Happy blogiversary to me! The Usual Bliss is four years old. Time flies when you’re having fun! This site has evolved over the years, changed along with my life, but the basic idea remains. Here’s how I described it back in 2012:
“The point of The Usual Bliss is not to pretend my life is perfect, or offer a façade of what I’m like or how my life really is. I’m a mess, just like everybody else! I think by now, my readers have gotten to know more than just the shiny side of me. It’s my choice to focus on the good stuff.
I started writing this blog to remind myself to keep everything in perspective. To think positively when I’m heading the other direction. To be grateful for the little things and even more grateful for the big things. To recognize special times in my life. To find the bright side.”
We’ve been through some serious struggles since I first wrote those words, but thankfully, gratitude remains. It’s not always easy to stop and recognize the happy moments, especially when things don’t feel particularly happy. But it sure has made a difference in my own life to do so. Take a peek at what has been making me smile this week!
Oden sent Grandma flowers to say THANK YOU for helping his parents not lose their minds.
After pooping, peeing, and puking on a few outfits, we opted for diaper-only time!
A spring snowstorm happened this week. (I’d be lying if I said I was into it.)
Scenes from my bed.
John sent me this stunning photo of his hike/ski with Cholula.
Don’t you want to nibble them??
The vibrating bouncy thing with nature sounds is a life-saver some days!
Possibly the cutest baby card EVER. #spork
The reason my back is sore all the time.
Was I really in a tiny elevator with him once??
We are working on baby-wearing! Suggestions welcome.
Spring is springing!
She sneaks baby kisses.
Oden was less than impressed with the Mets’ opening day performance.
The orchid that won’t quit!
Daddy and Chewy getting some fresh air.
Mama’s first adult activity- a pedicure with a friend! Ahhhhhhhh.
Hints of the season to come.
Idie, who took our BUMP photos, took newborn photos, too. Can’t wait to share!
I love this one, comparing before and after Oden’s arrival.
We’ve been spoiled by friends bringing us meals. YUM!
This sunset was unreal!
A perk of having a friend who is a florist!
Yesterday, my two best friends’ daughters had birthdays. HBD, Isabella and Macy!
One year ago, Cholula was not happy with my Easter shenanigans.
Two years ago, we were hunting for spring on the trail.
Three years ago, I celebrated one year of blogging with my favorite champagne!
Four years ago, Ali and Bright came to visit.
Five years ago, Zamboni and I were playing in the snow together.
And today, Oden‘s feet seem bigger, don’t they?
You know. Just the usual bliss.
One year ago: Easter with the Fam!