Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 471}

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 471}

I stitched a lot of new badges on the kids Scout uniform last week. My daughter received 9, whilst my son received 14. I actually enjoyed stitching them on as they are a great reminder of all the skills they are learning, but a little part of me thought they should be stitching them on themselves!

On Friday my daughter carved the pumpkin she picked up from The Pop Up Farm. She designed it herself and won a prize at Scouts for her design. It’s currently outside as we’re hoping it will last another week until Halloween.

We enjoyed an epic walk around the Lido at the weekend whilst doing a Geocaching Adventure Lab. This is a little like a traditional geocache, but is a longer scavenger hunt with clues to solve along the way. It kept my daughter busy on our walk

Last week was quiet as my husband was away in Malaga with work. I binge watched Will Trent on Disney+ whilst he was away. I also had my last day at work. Now I have a couple of week off before I start my new job!

Crossness Pumping Station at Abbey Wood

We drove all across London to visit the Crossness Pumping Station at Abbey Wood at see the beam engine steaming. We all had to wear hard hats and goggles which my daughter thought was hilarious. It was an amazing site to see and well worth the drive. The Victorian buildings are very atmospheric and have been used for film and television, including Victor Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and Penny Worth amongst others.

Have a great week.


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    Samantha Donnelly
    October 23, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    It sounds like you had a great week, well done to your daughter winning the pumpkin carving competition. I will have to check out the tv show

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      October 26, 2023 at 4:27 am

      Wowo….congrats congrats on winning competition with your girl, that’s a nice way to show grateful of your life. Gonna start blogging similar on my blog too. Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing

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    October 23, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    The Pumping Station sounds amazing! I’d love to see it. Sounds like it’s been a pretty good week.

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    October 23, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    What a lovely and happy week! p.s. I do the same thing when my husband is traveling – binge watch what I want. And congrats on the pumpkin carving.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    October 24, 2023 at 9:06 am

    What a fantastic building. It definitely looks well worth a visit. That is a lot of badges that you had to stitch on!

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    Lavanda Michelle
    October 24, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Reading about your week and the joy you found in those little moments was truly heartwarming. As a fellow mom, your words resonated with me deeply. It’s heartening to see how proud you are of your children’s achievements, from stitching on Scout badges to your daughter’s pumpkin carving success. Those moments of parental pride are truly special.

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    October 24, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, those badges are really great achievements. Well done to your kids for managing to get that many. I bet they enjoyed working towards each one.

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    Marie Cris Angeles
    October 24, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    I like how you shared with us your week. Doing a badge is not easy but it’s very exciting. I did that when I was in high school for our project.

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    Nikki Wayne
    October 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    What a great week you had! We would love to visit Crossness Pumping Station too! The place sounds interesting

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    October 24, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    The museum looks like so much fun! The Victorian era is so cool and it sounds like a great trip out!

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    October 24, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Your week sounds incredibly busy and fulfilling! Stitching all those Scout badges on your kids’ uniforms must have been a rewarding task, showcasing their skill development. Your daughter’s pumpkin carving win is fantastic, and I hope the pumpkin lasts until Halloween. The Geocaching Adventure Lab adds an adventurous twist to your family’s weekend. Plus, it’s lovely to hear that you have some time off before starting your new job. It seems like a week filled with accomplishments, family activities, and a well-deserved break. Enjoy your upcoming adventures and downtime!

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    October 25, 2023 at 12:39 am

    The Crossness Pumping Station looks impressive! It is nice to focus on these things that were good about the week, and to look back on the good. We have been so busy and I feel like I am just trying to push through sometimes.

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    October 25, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats to your kiddos and you too (I hope you love the new job). I’m looking for a new line of work as well.

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    Jupiter Hadley
    October 25, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    I hope your transition to your new job is a simple one. Well done on your children getting so many badges!

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    Claudia Krusch
    October 25, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    Love learning about your happy things! Pumpkin carving season is one of my favorites!

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