Sunday, May 22, 2011

4 Years

I just thought to look to see when I began blogging and realized that May 08th was my four year birthday.

In the last four years...
*I've written a lot of dumb posts.
*Admitted to watching a lot of crap TV.
*Talked a lot about Lilly Pulitzer.
*Shown way too many photos of shoes I've purchased (and probably didn't really need).
*Seen every last friend get married.
*Seen most of my friends have babies.
*Seen many of my friends have second babies.
*Volunteered.  A lot.
*Complained about it.  A lot.
*Come full circle and fallen back in love with both volunteer gigs.
*Taken on too much.
*Admitted as much and did nothing more about it.
*Talked about politics.
*Deleted all posts about politics due to comments.
*Blogged several times about my dislike of blogs making me type a word verification while holding my breath and standing on my head and reciting the Gettysburg Address backwards and doing high kicks.
*Typed in the word verifications anyway.
*Traveled to weddings.  A lot.
*Found myself completely out of weddings in which I will be bridesmaiding because all of my girls are hitched.
*Sewn.  A lot.
*Sworn to close my business and work a regular 9-5.
*Not followed through on closing my business and working a regular 9-5.
*But continue to swear it's around the next corner.
*Cooked.  A lot.
*But not as much as I should.
*Gone gluten free.
*And dairy free.
*But then went dairy full a few weeks later when I realized I could not part with good cheese and yogurt.
*Become a lover of almond milk.
*Went gluten full in March the day before my fashion show.
*Regretted it and have re-committed to be gluten free.
*Except for two crust pies.  Because pie is sacred at the casa de crocodile.
*Blogged step-by-step with photos how to make your own pie crust.
*Likely convinced no one to make their own pie crust.
*Gained a LOT of weight.
*Lost a little of that weight.  But really very little.
*Seen my fur baby show signs of aging.  And cried in fear.
*Seen myself show signs of aging.  And cried in fear.
*Not yet spotted any gray hairs.  And rejoiced for a small victory. Even though I color my hair and honestly don't care.
*Gone from not ever wanting children to being consumed by wanting children.
*Shared a few of my less than happy childhood experiences (Monster Mondays).
*Thanked God for the courage to share as I have seen it help others.  Shock of all shocks.
*Given up some dreams. 
*Questioned why.  A lot.
*Made new friends.
*And thanks to giving in and joining Facebook, I've managed to keep most of the old friends too.
*Made in real life friends from my blog.
*Made if we are ever in the same state we will surely be in real life friends from my blog.
*Gone from not telling a soul I was blogging. To telling Bestie.  To finding out lot of friends were reading it.  To not caring and just telling anyone about it.
*Have not found a church home that feels right.
*But have not done a great job at searching and giving second chances either.
*Have had regrets.
*Have had small but lovely successes.
*Have floundered.
*Have learned new skills.
*Have found a lot of clarity.
*Have felt old.
*And sometimes young.
*Until I talk to my kids and realize I am not young.

I have no idea what the next 12 days will bring, let alone the next 12 months.  But I hope to find more clarity.  More peace.  More motivation to blog.  And more laughter.

Thanks for being such a big part of my life, girls (and a few guys too)!  You're the best friends I've never met.  A constant source of laughter and encouragement and love and creativity and fashion and fun!


Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

What a list! Your blog was the very first I started to read and follow. Because of you, I have found so much joy! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You rock it well crock!

Mrs. Kindergarten

Love Being A Nonny said...

What a *raw* post. Loved it. Happy four years. Yours has become one of my favorites!

Tammy B said...

Great post. It's been a great 4 years. Happy Blogiversary!

Katiellirb said...

Happy 4 year birthday! Wow - you've done a lot in those 4 years! Can't wait to see where the next 4 takes you! :)

Dr. Blondie said...

Oh, yay! Happy four years! Keep it up!

MCW said...

We are young. Your don't start aging until your married with kids. Ha.

Buford Betty said...

Aw, yay! Happy Bloggaversary, bestest! XOXO

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Mrs. Kindergarten- I didn't realize that! Thank you so much for sharing!!


Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

MCW- Thanks for the clarification! Love it!


Sara said...

what a great post! happy 4 years :-) it's so fun to read all that you've written about...but even better to see what's in store

JulesTX said...

Congrats on the blogivesary....4 years is a long time and I hope you have 4 more....

Annie said...

What a fantastic diary you've made over the last 4 years! Congrats my friend!

KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

Doesn't time fly?! That's a long time of blogging!

Happy four year anniversary.


The enchanted home said...

What an entertaing list and it was so fun to read! Congratulations on 4 years...I have to confess I don't even think I knew what a blog was 4 years ago so you are a pioneer and heroine in my eyes:) Keep up the great job and may you continue for many years to come......

♡ Mrs. BSK {Preppy Wife Preppy Life} said...

What a great 4 years! I cannot wait to get where you are. It will be sooooo fun to look back! (:

Ruth said...

Happy 4th Blogaversary

Susan R said...

Geez! Now I'm trying to figure out what the heck I've been doing with my time. That's an impressive list my friend.
I was actually thinking of trying to do a regular post somewhat like your "Monster Mondays" since I thought I had put that all behind me. Lo and behold a short 4 day trip brought me right back to some terrible times. I decided against the posts, but obviously need to work on those Monsters lurking in the closet a little more.
You are an inspiration my friend.
Happy 4 years!

Gracie Beth said...

Four years is quite the accomplishment WAY TO GO!

Marla said...

Happy, happy to you! i have loved your humor and your honesty!

Anonymous said...

Oh Miss PPC, has it really been four years?!? Holy cow! It makes sense, yours was one of the very first blogs I read, it feels so good to know I can still come and read you. :)

Love the post, but mostly love that you're here. And you. :)


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