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We’ve been working on the house lately. The kitchen is painted although the color is WAY too pale so I’m not exactly pleased with it although it is far superior to what was there. Keith cut down all the bushes (some had large bushes of poison ivy!) that have been here since his father built the house. Slowly but surely we are fixing the yard of doom!

Family wise things are of course, awesome. Tristan is teething like mad crazy but you wouldn’t know it because he is SO HAPPY almost all of the time. He actually just got his eye teeth (vampire teeth lol) so he has 4 teeth on top, 2 on the bottom. Baby teeth are SO adorable! He also pulls himself to standing quite a bit, makes me wonder if he is going to walk earlier than his big brother did.

Daniel is growing like my tomato plant (as in quickly and very tall!). His vocabulary has improved SO much in the past year, I get such a kick out of it! He and I redid the bookcase in the bedroom so he was able (with the help of dad) to organize his book collection by type (coloring books, history books, star wars books, reading books, etc).

Keith and I are doing very well, I still marvel at how lucky I am! I have to admit too, it’s AWESOME having a handy boyfriend. If I need something built, repaired, heavy duty yard work, car stuff… anything really, he is able to do it. Plus he changes 99% of all the diapers and does 100% of the diaper laundry! A sensitive man’s man if you will!

It is so weird sometimes to be in a healthy relationship. I was reading my old journals, as I have them going back to February of 1999, and the physical abuse from my ex-fiance is insane. I had documented EVERYTHING apparently. I was even a bit psychic too, in one entry I mentioned (mind you this is two YEARS before Dan was even conceived!) how I just had a feeling that he would be a deadbeat father, that if he couldn’t be responsible for himself, there was no way he would be there for his child, sadly, I was right.


The other night I went through and unfollowed a ton of people from [twitter]. Nothing personal. REALLY! I was just so overwhelmed at following close to 400 people, most of whom I never sent a tweet to OR ever got a tweet from. I was starting to worry that people were only following me in hopes that I would follow them back to boost their numbers and I was sadly correct in that assumption. After getting to under 200 people to follow, I immediately lost 15 followers. Makes me a bit sad actually. I did it so that I can try and form a connection with those I follow instead of hoping to make my “follower” number appear to be impressive.

Anyway, to brighten things up a bit…


Here’s some awesome blog posts I’ve been reading lately!

From Photo.Tutsplus: Capturing a Perfect Rainbow Photograph
Seriously, a post about pretty rainbows and how/where to find them to photograph them… what could be better!

So, what exactly are we looking for? Rainbows occur when sunlight intersects with water droplets – whether that’s rain, mist, waves, or a waterfall. Anywhere that you can see bright sunlight and moisture will be a good candidate for rainbow spotting.

From TasteStopping : You blog too much. Here’s one big idea that can help.
Ahh isn’t this always the case with blogging! A really refreshing post!

Notice that I didn’t say “You post too much.” That’s really none of my business. No, I’m talking about the craft of blogging. You know: writing posts, editing posts, adding photos, tweaking your site’s layout, moderating comments, checking stats, composing emails, reading other blogs, commenting on other blogs, checking stats, updating your FaceBook status, researching recipes, perusing the Daring Kitchen forum for tips on this month’s challenges, checking stats, stumbling a post, submitting photos, tweeting, tweeting and more tweeting. And breathe.


So lay it on me, have you blogged recently? Link me up! Any suggestions for an OSN tutorial? Let me know! Have an overwhelming desire to ask me a burning question? Do it! Or you can check out my wee tiny yet awesome [forum].

posted on June 7th 2010 at 1:28PM CDT

Love the pictures! I’m really glad things are going so well at home, too :-)

posted on June 7th 2010 at 2:07PM CDT

Thank you! It boggles my mind when I read old blog entries just from 2-3 yrs ago. I NEVER could have imagined THIS to be my life!

posted on June 7th 2010 at 10:27PM CDT

Oh boy, do I know what you mean. I’ve got blogs going back 5 years and I was SUCH a different person back then. I think if many of my followers now saw me back then they would NOT be following me! Oh, how we all grow and grow and grow.

posted on June 7th 2010 at 11:44PM CDT

Oh geez, at the very least my grammar has improved over the last few years lol.

posted on June 7th 2010 at 1:29PM CDT

I love the light in these photos… gorgeous stuff!

The quotes are great, definitely some food for thought there. The one from Taste Stopping is something we should all think about every now and then!

posted on June 7th 2010 at 2:08PM CDT

Thank you so much! Oh yes, I keep reading and re-reading that post at TasteStopping, it just rings so true doesn’t it!

posted on June 7th 2010 at 1:38PM CDT

LOVE the last photo! I have no idea what the proper terms are for the insides of that flower, but I am so shocked you can see the shadow caused my the sun hitting those “insides”.

The Twitter thing is sad. I think it’s good you cleaned up your Twitter account, and I can’t believe people then unfollowed you!

posted on June 7th 2010 at 2:09PM CDT

Thank you! I think they are called stamens?

Oh yes, I think so far the total of “unfollows” is over 20 now. It makes me a bit sad because I wonder… WHY did they follow me in the first place if they didn’t really pay attention to my tweets… was I just another number boost to their follower number?

posted on June 7th 2010 at 1:58PM CDT

That last picture is amazing!! Awesome links btw. I really like the last one- I’ve been bogged down with blogging lately- always thinking about it. I need to revisit my mission statement though because it’s starting to shift and I need to revise and tweak!

posted on June 7th 2010 at 2:10PM CDT

Yay thank you so much!

I seriously need a mission statement, all too often I get overwhelmed on what direction to face OSN, especially since I’ve been blogging here since 2001! I can get way too wrapped up in tweaking the small things behind the scenes that no one notices but me lol.

Kristin Glasbergen
posted on June 7th 2010 at 2:11PM CDT

I read a post a few weeks ago about someone being called a Twitter b*%$# b/c she refused to follow everyone who followed her. Her opinion was similar to yours, would rather have meaningful connections in her twitter stream than noise. It really made me think. It’s made me appreciate that my following and followers is growing slowly.

posted on June 7th 2010 at 2:16PM CDT

OH if you could find that post and link it up, that would be amazing!

I had gotten a twitter account when it first began but didn’t really start using it until I got pregnant with DS2 really. I had a ton of “followers” the majority spam I believe and I went through and blocked most of it. I would “appear” to have well over 10,000 followers if I hadn’t yet it would be all meaningless “fake” spam accounts! Yet the NUMBER would appear to be impressive.

posted on June 7th 2010 at 11:13PM CDT

Great links Sarah! I loved @KitchenWitch’s post. She’s such a sweet person and I found her post to be very brave and honest. As for Keith, I’m so glad that you both found each other. As a former single mom, I know how big of a deal it is to find that person that you can totally trust and be yourself with. So happy for you!

Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

posted on June 7th 2010 at 11:35PM CDT

Oh I just adore her! She is a fantastic person.

Oh yes, I totally lucked out with Keith, you completely understand! It’s so refreshing to be in a healthy relationship and have a positive role model for my boys!

posted on June 8th 2010 at 12:13AM CDT

Very lovely photos. It is also great to hear that life is treating you so kindly. It seems as if anyone deserves it, you do.

I know we chatted on twitter the other day about cutting back on your followers and having meaning connections with people there. After reading this I had a thought about your sudden loss of followers. Well, and to be honest, when I realized you were no longer following me, I had a bit of a sassy thought. Which was, ‘Well, fine. I won’t follow you either!’ I know, sassy, right?! But then I realized that was silly because while we don’t connect often I still really like what you have to say and I like this blog. So, unfollowing you would be my loss really. Could there be others who had similar thoughts to mine? Maybe those people were also looking for a real connection too? I don’t really know, but figured I’d at least put it out there.

You did inspire me to unfollow a few folks too. :)

posted on June 8th 2010 at 6:39AM CDT

Thank you so much!

Oh yes, I’ve totally felt that way many times, or wondered why someone hasn’t followed me back after I’ve made sure to comment on their blogs, reply to their tweets… it can get overwhelming!

I lost another 6 followers from this which sucks but eh. It is what it is. It’s funny too because I am slowly going through who follows me and re-following people as I see fit but that’s over 30 people I most likely won’t be following again anytime soon.

posted on June 8th 2010 at 6:11AM CDT

I am so happy for you – you really are where you deserve to be in life. Finally!

As far as twitter, I am the same way. I don’t follow everyone who follows me. So, thanks for not unfollowing me! :)

And, as always, beautiful photos!

posted on June 8th 2010 at 7:36AM CDT

Thank you and you’re welcome lol!

posted on June 8th 2010 at 10:41AM CDT

I just love your photos – they’re so beautiful. I think your blog is great too. I’ve read so many blogs lately, the majority of which I’m not really interested in making a return visit to, but I really enjoy reading your blog. I’ve been anxious for the WP theme tutorial part 2, now I’m off to read. Peace. :)

posted on June 8th 2010 at 12:33PM CDT

Thank you so very much!!

Joni Rae
posted on June 8th 2010 at 9:03PM CDT

Aww. You quoted me. I’m flattered and touched. I think you are pretty damn awesome too.


posted on June 9th 2010 at 5:34AM CDT

Well, you’re AWESOME! So there lol!

posted on June 8th 2010 at 11:34PM CDT

I remember when my son was teething. Little fucker almost took my finger off once.

I miss teh baby days. :D

posted on June 9th 2010 at 5:35AM CDT

Funny enough I’ve never really had any biting issues with either boy! I am lucky lol.

posted on June 9th 2010 at 1:24AM CDT

Oh man, you know the way to my heart – lotus flowers up front and center. <3

Isn't it wonderful when life finally stabilizes? We're still a little in flux from the SF move but I already feel soooo much happier.

Glad to see your little guys are still doing well. Love to both of the squishies (even if one's growing out of the squishiness)!

posted on June 9th 2010 at 5:39AM CDT

I totally thought of you when I shot that too!

I am SO thrilled about your move to SF! It really seems like the best place for you guys!

Oh geez, don’t get me started! Only FOUR more months until he is a YEAR OLD! Where did the time go?!

posted on June 9th 2010 at 4:05AM CDT

The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful and so does the quotes! I too still read my old journals (pre-blogging era) and it is amazing to see how far we’ve come in our lives isn’t? Anyway, I’m glad you’re still following me on Twitter lol

posted on June 9th 2010 at 5:44AM CDT

Aww thank you so much! LOL who knew Twitter could be so “hardcore”!

Oh geez, it’s crazy to re-read my journals / blog from the past 11 years!

posted on July 10th 2010 at 1:28PM CDT

Great post! Thank you for introducing me to new blogs. I added your button to my “lovely people” page. :)

posted on July 11th 2010 at 2:59AM CDT

Yay thank you!

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