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Happiness Is... Being with the People Who Matter

By A Happy Mum @A_Happy_Mum
February is a time of festive celebration, of gathering with loved ones, of feeling the love that binds us as family and friends.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Chinese New Year means new clothes for us!

The Year of the Snake symbolised a new beginning. A new hope. A new chance for me to dress up my girls, breathe in their beauty and be thankful that they are part of my life.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Toys help to bridge the young and the old

It was a time of gathering where there was no generation gap, only loud laughter and happy huddles. I brought Barbie dolls for Angel to play with her cousin and to my surprise, my grandma came to join in the fun, followed by my mom. Kids - they help you relive your childhood days.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

It's Chinese New Year's Eve!

A reunion meal means to sit around, have a hearty meal, feel the warmth of family and be grateful that you have these people whom you love and love you back.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Now what's so hard about assembling a cupboard for my toys?

We finally made our way to Ikea and bought cupboards and shelves for the kids room. The little helper was thrilled to lay her hands on a real screwdriver and Allen key, so she gave her best shot in helping out. After two minutes, she started to pant and said "Nah, give you back".

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Can I feel you, mummy?

Seeing my baby grow up day by day, taking time to admire her chubby cheeks, pointy nose and armani-styled hair, and that moment when she reached her hand and placed it on my face, yes, that was pure happiness.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Hello, Chinatown, long time no see!


One Saturday afternoon, the hubby was not around and I decided to take the girls on a spontaneous trip. With one in the carrier and one in the pram, we took the MRT not knowing where to go. Then I decided to bring them to Chinatown to immerse in the CNY atmosphere before it ended. The narrow streets, the loud music, the stream of tourists, the sweet coconut juice, there was something that made me beam with joy. 

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

One's sleepy, one's hungry, both happy

Happiness is doing the same old routine every day, like making milk and coaxing babies to sleep, but yet feeling the satisfaction and joy when the kids throw you a smile or plant you a wet kiss.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

I'm on the rainbow bridge!

We became a Pollywogs member! *empties pocket* Yes, it's all for her smiles.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Daddy and Angel having fun at KidzWorld

To run free, be free and feel free. To not be afraid of getting wet, of bumping into obstacles or of falling down. That is something we can learn from the kids.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Hoho, Ariel's first visit to the Zoo at 19 days old

So, I was supposed to be in confinement but I chose to do it in a Swedenized manner, that is, I went out every other day right after delivery. Not for anything else, but because it made me, and my kids, happy.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Vegetables for good for you!

Feeding goats for probably the 50th time. (Yes, it was easier to find goats in Sweden) Yet, each time never failed to light up the big girl's face and bring out her laughter.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Knock knock, Guess who?

I was looking through the pictures in my camera and found a series of random shots and self-taken portraits that made me laugh. Hmmm, when did she even take my camera?

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Time for a night ride!

Finally, my girl mastered the skill of riding a bike! Previously, she got stuck each time she had to switch legs to pedal and one day, whhhoooooosh, she just did it right before my eyes! And I couldn't be more proud!

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

Neh neh ni boo boo, you can't catch my smile!

There is fun in trying a million times to capture that golden, elusive smile of your baby on camera. Click, click!

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

This smile is for you, mama

And then finally getting it, that is what money can't buy.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

There's something lovely about sisters

At last, the girls wore their matching sisters shirts and took a photo together. I had been yearning for this day for lonnggg. It turned out just how I imagined it to be - perfect.

Happiness is... being with the people who matter

1, 2, 3, Say cheese!

Happiness lies in trying to take that perfect family photo - but fail, because either one, or both, kids are not looking at the camera or that everyone looks perfect but you had your eyes closed for that split second. Well, that just means we get the chance to try again! Woohoo!
It's the people I love and all the random little things in life that make me happy.
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Happiness is... being with the people who matter

If you are on Instagram and have a happy picture to share, feel free to do so using the hashtag #happinessis_ahappymum and your picture might appear here next month!
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Happiness is... being with the people who matter

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