Returning for Summer

I have 89 emails in my inbox.

I should read them.  Or sort them.  Or something.

I should be working.  Or keeping my kids from drowning our potted plants in their pool water.

But I’m not.

I haven’t been here for about 3 months.  Three days after my last post, my oldest biological daughter’s father passed away unexpectedly, and I didn’t know how to deal with telling the world.  A wild mix of emotions was involved, including past hurts, what ifs, anger, some depression, grief.  You name it, I felt it.  Then dealing with his family–that was a whole issue in itself.  I discovered who was really family and who wasn’t.

Well anyway, I’m back for now.  I actually was reading through all of the emails in my inbox when I felt the urge to write today.

Summer is quickly approaching.

By noon next Friday, we’ll be parents of a preschooler, an elementary-schooler, a middle-schooler, and a high-schooler.  Scary territory.  Scary and exciting.

And we have an exciting summer ahead of us!

After scouring Pinterest, the web, Facebook, and my friends’ ideas, I put together a plan for my kids over the summer.

First I made our Summer bucket list, borrowed a calendar from another blogger, and filled in some blanks with some of my favorite ideas.  I left Tuesdays and Thursdays mostly open for the summer park program.  As soon as I get the map for the program, I’ll be able to plan those days as well.

Of course our plans may change based on weather, health, and ability, but we’re going to try to accomplish everything on our list.

Check out our plans for the summer.  I hope it helps you to plan yours!  I can’t wait to share our adventures with you!

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Happy summering!

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Blogs You Must Follow

So…I was actually going to post about Black History Month, which begins today.  But as I was doing some research, I realized that what I really wanted to do was going to be a bit more involved than what I had planned on.  So I had to come up with something else.

Waaay back when I was in high school, I had a blog on Digital Expressions, where I was one of the top bloggers.  Of course, back then, I was just writing to write, I had more time, and I’m pretty sure “blogging” wasn’t even a term yet.

Skip ahead 10 or 11 years.  Now I keep finding all of these blogs that I need to follow.  I’m not even sure how it started–Pinterest, maybe?  In any case, I found a handful that I now follow “religiously”, for lack of a better term.  And because I always find great stuff, I feel they’re worth sharing.  Check them out!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

A Basic Intro

Okay, so here I am to start afresh.  I am in the third month of stay-at-home-momhood–which is not really what I can call it technically…because I am in direct sales and am about to go into part-time work.  But that’s not the point.  I’ve had blogs in the past in which I actually posted about personal subjects, but I’ve discovered in this world that anything subjective can be taken the wrong way.  So here I am objectively.  I just can’t stay away from the blogging world.  I love to write too much.  I love to share too much.  And I’ve been having way too much fun finding out how to do things at home.  New remedies to aches, pains, and illnesses.  New ways to clean.  New meals.  New crafts.  Pinterest.  I love Pinterest.  So here I am to share them with you all.  I will hopefully be posting in the next day or something with something really helpful.

Thanks for reading!

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