Monday, December 24, 2007

Manic Monday - Joy

This week’s Manic Monday word is Joy! Be sure to visit the Manic Monday HQ, It’s A Blog Eat Blog World.

We just returned home after spending several days with both my family and Eric’s family. The holidays are always a stressful time, but I am constantly reminded how much joy they bring us as well. Here are just a few things that have given me joy over the last few days.

* I shop early and online. I had my Christmas shopping done a couple of weeks ago, thank God! When we passed the mall on our way home this evening, there was a line of cars from the highway going into the mall. I am so joyous I don’t have to go there!

* My son’s photography! Since Eli is developing a special talent with photography, Eric’s parents got him a digital camera of his own, as you can see below. He is loving it! Since yesterday, he has taken about 150 pictures, including several crotch shots of me. He needs to learn how to aim up. I will post some of his photos later in the week. I love all of the joy he is getting out of his camera.

* My family’s sense of humor. My dad, who is a big jokester, gave Eric a . . . . well, we’re calling it a “warmer” for Christmas. It even has a bell on the end. If you don’t think you know what it’s for, I’ll bet you do. Just think dirty.

* I love that I have a dad who is hilarious enough that he would give this to my husband as a gift. And I love that I have a husband who not only appreciates it, but happily shows it off to his family of shocked faces. Now if I can only get him to try it on long enough to take a picture . . .

* I love that my daughter gets so much joy out of her new winter coat because she thinks it makes her look like a princess.

* I get so much joy out of our Christmas eve tradition of making cookies for Santa. This year, it’s chewy chocolate ginger cookies. I can’t wait!!

* And lastly, I get so much joy out of all my friends, especially those friends I have made while blogging!

I hope you all have a very joyous Christmas, and find God’s grace in all the things in your life! Merry Christmas!


Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I was going along with all the things that give you joy and I found the warmer. Bwahahahahahah. What a great father you have. Very well done Neila. You have a Merry Christmas too. :)

Crazy Working Mom said...

I love the "warmer" idea! :)
Was Eric embarrased by this idea or is he used to it by now? *LOL*

Those digital cameras are the greatest! I got Shelby one when we went to Baltimore and Santa is bringing Tyler one. He will have lots of JOY with this one.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Neila!

Tisha @ CrAzY Working Mom

Ian Thomas Healy said...

It's a cock cozy! Hilarious!

Happy MM, Neila, and Merry Christmas!


Desert Songbird said...

Ha! I'm guessing Eric will get good use out of that gift, given your wicked weather lately.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I think that beats the potholder that goes around our family! ;-D)

Merry Christmas!

Patois said...

Love that warmer. I see where your sense of humor comes from. Merry Christmas.

Sassy Lucy said...

Too funny about the warmer, we have one that my husband's grandmother gave to hubby's dad (who is a nudist), and then it was given to hubby when we married...ours doesn't have a bell though, and isn't nearly as colorful.

Have a joyous holiday!!!

Julie said...

Bwahahahaha! Can't get past the "warmer"! Too silly! I love it!

Mo said...

I was gonna say "cock cozy" but Ian beat me to it.
What does that say about us???

And who exactly knitted the "warmer" anyway? I mean, did your dad pick this up at the church craft bazzaar?

Merry Belated Christmas!

Travis said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday.