Well, we made it. My blog is 1-year-old today. And just like my human children, I can’t believe how fast it’s grown.  Heck, I can’t believe how fast I’VE grown over the past year.  I still have so much to learn but I’m gonna give myself a little pat on the back today.

The only thing I knew for sure was I wanted to blog about all the crazy mishaps and shenanigans my family gets into on a daily basis. I wanted to document each story for posterity so I could:

A) Constantly remind my family what they put me through.

B) Have something embarrassing to hold over my boys’ heads when I want something from them in the future.

C) Evidence. In case child protective services ever gets called.

As I look back over the year’s posts, I’m astonished at the full circles my life has taken. One of the first posts I did was about my fear of everything reptilian and my last posts were about all the reptiles that have taken up residency in my house (thank you very much, Mark).

The other “full circle” was that I started this blog not knowing how to tie my proverbial cyber shoes and a year later, being asked by the amazing people at Disney to perform and speak at a Social Media Moms’ Conference. Crazy.

Turns out, I love to blog. I was meant to blog. I’ve tried all other mediums…I own thousands of dollars in scrapbooking accoutrement and have only done 2 pages.  I bought 7 (that’s right, 7) baby books for my 2 boys and they each have 2 pages done. (hmmm, I see a trend). I’ve taken thousands of hours of video of the boys and it sits in a box with all the editing software that’s unopened.

But blogging is like telling all your family’s stories to a friend. A friend that laughs and commiserates with you  in the form of sweet, supportive comments. Thank you all for your comments. They’re like the surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks. (Sometimes cheap and useless but always fun to get!)

So, cheers! everyone. Here’s to the next year of painfully embarrassing and frustrating posts…

...and just enough sweet moments to keep me from selling them on Craig's list.