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Pam I Am 2.0

So really, it’s more like Pam I Am 10.0 probably, but I’m officially calling every other version of my blog before this one a series of Pam I Am 1.0. :) It’s super late, and it’s been a long day month, but I love blogging, so I’m going to blog! Basically, I bought the Cinnamon Girl Studio templates for myself months ago. (Like November.) I even got some super cute pictures taken by my sister at Christmas time of a fun idea I had for the slideshow. I’ll include the first one…click through to my blog if you’re not all ready here to see the rest!

Then I obviously took about seven more months to get the rest of the blog put together! Lol. That goes to show how long working on blogs can take!! Especially when you’re so busy working on every one else’s blogs instead of your own. ;) And if I’m being honest, I don’t even love the design concept of the blog now, but it’s good enough for now. My main aim was to get the logistics of the blog in place, because I needed a better system for the graphic design and photography end of things, and really wanted to include a small portfolio for each of those. I’m sure I’ll make lots of tweaks to the design concept end of things as time marches on!

Everything in the menu is pretty self-explanatory. I’d love some feedback if something looks confusing to anyone? I also found out just recently that a friend of mine wasn’t seeing my menu on my blog ever…so that got me wondering who else doesn’t see my blog right? So if there’s any fine folks out there who don’t see my blog exactly as it looks above, I’d really appreciate an email from you so I can get some details and try and figure it out! :) 
I just wanted to mention that under the portfolios, I included some random ones, like a house tour of our current home (because I think house tours are fun, not because I think my house is worthy of its own “design portfolio” or anything of the sort!). And I also have one for my scrapbooking (again, I love looking through stuff like that, so I want one of my own!). Though that one isn’t ready yet…you win some, you lose some. And then one of my family, I’ll update the pictures in there now and then…I just think a little album of my family would be more fun and easier to look through than scouring archives to see pictures. (Because pictures is what it’s all about, after all!)
Speaking of archives, some might wonder why they aren’t in their own little dropdown menu and (not so neatly) at the bottom of my blog instead. Or do I just wonder nerdy stuff like that? Anyway, it’s because I love how Blogger’s widget organizes archives by name and date of the post, instead of just generically like other blogs do (like ProPhoto) by month and year. I don’t think that’s very helpful if you were really looking for a specific post! :) 
Oh yeah, and don’t miss the little sliding sidebar on the left that includes my RSS link, FB, Pinterest, and Instagram. What’s funny, is that I REALLY never started a blog with the intentions of it being AT ALL for business, it was purely just going to be a place for me to share my interests and hobbies and some family pics, but the business end just sort of happened, and I’m rolling with it. :) So yes, this blog is a funny mix of personal stuff and business stuff and will be forever having its own identity crisis, and I feel bad wondering if there’s people who only like some of the posts and get tired of other ones, but I just can’t justify having separate blogs for everything since life gets busy and at times I don’t even post for weeks. 
Ok, I feel bad for rambling on and on about my blog when only I really care that much about stuff like that. :) So changing gears, HERE’S A PICTURE OF THE HOUSE WE’RE BUYING!! Yes, you read that right…buying, not bought. So many delays, but I really think we are finally close and will be closing within a week or so. Or else I might pull out ALL of my hair! Derick’s actually at my parents’ tonight sleeping over (it’s almost an hour away from us and my parent’s house is 5 minutes from there), because he’s been working on it all ready…the roof needed finishing, it was leaking so much and causing problems to the new drywall inside. He’s actually finished the roof! Well, what was exposed is now finished, and now he’s repairing the drywall. Luckily we have a great relationship with the owner and have been able to work out a plan that works for everyone that has allowed us to finish those few things without owning it yet. 
And yes, it’s been vacant for three years, and you can tell, and I realize this may just look like a mouse house to everyone else, but it looks like our dream home to us!! :) It really won’t look much like this by the time we’re finished and I can’t wait! It’s all ready been lots of stressful fun. :) We’ll be re-doing the entire inside and outside top to bottom. We sort of plan to possibly grow old here. :) I’ll save a rundown of our “plans’ for another day, because they basically will take forever…guess I’ll have something to blog about for the next few years at least though! :) 

How appropriate the sign doesn’t say sold. :) We’ve spent many days/evenings there trying to get the yard at least manageable so the kids can play there while work goes on…yes, that lawn took forEVER to mow!! Basically the last month and the rest of the summer consists of Derick going to the house every day to work, me staying here to work and watch the kids at the same time, me taking kids to “new” house on my days off and staying at my parents when possible to help. I have had a little help here with the kids, but not much. I’m basically super woman. ;) I wish! That’s by far the most stressful part of stuff…working and having the kids here with me and arranging help when I absolutely know I’ll need it. Oh well, short term hopefully! Ok, I’m going to go sweat off a few pounds in this heat hopefully in bed now to make up for the chocolate I just ate. Good night. :) 
July 13, 2012 - 8:24 am

Leah - GO YOU! loooooove the new blog and everything looks great!!

July 13, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Leslie - the only thing i see on your blog, besides the post, is the antlers with pam i am on them and the menu on the left hand side…but it only starts at #4. and i’m not going to lie – i dont think i see leahs blog the way it is suppose to be, which i am sad about because i hear it is really cute!

July 13, 2012 - 8:59 pm

PamH - What a bummer Leslie! Yeah, you’re missing the rest of the menu on mine and the flash slideshow…and there’s a picture of Leah’s in my Design portfolio too so you ca make sure, but yeah, sounds like you’re not seeing hers right either! But then again, maybe the portfolios won’t even work for you either? Lol! Can you tell me what type of computer, operating system (if you know) and internet brower you are using? Ha ha…I know, so techy and nerdy, but I want to figure this out!!

July 13, 2012 - 10:57 pm


July 13, 2012 - 10:57 pm

PamH - And look..I’m going to reply AGAIN!

July 13, 2012 - 10:58 pm

PamH - And AGAIN! What’cha gonna’ do about it! LOL. SUCCESS!!

July 14, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Melissa - I still don’t see your blog right!!! Sad! I see half the menu this time though instead of none of it – but it is vertical going down the page.

July 14, 2012 - 3:25 pm

krystie - I SEE IT AND ITS AMAZING!!! I’ll be home in 2 weeks and those little boys are welcome to come play at my house anytime!!

July 14, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Melissa - OH and when I try clicking on anything in the menu that I DO see, it says it’s for invited readers only… pretty sure we’re good enough friends that I’d be invited if it was private!! I don’t know what’s going on!!!

July 14, 2012 - 10:34 pm

PamH - That is sad! Ok, I do think the private thing is fixed now…ha ha. Thanks for pointing it out! And yes, DEFINITELY good enough friends. Lol!

July 14, 2012 - 10:35 pm

PamH - Oh thanks Krystie!! It’s been a stressball for me so I appreciate it! Lol. And seriously, I will take you up on that offer! Ha ha. So happy our kids can play more once I get closer!!

July 16, 2012 - 4:15 am

ash hill - i only see the menu starting at 4 too… and mine goes vertically as well!

July 16, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Jennie Holt - LOOKS great to me! its adorable the slideshow is SO CUTE!!! can’t wait to see the new house such a fun adventure fo you guys!

July 18, 2012 - 3:59 am

ashley - Love the new look!

July 23, 2012 - 6:36 pm

jordynashleephotography - yay!!! so exciting!! can’t wait to see the finished product!!

July 23, 2012 - 6:37 pm

jordynashleephotography - yay!!! so exciting!! can’t wait to see the finished product!!

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