À bientôt, a più tardi, see you soon

The day is finally here- a break after 365 days of blogging. I started blogging by chance and continued on by choice. A little after 100 days of posting I received my first award and that encouraged me to continue on. I never picked a name for my blog- it picked me- Jardin Luxembourg – taken from my email. It was so fitting though since I have a big passion for Paris. I somehow managed to write through vacations and moving and my computer dying…. I wrote through days of being invaded by ants and having to pack up our place to be fumigated. Early mornings, late nights, a girls’ weekend, concerts, date nights-nothing stopped me from continuing on. It is nice to achieve a goal. I hope it can inspire me to do more things that I would like to accomplish.

At first I did not know if anyone would look at my random blog about my life, my travels, and my family. The first days I was in shock to have anyone “like” what I wrote and even more shocked to have someone “comment” on my posts. I am actually really proud that I have had at least one like on every post! I told some friends what I was doing and it has been fun seeing them email, text, and sometimes comment directly on my blog. I have met some great people from the WordPress family too.. thanks to you all for taking the time to check out my little blog on this big forum.

So now I am taking a break for the holidays from posting. I have to admit I am addicted to blogging at this point – but I will never post daily for an extended period of time again. It was a really big commitment. I think my family needs the break as much as I do! I started this blog with my kids in mind – I wanted them to know a bit about me, what I did when I was younger, how I have always enjoyed traveling, and what I do with them now on a daily basis. I cannot wait to share this blog with them one day. I hope that you have all learned a bit about me as well and I look forward to returning to blogging sooner than later. I will post here one more time with a link to my new blog when I figure it all out.

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In closing here is a fun photo I had taken of the kids this past weekend, at our church nonetheless! I love living in Southern California, near the beach with my family. There is a lot of sun, tons of beaches, the beautiful ocean, always something to do, and it is only cold for a short part of the year (please winter go away ). For now I must say à bientôt, a più tardi, see you soon!

(day 365)

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I have almost reached my goal!

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Here it is November of 2013 and I have only one month left to post until my year of blogging without a break is finally up. I can’t believe it. The year has zoomed by. I keep busy on a regular basis which has made the time go by quickly. Being a parent as well with one school aged child and one preschooler I have noticed time passing even quicker than before this stage of my life.

One year ago I knew that we wanted to move and here we are 5 months later in a new town. I am loving living near the beach and seeing the ocean at least 5 out of 7 days each week!! I have loved swimming in the ocean once again too (clean water is such a bonus). Now the kids can both swim in a pool and it is fun watching them brave the ocean now too.

It has been fun writing about anything and everything that comes to my mind. I have gone into my past and explored the present this year on my blog too.

This year it has been fun reconnecting with some old friends and meeting new ones too. My husband still has not read one of my posts, but he has helped me write a few posts and looked at photos that I include on my blog from time to time. Both of my kids want to write a post.. I will see if I can make that happen this next month.

As my blogging year ends I will admit that I have found it harder and harder to post daily, but as each morning arrives I somehow find myself sitting down on the laptop before starting a new day. I really appreciate that someone (you all) has taken the time to read what I have written, and taken a moment to hit “the like button” from time to time, or write a comment, or send me a text message/email telling me that you like what I have posted about. I have 32 days left until my goal is here. I hope that this next month is a good one and I look forward to letting you all know about whatever comes to my mind in that time.

(day 333)