None of those things can be achieved from behind a computer screen.
The Oh Mandie hours of operation are changing. It's not you friends, it's me. It's my husband and it's my sons. It's my need to be more present in their lives and soak up as much time with them all as I can. Because as awesome as this blog is at preserving memories, I'd like to have certain things ingrained so deep into my mind that I'll never need an aid to remember then by.
up there on the blog tool bar under Loves if you're interested) and I realized that I've posted a lot of space fillers over the months. Seriously folks, I'm one step away from doing one of those What's In Amanda's Purse posts .... and really, even though we don't admit it, no one actually likes those. (Trust me, it's mostly just random receipts anyways)
Some days I wish I could start all over again, back when blogging was more of a way to document our families milestones and adventures and less of the meme/giveaway/sponsorship machine that it's become. Ahh to know then what I know now. But such is life. My goal this year, and subsequently every year to come, is to print out my blog posts into bound documented family history books to pass on to my children, which they can then pass on to their children. And let's be real, my kids are not going to want to sit down 10 or 20 years from now and read all about how mom edited some picture in photoshop (which I'm sure will be a dead technology by then anyways) or about how she entered some random giveaway (and probably didn't have a chance at winning in the first place). If that's the kind of blog you want to have, well then more power to you, but as for me, it's just not working anymore and the quality of my posts is becoming more and more reflective of that.