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In the event of an emergency, oxygen masks will release.
Place mask on yourself before helping others.

Valentine's Day is on the horizon and love is in the air. So are thoughts of class parties and dinner reservations. To-do lists are getting longer. Winter blues might even be taking hold. We busy moms and dads need stop and show a little love to ourselves, too. The oxygen mask quote is one of my favorites. It reminds me, especially in the crazy times, to pay attention to my own needs.

It's our instinct (demise maybe!) as moms to make sure everything and everyone around us is taken care of FIRST, no matter what. But we can only give what we have. Think of it as a gas tank or a kitchen sponge. You can't run on empty or squeeze water from a dry sponge.

So what fills YOU up? Having a date with your spouse? Enjoying coffee with an old friend? Reading that novel everyone is talking about? Writing in a journal? Exercising? Knitting? There are a million ideas and options. I think we should all give ourselves, and consequently our families, the greatest Valentine's Day gift by figuring out what that replenishment is for us, and then TAKE ACTION. It may feel selfish, but try taking that airplane warning to hear. We can't help those around us if we are passed out cold.

Heidi lives in South Stafford. She and her husband Dave stay busy with their active sons, aged 13 and 10, with the typical school, sports and extra-curricular activities.



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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.