2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Wordless Wednesday: Dance!

Almost Wordless Wednesday: 5 Year Anniversary

Today marks five years that Jason and I have been a part of raising the boys. At the time, we had no idea that we would eventually be called “Mom” and “Dad” by these two little boys. But one thing was for sure, we were willing to do anything, include move 3,000 miles, to bring these boys happiness.

Today, I can’t even imagine life without them. We love you, Anthony & Ethan.


Wordless Wednesday: Retro Toddler

Mommy’s Travels

It’s travel time once again! For the first time since starting my new job, I’ve been sent on a trip to California. It’s been more than half a year since I last traveled more than a couple hours away from my family. The difference in attitudes in this trip from last year just highlights the changes that have been occurring through the family.

The previous trip, I was a complete wreck with guilt at leaving my baby girl at home while I was traveling outside the country. Not only was I distraught over not being around my kids, the trips meant needing to introduce formula to my 8-month old when the milk we’d stored wasn’t enough to last her. On top of that, my poor husband was on perma-duty with an infant waking through the night on top of his full time job. The boys, in the meantime, were left needing to pick up the pieces while their father managed the life of a single parent for a week.

It was a mess of issues boiling down to one thing: our family just wasn’t ready for mom traveling.

Only one day in to my current trip and already it feels different. As Jason threw my packed bags into the car, there was no stress in leaving Jason home alone with the kids. With him no longer working, all childcare fears were assuaged. There wouldn’t be a last minute crisis of trying to manage a baby schedule and the boys school from behind his office desk on the phone. No, it’s not ideal that Jason goes five days without a break from the kids, but handling the family on a daily basis as a stay at home dad has proven to me that he can handle it.

In addition, traveling brings out the best in the support system of friends, family and neighbors around us. It gives me faith that any crisis that could possibly come up could be dealt with. My sister watching the monitor while Jason takes me to the airport, a neighbor giving Ethan a ride to his baseball game, or encouraging words from friends – all little things that much it that much easier.

So this round of travel, I can miss my family peacefully, knowing I’ll be seeing them soon and without the stress. Monday morning, I will walk through those conference doors calm, collected and confident. I am a traveling, working mother. And we are making it work.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 62 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 69 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 19mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 24th with 125 views. The most popular post that day was Kirsten and Jason’s Story.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, Google Reader, touch.facebook.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the nanny, domestic deeds, kirsten deeds, bullied kid, and the brady bunch clothes.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Kirsten and Jason’s Story December 2010
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The Regrets of an Adoptive Mom September 2010


Post-Baby Body July 2010


Searching for Alice August 2010


The Great Mommy Divide August 2010


Welcome to the new Deeds Family Blog site. Stories and new posts coming soon!