Today is my blogaversary. One year ago today, I was home with Sarah who was sick with the flu. As she lay sleeping on the couch recovering, I hummed and hawed and then pressed "publish post."
189 posts. 451 comments. 16, 396 page visits. Here I am. A year older. A year smarter? And still loving this blog.
This blog is my memory keeper where I strive to be glass half full and wear the goodness glasses. Although who doesn't need a good rant once in a while? It is my creative outlet. It has been all of those things and more.
I have connected with some pretty amazing people through this blog, some I know in real life and some I have never met. I have learned through this blog and through connecting with other people, that my experiences are not always unique. Other people have cranky kids that throw tantrums at the mall. Many people have gone through stages where their kids don't sleep or are up numerous times in the night. These shared experiences unite us and truthfully make me feel better when I realize I am not the only one. I have learned that the things that I feel in my day to day life of being a woman, mother, wife are shared by others and this gives me comfort. Comfort that I am not alone, that I am not crazy and that these feelings are normal.
But I couldn't have done it without help from Captain Canada who takes 99% of the photos on here, but who is also my sounding board for thoughts and ideas. He often has good ideas for bloggy topics too.
Here are a few of my favourite posts from the past year:
Glass half full and Centennial Beach I loved the time we spent at Centennial Beach last summer, but I also really like how I was able to capture my recipe for happiness and as I try not to dwell on the negative.
Ten Things +1 That Put a Smile on My Face I had a really positive response from this post and I like to refer to the list after a particularly tough day.
The B.P Oil Spill has nothing on the BC Ferries Urine Spill Because what else can you do but laugh at yourself during a particularly embarrassing situation.
Cookie Comfort To me recipes are like good stories told over and over again and passed down to the next generation. I baked with my mom and I love baking with my own kids. Chocolate chip cookies are still a go to recipe for me and chocolate chip cookies were a big part of my own childhood.
The Pros and Cons of Living with a Two Year Old I love writing list posts. I love my two year old. Enough said.
I will continue to follow Mary Oliver's advice. I will pay attention. I will be astonished. I will tell you all about it. Along the way, I will probably be sporting goodness glasses (thanks Amanda). I may very well vent and share frustrations and I will definitely celebrate milestones and triumphs. I hope you will join me. Cheers.