Sunday, December 26, 2010


Merry Christmas to me…
…I got the new iPod nano…small…pink...a pocket-sized music box. 
It got me thinking…
In order to get this WONDERFUL gift working…I had to load it on my computer.  Of course…I wanted the world to know how happy I was…so I got on face book and posted the news…I texted a few friends.
Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE MY PRESENTS.
But if I wanted to unplug for a day...  How might that go…?
I think for the first few hours I could keep myself occupied.
But today is as good a day as any. 
So, I think I’m going to take this day and unplug as best I can.
I’m going to continue to listen to my sweet little brother sing…
Not songs mind you…but stuff he’s made up.
For instance…he got a buzz light-year for Christmas…this is what he was singing…
“I can fly...over the city…I can fly over the city.  Flyyyyy..over the city, city, city, city…fly over the city.”
I’m sure we’ll play a board game of some sort.  I can imagine it would be a trivia game.
With all this snow, we’re bound to build a snowman….make snow angels…throw snow balls. 
Maybe we can come inside and warm up by the fire...
How would you spend an unplugged day?  Plan it here and then DO IT! 
- The Happy Book

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Childhood Games!

Not knowing how the world works can leave your mind to wander. 
You believe things based off of what you already know. 
Children are notorious for behaving this way. 
You did it! 
I did it. 
The next HUNDREDS of generations will do it. 
A child’s imagination is something. 
It’s very comical to think the way that they do.
I remember a lot of the games my sisters and I used to play. 
Being that there were three of us, we had to use quite a bit of our imagination – after all board games were usually designed for an even amount of participants.
LAUGHING…I decided to let others in on the adventures of…
 ‘the Peyton sisters’.
Game # 1:
“If Baby licks you, you have to have Petey lick you within 10 minutes or you die!”

The name of the game, pretty much speaks for itself.
Players:  3
In order to play, you will need the following:
-       (2) small dogs (preferably one named BABY and one named PETEY) (preferably one that licks a lot and another that doesn’t)
-       A lot of room to RUN!
The object of the game: don’t get licked by BABY…or the dog that licks a lot.

Getting started:
-       Decide which dog is ‘evil’ and which dog is ‘good’.  It’s easy to decide!  (The dog that licks a lot is evil – the dog that doesn’t is good.)  oh, how our little, young minds think. : )
-       Start at a random place in this big area…be sure that both dogs are with all participants.
-       Play with the dogs.
-       If the ‘evil’ dog licks you, you have TEN minutes to try to get the ‘good’ dog to lick you.
o   If the ‘good’ dog licks you, you have been saved.
o   If the ‘good’ dog did NOT lick you, whatever body part that ‘evil’ dog licked, is dead. i.e. if the ‘evil’ dog licked your arm, you can no longer use that arm.
-       You play like this until all your body parts die.  Once all your body parts die, then you are dead…and must lay where you were last licked.
-       House rules are acceptable!  The more imagination, the better!
Deciding the winner:
-       The winner is the LAST person still alive.
Game # 2:

‘Brockey’ is an imaginary term.  It stems from the words BROOM and HOCKEY.  (Apparently it's a real game.  Of course..ours is BETTER!)
Players: 3
In order to play, you will need:
-       Brooms, one for each player
-       Roller blades, a pair for each player
-       Tennis ball
-       Suggestion – pads! (Let’s be safe people!)
 The object of the game:  SCORE!
Getting started:
-       Choose two hockey players (note, you will be on opposing teams)
-       Choose a goalie (note, you will guard one goal for both teams)
-       Choose a goal.  (The goal must be the doorway to another room…)
-       The opposing team members start in the center of the room with the tennis ball on the ground…each in a HOCKEY pose.
-       The goalie says GO, and you try to get the tennis ball into the next room…using the BROOM and your skates…that’s it!
-       The goalie doesn’t want ANYONE to score…and can stop you from scoring however they want.
-       House rules are acceptable!  The more imagination, the better!
Deciding the winner:
a.    The goalie either decides the winner…
b.   Or the person with the most goals wins.
Game # 3:
Hot, deathly, killing, monstrous LAVA

Players: 3
In order to play, you will need:
-       Lots of furniture.
 The object of the game:  Don’t die from the LAVA…
-       You want to go from one end of the house to the other, WITHOUT touching the floor. 
-       This will involve lots of jumping…and screaming…close calls…and even death!
-       House rules are acceptable!  The more imagination, the better!
Deciding the winner:
You are a winner as long as you can make it to the other end of the house – without dying!
Have FUN!
What were your favorite games to play as a kid?  - The Happy Book

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Author: You!

She was as blind as Santa without Rudolph
written by: 
Chelsea Peyton
Kasie Pryor
Ashley Metz
Jamie Peyton
Tommy Metz

It was the night before Christmas and Santa was nowhere to be seen.
All you could hear was the crackling of the fire; and Santa’s sugar cookies waited to be munched on.
Unfortunately, Liz (the owner of said fire) had mistakenly put out dog biscuits for Santa to gobble down rather than sugar cookies (you see she was nearly as blind as a bat and in her haste, she grabbed the wrong prescription glasses and even more unfortunately, the smell of sugar cookies was an imposter... plug in smell makers come in every scent these days). So there the "cookies" sat, in all their glory.
As they sat on the kitchen table, Liz waited for her warm Christmas dinner to cook and thought about how kind it would be if Mr. Friendly (her not so nice neighbor) had a warm dinner too. If only he were nice enough to accept the offer though. Liz and her four girls, so curious, go up to his front steps every year and leave a pie coupled with a Christmas card hoping to break Mr. Friendly of his un-inviting smirk; maybe this year he’ll be more pleasing to be around. Maybe he does have a soft spot, she thought.  As usual, his Christmas spirit was low, and as Liz always told her girls, Christmas spirit played a very important part in Santa’s whereabouts.  At this rate, Santa will never get to those “cookies”.  
As some might have guessed, Mr. Friendly did have his heart broken.  This damage was done by his not so friendly wife, 15 years ago around this time. This is why he never has Christmas spirit, nor does he care to be around his thoughtful neighbors. The truth of the fact is he was happy to be rid of such a nit-picky wife.  And his heart breaking had little to do with her leaving, and more to do with the memories she left behind.  Mr. Friendly was simply scared that Liz might try to set him up with another over bearing woman; she did after all set him up with the last four.
Liz had little realization of her fondness of Mr. Friendly; she only wanted to see him happy…and sought after his soul mate for that reason.  Liz was blind in more ways than one.  It’s a good thing she asked for better eye-sight from Santa and being that she was good all year, and probably put down on the ‘nice’ list; she was bound to get more than she bargained for. 
Proof of Santa started to become evident the next morning.  After a few more slices of Liz’ pie and a trip to the hospital, Mr. Friendly started to live up to his name.  Liz walked outside in hopes to catch Mr. Friendly taking his morning walk, when she slipped on some ice.  With a broken leg and damped cheeks, Liz was carried to the hospital with Mr. Friendly by her side.  Months spent in recovery, Mr. Friendly being her care-taker, Liz pulled through.  Her fondness grew to love, and she wasn’t the only one who realized this gift.
‘The Friendly’s’ found out the true meaning of Christmas as Santa gave them the best gift of all time, love. Love is the most important thing anyone can have, and it comes from many different things (from family or neighbors…from your friends who are always there for you). But that year, they found the greatest love of all. It was the unexpected love; the kind that finds its way around you and blinds you for very long periods of time. Liz realized her passion for Mr. Friendly’s happiness would only be complete if he were in her life. This is what makes Christmas so special. Love is the most sought after, and the most underestimated.
Merry Christmas!
May you find your true love.
Come up with the most odd, cryptic, or ridiculous scenario you can imagine, and write it as the first line of the story in an email.  Forward the email to a friend to write the next line (have them return the email, so you can keep up with the story).  After that, share it with another friend to write the third line, and so on.  Enlist as many friends as you want.  Once everyone’s written a line, write another line, and pass it around again.  The only rules?  Build the story in new and unexpected ways.  The weirder, wackier, and more ridiculous the better. 
Need help getting started, try one of these prompts:
-       You go to the grocery store and realize all the food has been replaced by toasters.
-       You bring home a kitten from the animal shelter and learn it speaks perfect English.
-       Once upon a time, there was a girl named Kyra who wanted to create a magical roller skating rink.
-       The Happy Book

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Songs

As my grandpa Jimmy says, there is a song for everything. 
As a fan of ‘instrumental music’…I want to introduce my second series. 
The first was not officially established; to rewind a little, the happy list. 
The second though…will be a list of happy songs. 
These songs are simply those you wish to share with others. 
The list will start off small, but will grow as the weeks pass.
I will post the music video, link, pictures, a story, etc.; something to represent what I think the song is saying, and why it makes me happy.
Feel free to add to my list. 
Of course, you’re always welcome to create a list of your own.
Of course…the first song on the list is related to… CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
I would tell you what it is, but what’s the fun in that? 
Just see the HAPPY SONGS page…and don’t forget to SING ALONG!

Start a list of happy songs here.  Try to add a new song every week.  Ask your friends to contribute.  – The Happy Book

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Choose your pen...leave your mark!

The difference in those things that make people happy is worth discovering. 
I am a happy person…a lot of things make me happy.  When I first started this blog, I asked everyone to create a list of things that make them happy.  What’s great about this list is you can continuously add to it; every day I find something new that makes me smile. 
Not only can you add to your own list, but you can ask others to create a list as well…spreading the joy…isn’t that what it’s all about?
With Christmas just 23 days away, most new HAPPY moments is in relation to this merry holiday.  Out of pure excitement, I wanted to add to my list.

11. Listening to ‘Santa Claus Is Back In Town’ by Elvis Presley
12. Reading Christmas children books at Barnes & Noble (specifically those that involve interaction)
13.  Finding a station on the radio, that plays Christmas music ALL day long
14.  Taking a detour to look at Christmas lights
15.  Finding mistletoe and using it to make an excuse to kiss your honey passionately in public
16.  Bumping into ‘Santa Claus’ everywhere you go
17.  Jumping up and down like a 5-year-old child, excited to tell Santa…or a man in red, that looks like Santa…what you want for Christmas
18.  Picking out Christmas cards and writing to your loved ones, wishing them a joyful holiday
19.  Christmas Shopping
20.  Watching someone un-wrap the present you gave them

Guest Scribble
Justin Rice (Tito) from Texas says the smell of new shoes, the smell of a new car, and a puppy sleeping are a few things that make him happy.
Kasie Pryor from Seattle says ice cream sandwiches make her happy. 
To check out things on the other side of the world, that could make you happy, visit

Tommy Metz from Irmo, SC (God's Country) says seeing someone get something they really deserve, (usually someone who has worked really hard to get it), makes him happy.

 Every day, you see the same people – colleagues, classmates, your bus driver, your neighbor.  Find one of those people – someone you see every day, but don’t know well at all – and invite him or her to write a list of a few things that make him or her happy – post it here.
Feeling sheepish? Visit for inspiration.
 – The Happy Book