Jumping back in.

Monday, February 16, 2015

I could give all sorts of excuses about why my blog has sat dormant for months.  I could blame it on technology challenges, all legit.  I could attribute it to Google, which made it ridiculously hard to renew my domain name.  I could say that the pressure to post perfectly composed and edited photos is too much, also true (and also why I'm posting several imperfect, unedited photos today).  I could say that I've gotten comfortable with being in my 40s, and I'm enjoying feeling like I no longer have anything to prove to anyone.  Definitely true, and quite liberating!  I could tell you that I'm busy living life instead of taking pictures of it and writing about it.  But the biggest reason for my absence is this -- I ran out of energy.

I guess I'm not such a superhero after all.

I didn't sew as much as I would have liked last year (though I did log 31 projects and 16 new-to-me patterns).  I hardly ever photographed what I made.  And I almost never showed off my creations (a few made it to Instagram, however).  I didn't volunteer as much as I would have liked (though I did help Little Helping Hands get a new grant from Target, got my family out volunteering several times, and organized some Brownie troop volunteer activities).  We didn't have as many family adventures as I'd hoped or see friends as I'd planned.  The day-to-day stuff just plain wore me out.  When the house got quiet late at night, I fell asleep on the couch instead of sewing or editing photos or writing.  When everybody else went to bed, I went to bed too.

So here it is, 2015, and I'm finally jumping back in.  I've missed this little project, my creative outlet in a tiny corner of the blogosphere.

What have we been up to?  Well, this guy turned six.  He makes us laugh a lot, gives great hugs, builds amazing things with Legos, conquers monkey bars like the cutest little gibbon, and is perfecting the fine art of pushing his sister's buttons.

This young lady had a very successful violin recital (what a long way she's come since last year!).  She's nearing completion of Suzuki Book 1 and is preparing for a talent show performance at her school.  I'm so impressed by her determination, perspective, and skill.

She's had fun with practice challenges, playing at a farmer's market, writing her own piece, playing for fire fighters, and practicing in costume.

And she's an all-around good kid.  She finishes her homework without a battle, she works hard on her school work, she smiles a lot, and she teaches us things all the time.

These two have grown up.  They seem to have finally outgrown all their health troubles, thankfully.  They've coated our house in a layer of fur.  They're mostly sweet and mostly loved.

So here we are, a busy family doing our thing, trying to make the most of the time we have (but wishing we had a bit more time).  Sound familiar?

Photo courtesy of Sincerely, Sarah Photography