Hi, Remember Me? I Blog Here Sometimes.

Hi there, friends.  I missed y’all.  That blog break was just what the doctor ordered.  (I mean, the doctor didn’t order it, but at the rate I was going, he might’ve had to get involved when I put my head through a wall).  It’s okay.  I’m peachy now. 

My boys are now back in school, which boggles my mind.  This seemed like a very short summer.  Except when it didn’t.  There were certain moments of "family togetherness" that nearly became "family insanity", especially in the 107 (that’s one zero seven) degree heat we were experiencing for a while.  It’s been too hot to do anything except sit around and look at each other.  With three boys in the house, that inevitably means that somehow, somewhere, somebody’s getting drop-kicked.

As you can see, our home is a fountain of peace on earth, good will toward men.

But occasional outbreaks of violence aside, we muddled through those dog days by spending much of our time at the pool.  Because when it is 107 degrees outside, nothing will refresh you by lathering up with warm sunscreen and jumping into warm water.  When we weren’t at the pool, we holed up inside with our newest family obsession, the card game Blink.  Seriously, it’s the most fun card game ever.

I also used my time away to get caught up on photo albums.  I hadn’t printed a single picture in over a year.  I was so overwhelmed by it I noticed I had, for the most part, stopped taking pictures.  It’s what I very scientifically call my Photographic Deficiency Cycle.  This is what it looks like, EVERY time:

1) I get caught up on my albums.
2) I take lots of pictures. 
3) I don’t develop them.
4) I get overwhelmed.
5)  I stop taking pictures.
6)  I have a dozen panic attacks.
7)  I develop too many at once and spend a fortune at the photo place.
8)  I get caught back up on my albums. 

Someday my children will visit me in the nursing home after looking back in my albums and say, "Mom, why aren’t there any pictures of January through June 2008?"  And I’ll say, "I’m sorry, I was just on Level Five of the Photographic Deficiency Cycle, dearies," and they’ll look at me like the crazy old woman I am, and then they’ll wipe the applesauce off my chin hairs.

Let’s see, what else happened?…Ah, yes!  A very industrious geneaologist on my husband’s side of the family e-mailed us a remarkably detailed family tree.  According to it, I’m related to Senator John McCain.  Or, at least, I am by marriageAnd if you tilt your head sideways and squint.  Evidently (if I understand the chart correctly, which I may not, because the family tree reminded me of geometry and THAT IS MATH) the Senator’s great-great-great-great grandmother and my husband’s great-great-great-great-great grandmother were sisters

So, you know, he’s practically my dad.  I’m wondering if I should leverage this very intimate connection for a position in his administration.  How about–oh, I don’t know–ambassador to Somewhere Along The Mediterranean?  That would be nice.  Or maybe, should I really want to serve my country, I could be our UN ambassador?  Because I am, after all, a mom–I have ever confidence I could get those quibbling diplomats snapped into line.  Nuclear proliferation negotiations?  Pshaw.  I’d have them sitting down side-by-side eating graham crackers.  In alphabetical order.

Oh, one last thing.  I am very excited to tell you that one of my posts from my Africa trip has been included in a real live, honest-to-goodness book (with pages! that you turn!) called The Social Cause Diet.  This book is a collection of essays from people who have learned some lessons about reaching out to a cause bigger than themselves.  Contributors include my Compassion buddy Shaun Groves and Former First Lady of Arkansas Janet Huckabee.

So, what’s new with you, my bloggy friends?  Leave me a comment and tell me something interesting that happened to you in the last three weeks.

148 thoughts on “Hi, Remember Me? I Blog Here Sometimes.

  1. Mrs. Organic says:

    Glad you’re back!
    I went to Maryland with my kids for 10 days courtesy of some very dear people. My kids had a blast at a day camp – kayaking, rock climbing, crafting, singing, canoeing. I had a great time visitng with my sister, sight-seeing, and shopping.
    Stuff like that doesn’t usually happen to us and it was wonderful.

  2. chickadee@afamiliarpath says:

    ah people who get behind on their photo developing make me sad. it’s so easy to upload your photos to shutterfly and just order prints. you should put your son in charge of it.
    hmm something interesting? we finally came to a decision on what to name our baby. we’re almost postive she’s going to be audrey.

  3. Bethany says:

    You know, you have a point. Moms are the *best* negotiators. You could probably have every issue from Iraq to gas prices fixed in an hour. Way to go, Mrs. Dryer!

  4. Clemntine says:

    The most interesting thing that’s happened to me is that I became, against my will and better judgement, the source of all heat in the galaxy (ergo your 107ΒΊ temps) while simultaneously becoming large enough to have my own gravitational pull.
    Oh, I jest.
    I am, however, considering resurrecting my blog so that I can hold a Baby Naming Lottery, since the current top contender in this, my 37th week of pregnancy, is Omniplex Spike the Fourth, as submitted by my 8-year-old son. I think that for a prize, I’ll give away a precocious 8-year-old.
    Lastly, I’m right there with you on the Photographic Deficiency Cycle. Is there a cure?

  5. Mrs. S says:

    After much complaining and saying “I will never…” I joined the ranks of mini-van mom’s everywhere. And I LOVE MY NEW VAN!! Oh and I started home school. My eldest and only boy is a kindergartener…where did his little chubby cheeks go? I now have a little man in front of me. Sigh. Glad your back!!

  6. Ashley says:

    I just caught up a year’s worth of prints too! I was FREAKING OUT about having so many undeveloped pictures, just sitting on my computer. I love the digital, but I still want REAL pictures, that I can put in my album and hold in my hands;).
    I just found your blog in the middle of your break…LOVE your sense of humor…”the sinister flush of death”…LOLOLOLOLOL…I have had this same experience. Loved it!

  7. Christine says:

    My goodness it is nice to see a current post from you, girl! Not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the reruns. I did. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Really!
    We are in our last week of summer vacation; the boys resume school next week. Three days a week for the older and wiser pre-schooler and two days for the please-don’t-make-me-go littlest. I have so loved my do-nothing weeks with them but they have challenged me to new heights lately. (See how flowery I can make STRESSED ME OUT sound?)
    Yeah, the heat got to us too. So much that we braved Six Flags in it. Stupid, stupid parents…

  8. Heather (Blessedw4mom) says:

    Glad you are back, glad you got your albums caught up … I can only dream …
    Last week I had the worst case of Mastitis ever! 104 fever … not very intersting really and hope that I do not ever repeat it.
    Love to read your blog!

  9. Christine says:

    P.S. FWIW, I used to never be behind on photo developing when I had a film camera, since developing them was the only way I got to see them. Since I went digital they sit and sit on my computer and I never get to hold them in my hands or put them in frames.
    Incidentally, clark color has 8 cent prints all the time and good coupons for free shipping. Great for large orders.

  10. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    I’ve started making online photobooks as I think I spend less on the pics that way and then I get a nice professional looking book.
    Something interesting? Well, I saw the second largest grizzly in Montana (dead and stuffed, OF COURSE) and I reached my biggest weight so far in my life and must start the whole diet/get healthy thing right away! And my son turned 9…sigh.

  11. Headless Mom says:

    Hawaii, baby! I’ve got a few posts with pics, if anyone is interested.
    And now that I’ve gone digital? I haven’t printed many either. Let’s hope I don’t loose those cds

  12. Polka Dot Mommy says:

    It’s nice to have you back. πŸ™‚
    There is a bag containing no less than 30 film canisters and disposable cameras lurking in the corner of my room from my pre-digital days. I keep meaning to drop them off. *sigh*
    Congrats on having your post published in a real book! That rocks.
    Cheers!
    Jamie

  13. owlhaven says:

    Something REALLY fun happened to me, but I’m not yet allowed to blog about it. Sigh. Soon. In the meantime, I’m afraid I already emailed you about it. Twice. But I’m soooooo excited!
    mary, mom to many

  14. JanMary, N Ireland says:

    Good to see you back, but I have really enjoyed some of your posts which were from before I discovered your blog.
    Know what you mean about photos and being behine with not printing. In fact I now only really print the images which are part of my digital scrapbooking layouts. So photo albums have been replaced by digi-scrap albums. As one layout can include the best photos of a certain day/event, along with the journalling, I reckon it will be more interesting/meaningful to whoever cares to look at them in years to come. (When I am in the nursing home with chin hair too!)
    If I ever regret this, I still have all my digi phots backed up, so I can always spend an absolute fortune on printing them.

  15. Donna @ Thirsty? says:

    Because one of the goals of my life is to be included in your list of ‘bloggy friends’ I am going to comment on this post!
    A very cool thing happened to us over the past few weeks. We moved to our small town about 6 months ago when my husband accepted a call to be associate pastor at a church here. We feel very welcomed by the people here but something that topped it off was that someone has just paid $2500 to our mechanic to fix our car that has been billowing smoke from under the hood! And we dont even know who it was! God certainly looks after his children doesnt he!
    Glad to have you back!
    Donna

  16. Kris says:

    so nice to hear from you again. Sorry about the sweltering heat, but yay for family time and getting caught up! Lets see, interesting around here? I turn thirty today. That feels, uhm…. interesting.:-/

  17. Jen says:

    Welcome back!!
    Yea, even with digital I’m backlogged! I was doing good getting them developed every month after uploading them to snapfish but I haven’t done that in a long time. Nevermind putting them into the kids albums. I think my 8 yo’s album only goes to age 1. I have 2 other kids to do! Some day….

  18. Githe says:

    Welcome back!!!! And big congratulations on being included in a book. It was only a matter of time.
    I had lots of fun reading your older posts.
    I went skydiving and am sleeping A LOT BETTER! How original and weird and wonderfull are God’s ways of healing. He is toooooo cool, I say!

  19. elaine@homebutnotalone says:

    Our weather has been drastically poor over here in Northern Ireland – we had floods – thankfully only our garage was hit as the house is somewhat higher. Photos and a youtube video can be found at my blog. Roll on the winter!

  20. Lori says:

    Oh man! I envy you!!! I cannot decided which of your stages I am at in the photography cycle – overwhelmed, panic or just plain stop…nah I keep taking the darn things, I just don’t process them!!! So it must be the overwhelmed one…I’m hoping that with the kiddos heading back to school soon, I can get somewhat caught up…who knows!
    So glad you’re back! I don’t always comment, but I always read!
    Blessings to you!!!!

  21. Shelly W. says:

    Well, look at that, people were just WAITING for you to get back! Glad to read from you in real time again.
    We just got back from Switzerland. Wow, what a beautiful place!

  22. Leigh says:

    Glad to see you back! I missed you!
    I’m behind in my photos as well. I have almost 4000 photos (55 more to go!) up on Flickr, and I need to decide which ones I want to print. I love one of their partner sites, Qoop.com, for printing. I just got a 16×20 poster done for my friend of pictures from her son’s birthday, for $20 shipped, and it was to me in 4 days. LOVE IT!
    Outside of that, I had a small incident at work, which currently has my left hand bandaged and in a splint. Boo hiss.

  23. Kool Aid says:

    Welcome back! Despite all the violence in your home, it must have been nice to be able to hang out at the pool for a while…
    I’m so far behind on my scrapbooks it’s not even funny, and since I switched to digital, I have that many more pictures to sift through. It is overwhelming, isn’t it!
    Other than that, there isn’t really anything big going on here other than school starting and getting my feet wet with my own blog.

  24. Aileen says:

    Welcome back! I took a clue from you and took a hiatus as well.
    Go digital.
    I am officially printing out and adopting your Photographic Deficiency Cycle. So true.

  25. Megret says:

    That process of photo developing/chronicling made me laugh out loud. I’m not alone. πŸ™‚
    I mean, I actually lose sleep at night because I worry about photos, losing photos, and being behind on my albums and scrapbooks.
    Nothing too interesting here — just surviving the heat, as well! Ready for fall.

  26. LifeatTheCircus says:

    When I saw your title come up in my reader I thought instantly, “Oh yes it’s the 21st..she’s back!” Welcome Back! (read singing to the tune of Welcome Back Kotter) Glad you had a good end of the summer with your family and congrats on catching up on pictures and not letting yourself feel defeated or overwhelmed, or at least not giving in to those feelings. And congrats on getting published… how very, very exciting!!
    Hmmm my summer… has been delightful. While we didn’t go away for an official family vacation, my hubby has taken several random days off for fun events. It has been relaxing and fun. My oldest starts preschool in 2 weeks… I can not believe it!!

  27. Robyn says:

    I fully agree that more moms need to be Ambassadors. The bickering would STOP, the embassies would be fabulously decorated in Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel awesomeness, business suits would be replaced by track suits and flip flops (which would boost morale), and the guy who invented Goldfish Crackers would finally win a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize.

  28. Jill says:

    I started a blog. Inspired by you and many others I thought I should start journaling before my mind leaves me. Somedays that seems very likely.
    Glad you had a good break.

  29. rrmama says:

    Glad you are back! I must admit that I am also behind in my developing film area. I have six rolls on the counter and a draw full of say 10-15 more. I am also behind on my scrapbooking. I was never behind until the youngest was born. What happened. We didn’t really take a vacation this year. It was more of a stay-cation. I was nice to relax with the family and not have a schedule.
    I am going to buy “Blink” sounds like a lot of fun.

  30. Amy says:

    So glad to see you back!
    I’m Amy, the one who did the tree collage for your Pottery Shmarn knock off post.
    What’s new with us…after months of excitedly pursuing adoption (which is why I did that tree for our nursery!) God has surprised us with a miracle and we’re pregnant. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. We are so humbled and don’t know why we get to be the ones who are pregnant, but we are. Despite the stories you hear, adoptive families really don’t become pregnant very often.
    We are still very excited to adopt and plan to adopt once or twice after this baby comes. So, that tree that I shared with you will be enjoyed by our new baby (if all goes well, which we pray it will) early in March.

  31. Cindy says:

    Welcome back! I miss your posts and WFMW…my husband keeps asking me when you’ll be back. We hosted a water slide party for our kids’ friends…it was barely warm enough for water play, in Southern California. You must have taken all the heat on Earth this summer.

  32. karla | looking towards heaven says:

    aaahhhh… so good to see you back on the blog. good thing for Twitter, or i’d be twitching by now.
    our summer had a lot of the same stuff as you.
    except it has culminated with a move, which means the kids have missed the first day of school. which means i am packing AND referring four kids who have had!enough! of the good times.
    pray for me.
    xo~K

  33. Desiree Rutter says:

    I am so glad that you are back. I was having withdrawal. I must have felt the Spirit move you back to your posting πŸ™‚ because I just checked randomly and expected to see older posts, but I got a surprise.
    We got Rock Band for the Wii at our house and so there is very little going on except for eating and singing!! πŸ™‚ Oh and we started school this week. Minor in comparison to Rock Band.

  34. Jen says:

    It’s so good to have you back, I hope you enjoyed your break. πŸ™‚
    I hear you on the school thing, my son starts next Monday, and I’m so not ready. It feels like we didn’t even have a summer.
    By the by, congratulations on the book!
    ~ Jen

  35. Melanie says:

    Blink is a lot of fun! We’ve had it for a year or two. I can still beat my kids, so life is good. The great thing is to have the grandparents come over and watch them play against the kids for the first time. That is stinking hillarious. My parents looked like they were ready for the nursing home while the kids were speeding through the game. It took two or three rounds before they started to get it.
    I, along with many others, am glad you are back. Your blog is my favorite. Thanks for all your hard work.

  36. Julie H says:

    Hello!
    What’s new with me? This summer after lurking around for a while, I started writing a blog. Loving it! My kids start school next week and honestly, I am excited for that!
    Take care,
    Julie

  37. Jenni Wilson says:

    Welcome back, Shannon! I’m so glad you had a nice break. Congratulations on being included in the book! I’ll definitely be getting my hands on a copy. Maybe you can sign one for me! ;o)
    The most exciting thing in my life right now is that I’m a finalist in the 5 minutes for Mom photo contest. Don’t know if you knew that, but it pretty much made my day when I found out! Now if I can just keep those ladies with their pesky fancy-pants cameras from winning…heh.
    Jenni

  38. Mandy says:

    I put my kids into private school this year and I am very excited about it. Private school doesn’t always mean better school- but in my town it does. And I did it. And I may need to open an Etsy shop to pay the tuition. Or you know, stop buying groceries.

  39. Stonefox says:

    Well, I’m new to the blogosphere and new to your blog. I’ve seen it around on blogrolls and can’t wait to see what’s in store! My latest post is about my crazy life overseas, specifically how my son was expelled from kindergarten. But it’s all better now.

  40. We are THAT family says:

    I’m so glad you had a great break! The blog world just wasn’t the same without you. I mean, Wednesdays, just didn’t feel like Wednesdays, ya know?
    The most significant thing in the last 3 weeks, or in my entire life, was meeting a family who recently escaped from Uzbekistan from very dangerous religious persecution (after being arrested and deported for preaching Christ). We sat down last Friday and listened to their unbelievable story and then again last night, they cooked Russian food for us. My kids loved it (answered prayer, thank you God).
    We’re asking God how we can help them raise money so they can continue to teach disciples in Uzbekistan and Russia via the internet.
    I’ve never felt so humbled and blessed and convicted and overwhelmed with God’s Providence.
    Yeah, my life has pretty much been turned upside down. And re-reading your Africa posts have helped me b/c I think I feel a little like you did with all of America’s abundance and social Christianity.
    Thanks for asking.

  41. Angela says:

    Glad you enjoyed a nice break! We went to the beach (!), my daughter started kindergarten (I cried) and my son is potty training!
    I am so far behind on scrapbooks I may just give it up… I can’t seem to finish one!

  42. Ryann says:

    After nearly losing my mind and snapping in half from stress, we have finally found a house to move into. We will not be homeless in England any longer!
    Now I just have to figure out the public school system which is another issue altogether.
    Welcome back!

  43. Lora Lynn says:

    I went into pre-term labor and got put on bedrest. I have four kids four and under wandering around the living room aimlessly. I have the fire dept. on speed dial.
    But it was a great summer til then! Welcome back!

  44. mom2fur says:

    Wanting to ‘drop kick’ a family member is perfectly normal. Didn’t the song go, “You always hurt the one you love?” LOL!
    Congratulations on being part of a book. That’s wonderful!

  45. Carla says:

    Great to have you back…let’s see in the past three weeks…I finally got back to workout to be sidelined again by a relapse, my baby (23 years old) is coming home for a week. Work, work, work. That’s about it!

  46. Jenny says:

    Welcome back! My new thing in life is that I started homeschooling my kids for the first time this week (4th and 2nd grade). I’m exhausted! But, I think it’s going to be a very good thing for us.

  47. Traci Best says:

    Something interesting…hmm…I’ve almost single-handedly drained Amazon.com of all their possibly-could-be-used-for-home-schooling books…oh and Trixie Belden books too! πŸ™‚
    Then there is the great sell off of Summer 08′ where I sold nearly all of my youngest’s outgrown clothes and nearly strangled three of my eBay customers for trying to scam me..
    OH! Then I turned around and spent all my earnings on used Gymboree clothing in the correct sizes for this fall/winter…the door bell rings almost every day now! LOL!
    Traci

  48. Susan says:

    Well, let’s see – I had my house completely painted on the inside, we got a new puppy for our daughter, I painted a picture of Nell for Ree, a dear friend came to visit for a week and we hadn’t seen each other in 16 years – that’s what living across the country will do to friendship, and my husband got laid off from his job. Nope, I’m not related to John McCain, but if I were I would definitely seek out a diplomatic position in his cabinet if he is elected.
    Susan
    http://www.raisin-toast.com

  49. Amanda says:

    I just had the same photo epiphany a few weeks ago. I’m way behind in my printing. I need a fortune to catch up. At least they are all downloaded and saved though!
    Our news, we’re in a state of “waiting”. I hate waiting.
    Good to have you back!

  50. Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity says:

    Perhaps a support group for us photo people? I’ve not printed any since January. And all the one’s I’ve had printed over the last two or three years? In a box on my scrapbooking table. I pray my websites will be around for a long time so my children can still access the pictures that I’ve taken. πŸ˜€
    We started football and soccer in the last 3 weeks and life is turned upside down with a game or practice every single night. But it’s what they love, so it makes it all worth it!

  51. Karrie says:

    I just discovered your site so your “break” is news to me! I love your blog, your faith and your humor – My BF and I have a blog called boobcampblog that is very similar and I feel like we are kindred spirits – I’ll be back often!

  52. Kim says:

    I enjoy your blog!! The summers do go so fast. We are preparing for homeschooling and husband is on a mission’s trip to Wyoming at the Indian Reservation, They had at least 10 saved through Steve’s preaching!! We are so excited!!
    I will definitely be back to read your blog!
    Kim

  53. Susan G. says:

    Welcome back!! I missed my Dryer fix. The biggest event here is my new baby (born July 4th)is now smiling – a lot. And I am drinking way too much coffee. πŸ™‚

  54. Alyson says:

    Yay! So glad you are back! Congrats on the book, that is exciting.
    For me – in the last 3 weeks (well maybe more like 5-6 weeks) my 2 kids that couldn’t swim learned how (and they are surprisingly good for having just learned – the 5 year old is doing freestyle with side breathing even!). My world of 3 kids with no floaties is wonderful :).

  55. MegnTally@Lonesome Pine says:

    So glad you’re back! Being so transparent gives the rest of us hope in our not-so-perfect families.
    Hmmm…the last 3 weeks…got dd a car, my car died, got dd registered for COLLEGE!!!, realized how old that makes ME!!!, watched way too much Olympics in the wee hours.

  56. Heidi says:

    Hi – I am so glad you’ve returned!
    We went to the beach and church camp, and I nursed two children back to health after getting tonsills removed!

  57. Crystal says:

    Nice to see you are back and rested. As for film yes I am bad at that too, I still have several disposable cameras laying around the house. I think some are even 3 years old.
    Exciting things . . . well we went to the Street of Dreams, and I was totally blown away. A-MAZ-ING is all I can say.
    Well have a great day.

  58. Elaine says:

    I actually scrapbook most of my photos and I am SO behind, you know why? Because I blog now.
    Congrats on being included in the book – that is wonderful!!
    and glad you’re back…

  59. Cheri says:

    Yay!!! August 21 is a grand day πŸ™‚ In the last three weeks I got to be very smug. Why? Becuase I always told my son to be careful doing backflips into pools. Just this week he wasn’t careful and landed on his friend’s diving board instead of in the pool. Praise God his armpit took the brunt of the fall and not his face. Which now contains a set of very expensive braces. Oh, he’d ‘a been in so much trouble if he hit his face – lol.

  60. Jenny says:

    Welcome back.
    Two rules I learned for negotiating as a mom are, “one cuts, the other chooses”, and “one picks and the other gets the quarter”. I don’t know if that will work with the big guys but maybe something along those lines.

  61. Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers says:

    Welcome back! You’ve been missed, but I’m glad your vacation was restful and restorative. πŸ˜‰
    Had to LOL at the pictures. I have way too many dollars’ worth of pictures waiting to be developed. They’re uploaded and everything. All I have to do is click the “send” button. I may have to wait until dh’s bonus time for that, though. How sad.
    Way cool on one of your posts being in a real, true, honest-to-goodness book! It’s not terribly surprising, though…you have a fabulous talent for writing.
    Looking forward to lots of brand-new posts, even though I enjoyed the re-runs. πŸ˜‰

  62. mombrud says:

    Just wanted to thank you for the humor you have helped me to rediscover in raising 4 children. I am so glad I discovered your site. My hubby and I really appreciate your style! Somedays I feel like a little girl trapped in a Mom’s life and very underqualified to help these four different individuals grow to be productive, responsible adults! (What a run-on sentence)
    We also relate with many of the other experiences you have shared because we have lived in third world countries in the past.
    Hooray! School starts on Monday. It has been a fun, long summer for us.
    Thanks again

  63. Kelly @ Love Well says:

    Too sleep deprived at the moment to think about what’s new. Baby is crawling, standing and cruising at 7 months. Kids are driving me crazy. I’m not ready for summer to end, but I am ready for school (and preschool) to start.
    Welcome back!

  64. Celeste says:

    I believe I became pregnant in the last three weeks and I’m completely freaking out!… but happy though. just…really freaking out.

  65. Sherida says:

    In the past three weeks, my little one has started pulling up! I have only one small boy, but he does keep me busy. His newest toys include some empty boxes, a water jug, a wooden spoon, and some metal bowls.
    We have also had some sad times, though. My husband stood by with his cousin as his uncle and grandfather signed the papers to put his grandmother on hospice care. She has been getting older, weaker, and sicker over the past months, and her time on earth is nearing an end.

  66. Karen {simply a musing blog} says:

    Well, I gave up all sugar, caffeine, and chocolate.
    Okay. Not really. But I DID do as you and Sophie suggested and I gave up all my statistical thingamajigs that compared me to other bloggers.
    Why? Because no one can compare to me. I’m an original. (My husband says a hearty “amen” to that one!)
    And guess what? It didn’t even hurt. Not one bit. πŸ™‚ Thanks – I owe ya one!

  67. Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama says:

    I’m so glad you’re back! I nearly fell off my chair when I read about someone in your house getting drop kicked…
    What I did in the last three weeks…let’s see…oh, yes!
    We put our house on the market and sold it in 5 days! We listed on July 26th and close tomorrow!

  68. Kelli a.k.a. Country Mommie says:

    So glad you are back. Sad lonely me has been posting WFMW even though there was no where to post my link. Aw, sad! πŸ™‚ I am very happy you are back. I understand taking a break and am glad you got to spend time with your boys.

  69. Kristen says:

    Welcome back. It is so nice to hear from you.
    I took my 5 year old and 3 year old camping while my husband was out of town for 9 days. We needed something exciting to distract us. The fun part was negotiating my 31 week pregnant body in and out of the tent and sleeping on the ground. We had a wonderful time. I am gearing up for another trip before the baby arrives. I learned that my kids love tents and flashlights tremendously!

  70. nicole ross says:

    Glad to hear you are back. We’re heading out to Arkansas to visit with family. Yeah, our vacation is late this year, but we have a 7 month old so it doesn’t matter when we take it!

  71. Jami says:

    Oh how I relate to you in the picture department!
    I am sending off my first to school tomorrow! Today we went in for an hour and I’m feeling much better about it all! Oh how the time flies by!

  72. Karate Mom says:

    HI! Brand new here and loving your blog already! (I can relate to the “drop kick” thing…and I have a boy and a girl! Man, they’re ROUGH!)
    Ummm…exciting in the last three weeks? Let’s see, I quit work at Whole Foods, I went on a vacation with JUST my husband (wish I was still THERE!), turned 33, and my kids started school too, only we homeschool so they didn’t go anywhere. Just to the dining room. (That’s where we have school)

  73. Ginger says:

    Well, the last three weeks have been full of learning and re-learning how to take care of my new baby. And my sister-in-law graduated from College! That’s pretty exciting. I’ve been digital for a few years now, not by choice, and I miss film so very much. It’s expensive but there’s something about it that digital just doesn’t do for me…

  74. Kathryn says:

    Shannon, I’m SO glad you’re back. Our last 3 weeks were perked up in excitement by our almost 5 mos. old son having a heart cath, which involved a 3 day hospital stay, going home on oxygen, and having his next heart surgery bumped up by 3 weeks.. And as if THAT wasn’t enough excitement, I AM (eventually) starting my VERY OWN blog! EEK!

  75. Staci Medendorp says:

    Welcome back!! I’ve missed your posts…but I’m so glad you’re relaxed and refreshed…and caught up on your photo albums. That’s a definite accomplishment….I’m about oh, 7 years and 3 1/2 children behind. *sigh* There’s always hope, though, right?! LOL
    Let’s see, in the past three weeks, I found a new homeschooling curriculum (praise God!) and we discovered that we think God means for us to move from where we live now (Southern California) to Michigan. How’s that for a turn-your-life-around kind of realization? But it’s all about His will for us and if that’s what He has for us, then I’ll be okay with it. Despite — or should I say, in spite of — all of the humidity in the summertime and the 3 feet of snow at times in the winter!! It’ll be okay…that’s how I know it’s God. I’m NOT freaking out about any of it. Talk to me when we’re actually in the process of moving, though….could be an entirely different scenario…but I’ll hope not in the meantime. =0)
    Anyhoo, have a great weekend!!
    Staci

  76. Ronnica says:

    I think you should choose to use your leverage as newly-found-relative to obtain one of the unknown number of houses he has!
    Something interesting? I started school for the last time last week. It was an emotional week for that and several reasons, but I have a feeling I will in fact be done with school when the semester finishes in December.

  77. Tiera says:

    So glad to see you back. My interesting thing is that my dd got her learner’s permit. This is a big deal in our house!

  78. Tracey says:

    Sounds like quite the summer. We too, have been anticipating the day when it will get out the 100’s…still no luck. Ho Hum. So basically we hibernate. But none-the-less, we got out of this oven we call Phoenix and headed 1.5 hours north to Sedona. Temps averaged, oh, about 80ish. Who knew? Apparently not my family, cause if we did, we woulda been there every friggin’ weekend.
    Looking forward to this summer coming to a close. And quick.

  79. mzzterry says:

    All my days were messed up, because I didn’t have your blog to read daily! My blog traffic dropped to sub-zero because we didn’t have WFMW.
    Some sad family events (losses) and some fun times too. L.i.f.e. that is what happened here. It is all good. Welcome back. You were missed.

  80. Amy says:

    I think you should definitely be calling that cousin-in-law for a job in the White House. πŸ™‚
    In the last three weeks I’ve sent my oldest child off to Kindergarten, on a bus, and we’ve all decided that we like it very much.

  81. Tracey says:

    OH! OH! Some one that I haven’t told yet! GREAT! We got chosen by a birthmother, we met her (17) and her parents and she is due on December 18th with a….yes we went to the ultrasound with her and saw the little BOY move!!! Yah…I’ll be a MOMMY finally! Yah me! Oh, yah my hubby will be a daddy too…but hey…I’LL ME A MOMMY!

  82. Brenda says:

    I missed you – I had just discovered your blog and got really hooked when you took a break. I am soooo glad you are back – had the day marked in the calendar in my head. Photos – yes do go digital and then make Creative Memories Storybooks online – you will not regret it. If you need help, let me know… I can hook you up. I wait with great anticipation for WFMW….YEAH!!!

  83. World's Greatest Mommy says:

    Missed you Shannon. Glad to have you back, but glad you took some time.
    A bunch of drop kicking has been going on at my house…but mostly I learned that staycation is worse than vacation.
    Oh and I got to test the benefits of surgical glue vs. stitches vicariously through my daughter.
    (She was running through the house with sunglasses and the glasses got caught between the floor and her forehead when she fell.) And yes, I said, “I told you so.”
    I’m not very mature.

  84. Robin ~ PENSIEVE says:

    It’s as if you were nevah gone :).
    Let’s see, some of this you know, but…
    — I had various invasive medical procedures.
    — Found out I have a hormone imbalance.
    — Found out I don’t have a tumor.
    — Celebrated my baby’s 16th birthday!!!
    — Got a new kitty :).
    — Read a few books.
    — Enjoyed my family before school started.
    — Blogged :).
    VERY cool all the things that have been going on with you…it’s nice to know!

  85. Les says:

    Hi! Welcome back! I’m a brand-spankin’-new reader to your blog. I found it while you were on your short hiatus in the 107 degree temps here in OK–yep, that’s right, I’m here, too. LOL! The rain this week has been MUCH welcomed. Anyway, wanted to say hello, and love the blog. You’ve got yourself a new Okie reader. :0)
    ~Les

  86. Runningamuck says:

    Aahhhhh! It’s so good to “read” you again! Glad you had a nice break. At least you let everyone know when you are going to take one. Me? Well, I just drop off the side of the blog page with not a word until I resurface a week later.
    Me? Well, I fought with a palm tree and lost… BIG time. I have pics on my blog to prove it.
    http://runningamuck.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/homemade-ice-cream-cleaning-house-ballet-parties-and-other-random-thoughts/
    It only took almost 5 weeks to heal. =0| No soaking in a pool for WAY too long!

  87. nicole says:

    Um that’s about the same as my summer. Too hot to go outside…three boys inside all day…swimming at the local swimming hole. Glorious. Kinda glad its over. Welcome back! πŸ˜‰

  88. Michelle says:

    I’m so glad you’re back, Shannon! Also glad your break was restful. We bought Blink a few weeks ago and it is fun. We haven’t been bitten by it nearly as much as Sleeping Queens, though. Try that one if you have a chance. Everyone from my 5 year old to my grandma were addicted. Happy back-to-school!

  89. Danielle Bean says:

    I had no idea anyone still did the film thing. I still have 4 undeveloped disposable cameras and about 10 rolls of undeveloped film from 6 years ago. They are sitting waaaaaay in the back of a cabinet. When I see them, I feel guilty. But then I close the cabinet again and all is well.
    Welcome back — we missed you!

  90. Tara says:

    “It’s been too hot to do anything except sit around and look at each other. With three boys in the house, that inevitably means that somehow, somewhere, somebody’s getting drop-kicked.”
    There has been quite a bit of drop kicking going on around here with my three boys. But I just tell them, “If you’re going to kill each other please go outside and do it, I just cleaned up in there!”
    And as for excitement in the realm of us, we’re sitting on a contingent offer to sell the house. Please join us in praying for Jay and Emily to sell their house so they can buy ours and we can buy a new one! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  91. Shalee says:

    Me?
    Well, I’ve moved, readied our new home, lost my job, prepared both kids for new schools, rode an emotional wave as The Girl transitions into the Teen group at church and 7th grade, suffered a heartbreak as The Boy has been rejected unceremoniously by other 3rd graders and then watched with joy as God keeps coming through for us time and time again. Oh, and I’m finally caught up with Lost.
    You know. The usual.
    Glad you’re back into the swing of things.

  92. Bailey's Leaf says:

    My three month old car was weed eated in June. It blew out a passenger window and pock marked the driver’s side. I had to have the new window reset because it kicked back and forth in the door and didn’t go completely down.I had to have the driver’s side painted twice, because you know that the first time through it looked like my 4 year old had done it. It’s all good now. That is except for the fact that my brother’s little neighbor girl lotioned the newly painted side of my car and scratched through the clear coat in the process. Oh, and a bird pooped some nuclear poop on the same newly painted side and I can’t seem to get it off. I wonder if it burned through the newly painted clear coat?
    That’s where K- and I have spent time in our last three weeks! UGH!
    Oh, and K- had two teeth filled and one filling popped out so we drove 25 miles back out to the dentist to have it refilled. “Let me know if it doesn’t hold.” Oh believe me, I will.

  93. Superchikk says:

    Gosh, in Arkansas (and possibly Oklahoma), you and Senator McCain are so closely related you might as well be brother and sister! Ha! And I agree – I’ve often thought they needed to throw a bunch of mommies into political positions like that and let us whip things into shape. I seriously don’t think they could handle everything being orderly and peaceful, though.

  94. harper says:

    I think I went into withdrawal during your break πŸ˜‰ Really glad you had a good one.
    Me? Still pregnant. Still can’t do anything without getting winded. Got MRSA, too. All fun and games here!

  95. Rebekah says:

    Hi. I’m Rebekah. I’ve been reading your blog regularly for about 6 months now. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of all the fantastic Christian bloggers out here. Just wanted to introduce myself and your re-emergence seemed like a good time for that, lol.
    What’s new in our lives? We moved to the Phoenix area, where it is one-o-seven or more for weeks on end. Fun fun fun! =)

  96. Patsy Clairmont says:

    Hmm, new. New? I finished a manuscript and sent it in, but because I had been working on it day and night it doesn’t feel exactly new.
    Let’s see. I might go back to Africa in Dec. but its not for sure yet, so that’s on hold.
    I’m getting my hair cut on Tuesday, but with the same gal I’ve used for 25 years so I doubt if we’ll design something new–same old spiky hair.
    I’m on a diet and you can bet your Hershey bar that ain’t new.
    Okay, you’ve stumped me and challenged me…I’m off in search of something sparkly new.

  97. edj says:

    I’m still getting caught up, so my comment is late. My most interesting thing was moving back to Africa. This time, all our suitcases made it.

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