Part of the problem is that I didn't just take a blogging break, but I took a break away from all things computer - except for work of course, which has been WAY busier than usual. I haven't been editing photos, checking FRUA, reading blogs (egad!) or even Facebook. I am soooo overwhelmed!
I have 306 blog posts from my closest bloggy friends that I haven't had time to read yet (just in case anyone is wondering why they haven't received any wonderful and enlightening comments from me lately :0)
I have at least 25 friend requests on Facebook and no idea how many unread FB messages are lurking out there. Sorry friends!
I just deleted 200+ emails from two Russian adoption Yahoo Groups without even reading them. I think it is time to simplify. Our adoption is complete, I don't need to keep my hand on the pulse of what is happening in Russia, I don't need packing lists, and I don't need info about the change from I600 to the I800, etc. But on the other hand, I feel the need to give back and help others still in the throws of uncertain adoption times.
Plus, I haven't been to the Wal-mart in 2 weeks. That's nearly catastrophic for four always hungry boys!
So then what have I been doing during my blogging vacation?
~ celebrated my oldest son's 11th birthday;
~ played a few rounds of laser tag;
~ sat through a Boy choir's Bach Cantata (without falling asleep);
~ watched Nolan and Liam's first baseball practice;
~ played in our beautiful buttercup field;
~ had a professional photographer do a Celebrating Adoption photoshoot with Lexi;
~ purchased a new kitchen table with enough chairs for our family to finally eat together;
~ took a last minute family Spring Break ski trip to Utah;
~ got all five kids out of bed and on the road to the airport by 4:30 am!
~ watched my kids go sledding;
~ played with my kids in 2 1/2 foot deep snow;
~ watched my baby girl try to eat snow;
~ went snow tubing for hours on end;
~ rode a snow cat machine to the top of a mountain;
~ played a lot of UNO;
~ set the smoke alarm off in the condo (twice);
~ realized that my 3 oldest boys ski better than me now;
~ cheered for Liam as he mastered the chair lift;
~ laughed as Ski Patrol brought Garrett to me on a stretcher sled. (He was not hurt, just too tired to make it down the last 100 yards down the slope. LOL!)
~ survived a very long flight home with 2 stops and connections and a baby girl who didn't sleep the entire day (we had free plane tickets so we had to take what we could get);
~ testified as a key witness in a trial I've been waiting for since 2006;
~ was disappointed to find out that said trial will be continued until August (and you thought adoptions were slow);
~ sat through clogging and voice lessons;
~ helped Preston with his 4-H demonstration;
~ sat through 2 soccer practices for Preston and Garrett;
~ read the "Twilight" series; and finally
~ I've manage to take 951 photos (and to think that Martin thought digital would result in fewer pictures).
How do I get started with the blog again? Well, it's like the old saying: "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." I'll be doing a series of short posts with photos just to catch up on all the fun we are having with our sweet Russian princess and document it for our families' sake.
To be completely honest, one of the reasons why I took a blogging break is because of an unwelcome comment regarding a Not Me! Monday post. Nothing major, but it made me take a step a back and re-think about just how public the World Wide Web can be. You may just have to take my word for it that our family is VERY REAL for a little while. As fun and therapeutic as it is, I can't do the Not Me! Mondays without taking my blog private and that's not something I want to do -- for now anyway.
I think I'll start back with my favorite new photo of Lexi: