Friday, December 2, 2011

the *joy* alert: december 2

My children amuse me.

This morning Sam, holding a big glass of water, says, "We don't drink enough water!"  Mark and I looked at each other quizzically.  I mean, this has been MY declaration.  Was this a joke?  A mockery of my broken-record?  No, he was dead serious.  His class is studying the digestive system, and they learned that our bodies need 2 liters of the stuff every day.  Oh, well...I guess it doesn't really matter how the message gets through.

Today at lunchtime, Joel saw a Christmas craft and recipe book that I had left on the table.  He pored over it for a good 15-minutes
And while he was doing that, Jack was listening to an Odyssey episode just like this!
And we had a nice little snow today, and when Joel got home from school, he asked if he could shovel the steps so that when our friend, Anne, came over for supper, they would be cleaned off for her.  He thinks she's a-okay!
And Jack decided to taste the snow...perfectly within the frame of my camera.

*Joy* Alert:  My boys and their fun, silly ways bring me great joy.

This month, I am joining my friend,Sarah Jane, in writing daily about things that bring joy during this lovely, peaceful holiday season. 
joy in the season
I saw a GAP ad the other day that I shamelessly "borrowed" for my titles this coming month. Ironically, if I can stay out of the GAP and other such places, I will most definitely be more alert to what brings REAL, lasting joy.

the *joy* alert: december 1

There is nothing extraordinary or earth-shattering, and most likely, not even interesting, about the following paragraphs.   But it was our day.  And sometimes, I just like to have a record of a regular, run-of-the-mill sort of day. 

It was a busy day that started out with an invigorating (thank you, North-easterly wind) 3-mile run, breakfast for the boys, a shower, and rushing the kids off to school. (Mark had earlier headed out the door to a breakfast meeting.)  I wasn't even at the door to holler my daily "love yells" at Jack (you are my favorite red-head!) and Joel (you are my favorite blondie-kid!) as they went off down the road to the bus stop.  I was upstairs in the bathroom putting on my make-up, so I quick ran to their room, jumped up on Joel's bed, cranked open the window and disturbed the neighborhood from there.  One of my neighbors was walking down past our house right behind the boys and looked up and waved, so I yelled out to her that she was my favorite neighbor (It wasn't really true, but I didn't think I should tell her she was my 5th favorite neighbor!)

After breakfast with a friend and her completely adorable 6-month old, I went off to give a hand to another friend at her apartment.  I was there all day and came home to Mark making hamburgers in a very clean kitchen (thank you, Markus!).  The next couple hours were homework, picking up (both of the house and 2 different kids), and a grocery store run. 

A friend dropped by for supper since she had a meeting later on with Mark and needed a ride to the meeting.  She played Mousetrap with Jack and Joel while I finished up the meal preps.  We scarfed those hamburgers right down and Laurence and Mark were off to their meeting.  

The kids goofed around a bit and then got ready for bed.  I read Half-Brother to them while they took turns (in 3-page shifts) playing with my hair (which they hate, frankly, but I beg for it, and someday their wives will be thankful that they had so much practice).  Then J and J went to bed and Sam stayed up to do homework.  I had an hour an a half to myself, and it was good.  When Mark got home, we chatted a bit, I did two of these 7-minute workouts, and together we tried to figure out Rdio (a music service) since, sadly, our beloved Napster is closing down in 15 days.

And then off to bed to end a "normal" filled-to-the-brim day.  

*Joy* Alert:  There is joy in being with the people that we love, in an everyday sort of way. 

This month, I am joining my friend,Sarah Jane, in writing daily about things that bring joy during this lovely, peaceful holiday season. 
joy in the season
I saw a GAP ad the other day that I shamelessly "borrowed" for my titles this coming month. Ironically, if I can stay out of the GAP and other such places, I will most definitely be more alert to what brings REAL, lasting joy.