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To celebrate my feature over at HeyMama I thought I would share a little something I wrote last year. One of my favorite quotes.  And a little something about the year of 2016 for us.

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love, or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart was bared, beating forever outside its chest.” (-Debra Ginsberg)  I often have these deep pains in my heart as I watch my babies grow. Witnessing their first moments. Experiencing new discoveries. Adventuring along beside them.   When I step back and really soak it in, that is when it really hits.  My heart drops and I can feel shivers.  Want an intense form of love.

This last last year was a big change for us.  Perry was off to kindergarten as a fresh 5 year old.   Carrying his tattered blankets in hand.  Taking a deep whiff from his blankets before we walked hand in hand to front door.  I remember worrying that the littleness in him would fade.
We are half way through the year.   I still feel pains as I send him off to school.  On mornings where we are butting heads and voices are raised.   I feel like a terrible mom as we drive to school.  Telling him, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have yelled.  (Fearing that I’ve ruined his day.)  He takes his seatbelt off and climbs to the front to give me a hug and says its okay.   I tell him he’s wonderful.   And off he goes.  That’s when it hits me like a ton of bricks. That pain.  Guilt.  Pride. Love.  My heart beating outside my body in the form of a beautiful 5 year old boy.
People often ask, “How do you do it?”  My first response, “I laugh, I cry, coffee then beer?”   But how does any mom do it?  Super powers and an unmeasurable amount of love.  What else could it be?!
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xx- Abby
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Live The Simple Life

As winter approaches I find myself dreading the winter months.  What will we do in place of trips to the forrest, zoo, and parks.  Most mornings I tend to get my errands and must do’s out of the way so we can have the morning for the kids.  This usually consists of plopping down at the park or the forrest till nap time.  During the winter months we still try to get outdoors for a bit, just not as long.  The dreaded snow suits, gloves, boots, and stocking caps could literally make me pee my pants.   Last year, Perry would head out to the backyard and play by himself for an hour or so…lets hope this year he continues with that tradition and maybe he’ll take Leo along. Anyway, we’ve gotten a bit crafty with our adventures when Im not in the mood for trudging around in the snow.   Like heading to the sad empty mall with a Target as an anchor.  Sometimes we head to Target for a coffee and some popcorn.  Check out the toy isle.  When that wears out we can check out the train table at Barnes and Noble where I’m able to do a little computer work.  There’s also this quirky little antique shop in the mall that we like to explore.   We found a bag of matchbox cars and trinkets for $1.5o.  Headed out to the benches and Leo and his friends played with a bag of “new” treasures.     We’ve also found local rec centers that have toddler gym time and that’s only $1 per adult.   A giant gym with activities for the kids and bleachers for mom and dad to chill for a bit.  A great way to release some much needed energy.   We also have the local zoo with plenty of indoor exhibits.  They get to spend a little time outdoors walking to the exhibits and warm up once inside.

Stay Warm!!

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