Summer vacation is half way over, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been much of a break around here. Piano Man’s been a busy bee, soaking up much of the summer’s rays and cool summer breezes (unlike the painfully cold winters in Michigan). He’s taken a double dose of swim lessons, gone camping for the first time, and learned to ride his bike on two wheels. Let’s not forget about play dates, sleepovers, and VBS. This kid is living the life. Of course, Linus never ceases to follow after his big brother.
Linus too has accomplished a few milestones of his own. He’s is fully potty trained – day time and night time! Hooray!!!! We’ll be saving big bucks around here.
(Photo Credit: Moneysavingmom)
Meanwhile, I’ve been researching like a mad scientist trying to make some big blog decisions about the site.
Do I move from Hostgator to Squarespace?
I’ve been struggling with my web hosting service. I don’t know why it continues to freeze on me while I am editing. To say that it’s frustrating is an understatement.
Do I try to work on the Genesis Framework to create an more tailored website design?
I don’t like my current website design. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for awhile. But in the spring, I was under pressure with my photography class, picking up a new volunteer position, and trying to keep up with two very active boys.
Do I continue writing semi-decent posts about Midwest travel experiences?
I’ve been on a travel post streak lately, and I have to attribute it to the beautiful city of Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit. I have a few more interesting local posts lined up, but I am placing a hold on them.
We’ve also been in the throes of updating our basement, thanks to our lovely sump pump failure in the spring. (I tell you last winter was a brutal one.) It’s been non-stop demo, painting, and bargain hunting for clearance items at Home Depot and Lowes. (That’s also thanks to the Home Depot Kids Workshops and Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics.)
We continue to work summer workbooks to prep Piano Man for the fall, and I am still on the fence about sending Linus to preschool. I know it’s a luxury to have the option to have Linus stay home, and I give thanks to God for the opportunity to continue to be a stay-at-home mom to our little man.
In the mean time, I am also volunteering on a cool project for Piano Man’s school. If you didn’t know this, I used to be a U.S. federal government employee and contractor. It’s an interesting story and one that I hope to share in the fall as we approach National Preparedness Month. Because of my previous work experience, I have the opportunity to help write the school’s emergency operations plan (EOP).
What’s an EOP?
Great question! It’s a document to help a school prepare, plan, and respond during a natural or manmade disaster. It sounds intriguing, right?
Taking a Break
Needless to say, I am going to take a break from Hometown Betty. I just want some time to research, make any major changes to the blog (if necessary), and rejuvenate for the fall. Thanks to Dear Blogger, I feel ready to take a blogging break without feeling the guilt.
I know it means I’ll take a nose dive on Google Analytics stats, but when I come back at the end of August, I hope you’ll jump right back in with me. So if you aren’t a fan of Hometown Betty, go ahead and become one. I’ll let you know when I return with some pretty fantastic posts about emergency preparedness, craft/sewing projects, and our local Michigan travel posts.
As always, I appreciate your time reading the blog. You can always say hi here or on Hometown Betty’s Facebook Page. I’d love to say a hello back!
From my hometown to yours,