I will never, ever get tired of autumn in Colorado.
I try to drag everyone on at least one fall drive each year, which is met with varying levels of excitement. Okay, actually I’m the only excited one and everyone else rolls their eyes and the kids ask if they can bring along their tablets.
But I’m gonna keep doing it, because once we get out there and start looking, we find large stands of bright yellow aspens, set against the Rockies, and even the kids who didn’t want to be there are a little awed. And we bring along food, so at least they get excited about that.
Awww…they were so little here! Though I just realized one kid is still wearing the same clothes so I think a closet purge is in order.
Three of the four kids were born in fall, so maybe that’s another reason I’m so partial to it. I can remember looking out the big glass windows of my hospital room right after they were born, and seeing all the yellow and red and orange trees across the valley, with the Rockies behind them. So beautiful and calming. Honestly, I think the view helped in my recovery.
The other thing we had to do, of course, was take a look at our health insurance during open enrollment every fall. We paid closer attention on the years we had new babies, checking to make sure we had the coverage we needed for our growing family. But some years, we admittedly didn’t give it too much thought. We’re not alone, either — a recent study says that 34 percent of employees spend 15 minutes or less researching their benefit options.
And now? Now we no longer have babies (siiiiiigh). We have four active kids who climb things and ride bikes and fall down and we have different health care concerns that need to be covered. In fact, Aflac offers several voluntary insurance policies worth checking out — more than one of these could apply to us and families like us this year. The voluntary policies complement major medical coverage and help pay expenses associated with an unexpected illness or injury. You can even use the cash benefits to help pay rent, groceries, gas or other out-of-pocket expenses that continue to pile up even if someone is too sick or injured to work. Aflac offers voluntary policies that cover critical illness, accidents, cancer, disabilities and more.
So during open enrollment, be sure to research all the options offered by your employer, and make an informed decision.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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