Ever since I took a couple of weeks off in July, my blogging has slowed to a crawl. Once I got back from vacation, work went into high gear. I'm part of the support staff at a private high school and our freshmen will come for orientation beginning today, then school starts next Thursday. (Sure, it' over 100 degrees, but by golly, we'll get finals in before Christmas!) With the start of school so near, I've been putting in extra time at work and even bringing some work home so I haven't had as much time...or energy...or inspiration for blogging at the end of the day. I'm still trying to keep up up with your blogs, but I'm not commenting much to keep my time online down to a minimum. The blogging drought will likely continue for another week or two, but hopefully I'll soon be back to a regular schedule.
Beyond the start of school, another distraction this week has been the arrival of my niece and her family. My niece and her husband met halfway across the country, and soon discovered that they're both from the same hometown. They had no intention of moving back here, but once they had a baby girl, they began to see the advantages of raising her in a city where she would be surrounded by extended family.
The X-Girl was born in March, and I don't mind telling you she is the cutest, smartest, and sweetest baby ever. When I met her for the first time on Tuesday, I saw the generations that came before. In her smile, I saw the faces of her three great-grandparents on our side of the family who she'll never meet, and vowed that she will see their pictures and hear their stories. Seeing the X-Girl reminded me of the first time I saw her mom and each of her uncles and led me to me wonder where the time went.
And when I picked her up for her first picture with me, she suddenly became fascinated by the activity behind me...
Until next time,