But this week, a couple of times I've caught myself smiling at something silly or laughing at something I've remembered out of nowhere in particular. So it got me wondering what makes you smile. Keep it clean, please!
I smile when I walk outside and the warm breeze envelopes me, the sun is shining, the birds are singing. It makes me smile when I'm lying in bed in the morning and I hear one of the kids singing to themselves or talking nonsense. When the cats are licking each other and one suddenly goes for the other one's throat, her teeth squeezing until the other retaliates. These are the everyday things that make me happy to be alive, happy to be a mother and an almost wife.
Other things that make me smile are the awesome comments I get from my critique group whenever I write something they really enjoy. Or when my oldest tells me she's going to write love stories when she grows up, just like mummy does.
As we head into the holiday season, drink too much, eat too much and be as merry as we can, make sure you smile a lot. If there is nothing in your life making you smile, step outside and look for something. Everyone deserves happiness at this time of the year. If someone smiles at you on the street, in the supermarket or while you're walking the dog, smile back. It won't hurt and it costs you nothing. In fact, stretching the muscles and exercising your face will burn calories =)
Next week I'll tell you all about the Christmas Pageant we're going to tomorrow and the kids Christmas party on Sunday with my father-in-law's work. Going to be chocked full of excitement and fun over the next few weeks. Have fun!