I have a few quiet moments for the first time today. Him Indoor have gone to the supermarket in search of craft supplies so we can throw ourselves into Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow. Check it out as it is all in a very good cause for Save the Children UK. The boys are upstairs playing. So I have the pleasure of sharing my happy stuff.

I hope to get perfume for my birthday on Saturday and I love this quote.

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1. We had a lovely day in London so we could attend the gala screening of Tinkerbell and Legend of the Neverbeast. You can see what we thought about it in our review.

2. I lost weight again.

3. Him Indoors passed his probationary period at work with flying colours. Phew! Perhaps our luck is turning.

4. Apart from a little bit of verbal abuse, we have had no harassment from the neighbours now that the police are involved.

5. We are loving our more relaxed approach to home education and feel we are getting more and more right as the weeks go by.

6. My teenage son returned to school after a nasty virus.

7. My brother is coming to see us on Saturday before he flies off to an exotic location for Christmas.

8. The GP has put me on Prozac for another 2 months. I am loving the change in me since taking them. So much more motivated and positive. Keep bursting into song and laughing more. All very good and long overdue.

9. I am spending a little more time on Twitter and Facebook and enjoying connecting with people in that way.

10. My son has just got a Christmas card from his new penpal.

11. I have found out that the home education meetings or at least some of them are easy to get to via public transport.

12. It is my birthday on Saturday and I am looking forward to the coming year now my mind is fixed and my body is on its way to being so. I even prayed last night almost without realising so perhaps I am reconnecting with spirit too.

So yes I am cheerful and I hope you are too!

So they say when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.

I have so many reasons to be cheerful this week and they appear in no particular order.

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1. My husband and children collected me from BritMums Live. They were a bit late and I chatted to a Brewery member of staff who was having a cigarette break. Not like the old Kate at all. Interesting.

2. We called at a lovely country pub and the magic of the weekend continued. My 8 year old son get into conversation with one of the other customers who was clearly fascinated by him. “You have a very intelligent son” he told me. I thanked him in New Kate Style. Another customer chatted to us about Yorkshire. Then an elderly man whose birthday it was gave his birthday balloons to the children. It reminded us of an evening long ago when my toddler son held court with an archaeologist and held his own even though the guy was off the scale intelligence wise. Special evenings with that little bit of fairy dust about them.

3. I told a man he smelled nice. A stranger at that. New Kate style. Apparently it was Beckham. No not the bloke, the aftershave.

4. On Sunday we had a wonderful family day out at Portchester Castle. The childrne loved playing tour guide with their audio tapes giving them all the vital information. My husband and son climbed right to the top of the castle apparently with my 8 year old racing ahead whilst his poor Dad huffed and puffed. We treated to the children to a ride on horse and bow and arrow. They have had a year of having very little so I am trying to make it up to them now.

5. On Monday, my husband took the day off. We are of the view that the Monday after BritMums Live should be a Bank Holiday for all involved and their families. We had breakfast in a lovely town near us. I had Eggs Benedict for the very first time. Another virginity lost way too late. We had a wander round the shops and I finally changed my address with the bank. Then we went and packed a picnic up, collected the children and had a feast in the park. Happy days.

6. The children have enjoyed after-school club all week as I caught up with various things.

7. I have not cooked all week thanks to my husband. I am getting as bad as my late Mum who used to take Wimbledon fortnight off every year downing tools and doing nothing in terms of shopping, cooking or cleaning.

8. My teenager thanked me for some T-shirts I had bought him. More vitally he said he liked them which is great to hear as for a few years he has had zero interest in clothing.

9. My daughter continues to enjoy doing arts and crafts helped by a lovely package from Baker Ross

10. I am planning a little trip to France with my brother. My challenge is to find my passport!

11. I had magical moments at BritMums Live. Even my worst bits were amusing in their own way. I learned a lot and will be posting about that soon along with my lovely moments from the Saturday.

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you so get smiling!

    What are my happy thoughts this week?

    1. We had a fantastic weekend. We got the back garden sorted with lawn mowed and new hanging space for laundry sorted. We were pleased to pick up new glasses for all the children ready for the Back to School. We bought rugs and runners for the house. We also squeezed in charity shopping and a long walk in the countryside.

    2. My teen son continues to bring me little treats. He also comes on the days that he finishes school early to the junior school to join me and the other two children on return school run. He really is a very lovely boy once he has woken up properly which seems to take longer every day.

    3. My daughter has come to her senses and got rid of her first boyfriend. I was horrified when I was told she was “going out” with somebody. I will probably be shot down in flames but is my firm belief that girls lose focus on their own hopes and dreams when they get caught up in all the boys stuff.

    4. My youngest son continues to take everything in his stride. He is one of those children who is good at everything and the one I worry about least.

    5. My husband is clearly enjoying the children. He reads to them most nights. I catch him swinging arms with them and just generally showing extra affection. I think the separation period really woke him up to the pleasures of family life.

    6. I am enjoying blogging more and loving starting the day by posting my Dad’s memoirs. I am learning so much about him as a young man as well as such detail on the war.

    7. I have asked my husband to take some time off work so we can have some couple time and he happily agreed.

    8. I am back to healthy eating most of the time and linking up with Wobbles Wednesday again to help with my motivation.

    9. I am refusing to give up on my ideas about volunteering so am applying for a new opportunity every day until somebody has the courtesy to reply.

    10. I had a lovely day yesterday when 3 people asked for my company at BritMums Live. I hate inflicting myself on people so it was great to know some folks would actually like to spend time with me.

    11. Hold the front page! I actually got into conversation with a mum at the school gates yesterday.

    I think I have worked out that a good weekend really does help set me up for a more positive week.

    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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    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.