Happy Monday, friends!
I hope your weekend was great. Ours was pretty eventful. RJ had his last basketball game of the season. Writing that out reminds me that I need to register him for next season. I’m a habitual “late registration” kind of mom. I’m going to get better at that. Milly had tennis and I participated; if you saw my stories over on IG, you saw. It was cold but worth it. Their school also had its first annual music festival and it was really fun. I volunteered to photograph it and really enjoyed myself.
Anyways, here is my #MCM aka Mom Community Monday post, full of the usual. You know how this goes. I love reading up on parenting and motherhood and the things; this is a journey and I can do with some fresh insight and inspiration every once in a while (or all the time!).
I really loved this article by the NYT about “micro-dates” and reconnecting after kids. Red and I struggled with this. I was in my master’s program when I got pregnant with RJ and graduated when Milly was just a baby. It took me so long because of the added responsibility of kids and working and in all of that, refusing to give up on my dreams, my marriage just kind of stagnated. We are doing much better at reconnecting with each other these days but that was a loooooong road and we are still working on it.
If you are a stickler for schedules and bedtimes then homework, dinner and quality time can (unfortunately) get a little stressful. This article from Le Scoop Mag on the 30-minute cooking plan, centered around different types of scenarios and how to work around them is worth a scan.
Just in case you needed a reminder ( I usually do!): It is not selfish to make yourself a priority, moms, and dads! I repeat, IT. IS. NOT. SELFISH. IT IS NECESSARY. I definitely deal with parenthood guilt way more often than I would like. At least a couple of times a week, if I’m being honest, and that guilt use to follow me around every day. Especially when I was working away from home. You are not just a parent. You were an entire individual before you had those kids. Don’t forget about that person.
I laughed way too hard at this article. Mom-twitter is unbeatable.
Who else has been waiting for Disney + to launch? I have been really considering adding it to our streaming services because….Disney. I am a Disney girl; my entire childhood is tied up in Disney. Disney World with my family, all of the VHS recordings (I’m aging myself, I know) of my favorite videos that my grandpa made for me….I’m very nostalgic. I’m still on the fence and it’s only because…how many streaming services does one household really need? It probably needs Disney +. But maybe I’m biased. Here is an article with a 3-day verdict of the launch.
Have a great week! Drink water. Call your mom. Hug your kiddos.
Until Next Time,
*This blog post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific. All opinions are my own.
Recently I visited the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill in Corrigan, TX and it was such an informative, enjoyable, refreshing experience. If you’ve been here (on the blog) for a while, you know that my focus has always been family. Because of our family ranch, we have deep connections to the East Texas community and I was so excited when I was invited to the mill.
Georgia-Pacific is a long-standing supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers as well as large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. GP Recycling subsidiary is also among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal, and plastics. The company also employs more than 30,000 people directly (over 1000 of those employees are in East Texas!), and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. It is, absolutely, a life force in the East Texas economy.
I had an interest in how the trees are put to use, how the plywood is made, yes, but I really wanted to see the more personal side of the company: the workers, the culture and all that good stuff. Let me tell you, GP did not disappoint.
Firstly, here are some fun plywood facts to go with the really cool picture above:
- Plywood is super strong, light and can resist cracking and bending.
- It is perfect for wood paneling
- Made from inner and outer layers of solid timber that are glued together
- GP makes the thinnest plywood around—that is their niche; the mill in Corrigan is literally called a “Thin Mill”
I was really blown away by the “like-family” culture. I met multiple employees that proudly told our group about their 10+, 20+, 30+ years with Georgia-Pacific; some employees talked about how Georgia-Pacific had employed their father, grandfather, sister, brother, etc. There was a sense of pride and connectedness between the workers and the product. It was a wonderful experience.
We toured the mill where we got to watch the machines and mill workers work in unison to create the product. There are even robotics systems put in place that identify and rout out knots and cracks, then patch the holes with hot glue-a synthetic patch material. (If you came to the blog first, head over to my IG account (here) to check out some video of these super cool machines.)
Immediately, I had questions. ‘Who are the robots replacing?’, ‘What happens to those people?’, and things like that. GP explained that a lot of the workers who previously mended the plywood, move into positions that allow them to work with the machines. Travel, training, and education are provided so that, in a lot of instances, not only are they not losing their jobs, they are able to take their experience and, through training, move into positions of greater opportunity. All of the management that I spoke with showed sincere concern and awareness of the weight their mill carries to continue to operate through a business model that provides jobs and continued opportunity to the community it serves. The Corrigan mill joined the GP family in 2007. Since then, Georgia-Pacific has immersed itself into the community, partnering with local schools, first responders, and colleges to raise funds, food and provide materials for educational purposes in high school shop programs and college apprenticeship programs. Through Angelina College, Sam Houston State, and Stephen F. Austin State University (my alma mater!) the apprenticeship program has produced over 50 apprentices who are now working at GP facilities.; many have developed into high-level electrical, mechanical and PLC specialists.
To learn more about GP’s work and programs, visit: www.gp.com