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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An on-time valentine

I am so proud of myself this Valentine's Day. You may recall the insanity I endured last year , which involved grabbing leftover candy from the office for my children's Valentine's Day "gifts" (Tacky, I know. But desperate times, call for desperate measures.)

This year, I vowed to be more prepared. That doesn't mean I went all out, but I did manage to actually purchase items BEFORE Valentine's Day for my husband, son and daughter. Thankfully, I had plenty of prompting from my daughter, who LOVES V-Day (and any "holiday" for that matter). She always fills out her valentines for her classmates early and was preparing cards for us several days ahead, too.

So, I decided to take a page out of her playbook and bought my husband a card on Saturday while I was shopping at WalMart, and I picked up and some goodies for him and the kids Monday (a whole day ahead!).

My husband and I had this pre-Valentine's Day conversation:
HUBBY: I'm sure you'll be impressed; I already got your card.
ME: (all excited) Yeah! I got yours on Saturday!
HUBBY: Wow, we're really on the ball this year!

Indeed! For once ...

Of course, the day is still filled with the usual chaos. We have multiple activities tonight (soccer, basketball and a church group meeting), so we'll all be in different places till day's end. Good thing we all expressed our love for each other early in the day.


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