January 27, 2012

Slowing Down Time

January 27, 2012
Time is a funny thing. One day you are blogging along daily about the ups and downs of life, contributing to the world of useful and useless knowledge. Then baby number three comes along and you and your computer decide you can't be friends anymore. So your blog goes unnoticed and you forget about it for a while. Out of sight, out of mind.
You've been there, right?

Well, baby number 3 is now 8 whole months old and he is chubby, happy, and full of life! I call him my little ray of sunshine because that is exactly what he is. He fills my whole heart and soul with happiness. He has big blue eyes and the longest eyelashes I have ever seen. (Why do the boys always get the long eyelashes?) 

So I've been a little bit distracted by all the cuteness. The chubby baby thighs and cheeks, slobbery kisses, and baby giggles. He's way too much fun!
With every child I hang on to the baby days a little bit more. With my first I wanted to see how fast he could sit up, crawl, and walk. I felt like it was a race with the other babies his age. I wanted to prove my baby was the smartest. It's sounds so silly now. My second son was very colicky so I wished away the first 3-4 months, hanging onto my sanity and spending a lot of time bouncing him to sleep on my giant exercise ball. (Which, by the way, is a must have for putting baby to sleep in the first few months, especially a colicky baby. It really did save my life and my sanity.) Pretty soon he was running around at the park with his brother and before I knew it he was 2 years old and we were talking about having another one. Time is a funny thing.
I started Cantaloupe Corner when my second son was only 6 months old. And having 2 kids and a business made time fly by at light speed. Then came along baby number 3 and now weeks go by in the blink of an eye. Then months, then years. Whoa! Slow down!!!
What I'm saying is my goals this year don't focus so much on "lose weight", or "watch less TV". This year I am making a daily effort to enjoy the amazingly blessed life I have. I want to spend more time cuddling with my babies, reading them books, and teaching them about life. More time kissing my husband and spoiling him. Less time yelling, and less time being stressed out about things that don't matter.
That's right, I'm going to slow down time. That's my new years resolution.
 So you may or may not see daily blog posts about all the fun things we do around here but that's ok. I will still be doing what I love. (I really do love designing and printing t-shirts.) And I will share as much of my projects, and useful and useless information, as my new found time will allow.

This is going to be the best year ever!
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January 18, 2012

A momentous occasion

January 18, 2012
We did it!! We just hit a milestone that I am extremely excited about. We just made our 1000th sale from our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy shop!

It has been thrilling watching that number climb daily, One or two sales at a time. It makes me feel all nostalgic thinking back on my very first sales. I hadn't even learned how to screen print yet. I was individually stencilling every shirt. And I loved it! Every sale from 1 to 1000 has been just as exciting as the one before it.

I just wanted to leave a simple THANKS to all of our customers who have helped us to build my little business and making it what it is today. I still think of Cantaloupe Corner as my playtime. I enjoy creating and printing shirts, and interacting with all of you. I have met some amazing people along the way.  The best part has been everything I have learned! I have learned that selling t-shirts isn't about selling cheap, or spouting out sales and links anywhere I can. It's about really listening and caring about my customers. I get so excited when I get emails from you telling me about the great train birthday party you are putting together, or about how much your child loves tractors or ninjas. I have been able to meet so many moms that are just like me.
So thanks for teaching me more about myself and what a girl from a small town in Arizona can do. It's amazing what a dream, some ambition, and a little time can do.

Now on to 2000!

And, BTW, there is a coupon code waiting for you on our Facebook page.  (Yippee!) The coupon code is good through this Saturday 1/21/12

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