When I decided to take part in the Happiness Challenge this year, I challenged myself to try and come up with new and different things that made me happy and not just the blessings I'd thought about and discussed in previous years.
And I'd fully intended to start off with something new...
Then I saw this picture again and I knew it was where I wanted to start. Pictured here are my favorite niece and nephew, who each get more amazing with each passing day. I got to hang out with them last night for dinner at Toots. My niece wasn't feeling so hot but I did get to help her put ketchup on her plate. My nephew wanted to play video games and even though his dad told him "no" he went to the court of appeals that is Uncle Michael and the grandparents. It was difficult, but I told him no. He amused me because after I told him I had no money for video games, he looked at my pocket and saw the lump from my keys and said, "But what is that?"
He's getting wily in his old age (he will be four in a few months).
And the picture here is a new one. But there's a story to it. The Hawaiian clothing worn by the kids is a shirt I wore when my family lived in Hawaii and a dress my sister wore. They were trying them on to see if they'd fit for our family reunion this weekend. Friday evening is a tropics themed wedding reception for a cousin and his bride-to-be, who are getting married in Fiji. I think it's pretty cool that the kids will get to wear these outfits--and that my mom made them for my sister and I many, many years ago.
Labels: August happiness challenge
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/01/2007 01:56:00 PM