Monday, July 22, 2013
Bear Lake and Thoughts on Blogging
The packed-in fun of the formal reunion is over and we've been enjoying the more mellow aftermath involving relaxing days full of swimming and waterskiing and wakeboarding and running and reading and chatting and coming up with creative meals using the random leftover reunion food supplemented by little trips into the grocery store. There's also a lot of messes to clean up and kids to tuck in bed and bodies to slather with sunscreen. Sometimes the sheer number of people (most of them very little kids) and the accompanying noise and logistics gets a bit much but oh, how I love this place and these people!
We've been at Bear Lake for the past couple weeks and my computer time has been seriously and purposefully limited. It's been great to take a little break from the blog and just do the most necessary Power of Moms stuff (which has been a fair amount given that we're finalizing edits on our second book plus there are all the regular things that need to happen to keep the website humming along).
I'm working on not feeling so beholden to this blog. I love keeping a record of our family's adventures and my ideas and thoughts and I'm so glad that what I write here seems to be enjoyed by lots of people. But when I get caught up in feeling like I need to record everything, this blog starts to feel like a burden and probably gets pretty boring to those who read it. I feel better about life and about the blog when I don't force posts when I'm not feeling it and when I don't try to catch up. I've come to terms with the fact that blogging when I'm in the mood and when I feel that I really have something to say and/or just throwing in a bunch of photos when I've got some beautiful memories I want to capture is what works best for me. So sometimes there's a lot. Sometimes there's a little. There you have it.
I did write an article at the close of our family reunion last week about keys to making family reunions great. Noah and Kristi were our reunion chairs this year and they did a fabulous job! Check it out here if you like:
Three Tips to a Great Family Reunion
And I'll be sharing some favorite photos from this year's Bear Lake fun when I have some spare moments. But today, I want to savor ever last moment before more and more of my siblings and their families have to head back to their far-away homes.