we had such a fun weekend!
And now it’s Monday. Back to the grind and our increasingly busy summer schedule (we do things opposite round here and gear up for summer).
Friday night mike and I managed to sneak out for a little date night with another couple. And lex survived her first evening with a non-family member babysitter! It was our 13 year old next door neighbor who lex adores. But still.
And kenz? Well kenz was already nestled safely into bed by the time we left.
Saturday we hit the zoo (with the same family we had date night with). And I swear that lex wants to take home a “baby” of every single animal… Except the lizards and snakes, thank goodness.
Kenz graduated to her real stroller seat and was loving life in the fast lane. Lex was a manic when we got home due to a no nap situation. Why do the best mornings sometimes make for the worst afternoons?
these two spent the whole weekend together. i love that little guy. . .looks like lex does too.
Sunday we went to the local village’s fair thingy (technical term) and got stuck in the ride section partaking in pony rides, bounce castles, and super slides.
And then the day took a turn for the worst.
I didn’t really think it would happen to me. I don’t have that many followers, my pictures aren’t that good- but someone tipped me off that Lex’s pictures were being used in a role play account. There’s something about seeing your child’s photos on someone else’s account that shakes you to the core. I was horrified. I went into tiger mom status and went a little crazy.
I blocked hundreds of users (I’m sorry if I emotionally blocked you! Let me know I’ll add you back!). I reported the accounts. I rallied the help of all my users to do the same.
And then I reached out to other moms who’ve had it happen to them. And talked to mike (a lot).
And here’s where we’re at.
It sucks. Role play is random 11-13 year old girls playing a creepy internet game (and yes. This girl is a CHILD. She wrote about being grounded because her mom found her accounts). I’m careful about my location settings, my pictures are tasteful and mindful, and at the end of the day these kids (yes kids!) can get any of these pictures from my blog or Pinterest. They stole random pictures- of lex not looking at the camera, they’d steal watermarked pictures. It’s never ending.
So what do we do? Shut it all down? I love blogging, I love Instagram, I love the new relationships I’ve made and don’t want to go off the grid. So I’m going to crack down on new followers, change my gram handle (suggestions accepted!), and be even more mindful about the content I post.
And go tiger mom on anyone else I find stealing pictures of MY babes.
(for the record i finished this with a “mike dropped” but husband mike might have taken that personally. mike/microphone damn the english language).