About the blog:
When I was 21, I got my tubes tied. My first thought, upon leaving the hospital, was “Well, that’s that. No kids for me.”
Ha. Ha. Ha.
Fast forward roughly a decade. Now, I’m a stay-at-home mother of one. And we homeschool.
I came to this whole parenting thing via a relationship with a man, Joe, who already had a child, Kai, who was three when I first met him. At first, Joe and I were part of a three-person parenting team, then we found ourselves as one of two households that Kai travelled back and forth between. I stayed home with Kai during the week while Joe worked and Kai went to his mother’s house every other weekend. We homeschooled. We lived life this way for quite some time.
Then, in August of 2013, when Kai was six, life decided to make new plans. Kai’s mother unexpectedly passed away, and, in an instant, I found myself a full-time stay-at-home mom.
This blog was started in 2012, but I have been blogging off and on (more on than off) since the mid 90s, back before we called it blogging. My first “blog” was started as a way to talk to my friends online, since I couldn’t use email at school. I would update my webpage once or twice a day with thoughts or what was going with me at the time. So, you might say that I’ve been blogging for “a while”.
That’s how I know that this blog will be messy and imperfect, just like our lives (the longer I live, the more I’m convinced that NOBODY’S life is neat and perfect). This blog is about our lives and the process of being a family. Things you can expect to see or have mentioned in the blog: unschooling, boardgaming, Minecraft, books, general geekery, my thoughts, and our daily lives.
The story behind the blog name:
Many moons ago, when Kai was three or so, he was playing in the bathtub. There was a great battle being waged between The Good Guy and The Bad Guy. Near the end, The Bad Guy said, “I USED TO EAT CHOCOLATE! NOW I EAT PRUNES! HA HA HA HA!”
It stuck with me and kind of became a mantra: Chocolate, not prunes. I don’t want to be the bad guy, making life full of drudgery. I don’t want life to be only about what we MUST do (prunes), not the things we actually WANT to do (chocolate). Of course, there are times where we must do things we don’t want to, but not always. Sometimes, we get into the habit of making life harder and less enjoyable than it can be. I don’t want to do that. Whenever possible, I pick the good stuff, the things we actually DO want.
(But, for the record, I actually do like prunes.)
I have to mention that you might see Amazon Affiliate links around the blog. I don’t link to anything on Amazon that I wouldn’t have already recommended. It just makes for an easy way to link to the specific product.