The Gallery: Happy

Jess McGlynnApril 30, 2014
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The theme for this week’s The Gallery is ‘Happy’ and having not had a very happy Easter break due to various things (you can read about that more here) I was a bit stumped by the theme.  

I thought about what makes me happy, firstly.  Well, recently it was the discovery that they do really make Big Carl wine glasses (Cougar Town, anyone?!) and on a night out last week with some family for a birthday celebration I was very happy indeed to be drinking glasses of wine which were as big as my head.  Given the reaction of social media, it would make a number of you happy as well!

I know you love my wild WINE eyes.

But, that seemed a bit superficial.  Especially considering I was a bit of a wreck the following day.  Which wasn’t so happy.

I ummed and ahhed and in the end, I have decided my signature photo is one which I hope makes you, if not happy, then at least amused.

Especially because the bit that makes me laugh the most is the person who is not smiling in this photo.

It was a beautiful day at the beach and we were having lots of fun building sandcastles with friends.  I love being at the beach; there is something so refreshing about the crisp salt-tanged air, the way your hair gets all knotted from the incessant wind, and of course the indulgence of eating as much ice cream as you want because you are at the beach.  I also love that Meg and Eli love it just as much as I do.  Eli asks every single morning whether we can go to the beach and now the weather is improving I’ve tried to say yes as often as I can.

On this particular day however, despite all of the above and more, one person just didn’t want to smile for a photo.  Didn’t want to summon up her inner joy and let it be displayed for all to see on her face.

You might even say she went for a face which directly contradicted the amount of fun we were having.

So a bit of a cheat but I hope my daughter’s grumpy face brought you a happy smile!!

Hop on over to the Sticky Finger’s blog to see how other people interpreted this week’s theme.  Hopefully better than me!


  • Susan Mann

    April 30, 2014 at 13:27

    Lovely xx

  • Caroline

    April 30, 2014 at 13:33

    Lol, loving the huuuge wine glass, and your daughter's grumpy face! Bless her, so funny when they refuse to smile for photos, even when you know they are happy! Love your description of being at the seaside, very happy indeed xx #thegallery

  • bluebirdsunshine

    April 30, 2014 at 14:48

    Hehehe, her little grumpy face did make me smile, thanks. You're really lucky to live close to the beach – very jealous!

  • emma kleinfeldt

    April 30, 2014 at 19:52

    Do children ever smile on cue? Great photo still.

  • Debbie Johnson

    April 30, 2014 at 20:08

    Awwww- but it is a lovely grumpy face! (and no matter how superficial I love the wine glass!). #thegallery

  • Merlinda Little

    May 1, 2014 at 21:42

    cute nonetheless =) #thegallery

  • mummyoftwo

    May 3, 2014 at 09:22

    Wow a Big Carl! I need one 🙂 I love the photo, I have plenty of those with my two and they always make me smile!

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