Monday, October 8, 2012

Is Blogging a Thing of the Past?

Well, it's obviously been a really, REALLY long time since I blogged last which made me wonder: Is blogging as popular as it once was?

clip_image002I now have a 13 1/2 month old so I understand not having free time to sit down and type up thoughts and ideas. When I'm not a work I'm usually a human jungle gym trying to get the basic, everyday chores done around the house. I'm lucky if I accomplish all of those. We need to downsize (more on that in a later posting). Many of the blogs I've followed in the past don't seem like they're updated as often as they once were. Some blogs have their first posting also as their last.

Blogging used to be all the rage. It seemed as though everyone who was anyone had a blog. Food blogs, cleaning blogs, blogs that covered clothes. Any interest you had there was a blog for it with postings, pictures, tips, trends and techniques. Has Pinterest replaced blogs? I am obsessed with Pinterest. Maybe the text from our blogs has been converted into pictures on Pinterest. The problem with Pinterest is that there is so little text. We don't have to read about how to do things when there are pictures explaining it. I find that sometimes the original intent and/or the little details are often lost.

clip_image004I love blogging. My original intent was to have a blog as a great way to get information, ideas, pictures and stories out to family and friends (I'd be lying if I said I've never dreamt of my blogs being read by millions). My other blog, The Simplicity Adventure, was to help make me a better person (inspired by the movie Julie & Julia) by downsizing, organizing, cleaning, and going green in our home and lives. I'd love to continue both of these blogs... hopefully with more frequent updates than I do now.

What are your favorite blogs that stay updated? What are your reasoning for blogging or for not blogging?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Emma Fay- 6 Months Already

“The days are long, but the years are short.”
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

I never realized the true meaning of this quote until Emma was born.

This has been the most amazing 6 months of my life. Emma has already grown so much. She is rolling over from her tummy to her back both directions, she has started eating some solid foods, she has a conversation with us and loves to squeal to show she is happy. She is almost sitting up all by herself- she still needs to learn to balance from side to side. She loves to stand up on our laps and we just barely have to support her and keep her balanced. She loves her puppy dogs Nico and Alfie (he loves to style her hair) and Grandma and Grandpa’s dogs Tootsie and Phoebe. Everyday she does something amazing and I fall in love with her more and more.

Here are a few pictures of Emma Fay.2 weeks old


2 weeks old




Nov. 2011Nov. 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Life According to Emma, Lesson 1

Today Emma made me realize something we all take for granted. Eating. We all do it. Every living thing has to eat or drink in one way or another. Babies get fussy and my even cry and scream when they are hungry. Emma starts off with a little whimper and it grows to a short quiet cry, and if you still don’t feed her fast enough, well, heaven help you.

Babies truly enjoy their meals. They are relaxed and comfortable. I believe that all meals should be something we enjoy on every level.

I love to cook. My best friend Sara loves to cook. My husband loves to cook. I think that preparing a meal should be fun, exciting, entertaining, and an adventure. We try to cook something different each night. I have Jake rate it between 1 and 5 and 3 doesn’t count. I ask how it could be better. We often buy a basket from Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op. This basket comes with 5 different types of fruit and 5 different types of vegetables. We never know what we are going to get until Saturday mornings. It’s exciting when we get to see what we are adding to our menu that week. I take this as an opportunity to search for new recipes from the multitude of sites out there.

I think that where you ear is important as well. I don’t mean which restaurant you’re going to tonight, I mean where in your house you eat. I hate to admit it but Jake and I eat at our coffee table so we can watch TV more times than not. A goal I have come up with is to eat most meals at our dining room table as a family. I would like to update our table linens and place settings to be a little more on the modern side instead of traditional. I’d like to make our dining room an enjoyable, relaxing place to eat and spend this important family time.

Emma has shown me that I should enjoy myself and put more thought into my meal times. I should take these few hours a day to relax and really enjoy my surroundings and my new family.

A New Beginning

The day before Emma was born
Well, I've decided to blog again. I've actually gotten pregnant, had a baby, and finished my 8 weeks of maternity leave since my last post. Yeah, it's been that long. So, I'm starting over.

Emma Fay
I've been off work for the last 8 weeks, the fastest 8 weeks of my life by the way, following my C-section and the birth of our daughter Emma. She has been such a blessing to Jake and I. I have to admit, I didn't think that being a mom was going to be this amazing. We asked Saremy to be Emma's godparents and we are blessed that they agreed. 

In the last year, Jake and I have been on 2 cruises. One with Saremy to the western Caribbean and one with just the 2 of us to the Mexican Riviera. We found out we were pregnant on December 27th and announced it to our families January 1st at church. 

The last 8 weeks have been a a change for the better. We stay at home and cook healthy meals more often, I've been re energized and motivated about cleaning and organizing my house, and I've been inspired to blog again. Check out my other blog, The Simplicity Adventure, to follow my journey to a more organized and less cluttered life. I started today by going through my closet and dresser and getting rid of a lot of clothes. I have a lot more to do, but that will come with time.

Baby K'Tan
As I'm typing Emma is curled up on my chest and belly in my Baby K'Tan sleeping soundly. I'm thinking she will be able to teach me a lot about what really matters in life. I can't wait to be able to share what I learn. 

Until next time...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Long Time Gone

Well, well, well... Look who it is. Yep, I'm back. I've been out of town a lot lately. But that's no excuse to not blog!

Honestly, not much has gone on around here. My horse Reno is up in the bay area now. My college roommate, Maggie, called me one day and said she had a client that needed a horse to lease and asked if I would be interested in leasing out Reno. After a lot of thought I decided it was a good idea and would be best for everyone. So she drove down and picked him up. He's doing really well up there. This will give him a job, he'll help teach someone a lot of things, and it'll save us a little money. It's really a win-win situtuation.

Last week, Jake got some sort of viral infection and was really sick for a few days. He woke up with a bad headache and was dizzy and had a fever. Took him to the doctor and they said it was just a virus going around. His fever got up to 103.7 but he never felt sick. He's doing much better now, but still has a stomach ache every once in a while. Poor guy. I'm lucky I didn't catch it at all.

Other than that, really nothing exciting around here. I'll be better at posting, I promise.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Give Aways!

My good friend Sara (of the previously noted Saremy) is having a give away onlotion her blog She’s giving away some amazing hand lotion perfect for our dry Arizona weather.
I am going to have a give away soon too so be sure to come back and check the blog soon for your chance to win!

It’s That Time of Year… Again.

Well, it’s almost March and do you know what that means? It means I’m that much closer to being another year older. On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, I will turn 27.
I have updated the background of my blog to celebrate this wonderful Irish holiday.
You may remember last year, Jake ordered a cake from a friend of ours named Jenna. She has a wonderful talent for making cakes. You can see some of here cakes at Jake ordered a birthday cake for me and it was a pot of gold with a rainbow coming out of it. You can see a picture of it here in my collage/slide show to the right ----->
Well, this year is no different. Jake has already put in an order and we have no idea what it will look like, I just know it will be delicious! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.
Did you know…
The shamrock, which was also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring?
Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick's Day to share a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage.
Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick's Day at the turn of the century.
Irish immigrants living on New York City's Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.
leprechaun The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow."
Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure.
Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day. In 1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O'Gill & the Little People, which introduced America to a very different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little man of Irish folklore. This cheerful, friendly leprechaun is a purely American invention, but has quickly evolved into an easily recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick's Day and Ireland in general.
Kinda interesting.