quick update

to let you know that i am alive! 🙂
i know i have been neglecting the blog recently and it has been WAY too long since i have updated my personal blog… 
we have just been super busy and it seems that more than ever these past couple of weeks when i go to sit down at the computer i have opted to instead go snuggle on the couch with nathan and emily or sit in the backyard watching the kids all run through the sprinklers…. 
it seems that all i hear about lately is facebook and twitter and blogs and message boards etc etc and while i am not against any of it, i just find that i am always trying to maintain that balance between keeping up with all of this internet/computer/blogging world and staying present in the here and now with the things that matter most: my husband and kids and my faith and the things i can do to help and be with those around me. 
and more than ever lately i keep realizing that my kids are growing up in an INSTANT and that before i can even blink, they will be grown and gone and it makes me so sad and it makes me even more sad to think that i might miss some of it because i am spending too much time on the computer…
and so i am trying more than ever to stay focused on being present when i am with my family and to keep it all in balance and especially to not feel guilty if i do go a month or even two without posting on my blog and to not feel guilty if i don't jump on the twitter bandwagon…. because i just can't do it all… and that is ok!
but anyway, much is happening and i do have much to blog about and lots of little tidbits about the kids that i need to write down before i forget them so i will try to get to that soon… for now here is a bit of what we have been up to…
brian and i went to washington dc last week and that was a blast!! lots of photos that i haven't even uploaded yet and he even went to the live butterfly exhibit with me at the natural science museum! what a guy huh? 
my little sis and her adorable baby, aubrey, are in town… did i mention that she is adorable? we are going to take pictures tomorrow because i just can't let them leave without doing a little shoot! 
since i have probably bored you to death by now and i know that i have completely been rambling, i will leave you with a couple of photos of my little emily jane, who by the way is just not so little anymore… can you see why i have been missing lately?… i just can't let this little girl grow up without me being there for every little second of her life!

Color pop, urban cool

(sorry about the captions on there… i edited these for a tutorial that i did over on the studio calico blog last week about my actions and i only saved them with the captions… if you are interested, i explained what actions are here and showed how to use them here and then showed how to mix and match them here.)

well that turned out to be not such a quick update after all… obviously i have a hard time doing quick blog posts… maybe if i could be quicker, i could post more often! 🙂

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  • rubberbandgirl
    April 22, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    You shouldn’t apologize about going absentee from time to time.
    Family is what’s most important…especially the cuddling part.

  • Beth
    April 23, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I will definitely miss lurking on your blog as much I have been able to over the last year, but I’m with you that they grow up too fast and spending time with the kids is more important than the computer!
    I just LOVE your photography.

  • april foster
    April 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

    glad you took the time to post, but I totally agree with you on the computer consuming our lives 🙂

  • Rebecca Ednie
    April 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I miss your blogging but I totally understand and I don’t need Tweets to tell me you are eating dinner! I think the Twitter thing is silly. Please share when you have the time. If you are on the computer all the time, you wouldn’t have time for life and your blog would get really boring. I do love your scrapbook pages though if you would share more of them, when you get the time, I would really appreciate it! They are gorgeous and I’d luke to CASE them because I am not good at that style!

  • Efrat K
    April 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, Maggie, you are so sweet! You made me smile with your sweet post :). It’s so lovely. You are so right about everything you wrote here about watching the kids growing up because they do it so fast, about all the facebook/twitter/blogging world and about everything else… You really don’t have to apologize! It’s your blog. Yours. And you blog when you can. That’s it. I started my own blog a short time ago and before doing it, I planned to write at least three posts a week. But it just didn’t work… And I learned to post when I can and when I want. That’s it :).
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • lauravegas
    April 25, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    i totally hear you on the computer thing. i know i spend too much time on the computer and not enough paying attention to the world going on right here in front of me. it’s something i am trying to work on. i think it’s great that you are able to keep your focus and learn that it’s ok to walk away from the computer when needed to spend the time with your family. i’ll still be here everyday checking to see if you post though 😉

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