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July 11, 2014

(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)


Julia: pretending to be a French girl (again!!). She has me put in soft rollers, just like we do for her American Girl doll. I mist the rollers and then she sleeps in them. I can't believe the commitment she has towards these curls.

Hello lovely friends! Well this is the first time in a few years where I haven't had a Cool Stuff post on a Friday! Feels SO weird. I have a confession. Which I've shared with you all before. Sometimes I think, maybe I'll quit this space. I'm not being coy or a tease or fishing for "don't go!" comments, I really do think about it quite often, just because.....it's like, hard, yo. A lot of effort and time goes into blogging and it kind of seems a bit at times.....why am I doing this?

And then I think.....I can't hate on blogging. AT ALL. It's led me to photography (just shot my first senior photo session, as in high school senior, it was so glorious I can't even tell you, the beauty of this girl I photographed!), and that's huge. It's led me to friends, real, (yes Andrew, real, not pretend!) like-minded friends.

And even though it might seem odd to some, this is how I express myself, and this is how I'm preserving my daughter's childhood. And of course, I'm sharing my great love of books. So, I continue. I think I've already written this exact post. I have to repeat these words to myself so that they'll stick.

At any rate, I'll be back on the trail next week, with a really adorable book that's going to be part of a giveaway, haven't done one in ages! So come see me next week. How are you all? What have you read? Movies? Food? You know, my three favorite topics?? I really want to hear about everything fun and cool that you're doing, or even just how much you're sweating. Me, I'm going to be sweating a lot soon because we're going to be having a week of 90 degrees coming next week. I think I need to buy a kiddy pool and just sit in it with an ice cream cone in one hand and a glass of ice cubes in the other.





15 comments:

  1. Yeah Andrew - REAL life peoples! ;)

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  2. I'm pretty sure I'm real... ;)

    I've had a rough time blogging this week. There's been too much bad news and too many bad emotions, and I haven't been sure what to blog about. I figure I don't need to be a regular, clockwork blogger. Real life comes first.

    Your little French girl is adorable. She reminds me, I need to buy stamps today.

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    1. Ignore my poor grammar. Hadn't had coffee yet.

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    2. see, i don't drink coffee, so my grammar is atrocious all the timeZ :) and oh how i hear you re all that other stuff, we need an old fashioned vent party! as much as i like to think i'm being swallowed up by blogger meltdown, i know i would feel like part of me was gone if I gave it up. :)

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  3. I feel the exact same way lately. The last few weeks the kids HAVE NOT wanted me to take their pictures (even easy-going Freya keeps rebelling) and I just feel like I have nothing to say and this is a lot of work and maybe I should start to think about a "real" job. But then I look at past posts and I think how glad I am to have this blog/scrapbook of our lives. And I don't want that to end. All these moments . . .

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    1. i think a lot of us creative peeps are in the same boat. i feel exactly the same way!

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  4. if i had a nickel for every time i've said..imma quit this bitch...i'd have at least 10 nickels.

    don't quit this bitch. you teach me things i wouldn't know how to find elsewhere. unless you want me to TAKE TO THE STREETS!! and i know you don't want that.

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    1. as much as I really WOULD like to see you take most anything to the streets, i'm prolly going to keep on hanging out in my little yakkity place over here.....:)

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  5. I love that Julia likes to be a little french girl. Mais, oui! Juliet! ;) And sponge curlers are quite the commitment!

    I say, take a break if you want. Its your blog, do whatcha wanna do! Sometimes blogging can burn you out. Take time to recharge and get inspired. I know you will be! :D

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    1. i felt inspired today when i popped over to your space and saw your LAKE pix! awesome!!!! i need me a lake to wash away all the 'ugh' stuff......:)

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  6. Oh man… here I am checking out blogs in the first time in months, and yeah. You know I can relate. BUT the real life friends- it's been a really good thing for me in this time of my life. So I just keep hanging on by a thread. OH- and scholastic sent me this terrific new Dragon book, you know an easy chapter books for kiddos and Dax actually really likes it and is reading it! SO, that made me excited!!! And I just love your photography… it's really cool to look back on our lives and see the way one thing leads to the next.

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    1. ROBYNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN, I miss YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Please post about the new Dragon book, we're always on the lookout for cool dragon books around here....:)

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  7. Tell Andrew I am real too :) Aaaw Melissa, I know the feeling. It's sometimes a thought I have but then again, I always question everything I do. It's just normal I think for us to rethink our actions. You have inspired me a lot you know. You are actually THE BLOG I kept going to read, with envy and starry-eyes and I was inspired to create my own blog after that. It has brought me a lot of joy and friendship in the past few years alone. Mind-like friends and very true and nice friends. I learned a great deal thanks to you, thanks to them! You don't have to blog every week if you don't feel like it! Maybe blog a little less and see how it goes from there. I think you can always come back whenever you feel like writing and sharing your love of books, English, Scandi, and tea :)

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    1. I question everything I do as well. It makes me feel warm in my heart to think of the special friends I've made via this space, and the idea that silly me could have done anything to provide inspiration to anyone is awesome and hilarious and I'm so grateful for your kind words!

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