Another year has passed here at Life As Always.
Things have definitely changed drastically in the past 12 months. I only blogged 82 times, compared to the previous year's 184 posts. That's a pretty steep decline, and I've definitely felt the effects as my stats have decreased and my comments and followers have dwindled. It makes me sad. But there's also no way in hell I could have found the time or energy for additional posts. At the end of the day, I just don't have anything left to give.
As I said a few months back, my blog is both a reflection and an extension of my life, and I've worked incredibly hard for almost ten years now to create what it is today. I treasure this space, and value it as a detailed record of the person who I was, am, and will become.
Life As Always will continue to be a lifestyle blog. But now that I'm a mom, the majority of my life is centered on raising my son, and that will be reflected in my writing (as well as the time and energy I have available to actually sit down and write).
Even though I only blog about five times a month now (instead of five times a week), I still work very hard on each and every post, and I hope that I've managed to keep some of you entertained.
So without further ado, here are some of this year's highlights...
- I continued to write monthly update letters to Ryder for his first year.
- We took Ryder on his first airplane ride: A family vacation to Hawaii with my parents and little brother.
- Ryder went on his first camping trip at Mayfield Lake with a large group of family and friends.
- We closed out the summer with an Alway trip to Priest Lake.
- A good friend took some amazing family photos for us when Ryder was four months old.
- I took a trip down memory lane and remembered how much fun dating in Seattle can be.
- I hosted a Bunco party with some friends.
- Ryder got to spend quality time bonding with his cousins.
- We took Ryder on his first ski trip to White Pass, where he went snowshoeing and snowboarding.
- I shared how to make a month's worth of freezer meals in a single day.
- Stew's English cousins came to stay for a few days, and we saw the sights in Seattle like proper tourists.
- I wrote a letter to my future self, outlining all my hopes and dreams for life five years from now.
- And I shared the secrets to our marriage.
This first year of being parents has been a wild ride, and it certainly hasn't been without challenges. To those of you who've continued to follow along on our journey, thank you — we're so glad you're here, and hope that you'll continue to follow along.
Here's to luck and love. We continue to look forward to what the future has in store.