Tra la la la la …

I had a conversation with my friend ET recently about blogs and the activities on them just feeling a bit too staged. I mean, I get it. When I take a photo that may end up on the blog, or Instagram, or Facebook, I may take extra care to shove the dirty dishes out of the way, wipe someone’s face, or make sure I don’t have lipstick on my teeth. But sometimes I don’t and that is OK.

I certainly don’t post every day, don’t get paid for this stuff, and know that coming up with exciting content is not my job. I just find myself wondering … does this stuff really happen in anyone’s REAL life? I’ve always said that Facebook only shows the fairy dust and happiness of everyone’s lives or the moaning and groaning of how hard their life is and most of those people are quickly hidden from my feed. Most days, the fairy dust doesn’t bother me at all.

Sometimes  it’s hard enough just trying to live your life without comparing yourself to others, and when you feel like your dinners aren’t as healthy, your kids aren’t as smart, your running isn’t as fast, or your house isn’t as perfect, you can really begin to get down on yourself. I guess the normal – middle of the road stuff isn’t exciting enough to show up via social media. Whoops. I think that is all this blog is about.

Last week was Valentine’s Day and for us, it was pretty much another Thursday. Hubby had a group run scheduled that evening so I picked up Maddy and Libby and we made dinner consisting of heart shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, and strawberries. How romantic, right? I was pretty proud that the sandwiches were heart shaped, I used the Valentine’s Day plates, and the girls were excited to help me. I’m sure my photo on Instagram showed how wonderful it was.

It was pretty wonderful until about 10pm when Maddy wandered downstairs and threw up on Hubby, plus two sofa cushions. Or at midnight, when Libby threw up on the bedroom floor.

Yeah, up and down until 3am with sick twins is no fun way to spend any night, let alone Valentine’s Day.

So maybe the  fairy-dusted unicorn trodden path is better.  Because I don’t think anyone wanted to see the other relived.

Welcome.

So, it’s the same blog, but at a new space and a pretty new header.

Bear with me as a learn a new platform, and stay tuned for updates on 20 mile training runs and trying very hard not keel over while doing it.

6 years

This blog is almost 6 years old. Wow.

I looked back at my first post ever: http://loveandlabs.blogspot.com/2006/08/wednesday-night-run.html I guess it’s a good sign that I was running then and I’m still running now.

I also found this old one … back when every blogger was writing 100 things about me posts. I think I was struggling to complete that list!

This one was when I got “the call” after having my baseline mammogram that freaked me out. I am so thankful that everything turned out to be OK, but still get annual mammograms and am debating getting tested for the BRACA gene that scares me even more. What is crazy to me is this happened a few months before my Mom’s diagnosis.

Looking back on my sweet babies. I still love these pictures of them.

And of course, documenting the belly. I can say, I wish I had more of these pictures … even if they were just for me to look back and reminisce. I truly don’t remember how enormous it was and that is probably a good thing.

Even though I certainly don’t write every day, and have thought about shutting it down, it’s still a great way to look back on the years and remember some of the stories that are long forgotten. It has been a great outlet for me and I’m thankful for the friends I have made along the way, both ones that I have never met in person and the ones that I see almost every day.

Deep thoughts

So how bad is it when the blog is neglected for a month and no one notices?  Ahem.

I don’t do twitter, so I don’t feel like I can switch that platform.

I’m not really blogging about “love and labradors” anymore.  I could quite possibly change the title to “Volunteering, running, chasing two princesses, whilst trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up.” A bit too long, don’t you think.

I’ve contemplated shutting it down, but I love this community and still enjoy checking in on folks, stalking other blogs, re-reading old posts when I actually used to write.

So, in a nutshell, here is what is going on:

  • Two more months left of life as a Junior League President – I think this could be a blog in itself.
  • Contemplating full-time jobs and daycare.
  • Enjoying my time with two nearly four-year-olds that add light, laughs, and gray hair to my days.
  • I will be running a MARATHON this October.
  • Thinking about turning 40(!) next year.
Hopefully, I’ll figure out a direction soon, or at least post more than once a year. 
xoxo