Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where have I been?

Well, first of all, last Saturday was my 30th birthday! I was treated to a manicure and pedicure by my husband, but that wasn't actually the celebration. It was a way to get me out of the house. While I was gone, about 10 of my girlfriends came over and decorated and prepared food (and helped him with the kids). I came home to a surprise party of about 40 friends! It was so much fun and such a great surprise.

Now that we've been home for about 6 weeks, I've been getting back into a schedule and I'm including a lot more educational activities for Love Bug. She is finally making more connections between English and French, and as a result, both languages have taken huge leaps. She didn't really know any colors or numbers like other kids her age, but now she is finally getting them, and in both languages.

We're also doing more activities outside the house, going on playdates, going to the park. We've gotten more involved in church and I might even join the choir after a few years away- yeah! On top of that, I've gotten involved in Chemo Angels and I'm also doing community service here in Italy.

So, where does this leave blogging? Sadly at the bottom of a very long list. More and more I'm realizing how much fun I have when time with my family is uninterrupted. It's similar to how I don't use a cell phone much. I set aside an hour each morning to send emails before my kids get up and I also make a few phone calls each Sunday- to my brother, aunts, cousins, or close friends. (I also call my Mom every other day.) This is my time to keep in touch, and otherwise, I try to just keep life simple.

Just this week, Love Bug and I were making Valentine's to send to family and friends. We used old gift bags that were a little wrinkled or old, since so many have flowers or hearts- perfect for a Valentine. We cut them out and started decorating with paint, markers, stickers, ribbon. Then, I thought I should share this on my blog (I've been in a funk lately and needed something to post about). I started to take pictures and choreograph our crafting. But it wasn't working. I was taking time away from Love Bug and her activities to do this. (And I would probably take more time away from her to post about it and get it just right.)

I've often thought about posting the funny things that happen to me in Italy or writing about the neat places we travel. But by the time I tell my Mom, laugh about it at dinner with a few friends, and fall into bed, the blog gets neglected again. I keep a travel journal and make photo books, and those are important to me, to keep a hard copy of what we've done in our family.

So, what I'm trying to say, is that I think blogging must go off my schedule. I've mentioned taking some time off before, but now I think it may be more permanent. But I love you guys, my little group of faithful readers, so I know it will be hard to stay away. We'll see how this works with my life and I'll try to stop by once a month until I decide how permanent this is for sure.


Danielle said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

It sounds like your schedule is coming along nicely. Enjoy your little ones and your husband...come back and let us know how you are doing when you can:-)

tootie said...

Happy belated birthday! It sounds like it was a good one.

I'll miss you blogging, but I can imagine how busy things are for you. Please feel free to stop by and say hi anytime! :)

(P.S I liked your comment on the frog post :)

Sarah said...

I completely understand how blogging can interfere with real life. I'll miss reading your posts but I have felt the same way myself.

Have fun and take care.

Cheri said...

Know what? I read you on bloglines most of the time anyway. I'll leave you right there, just in case you have something goo dto share.

And you know where to find me too! Enjoy your family and life - they are what's important right now!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday!! 30s are the best thus far. I know how it is just getting busy. I hardly have time to get on more than once a week. I decided to keep this blog more for just family and friends.

*carrie* said...


Sounds like a wonderful birthday!

I always enjoy reading updates from you, however frequent or infrequent they may be.

bren j. said...

Happy belated 30th, Abbey!

I know what you mean about wanting to post something but then by the time you've told 'everybody'....it feels pointless to post about it.

It sounds like you're super busy though and who can blame you for wanting to leave out things that you feel interfere with your family time?

All the best, Abbey! You'll be missed. :)

Nicol said...

How are things with your little family? I miss your updates. I hope all is well!