What I’m Thankful For

Last week was Thanksgiving, and one of the things I was most thankful for is my family. You see, I have three amazing kiddos who range in age from 1 year old to 5 years old. Our family has had a child wearing diapers for a solid 5 years.

I did a bit of math, and we’ve gone through at least 13,000 diapers. Just in our family.

So what am I thankful for? I’m thankful that I’ve never had to worry about whether I could afford the next diaper my child needed. I’m thankful that I’ve never had to question whether the diaper was “wet enough” or “dirty enough” to need changing.

But way too many parents in our community are struggling with those very questions every, single day.

We can do something about this. We have to do something about this.

So in the midst of your holiday shopping this year, considering picking up a box of diapers or hosting a diaper drive to help make the holidays just a little bit brighter for families in need.

Not sure where to donate diapers? If you’re in the Twin Cities area, The Diaper Drive is a great option. If you live somewhere else, Huggies Every Little Bottom campaign has some great information to get your started.

The joy of new snow boots

Apparently my daughter shares my love of new shoes. Like all good moms, I waited until after the first major ::ahem:: snowfall of the year to buy new snow boots. My poor baby had some very cold feet when I picked up her from daycare earlier this week because her tennies got soaked when we had about two inches of snow. Since then, she has informed me each day that she needs new snow boots.

So today I swung by the store after work on my way to pick the kiddos up from daycare and purchased a pair of pretty fabulous pink snow boots. I spent a little more than I wanted to, but they have a nice thick black sole/toe along with a warm fuzzy inside, and they’re pink. So really, what choice did I have but to get them for her?

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Catching up

I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I wrote on this blog. As you can imagine, quite a lot has happened in that time. When I last posted, L had just turned 2 years old. G-man was only 5 months old. Today, Lynnie is already 3, and the Gibster is almost 2.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few months is how much harder it’s been for me to focus on the happy things in my life. Life is hectic, work can be stressful, and we’ve been crazy busy. So with all of that going on, I’m going to start blogging again and focus on the little things my kids do every day that make my heart happy.

My mom used to say that to me when I was a kid – that I “made her heart happy”.  I’m not sure I totally understood why she said that until I had my own kids. But I totally get it now. Every day as I pick up my two awesome children from daycare, I feel the stress of the day melt away and my heart is happier for being around them.

So where do I start updating you on what’s been happening for the past year? Let’s just say that we’ve made some fantastic memories, and I’ll probably write about a few of them in the future. But for now, I’ll just write about today.

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