30 days of blogging…FAIL

Well, the 30 days of blogging didn’t motivate me like I had hoped. Mostly because I hate taking pictures of myself. Ah well, perhaps I will revisit with a modified 30 days of blogging sans pictures.

We are a bit snowed in here in the suburbs of DC. Not as much snow as last year (not yet at least) but it sure seemed to knock everyone for a loop. Another storm is headed our way mid-week next week but no details on severity yet. I have been wishing for snow since the first week of December. As they say, be careful what you wish for…but I’m not sorry I wished for it, got it, and can probably expect a lot more before winter bids adieu.

I’m enjoying married life more and more everyday. I still get giddy when Bob refers to me as his wife and when I refer to him as my husband 🙂


2010…so far…an update

January 2010…Happy New Year…recovering from the holidays and a lot of visitors…wedding planning begins…Jackson is SGA Representative for his class…Philadelphia and Battleship New Jersey trip with Cub Scouts…incredibly early morning drive from NJ to MD because Jackson got sick on the ship – not seasick, some kind of stomach bug from hell…I got it a few days later and thought I was going to die…the month ended with all of us well, me ten pounds thinner (thanks to the stomach virus), and some snow on the ground

February 2010…preparing for more snow…snow projections say “paralyzing” over our region…bought a treadmill…SnOMG…snowmageddon…over 2 feet of snow and a lot of cabin fever…Cub Scout bake sale was well-timed though…while stuck in the house I baked 4 cakes, 6 loaves of bread, and 26 cupcakes…as long as Selby’s had eggs, I was going to keep baking!…Happy Valentine’s Day!!…bought our wedding rings 🙂

March 2010…shopping for a wedding dress with my mom…ended up buying the first one I tried on after an entire day of shopping and telling myself there was no way I could fall in love with the first one…Pinewood Derby and Jackson placed third!…got wedding shoes…fabulous pink Kate Spade strappy heels…wedding plans changed…originally planned for May 22nd in Virginia but changed to April 13th in Maryland with a trip to Disney World with our kids!…Bob ran in the Shamrock Marathon along with his brother Bill and his nephew Greg while my soon-to-be sister-in-law Susan and I cheered them on and got sunburnt…Jackson was George W. Bush in a wax museum project at school

April 2010…Jackson spent a week with his dad in Virginia…Bob spent some time in Virginia while his dad was in the hospital (doing well now)…I became Mrs. Swanson 🙂 …we went to Disney World for 6 magical days…Heidi was able to join us for 3 of them and Brian for only 2 but it was great for all of us to be together!!…recovering from the trip and beginning our Happily Ever After 🙂

May 2010…Bob ran in the Frederick Half Marathon…Happy Mother’s Day!…Work Picnic…our debut as Mr. and Mrs. Swanson…slow month but a happy first month of wedded bliss

June 2010…AC went out 😦 but it was under a kick ass warranty :)…yard sale…Jackson spent another week with his dad and saying good-bye isn’t any easier than it was when we started doing this 7 years ago…Topsy Turvy…bell peppers a success…tomatoes were late bloomers…Happy Father’s Day!…I turned 34…my parents visited for a week…Jackson started karate…Jackson attended Cub Scout day camp

July 2010…Induction Day for Bob’s daughter Heidi at the Naval Academy…an emotional day for all…Happy 4th of July…Bob’s brother and his family came for a visit…we had an earthquake, really? an earthquake!!…we were awake and we did feel it and I did drop the F bomb as in WTF was that…I got a potter’s wheel…it’s been a dream of mine for a long time…Cub Scout rocket launch…100 days of marriage…Bob sent me flowers and everyone at worked gagged :)…severe thunderstorm…biggest understatement since they said we got “some” snow…nearly 7o mph winds and a lot of limbs from our neighbors’ trees in our yard…but we didn’t have any damage and never lost power…some folks had severe damage and were without power for a week

August 2010…Bob and Jackson built me a custom wedging table to go with my potter’s wheel…Plebe Parents Weekend at the Naval Academy…Jackson spent another week with his dad in Virginia…Longaberger Event at Boyd’s with my mom…Jackson started 5th grade and is a Safety Patrol!!

September 2010…9-02-10!…Labor Day with some great friends…back to playing Bunko and a much needed GNO (hope it continues)…Cub Scouts

Well, that covers most of it! This is a very good reason to keep up with blogging…this was exhausting!

Why I’m not blogging like I used to


Since Bob and I got together, I seem to have less time for a lot of things I used to do. I don’t talk on the phone as much, I don’t shop as much, and I don’t blog as much as I used to. The weird thing is, I don’t miss a lot of those things. Sure, I still enjoy talking on the phone with friends and family and I still love shopping, but those things are still there, they just don’t take up as much time now.


I never had that many regular followers. No one subscribed to my blog. In the beginning, blogging was something I did as an outlet and I didn’t think much about whether or not anyone else was reading, enjoying, or hating. Then, I realized that some undesirable people had found my blog and I didn’t like the idea of them following my life.


I had been blogging about my own life and now I have someone else in my life. If I’m blogging about day-to-day life, talking about Bob and our life would eventually find its way into the blog. I wasn’t really sure how Bob felt about this. This also goes back to those undesirable readers, did I want them following my new life and that of my new family?

But I miss it and I’m doing my best to get back into it

I’m still following Allie and her blog has given me some inspiration. I may use some ideas from her to get back into the habit of blogging regularly.

So, if you are a regular reader, undesirable or not, welcome and I will do my best to give you something new to read every few days and thanks for sticking around!

and we’re back

Wow…I’ve missed this!

So much has happened since  I stopped blogging. I’m hoping to start blogging again but I’m not going to make any promises or resolutions just yet.

Here’s a quick update…I’ll break it down by month

May 2009…my last post was about Mother’s Day…after that…Bob and I closed on our first house together

June 2009…Jax finished 3rd grade and we began the process of packing our townhouse and moving into our new house in a new town…we adopted a dog, a husky we named Layla…my mom and step dad came to visit us in the new house…and I celebrated my 33rd birthday

July 2009…We continued packing, unpacking, and settling into the new house…Bob’s daughter (Heidi) came to visit us…and we all got along great…and I turned in the keys to my townhouse and officially moved in with Bob

August 2009…Still unpakcing and settling in…Jax stayed all night at his first overnight b-day sleepover…I met one of Bob’s brothers (Bill) and his dad (Norm) for the first time…my BFF AE came for a visit and got to meet Bob finally…and Mom and I made baskets at the Longaberger/Boyds Bear annual shindig

September 2009…still unpacking and settling in…Jax started 4th grade at his new school…Bob and I saw Jimmy Buffett (my first time)…my mom came for a short visit…Heidi came for a short visit…Poolesville Day…we made it to two Boston vs Orioles games in a row…and I took Bob on his first trip to Busch Gardens

October 2009…still unpacking but pretty much settled…Jax started taking sax lessons…my mom came for a short visit…we all got more involved with Cub Scouts…we all three had dental check-ups in the same week (just a weird coincidence…and no cavities)…Jax and I both battled the flu…and Halloween (didn’t celebrate much since Jax and I were both sick)

November 2009…finished battling the flu…Scouting for food (our town gathered 5,000 pounds of food for WUMCO)…Layla got spayed…Bob and I got engaged (!!!!!!!!!!!)…if possible, Bob and I got even more engrossed in Cub Scout as I became the assistant Den Leader, Bob became the Committee Chair, and we both went for an entire day of training…we had Thanksgiving at Tommy and Don’s house so Bob got to meet some more of my family…and mom and I did the annual Back Friday shopping excursion and it continues to be something I look forward to every year

December 2009…Bob celebrated his birthday…Heidi came for a visit and her boyfriend (Greg) joined us for a couple of days…we were hit with the blizzard of 2009 (20 inches of snow)…Jax got 3 days off from school and thus began his winter break early…Bob’s dad (Norm) celebrated his birthday…Norm came for a visit…Jax celebrated his 10th birthday…Bob’s son (Brian) came to visit…my mom and step dad came for a short visit…and a Merry Christmas was had by all

Phew…that about sums it up!

So…look forward to posts about wedding plans, blending families, and marital bliss in the coming months 😉

I hope you and yours have had a wonderful 2009 and look forward to an even better 2010!!

Phew…been a while

I’m still here…well, not HERE…but still around.

I think about blogging all the time but I obviously haven’t made it past the “good intentions” stage in a while.

So, here’s a random update that is going to leave out a lot of details 😉 If you know me, you’ll be able to fill some of them in…if you don’t know me and you’re insanely curious, you’re going to have to get in touch with me :p

It’s baseball season!! I have yet to make it to a live baseball game but I have caught more than a few on TV. The Red Sox will be in DC the week of my birthday. If anyone has 5 tickets together that they’re just dying to get rid of, please, let me know. There was a stupid limit put on the tickets and you could only by 4 at a time. My mom and Ed will be here that week…so we need a total of 5 tickets…preferably together.

School is winding down. Jackson has done really well this year! His last report card was great and it looks like he will finish the year very well.

Muffins for Moms is later this week. I was looking back at last year’s pre-Mother’s Day post regarding Muffins for Moms. Let’s just hope this year goes better 😉

The rain here is driving me crazy! It’s been raining pretty steady for about a week and is supposed to continue the rest of the week. It’s not raining today but it’s still cloudy. The weather is officially depressing me.

Well, that’s about all for now. Think of this as a teaser…I’ll come back soon with more updates…and hopefully more regular posts. I’ll certainly let you know how Muffins for Moms goes 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…better late than never

Merry Christmas everyone…a very belated wish but still heartfelt…and I hope y’all are having a Happy New Year!

Christmas was a busy time for us…as usual.

Jackson’s birthday was on the 23rd (also his last day of school before winter break) so we made cupcakes the night before. Actually I made cupcakes for the after school care kids…his school requires all things to be store bought…so we bought cupcakes to share with his class. The night of the 22nd also brought a visit from Santa to our neighborhood. Jax and I had planned to go to Dave and Buster’s for his birthday dinner but a water main bursting in Bethesda prevented that little trip. So we settled for pizza and a movie at home.

Christmas Eve…I had to work and since Jax was already out for winter break…he came with me. The office closed early and we headed home to finish getting the house ready for company on Christmas Day. During the night, Jax had a seizure and ended up in bed with me the rest of the night. As usual, he was fine after the seizure…as usual, I’m not that lucky.

Christmas Day…I think I am one of the very few fortunate parents that doesn’t get a wake up call before dawn on Christmas morning. Jaxcan usually be relied upon to sleep until 8am. So I was puttering around upstairs waiting for him to wake up…he did and then we ventured downstairs to see if Santa had made a stop at our house…he did!

Here’s a rundown of the loot we received:

to Jax from Santa: Ben 10 Alien Force for PS2, Crash Bandicoot Mind over Mutant for PS2, Ben 10 Alien Creation Chamber, Agents Lego Mission 8 (super exclusive), Animated Transformers Rollout Command Optimus Prime, Bakugan stuff, Batman Pajamas, some other little things

to Me from Santa: 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kid (25 years ago, I got my first Cabbage Patch from Santa – Leila Margaret…this year…Margaret Pollie), Electric Griddle, skirt, sweaters, pjs, watch, business card basket, some other little things

to Jax from others: board games (Sorry, Boggle), pjs, TriBot, Kevin 11’s car, Guinness World Records 2009 book, Electronic Drum Set, Microscope, movies, Agents Legos, Nerf Gun

to Me from others: DS game, perfume, pjs, CD, calendars, pot holders, digital picture frame, gift cards

to Us from Santa: Wii, Guitar Hero World Tour, Mario Kart

We made out very well!

Christmas Day brought my parents…my mom, my step-dad, and my dad (not as weird as you might think) for a visit. Mom and Ed couldn’t stay long as they had to drive back to VA (work, dogs, etc.). My dad stayed for a couple of nights which was really cool. Christmas night was pretty low key…playing with our new toys. To make up for Jackson’s missed birthday dinner, we took my dad with us to Dave and Buster’s for lunch and games. Most of the time with my dad was spent catching up rather than being on the go…which was very nice.

New Year’s Eve was spent in a Guitar Hero battle until the ball dropped at midnight.

Things have been going very well…staying very busy…being very happy!

It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas…

Been a while since I gave a random update. Hell, it’s been a while since I actually blogged.

Jax and I are getting ready for Christmas. The house has been decorated, some shopping has been completed, and Jackson’s list is complete!

Tonight, Jax and I are going to a winter party at his school. Tomorrow night is my annual office holiday party…Jax will be joining me of course. He has the most handsome outfit and I have a fabulous dress! Stay tuned for pictures.

We are staying in Maryland for Christmas again this year. My parents…this year, all of my parents…that’s right my mom, my step-dad, and my real dad…very exciting! They’re all coming up on Christmas Day and my dad is staying for a couple of nights. I’m looking forward to putting out a little party spread for everyone and then showing my dad around the area.

Work is going well. School for Jax is going well. Life in general is going well!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year!