Okay, so it was a week ago.
But I still want to have a little contest and say thanks to friends, family, and passersby that read this.
I have gained so much from this little blog---motivation to take more photos; perspective and greater awareness; a stronger sense of connection with faraway family and friends; and new friends who inspire me with their stories of raising a family and carving out a life of their own.
I have to admit it has also helped my memory. I used to have what Angie called a "steel-trap" memory, but somewhere along the way it reached maximum capacity and I had to start deleting files. I know I will treasure the bits I captured here even more so when these days are long gone.
Still, I think it will serve my family and me best for it to have been an experiment that ends next April, shortly after Nolan's 1st birthday. I hope to continue the habit of recording the bits of our days that I cherish most, of taking photos of the mundane moments as well as the events, of taking time to find a more grateful perspective. But I hope to do all that a little less publicly.
Not because I don't enjoy the public nature of it. My motivation to post often increases after seeing unfamiliar towns listed on that feedjit sidebar or the number of feed subscribers go up. It gets complicated though when I realize the majority of what I want to capture here isn't my own story, but my children's.
Sometimes I'm anxious about google searches that bring people here, though usually they are just other moms like me, looking for a meatloaf recipe or toy suggestions. Sometimes they crack me up, like whoever was sadly searching for "crockpot recipes for dope" or the dozens of parents who google whether paintballs are poisonous (and for those landing on this post now from such a search, they aren't...but call poison control anyway). The number one search request leading people here lately is Ben-10, which must be very disappointing for those fans...
People are always telling me how much my sons lookalike, unless they're telling me how completely different each one looks. Can you guess who is who in these six photos? They are all about the same age in each set. No fair cheating by looking at old photos (or at other people's guesses). Try going with your gut. Maybe it is totally obvious, maybe it is impossible---I'm too close to tell.
If you want to play the contest, post a comment below with all six letters and the name of which boy you think each is: Aidan, Sean, or Nolan.
If you don't want to play, still leave a comment. Two Happy Mail packages will go out, one to the winner of the Guessing Game (whomever guesses the most correctly the soonest) and another to a random comment. Yes, I'm curious to know who's out there, where you're from, and how you found this site if I don't know you personally.
Contest ends next Wednesday--winners announced on Thursday, October 30th
Either way, thank you for stopping here and keeping me posting!