Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What is in my Blog?

I've been thinking about blogging and what it means to me.  You see, life is full of bits and pieces, events, people, holidays, moments...I like to scrapbook those to document for future reference to look back on the past with some visual jogging. I don't scrapbook chronologically; I'm not organized in that way. I'm definitely an eclectic mix of traits, so why wouldn't my pages reflect that? But I do like scrapping...it relaxes me, and let's me focus on the richness of my life, the tapestry, if you will, that went into me being where I am today, in this moment. My pages say a lot, but I'm thinking that my blog can add even more dimension by telling more of the background story as to why I scrapped a particular photo or memory. So for now that's how I'm going to use my blog--a way to have a journalled accounting of my creative attempts at keeping memories alive.  Don't be miffed that you will see photos from years ago mixed with something that happened today; just know they all are part of the big quilt of "my life" keeping me warm in the afterglow of sharing the stories.

With that in mind I am going to do some catch up of prior scrapping that I didn't blog while I took a hiatus from blogging. Come laugh, smile and maybe cry with me as I look back and see where I've traveled.

One of the things I had to get used to following my divorce, was doing things alone with the kids. The first year was hard, but with time it has gotten easier, except when it's expected I be in two places at once. Still haven't figured out how to do that.

As a family we used to go to an evening parade in the summer called the Torchlight Parade. It starts at 7 p.m. and goes as late as 10 p.m. with the floats outrigged with lights to make them seem magical as the sky darkens. But I was leary of taking two young boys (5 years) downtown on the bus at night alone. I decided to go for it and we had a lovely time, although the ride back seemed an eternity. Here's a layout to document my bravery and new-found confidence as a single mom navigating new horizons.

A couple months later we took on the Puyallup Fair...nothing can stop us now.

It's been many years now and I'm a seasoned single mom. I will never tell you it's been an easy path to follow, but having my kids by my side has made every step worthwhile.

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