"If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad..."

A while back, I mentioned that my sister Marla said that on Fridays, people tend to blog about the things that make them happy. And why not? For most folks, Friday is the end of the work week, the start of the weekend, the night that there's good stuff to watch on television. It means that Saturday is coming, family time is coming, fun is coming. Friday rocks my socks.

Today was a darn good Friday, in fact, it's been a pretty darn good week. With the exception of PJ being slightly more tantrum-y then usual (he has another damn molar coming in), it has been a week full of happiness, sweet thoughts, and surprises.

Potty training is going very well! We are taking it slow, but PJ seems to be getting the hang of it and understanding the feeling of having to go. He still has to be led to the potty most of the time, but he has gone all on his own a few times. He also used the potty outside of the house (I bring his potty seat with me and just slap it on the toilet wherever we are) with no fear, which is a huge deal! We have phased out diapers completely (except at night) and we are starting to phase out pull-ups. Today, he stayed dry for a whole afternoon at the mall, and even did TWO pee-pees on the potty at Nordstroms! I can only imagine what people thought of the cheers emanating from the ladies room. :-) He cheers so loudly for himself when he uses the potty, and I love seeing him so proud!

Pete got a new position at his hospital, and is moving to the Emergency Department! I think he's really excited about getting a change of scene and having a new challenge. The job is not self-scheduling, as I originally thought; there is a set schedule, so I can only hope that this one will be better then his current one. But either way, I'm so proud of him and so excited for this new opportunity! Plus, he'll be on day shift for a few weeks while he's on orientation. Booyah! He'll hate it because he loves working nights, but I will love having him home every night for a while! :-)

OMG! I just flipped to ABC Family and The Sandlot is on!!! YOU'RE KILLING ME, SMALLS!


Anyway. I got to spend a lot of time with my sister Marla this week. She had yet another setback in starting her new medication, but she hangs in there the best she can. She keeps her sense of humor, makes the best of everything, and has even started her own blog! I really hope that with a new doctor and a new regimen (that will, hopefully, start sometime this year) she is going to turn a corner in this thing. I know she wants to go back to work, and to look and feel like herself again, and I am praying that she's on her way. PJ needs his Aunt Mawwah!

And today? Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of my brother-in-law, Greg. There's always a tinge of sharp pain when he's thought of, that first second when you remember again that he's not here. And it's not easy, never has or will be easy to know he's gone, with all of his laid-back, Star Wars fan, dark-humored ways. But time passes and his daughters keep growing and his wife, Shelly, keeps going on. It's okay for life to ge good. We smile and laugh a lot when we think of Greg. And we miss him.

It's good for the soul to look back at the week past and think about all of the things that have made you happy. Life is never perfect- far from it, of course. There can be so much difficulty and hard work and adversary, but Fridays? Fridays are meant for happiness.

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