DISCLAIMER: A huge "thank you" to Groupon for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are my own.
It's funny how much things can change without you even noticing. Like how your kids grow up right in front of your eyes, but the change is so subtle, you don't even notice it until it's happened. How you always think you have another day, week or month, but one day you wake up and they're grown.
I had this realization over the long weekend, when my daughter decided to use her birthday money to put toward the rent on her new apartment, instead of going shopping with her friends. Wait, what?! Yep, that was the instant I knew she was grown.
She looked the same, but I could tell something had changed. I could tell she wasn't just a kid anymore and I was both proud and sad at the exact same time. It really hit me: she will probably never live in my house full time again. I will miss her more now than I did before. I took comfort in knowing she'd be back to crash on my couch every few weekends; to hang out with her little brother while avoiding his repetitive requests to play Pokemon Go.
As Kaylee was packing up to go back "home" to Knoxville yesterday, I found myself making her a care package to go. In it were all the old bags of rice her dad and I no longer eat since going low carb, a few tea bags, some Stevia packets (that I didn't care for), an old bottle of blueberry syrup, some random condiments and finally, the cute canister set of mine she'd had her eye on. I wasn't using them anyway and I knew she could and maybe she'd think of me every time she uses them, just maybe.
While our relationship will never be exactly what it was while she was living in our house, it will grow and adapt into something new and (hopefully) wonderful as has my relationship with my own Mom, who I feel myself becoming more and more like with each passing day. Maybe Kaylee is not the only one who is growing up.
I remember the first year I knew I was a bona fide grown up, it was when my Mom bought me towels and sheets for Christmas one year... and I was actually appreciative. I was legitimately excited to get some new towels and sheets and don't get me started on the yearly Christmas toilet paper. Every year for the past five or so years, my Mom gifts me a huge family pack of t.p. for Christmas.
It's a running joke among our family, because I was always borrowing t.p. from my Mom, since she lives a half a block away and I see her almost every day and there were five bums that seemingly ate toilet paper for breakfast around here. Now, Kaylee is old enough to enjoy the family tradition, but first, her birthday! Where does one shop for the grown-up kid who has nothing and needs everything?! Duh, Groupon Goods, of course!
Groupon is the site you know and love for all kinds of things from pizza deals to weekend getaways, but have you ever perused Groupon Goods? This is the part of Groupon that is dedicated to any and everything you will ever need for your home, self, car, boat, etc. and even a few things you don't.
Need a new fishing pole? Get it from Groupon Goods. Wanna know how many miles you have (or in my case, have not) walked today? Yep, Groupon Goods has activity trackers. Need a new bed for Fido or how about a lunchbox for little Timmy? You guessed it, Groupon Goods has that too.
I bet Groupon Goods doesn't have a beer of the month subscription, do they?! Heck yeah they do. Anything your little heart desires, Groupon Goods can deliver to your doorstep at a fraction of the cost of buying it elsewhere.
For a limited time, you can save an extra 25% off of your first Groupon with code "FIRST". (new customers only. max value $30) Groupon also offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $35 and returns are always free, so head on over to Groupon Goods and snag something nice for your kid (or the beer of the month for yourself, I won't tell).
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