Monday, August 20, 2018

Finding My Way Back

I've spent a lot of time over the last few months trying to figure out what social media was doing for me, and for my family. I talked about it in my last post, and went so far as to declare that I was going to delete all of my social media accounts.

I didn't.

I did delete Snapchat, although I admit to missing some of those fun filters. I just wish I had a way to filter out the ugliness there, you know? I also deleted Twitter, but I never used it anyway. I'm totally burned out on Facebook, and feel like it's become a place of political griping, sharing a bunch of videos to waste my time, and overall whining about life. I just can't do that. I still have it, though, and use it periodically to post a full-length video of the kids performing and such.

I do still have my Instagram, though, and it would be really hard for me to delete that one. I only follow close friends, family, and a couple of accounts that truly add value to my life. I learn things from the people I follow there, and I enjoy keeping up with friends and family. The trick, I believe, is making it work for ME, and not spending too much time there.

All that said, I miss my blog. I got super frustrated because I lost several years of it, and that took the joy out of it for me. But I miss it. I love this way of keeping a family record, our history as it's happening, and I love the connections I've made here.

I'll have to figure out the best way, but I'm coming back! For now, I plan to try to hit some of the highlights of the last few years, and then pick up where we are now. If I try to go back and really tell the story of the last six years, I'm afraid I'll never catch up. Maybe I can use the whole "Throwback Thursday" thing to work on catching up?? I don't know. I'll have to be prayerful about the best way, but I'm going to do my best!

So what's going on today?

Carter, Caden, and Makenna all have auditions for this year's school musical, Into the Woods. It's particularly exciting for me because it's a show I did when I was in high school! They're all nervous, of course, but they'll do amazing, I'm sure. Auditions are just terrifying, that's all there is to it!

So let's get you all caught up!

Tyler is 27 now, living and working in Texas, and learning the art of the stock market. He recently spent a few days in Washington with Russell while he was there, and they had a great time together, just the two of them!

Chandler (Elder Rowe) is working and serving in Provo, Utah as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! He's speaking Spanish there, and currently serving right on the BYU campus. That's great because he'll know his way around when he heads back out to school next year, ha ha. He'll be home right at the first of the year, but who's counting? Sure do miss him, but wouldn't have him anywhere else!

Conner is the baby of the family, although at twelve years old, he can hardly be called a baby! Where has the time gone?? He's a middle-schooler now and just started the seventh grade. He's happy and busy and all the things a twelve-year-old boy is supposed to be, and I just love it!

Caden is a Sophomore this year, driving (currently with a permit), skateboarding, playing Risk with friends, and providing enough energy for the entire house.

 Makenna is a Freshman, and is in full-blown social butterfly mode. She's a hard worker at school, and seriously can't handle getting anything other than a 'A' in any class, ha ha. I don't mind!

Carter is a Senior, what?? He's working at Jason's Deli in the evenings, participating in Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Drama, and thinks that life could stay just like it is today for the rest of forever and it would be ok!

And the biggest thing to happen to us recently is the birth of our first grand baby! Zoey Elizabeth Rose was born one day after her Mommy's birthday, July 24. She was a mighty 5 lbs 13 oz, ha ha. She and Mariah are all the way out in Hawaii, and we're just dying to see them! I snapped this picture yesterday while we face-timed with Miss Zoey and her mommy, and even thought the quality isn't amazing, the two sweet girls are! Thank goodness for modern technology!

Welcome back, my friends! It's wonderful to be here again, and I'm so excited to use this blog to keep up with our little circus' story. Thanks for being here with me!

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