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How to Make the Little Man Smile.

My son has the sweetest smile in the world. And it doesn't take much to elicit that from him. He takes his frivolity after me; both of us find joy in the simplest little things.

One of his cheap thrills, for instance, is going to the mall. (Although when you think about it, the mall is not really a very cheap place to go to. Haha!) Mention the word 'SM' and his face will instantly brighten, like Christmas lights that have just been plugged into the socket.

Dress him up in his 'going out' clothes, and he'll be happier even more. Especially when he's wearing his Spiderman sneakers, his most favorite shoes at the moment. That way, he's pretty much convinced that you're really going somewhere and you're not just saying 'SM' for kicks.

Stylin' and profilin'.
On Yue: Future England Captain shirt and pants set from  Umbro, Spiderman hi-cut sneakers by Reebok.

When at the mall, take him to any of his favorite fastfood restaurants. Get him some fries, chicken or chicken nuggets, a glass of iced tea (sans the ice), and he's sure to wolf down everything in one sitting.

Regular faces at Mc D's. Because we're crazy about their Happy Meal toys.

Swing by the department store, and make sure to buy him something - anything. It doesn't matter if it's on sale or the price is astronomical (the latter is always the last option, haha!). For as long as he likes what you're going to buy, that's fine with him.

Yue's haul from last Wednesday's shopping trip: My First Words Sticker and Activity Book, a pair of Phineas and Ferb flipflops, and a blue body scrubber.

This kid absolutely loves stickers. I think it's something that all kids have a penchant for at some point in their lives. I'm glad that Yue doesn't put his stickers on the walls; thank Heavens he's a bit of a neat freak like me!

Thumbs up, Mom!

After a stressful day, nothing beats seeing the little man all beaming and happy. One look at his smile and my hunger goes away, my stress gets relieved, and I feel like the most accomplished woman in the world.

Sticker happy!
I'm glad that I chose to be a stay-at-home Mom. In my three years of being one, I've never missed a chance to see that pretty boy smile of his. He looks more and more like his Dad each day, especially when he flashes his Dad's signature killer smile. :)

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27 replies:

Breena said...

What a sweet little fellow! Thanks so much for linking up at "Life as this Mommy knows It"!

Czjai said...

Thanks Breena! :)

Janene said...

Cute kid! Stopping by from Life Rearranged. Happy New Year!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a handsome little fella! I played mommy moments too. Happy new year!

anne said...

His smile is contagious love it. Thanks for the visit.

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PL said...

Your little man is so handsome! and he has the makings of a heartthrob! was here for Mommy Moments! Have a happy new year ahead! here's mine:

Czjai said...

Hi Jane!
Thanks for the visit!

Happy New Year to your family! Your kids are adorable. :)

Czjai said...

Happy New Year, Rose!

Post photos of your New Year outfits! I love how your daughter poses in front of the camera. :)

Czjai said...

Happy New Year, Anne!

I hope you'll have desserts later. :D

Czjai said...

Hi Pinx!
Happy New Year!

Looks like a lot of girls will be weeping when the time comes. Hehe. :)

Tetcha said...

Killer smile, indeed; like father, like son! What's good about kids is that they find pleasure in simple things; that's one thing adults need to learn from them. Thanks for your MM visit!

genie said...

This is my first visit to “The Simple Things” and I am meeting so many wonderful photographers. It is a real treat for me this evening. Love the shots of you all. That boy of yours is precious. Adore the hairdo. It is toooooooo cute. Happy New Year. Hope to see you next week. genie

Czjai said...

Hi Genie!
I first saw your photos in I Heart Macro and I've been following your blog eversince.

You take such great photos; truly an inspiration for a hobbyist like me to improve my photography skills. :)

Thank you for the compliment. I feel really accomplished as a Mom when I hear nice things about my only son.

Hope to see more of your great photos! Happy New Year!

Czjai said...

Hi Tetcha!
Ditto on that! :)

SmilingSally said...

He's a doll. I love those blues!

Happy New Year & Happy Blue Monday!

Unknown said...

Very pretty cool dude! ^)^ Happy New Year!

Festive Season

Maria's Space said...

He is soooo cute. Being a stay at home mom isn't easy. It is the hardest more rewarding job I have ever had and I wouldn't change a thing

Czjai said...

Hi Rees!
Glad to be sharing the same sentiment with you. :)

Czjai said...

Thanks Mary!
Love the bokehs in your photos. :)

Czjai said...

Hey pretty Ms Burrito!
You were even prettier in that purple costume you wore. :)

Czjai said...

Thanks Sally!
See you next Monday!

Chris said...

He is just so adorable! :D Happy new year!

Czjai said...

Thanks Chris!
Happy New Year!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

That first picture is great! What a happy little boy.

Czjai said...

Hi Krystyn!
Thanks for the visit!

I always look forward to Mommy and Me Mondays. It's a great way to start your week! :)

A. B. Syed said...

Gorgeous Blog and you are right, he does have a lovely smile. Keep up the good work!

Czjai said...

Thanks for the wonderful compliment, Jones!