Monday, May 6, 2013

My 500th Post... A Giveaway and The End of an Era

This blog started in 2008 when life was crazy. I had just had twins, as well as a newly turned 2 year old at home. I went back to working full-time 2.5 months after the babies came.

This is the link to my first post, aptly titled, The First Post

And this right here...

This is the last post for Embracing Chaos.

I have been thinking about this for awhile now. I love writing and knew I needed an outlet to chronicle those first crazy few years of the kids' lives. I made the title of the blog, Embracing Chaos, because that it what life felt like at the time. It was so crazy and effed up, that I had to just embrace the crazies or lose my mind trying.

But things changes. Life has calmed down... sort of. There is a different kind of crazy that runs my life. The twins start kindergarten in the fall. Connor will be in second grade. Keith and I have taken a more natural, holistic approach to life. The chaos that once was is no longer. (Don't get me wrong, life still throws me curve balls, but I feel that life has also taught me the grace with which to swing back at those balls and still make a hit.)

I'm getting back to my roots, getting back to me. I'm happier now than I have been in a long time. I felt that the current blog lends to just posting about the kids, and not so much about me. Writing makes me happy, and I want to be able to post my poems and stories, jewelry I've created, and life lessons that I'm learning. I will still, of course, post about my children because they are what give me life. They are my heart and soul. But after they were born, and I became a mother, I let that consume me. I lost a part of me, my favorite part of me. And I've slowly been getting it back.

So that said, I'd like to invite you to visit my new blog, Under A Gypsy Moon.

But wait, before you go, let me explain the giveaway. As some of you may know, I love to create jewelry. So in lieu of actually advertising for my "work-in-progress" etsy shop, I wanted to give something away now, in honor of the (almost) 5 years that I've been blogging.

All you have to do is check out the new blog,  Under A Gypsy Moon, and answer the question posted. Follow Under A Gypsy Moon at bloglovin (link on blog) for an additional entry.  You will be entered to win a custom piece of jewelry created by... ME!

 Here's a sample of something you could win. (Actual item will be created by me after a winner is chosen.)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

San Francisco - Day 4

On our last day, we got up super early 
to ride the trolley down to Haight-Ashbury:

Took a walk through Golden Gate park:

The day was filled with other conference-related things, 
but after my last session at 5, 
we hopped on the cable car and 
headed back to Fisherman's Wharf:


Fresh crab... yum...

Sunset on the beach...ahhhh...

Ghiradelli chocolate AND peanut butter sundae...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

One Year

One year ago today, Gigi passed away. 

In memory of her, 
I wanted to share of my favorite posts of last year: