**It's a bit wordy at the start, but hang in there and the give-away's at the end!**
On Saturday it was two years since I wrote my first blog post. Two years since I started recording our lives and activities here. Two years that I've been carving out this little space in my wee corner of the inter-web.
It feels much longer, and much shorter at the same time. I've just been reading through some of my earliest posts... Please don't go there. I'm a little embarrassed. My writing sure has come a long way in two years. I had a wonderful long telephone chat with a very good friend of mine last night and her insightful comment was, "You seem to have found your voice." I think that's true, thanks Paula!
We also talked about why I blog. She asked me why I chose blogging over something like writing in a journal. For me, partly it's to record our lives - where we are, when we are, particularly in this fleeting pre-school period - in a visual way. Partly it's because I enjoy being part of a community; not blogging to receive comments (though they sure are nice!), but instead to support and encourage one another and have a dialogue.
The other thing that's really important to me is about portraying Motherhood in an honest way. It is the most important thing I will ever do with my life. It is the hardest thing I will ever do in my life. It's easy to see the second one, not always easy to remember the first. I found adjusting to being "Mummy" really difficult at first, and I think that if someone had said to me, "It's okay to feel the way you do. It takes time to settle to this. Nobody has it all together. You are normal.", then I think I would have found my journey to be different.
So it's important to me - not to share all the gory details of wiping bums and cleaning spew or intimate details of our children's psyches - but to share the ups and downs and NORMAL things of life with small children. I don't ever want to be one of those bloggers who has a perfect life because that's not real! Frankly, it's just depressing. Will you tell me if I start to sound like one? Thanks.
The other reason (and I'm sure it won't be my last, as I carry on my merry blogging way) I enjoy having my blog is because I've found a good outlet for myself in writing. In real life, I struggle to articulate myself and, in trying to explain either myself or a concept, end up sounding like a jibbering jabbering mess who has no idea what she's saying. But when I sit down to write, I can take my time, think about my words before I type them, delete and re-write if it doesn't sound right (that would be useful in a conversation, right?), consider my thoughts and take time to understand them so I can write them out. I like that. It's a side to blogging that has been like an added, unexpected bonus.
2 years isn't really a very long time, but when I look at my children and see how much they've grown I wonder where it's all gone! I've never understood the saying "Time flies," quite so much as I understand it now while watching my children grow before my very eyes. These were our kids when I started blogging: Elliot, nearly 2.5 years, and Rosie, 10 months.
And now look at them!
Rosie, almost 3
Tristan, 14 months
Aren't Hayden and I so blessed?!
(He he, look at this little model-in-the-making. All I said was, "Rosie, I want to take a picture of you because you look so cute." And this is what she did. Promise I didn't tell her how to stand or look or anything!!)
And now that I've just been looking at these photos of my beauties, the other things I wanted to say have just flown out the window! So apart from saying that, really, I'm immensely grateful for this blogging journey so far, the friends I've met, the way I've grown and the way my husband doesn't roll his eyes TOO much any more when I say that I'm blogging, let's get onto my GIVEAWAY!
As a little thank you for joining me on this journey and saying 'Yay! 2 years!', I would like to give away one of either two things; winner's choice. You can win either a personalised name canvas,
(Promise the 'O' wasn't wonky when I made it! I just noticed this quick repair job as I made the photo bigger.)
or a handmade doll.
The winner will get to make their choice between the canvas or the doll and I will fully consult with you to make it a completely customised piece with your choice of colours, accessories and embellishments. Or, I can make it a complete surprise! Up to you.
1) Leave a comment below. (You can choose 'Anonymous' in the drop down menu so you don't have to sign up for a Google account. Just be sure to leave your name and/or email so I know who you are! Let me know via FB if you have trouble.
2) For extra entries, share this post on your choice of platform - FB, blog, Twitter etc (I don't know anything about Twitter actually, so whatever!) - and leave an extra comment here for each share.
Please make sure I can contact you either via your blog or through email. I'd hate for you to win and then me not to be able to tell you!
Winner will be drawn by random lot at 2pm on Tuesday, 13th November. Exciting!
***And the winner is... Catrien!
"Congratulations on 2 years! Your blog is an absolute highlight for me :) I love your 'honest mothering', such an encouragement! And naturally I adore anyone creative! Looking forward to many more posts!"
Congratulations Catrien! Catrien is a friend of mine from way back when, one of those friends you make through other friends, you know? She is the yummy Mummy of three little lovelies - a singleton and a set of twins - and taught herself how to knit and crochet. Amazing, right?
I'll get in touch with you Catrien and we'll suss out the details of your prize! Yay, I'm excited!