Tuesday, March 8, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 1

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The flowers are blooming.

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The other day I was driving to the grocery store
when I noticed this beautiful Bradford Pear tree.
It took my breath away as I drove past it
and I knew that I wanted to go back to photograph
the first blooms that I had seen this spring.

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So, I called my mom
and asked her if she would drive me and Koen
around so that I could photograph some flowers.

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She obliged me and chauffeured me
as we scouted out beautiful flowers along the way.

I would say "Over there!" and she would pull over.
Then I'd hop out of the car to snap a photo
while her and Koen waited in the car.
I'd jump back in like a bandit
that had just stolen a beautiful memory.

I felt so supported and loved by my mama,
who still fosters my creative endeavors
into my adult years.

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I even sprawled out on the ground to grab a capture
of purple weeds that grow wild in fields near my home.
They just look so pretty as I drive by.

I realize that so much about that morning
made me happy.
Taking the time to slow down
and appreciate my surroundings.

I love that the trees look like
dressed up ladies
that wave as I go by.

I love it that my mama
still shows me that she loves me
in the most simple ways.

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Want to join me in my quest
to scout out happiness for a whole year?
Simply post a photo of something that
makes you wildly happy and tell us all about it.
Then, steal my button and include it in your post.

If you've been participating in
The Happiness Project regularly
feel free to add up the weeks that you've already done
and start your 52 weeks at that number.
Don't forget to link up to Mr. Linky!
Please leave a comment to let me know that you were here.



50 comments:

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Your mama sounds wonderful. I love all the beautiful shots of the blooms.

Anika said...

"I love that the trees look like dressed up ladies that wave as I go by." I love that...never thought of them like this before. Now that makes me happy.
May have to start giving my ladies some names;)

Pieni Lintu said...

Oh, these are so beautiful shots!!!! I love them!!!

AJ said...

Oh...so beautiful. So many blooms...and that blue sky...love it!

Tima said...

Stunning pictures

Lucy said...

I totally agree with you! They remind me of ladies dressed up also! I love Spring! Amazing photos!

Halie said...

Hello, Spring! Great photos!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Isn't it wonderful!?

Beautiful captures!

Kristy said...

These are beautiful. I take spring has come your way?

Erin said...

Send some of that spring this way please, Leigh!!! You took some increidble shots, as always. Love that your mom drove you guys around. So sweet!

Keep up the good work!
xoxo

Dixie Mom said...

Spring is springing here too but in a different way since I live in the desert!
Love those pics!

Sarah Halstead said...

Gorgeous photos!!

R Montalban said...

Your pictures are beautiful.

Jenn said...

Just found this through one of the blogs I follow. What an excellent idea. Your photos are beautiful!

Sarah said...

It's still winter here - so thank you for posting those lovely spring pictures!

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm loving all the flowers in bloom - it makes me happy.

From Tracie said...

I love that your mom drove you around to take picture. That is so great.

They are absolutely beautiful.

Natalie said...

LOVE your shots! The bokeh is awesomeness! Signs of spring!

onangelwings said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with your mama.

It is wonderful that you know one of the best parts of life. Slowing down and really seeing what is around you, adds so much joy to your life, and also erases a lot of the negativity we sometimes allow to consume us.

Lovely pictures of the blooming flowers.

Sara said...

What a great twist on this... And such BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!

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Danyelle said...

I think your spring is a step ahead of our's. Beautiful shots.

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jfickes said...

So beautiful. My mom does the same thing with driving me around while I run out of the car. Only I'm running into Costco or the grocery store while you are photographing beautiful things. Almost the same, right? :)

Michelle Pixie said...

Oh I love this! I am going to get a post up later today and link up!! :)

I love capturing the blooms...I can't wait for Spring to be sprung here! Simply lovely captures!!

Steph said...

link up through "phonography", great idea. love your flower pics. Thanks for hosting!

Daffy said...

I am SO jealous! We dont' have any color like that yet. I am so ready for spring I'd do just about anything....sigh....I may have to just post up your photos for awhile and pretend. Spritz some fabreeze and fake it til I make it kinda of thing...

Sue said...

Beautiful flowers, beautiful words, and beautiful love from your mom.

Great first post for "52 weeks of happiness!"

=)

*itKuPiLLi* said...

I want to join you to scout out happiness, this is so great project.

And your photos are so gorgeous and beautiful. :)

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

You've been getting me all choked up lately!

Your mama sounds like a beautiful flower. Like mother like daughter, I say.
xo

love and life ♥ said...

Gorgeous shots! The orchid trees are simply incredible. I wish we had trees like that here but it makes me appreciate photos like this a lot! Keep them coming =) xo

deb duty said...

These are very happy photos! I have that same purple weed growing in my yard now.

Brad and Caroline Ray said...

I love the new button. I also love spring flowers. Mine starting blooming a month ago in Arizona. Have a great week.

Heather said...

LOVE the pictures of the flowers! I can't WAIT to see the blooms here! It is one of my favorite things about where I live. ;-)

Cathy said...

I can't believe you have so many beautiful flowers around you already...we're getting a snow storm tonight.

I also can't believe I forgot it was Tuesday today. I'll link up later tonight when I get home.

You have some really great shots here! I love the 2nd one!

Uyen said...

These pictures are awesome Leigh! More importantly, you have an awesome mom who loves you tremendously! What a great blessing!

julie said...

How can gorgeous shots like that, not add an extra 'spring' in your step!! Spring is so close!! Happy Tuesday :)

RunMonkeyMama said...

Awesome flower photos! I'm jealous that youhave flowers already too!

Actuary Mom said...

Beautiful photos!! I'm loving that Spring has begun!

Susan said...

Beautiful! I think my favorite is the gorgeous magnolia blossom, but all are just wonderful. What a great Mom for assisting you in your search for flower happiness!

Laura said...

love your pictures and love that you are celebrating happiness!!

Tiaras said...

little flowers already - our ground is still frozen!!

Cathy said...

I came back and linked up! It's not THAT late yet;)

Gretchen said...

These are beautiful shots. Keep treasuring those moments with your mom... =)

momphotographer said...

Love love love Magnolia!!! It's such a beautiful tree... It looks like the Spring it where you are :-)

Corrisande said...

Most lovely pictures - spring seems a bit more advanced in your place then here, but we're up to the crocusses already :)

Mother Theresa said...

Beautiful photos! That yellow one is a Forsythia, isn't it? We have one too, but it's not blooming just yet. We do have daffodils, though, which is a start.

from mel said...

i really, really like this new idea! and LOVE those shots. spring. i can smell it from here.

fiddlehead said...

This just makes me happy. I love this! What beautiful shots you have. I am excited to be a new follower. Hope you will visit us here sometime too!

pandabox33 said...

Oh wow Leigh, that's a wonderful project!
Your pictures made me smile. We still have snow in Montreal and the day is gray. Your pictures of flowers are joyous and hopeful.