SIMPLE SAVORY CHEESE BOARD

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Did you watch the finale of the Bachelor? I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette, I don’t know if it should admit that, but I’m gonna keep it real. Knowing a small amount of what goes on behind the scenes of a reality show, it’s basically people watching from your couch and that is GOLDEN. That might make me sound horrible, but it’s true. Plus, these people are signing up to be on a tv show, they must have some idea of what’s to come. So Monday nights Matt and I get the kids to bed, pour a glass of wine, and usually snack through our weekday guilty pleasure. This past season, my girlfriend Amelia joined us and occasionally I can coax Phil into watching too.

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A FEW THOUGHTS ON TWO

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It’s hard to believe our twins are already two. I have been eagerly watching them grow and hit developmental milestones, yet the graduation from baby to toddler is paired with feelings of sadness and worry. My babies are grown and it’s happening fast. Just as it did with Thomas. Days spent with him lying on my chest are still my favorite moments and now I am listening to him practice his violin and reciting math facts resembling a teenager. Soon our Ella and Henry will start preschool, finish potty training, and enter the big kid world. Am I ready for that? Are we ready for that? Maybe.

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Welcome 2016

Finding the words to welcome this new year has not come easily. I am not sure I was ready for twenty sixteen. Twenty fifteen sort of sailed by.  We had a busy end of the year from October events, to Thanksgiving and my high school reunion, to cookie baking weekends and Christmas celebrations. It was a whirlwind and I just never felt caught up.

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We began the new year with a walk to West Street Beach. Thomas was excited to try out his new wetsuit.  The brave boy was the only one in the water at the entire beach. The rest of us searched for sea glass and shells, played in the tide pools, and watched Thomas catch the waves.

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I’m so glad it’s October

The anticipation of October’s beginning holds a great deal of nostalgia for me. It’s all excitement and anticipation. Fall sweeps in with a light breeze, there is just a hint of chill in the air and dusk brings some of the most majestic sunsets of the year. Each night the sky is lit on fire while the last warmth of summer fades into the seasons. And the oceans blue is a touch deeper and even more soulful. Truly October has magic in it.

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STARTING . . .

 

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Just sitting down to type this is rough – like running into the ocean not knowing how cold the water might be. But you’re ready to try no matter how freezing the water is. I’ll admit it’s hard not to doubt myself as I think of starting on this journey again.

In 2010 I started writing at Could Be Interesting, a place where I would share family stories, collect inspiration, and work through my ideas. Created on a whim with no specific focus, it quickly turned into a obsession. A healthy one, I like to think, that might be debatable if you talk with my family. I craved the time I could spend working on my writing and crafting. After years of commitment to CBI, the time I was able to dedicate to the blog began to diminish. I was pregnant with twins and had a 2nd grader who needed my attention and love. So as time passed, CBI drifted in the background. I felt the emptiness of not having that outlet, but couldn’t bring myself to sit down and really get back into it.

And then one day it was all gone. Thousands of images. Words. My hours. Gone.

Something had hacked through all my work and my server lost everything.

It felt like a sign. I had hit a place where I wasn’t able to be as invested as I wanted to be and the loss of everything told me to take a step back and reevaluate. I missed it, the writing, the creating. The moments I would steal in the morning or evening to express myself, but I had a bounty of other things going on that needed my focus. Always in the back of my mind was that I wanted more. I wanted more for myself.

And here I am – giving myself more – putting it out there and taking the plunge once again.

EMILY ALDER // is an extension. It is not a fresh start because I am still that girl who sat down and started writing CBI. Rather it is a continuation of that idea in a new form: sharing family stories, poking fun at myself, learning lessons, driving creativity, and thriving in life. I am not sure where this all will take me, but I know I have to try.

If you’re reading this, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to support my new adventure. I hope you enjoy it along with me.