Well, well, well…fancy meeting you here. Been a while huh?

Santa came early, I have my nice new MAC Book Pro. I am still learning my way around it. So bear with me.
I must admit, I have enjoyed my break from blogging. So much that I actually was going to call it quits. We all know how very time consuming it is. I felt like my blog was my first priority..I felt like y’alls blogs were also top priority in my life. I feel guilty if I don’t visit each and every one of your blogs on a daily basis. I feel like if I don’t go to your blog you wont come to mine. That is my number one pet peeve of blogging..the politics. We all might not admit it, but that is how it works, and I can’t stand it. So in order me for to continue to blog, I have to come to terms that I cant do it all. I cant blog..answer ALL comments..comment on all of your blogs..wipe my kids asses..do laundry..play Mom, play wife and work all at the same time. I honestly don’t know how some of you do it. You must be SUPER bloggers. Take the Pioneer Woman for example. I don’t go to her blog. You know why? I am jealous. She must be super human. How does she do it? Seriously? Home schooling, kids, mega blog with daily posts on multiple subjects. Does she have some secret elves that help her? Cause if so, I want one or two..ah hell, make it 3. I want to continue to blog. But please, if I don’t leave a comment on your blog, that doesn’t mean I am not reading and I don’t love you. It just means I am trying to keep some sanity in my life and not let blogging run my life. K?
Who is to thank for my blogging return? My sister. When I told her that I was going to stop blogging, her response was…”You can’t, you just can’t!” She is my older sister, I have to listen to the Mighty Wise One! So I continue to blog. I continue to blog until my next mental breakdown!!!
I leave you with some of our Christmas photos. The wonderful Kelly Noel took them.
Me and my sis

My kids are pretty darn cute!

Emma loves to get her photo taken

Isn’t Aidan handsome?

Me and my man!

She is sooo sassy, wonder where she gets it from? hmmm

My adorable niece..Sarah Belle

Trouble one and Trouble Two


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    VeggieGirl says:

    Leslie, I know and respect how busy you are – never feel obligated to comment on others' blogs!! You're living your life and are such a wonderful, beautiful person – never change!!

    Big hugs and support!! Oh and hooray for MacBooks!! I love mine πŸ™‚

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    Don't feel bad. I have no idea how they do it either. I had to stop commenting on other blogs because it became too time consuming and it made me want to stop blogging.

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    I'm so glad you didn't stop!!! Love reading your posts!! And WAY cute pictures by the way!!!! Gorgeous family!

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    Welcome back!!!
    You have one gorgeous family… wow!!! You are beautiful, and so are your kids! I hope I have a family like yours one day πŸ™‚

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    TheFitnessFreak says:

    What wonderful photographs! You have a lovely family : )

    Don't fret for a minute about commenting on my part. I totally understand and get overwhelmed myself with the politics of blogging. Oh well, remember not to stress about it. We love your posts even if they're once a month : )

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    I totally hear where you are coming from. That PW is a machine!
    There are times I feel badly that I don't blog enough or that my posts or pictures aren't good enough compared to others….I too disappeared for a bit. Then I realized that I should be blogging for myself for the pure love of cooking, sharing, stories but more importantly just be myself and stop being consumed how I compare to others….um, isn't that we did in school….we cannot escape! LOL
    BTW, I love the fashion mag pictures of the fam….too cute. Love ya Les….glad you're back and with a MAC! woot woot

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    Stunning photos! You are all too cute =D. Don't worry about checking up on everyone. We all get it! Everyone hits their tipping point!

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    Love you Les!!!
    Beautiful Pictures! You do NOT have to email or comment on my Blog! LOVE YOU and you know it! Just come for Crepes next year! πŸ˜‰
    The other Les

    I'm a .net now!!! Fancy me!

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    The Morris Family says:

    I am so glad that you are not quitting your blog. I would be very upset!
    Also, your kids ARE super cute (just like their mother). Great photos!

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    Fahrenheit 350Β° says:

    Good for you! I never knew how you responded personally to everyone! I never started because I knew I couldn't keep it up! Love the new photos! You are so photogenic!

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I hear you Leslie. I'm also amazed how some people do it! Take it easy, this is no obligation, we have to enjoy doing it, otherwise there's no point, right? Take care.

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    I know the polotics of blogging are hard, but I notice blogs now and then that have no comments, been doing it since 05 and no comments, but one now and then…so if you do this to relax and let your art shine, then so be it!

    I feel the same way many times, and I just have some of my favs like you, so I do not want more than what is on my blog plate…

    PS that family of yours is gorgeous, great job! Well hubby deserves some credit for wooing you!

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    Fantastic pictures!! Beautiful family!!

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    love it! you have a very beautiful family!!!!!!
    I am in the same boat. I am headed up to OH for a month!!!!

    Not to mention, the fam had pnemonia…STINKS!

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    CousinPamela says:

    Yeah, another Mac convert!! πŸ™‚ You ARE super woman so stop the complainin' πŸ™‚ You have an entire family to help you..call me if you need help! You can't stop the blog my family would starve! LOL

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    LOL ..your post was funny. I love your blog. Glad you are continuing. Do it your way!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

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    Wow, you just made me feel so much better. I thought I was the only mom out there who sometimes wondered how others did it when it seemed like it was all i could do to make sure I had both kids in their beds at night and hadn't left one somewhere. I don't blog but I read yours and knowing that you made the choice to take time for yourself and your kids because you sometimes felt a little to pressed makes me like you even more!

    Thanks for helping me to realize that there are other moms out there who can take a step back and reevaluate and it doesn't mean the world will end OR that everyone will hate you!


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    cookies and cups says:

    first, thank you for not quitting! i love your blog!
    also, seriously, could your family be any cuter? Love those pictures!

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    I'm so glad that you decided to continue blogging! I think most of your readers would agree that we'd rather hear about your wonderful recipes (and funny stories) and have you not comment on our blogs, than not have you at all. I can't imagine how hard it is to manage a family, a blog, and all of the other responsibilities that come with being an adult – I find it hard to just take care of myself and my husband sometimes! You have such a beautiful family and they must come first!

    You will love your new MacBook Pro. I've had mine for 2 years and it's great!

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    Les, I hear ya! I agree with ya. And I'm about to do the same thing–cut WAY back on blogging stuff. Just. can't. do. it. all.
    Stinks, cuz' I love it, but I love my family and health more. Sigh!
    You blog just the right amount and your posts are always great. I'll keep reading (and probably still commenting), but please don't feel you have to comment back about my comment! πŸ˜‰
    LOVE all the pictures! We need to do family photos so badly! LOVE the big flour in your daughter's hair. Oh how it would have been fun to have a girl! πŸ˜‰ My boys would kill me if I put one of those in their hair. My husband would kill me, too! ;)Happy Holidays!

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    Smitten Sugar says:

    What an adorable family!! Enjoy your macbookpro, I have one at home and I love it!!

    However, I tend to blog more at work and its a PC there.

    Go figure!

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    i know what you mean about blogging. just do what you can and people will come, you've got a great blog.

    your family is gorgeous!

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    Jenn @ BentoForKidlet says:

    I am very glad to hear you won't be stopping! I love reading your blog and anyone who expects that by reading and commenting they are owed something is insane! So blog away when you can and feel like it and don't worry about the politics πŸ˜€

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    Glad you're back! No worries, no guilt…just have fun with it! We moms are the worst when it comes to guilt, aren't we? Beautiful family πŸ™‚

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    Congrats on the MacBook! I am glad you didn't call it quits. I love your blog! I used to try to read all of the blogs, make comments, etc. but I realized that is impossible. Do your blog for YOU and stop by when you can:) No pressure! And thanks for sharing the photos. You have a GORGEOUS family!

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    Love the pics!! Welcome back and kudos to your sis for getting you back in swing!

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    girl you are too damn hot!
    pioneer woman has people working for her ok, that's how.
    don't leave girl, you know I'll be mad and I will then call the Cheez It people and tell them not to sell them in Florida. mmmmmm K?

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    Well I can only speak for myself, but I come here to see what you post not to try to get you to comment on my blog. So I'm glad you're not stopping! πŸ˜€

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    Les, I don't even have a blog!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read yours cause you sound like you know your readers personally, all of us! You are so dang funny, I love reading what you write! So… please don't stop and thank Sister for us!!!

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    When you commented back on my blog I was totally shocked! I think you're super woman for doing it! I sure don't….
    The pictures are fabulous by the way! Gorgeous family!

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    I feel the same way as you and I totally understand. I enjoy my breaks too and you realize just how much time it does take up.

    Your family is absolutely gorgeous, all of you. Beautiful!! Happy Holidays Leslie!

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    I am glad to hear you are back! I read your blog a lot, but do not always comment as I, like you, feel a little overwhelmed at times! I hope you find the balance that works best for you. Cooking and baking are where I go to wind down. At times I don't want to worry about paying attention to my ingredients that I have tweaked or fretting over photos. We all have to remember that most of us do this for the love of food and the joy we find it brings to others. Enjoy the Holidays!!

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    You were one of the first blogs I attached myself to and are still one of the first I go to. Do it to where you are most comfortable and forget about the rest. Its supposed to be fun right? I post maybe once a week now (If I get around to it) and forget the rest. I comment as I can and the rest can wait. You are right, it is all about who is scratching who's back and its lame, honestly.
    Yay on the Macbook Pro…I just LOVE mine!
    You and your family are gorgeous…enjoy your holiday and hope to hear from you when you can.
    Take care, my friend.

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    pigpigscorner says:

    Congrats on your new mac! and I agree, blogging does take up a lot of time…

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    I'm glad you are not going to stop blogging – I'd really miss all your great posts. Everyone has a life outside of blogging, I think sometimes people forget that and expect new blog posts and comments and such all the time. I don't know how some people can blog/comment as much as they do either. I know I sometimes go several days or even a couple weeks without blogging, or commenting on others' blogs for that matter. Things off-line are priority and sometimes can't be pushed back till later so you have time to blog. Just keep at it – blog and visit/comment whenever you can and don't worry about not being able to do it all. Most people can't. =)

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    Lovely pictures!

    I'm glad you didn't stop blogging!

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    I feel that way ALL the time. So I just take breaks without knowing I'm taking a break. 4 posts 2 weeks ago, and none this past week. That's how I roll… πŸ™‚

    MacBooks ROCK! I got one a couple of months ago.

    LOVE the pictures, my favorite is the last one with Tampa in the background. What a great shot!

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    chanteusevca says:

    Love your blog but please don't sweat it. Life is too short to try to do it all. Just do what you love. And yes, Pioneer Woman has contributors and an entourage. Went to her book signing. She's sweet and good at what she does. But we can't be her so be the best you. And with all her contributors you don't need to feel like an underachiever in any way, shape or form. Do what you love. When it becomes a chore and not fun, it's not worth it any more. I'm not a blogger, but I read 100+ and comment when I can. I'm a SAHG(grandmother) who isn't working at the moment. Thought about doing a blog myself, but now that I see what it entails and the pressure people put on themselves, not sure I want it. I never realized how so many bloggers follow other bloggers and pat each other on the back all the time. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But it should not be the reason why you continue. Why isn't anyone interested in those of us who read blogs but don't blog? We read your blogs just as much, or do we? My daughter reads blogs too, but has no desire to blog while raising three little ones. So I don't know how YOU do it, but I'm glad you do when you can. In the end, do what your sister tells you. After all, she is older. Wiser? That's for you to say. lol!

    P.S. The photos of your family are beautiful.

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    chanteusevca says:

    P.S. Not necessary to make a comment on my comment. Just laugh out loud, Okay?

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    chanteusevca says:

    P.P.S. Last comment, I promise. And PW has never commented on any of my comments and I doubt she ever does. So there! And you're purtier too!

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    You crack me up!

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    I certainly hope that you know I'm not commenting on your blog just so you visit me! 'Cause if that's the case you need to comment on mine more often. LOL, kiddin'! I hear ya….it's hard. I've been feeling gulity lately as I've pretty much been MIA from the blogging world.

    You have a gorgeous family! You guys are all so photogenic! Your sister's family, too. By the way tell her thanks! πŸ™‚

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    What great photos. You have a beautiful family and your son is the perfect mix of you & hubs.

    I'm glad you enjoyed your break! I did too. I can't understand how those SuperWomanBloggerPeople do it either!