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Happy New Year! December 31, 2012

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Ooh! Ahh!

Ooh! Ahh! (Photo illustration by me.)

 

 

BONUS: Smiley + Smiley December 25, 2012

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Merry Christmas again, happy readers! This morning, after presents and chocolate, my wife and I sat down to breakfast (homemade “Dutch babies“) and when I took up my mug to sip my coffee, Aunt Smiley broke into sudden laughter and told me not to move. Then she grabbed the camera and snapped this photo.

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“It was just too perfect,” she told me. “Even the hats are drooping on the same side!”

(And yes, I got a load of new smiley gear, so look forward to new pics later this week!)

 

Merry Christmas! December 24, 2012

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Two years ago, for this blog’s first Christmas post, I shared my plush smiley santa ornament.

Last year, I received a new smiley Santa ornament, this one painted glass with my name on it. It was a gift from (you guessed it) my dear mother-in-law, the Great Enabler.

So this year, I’m happy to share it with you on Christmas Eve! 🙂

Smiley Santa ornament. From my personal collection.

Smiley Santa ornament. From my personal collection.

And whatever your religion or your holiday practices, I hope you have a very, very happy season.

Santa smiley December 20, 2012

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Just in time for the end of the world, most of our holiday cards have arrived at their destinations, bringing seasonal cheer and warm wishes for our last hours on Earth….

Wait. I’m confusing Christmas with the Mayan apocalypse.

Let me start over….

Holiday cards are a team effort in the Smiley household, with my wife taking the role of addresser (she has better penmanship) while I check the addresses (I have the iPod). And then we sign each card — and, for friends and family, I sometimes doodle this little Santa smiley on the card, as well!

Santa smiley. My doodle in Sharpie.

Santa smiley. My doodle in Sharpie.

Happy holidays, everybody! See you all back here on Monday! (No, really — I promise….)

🙂

 

Holiday cookies December 17, 2012

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Holiday cookies. Aunt Smiley on the left; Uncle Smiley on the right.

Holiday cookies. Aunt Smiley on the left; Uncle Smiley on the right.

Last weekend, my wife and I made sugar cookies for the holidays. I baked them — she helped decorate them.

We did a lot of holiday standards: Santa, stockings, snowflakes, trees, ornaments, snowmen…. But I had to make a smiley cookie, obviously. What I didn’t realize was that my wife had made one, too!

And, would you believe it? Her smiley is better than mine! 🙂

Smiley holidays, happy readers.

 

Happy Halloween! October 31, 2012

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Evil moon smiley. Photo illustration by me.

Tiny jack-o-lantern October 18, 2012

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Tiny jack-o-lantern. For Halloween 2012.

I really, really LOVE Halloween. The ghouls, the goblins, the demons, the clowns. (That list gets scarier as you read it.) And, of course, the fun of dressing up and carving pumpkins. In our small apartment, though, I tend to stick to tiny pumpkins my wife and I draw on with markers. Not exactly the traditional scary face lighting the darkness to keep the evil spirits at bay, but they’re still fun to make.

And yes, I always do a scary face, because it is Halloween. But I also do a smiling pumpkin, too, because we’re supposed to be having fun! 🙂

 

Mr. Happy book bag and journal September 3, 2012

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During our trip to Texas last week, my family gathered for a giant birthday party (Jennifer, I, and all three of my sister’s kids celebrate birthdays within a few weeks of each other). The party was mostly for the kiddos, but Uncle Smiley got presents, too! Including two awesome smiley gifts!

What more fitting gifts for a writer than a book bag and a journal to write in? And what more fitting gifts for a collector of smiley faces than Mr. Happy paraphernalia?

I loved the Mr. books when I was a kid — didn’t we all? — and I still get a huge kick out of these smiling shapes! Of course, technically, all the Mr. Men had smiley faces except Mr. Forgetful, Mr. Mean, Mr. Fussy, Mr. Grumble, Mr. Quiet, and Mr. Worry. So any one of those guys would have been a terrific gift. But when you think smiley faces, you have to start with Mr. Happy!

Thanks, Sara and Red and the kiddos! This was a terrific birthday present!

Olympics make me smile! July 27, 2012

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Smiling Olympic rings illustration I made on my computer, in celebration of the Olympic Games.

Let the games begin!

 

Happy Fourth of July! July 4, 2012

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Happy Fourth of July! Illustration I made on my computer, in celebration of America’s Independence Day.