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I heard on the radio recently that the key to happiness is to name at least three things each night that went well that day. Kind of a count your many blessings mentality. It’s a great idea and I’ve had it in the back of my mind ever since I heard it.

It’s been a crazy busy weekend and an even crazier Monday. There have been many moments that make me think of Lenka’s song The Show. I want my money back! And it’s hard to just enjoy the show. If I had a quarter for every time I’ve thought, “I didn’t sign on for this!” I would be rich.

Count your many blessings.

Deep cleansing breath. Here are my three things.

1. Edward. I love that boy. Last week I went to the library and checked out five books on his reading level. Well, the shark book was not on his reading level. It was the treat book. I love that he says that too. “That’s the treat book! I can read it at the end.”

Today we played a Dr. Seuss reading game. Edward was the first to try it out. He gets to teach the class how to play tomorrow. We played twice and he won both times. Fair and square. It’s always a boost to a child’s self-esteem when an adult loses a game. I’m glad I didn’t have to let him win but good heavens! How didn’t I win? Like ever?

After the game he read a couple more pages of a book. There’s no story to the book. They show rhyming words on the left page and put them in sentence on the right. We talk about the rules like vowel consonant e making the vowel say it’s name, etc. It’s a challenging book for him. Hard enough to make him try without quitting. Then we looked at the shark book. I have learned a lot about sharks!

I get to read to Gwen’s class on Wednesday for Dr. Seuss Week. I’m so excited. It will be a lot of fun.

2. I ordered the scripture reading rewards. I really wanted to find some plastic feet charms for the kids to earn. Parker’s 4th grade class earns the feet for running. I just liked the idea of the kids earning something collectible. The feet go perfectly with the feet on our bulletin board in Primary. The kids wrote ways they can follow Jesus on the feet. It all ties in so nicely. Anyway, one of the Presidency members found the exact feet I wanted online. That put me in the best mood until the next shoe dropped. So on to number three! Must remain positive!

3. Parker’s science fair project is due tomorrow. So many words! It was nice talking to Gwen’s teacher today about the mandatory science fair projects. She has a 4th grader too. And she agreed with me that who gives a flying fig if their science grade is affected, it’s a little annoying to be forced to participate! But Parker really wanted to. He found a great idea and the only thing in his way was his lazy parents.

Given our crazy weekend we never did have time to work on the science fair poster. At least we had completed the experiments. But we never took pictures. So Parker had fun recreating some of the fun he had with the experiments. I love the pictures. They are my number three happy moment of the day.


He was testing to see which item relieved the burn the best. He would eat a teaspoon full of pureed jalapeño hot sauce and try different remedies.


Milk was his favorite remedy.


This is just a silly picture. I love this kid. He always makes me laugh.

But now I better help him finish putting his poster together seeing as how it’s due tomorrow and all.