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June 22, 2007

As some of you have already noticed, the blog has a new look. Thank you to the ever talented Karen Rani at Vodkarella.

And once again the photo is from the lovely Stacy

I know change is hard for some of you.

Remember how much you hated the tiny shoe? How you thought it was depressing? How much you missed the big yellow house?

And I held your hand and stroked it and promised that nothing would change? Remember?

Well, change is good.

I like the new streamlined look much better. The old one was all cluttery. Too many things lining both sidebars. And soon all the little linky things up top will work.

And the blogroll will be back. Remember you like the blogroll?

Embrace the change.

Posted by Chris @ 11:42 pm  

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  1. Shannon @ Rocks in my Dryer says:

    Ooooo….love the clean new design.

  2. jody2ms says:

    I like it too. Cha cha cha change is good.

  3. Annika says:

    I love change.

  4. bombaygirl says:

    Noooo…I loved the shoe!

  5. Norma says:

    Change is very hard for me!

  6. AbsolutelyBananas says:

    beeautiful. very current.

  7. Anna says:

    If I must. I do love the book, though!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Change IS hard, but I love the new look! Congrats.

  9. qtpies7 says:

    I’m a change hater. I admit it. I didn’t read your blog when you had the yellow house, apparently, lol. I’ll adjust, it just feels like an unfamiliar blog!
    Very nice design, though! I like it! I wish you’d go back to “where the insurgents wear diapers” because that is hysterical!

  10. becky says:

    i noticed earlier today. i like it. very nice.

  11. Gaby says:

    I like the change…too bad I didn’t get to see the yellow house you were referring to. Change is very good!

  12. KathyB says:

    I love how everything has a nice clean look to it, I do find the red hard to read but I do like it’s contrast. So what is a girl to do?! I guess I will keep on reading and enjoying your blog.

  13. Blythe says:

    I will miss the shoe but I do like the new streamlined look. Very classy and I love the new headings!

  14. t in hd says:

    Well, I can’t say I’m the sort of girl who embraces change but a good housecleaning and a bit of rearranging the furniture always does a person good. ;-) However, I do still have you on my tool bar as the “The Big Yellow House” and I doubt that will change anytime soon, LOL.

    P.S. I do find the read a bit difficult to read, too. Um…were you asking for contructive criticism? Probably not, in which case, ignore mine!

  15. Karen@FamilyBriefs.com says:

    I personally liked the shoe, but I will work on embracing this - I DO like the new look. It’s very clean :) I’ve been working on a post about change as well . . . must be something in the air!

  16. poppy fields says:

    I laughed, as I am one of those weird people that cringes when web sites change their looks. But you are right in that I eventually get used to and love the new designs :)

  17. Mom of All Seasons says:

    It’s very nice. The open book is beautiful. I’m going to go rock in a corner for a while now.

  18. Brigitte says:

    (in Franken-voice): AARGH! Bad! Change bad!

    I like the clean lines, and the fact that all the doodad-y stuff is on the left, but having the only color be in the actual text is a tad post-industrial modern for me.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I love the uncluttered look.

  20. peepnroosmom says:

    Change is good sometimes. I don’t like change very much so you’ll have to hold my hand a little longer. I do love the picture, though. Pretty.

  21. Nicki says:

    It is wonderful. Nice, clean look. I’m embracing the change!!!

  22. Becky says:

    I couldn’t tell what the new picture was until I read the comment…a book. okay, I’m slow like that.

  23. Yan says:

    While I love the new look, I do miss the tagline “where the insurgents wear diapers”. Thought it as brialliant!

  24. Antique Mommy says:

    Change is good. I like it very much.

  25. Rebekah says:

    I must admit, I don’t like change. I loved your last one and thought it went with your blog title very well. Maybe someday I’ll get used to just seeing a book….. then you will probably decide to change it to something else! Oh, woe is me.

  26. Woman with Kids says:

    *stomping my foot* I don’t like change. Unless it brings chocolate. Can I expect chocolate soon?

  27. Kristi says:

    Very nice!

  28. Jeana says:

    I like it.

  29. Lily says:

    Aww.. I don’t like it. It looks so cold and steely and industrial. The open book on top looks like some steel construction at first. I know I’ll get used to it but it doesn’t feel quite homey to me.

    I also miss “where the insurgents wear diapers”. Even my DH laughed out loud at that.

    I’ll still keep reading though. :)

  30. Amanda says:

    The little shoe was a little depressing (hope you don’t mind me saying so!), and I do like your new look. Very streamlined! I didn’t read your blog when you had the yellow house. Is there anywhere I can see previous headers to take a look?

  31. zookeeper says:

    Pretty- but damn it all! It makes me feel like I should go clean and organize my house to look like a Pottery Barn page!

  32. Tricia says:

    I’ll embrace the change AND miss the shoe…

  33. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    I don’t mind change. I like that it has a cleaner, more organized look. However, if the book is supposed to represent your “notes” . . . I think the pages should look like they’ve been used a bit and not just blank pages. They need “notes!” But I come to this blog to read your posts, and I love your humorous and “say it like it is” writing style. And I love you!

  34. emily says:

    it looks good — i love the cleaner design. :)

  35. shaz says:

    nice new look, congrats! :)

  36. whoorl says:

    Looks great. Clean is GOOD!

  37. Rae says:

    It looks great, Chris! I like the lines.

  38. diatribal says:

    Purdy and sharp!! :) (PS, I like the Miles Haircut Flicker on the sidebar)

  39. Izzy says:

    Change IS good! Although in my mind, you will ALWAYS be Chris from The Big Yellow House (because I love yellow houses)

    I really do like your new look! Very sleek :)

  40. Gina says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I don’t like it. Put it back! Put it back! Put it back!

    Go all the way back and put it back to THE BIG YELLOW HOUSE. Nooowwwwwwww or I’ll hold my breath!

  41. hamiam says:

    I likey. I liked the shoe too, but this is clean and less cluttered.

  42. diana says:

    LOVE IT !!!!

  43. Karly says:

    Damn change. This is nice and all, but I was just thinking how much I loved the shoe.

  44. Julia says:

    This is nifty. The shoe was neat, but this is way hip.

  45. Lilly says:

    Yay! The archives are back. I always intended to read some of your old posts and never got to it and now I have that opportunity again! Thanks…

    And my 2cents is that since a blog reflects the person writing it, it’s good for it to change as the writer changes … and I like this new design …BUT I wanta say that I loved the big yellow house banner with the photo of Miles’ smiling baby face and that floppy hat. Maybe you could put your old banners under your archives link so that we can visit them from time to time.

  46. Cheryl M. says:

    I like it enough, but I’m with Gina….I want the big yellow house back….;)

  47. Jen says:

    Maybe you can have a little shoe picture in the bottom corner of the sidebar for all the shoe-missers…..the rest of us will just be happy as long as you continue to post. I can only try to articulate the daily struggles of raising children in the same humorous way you do. You make us all laugh, shoe or not.

  48. Amanda says:

    I like it! I do web sites and it’s always fun to change things around every now and then just to freshen things up. Great look and I like the color scheme!

  49. april says:

    I feel stupid because I thought the picture was some funky stainless steel sculpture. I didn’t figure out it was a book until I was reading your comments. So my opinion that The Big Yellow House was the most awesome obviously wouldn’t matter…but at least I knew it was a house when I saw it. I guess I need it to be very, very, very simple.

  50. Barb Cooper says:

    I’m usually pretty good with change.

    Well, no, that’s a big lie.

    But I can usually adjust. I was just thinking that maybe the book isn’t as evocative of the whole Mommy trenches as the baby shoe. But maybe you’re moving beyond the Mommy trenches? Because I see that book and I think–”Oh my gosh, I’d love to nap–er–read a good book and have the solitude that requires.” Yeah, and I’d love to win the lottery and to have a self cleaning house, too.

    Your book looks so peaceful up there. Maybe if you add some grape jelly fingerprints, we’d feel the love…


  51. Gloria says:

    …can’t help whining about how much she LIKED the pink shoes…, but Barb’s idea about grape jelly sounds good, would make it feel like home.

  52. Angie says:

    oh!!!! i liked the pink!
    change is excruciating!

  53. Wendy says:

    I like it and I am not big on change. Everytime I looked at the little shoe, I just wonder where is the baby that lost it’s shoe. I wonder why would a mother not run back and get her baby’s shoe. That baby’s foot must be cold and, more importantly, the baby’s fashion would be thrown off. It kept me up some nights.

    I will say that I thought I was brought to some other website. It took me a minute to figure out where I was and I was freaked. You know when you wake up after falling asleep somewhere other than your home and you have no idea where you are for a spilt second. Yeah, like that.

  54. Shauna says:

    Fresh and mod (as in modern, because I am so hip myself). I think it looks great!

  55. kate says:

    I LOVE IT!

  56. Regina says:

    I like the less cluttered look. The shoe looked to me like a tragedy, like a war zone or a tornado, where they find a baby shoe and use it as a sign of how tragic whatever was. I think this signifies that your family is getting older, and away from “baby” stuff as much. It is a little chilly and modern, but I’m sure we’ll all get used to it, and you’ll personalize it.

  57. Mish says:

    I loved the shoe, but the new look is fab!!

  58. Cami says:

    Change is a necessary thing, but I don’t like change.
    My principal has given me a 2 year warning that I will be packing my classroom (again) and moving ……. back upstairs.

    If there is a vote, I still love the Big Yellow House.
    I kept imagining the big yellow house full of children and laughter and fun - :)

  59. liz says:

    Looks nice!

  60. Esme says:

    Looking good, Chris!

  61. MamaLady says:

    I like! Nice clean design.
    Change is good.

  62. dcrmom says:

    Very nice. I love change.

  63. julie says:

    I’m going to need some hand holding. And consoling. And Swedish fish.

    I like it, but agree that, should a reshoot be deemed appropriate, a pen and more “note-like” look to the book might be a neat angle to work in. But maybe you did? And maybe it wasn’t what you wanted? And maybe it’s your blog and your choice and I’ll get used to it? Definitely.

    The “where the insurgents wear diapers” tag has been missing for months (right? hasn’t it been “this is your brain on kids” for a few months?), so I’m all zen with the new tag. And really, I don’t miss the shoe nearly as much as the little Miles-with-holster shot. That made me giggle every single time. And the Barbie in the noose. Ok, maybe I’m a sadist. But those were funny.

    But seriously, I’m here for the writing. The archvies are back and you’re still posting and so I’m good. Keep on keepin’ on.

  64. elasticwaistbandlady says:

    Change Is GOOD!

    So chants the horde of transexuals waiting for change by surgical measures……

  65. judi casey says:

    i miss the yellow house. this one is a bit post- modern cold for my taste. but the writing is still good and that is what counts.

  66. lorriane says:

    I guess I am feeling less being shared with and more being lectured….kinda like you’re the mom and I’m the 8th kid. Kinda don’t need it. Good thing is this is your blog to write and my right to read it or not. Change is good….life is change. But, I guess the sidebar tells it all. Donate here, sponsor there, advertise everywhere. It feels less like friends talking over the back fence and more like taking a class at night school. Maybe you have outgrown me LOL
    Good luck, happiness and health to you and your family.

  67. Joy H says:

    OOOoo, la, la…….nice, clean, polished. I loved the baby shoe but the book is OK too. I’ll adjust to the change as long as you stay as witty and real as you’ve always been :)

  68. Annie says:

    The book is way better than the baby shoe thing…that just evoked some sort of a war zone tragedy in conjunction with your tag line and blog title. In this day and age that seems like imagery we’d want to avoid. (Although with kids it can definitly feel like that sometime…so I knew what you meant and wasn’t overly traumatized! :) ) The open book ties in nicely with your title now. And as for the suggestions for there to be visible writing, don’t think it’s necessary. The blank page symbolized a life yet unwritten…possibility…future. Thanks for sharing.

  69. Jackie says:

    Missing the sweet shoes. Boooo-hooo-hooo.

  70. Ani says:

    Well I loved the shoes and the “insurgents wear diapers”. But I’ve been known to have a very bizarre sense of humor.


    Change is refreshing.

  71. Suzanne (JoyfulChaos) says:

    oh, oh! i love it! colors, streamlined, drop-downs, everything!

    but the absolute best is the new tagline! fab. u. lous.

  72. Jennifer says:

    Looks good. I like it. But the picture of the not-yellow house will always hold a special place in my heart.

  73. Sunny says:

    Boo-hoo on the new look. I loved that shoe. It was my friend. It consoled me when I had a bad day. I will miss it sorely. :(
    But I do like the more organized sidebar, I’ll give you that.

  74. Elizabeth says:

    I like it - although my comment text now appears red, which always says “text” to me - looks like it will be black and safe once I publish.

  75. Elizabeth says:

    Whoa, sleepy - I didn’t mean “text” I meant “debt” - but they are spelled nearly the same, so no wonder I made a mistake.

  76. Katie says:

    Whoa, where am I? Chris, are you there?

    (I’m a change hater too, I’ve had the same look at my site for about 2 years now…)

  77. Rachel May says:

    Looks great!! Just as long as you keep writing, I’d imagine we’d visit you on Skid Row. :)

  78. Novaks8 says:

    Before I read the post I was thinking “I still miss the yellow house!”

    I also miss the blogroll.

    One of my happiest blogging moments was when I saw myself on your blogroll!!

    You are still my favorite blogger and the ONE I must read every day!

  79. CathyC says:

    I like it! Good for you for changing it to your liking. :)

  80. Amy says:

    I love it! Good for you! Change is good!

  81. gorillabuns says:

    coming from a person who is constantly bored with their life, change it good.

    love it~

  82. Carola says:

    Haha, I am also one that misses the big yellow house, but I like this design much better than the pink/purple one. I loved the picture of the shoe though…I like a lot that your site is always improving, good for you.

  83. Darren McLikeshimself says:

    I’m always late to the game, but I really like this new look!

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