The simple things that make me happy

Becoming a parent really does turn your world a little upside down – at least for the first few months anyway. My definition of a simple thing hasn’t changed since becoming a parent, but the things that make me happy, most certainly have.

Lighthouse have asked me to pause for a minute, and contemplate the simple things that make me happy. Although a lone toilet visit, eating my lunch interrupted or enjoying a peaceful moment make me incredibly happy since becoming a parent – my greatest joy in life comes from my children, and this isn’t something I will say often out loud. Purely because I feel like it goes without saying.

I have written my simple things down with my children in mind – those ordinary little things that occur, that really aren’t ordinary – they are remarkable, magical and precious. Simple and beautiful.

  • An unexpected lie in. By lie in, we’re talking 7:15am.
  • When all three boys eat their dinner without a fuss.
  • A day out that lasts much longer than planned.
  • Reading stories all snuggled under a blanket.
  • When they make up ‘jokes’ that are total nonsense.
  • Listening to them sing when they don’t know I’m listening.
  • Watching their dance moves, especially a sneaky shoulder or eyebrow shimmy during breakfast.
  • Wondering why they chose to wear a certain item of clothing.
  • When they’ve learnt something new, and then I hear them explaining it to somebody else.
  • Seeing them strike a conversation up with another child at the park, which doesn’t happen often, but I always listen intently.
  • When they’re all squeezed into a warm bath, before it turns to utter chaos.
  • Watching them laughing uncontrollably at one other.
  • Listening to Win and Ru chat in their bunk beds (when it’s not an argument).
  • When I hear Win and Ru talk and it sounds exactly like something I would say. This really tickles me.
  • Watching them explore, grow in confidence and try new things.
  • A family nap (an extreme rarity, but not extinct).
  • Checking on them before we go to bed to see what position they’re in, and to cover them up.
  • When we’re all in the garden pottering around.
  • Going away together for a few days.
  • When the three of them sit together at the bottom of the shower playing.

What are some of the simple things that your children do that make you happy?

E xx

Many thanks to Lighthouse for sending Otto and Ru these bright and sunny raincoats, free of charge. All thoughts and feelings are my own. 



  1. 26th April 2017 / 10:34 am

    They’re gorgeous rain coats Esther and I love this post so much. It’s amazing how much joy comes out of the madness. I love to hear and see these things too. It makes me happy when they act like a grown up (attempt sensible and boss like manner) say I love you and snuggle. It makes me happy when I see their toys all laid out in a specific way because of the game they’ve been playing. X

    • 28th April 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Lovely Mary! I love it when they say “I love you” too! With Win it’s rare, so it’s extra lovely! x

  2. 26th April 2017 / 1:58 pm

    What a lovely post. It’s important to remember how happy little things make you I think, we can get so consumed by the big things that don’t really matter.

    • 28th April 2017 / 2:25 pm

      Absolutely Nat xx

  3. 27th April 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Their coats are just the cutest. It’s just so important to take time to appreciate the little things in life – I love your list x

    • 28th April 2017 / 2:26 pm

      They are so bright aren’t they! It certainly will make them easy to spot when we’re out and about. Thanks Donna xx

  4. 29th April 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Love these coats and photos! Yes to these pointers, and I love (and find it so hilarious) having four litttles squashed into the bath! X

    • 2nd May 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks Nat! I too love it when they’re all squished in the bath. So so sweet! x

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