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You just keep on keepin'...

{...things on thursday}

...PJ had his first classmate birthday party this past weekend! When we started school this year, his first in an inclusion setting, I wasn't sure if that would happen for him. But I watched all of his little school friends bounce around a local inflatable playground, laughing together and just spilling happiness....you guys. My heart. If we stay in our town, PJ will be in school with these kids for many years and many grades and, for the first time, the idea warmed to me.

...Pete has been working very hard over the past few weeks. On top of all of the hours he has taken on, he had been embroiled in a grievance with his managers over the new schedule his floor is adopting next week. A number of the nurses on the floor felt that they were being treated unfairly, and as the union rep, Pete had to go all Norma Rae and try to make amends. Thankfully, everyone was able to come to a mutually agreeable change, and Pete's new schedule is not only fair, but very complimentary to our life as a family. He stood his ground for himself and his coworkers and I am really very proud of him. My Mom-Mom, who was very involved in her union, would be thrilled!

...PJ also had a cheer competition last weekend! The kids killed it as usual, and the host of the competition known as the Battle at the Boards, Epic Brands, always treat our kids with such love and respect. For the second year in a row, they have awarded our group a paid bid to the national competition. That's an honor, and it's so wonderful of them to make sure our kids can reach for the stars. We haven't yet taken then up on the offer, but how wonderful would it be to see these amazing athletes compete on a national stage? I proclaim my love for our South Jersey Storm family often, but I sometimes can't believe our luck in having these people in our life and surrounding my son.

...An old friend is having her first baby as I write. We had lost touch and hadn't spoken in years when I heard her news. Her baby shower was the first time we had seen each other in over six years. There was a time when we were very, very close, and at the time, walking away from our friendship was very, very difficult. But I find myself feeling so emotional over this new page in her life, and am waiting anxiously for news of her new arrival.

...I am so excited to be working with Ash from The Grits to make a few much-needed tweaks and tune-ups to my little blog! We're in the very first stages of the process and Ash has been so kind and nice to work with. I am very excited for the results!

...Hoping you are all having a great Thursday and are getting ready for the weekend!

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Nicole Marica said…
Ash is awesome! I can't wait to see what you two come up with for your blog design!

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You can view a summary of the latest CDC report here, but there are two points of the report that stood out to me:
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