Back in action!

Why, hello there, readers! I bet you weren’t expecting to see me ever again! I bet you were thinking I fell off of the blogging bandwagon. Or maybe I deserted you for new interests. Or maybe I died. Or maybe I went on a long and enlightening trip of self-discovery, coming back to civilization with a new name like snoop lio… erm, no. Let’s just stop before this gets too ridiculous.

We all know what happened. I got lazy.

Trust me when I say I’ve had plenty of time to sneak in a post here and there. And trust me when I say I’ve had plenty of “oh. my. god.” moments. Moments where I want to cry tears of happiness. Moments where I want to pull my hair out in frustration. Moments that would have been perfect fodder for the blog. I just got lazy.

The funny thing about this is that I never lost readers. I just signed on for the first time in over a month and I was surprised to find that I’ve had 114 views since November 4th! In fact, I’ve had an average of 150 views since August even though I haven’t posted anything! (Which is a huge surprise considering I left off with a picture of wild mice that I found in our garage!! Kudos to you, dear readers. You’ve got nerves of steel.)

I also noticed that my reader base has expanded internationally. I’m pretty positive that it’s due to spamming and/or accidental searches though. As of today my blog has been viewed in 54 countries. I think the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have my main reader base. But besides that, I see views from places like South Africa, Indonesia, Brasil, France, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Italy, Iraq, Japan and more. Like I said, I assume it’s mostly spam or accidental searches, but I still have to believe that maybe a few of these countries around the world had an interested reader at some point or another. It makes me smile knowing that I’ve held people’s interest all over the world! Even if it’s just a few.

So that said, thank you, faithful readers! As of today, I’ll be lazy NO MORE!  (Ehm, okay… I’m only guaranteeing my inspiration for today I make no promises for tomorrow…)

The first thing I want to do before another day goes by, is update those of you who don’t obsessively follow my Facebook wall:

  • I’ve been working on a little book project over the last year. It’s a fiction novel somewhere along the lines of Harry Potter and Twilight. (This is where I grudgingly admit that, yes, I am an avid fan of all things fantasy. Including *clears throat* 50 Shades of Grey…) Surprisingly, I’ve kept up with my book project! I expected to get bored with it eventually, but anytime I got free time, I’ve been writing, creating and brainstorming. I’m proud to say that I’m about 200 pages into my first draft and I’ve got the entire outline written. Before you scoff at that number, remember I’ve got three kids under three years old… Kids can be just a tad distracting when you want to try to accomplish anything more involved than breathing.
    I’m also proud to say that I have had a handful of family and friends read what I’ve written, and I’ve heard rave reviews so far! My editors/readers have given me lots of constructive criticism and interesting ideas. But mostly, they’ve given me the encouragement to continue and be proud of what I’m doing. Thank you, everyone, who has stepped up to help me keep this up! I truly love writing!!
  • Peanut is walking!!!!!!! I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in and let the tears flow. I’m dead serious. Now, she is still paralyzed from the waist down, but her therapist and I have been pushing Peanut to her physical limit. Every time Peanut figured something out, she was eager to try something more! We decided to just keep giving her what she wanted, and she took us all the way to her first steps!!! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What we do is wrap her legs with some fabric braces with a long piece of hard plastic braced behind her knees. This helps keep her legs completely straight. This way she can then bear weight on her knees/hips without needing muscle strength. From there, she holds our hands or balances on her walker and swings her legs forward (Think Forrest Gump). It’s awesome. And you should see the smile on her face. Oh my God. You can just tell she’s excited and proud to be upright and walking  She’s such an amazing little girl. She just doesn’t know what no means. She never lets failure keep her down. She’s such a little inspiration!

    October 16th, 2012. Peanut takes her first steps!

    October 16th, 2012. Peanut takes her first steps!

 

  • I had my first girl’s weekend ever at the beginning of October.  A good friend of mine went with me to Door County in Wisconsin (the peninsula in Lake Michigan) for a fun filled weekend of wine, food, facials and fun! We also enjoyed more delicious food in Green Bay and did a bit of gambling (or rather, threw some money away) at the local casino. It was so great to just get away for a weekend and just think about me and me only! (Husband would cut in here and disagree with me, telling you that I think about me, and only me, much more often than just that one trip. I would respond to that with five million examples of why I’m awesome and he would get bored with the debate and walk away. #marriage.)
My friend and I enjoying the beautiful foliage at a Door County winery

My friend and I enjoying the beautiful foliage at a Door County winery

 

  • OH! And believe it or not, I got hit in the face by a crane-like bird at the zoo. I’m for real here, people. Totally got smashed in the face. I hat taken the kids into the aviary and it was feeding time, so the twenty-some gigantic killer cranes were all eating up some deliciously stinky dead fish right next to us. Then, out of nowhere, they all took off at once right over our heads! The other visitors and I had to duck down while the birds flew overhead and our children screamed in terror. I stood up after I thought the massive winged attack was over, warily watching them depart behind us, and then turned around just in time to catch a giant wing in the face from a demon crane straggler. I think I peed a little bit, but at least it made Buddy and the girls laugh… and everyone else in the aviary… *grumble grumble*

    Don't let its beautiful feathers fool you. This demon bird wants to eat you.

    Don’t let its beautiful feathers fool you. This demon bird wants to eat you.

 

Besides all of that excitement, it’s pretty much been life as usual with three kids under three years old. Lots of yelling, laughing, crying, loving and general mayhem. We’ve had numerous weddings, zoo trips, family gatherings, play dates, bonfires, birthday parties, carnivals, parades and  much more.

I’ll try harder to keep up with the blog again so you don’t miss out on the mayhem! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and have a happy holiday and New Year this December!

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2 thoughts on “Back in action!

    • Thank you, and you’re welcome! I remember when I shared that walking photo on Facebook with my family and friends. I had an overwhelming response from not only the people that we’re close to, but also people who had apparently been following her story from the shadows. There were MANY happy tears shed by women and men alike. It’s hard not to be inspired to tears by Peanut!

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