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Haute Mamas—Oh So Hot!

By Richie Ann Ashcraft
It's the one year anniversary of the Haute Mamas Blog! This is entry no. 274. We've had 844 comments thus far, more than any other blog on this website. We hate to brag (OK we LOVE to brag) but until recently we held the No. 1 position for most read blog, too. Here's us at a recent photo shoot and what we have to say about becoming veteran mommy bloggers. rlrpic.jpg Lynn showing off the "eyes" in the back of her head! Robin One year already? It seems like just yesterday that Lynn, Richie and I concocted this plan to douse GJSentinel.com with some mommy content. In this last year, my daughter "graduated" from kindergarten, started playing the piano, learned to ride a two-wheeled bike, made a quilt and has almost completed the first grade. I have sprouted many more gray hairs, gained a bit more patience and learned that it's helpful to share my hopes and fears with others. Taking the good with the bad, I'd have to say that it's been a good year to be a Haute Mama. notreadyrlr.jpg Richie's look of total pregnancy induced confusion. "Wait...what are we doing?" Richie When they say kids grow fast they sure aren't kidding. I can't believe how my life has changed this year. I've gone from clueless mommy attached to a breast pump to newly pregnant mommy trying to figure out how to accommodate another one. Again, pretty clueless. I'm starting to get a really stern mom voice down, learning that mixing applesauce with basically anything gets it to go down, and how to spend a little time on myself. Blogging has been a great outlet for me. When things aren't going so well, I always think, well, it will make nice fodder for the blog. I've really enjoyed the feedback from our readers with their helpful suggestions and often witty comments. Blogging is a new venture for GJSentinel.com. I always feel like Lynn, Robin and I are pioneers in a cutting edge industry. We are great examples of the "new mom" who uses technology and resources to our advantage. Ten years ago I never could have imagined that I'd be juggling career, kids and sharing it all via the Internet, whatever that was. Or that the life of a normal mommy would even be interesting enough to share. So, thanks for reading and making me feel like blogging is time well spent. finalrlr.jpg The Haute Mamas...Oh So Hot! Lynn Blogging can be scary - you put your personal stuff out there for all the world to see. You can only hope that maybe someone is struggling with the same issue and you find out you’re not alone, you’re among many moms trying to raise kids right, whatever that means. I am always a little fearful that Alex will be embarrassed about what I write, but for the most part he could care less. Mostly because he really does not want to spend any time reading whatever it is his mother has to say! We made it through the first year of high school already, and now we look forward to a summer of driving lessons (!), certain boredom, summer camp somewhere, and trips back East or wherever he grudgingly agrees to go with his “mothuurrr”. Thanks to Robin and Richie for taking up the slack when I had nothing to blog about, and to Robin for being my instant editor and patiently answering my stupid questions like, “Is driven a word?” And to the rest of my family - yes, I really do get paid to do stuff like this!