drop and the three of us will play board games and cards till then. Then we will camp in our basement in our sleeping bags with the fire on. Yeah, I know we are getting old 😉
Now I take this opportunity to thank all of you. Each of you who have taken time to read my daily rambles. Each of you who are either silent readers or have left your mark by liking or commenting. I’m grateful for all of you. I’m happy if my daily rambles have touched your life even in the smallest way.
Bye bye now. Will see you in the year 2017 !! Happy New Year!!
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This picture captured my current state of mind. Especially when the evening has loads of new books from the library and a steaming cup of cappuccino. Bliss !!
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Happiness is watching two giggling girls. Yesterday Daughter’s friend was over for a sleepover. They played dress ups, watched a movie with a giant bowl of popcorn, snacked on cookies and camped in their sleeping bags on the living room floor. Best of all was they were giggling the whole way through. Giggling away just how only little girls can. It was fun to watch them and their happiness was infectious.
While they watched their kiddie movie, the Hubby and I watched our grown up movie in the basement. A fun time was had by all.
Wow 41, huh !! I really didn’t think I would be able to survive this long without missing a day. It had been a while I wanted to do this 100 Happy Days but each time I wanted to jump in something stopped me. Each time, I had that one question what would I be writing for 100 days. I knew there would be bad days, what would I do then ?? Wouldn’t I be subjecting my readers to same old stuff every day?? Then that one day something happened and I didn’t care. I just wanted to jump right in without thinking. I didn’t care if anyone was reading me or not. I didn’t care if I was getting monotonous. I just wanted to write things that made me happy. So what if I wrote about my daily happenings. So what if I treated my blog as a journal. After all I’m entitled to write my mind in this space. Ever since I stopped caring about the material, writing became much easier.
Once again I chose to let go of those inner voices that stopped me from doing things that I wanted to. It feels good and I’m so happy to be doing this challenge. Doing this has definitely helped me in looking at a lot of positive things that we take for granted. I also noticed that by acknowledging the little things, you actually start believing in your own happiness. So here’s to more happy days !!
Today was all about satisfying the tummy. It was a day of devouring everything that we generally steer clear of on a regular day. But who said anything about this week being a random week ??!!
Our morning started with a light breakfast of a slice of toasted cinnamon bread. Well that’s something we don’t do often, starting our day with carb. But I wish if I could tell you that was it. Oh no, our day was in for a treat !! We then headed out to the city. After walking and exploring, we decided to walk in to our favorite Thai restaurant. We were greeted with a beautiful smile and the most amazing food. So with our tummy satisfied, we decided to walk around some more.
Daughter wanted some sweet treats after a while. We then decided to give in to her wishes and went to a bakery that smells like heaven. The moment we walked in Daughter got hold of hubby’s hands and they pretty much packed 2 of almost all the pastries. I’m just kidding !! But in a serious note, they did pack around 4different types and since we’ve not indulged in these treats for a long time it felt like we were buying everything and then some. We shared a couple of pastries there and then decided to not even look at any food items. Our tummies were stuffed to the brim !!
After finishing off a few errands, we are back in the comforts of our home now. Daughter as usual is sitting with a book and I’m sharing my daily dose of happiness with you guys. Hubby who had skipped his work out earlier in the morning is running on the treadmill now. Perhaps after our binge eating, he wants to make sure he sheds at least some of those calories.
So that was my day in a nutshell. Eating, eating and some more eating 😉 . I hope tomorrow sees us behaving a little sensibly. Oh wait, there are those pastries in the fridge!! So I guess bye-bye diet, see you in 2017 !! As for the rest of you I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
Happiness is not having to keep track of days. Monday hasn’t felt so good in a while. With both Daughter and hubby off this week, we are having the time of our lives. Movies, popcorn, ice-cream-sundaes !! It’s feasting time in our home. The weather has been pretty good and surprisingly Daughter was able to play outside for a while today afternoon. That’s unheard of for the last week of December.
Anyway today morning started bright and early for me at 6:15. With snacking constantly, I knew I had to find time to exercise amidst all the fun. So what better than starting the day with my daily cardio. After that I took my shower and gave Daughter her breakfast while the hubby went for his routine-run. Once both our work out was done for the day, we had the whole day to ourselves.
We went to the mall for a little while and came back in time for lunch. Ever since we’ve been lazing on the couch with music and laughter. It was a fun afternoon. As I type hubby is prepping for dinner and once I hit the publish button, I’ll be off to cook dinner. Even though it has been a regular day of mundane stuff, the happiness in our minds is infectious. And to me that’s all that matters.
Happiness is curling up in bed after a hearty meal. Especially under the new heated blanket. What a wonderful gift !! I must say I’m feeling so spoilt.
The presents are wrapped, tucked under the tree waiting for Christmas morning. Another couple of hours and soon the littlest pair of hands will keep milk and cookies in anticipation of the jolly old fellow. Anticipation of gifts galore !! Gifts about which neat letters were written. Little gifts that will instill the faith of Christmas magic.
This night definitely has so many memories. Memories of the long ago time when I was a kid. The belief, the magic, the presents that I hoped to get. The cold Calcutta December. Never as cold as here but still enough for us to shiver in our woolens. Pastries from Kathleen. Fruit cakes from a local bakery. Everything felt so festive. I never wrote letters to Santa but his gifts never disappointed me. This night definitely makes me want to be a kid again.
I leave tonight wishing each one of you a very merry Christmas. I hope all of you get what your heart desires. I hope all of you get a special visit from your secret Santa. From my home to yours Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!
This year we did the elf on the shelf for the first time. We had a lot of fun with our elf whom Daughter named Snowflake. I’m so disappointed that we did this for the first time and it might be our last. I so hope that she still believes in Christmas magic next year too just so that we get to have some more fun with our naughty elfie.
I had no idea about this. When Daughter was in kindergarten that’s when I first heard about it. I really didn’t think too much about it. Last year too the elf visited their 1st grade classroom and everyday I heard about his antics. After googling it, I found out all about this fun Christmas tradition. It was too late by then and I swore we would do it this year.
This year I did my homework and planned its arrival. Thankfully the kids know you need to buy it for the first time. So we gifted her the elf right after thanksgiving. It has been so much fun ever since. My Daughter is pretty serious about the elf business. So every morning she goes around looking for what the elf has done. I’m sure she’s going to be pretty sad when she finds the elf has returned to North Pole on Christmas morning.
The elf sitting on our tree !!
She must be bored by being by herself all the time !!
Pooping kisses in our wine glass !!
Don’t you feel happiest on the the first day of any break ?? Technically, tomorrow is Daughter’s first day of the holiday break. Today they went to school for a bunch of Christmas activities and had their holiday party in the afternoon. It was a lot of fun for the kids and the whole week all I heard was talks about this party.
I was there in school helping with a game during the party and I must say my game of Christmas Charades was a huge hit. It made Daughter proud and me super happy. After the party they had a book exchange. Daughter also won a candy jar full of 138 kisses chocolate. They were supposed to guess the number of kisses in the jar and this little missy said 128 which was the closest guess.
Hubby will be working the first half of tomorrow and after that will be off till the 3rd. I’m feeling giddy with happiness just by thinking they’ll be home. Silly, right ??!! I know I’m kind of weird 🙂 . We don’t have specific plans. Will just take the days as it comes. But all I know is family time during these cold winter days are always happy. They make the best memories of little nothings yet these are the times that are closest to my heart.