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Blog Archive: December, 2013

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Toddler in bow and dress

This year, I got my Christmas present early – in March actually. That’s when my baby girl, Ruby, was born.

A first aid kit which is an essential part of disaster preperation

I’m a weather nerd. I’ve lived through hurricanes, blizzards, tornados, floods and other severe storms. I’ve only had to deal with minor earthquakes, which makes me happy.  I am a trained weather-spotter and am hoping to go tornado-chasing next year. I am also a FEMA-certified livestock disaster manager. I have weather apps on the phone that drive my cube mates crazy.

Surprised kid

It’s been almost exactly one year since I first set foot in the Safe Kids office and accepted a position to join the team.  And what a year it’s been.

I don’t currently have any children, but I do plan on having some in the far-off future. And I want to be a good mom.

Guest columnist Richard B. Schwamm talks about volunterring for Safe Kids

I am a parent of two beautiful young girls; and, my promise to them, above all other responsibilities in my life, is to protect them. It’s a non-negotiable obligation. It’s my highest priority. It’s an unflappable commitment. Period.  So, it’s that mission, goal and purpose that lead me to do everything I can to protect my children from foreseeable harm.

Cover of the Last Akaway book

Every December, my family piles into our 2001 minivan (275,000 miles and counting) and heads to Buffalo to visit my mother-in-law. I call her “Grammy Yes” because whenever my kids asked Grammy a question, the answer was always, “yes.”

“Yes, you can have chocolate-covered potato chips for breakfast.”

“Yes, you can stay up as late as you want.”

Child tipping over an unsecured TV

It’s that time of year again – the season to enjoy festive meals with family and friends, deck the halls with colorful trimmings and put together your holiday wish list.