Project Smile – September

My wonderful friend Alicia over at A Beautiful Mess had the most fantastic idea…do something to help us find and appreciate our smiles. What are the things that happen everyday that make you smile? It could be something as simple as watching a hummingbird dance around a flower. Want to know more about her wonderful idea? Read her Launching Project Smile post.

There’s no right or wrong way to do this…simply jot down things that make you happy. I chose to do one a day for the entire month. It was a way to remind me that it’s the little things that are the most important, and to find something to smile about each day (especially on the bad ones!).

Now, start jotting down your smiles and link up the last day of every month!

During the month of September, I smiled everyday. Here are some of the things that made me happy…

September 1st – Had a doctor appointment. I had to wait 45 minutes, but I got to read Mockingjay for the entire time and I didn’t mind the wait

2nd – An impromptu get together with neighbors to watch USC’s first game of the season. Lots of beer, wine, and laughs

3rd – Shopping with my mom…sans kids

4th – Our first home-grown avocado makes it’s appearance

5th – Got a pedicure for the first time in months! Also, brother made a surprise trip home from Hawaii (where’s he’s living and working). Family all got together last minute for a celebratory barbecue

6th – Breakfast, Bloody Marys, and bowling with the family, followed by dinner and football at our house

7th – Tater slept all night without waking up (a rare occurrence)

8th – Our first ghost pepper finally sprouted

9th – First “real” NFL game of the season…pizza and beer outside for dinner…perfect weather

10th – Had the most fun I’ve ever had on Twitter with Nichole from In These Small Moments, Cheryl from Mommy Pants, Roxane from Days, and Kris from Pretty All True. We laughed so hard I cried over Kris’ post Ass-Tronomy….if you didn’t read it before, go read it!! And read all 200+ comments too. And yes, it is that funny!

11th – BBQ with friends while watching USC make their first win of the season

12th – Beautiful weather. Sat outside and enjoyed the day with just hubby and the kids

13th – Tater was asleep by 7:30 pm, babies sleeping by 7:00 pm, and hubby at work. Had the whole evening to myself. Peace and quiet

14th – Stayed up late to wait for hubby to get home from work so we could watch some TV together and alone

15th – All of the kids were good, all day long!

16th – Sisters both came over with their kids for a play date

17th – Went to bed early and Tater didn’t wake me up at an unGodly hour the next morning

18th – Enjoyed a quiet day at home with just Jason and the kids

19th – Started my first ever “real” craft project – a cross-stitch for my mom!

20th – Had a long conversation with an old friend

21st – Our 8th wedding anniversary

22nd – Made a big pot of chicken tortilla soup for our first cold, dreary day of the season

23rd – Had a play date at my sister’s house – kept the kids busy and out of my hair for almost 2 hours

24th – Got to watch TV…all by myself, a rare occurrence

25th – Ms. L’s belly laugh caused me to belly laugh too! Laughing feels so good.

26th – Hubby let me sleep in and did breakfast dishes…without me even asking!

27th – Reorganized my pantry, fridge, freezer, and closet… clean feels wonderful!

28th – Sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with Tater and watched the girls dance

29th – Tater and I watched rabbits eating grass in our back yard, and quail having a quiet breakfast on the hill behind our house for about 15 minutes. It was a sweet time to share with him

So what are you smiling about these days?

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And so it goes…


  1. that's an awesome list!
  2. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud says:
    You've had so many wonderful things to smile about lately, Natalie. Happy anniversary, by the way. And, I had no idea that your brother lived in Hawaii. I was born and raised in Hawaii. :)
    Great smiles! I played along too. Come on over when you get a chance and we can smile together. Have a great day.

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud
  3. Great list - great idea. I am SO going to participate next month. I especially love your smile evoking activities on the 24th and 28th. :) There really is something to smile about every single day.

    Also. I didn't realize you were such a USC fan.
  4. Love the way you did it. I had them daily, even thought them daily, but failed to actually record them daily. Maybe next month. But there is no right or wrong or format to follow. I love seeing what everyone comes up with. Boy did you have some great things to smile about. So good to remember the good times with friends or beautiful weather or gut rolling laughter, especially in those trying moments. Love the 24th. :) Thanks for much for sharing these beautiful smiles with us!
  5. jillconyers says:
    So many fantastic reasons to smile and another great idea for presenting Project Smile each month!

    My Project Smile I see it
  6. The Sharp's says:
    Love your simple smiles! Happy Anniversary too!
  7. MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) says:
    I do my Fab 5 Friday posts, about the five most fabulous things that happened in my week. They're usually just little quips, but it is the little things that make the world go 'round!

    I love all the football and food references. In addition to my girlies, that's where a lot of my smiles come from, too. :) That's so cool about a home-grown avocado! And we enjoyed our first pot of chili this week, too. We've been having a great time the past couple of weeks, taping the Bama games and watching them after the girlies go to bed. I make a big spread and we have so much fun...although we can't cheer very loudly. :)
  8. I had to check the time stamp on this because i was going to feel like a dumb ass if this was up here before i asked about the ghost pepper!
  9. What a great month! Was the 11th the day USC beat the Gophers? My nephew is playing for them, so I guess that was a sad day for us. Oh, well. :) And I love that you grew avocados! I was just thinking the other day that would be fun to try! Here's hoping October makes you smile too! :)
  10. Aging Mommy says:
    Great idea! I think I will do this for October and link up at the end of next month. Right now what is making me smile is being home again with my daughter AND, finally, some cooler weather which means after three months of not being able to without melting we can finally play outside!
  11. you did the whole month?? For the love, you're organized. SMILE!!!
  12. The Blogging Goddess says:
    That is a wonderful idea and a wonderful list. I worked out today...made me smile in pain.
  13. Awwww, this is great.
  14. I just started reading your blog and love it! This list is wonderful. I definately think I'll be playing along next month.
  15. i love both impromptu get-togethers AND bloody marys, though don't get to enjoy either at on a frequent basis. :(
  16. Sarah Halstead says:
    Awesome! That is a good idea to write something down everyday. I think I will do this next month. I like your blog. I am following you now.
  17. Oh, I love the quote on your banner! That is an awesome list, you sure did a lot of smiling! Thanks for sharing.
  18. Snowcatcher says:
    Sounds like a wonderful month! Especially the hubby letting you sleep in! Heaven!
  19. Three year old refrained from screaming her head off when I dropped her at preschool today!!! F***ing Big A** Smile!!!!
  20. I will never forget Julie! If I'm going to be completely honest, I have to say that IRL sitting over here in my living room, I was laughing so hard my laptop was nearly shaken off my lap. I was in tears over that conversation. That was the best laugh I have had in a while, so thank you.

    And thank you for sharing your smiles. They are so wonderful. Lately, I can especially appreciate the 29th. Not the rabbits or the quail, but the beautiful little moment with a little bitty beautiful boy.

    I love this.
  21. Sounds like a fabulous month! Thanks for sharing your smiles!