Project Alicia : First Project Smile Party. Please join me.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Project Smile Party. Please join me.

If you are new here, welcome. This is Project Smile. We've been recording our smiles over the last month. And today we are sharing them with each other. Making the world brighter one smile at a time.

I am so thankful for this project that reminded me to look around and find the beauty and the sunshine even on days that were dark and gloomy. It's been a rough few weeks here, but life is good. This month these were the things that made me smile (in no particular order).

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Nothing big. Nothing earth shattering. Just sweet, simple moments.

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I wanted to share just a few other examples of some recent smiley moments...

1. Yesterday Little Man exclaimed that he had "breaking news" upon his arrival home.

"I gotta girlfriend. I think her name is Kaylie. And she's 4 inches taller than me. She already had her elementary growth spurt."

As I sat and listened to this 11 year old beam with his "breaking news" I couldn't help but smile.

2. There have been so many sweet, thoughtful comments and emails lately, but my friend Kristi over at Live and Love...Out Loud has been an extraordinary friend. This tweet made my day. Thanks for the smile friend.

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3. Hubs saved the day (and $200) by figuring out how to clean up a fake trojan virus on our computer. I was so worried I was going to lose my videos and journal. Then I woke to a note that read "computer is fixed". My hero.

4. After pouring out my heart in a recent post of self reflection I had a flood of sweet comments. They were all so thoughtful. I loved every. single. one.

5. And we received a cash offer on our home today after multiple disappointing setbacks. If you have been following at all you know how incredibly HUGE this is. You better believe it brought a honkin smile. And yes, I know that nothin's over til it's over. But still smile worthy all the same.

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To bring more smiles let's focus on the beauty, the sunshine, and the happy moments.

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And don't ignore the minute moments because that's what makes it all worth it.

What made you smile lately? I've been dying to hear. If you aren't linking up feel free to share them here.

If you want the button, here's a grabbable one for ya.

A Beatiful Mess


FYI: Project Smile will be open Now until Wed, Oct 6th at midnight! It's also a bloghop, so grab the linky if you want.

44 comments:

  1. I love the "breaking news" - how sweet that he mentioned that she's had her growth spurt :)

    I'm definitely going to join in. I could use a little focusing on the positives!

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  2. Wonderful things to smile about! I am so happy for you guys and the cash offer! That is so exciting! I will keep you in my prayers that it all works out! I hope the rest of your week continues to make you smile!

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  3. Oh forgot to tell you how wonderful the family photo is! How did you take it?

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  4. I LOVE Project Smile, Lish – another reason to focus on the positive! Your list of things that made you smile are great, too! And that is an awesome family photo!

    http://RaisingFigureSkaters.com

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  5. I was laughing at little man, that's too funny. Glad the house situation seems to be working out. I know how stressful that has been for you.

    Great family photo, :)

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  6. Fantastic things to smile about on your end!! I did mine a little different...I recorded something everyday. It made me really sit down and focus on something good - even on the bad days!

    Thanks for this wonderful idea!

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  7. I'm so glad you came up with this fabulous idea. There are so many things to smile about but often times we get so bogged down by all the things that go to crap in our daily lives. Thanks for reminding us to search for those smile-worthy moments.
    And most of all, thank you for the uber sweet shout out in your smile-worthy moments. It made me teary-eyed. I'm so thankful for our friendship, truly. :)

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

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  8. Hey Alicia, I will link up tomorrow... hope you have the linky open still?? Loving your list and that quote FONT and your uber-gorgeous family. Man are you guys actually off TV?? Honestly you ALL look like MODELS! LOL
    xx

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  9. Your family should be in magazines and so should your photography! Beautiful.

    I am participating next month for sure!! Button is already on my blog. :)

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  10. My smiles are blogged :)

    Love how you presented your smile list. Thank you for starting this Alicia.

    Good luck with the sale of your house.

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  11. Yay on the offer for the house! I thoroughly enjoyed your whole list, too.

    Thanks for coming up with Project Smile. I've had a rough month, and it really helped to have a reason to keep looking for something positive in every single day. (I did mine in a slightly different format from yours.)

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  12. the best smile for me off of your list is that you got a cash offer on your house!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!! This is great news! What did I tell you? The right person will come along and swoop up that house of yours. Congratulations my friend, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will be "it"!
    I love, love, love the family picture! Did you shoot that?? How on earth did you do that?

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  13. I love your beautiful family fall photo! AND YAY FOR NUMBER FIVE :)

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  14. Great list :) How exciting about the cash offer on your house and I love your little man's breaking news, just too cute.

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  15. This was such a brilliant idea, and your smiles make me smile. LOVELY photography. Thank you for starting this!

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  16. Simple, light, and really heartfelt. I love this. Congrats on the offer. I hope everything works out. I cannot tell you how much I love that last picture! Beautiful! The best one yet! Congrats on your smiles girl. Not sure when I will get my post up, but know it is coming!

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  17. I love all of these moments. I'll have to add this to my list of things to look forward to each week.

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  18. LOVE this idea and just had to stop by and tell you that your family pic is AMAZING! I want to do something similar this fall. Did you use a tripod????

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  19. Yay for the cash offer! Praying everything goes smooth and quickly!

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  20. Congrat's on the house offer!!! I love your family picture! So cute!!! Oh and little man's news was just too adorable!! ;) Keep smiling there is a light at the end of the tunnel<--at least that's what I keep telling myself!!

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this BRILLIANT idea! I loved your smiles, your little guy cracks me up - he thinks her name is Kaylie? Haha!

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  22. Your family photo with the leaves made me smile:) Love it!
    You know, when my mom died 24 years ago, my dad said "life is only happy moments" and at the time I thought, "how sad and limited," but now I get it. Live in the moment and when the happy moments happen(daily!), savor them:)

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  23. Love this project.

    Your photography skills are outstanding!!!!

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  24. Please teach me how you stay so gorgeous.

    Because your smile makes me smile. And just a teensy bit jealous.

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  25. whoa! a cash offer on the home is GINORMOUS!! that's seriously life-altering! i really hope it works out!!

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  26. Your family is so beautiful!! I love the picture of you guys. I hope everything with the house goes through!

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  27. Where to begin?? I love the family picture, the cash offer, "breaking news", Kristi's tweet....so many smiles! I love this, I really do.

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  28. You so deserve each and every one of these smiley moments. Congrats on the cash offer on your house. I have to agree that Kristi really does have a way of making you smile. I'm so very grateful I've "met" her too.

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  29. I love that last picture of you guys! Amazing! So happy to hear about a cash offer on your house..fingers crossed for you.

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  30. So happy about the house possibilities! Great initiative goin' on here Lish! It makes us mindful and that's a really good thing :)

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  31. Alicia, you have such great ideas! I love "Project Smile"! And I really love your family photo! Look at your beautiful blue eyes!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hug´s,
    Verena

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  32. Those are the most beautiful smiles I've seen all day! And the eyes -- gorgeous!!!

    Love anything that makes smiles happen. I sang a silly "kissy" song to my 4 yr old in the grocery store to keep him occupied. It worked. He giggled. :)

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  33. Great meme, great smiles! I'll have to keep my camera ready. I've been more on the food theme lately. I'll still be playing on Tasty Tuesdays and will join you here too when I catch some great smiles :-)

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  34. I love, love, love, love this! Such a beautiful idea to point out all the positives in life!!

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  35. Heyy. Thanks for the comment! i always feel like no one reads my blog.
    Thanks for the compliment! Im trying!! i hope i can get to your status!!

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  36. I loved this post. I loved that you recognized "just because" kisses. And I loved that story about your son and his new girl friend.
    And congrats on receiving an offer on your home. I know how much stress house selling/buying/renting and all can be! Wish you the best! Thanks for the smiles!

    PS My link-up does not follow this blog hop theme and I am very sorry I linked up (Hazel Village Giveaway)! I got confused as I am still trying to figure out how blog hops work. So sorry, please take me off the list if you can.

    -CK

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  37. This is a GREAT idea!! I deal with bipolar which has it's regular ups and downs, and migraines... both seem to be worse in the fall and winter months. Hmmm... Perhaps SAD is interwoven there...

    Thanks for hosting and sharing your lovely photos with the world! ;D

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  38. Hi! It's me, Ty!

    My Project Smile post on my blog will be up on Tuesday, Oct. 5th. I had a hard time with the Blog Hop code...hopefully it works out. eek.

    Here's the link to read my SMILES for September,
    http://wp.me/pR1J1-3W

    I've already started jotting down my smiles for October...can't wait!

    www.tysadventures.wordpress.com

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  39. OK, I'm finally linked up!
    Hope you like it and it makes you SMILE :)

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  40. I love your blog and look forward to following along! I completely appreciate your efforts to raise smiles! For me personally... my kiddos provide a pretty constant stream of smile making moments for me and we're adding two more little ones to the mix so hopefully I'll keep on smiling despite the impending chaos!
    Blessings.
    j
    www.gfinkfamily.blogspot.com
    Beneath the Acacia Tree

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  41. I'm a little late to the party this month, so I will just add mine here for September...

    watching my daughter cheer her first Pop Warner game.

    enjoying this Fall's first bowl of chili soup - yum.

    House and The Good Wife's season premieres.

    got a haircut.

    the leaves are changing.

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  42. Oh, and here's one more to make you smile (I hope)

    ALL of your recipe cars were nominated under Best Recipe(s) for the Who's WHO in 2010 for 2011 bloggers event - you can nominate YOUR favorites here:

    http://www.theblogfrog.com/1370931/forum/56188/best-recipe(s).html

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  43. Ok..how crazy. I have started recording down something similar. At the end of the day I record 3 things that I am grateful for. Nothing big, just things that made the day a little brighter.

    Also, I’ve started making a list of things that bring me peace, make me happy or make me smile…then I try and conciously include them in my day.

    All the best with your new project!

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  44. The breaking news was really funny! I can't help but smile too. Kids really are amazing most of the time. Sometimes I would love to go back to my childhood ,where even a very small thing can make me smile or laugh!

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