1. I have about 2o minutes to do three hours of work...so I'm posting. One of the biggest questions facing me as I prepare to close the blog is what will become my new preferred form of procrastination?
I debate joining Facebook at least once a week. When I learned about Janice's illness, I regretted not having joined it...but, in general, I think people in our past are there for a reason. Plus, I enjoy teasing Mary Alice, Amy, and Erin about their addiction to it, and I know my own OCD tendencies too well.
But watch, next month I may be there...
*ETA: Some clarification for those who've asked. Despite my "in the past for a reason" belief, I am grateful for the reconnecting that's come via this blog. Even though I set this blog up to be "unfindable" via googling my name, I am grateful for the way it has led to reconnecting with some old friends (via shared links), especially the '94 MZMO crew (hi Scott, Ryan, Mandy & Bridget!). I'm also grateful for the new friends I've made here, especially the moms-of-boys club members. And I'm mostly grateful for the way this space has helped me capture a bit of this crazy-magical time.
It's still time to pack up though. I freak out a bit when I see MSN image searches land on photos of my kids (if anyone knows a way to opt out of that engine, please share!). I imagine our boys will be curious to look through a book of one year from their childhood captured in blog form...but any more than that would be tedious or worse, eg: I'd love to see an old grocery list of my mom's from when I was a kid...yet I would be creeped out if she had saved them ALL to give me someday;-)
Perhaps a less photo-centered blog is in the future, I don't know. But right now I'm thinking Nolan's birthday post will be the last. If you have any suggestions on how to reap the benefits of a blog without the negatives, please email me your ideas. I'm hoping to make a blurb book so the site will remain up for at least a month or so after the last post.
2. Life is incredibly good right now. In no small measure due to the arrival of spring. Alleluia!
Catch moments---today, Sean and his buddy Rayce came to me, announcing, "There is a circus in your bedroom!" Nolan and I were instructed to sit on the bed while the clowns performed. The clowns had a hard time not laughing themselves. It was a priceless performance and I hope they come back to town soon.
Also this afternoon, I asked the boys to entertain Nolan, who was eating O's in his highchair, while I got the mail. I walked back in to find them singing "The Wheels on the Bus" together, much to Nolan's delight. Maybe I should start leaving our videocamera on the counter.
3. Aidan's birthday party is this weekend. He is having a Ben-10 party, because when you can't beat 'em, join 'em. If you ever look at the list of recent visitors, there are usually a half-dozen or so who arrived here (often from other countries) looking for Ben-10 birthday ideas. Much of this traffic finds it way here via Anne's Green Jello site or google, and I finally got around to posting the details of the Alien Ice Game for them. It brings me irrational joy to finally see these visitors now landing in the right spot (instead of searching my archives in vain).
So I'm motivated to share another game. We've created Bingo cards using the Ben-10 aliens. It took me an embarrassing amount of time just figuring out how to make a grid in PSE. If you have Photoshop or a similar program, just click on the small image below, save the larger file, and then create different bingo sheets using layers and copying & pasting the aliens in different boxes. A little time consuming but much cheaper than buying them from a birthday supply store!
4. I remember going to bed Sunday night thinking it was one of the most perfect days of my life...but that's about all I remember. However there is some photographic evidence of a light picnic and some soccer playing among three of my favorite men.
5. There seems to be sad news all around lately. Brian's aunt is fighting for her life in Illinois. A heartbreaking local accident. Good friends asking for prayers for a little girl who is sick.
We do what we can: say the prayers, send the flowers, shake our heads, cry the tears. And then do what seems unspeakable at times---find joy in this mixed up world any way.
Thankfully this joyful little boy makes that easier. Wishing you all good health & safety today.