Oh How I Miss This Place

September 23, 2013 14:35 by ehouston

It may be surprising to know that I come to my site almost daily.  Not to finally get off my butt and share something.  Instead I just click on my blogroll links and read about everyone else's interesting life.  It's not just a busy schedule that keeps me away these days.  It's also the feeling that everyone has a blog.  And I mean EVERYONE!  I don't fault anyone for that, no matter their reasons for joining this huge club.  That's just a fact.  I often feel like, "what could I possibly have to add?"  And, then I let another day slip by without sharing.

I will admit to loving this forum for keeping my far away friends and family up to date on what is going on in our world.  I am under no illusion that I will become famous for what I write about here, or that droves of readers from around the globe will click over to find out what riveting plans we have for our next family trip, DIY project or craft session with the kids.  Like so many other bloggers out there, this is my way of letting folks into my world and life without using up all of our phone time on why I chose the paint finish used in the bathroom remodel, or all the tweaks that were necessary to get a recipe just right.  It's also the best way I have found of preserving some of our little family memories since I almost never remember to write anything down any where else.  (Both baby books look like what I imagine forth and fifth siblings get from their poor bedraggled moms when all is said and done.)

I miss being here and recording what is going on in our lives.  But, there is something I refuse to miss even more.

My kid's at this age.

There are days when I spy my lonely desktop from across the room and pine for the time to steal away and write about the past year or so that is just slipping through my fingers faster than I can see, let alone grab.  Then I look at those little smiles, the tiny feet, itty bitty fingers and realize I need to enjoy this time now.  Rather than look at my life in pictures later, I need to be present today without the camera in front of my face.  I had a dream that my kids were asked to make drawings of their family at school.  Both came home with sweet little crayon scribbled portraits and both had replaced my head with a camera view from the lens end.  I don't need a dream dictionary or psychologist to figure the meaning of that one out.  Although, with that being said I do actually hope to take more pictures going forward.  There are some expressions my little girl has already started to lose just because her baby fat is melting away and if I cut the curls of my son's hair short he instantly becomes a mini-man before my eyes.

I want to capture more moments, both here at the blog and through my famously CSI style photos, but mostly by experience. 

All of this to say, that I may be out of commission right now, but I have not forgotten this love of mine and I will make a better effort to share more going forward.

Hope everyone is having a great life out there!

Kitsch Krafts

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January 4, 2011 07:27 by ehouston

In an attempt to socialize my child and myself, for that matter, I joined a mom’s group last year.  It has helped me and the Little Guy get out of the house and meet new people, learn more about things for kids in the area and (most important!) allowed me to realize I’m not the only one who is just winging it.  One of the things I have been really bad about over the past year is keeping up with posting and commenting in the forums at the site.  It’s not that I don’t want to add my two cents, but unfortunately I tend to be late to the game.  I am the person that discovers the thread a month later.  Duh!  The other issue I have is the same one I run in to with personal emails.  I often read through them, but because I am holding a squirming toddler I rarely am able to respond immediately.   Then I think about responding so much (to try to remind myself not to forget) that I end up convincing myself that I already wrote back.  Yes, it’s a vicious cycle.  Honestly, it’s a wonder we aren’t drowning in dirty laundry and eating take out every night with all that I have on my plate around here.  I guess a good resolution for 2011 might be to take a step back and reprioritize the DIY and personal craft project efforts. ….Naw!

But, I would like to take a little pressure off myself by introducing some other local, Richmond, VA and bloggers that I came across on a thread recently on the mom site.  The best part about discovering this thread is that it was just from a couple of days ago, rather than several weeks.  Yeah!  Maybe 2011 will bring me some luck in the timing department.  Here are the sites that were listed so far:

Pretty Posey


Richmond Bargains

Milkweed – It’s Toxic For Sheep

Pie Hole

Raising Green Richmond Kids – Teaching Kids To Tread Lightly On This Earth

All About Me – The Family Blog

It’s Always A Rainey Day!

My Journey From The Red

So, when you get a chance (and after you have read through my blog, of course) check out what these other bloggers have to say.

Kitsch Krafts

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