Friday’s Five Smiles- Week Six

Each week as part of the 40 Days of Smiles, I promised that I would share what has made us smile each week.
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This week is all about friendship. As I write this, I am out n about with friends visiting from the UK, one of my closest friends flies to the States tomorrow for a new chapter in her life and another returns to the UK on Easter Monday.

So our Top 5 Smiles this week are:

1: Being able to catch up with my UK friends.
2: Knowing that while my friends are moving to another part of the world- we will see each other again.
3: Through a series of ‘Sayonara’ (goodbye) events, have some lovely ‘last minute’ memories.
4: Enjoying showing off this amazing country to my friends.
5: The excitement on my daughter’s face when she won the Lower School talent contest with her friend with their dance performance.
(Ok- so that’s not about friendship but it definitely created a BIG smile on my face!)

So those are my top smiles this week.

So what made you beam this week?

Friday’s Five Smiles- Week Five

Each week as part of the 40 Days of Smiles, I promised that I would share what has made us smile each week.

Fridays Five

So our Top 5 Smiles this week are:

1: Enjoying a fun night out with my friends to celebrate my birthday.
2: Enjoying the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I look at the cards K placed next to my bed.

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3: Being able to make the most of the opportunity when we had an amazingly warm day and head out to my allotment.
4: Being able to help a friend who is about to leave, by having her kids over for a play date after school.
5: Finishing my first book of 2015- Gone Girl. ‘Whoop! Whoop!

So those are my top smiles this week.

How has your smiling week been?
Have you any to share?

Friday’s Five Smiles- Week Four

Each week as part of the 40 Days of Smiles, I promised that I would share what has made us smile each week.
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Fridays Five

Spring is definitly here and my thick coat is generally being exchanged for my lighter one. The blossoms are beginning to bloom and new life is springing up.

Our Top 5 Smiles this sunny week are:

1: Being able to enjoy the sunny weather and be able to go for walks.
2: Enjoying a romantic date night out with my hubby.
3: Loving the antics that little people do.
4: Enjoying a laugh at another ‘Only in Japan’ moment.
5: Loving the progress he children have made in their skiing.

Those are the best of our smiles from this week. What was yours?

Friday’s Five Smiles- Week Three

Each week as part of the 40 Days of Smiles, I promised that I would share what has made us smile each week.

Fridays Five

On the whole this week has been pretty good. M is visiting us, and it has been SO nice to be able to chat n catch up.
We have done a fair bit of sightseeing and have had some lovely chats in the car while driving.

So my Top 5 Smiles this week are:

1: Having M come to visit for a week.
2: Enjoying the funny comments only 4 -nearly- 5- year old boys can make.
3: Experiencing a miraculous healing of my hips, so able to join my family on the ski slopes.
4: Exploring Tokyo with M and being able to spend time catching up with her.
5: Being able to support “A” through his stressful week.

So those are my top smiles this week.

So what made you beam this week?

Friday’s Five Smiles- Week Two

Each week as part of the 40 Days of Smiles, I promised that I would share what has made us smile each week.
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Fridays Five

I really enjoyed reading about your smiles last week. Thank you for sharing. I would love to hear more and see how we are spreading smiles across the world.

So our Top 5 Smiles this week are:

1: My husband is safely back from his business trip abroad.
2: I got to spend time with my cousins who were over this week for the Tokyo Marathon.
3: ‘E’ had her assembly- and said her lines with such finesse, I’m wondering whether I should enrol her in drama classes.
4: The children have been playing nicely together after school.
5: The inflammation in my hip joint (very painful!) has resulted in me standing/ walking a lot more as sitting aggravates it and walking relieves it!

So those are my top smiles this week.

How has your smiling week been? Have you any to share?

Friday’s Five Smiles- Week One

Each week as part of the 40 Days of Smiles, I promised that I would share what has made us smile each week.
Of course the first week has been short, but being the first week, it has been met with lots of enthusiasm. I’m sure the challenge will be later when the novelty has worn off.

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So our Top 5 Smiles this week are:

1: K let me wear her clothes quite happily. She normally says “Fine!” (E)
2: I put my clothes into the wash without Mummy asking me. (J) {This put a smile on my face!}
3: I generally feel positive about life. (C)
4: I helped Mummy by going to buy some milk. (K)
5: Enjoying watching my children challenge themselves and enjoying themselves at the climbing wall. (C)

So those are my top smiles this week.

What are yours?

40 Days of Smiles

Things in our household are at times fraught.
One of my darlings is struggling with anger issues at the moment and it’s made worse when she is tired and/or hungry. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, it inevitably gets to me and we come to blows.

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I don’t like it.
I’m concerned that I am damaging our relationship.
I feel guilty as I feel that I am not showing a good example of how to be patient.
I’m concerned that it is becoming a habit for her, and it will become a character trait.
I’m concerned that she is going to have the same tendency as me towards depression.

Things in our household are at times whiney.
When the children aren’t allowed to play on the iPad.
When I ask them to help out with household tasks.
When I ask them to tidy up after themselves.
When they have to run errands with Mummy.
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I’m tired of the emotions and moods.
I look at my children sometimes and feel like they are ungrateful brats. (Should I really say that?) In true motherhood style, I take on the guilt.
It’s my fault- I’ve indulged them, I’ve been their slave, I’ve run the errands when they aren’t around, I’ve made excusues for their behaviour.

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I’d like things to change.

Last night I was praying about what I could do for Lent as I didn’t want to give something up.
(Selfishly I must confess that I don’t like to give things up as my birthday falls into Lent and I would like to enjoy a glass or two, eat some cake or chocolate and read my birthday wishes on FB!!)
I am planning to do a study on prayer over the next 40 days, but I wanted to do something more. That’s when the inspiration was planted.
Thank you Lord.

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During the Lent period, my children and I are going to record what created a smile each day.
It could be something that we are grateful for.
It could be something fun that happened during the day.
It could be an act of kindness- that has created a smile on your own or someone else’s face.

If you would like a free printable to record your own smiles this Lent, please leave a comment below and I will email it to you.

Each Sunday, I will share with you an inspiring smile quote and every Friday some of our smiles.

I am hoping that this will result in our home being a happier place and it would be great if it could ripple out across the world.
Would you like to join us?

If you do want to join us, please link back to my site and add my image: 40 days smile title copy
into your post. I would love to see what you’re smiling about, and I will share some of the smiles here too.

Keep Smiling this Lent!