Gaining Another Mom and Dad

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Written by Nicole as a part of the We’re Kids Too series

In less than nine months, I’m getting married and becoming a part of another family. So many emotions have come over me as each day passes and I get closer to becoming a Mrs. I’mexcited for all the new adventures that married life entails, but most of all I’m thrilled to gain another mom and dad. I’ve mentioned before that I come from a single parent household and, for the past 25 years, my mom has done everything she can to take care of me, in addition to taking on the role of both parents. She did a wonderful job and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for her guidance and support.

When I first met my future mother and father-in-law, I was so nervous; I really wanted them to like me and know how much I cared for their son. From the moment we met, we hit it off. I felt like I was already talking to my family. They’re generous, wise and personable; all that I could ever ask for in my future in-laws. Not only have they made me feel included in their lives, but they’ve also included my mom in family celebrations and outings. I guess you could say my mom and I are a package deal.

It’s truly a blessing that our families get along and we’re able to spend so much time together. I never imagined that I could ever call someone else “mom” and I really never thought I would have the opportunity to finally call someone “dad.” It makes me smile knowing I have such a bond with my fiancé’s parents. After all, they’ve made my fiancé into the man he is, the man that I fell in love with.

This is a hectic and chaotic time, as we plan the wedding, but honestly, we couldn’t have made it this far without the support and help of our parents. As I walk down the aisle, I will know all this stress will be worth it and I won’t be sad (even though I know I’m going to cry) because I’m not leaving my family to join another, we are combining our two families together. And I’m gaining another mom and dad!

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About Nicole
NicoleNicole is a DIY advocate, amateur chef, runner, soon-to-be wife and pet lover. She is the proud owner of two large cats that she claims act like dogs. If Nicole isn’t cook or crafting, she is out exploring new restaurants and attractions around Cleveland, the city that has taken her heart and anchored her to the ground. Nicole is the Digital Online Merchandiser at Step2.

 

Festive Crafts: Holiday Playhouse

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Last month we began decorating our HQ and now our holiday cheer is in full effect! Does your family enjoy hanging lights from your home and watching them illuminate the night? You and your youngsters can get even more festive with lights and decorations by adding them to a playhouse. Whether it’s inside or in the backyard, it will add to the holiday fun.

Here’s what you’ll need:

FriDIY supplies

Steps:

  1. Stick the adhesive hanging hook on the front of the playhouse above the entrance and place the wreath on the hook.
  2. Wrap the Christmas lights around the playhouse. Make sure you are close enough to an electrical outlet so you can plug in the lights.
  3. If your playhouse is inside or you live an area where there’s no snow on the ground, place the spider webbing on the ground and roof of the playhouse to represent snow. Before using the spider webbing, we picked out the little spiders that were originally included in the web.

holiday playhouse tutorial


FriDIY Holiday Playhouse

Does your family decorate your children’s playhouse for the holidays? If so, post the pictures on our Facebook page!

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. Adult supervision is required.

The Gift of Giving

Thoughtful Thursday

At Step2, we enjoy giving back to the community, especially during the holidays. This joyful season we donated toys to the Holiday Toy Room at the Summit County Children’s Services in Akon, Ohio. The Summit County Children Services is an adoption agency that is committed to the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the community. Their powerful mission also inspired us to donate $1000 to their work in helping families of foster children in the Summit County area.

The Holiday Toy Room looks like a toy store where foster parents, client families and caregivers can “shop” for toys. What’s so wonderful about this store is that all the toys are available at no cost to eligible families. This toy store is run by volunteers that are determined to make the holiday season special for children of the community. Step2 is proud and honored to donate toys to such a worthy cause!

Thoughtful Thursday Holiday Toy RoomStep2 employees presenting Summit County Children’s Services with the donated toys.

This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Summit County Children’s Services and their volunteers for their generosity and hard work to put a smile on the faces of the kiddos they help.