Five.

It’s been a while, and we do apologize, but it’s time…after 6 years, to perhaps officially bid this blog farewell.

We began blogging a few months before Curly was conceived, having a fairly easy journey of it overall. Yesterday, Curly turned 5 years old…forever leaving the territory of baby/toddler/pre-schooler (well, until he graduates at the end of the month) and entering the realm of “kid,” at which he will stay for years to come with any luck.

We’ve learned so much as parents, and continue to keep learning every day. Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned, which I thought I already knew but still come to terms with on a daily basis, is that you get what you get. Your child will have their own ingrained, larger-than-life personality no matter what you do, and it’s your job as a parent to deal with it, cherish it, foster it, or whatever you need to do, but there it is. There are a million highs and lows of being a parent every day, and there is nothing quite like it, no matter how it came into being. Caring for, loving, and being fully responsible for another human being is the most insane thing anyone can possibly do, and yet, there it is.

Anyway, Nutella has been feeling particularly nostalgic about this birthday. It’s a combination of losing the “babyhood”…a reflection of the birth and how hard it was (even 5 years later, sigh)…being grateful for what we have…sad about what we don’t… yeah. 5 is big. Curly was over the moon though. We gave him a freshly-baked scone for breakfast, put out a pile of presents for him, made fruit skewers and goody bags for school, he got a purple paper crown from his teachers, hugs from his friends, and a spectacular cake in the evening, complete with more friends and laughter and screeching and presents. Happy kid (until it had to end that is!) We’re also headed to the land of the Mouse this weekend so he can have breakfast with his favorite characters and, his favorite thing, go on some rides. His present from mommy and Ima was the official autograph book for the event.

We are settled in our new home, happy with our jobs, feeling better about the house, and connecting with some great people. It’s all fallen into place, but we’re still open to see what the future holds. Thank you to everyone for following us on our journey. Happy to be in touch with so many of you still, especially other “alumni” bloggers. And don’t worry, we’ll still be around the blogosphere and commenting sometimes. Adieu….

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9 responses to “Five.

  1. I’m actually teary right now. First of all, in my mind Curly was still three, and I can’t wrap my head around the fact that he’s five, and that Ian isn’t far behind him! Secondly, just so sad to see another great blog coming to an end. It’s been a pleasure reading along and I wish you all the best. Perhaps I will find you on FB. :)

  2. I second above – it’s hard to see you go after following for so long. You nailed the description of parenting, fwiw. What a ride. Best wishes for a happy life in the sunshine state!

  3. Sad to see you go! It’s been great reading your blog, even though you’re at a vastly different stage of life from where I am. You and Nutella and Curly give me something to strive for in the future!

  4. What a sweet family you are… xo

  5. Five! I thought he was just learning to walk, like, last week! It sure goes fast. Hope I’ll see you around!

  6. Wow. I’ve been following you since the beginning. Can’t believe it’s been 5 years! I’ll certainly miss reading you. Good luck on the rest of this journey of life. Farewell my friend!

  7. Love love love ya.

  8. Happy birthday, Curly! He is going to love the mouse this weekend! We’ll be at Hollywood Studios celebrating Mother’s Day. Sad to see you ladies go!

  9. I’m glad you’re feeling settled into your new environs and Happy birthday to your boy. Kindergarten will be a big adventure.

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