Did you know that today is a big day for this blog? Well, it is. Today marks 5 years since I started this endeavor into web journaling. My first entry was on September 1, 2005 and it really wasn't about anything special. Just "hello, I'm entering blog-land. Come and read me if you have the time."
My first commenter was Kent, actually Elder Kent Andersen clear from the island of Madeira, Portugal. (I think they've changed the internet rules for missionaries since then.)
My second post had zero comments.
My third post had zero comments.
And my fourth post had one comment from Katie@Creole Wisdom. (My mom hadn't figured out how to comment yet.)
blog books (via Blurb): 2 completed, and about 2 more that I need to make
giveaways: 7, I think
So, today I thought I'd do a little look back through blog history and see what we've been up to these last 5 years. Here goes:
5 years ago . . . september 2005
Oh that pregnant belly. Definitely sweet memories. Anna and a whole lot of pink joined our family that month. I was so happy to go into labor on my own, rather than having a 3rd induction. This is back in the days of Blues Clues, toddlers who like to turn off the crockpot mid-cycle resulting in raw chicken for dinner, and pancake discipline (when Conner acted up in Primary he didn't get to have German pancakes after church). I cropped with my friends at the scrapbook store on a regular basis, I was in charge of Enrichment (now Relief Society Meetings), and I got my fix of TLC's Baby Story every morning. And if you're looking for a yummy summer time treat . . . make this ice cream sandwich torte.
4 years ago . . . september 2006
Looking back, I can see that this was just the beginning of the busy years. Conner started kindergarten and Payton started preschool. All the dropping off and picking up that is involved with half-day kindergarten & preschool 3 days a week and a baby who would really like to nap 2 times a day = busy. Oh and we started soccer this year too. Busy as it was, life was pretty simple then. On the first day of school Conner told his teacher that he wants to be called Cut-In-Half. Payton started preschool with zero separation anxiety issues. Anna turned one and said her first word, "bubble."
3 years ago . . . september 2007
I wrote 100 things about me, hosted a baby shower, and decided to retire the green paint in our family room. We took a family trip to Utah (on an airplane), melted at a BYU football game, and visited lots of temples. Conner started at a new charter school, learned about the card pulling system, and just can't resist playing Crakers in the cubby of his desk. Payton always seems to be the one getting hurt (and it continues today).
2 years ago . . . september 2008
Conner had his first stitches and Anna had her first salon haircut. Both boys attended the charter school and there was much excitement over finally getting to use markers, playing vampires at recess, and seeing each other at school. On my birthday I initiated a Q&A session and answered all your questions across 3 blog posts. I found delight in hot dog on a stick, got photo busy with a Week in the Life project, and shared my gift wrapping staples. Anna turned 3, but told everyone she was 5. And Payton melted my heart when he told me that he wanted to date the 4 year old version of myself.
1 year ago . . . september 2009
big, busy, fun stuff going on here. I celebrated my 30th birthday with awesome friends, TWO Twilight board games, and a trip to Maui. Well, that trip was really to celebrate our 10 year anniversary earlier in the year . . . it just happened to fall the day after my bday. ALL the kids started school. Anna too. I had 7 hours all to myself each week. We threw an impromptu Pinklacious party/playdate for Anna & friends. The birthday date tradition began it's second year run and I started reading The Hunger Games (highly recommend).
today . . . september 2010
So what are we up to today? Well I think that just might be a post for tomorrow.
5 happy blog years.
Signing off, the kids need some lunch. Laundry needs to be folded. And I need to go stare at paint on the wall.