Can you remember the song “If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands”?

It seems to be me the reasons to be cheerful linky helps us do this every week even if we have to clap first and feel happy later.

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with a few things. Although the main house is sorted, we still have the hidden storage areas that need clearing out. It becomes clear that we need things that are in boxes still but which one?

I think we are struggling too to accept that the crisis of the last few months is over and now we can relax a bit. I think we have forgotten how to a little.

I am also frustrated that having enquired about volunteering, I have heard nothing back.

I need to work out what i am going to do in this new place.

Clap, clap, clap – think cheerful thoughts.

1. All 3 children went to the opticians last week and have new glasses on order. Another little but important job ticked off.

2. I found a town full of charity shops. My OH complained that I spent far too long in them but it was joy to get back to them. I used to go most days before the afternoon school run to check out the bargains to be had. Often I did not buy anything but it was nice to see what they had.

3. I have enjoyed not having the mad morning rush of school preparations this week. We have just chilled largely at home quite happily.

4. I have just taken delivery of a big online groceries delivery. The van driver was so friendly asking me where my accent was from and so on. I have put a big focus on meal planning and healthy eating and look forward to seeing how that goes in the coming weeks.

5. I am enjoying lots of cuddles with our lovely kitten. He is a delightful little character.

6. I have changed my profile and background pictures on my social networks. I may be away with the fairies but it seems to be on a day when I feel a bit down that actually I have not aged too badly at all in the last 20 years.

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me and mum

My mission this week is to laugh out loud in that carefree way again.

I am a bit tired today after a bad night’s sleep and I think just generally from a tough year too. My mood is low when exhausted but that is one of the best times to celebrate my reasons to be cheerful. Yes, here are my happy thoughts of the week.

1. We had a lovely meal out as a family for my husband’s birthday in a really lovely hotel/restaurant we found on first arriving in Hampshire. It has the most lovely food and has so much to look at inside in terms of art, quotations and so on. It is right up my street and not at all snotty which also helps.

2. Both my son and daughter were named stars of the week at their new school. I am sure this is standard procedure for new kids but they deserve it for settling in so well and being so positive about the move. They are both working hard and making new friends.

3. My teenage son has started at his new school which has great standards and is a place that I can see thriving in unlike the last school. He has chosen his options including acting, food technology and history which thrills me as all links back to his connection with his late grandmother. Little legacies. He also has a lot of mathematics, science, computing and business studies in the mix.

4. We are getting the new house sorted bit by bit. I am finding it a depressingly slow process really as downsizing so much makes storing all our stuff a challenge. I have spent time today getting some bids in on Ebay on the things we need. Wish me luck.

5. I am doing the school run and getting faster at it every day by a few minutes without trying. It just shows how you build up fitness levels so much once you actually do some exercise. In hot weather like yesterday, I take a picnic and have a break on a bench on the way home for good quality time chatting with the children.

6. I take real pleasure every day in the lush green of the countryside just a couple of streets away from where we live. It feels my soul.

7. I am looking forward to the weekend. It is our wedding anniversary and I plan to visit the big city by the sea and do some fun things along with practical stuff like haircuts for the children.

8. I am reflecting on many things blogging and social media – this usually leads to good things so something else to smile about.

I am indulging in some positive thinking for mum.

Not too many days ago, I was feeling a bit blue as the fatigue and disruption of the house move took its toll. Today, I feel that I have emerged from that and am moving forwards positively in our new life in Hampshire.

1. I think the marital spark may have disappeared a bit whilst we were living apart. So I took action and asked my husband on a date night. OK so we had the children with us but we took a break from unpacking boxes and went out for an evening meal at a local pub. We enjoyed it so much that we spent the next two nights out and about too. We seem more like a couple again. It can’t be all work and no play and I intend to ensure there is plenty of play in this new chapter.

2. The children are playing out and making new friends. This is helping them settle into the new area and will help when they start at school with already established friends.

3. My oldest son has realised he can retain his friends from Yorkshire even though we have moved. He is happier as a result.

4. We have all our belongings here now although we had to give things away or send them to the tip as we have moved from a big house to a small one. Fortunately, the space here is good in terms of storage so a lot of things don’t need unpacking just yet.

5. After a blip, we have managed to get the washer plumbed in today which is a huge relief. You take these things for granted until they aren’t there.

6. I have been enjoying getting to grips with a new piece of work.

7. For the first time in ages we have felt able to go out and buy things without stressing so I have a new value hoover from Argos which is superb, a new rug to protect the carpet near the back door and a new kettle. The last purchased was not planned but after somehow getting blue dye in the old one, I could not face a coffee from it again.

8. I found the knickers I lost in the house move along with the bag of my son’s clothing that had also gone missing in the move.

9. I got an email from school today so hopefully we can arrange a quick return for the children who are clearly getting bored and ready to return to education.

10. I have found my Dad’s memoirs so will be posting more of those soon.

11. There is a Bank Holiday weekend coming up giving us the chance to explore the stunning countryside round here and also to see the sea.

12. The week was polished off nicely with news that I am shortlisted in the Inspire category of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

I am feeling in a bit of a muddle this week. I guess it is the mixture of quite enjoying being my own boss whilst my husband is away combined with impatience to get our new life started. I am so ready for a new adventure!

So what is making me smile this week?

1. My husband came home for the weekend. He arrived at about 2am and I had locked him out by accident! So the reunion was postponed till about 7am. He forgave me immediately which I do think makes him a bit of a saint to be honest. It was lovely to spend time together again and to enjoy his cooking and one of his world famous salads. It was easy to let him go back on Sunday knowing that he had returned and not run off with some amazing woman and that the future is bright.

2. I got glowing reports for my daughter and youngest son at their parents’ evenings. My son is very gifted but also comic and sociable. All good. My daughter has grown in self-belief and was described as a “high-flyer” with literacy to A-Level standard on occasion. Not bad for a 9 year old!

3. I am decluttering and finding that I am able to let things go that I have been clinging on to since Mum and Dad died. They had their lives and good ones. I am not letting them down by saying goodbye to some of their possessions.

4. The sunshine is here so much and I love seeing the children and animals enjoy it. It was great to eat out at the weekend on the patio.

5. My husband is looking at some potential houses for us over the next couple of days – keep everything crossed!

We have challenges ahead but I am committed to making 2014 as positive as possible.  I now how helpful joining in the linky Reasons to be Cheerful is both to celebrate when times are going great and to dig deep when the blues strike.  Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get involved – believe me, it is a very powerful one.

What is making me upbeat this week?

1.  I have really started to tackle cupboards and drawers to declutter.  This can only simplify matters when the time comes to move.  I am not sure holding on to so much stuff from the past in particularly healthy.  It has felt good to let some stuff go almost as if by so doing, I can move on more positively.

2. I have purchased a new mattress for my son’s double bed.  This was long overdue and I am delighted that it is one little task sorted and now sees his room totally sorted.  Big thanks to Ebay.

3. I spent a lot of time looking through old photographs and wrote this post about my lovely Mum who set me off on the blogging journey in the first place.  I cried a bit but smiled and laughed a lot more.  What a great advertisement for adoption.

4. I made some very positive and life-changing New Year’s revolutions.

5. I decided to re-introduce Groovy Mums to help myself and other mums take action to rediscover or reinvent themselves.  There will be a linky, Twitter parties and probably the odd residential retreat or two too.  Look out for a post on Monday next and get involved.

6. I have decided to go dry booze-wise in January and possibly beyond.  I have lost several relatives to cancer including my lovely Mum so I have set  up a fundraising page! It’s live and ready to receive donations at http://www.justgiving.com/Catherine-Holmes-dryathlete2014.  However small the donation and I know times are tough out there, I welcome your support if you feel able to give it.  It will do good things for cancer research and help keep me motivated and on the straight and narrow.  With the removal of alcohol which too often acts as a depressant, I am sure I will be celebrating new reasons to be cheerful with you soon.

 

Now head over to http://beckywilloughby.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/reasons-to-be-cheerful-teamhonk-edition.html to see more people who finds smiles in everyday life.