Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ten tiny things that bring me joy

That's the Monday Listicles topic for this week: ten tiny (or secret) things that bring me joy. So here we go!

With my sweet sixteen-year-old
1. When my 16-year-old son gives me a hug and tells me he loves me. I know how rare this is for teenage boys!

2. When 6-year-old Nicholas talks or sings in an English accent. Or when he sings anything! I think my favorite is when he sings "Electricity" from "Billy Elliott." He has a gift for accents, and another one for music. I'm constantly amazed by how many songs he knows. Phillip Phillips' "Home" is one of his current favorites.

Cheers to friendship!
3. Seeing any of my kids on stage. Will get to do that this week--Chris is appearing in Jesuit High School's production of "Curtains," and opening night is on Thursday!

4. Hearing my husband read from his writing. Sent chills through my spine! Can't wait until he gets published and has more opportunity to do this!

5. Making music with talented musicians. Did that this afternoon; great joy!

6. Lunching/dinnering/happy houring with girlfriends or my mom and sister--I can't get enough of that!

Cousin love
7. Seeing my kids have fun with their cousins.

8. Going away for the night with Mike...just the two of us! We have a few gift certificates to use...hoping that once our life slows down a little, we can sneak in a few getaways this year!

9. Realizing how lucky I was to have been born to two inspiring, encouraging parents, who live near us and are very present in our lives.

At our book group book exchange in December
10. Sinking my teeth into a great book and not being able to put it down. Or going to book group!

Check out some of the other "tiny joy" posts at Stasha's Monday Listicles page!




22 comments:

  1. #6 and #10...totally 100% yes! Great list...I loved it! :)

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  2. Music brings such joy to me, too. And getting together with friends and great books are great ones that I forgot about!

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  3. Thank you! I find it hard to express how much I enjoy my girlfriend dates--it seems that I never get enough time with them.

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  4. Unputdownable books are definitely awesome. Good list!

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  5. Oooh, I love a good book. I can't imagine how fun it would be to see my children on stage. One day!!
    As for the accents, my son does a pretty good Gru (from Dispicable me.) Maybe it's a sign of things to come?

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    1. I am pathetic with accents (although my husband is British, so I love them)...that's why I'm amazed to hear my kids do such good accents.

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  6. Definitely YES to getting together with family and friends. You sound like a very talented family.

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    1. Thanks! My kids have the acting talent. I'm much more comfortable singing in front of the crowd. :)

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  7. Aww, I'm with you on #1. The absolute best! Erin

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    1. Thanks Erin--yes, I feel very lucky!

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  8. SO much joy...I bet your list could've gone on and on! Very blessed.

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    1. Yes--it was hard to stop at just 10. Good to focus on joy for a change as we've had so much death in our lives recently.

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  9. This is beautiful, Marie. I love positive posts like this one. My kids brings all kinds of joy, too.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Yes...kids have an ability to make us remember how important the little things are, don't they?

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  10. The love in your life leapt off the page. Most joyfully I might add. Your son that picks up accents -- I bet he'll be good with languages. I have a daughter who is good in music and languages and she's a high auditory learner.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jamie, and for the comment. I'm much more of a visual learner than auditory, even though I love music. But I'm crap at accents!

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  11. Your photos are always so full of happiness. Hope you bring champagne to your getaway with Mikeand celebrate him being published too!!!

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  12. you're so blessed to have such a great husband and sons!

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  13. Great moments of happy. And I love your photos. Everything looks fun and well...happy! :)

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