Sunday, July 21, 2013

Something New

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Dear Readers,

I have been a derelict blogger lately.  Slowly, but surely, I have just stopped caring about my little space on the interwebs.  Except when I have committed to do a book review or decide to vomit a few pictures of my life all in one post, I have been MIA.  And I'm not saying that you all care, because I certainly haven't been inundated with emails wondering why I haven't blogged.  I could pretty easily fade into the ether and nobody would miss this Overstuffed blog.

But I would.

Always at the back of my mind is the thought that I should blog because I'm forgetting things.  It's weird that a very public space on the internet (even if only ten people ever actually read it) has become my sole journal.  But that IS why I started it, and why I should continue it.  I don't scrapbook anymore, I certainly don't write in my actual journal anymore, and blogging is faster even if I do get overwhelmed by it.

There is a blogger that I enjoy reading who posts a photo of her children every Sunday.  They are always dressed for church and she comes up with creative ways of taking and presenting the weekly photo.  I've been reading her blog for a long time, and it's really cool to watch her children grow up this way (and some of them have been born since I've been reading her blog).

So, on this twenty-first day of July, 2013,  I hereby announce that I am going to (try to) copy her.  If nothing else, it will remind me to blog every week and nudge me to tell a little bit of what's been going on the past week.

I know, I know.  You are all rolling your eyes and reminding me how I never stick to ANYTHING  I start on this blog.  Remember Project Walking Into a Hug?  Yeah.  How about your vacations, Lara?  You start blogging about them and you NEVER finish.  We've been dying to know about the rest of your Epic Vacation last summer.  Not to mention all the other vacations you've taken.


Baby steps.

But if it makes you (okay, ME) feel any better, my other big blogging goal is to actually finish blogging the Epic Vacay before school starts.  I actually have more time this summer, and though I'm spending a good portion of it catching up on my sleep from working full-time during the school year, I have a list of things I'm hoping to finish.  So look forward to Sunday photos of the girls and sporadic Epic Vacation posts.
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Anyway, back to the issue at hand.


Bria spent all of last week at Girls Camp--her first time--and she has been so delightful ever since she came home.  As soon as she got into the car she declared her love for being surrounded by Mormon girls, and even gave her sisters real (as in "not fake") hugs as soon as she saw them.  I think I love Girls Camp.  In the photo she is wearing a necklace that she made at camp that says "Stand Ye in Holy Places and Be Not Moved" and also has a charm of the Salt Lake City Temple.

I took Chloe and Sophia shopping for some school clothes this week and Chloe loved the shirt she is wearing so much, she bought it herself.  The other clothes have to wait for school, but since she bought this with her own money, I guess I don't have the authority to tell her she can't wear it.  And boy, I am not a fan of her hair right now.  She can't decide whether or not she wants to grow out her bangs, but she DOES love to have her hair in her eyes.  Why is it so hard to let your children have free agency?  I want to force her to cut her bangs how they used to be.  But I won't.

Sophia is turning 7 in just four days.  I can't even believe it.  And she has been such a great helper lately--seriously delightful.  She gets up earlier than her sisters (hoo boy, my early riser Bria has definitely become a teenager--she got up at noon yesterday.) and gets her practicing, reading, and jobs done with a mostly good attitude.  Sometimes she doesn't understand the difference between 15 minutes and an hour, but we're working on it.

Puccini wasn't a fan of having her picture taken today.  Bad hair day, I guess.
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I love my girlies.

And I love blogging about them.

And I love the people who read my blog, especially if you still read it after this last school year, which shall heretofore be known as "The Year of No Blogging."  But, you know, if you care to see what I am up to, I do better at Instagram.  You know, since I can do it from my phone from wherever I happen to be.  You can follow me here

Have a great week, and I will definitely see you next Sunday (if not before)!

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I do miss your blogging, and some of my other favorite Mom bloggers. But I get it. I am in the same boat...too much to do and not enough day left to do it in.

  2. Ah Lara, oh how I love your blog and miss the posts when you are MIA; however, I have no room to talk because I am actually way worse than you. My last post was...well... I don't know when.. March maybe? Ya! So I understand! I need to do better as well as it is my only journal too. I love the idea you have to post a photo of your girls every Sunday. I can't wait!

  3. They have such great faces. :)

  4. I'm still a reader of your blog. Great idea about the Sunday photos! And the first one is darling:)

  5. I love this idea! I Might have to adopt it too as I have fallen off the blogging wagon too and I hate it! I can't believe little Sophia is 7! That means you left Arizona 7 years ago! CRAZY!!