Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shared Hobbies

Welcome to the October edition of the Simply Living Blog Carnival - Enjoyment cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. This month, we write about what brings joy to our lives. Please check out the links to posts by our other participants at the end of this post.

Hobbies seem to come and go. New things are always exciting, but can get less interesting with time. Shiny things get dusty, as it were. When I had my oldest, I found that I was spending zero time on myself. My father-in-law gave me cash for Christmas and insisted I not spend it on bills. He told me to spend it on myself. I'd been wanting to take up candy making, so that is where every cent went! I got some chocolate molds and melt-its, etc. I had a blast painting chocolates and making different shaped goodies to share. I made candies for some baby showers. It was just so nice to focus on something just for the fun of it! I have since passed along every bit of that equipment.

My ex-husband took up photography and had a very nice camera. Our wife joined him. I felt kind of left out and it looked like a nice hobby. A friend mailed me a nice camera to borrow and loved my photograph so much that she let me keep the camera! We even did a lot of photography-themed date nights. I got really into macro photography, which got me into the garden where I found spiders. Jumping spiders are so cool and cute! That somehow lead to my fascination with tarantulas and I became a "tarantula keeper." At the height of my collection (shared with my new husband), we had 20 tarantulas!

After having Sasha, I stayed up (usually breastfeeding) at night and read blogs, especially Hobo Mama. I originally created this blog mostly so I would have an icon when I commented there! But it took off and I really enjoy writing here. I even created a blog about our tarantulas! Alas, we have since moved into a space where we're not allowed to keep spiders. Most were sold to a breeder, but a friend is keeping a couple specimens for us.

I've wanted to take up geocaching for three years! I already wrote about this new hobby, but I will update to say that I'm still enjoying it. We go out every Sunday, as a family, and "Treasure Hunt." I also try to find at least one geocache every day.

I think the thing I love most about geocaching is sharing it with my family. There is a sense of accomplishment when I find a cache, but I especially love the time we're spending together (outside, away from home).

Do you have hobbies or other things you love? Tell me what you enjoy doing!

Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Read about how others are make their lives joyful. We hope you will join us next month!

  • No, She Doesn't Sleep Through the Night - And It's Not So Bad! - This post on Partners in Kind is about our family sleep habits, how we tried CIO, and how our family learned to let go of the 'standard' in order to enjoy a good nights rest for all of us.
  • Don't Do Anything That Isn't Play - Momma Bee at Raising a Revolution is inspired by Marshall Rosenberg's (nonviolent communication) advice "don't do anything that isn't pay" to find the enjoyment in doing even the most mundane and disliked tasks.
  • Shared Hobbies - Jorje of Momma Jorje shares her progression of hobbies, since hobbies can wax and wane. She also explains why sharing a hobby makes it the best.
  • The Joy - Relaxation Relation - At Authentic Parenting, Laura discovered how much enjoyment is related to relaxation.
  • Finding and Defining Enjoyment - Anneli at Mamman i det gula huset shares what she enjoys, her thoughts on how she has found truly enjoyment through self-reflection and how to find enjoyment in every day tasks.
  • Simply Enjoying Life - Mandy tries to focus on enjoying life at Living Peacefully with Children by cutting out some things and changing her perspective on others.


  1. Finding time for yourself can be so difficult, usually because us moms get in our own ways! lol Its so neat that you can be totally objective and cool about your changing desires and interests. We are all ever changing after all. I myself have done crochet, and sewing, but now I'd like to try soap making and canning but I think it'll be easier when my daughter (1 1/2) is a little older and more independent. Oh we as a family used to do Geocaching too!
    We're you previously in a poly relationship? I was too, which is why I ask.
    Keep up the good work!

    1. I was! I don't write about it much because both of my partners were very private people.

      There are so many things that can wait til the kids get older. We gotta find stuff to do while they're young, too. I have a 15yo that wants to be grown and gone before we live on the road, which I'm itching to do but don't have means to do yet anyway.

  2. I think part of life is growing, learning, and changing...which tends to lend itself to changes in current hobbies. Love the photograph! Thanks for joining the Simply Living Blog Carnival.

  3. I have wanted to try geocaching so much! I've been trying really hard to find hobbies that I can share or do with my daughter. She's just a year old, so it can be so hard to find time for myself to do my own hobby. Plus I'm a student, so when she sleeps I do school. My dream is to find hobbies that we can do together or I can do with her along; which is why I think geocaching would be so great. As she gets older, I'm so excited to start sharing things with her that we can do together.

    1. I'll admit, I sometimes have trouble hunting for geocaches with Spencer on my back. Its the ones close to the ground, mostly. But then I'm also 40, so that likely contributes. lol

  4. I have sooo many hobbies... and I do share most if not all with my kids. Just yesterday I was sewing with my daughter on my lap. I find it amazing that she's so interested and wants to learn EVERYTHING

  5. I totally agree. The most enjoyable moments are those shared. I actually don't have time for many hobbies but I try to sew something like every other month and I'd love to get deeper into cooking healthy food from scratch, but I have to prioritize.


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