Eight months ago I was told that I was a good storyteller and that I should start a blog, talking about my kids and the challenges of raising a teenager and a toddler at the same time. The idea intrigued me enough that I began jotting down notes. One hundred posts later, here we are. Some of what I’ve written I’m more proud of than others, but hopefully there haven’t been many total stinkers.
It’s amazing how much has changed in that time. The teenager just celebrated her four month anniversary with her boyfriend, who so far has done an admirable job of not ticking me off. She seems to be doing well in her new school, which has been blessedly devoid of drama that I’m aware of. I’d like her to spend more time at home and less on Facebook while she is at school, which she still doesn’t understand, but she seems happier and better adjusted than when I started, so we don’t push.
The mini has changed dramatically of course. Trips to the dentist or out to lunch that once made us proud are now commonplace. She’s in her second year of preschool and continues to be a source of amusement for anybody she comes into contact with. I’ve never seen a more talkative, outgoing four year old. She surprises and amazes me daily.
The blog itself hasn’t changed very much. I write less than I did at the beginning, but the individual posts are generally longer, and I hope a little more interesting. I’ve found my writing voice to be far less sarcastic and snarky than I would have guessed, which I think has surprised others that know me also. Some probably just think I’m FOS. There has been much less “this is why my kids make me drink,” and more “this is why I’m proud of my kids” than I would have thought.
Besides the kids I’ve written about weekends away with the wife, shared a video of myself dancing for charity, and gave my impressions of the Ant Man movie. My opinions about an African lion cost me a surprising number of readers, but if you think that will dissuade me from commenting on current events in the future then you haven’t been paying attention.
As always, thank you for stopping by and giving me a few minutes of your time.