I do not even know where to begin. I don't know that I've ever taken off two weeks from this blog - and my traffic shows it - but there was just - a lot of stuff happening.
I took my youngest three to Texas to visit with my dad and step mom. We had a superb, outstanding time. I took lots and lots and lots of pictures:
We were home just a few days, and my husband took these same kids to Florida to visit family - I wasn't able to get enough time off work for this, so we elected, for the first time ever, to have separate vacations. I spent the entire week celebrating a Mommy Rumspringa
(if by that you might mean working, deep cleaning my house, and painting my bedroom.)
I did eat dinner out every night, which was awesome and also a little bit weird, because hi, I've never been alone in my house for a week and never had an entire week in which I didn't cook a dinner or bake a dessert or run a dozen loads of laundry. (My two oldest kids were here, but they weren't really here, being that they work and have jobs and lives - oh, and my mom took my third kid - who graduated high school #18 in her class and earned a full scholarship to college - on a graduation trip TO GREECE. I KNOW.)
It was so much with the fun and excitement and the movie watching. I watched the last two episodes of Outlander (I have alllll the thoughts on this one) and caught up on The Great British Baking Show, which is about the best thing on the screen lately.
Speaking of - I can highly recommend The Hundred Foot Journey - that was a great movie. As was Last of the Mohicans - Daniel Day-Lewis was 700 kinds of awesome in that movie.
So, I'm tentatively dipping my foot back into the blogging world. I have pondered shuttering this blog - I'm such a different person than when I started it. In many ways, I'm vastly more jaded. I thought I'd start a blog and it would bring me fame and fortune and so much excitement in my life. And it brought me really great readers, some super cool sponsored opportunities and trips and a great job - but, at the end of the day, I didn't get famous and I didn't get rich and I have had to think, carefully, about my reason for opening this blog.
And I realized that it wasn't, at the heart of it, to get famous or rich - although, hey, those things help. I like the people who read here (and I really miss those who no longer read here, because I've made some good friends who have left) and I like writing here and I like hearing that something I've written has helped someone, resonated with someone, made you think or chuckle or smile.
So, I'm sticking around, for a bit. :)