18 February 2011

freak out blogging frenzy!

I'm on a blogging roll lately! It's very nerdy. I apologize. But not really, because I am recently realizing that I won't be seeing my family and all my best buddies on the mainland until like August 2012.... that's a whole year from this coming August... making it two years since we last saw everybody I have known and grown up with and loved for most of my life. TWO YEARS!

Do you know how much kids can change in two years. My kids won't even be the same people at all by summer 2012.

Luckily my parents will come see us once or twice during that time, but still, my sisters are all sensible mothers of many with mortgages now and so they won't be coming out here anytime soon. We are in the same boat. We have two kids and budding careers and we are taking the counsel to get out of debt and become more self-reliant really seriously so it doesn't work for our family situation to be flying back and forth a whole lot anymore.

I know we are making the right choice and that feels great, but I love the idea of my sisters kids and my kids being good friends in the same way we were growing up: having inside jokes, and loving each other like siblings do (which includes a healthy amount of hair pulling and drama). I had a huge group of best buddy cousins growing up that I love so much (Jewls, Ali, Ness, Mono, Mel...etc you know who you are!)

So, living and working in paradise certainly is living the dream in many ways, but it has it's price. I believe that it is absolutely the best choice for our little family right now, but it comes at the price of missing out on the baptisms, and birthdays, and helping out in times of need. It comes at the price of calling home on a Sunday and hearing everyone lazying around in my parents family room, with the cousins in the background running around and the adults full from my mom's Sunday cooking. And catching everyone's plans on facebook for a big, awesome drama nerd reunion for the 20th Anniversary of the show that was the biggest part of my life in High School. I'm strangely not homesick, just realizing that we are missing out on some important things and will do so for a long time.

Therefore, I blog. As nerdy as it is.

I love Hawaii and my close buddies out here and our beautiful little home and my family here so much, but I want to be a part of what I am missing out there and I don't want my parents, sisters, extended family and oldest, dearest friends to miss out on my kids growing up if they want to be a part of it too.

Anyway, this is what I was thinking about in a bout of insomnia last night. It seems to be on my mind a lot actually. Hence the blogging.

And in my psychotic blogging frenzy as of late there sure has been a whole lotta Ambrose up in here. He gets more blog space, because, he talks I guess. But Asher says stuff in his own little way. Enjoy!

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16 comments:

salt lake city slickers said...

cousin- we blog so you can read about it and know what is going on with the UT cousins and such..... keep it up nerd!

stephanie joy said...

and i love it!!!!! :) thanks buddy.

We like to party... said...

I enjoy reading your blog posts! When I see a new post up (almost every day lately) I get excited. Yours is the first one I usually click on to read amongst others, and I don't even live in on the mainland. ha.

Asher is a cutie. Even cuter that he is so petite.

this is Sheila btw.

liko said...

that's how it is for me, too. except, i have been an INconsistent blogger as of late. so if i don't blog, i download photos via facebook. but i enjoy blogging more.
love the new photos on the right.
i miss your face.

Ashley said...

Lincoln LOVED the videos. He cried when they were over and so we had to rewatch them. He said bye and waved whenever you said bye.

melissa marie said...

asher face looks like such a big boy with his haircut.

have i mentioned that i really like the photos on your sidebar?

melissa marie said...

ps are you calling me a nerd for blogging every day? seriously man.

stephanie joy said...

hahaha! NO WAY MELLIE! I only feel that way sometimes about myself- like people must be all, "come on Stephanie. Another blog post about what Ambrose said???" but your blog is so infinitely cool I just look forward to it daily and feel a little worried and incomplete if you skip a day!! I need my daily Peterson fix.

Natalie said...

Steph- We love the blogging frenzy and we love hearing what Ambrose has to say and Asher's precious little face. I love the post below because I can just hear Ambrose's "explaining voice" and his cute little stance in the picture is the best.

I know it is hard to live away, but we can make it work. We can just keep blogging and letting our kids see each other's pictures and talking about each other a lot and sending notes and letters. It will keep them on each other's minds. Believe me, we would love to come out there if we could work it out. :)

kimball said...

We love your blogs and click on it every time we look at email. Other than seeing Natalie 2 times a week, we don't see any family unless they come to visit. You would be bored here within a week. Come any time. We are looking forward to seeing you during spring break. Love, Dad

boo face mcjones said...

First of all, an explanation, really? I feel like I should thank you half of the time for blogging regularly. I LOVE it. Seriously. Always hilarious. Always something uplifting. Always Stephanie. Don't stop, and certainly don't be self conscious at all.

And how handsome is little Asher? Such a sweet little guy. I could squeeze his little guts out. It sounds gross, but it comes from a place of love.

melissa marie said...

yeah, i love hearing what ambrose has to say. he's wise like an owl.

ashley said...

A-FREAKING-MEN.
I wonder if my grandma's will get to meet lola when she is still a baby. i have been obsessing over looking at tickets to ca in june/july and it makes me crazy that they are sooooo expensive. maybe we should buy a jet plane.

Corbin said...

Iam about to use my miles because I am feeling like I am missing out on so much! My sister in law just had a baby and my sister is about to pop! Indie asks to play with her cousins almost everyday. I agree with ashley that maybe we should all just buy a jet plane!

laurel said...

Oh Asher, PRECIOUS!

modestmuse said...

I totally feel you. I am in a hotel room and the fam is asleep so I will revisit when I can listen to little Asher!!!