Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 464}

Thames Barrier Open Day

Starting the week by writing the Happy List is something I’ve been doing for a while. This is my chance to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures. It’s a post I always love to write.

Five Happy Things {Week 464}

Last week was the final week of the school holidays. We made sure to keep the kids busy with finishing homework, bike rides, go karting and a trip to the local climbing centre. I also stitched name labels on every new item of school clothing I could find!

I finished stitching a sweet butterfly embroidered brooch last week, and also stitched lots of Liberty tumbling blocks, and a Christmas ornament! I’m not sure what came over me but I started the sweet gingerbread house kit which came with Love Embroidery magazine. I’m not sure I will manage to keep up with this level of creativity, but who knows!

butterfly embroidered brooch

Over the weekend we enjoyed a trip to the RAF Museum at Hendon. It has been a while since we last visited and it has completely changed. The kids really enjoyed the visit as there was so much to see and do.

Today we headed into London to see the Thames Barrier at Charlton. It was a public viewing day as once a month they raise the barrier for testing. It was a really amazing sight and we took a boat back into central London, which is the best way to see London.

Last week I reviewed 365 Days of Stitching and I am excited to start my own 365 embroidery journal. I’ve decided to start now and follow the academic year, which makes more sense to me that starting in January. I will keep you posted!


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    September 7, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    I always love your happy things posts. I think it’s all too easy to focus on the negative when we have so much to be thankful for in our lives.

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    September 8, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    I love your happy posts, it just make me smile and happy…It is fascinating how sometimes small things make us happy, I love it.

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    September 8, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    Aww I love the little butterfly! It’s so nice to review the good things no matter how small, because really, it’s the small joys in life that carry us through each day. Very inspiring and sweet to check in each week and hear about the happy bits 🙂

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    September 8, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderfully productive and fun-filled week before the school started! Keeping the kids engaged with various activities and even prepping for school with those stitched name labels shows your dedication. Your creative endeavors, from the butterfly embroidered brooch to the gingerbread house kit, showcase a fantastic burst of creativity. Keep enjoying these moments of crafting and making memories!

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    Gennifer Rose
    September 8, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    I am very jealous, I would love a trip to London! It’s my husband’s favorite city and surely in my top 5. 🙂

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    September 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    This is a cute idea for a recap post! Also, it’s nice to connect with a blogger from the UK as I am writing from the states.

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    Lavanda Michelle
    September 10, 2023 at 10:19 am

    This is such a refreshing and positive read. In a world filled with so much noise and negativity, your focus on the simple, joyful moments in life is truly uplifting.

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    Jennifer Miyagishima
    September 11, 2023 at 1:05 am

    That butterfly broach that you sewed/stitched is lovely!!

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    Claudia Krusch
    September 11, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Love how you share happy things! So important to keep a happy positive perspective!

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