Cheers! My Blog is officially 1 year old today! AND it’s my 100th post! I celebrated last night on a date night with Daddy O. Here I am toasting myself with a cucumber, cilantro vodka concoction.
We had the most amazing tapas! It was the perfect meal for an end of summer evening to dine al fresco and sample bits of this & that (without committing to one HUGE entree). This savory waffle with smoked gouda and chives topped with chicken asparagus and mushrooms was so pretty I HAD to take a picture before devouring it. Tell me I’m not the only one who takes pictures of my food…c’mon!
Reflecting on Go Mama O’s first year, I would say that I have learned a lot this past year. One of my earliest posts, Top 5 Things I Learned from my Kids, still holds true even one year later, and I’m STILL learning to be a more patient parent.
In this past year, I met some helpful fellow moms along the way – including a sweet elderly woman at a grocery store. Gained a contract job that I did while my son napped and my daughter watched all episodes of Wonder Pets on Netflix. I job hunted & got rejected several times before finding the right fit. In the meantime, I learned to slow down more and enjoy many million dollar moments of parenting.
I am most proud of times when I gave up control a bit and empowered others to make a “good choice.” When potty training my daughter, I ultimately told her that SHE WAS IN CHARGE of her pee-s and poops. I mistakenly gave her too much free reign on one toilet session, and paid for it dearly, so much so that I had to call in for back-up.
This aforementioned incident aside, I started to realize that this parenting thing DOES get easier as your kids grow older and slowly more independent.
Come April, I had landed a part-time marketing job that continues to be a good balance of work & parenting. A few job related posts:
We have mostly overcome issues with growling, survived a cross-country road-trip, and I’m adjusting to the dinnertime rush on my workdays. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come (and my family too) in this past year. For all the stress and worry that I felt one year ago, I wish I would have just RELAXED more because everything did work out for the best.
Thank you so much to the many fellow blog-friends, and my readers, who may relate to or simply enjoy my mom / work / cheese obsession / travel posts. I look forward to celebrating more Blog Birthdays with you in the future!
Any feedback, suggestions, or thoughts on topics that I write about? I’d love to hear from you! Do you frequently look back at old posts and think about how life has changed since then?
that is a delicious looking tapas!! YUM!! and congratulations. many many more posts and enjoyment blogging. i like to look back, i’m sentimental like that. 🙂
Thanks! It was sort of like reading an old journal! I’m sentimental too…
When reading your blog, I was reminded of a block party, where our neighbor received FREE Edy’s ice cream as part of some contest or giveaway. You should totally contact them and try to work out a deal!
i kind of think of my blog a bit as a journal… a reminder of who i was and am, stories for the kids when they’re bigger…
would love edy’s on board. it is my favorite brand. but honestly, i’m no good at the marketing/business stuff. not my strong point. i’m better at eating and writing. 😉
Edy’s needs talented writers too….just saying! But yes, simply eating is always fine too!
Thanks! I can’t wait to try the Oreo Dirt Cake recipe you shared on your blog. I can see why there were NOT leftovers.
Those tapas look amazing. (I take pictures of my food, too.)
100 posts in a year is awesome!! Congratulations and keep it up. So glad to have connected through blogging!
Thanks! 2 posts per week seems to be a good pace for me. You are like a wise veteran blogger to me! 🙂 Look forward to reading / writing more!
Congrats! What a well-deserved, fun night out and yes, I photograph food too. BTW, updated cut looks great!
Kerry, I love your food photographs in your new home! And thanks on noticing the haircut fix.
Way to celebrate one year! I’d love to share a cucumber vodka with you, but I still have ten weeks to go before my munchkin is born. I’ll raise my glass of water to you instead. Looking forward to another year of adventures!
Thanks for raising a glass in my honor Anka! Wow – only ten more weeks! Hang in there & be well!
Congratulations! You have an awesome post and I really enjoy reading them.
awh – thank you so much! I’m glad we have connected in the blogosphere!
Congratulations on 1 year Cathy! I’m happy I’ve been along for the journey!
Thanks Melissa! You are so sweet. I have enjoyed following your blog this past year too! Here’s to more adventures!