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Back2Blogging – Post #1

I decided to give another SITS girls challenge a try.  I loved doing the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog with them and ProBlogger, even though I didn’t finish it.  August was a busy month.  Oh wait, so is September.

But I think this sounds like fun so I’m going to give it a go.  The first prompt “Re-upload the first post you ever wrote on your blog. If interested, re-write that post, showing us a before and after look at the piece.”  To see other blogger’s first post check out SITS girls.

Here is the first post that I wrote on December 16, 2007.  I’ve added a couple of links but have left it otherwise the same.  (My photography has definitely improved).


To try and to fail – or maybe succeed

Every so often we try something new. Something that we don’t think we are going to be any good at, but we try it anyway. As my mom has recently addressed, our family doesn’t do things unless we know that we are good at them.

I think I’m a little different from the rest of my family, because I have done a lot of things that I have found out that I’m really not good at. Take singing – after a year or so of voice lessons, I decided that it just wasn’t part of the path I should take. Maybe it was all of the jokes about “Hit Me with a Hot Note” that steered me away from it. Or because I would yawn uncontrollably anytime I did classical training. Either way, I know I’m not good. I could continue telling you things that I have given a fair try, only to fail, but I won’t.

This weekend I tried something that I was not very confident about. Scott has wanted a large tree in our entryway. He decided last year before Christmas that we needed a “decorator tree” to fill up some of that space. As I am not a person that can buy things full price, very often, I started shopping for this tree during the after Christmas sales last year. I got some great sprays and balls at Pier1. (This year they are really limited in what they have for Christmas decorating). Anyway, I ended up using several of those balls and sprays on my 7 1/2 foot tree in the family room. (The non-decorator tree with ornaments from many years of collecting). This year, I waited for Interior Elements to have their Christmas sale. (That’s going on right now – 30% off!) What fun stuff they had and I managed to get a 9 ft Imperial Slim tree for $175. Okay, so the tree isn’t ideal. It’s one of the wider slims, but it’s fine for the money. I got the tree and some decorations home Friday evening and started setting it up. Boy did it need a lot of fluffing. Scott got home from work and wasn’t blown over by the bare tree itself, but “all Christmas sales are final” so I had to make due. I started decorating and was done – for the most part – in time to play Ghost Recon (another thing I don’t do well).

I tell you this because I am actually really pleased with how it turned out. I still have the ribbon to do and the tree topper, but I need to go and get green pipe cleaner, some firm wire and some floral tape. Monday morning I’ll run to Michael’s or Robert’s to get that stuff. Then I’ll finish up the tree when I get back from Raleigh.

I guess I’m not the only one excited about the new tree. Jade said, “Mom, this tree is much better than the other tree. I mean look at that one and then look at this one. It’s just so much prettier and has all of this stuff on it.”

I’m really glad I tried it, even though I wasn’t so sure I could pull it off. I’d hate to try to make it look “decoratorish” and have it turn out like the “other tree”. Although, I do love the “other tree” and each ornament means something special to me.

Happy Decorating!


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5 comments to Back2Blogging – Post #1

  • Katie
    Twitter: addingtonmom

    So glad that the latest SITS challenge has brought me back to your blog again! Just checked out some recent pictures you’ve posted, and it looks like you and your family have been having so much fun. Good luck with this week’s challenge!
    Katie´s last blog post ..Finding That Purpose


  • I am obsessed with Pier One during Christmas. I went crazy there one year, and spent like $400 on decor.
    Kristina P.´s last blog post ..Labor Pains


    Twitter: familytrifecta

    We should hit the after Christmas Pier 1 sale together 🙂


  • Erin
    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    That tree is gorgeous! Do you think this year you can come decorate mine?
    What a great fun post for your 1st!!
    Erin´s last blog post ..A life changing eventat 10


    Twitter: familytrifecta

    Love to 🙂 But we’ll have to shop the sales this year and decorate the next. Otherwise crazy amounts of money can be spent.


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