It is cold outside. Nose hair freezin' cold.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good cold day. The air is crisp and refreshingly clean. Footsteps crunch on white snow. The New England landscapes covered in piles of the purest white are breathtaking. Something about the chill is energizing.
But these past few weeks have taken it beyond that point of "a good cold day" and right into "how long until spring again?" territory.
The negative temperatures outside combined with the elevated temperatures of the children inside make this the perfect storm.
To me this means extra cuddles with children who don't normally like to cuddle. Extra time to just be around the house to bake fresh bread and put together yummy meals sectioned out perfectly on those Car-themed plates. Extra movies watched. Extra books read. Extra house-destroying-wall-climbing-children-mischief.
It's hard to imagine with this kind of cuteness that they could be driving me crazy, huh? I think the most mischievous things come in the cutest of packages. Cute is mischief's camouflage. (Also...when did Eli go from baby to the 3rd child toddling around my ankles? I am seriously, seriously outnumbered these days. Good thing I hold the key to the chocolate stash.)
Motherhood Unexpected. That project was SO important to me, and I am darn proud of myself for finishing it even though it was hard to follow all the way through. Plotting a novel has been something I have been working on for the past 4 1/2 years. It has been my latest "degree" of learning. On top of that, I NEEDED to say those things the way that I said them in that book. I couldn't move on until I did. But it emotionally exhausted me to finally be done with it, and I was having a tough time returning to this blog as I left it. Many of you not only read and supported me through that project, but took the time to comment here about ways that this blog has helped you for however long you have been reading here. Your encouragement means more to me than you will ever know. Thank you!
You all reminded me of so many reasons why I started to blog in the first place. I really needed those reminders. Your comment encouragement was a big blogging shot in the arm. The burnt-out-ness is starting to fade. I am starting to feel a bit more like myself. Thank you for helping me reconnect with my blogging roots. Thank you for caring enough to comment and help me reconnect a bit with what this blog is all about. (Some of your comments made me seriously blush. Man, you guys are nice!)
I am going to keep going. Not a ton of posts a week. Probably just 1. Maybe 2 if I'm feeling particularly chatty. But I will be here. This is an important part of me, and it's not time to give it up yet. I will update my facebook page and IG as the spirit leads...no pressure...just returning to the fun that I have always found in this.
Can I ask a favor though? Just every once in a while can you hit "like" or comment or SOMETHING just to let me know that someone is out there? I was beginning to think that my site tracker was broken...
Keep an eye out for posts of our mundane...and a lot of cute pictures...and maybe some new stuff....and everything and nothing. You're stuck with me now. (-;
p.s. to those who feel led to leave an Amazon review of my book...it would be much appreciated! It doesn't have to be fancy or long...just a sentence of your takeaway or opinion...
p.s.s. send happy, good health vibes our way!
p.s.s.s. and spring temps
p.s.s.s.s. and while we're wishing for things a coffee IV would be nice...