As you all know, I've had this blog for a long time, and I truly appreciate all my loyal readers who have stuck with me until the end.
"The end?" Did you just read that right?
Okay, it might not be the end for good, but at least for now. All good things do come to an end at some point, and in the fashion of some of my favorite successful television series, I decided to wrap this up in a neat little package (like this cute raw cupcake pic, inspired by a plum crumble I posted not long before Hayden was born; had to use it at some point, right?), while you're still around to see it. Like Carol Burnett, Seinfeld and Friends (just to name a few), I know how to close on a high note and not overstay my welcome.
I started this blog to fill the void left when Jacob started preschool. On my days off from work without him around, I needed a creative outlet and a place to express myself. I was also looking to find others who ate like me, as raw foodies were hard to come by at the time.
Still, it is difficult to come across raw foodies in my area, but at least more people are aware of what it means when I say I eat "raw." My mom has been proudly showing off her printout of my e-book (which is still available until I post otherwise; I'll let you know if I decide to pull it in the future) to friends and family (basically anyone who'll give it a glance), including a friend who works in our local library. I plan on donating a printed copy (my hubby had about 20-some spiral-bound copies made up for me; one can be seen behind this half eaten raw cupcake pictured below) to the library, especially since there have been some requests for raw books there.
I've also met some wonderful online friends on this journey, who I hope to stay in contact with either via e-mail, or by reading and commenting on their blogs. If I feel inspired, I might even do a random post, just as an update on my family life, rather than anything food-related (I have posted so much food over the years, that I just don't feel like my recipes are as "fresh" as I'd like them to be; I'm just not in the mood to change things up by creating new ones right now).
Hayden is growing up so fast, and I don't want to miss a minute of it. I'll also have Jacob around during the day throughout the summer. Blogging would just be an extra task that I, unfortunately, don't have time for at the moment. I hope you all understand.
In case you were wondering, date night went well last week. Matthew and I just went out to eat and window shop at a nearby outdoor town center. It was nice to just relax and not have to focus on where I'll be able to feed Hayden, change her diaper, make sure she gets a nap, etc. (I haven't had a break during the entire 9 and a half months at all). I finally got a chance to miss her, which makes me love being with her even more.
This summer, I hope to get her used to being with other people. Then, I might be able to work outside the house again, maybe one or two days a week. I just need to find the right balance.
I've been experimenting a lot lately by turning off the computer and other electronic devices. As a result, I've found I feel better overall. I'm less stressed and enjoying life more.
It's good to go out and get some fresh air. Hayden and I went shopping with my friend and her baby on Tuesday. Although we were inside, I think she liked sunshine and the windows cracked on the ride there and back. We also picked Jacob up from school the past three days, as he likes to show her off and be a "car rider" (it's a big deal at this age).
Yesterday, we attended Jacob's end of the year picnic (although he has one more week of school left due to all the snow days this year). The weather was beautiful. We got to eat outside on blankets and watch the kids play (Hayden can't wait to be old enough to participate).
Also during the week, my cousin and his wife welcomed their second child (a little girl) into the world. Hayden and I just had to pay them a visit. She'll have a new playmate at our family gatherings.
Anyway, you can see how busy my life is outside of the blogosphere, and this is just the beginning. Next week is another cousin's wedding, Matthew's birthday and Father's Day. The list goes on. I want to live in the moment and not miss a thing. I can do so much more, if I don't have to stop and blog about it.
Thanks again for spending these past few years with me. I love you all :-)
P.S. Don't worry; I don't have any plans to delete this blog altogether. You can still pull up the archived posts, along with my We Like It Raw contributions, as long as Dhru is kind enough to keep them there. I'm also featured on Natural Zing's official blog, where I tend to post on average bi-weekly. At the moment, I hope to maintain that pace there. Wish me luck!