I’ve switched platforms to Blogger

Just a quick note to say that the blog has moved over to blogger.


The blog can now be found at http://happytimesfour.blogspot.com


I’m still working on adding a bloglovin follow button to my new site, so please bear with me! I hope to see you over at the new site!

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Small Success Thursday

One thing I definitely missed while taking a blogging break, was the chance to link up with CatholicMom.com to share in their Small Success Thursday link up. Since it’s Thursday, I’m happily linking up again!

Small Success Thursday



1. Spring Break for the kids ended and school resumed today. Our Spring Break was just as I hoped it would be–relaxed! We didn’t do much aside from enjoying the lovely weather, playing outside and spending time with family.

2. Easter Sunday lunch. This was the first time I hosted the family for a holiday meal. Normally my parents do the hosting, but their house was in the midst of being painted, so I volunteered. While my mom always makes everything from scratch, I did use a little help from Honeybaked Ham and let them handle the entree! It was a great decision that lowered my stress level and, of course, was delicious.

3. Forgoing the traditional Easter Egg hunt for a scavenger hunt instead. Thanks to Pinterest, I found some ready to go clues that I printed off and put inside of plastic eggs numbered #1-8. The kids had a ball and so did we! It was so much fun to watch them run around the house searching out the next clue and the ultimate prize at the end. I will definitely have to do this again!


As I sit in a very quiet house this morning, I’m loving the peace and praying that both children have an easy transition back into their school routines!

Thanks for reading!


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It’s been a long time…

Although I can’t say that I will be blogging on a regular basis–the pressure to always deliver just became too much–but I just might pop back in every once in a while. 


Spring has finally decided to show up in our neck of the woods. While we have had one measurable snowfall since the official start of Spring, we’ve also had our share of 70 and 80 degree days. After the incredibly long and cold winter we had, I don’t take these days for granted. They’re simply beautiful!

It’s been such a joy to be able to open the windows during the day and even at night every once in a while. Fresh air is such a boon to the spirit! 



During the blogging break, I’ve definitely caught up on my reading and have enjoyed it immensely. I finally tackled Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and couldn’t believe how much it changed my thinking about how we eat. While we’ve always eaten healthy, and from scratch, I didn’t go to great trouble to source local milk, eggs and meat. That has all changed! We definitely eat less meat simply because quality meat is substantially more expensive, but knowing that it’s better for my family is so important to me. It’s also been fun locating the farms where the meat comes from and getting to know the butcher. My daughter gets a HUGE kick out of our butcher for two reasons: first, our butcher is a woman (that rocks!) and second, she’s also a roller derby girl (that totally rocks!). We’re both tickled by butcher Betty!

We have lots of changes coming up in the near future including an international move and a new addition to the family. It’s going to be a big year and we’re so excited! 

I hope to be back periodically with updates and random musings–I just don’t promise frequency! :)

Thanks for reading!

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Radio Silence

It’s been a while since I’ve written. I’ve been giving this blogging thing a lot of thought. I’ve only been blogging for 6 months, but I’m not sure it’s for me. 

I started blogging with the intention that it would give me an outlet when I quit my job; I wanted the ability to stay connected with others who were over three feet tall. :) However, now that I’m a stay at home mom, I’m finding that blogging isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. 

I love being home! There’s very little that makes me happier than taking care of my family and home. Blogging is bringing unnecessary stress to my life. I always feel pressure to write a post and be insightful. I would much rather spend that time teaching my preschooler, baking something delicious, cleaning the house (yes, really) or sewing/crafting/creating. I don’t want to feel obligated to blog about it.

I also want to read books that I want to read and not think about whether it’s “blogable” or not. I love my scattered choices–and not following through on books that are awful. My crafts are certainly not Pinterest worthy, but I don’t really care, it’s the process that I enjoy. 

So, what does this all mean for this site? Well, I’m not sure. I don’t think I’m going to delete the site just yet. I may post something now and again, but not with any regularity. I just want to enjoy my life without unnecessary pressure.

I thank those who have visited this site and left wonderful comments. However, for now I’m off to enjoy more of my real life. 

Happy Holidays!

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Weekly Menu Plan

This week is all about warm, comforting food. The temps are going to be below freezing with nights in the single digits. Nothing sounds better than food that warms us up!

.Just because it's Monday
(Just because it’s Monday!)

Here’s what we’re eating:

Monday-homemade chicken noodle soup


Wednesday-broccoli stir fry served with steamed rice


Friday-homemade smoked sausage, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts

Enjoy your week of great eats!

Linking up with orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday


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