Monday, July 11, 2011

"I'm Back"? Really?

Three months have now gone by since I wrote that last, horribly and deceptively titled post.  Clearly, as my readers have noticed, I was not back.  And I very sincerely apologize for that.  To be honest, I don't know if I'm back now either.  I don't know if I'm really up to keeping up with a blog on my own, as the length of time between my last post and now has shown.  I feel like a bit of a failure, especially since I had been so excited to start this blog at the beginning of the year.  Every week that passed without a new entry made it easier not to think about it the next week either, and the blog slipped further and further back in my mind.  Every so often, something would jog my memory about it, and a couple of times I sat down to write but only got a sentence or two down before I would give up, feeling a little sad.  I only somewhat know why.

Part of the problem at first was my sadness over losing my Grandma.  Another thing is a part-time job I now do from home, working as a contracted editor and proofreader for an online, um.. editing and proofreading company. :-)  Since I'm trying to do what I can to help support Daniel in supporting our family, whenever I have a free moment I log in to see what orders I can pick up.  My free minutes are also dwindling as a result of the time I now spend chasing after an increasingly on-the-move one-year-old boy in an attempt to keep him out of as much trouble as possible.

Yes, Charlie turned one on June 16th!  I can't believe how fast he is growing up.  He started crawling in March or April (I would have to get out his baby book to check...), and between that and cruising around the furniture he was all over the place in our little house.  Just a few days after his birthday he started taking steps away from whatever he was holding onto, and now despite frequent falls onto his diapered behind, he is constantly practicing his walking.  So, in addition to keeping him out of the recycling, the refrigerator, and the drawers that hold the sandwich bags and plastic wrap, I am also spending a lot of time just watching in sheer delight as my little boy toddles back and forth across the floor.  He gets more sure of himself by the day, and I know it won't be long before I will be running after him.

Daniel and I celebrated our second anniversary (wow!) two months ago.  Time has really flown.  My sister Rose babysat while we went out to dinner lunch (I almost forgot!).  We did lunch so that we could afford to go to a nicer restaurant than we otherwise would have.  It was delicious, and since it was our anniversary we got free dessert!  Actually, the deal was that you get to choose ONE dessert to share.  But the waitress brought out a whole tray with all of their dessert options on display... how in the world were we supposed to choose just one?  So, we each chose one, and only one of them was free, but that was alright.  My crème brûlée was utterly delectable. :-)  Unfortunately, I've been dreaming about the chocolate mousse that was placed beside it on the tray ever since.

This Saturday we will be going on our first family vacation, and for Daniel and I it will be the first we've had since our honeymoon-- last year, Daniel took his vacation time to be home for a couple of weeks when Charlie was born.  We're going to Ocean City, MD, to stay with Daniel's parents in the oceanfront condo they rent every year.  We are very excited, because we REALLY could use a vacation.  I just hope it's not too much work with a toddler in tow.  I can't wait for Charlie to see the ocean for the first time, and play in the sand!

I will try to provide some more updates on our lives when we get back from our week-long trip.  In the meantime, here are some of our recent pictures for you to enjoy! :-)  They seem to have uploaded out of order, and I don't have time to fix it or write captions right now, but maybe I will come back to that later this week.


  1. Thank you so much for this post, Sarah, and especially for sharing your family pictures! I love your blog, and absolutely understand why it was not easy for you to keep it updated every week. Have fun at your vacation! Will be waiting for more news about your family life. And Happy Belated Birthday to Charlie :-)

  2. Glad to see that you are back! I look each day and was pleasantly surprised to see the updated post today! Have a great vacation!

  3. Nice entry, Sarah, and great photos. Please keep up the blog! It's fun to keep up with you, Daniel, and Charlie.