Note to the reader: This is a rather long discourse.
Since we still have a lot of Halloween candy, Emma and I have started doing occasional treasure hunts with two pieces of candy as the treasure. Emma gets one and Ashlyn gets one. Last night, Ashlyn was enjoying eating her Nerds out of a bowl and I looked at her and saw this amazing little person who is growing far too fast. I looked at her curly pigtails and watched her eat tiny Nerds with incredible precision and I had a brief glimpse of how short her childhood really will be. For a second I thought, "I should take a picture." Then it occurred to me that I could actually share such a moment with friends and family, not to mention posterity if I preserve this blog correctly.
Blogging has opened a new world for me. As a teenager I use to write in my journal every night. I have books of journal entrys. I'll admit that there's nothing remarkable about those journals, but I have them. For some reason, when I met Nick I stopped writing. I have maybe a dozen entrees from the last 7 1/2 years. It's pathetic. Blogging, however, has allowed me to capture memories in a new way and for a new audience. Now I get to write about the fun experiences we have as a family, the small moments of note, and the things that make our lives tick. I also get to post pictures that represent those times. As you've likely noticed, I also post recipes. Right now, as a mother of young children, I cook often. Creating food is what I do, so I post recipes. They represent us as well.
I also love the fact that I'm not the only one reads this. My audience is different, therefore my writing is different. When I write on my blog, I tend to share the things that I want to remember. There will likely be times when I am down or frustrated and need to write about my troubles, but so far, my posts have allowed me to focus on the good side of things. They have helped me focus on how fun my kids are by my sharing the fun things they do. I love it. I need more things in my life that make me optimistic. There are far too many things that work on me in the opposite direction.
Anyways, there's a bit of my brain. For those of you who actually read this entire thing, you may know me a bit better now, or you may be afraid of reading future posts. Either way, thanks for being a part of my life. I post a lot of these things to stay in touch with you. You all impact me in such great ways. Thanks.
A Total Eclipse for the Clarks
9 months ago