Thursday, August 02, 2012

Honest to Blog



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I love this blog.  I really do.  I put a lot of time and effort into it.  Sometimes too much time and effort if you know what I mean.  Sadly, I don't write half of the things I really, really want to write.  My favorite posts aren't the photo heavy vacation slides or the clever DIY's (although I'm proud of those too).  My favorite posts are the ones I've written about 20 times in my head, and then sit down and actually write and edit the post another 20 times before finally hitting the publish button.  I love the (my) process of thinking... then writing... then thinking.. then writing.  But I just don't have time for those posts that often.  And I'll be honest, I totally look at my stats.  I can't lie that I get a thrill when I see referring URL's from another blog (especially them popular, fancy blogs) and I watch my stats skyrocket for a day or two.  Eventually they always come back down though and in the end I have my faithful readers who could care less about my stats.  And I'm grateful for that.  I've always tried to be who I am on this blog--which is why it's all over the place.  It's part memoir, part journal, part scrapbook, part art/craft log, part complain-y, part gratitude, part sass pot, part serious, part not-serious.  When you add it up, it's all me.  And that's all I've ever tried to do on here, be me.  

OK, it sounds like I'm getting ready to drop some major bomb or something....I'm not.  

But I did make an important phone call the other day.  An important call that informed me that my oldest daughter starts kindergarten (all day, every day here folks) in less than 4 weeks.  I only have a few weeks left with my big girl before we enter the school-for-the-rest-of-her-life phase and suddenly I find myself wishing to turn back the clock to lazy mornings, park filled days and lovely evenings in that wonderful little garden in the middle of Washington Heights.

My point?  The blogging is going to be sparse, if not non-existent the next few weeks.   The blogger in me probably won't be able to resist a post here and there, but the mother in me is going to try and forget that I have a blog altogether.  I know you understand.  And I hope you'll be there when I return.        
  



Here are some of my favorite photos from our family shoot with the lovely Rachel Thurston.  I love the location and I love how the photos turned out.  However the woman in me is a little bummed I didn't do some red lipstick (at least half the time) and while I love my dress I'm wondering if I duplicated the cinched-waist-isn't-doing-me-any-favors mistake I complained about earlier.  Sigh--is it just in our nature to be uber picky about our own appearance?  Regardless, I'm really pleased with the end result and I'd highly recommend Rachel to anyone for any occasion.  

23 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Have fun with PSP. My "little" one start Kindergarten in 2 weeks. Here it is 7:30 am to 2pm. I do not know how I will make her get up so early (6:30am?). She goes to bed at 8pm. Maybe we should switch to 7pm? I am scared :-))))
    Alexandra

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    1. 7:30? That's insane...and one thing I have to be grateful for I guess. :)

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  2. Anonymous10:57 AM

    Psstt, hello! I think it's in our nature to be uber picky because I think you look absolutely ethereal in your pictures. I love the breezy dress & your hair! Enjoy the rest of your summer & see you when you come back!
    Rachel (a reader from Toronto!)

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  3. I have been following your blog since your story was on Enjoying The Small Things. Yours is my favorite blog to follow now :) I like your spirit and your honesty. Relish the next four weeks and make lots of fun memories! I'm a life long Texan (live in Houston now), and I like hearing your perspective of Texas!

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    1. Allie--aw thanks! Slowly, but surely Texas is growing on me... perhaps I'll be a Texan yet.

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  4. Anonymous11:22 AM

    We understand and we will be here when you return.
    Enjoy your girl, children grow way too fast!

    PS Beautiful pics. Your dress is lovely.

    Liseli (a faithful reader, although it's the first time I comment because I can read your language, but to write in English is a lot harder...).

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    1. Thanks Liseli! You're English--at least your blog English--is fantastic!

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  5. oh, i love the pictures! and i totally understand about taking a break.. i'm starting to freak out about school starting, too (my oldest is going to first grade, but it's all day for the first time for me, too) and want to get in as much quality time as possible the next few weeks.
    we took some family pictures before kindergarten, too- i wanted to capture a little bit of childhood whimsy. (you can check them out here-http://evieivyoverstreet.blogspot.com/2011/09/magical.html) they kind of remind me of yours, in that it's a woodsy setting.
    you look beautiful!
    and i love following your blog, too. one of my favs for sure!

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    1. Eve--those pictures are fantastic! Love it. And thanks for loving my little blog. It means a lot. :)

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  6. I completely understand..and feel the need to do the same thing - take a blogging break for a bit to really spend time and connect with the kiddos before they're off to school again. Cheers to being a Mama...and loving it. :)

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  7. of course it's natural to critique yourself, but i wanted to say that many many years from now, your girls are going to cherish these photos like no other and wont give a damn what their beautiful mom is wearing. and by then your dress will be long out of style anyway and they'll make fun of it for reasons other than the fitting. but thats part of the beauty of the family photos and why you do them, right?

    enjoy your time with PSP. i am a mom but haven't reached kindergarten yet and i dread the day! good luck!

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  8. You guys ALL look fabulous! I love Rachel's style. Did you know her and Grant bumped into me in Boston one day while I was doing a photo session! I later told my clients how much I love her work. Should have told her, though, huh?:)

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    1. Thanks Terese! That's SO funny about running into them. What a small world...especially in Boston or all places?

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  9. Linda P.5:10 PM

    Oh, I am so glad you didn't drop the "farewell to blogging" bomb on us! I was a tad worried at first! I completely understand your wish to spend your time with Miss PSP and to cherish every moment you have with her until she starts school. I will certainly be here when you come back, ready to hear of new adventures in the land of PSP, Lamp, Miggy, and B.

    Your photos are so very nice. I also hold the magnifying glass of criticism when I see pictures of myself!! You are not alone in that. We just have to tell ourselves that others don't analyze pictures of us the way we do!

    I will end this with a cheerful "see ya soon!"

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    1. Linda--yes I realized it was sorta sounding like that...but no. I like it too much.

      See you soon too.

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  10. I think you look lovely in the pictures, and totally understand the choice to take a break and soak up the last days before school. That's a wise and inspiring choice, I think!

    And I for one will be here when you come back. :) Your blog has been an encouragement to me.

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    1. I'm glad it's been an encouragement...one of the best compliments I could receive.

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  11. Enjoy the time with your babies and come back to us when you have the time.

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  12. I also found you through Kelle Hampton's blog and have enjoyed following you since you shared part of your story there.

    My oldest starts full time kindergarten this year too, tho he did half day pre-k last year. Enjoy your time, just toss us the occasional IG photo as a bone. Those don't take too much time.

    We will wait.

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  13. Anonymous8:51 PM

    I love reading your blog you have such a beautiful family ! Your stories are so inspiring !!

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  14. When my oldest went to kindergarten I didn't know how to feel. PSP is gonna do great and you are so wise to soak up all the time you can with her.

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  15. I love your family pictures and you look gorgeous in that dress, no lipstick necessary.

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