Monday, May 2, 2016

Changing times

Oh my, where do I start? I haven't blogged here since December 2014. It's May 2016. Where the heck have I been, you may ask?  Clearly not blogging.

Life is moving at the speed of light and I've faced many twists and turns. Tomorrow (5/3) my husband, Mike, and I celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary. He deserves an incredible amount of credit for being a supportive husband and father, especially during a major transition in our lives. He doesn't get enough time to himself and doesn't get enough credit from me for just how much he does for our family.   8 years, wow.  It's a different kind of love - we are so old and responsible now but I can say I do love him more today than I did in 2008!

So many thanks to Jade + Matthew for this photo. 

Molly is 6 and is finishing her last few weeks in first grade at May River Montessori.  She's on a soccer team, playing tennis, in dance, and watching too much of the tablet she got for Christmas. It's constant battle between me and some ridiculous show called Jessie. She's into American Girl Dolls which is an expensive craze and promoting a materialism that I am not proud of. But you know what? She's such a kind, well mannered, respectful little girl. 

Connor is turning 4 in a few weeks and he keeps us on our toes but we have discovered (through a lot of testing at lots of specialists) that behaviorally, he's just "all boy" and requires a lot more consistent discipline than Molly.  Well, that's a relief.  He loves the Home Depot more than Disney World, any lawn or tractor equipment, first responders (police, firemen, you get the point...) and being outdoors. I am scrambling to plan his epic "firetruck, police car, animal pool party" but time has escaped me and in uncharacteristic fashion, I haven't even ordered invitations. Even my mom called to check and see if I was feeling okay.

Professionally, it's been an upheaval.  Many of you know me from my work with PSA Essentials, a company I am no longer employed by.  After being with the company in and out through ownership changes and employment statuses since 2008, this was a departure that rocked me. I loved that company!  I am grateful for the sales and networking connections I made there and the level of brand recognition I was able to achieve for the Company. But at the end of the day, the Company was not able to innovate past stamps, there are too many competitors offering similar products, and has been seeing a sales decline. So I was officially laid off.  It hurt because I lived and and breathed the brand and I so much enjoyed the work. 

This blog has always been mine. I have retained copyrights always. I have written every single one of the 884 posts on this blog and those posts have been seen 535,504 times with the last count.  My profile has been viewed over 4,000,000 times on Google+.  4 million! Can you believe it? I was shocked with those stats!  Thank you for reading, by the way! (And Mom, for sending to all your friends).

For the purposes of Google, my blog URL and not to confuse all the readers traffic, and all that recognition I have -- it will remain right here. 

Here's to a new chapter at Stamp Camp: A Crafts, Lifestyle and Parties Blog by Libby O. Wonder what I will be up to next....Something tells me I might be blogging more regularly again! Until then!

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Libby O