Tag Archives: We’re Kids Too

Like you, we are or once were kids too. We enjoy spending time with our parents now that were adults and we learn from the advice they gave us as children. Here, we share our stories about adulthood and childhood memories.

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’m excited 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.

 

Thanksgiving Traditions

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

I believe the best time of the year is now upon us. Not only have the leaves dropped here in Northeast Ohio, but so has the temperature. This can only mean one thing- my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Thanksgiving is not only my favorite holiday for the vast amount of food or the all-you-can-watch football, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of my family’s traditions.

Ever since I can remember, I would wake up on Thanksgiving morning and the wonderful aroma of the dish my mother was making would fill the house. My family would eat a small breakfast together before piling into the car to travel about an hour and a half to my grandparents. The car ride always felt like an eternity because of the excitement to see everyone. Our family Thanksgiving gathering consisted of getting to see my grandparents, all my aunts, all my uncles and all eighteen cousins. We would always have a huge Thanksgiving spread, the typical kids table and adult table and we would always have a rousing game of “Bingo” after dinner, including prizes (enough for everyone to have at least one).

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Even though we lived the furthest away from my grandparents, we would always seem to stay as long as possible. When I was younger, I never understood why we would stay so long. However, now that I’m older, I realize the real reason.  We stayed because Thanksgiving, to us, is about being thankful for the things you have in life and what my family is most thankful for, which is having each other.

What are some of your family traditions? What are you and your families thankful for this Thanksgiving?

About Matt
BioPhotoMatt is a major sports fanatic. Whether it is cheering on the Cleveland sports teams or hitting the links at the local golf courses, he can usually be found browsing for new additions to his baseball card collection. He also enjoys traveling and is hoping to visit all 50 of the United States someday. Matt is part of our Digital Communications Team at Step2.

My Grandparents’ Legacy

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

As Grandparents Day approaches, memories of my grandma and grandpa run through my mind. My grandparents were my world and because of them, I was never fazed by growing up in a single parent household. My mom and grandparents gave me all the love and attention I ever needed. In my eyes, our family was always complete. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of them, and as sad as I am that they’re no longer around, time could never efface their legacy because I keep my favorite memories of them close to my heart.

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I’m so grateful for all the times that my grandparents cautiously watched me from their doorstep as I walked across the street to play with the kids in their neighborhood to all the big hugs and kisses they would give me when I would leave to go home. What I loved most about my grandpa and grandma is that they never stopped giving and they always put their children and grandchildren before themselves. They left a permanent imprint on my heart and I thank them for inspiring me in so many ways.

If my grandparents were alive today, I know that they would be proud of all my accomplishments and for finding the love of my life, a man that loved and cherished his grandparents just as much as I loved mine. Each and every Grandparent’s Day, I find a way to celebrate and honor them because they were a symbol of love, dedication and hard work. Without their guidance, our family would not be as strong and loving as we are today.

To all the wonderful grandparents out there, I wish you the most fantastic day with your grandchildren. May it be filled with hugs and kisses!

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.