The Happy


Be happy for this moment.  This moment is your life. 

~Omar Khayyam


I love my boys.

I love my sister.

I love taking photographs.

I so LOVED using my sister’s Nikon DSLR while taking some of these!

It made me happy.

And I loved capturing my boys’ happy.


He’s really eager to sit up


And stand up


Peekaboo with his favorite aunt


I love this shot


This is happiness. His and mine.

Linking up with little white whale for Sunday Spill who provided the quote, and Mama Track and My Time As Mom‘s weekly Essence of Now meme.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • August 3, 2012 Katie

    Ah! those thighs!!! And Charlie is ALL about standing too. What is UP with that? Slow down, babies!

    Love all of these shots. And oh my, Monkey looks a LOT like his aunt (or at least what I can tell from the picture).
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      Right?? The eagerness to be mobile is scaring me.

      And thank you. Also, Monkey probably looks like his aunt because my sister and I look very alike. When we travelled together in the past, people used to ask us if we were twins!

  • August 3, 2012 Christine

    The rolls!! I love the rolls! Your boys are too cute.
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      I know! I’m pretty obsessed with the rolls myself.

  • August 3, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Gorgeous shots, Alison!!! So when are you getting a DSLR of your own? 😉
    I love this Happy post.
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      As soon as I persuade my husband I REALLY need one 🙂 And thank you.

  • August 3, 2012 Leslie

    Those pictures are adorable! The scrumplet has gotten so big!

    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, and yes he has!

  • August 3, 2012 Susi

    Your boys are just too cute. Love these pics. I’m drooling over a Canon DSLR and saving my coins!!! 🙂
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Susi. I would really love a DSLR. SIGH.

  • August 3, 2012 Greta

    THIGHS! So cute. And I love that picture of then looking at each other too. What a moment!!

    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      I’m slightly obsessed with those nom-nom thighs. They were playing and I was snapping away, so fun!

  • August 3, 2012 christine

    Oh my gosh! Love those cuties!!
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank you.

  • August 3, 2012 Kimberly

    Oh. Em. Gee. Those thighs!!! Love!
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      Right?? Cannot. Get. Enough.

  • I love the chub on the baby’s legs. I so remember that! Your big boy really is growing up!
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      I’m treasuring the chubby thighs, I know they won’t last! And yes, Monkey is really big now, sigh.

  • August 3, 2012 Courtney Kirkland

    I didn’t realize until I saw that last picture just HOW MUCH your oldest looks like you. 🙂 Such handsome boys you have.
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    • August 3, 2012 Alison

      Spitting image, yes? 🙂 And thank you.

  • August 3, 2012 Blond Duck

    LOVE those thighs!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Me too!

  • Those thighs, oh my god I could nom on them all day!
    Such beautifull boys!
    I really like the quote at the beginning. Where do you find these?
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      I do nom on them all the time!!

      The quote prompts are from Sarah of little white whale. You can find her if you click on the button below my post. She provides a prompt every Sunday, and you just link up on Thursday!

  • August 3, 2012 Leighann

    Gorgeous photo’s
    that baby is so adorable with those cute chunks I want to squeeze him
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Leighann. I squeeze his cuteness all the time.

  • August 3, 2012 thedoseofreality

    I practically drooled right on my keyboard over those baby thighs!!! Oh my goodness, they are ADORABLE!! Great pictures…your children are simply fantastic! 🙂
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Ashley!! The image of you drooling on your keyboard made me laugh hehe.

  • August 3, 2012 Katie E

    I love his chunky thighs – my boy had such nice chunky thighs, but now he’s starting to slim down since he runs around all. the. time. Great pictures!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      I know, my toddler had the most adorable thighs ever and I bemoaned the loss of them when he got more active and taller. Now he’s all long arms and legs!

  • August 3, 2012 Mel

    Your boys are beautiful and I LOVE those squishy thunder thighs on baby boy!!!!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Mel!

  • August 3, 2012 Raquel

    Oh such cuties! Love that age and how fun to use a DSLR. I hope to get one someday. Found you on SITS. Your boys are adorable!

    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Raquel, and it was fun playing with the camera. Thanks for stopping by.

  • August 3, 2012 Theresa

    I love the happy moments! Such cute shots!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Theresa!

  • August 4, 2012 sarah

    What cuties! You should borrow your sister’s camera more often 🙂 Or better, get one for yourself! I promise you won’t regrett it. It opened up my world, that’s for sure. Scrumps is getting BIG!

    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      She did offer to loan it to me for a while! (isn’t she awesome) And I’m working on my husband to get me my own. I’ve been working on it for er, 5 years, so wish me luck! Scrumps IS getting big, what’s up with that?

  • August 4, 2012 Jessica

    Oh mama, you are making some scrumptious milk for the scrumplet – look at those chunky monkey legs! LOVE IT. And I can see that your sister has a special relationship with your big boy. My younger sister is really connected with my children and I *love* seeing them together. Does a mommy’s heart good.
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      I love those fat thighs!! My sister does have a special relationship with Monkey. She’s spent weekends with him since he was born, and she’s the only person outside of my in laws and husband, that I can trust to leave Monkey alone with. She trumps my parents in that aspect, hah!

  • August 4, 2012 Jackie

    OMGoodness, I’m in love! Those chubby thighs and cheeks, are just too much to handle. Chubby babies do make the cutest!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      And soon, you’ll have your very own chubby baby to nom on!

  • August 4, 2012 Natalie

    Love these!!! They are both so precious. And growing way too fast.

    Thanks for linking up with us!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Definitely growing up way too fast. And thanks for hosting!

  • August 4, 2012 Co-Pilot Mom

    Oh, the cuteness!

    Wonderful pictures! I dream of a DSLR someday, too.
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! May you get your wish for a DSLR 🙂

  • August 4, 2012 vanita

    these are absolutely beautiful and your boys are seriously handsome girl. wow.
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Why, thank you my friend.

  • August 4, 2012 Laura

    Oh my gosh! CHUBBY BABY THIGHS! Om nom nom! I can’t believe Gavin still has those big giant thighs for the number of times I’ve eaten them all up! I would do the same with your baby for sure!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Haha! I nom on the thighs all the time. When the toddler started leaning out, I mourned the loss of the chubs.

  • August 4, 2012 My Inner Chick

    those chubby little legs are AaaaDORABLE.
    Fabulous photos of your beautiful boys.
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank you Kim.

  • August 4, 2012 julie gardner

    This made me happier than you can possibly imagine.

    The end.

    (But not really.)
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      It makes me happy that it made you happy.

  • August 4, 2012 Alma

    Ohhh ditto… that last picture is a killer!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      His smile slays me all the time.

  • August 4, 2012 Christine

    You just reminded me that I bought an online DSLR class on Groupon and haven’t signed myself up yet! Off to do that! 😉 Great pictures. They are adorable!!!
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    • August 4, 2012 Christine

      Still wondering why my picture isn’t showing up. Hmmm….I’ll try another email address that’s not listed on Gravatar and see what happens!
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Christine! As for your picture, you need to pick an email to register with Gravatar and upload a picture to associate with that email. Gravatar will then send you a verification email to the address provided. It does take a few hours for it to work. And when you sign in to a blog to comment, use that same email you verified with Gravatar. Good luck!

  • August 4, 2012 AnnMarie

    I love the beginning of this post with that quote! LOVE! I can’t believe how much you and your sister look alike. At first I thought you cut your hair and then realized it wasn’t you. 🙂 Gorgeous pictures. Gia never had thighs that delicious but Tommy and Belle both did and I miss them.
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      My sister and I used to travel together and we’d get asked all the time if we were twins!! And thank you, I loved taking those pictures – it’s amazing how different the pictures look compared to my normal point and shoot.

  • August 4, 2012 Felicia

    Awww!! How absolutely adorable! I love those pics. They put a very big smile on my face this morning.
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    • August 4, 2012 Alison

      Felicia, it’s always nice to know when a blog post makes someone smile 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  • August 4, 2012 Amy

    Holy adorableness. Thanks for putting a big smile on my face this morning! Nothing is cuter than happy, smiley kiddos having fun! 🙂
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      Love that others smile when they see these pictures 🙂

  • August 4, 2012 jamie

    Your boys are totally gorgeous!
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jamie!

  • August 5, 2012 Kimberly

    I spy some KISSABLE cheeks 🙂
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      You spy right!

  • August 5, 2012 Miranda B.

    Beautiful shots!! I wish I had a DSLR! And those boys are super cute. Dropping in from SITS!
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      I wish I did too – I had to borrow my sister’s 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • August 5, 2012 Natalie

    Awww those boys are the cutest!
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Natalie! (no baby yet?)

  • August 5, 2012 Elena

    Fantastic shots! The very last one – such a great capture. And those baby legs? Oh my gosh I want that stage back.
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Elena! And gosh do I love baby legs.

  • August 5, 2012 Louise Ducote

    Alison, I love your new name/blog design; just gorgeous! And those babies. . .wow! But I’m commenting to encourage you to buy a DSLR as soon as possible! I bought my NIkon D3000 when my son was about five and the difference in my photos from before and after are night and day; I wish I had sacrificed something else, anything else, to buy it sooner. I had a decent camera before — a Fuji Finepix — but there’s no comparison. And one more thing: I’m on the Nikon track and won’t switch now because I own three Nikon lenses, but Nikons are more expensive to repair than other brands because they will no longer (as of last month) sell parts to camera stores. So if even the tiniest thing goes wrong it has to be shipped back to the factory and you’re looking at four to six weeks without your camera. If I were starting all over I’d go with Canon for that reason alone. Cheers!
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    • August 5, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Louise – for your kind words and advice on the camera. I need to do more research on what to get and the biggest hurdle? Getting my husband to agree to get me one 🙂

  • August 6, 2012 Jessica

    Oh, how I love the baby fat!! I love it! Love it! Love it! Great job on your pictures!!

    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jessica! I had awesome natural lighting and good subjects on my side that day 🙂

  • August 6, 2012 jamie

    Such cuties!
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    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jamie!

  • August 6, 2012 Jessica

    I love seeing the quilt in pictures! They are both getting so big.

    Thank you for joining us!
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    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      The quilt is much used and much loved! And yes, they are.

  • August 6, 2012 Leigh Powell Hines

    What sweeties. So cute.

    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Leigh.

  • August 6, 2012 Erin

    Oh happiness is bliss! I just love your little boy’s smile. It’s one of those true smiles that lights up a room. Sometimes I think kids are robbed of those sweet innocent smiles all to quickly.

    Oh and your littlest guy . . . he’s just getting too big so quickly. He is so sweet.
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    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      I love his smile too! And yes, Scrumplet is growing up way too quickly.

  • August 7, 2012 Tonya

    Those chunky baby thighs are to die for!! As is his big brother’s smile. 🙂 Great shots.
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    • August 7, 2012 Alison

      I love baby thighs. Sigh.

  • August 7, 2012 Galit Breen

    Lovely, lovely, and more lovely, you.
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    • August 7, 2012 Alison

      Aw, shucks. xo

  • August 7, 2012 MommaKiss

    um, those baby legs? are munchable. or zerbert-able.
    gorgeous pictures!! that’s a whole lotta happy 😉
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    • August 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes it is! (munchable baby legs and a whole lotta happy)

  • August 8, 2012 Elaine A.

    Oh my gosh those thighs are totally chomp-able!! 😉
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