This basket has been sitting on my front doorstep, and I'm pleased with the way it adds color to these gray February days. It's still too cold for real flowers, my preferred front door decor, but these will do for now. I found the basket, along with some other treasures, on a recent trip to the thrift shop.
This flyer for Pinocchio recently came in the mail, and when I saw it, I did a little happy dance, because my girl is dancing in this show! It's her first non-Nutcracker, non-children's role in a PNB production. It is a student production, but she she had to wait until she was at a high enough level to audition, and she's finally there now. She's been working hard on it since January. Thanks to a good car pool schedule with some other parents, my part in all this has been relatively easy. Why didn't I discover the wonders of car pooling years ago?
I also got something else in the mail that made me happy, my book! This book is the first three and a half years of my blog- or the highlights anyhow. I made it with Blurb, and it was somewhat simple to use the Book Smart tool for editing, but it was still an enormous task. I started the project in November and spent a lot of time sorting through pictures and deciding what to keep and how to lay out the pages. I ended up with 228 pages, which cost about $90 to print. I also received a PDF file of the book so I can view it on Kindle, and so I could share it with the grandparents. Eventually, I will have two more copies of the book printed, one for each of my kids to keep.
For the most part, my blog has consisted of either personal family stories, that are of more interest to me, and is what made it into the book, and homeschool information/lesson plans, in which I try to offer something of use to others. I didn't want the lesson plans in the family book, but I wanted an archive of them, and the ability to share them, so I created another blog for that purpose, here. I don't have any plans for that blog, other than to leave it alone, and offer it as a resource to those who are interested. Now almost everything is organized and packed away for safe keeping. I'm currently working on putting the last three years of the family blog entires into another book.
Writing about my kids in the form of blogging is quickly coming to an end, now that they're reaching the age where privacy is appreciated. I want my kids to have the discretion, to share as much, or as little of their childhood as they desire, with whom they choose. At some point Postcards from Seattle will go away, and I'm getting ready for that, by sorting though and packing up the archives. When the time comes, I will find a new space to write, and new topics to write about. I'll let you know. Until then, I'll still be here.