Fall MomTime Season Begins September 18!

13 Aug

Tell your friends and neighbors about MomTime’s upcoming fall kick-off meeting.  We have an exciting schedule of speakers lined up for 2015: Click here for details and links.  If you know someone who might enjoy meeting, connecting and sharing with other moms, please pass on the word. momtime flier fall 2015

Tour de Cure Coming Up in August: an update on Team Ryan

17 Jul

MomTime has raised $240 in support of Team Ryan.  Our running team “Run Like Mothers” raised these funds by participating in the Colfax Relay Marathon. Ryan Baer, the brother of two MomTime members, Jen Nutter and Michele Lopez, died from complications of Type 1 Diabetes.  The Tour de Cure is a bike ride fundraising opportunity of the American Diabetes Association to increase funding for Diabetes research.

Visit the Tour de Cure site to learn more.  Also, scroll down to view a previous post.

Way to go Jen and Michele!

Summer MomTime Starts! MNO kick-off this Thursday.

16 Jun

Invitations for Mom’s Night Out  are in the Inbox.  Join us for a night of cooking lessons at Carmen’s home.

Monica Kaddilak, a cooking instructor, will be on hand to demonstrate simple summer meals.  Bring an appetizer and a beverage to share, and a small fee ( $5 cash please) to socialize and re-energize your summer menus.

Contact Miriam Morrison if you are not receiving e-vites.  All are welcome: past, present and interested MomTime Members.

MomTime Light session began on Friday, June 12th.  We met at Montview Boulevard Church and began discussing the summer book, All Joy and No Fun, by Jennifer Senior.  Heather Weldon led us through the first two chapters.  See the flyer for upcoming events.  We will next meet June 29th at a nearby park with the kids for simple fun.

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Jamie Morgan On: Courageous Conversations About Race

18 May

Jamie Morgan, Principal of Morgan & Rushton Consulting, joined us May 15 to discuss the book, Courageous Conversations about Race, by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton. The subtitle for the discussion was “Confronting Our Biases: Why it Matters and Tips for Challenging Implicit Assumptions.” Jamie used an interactive style to engage the group, moving through exploratory conversations on the important topic.  She notes that these conversations often become charged.  Using storytelling and experiential activities, she had participants move around the room to illustrate where one stands on a given, sometimes provocative statement.  Jamie has way of connecting and getting people to open up.

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At the end of a thoughtful and animated talk, she shared slides of her presentation with the group. She explored John Powell’s ideas on the origins of implicit bias. Some reasons she listed why white people avoid talking about race are

1) Fear:  of confronting one’s own internal biases, stereotypes and prejudgment, fear of confronting one’s own guilt and ignorance about others, and fear of introducing a difficult discussion to children

2) Denial: it may be easier to emphasize unity and color-blindness

3) Naivete: a belief that we live in a post-racial society

4) Privilege: the belief that such discussions on race are unnecessary in the context of raising their children.

The dedication for the day was given by Casey Stringham. Casey’s last MomTime meeting was kicked off with a joyous dance around the room, led by the Casey herself.  It was a delightful way to loosen up and enjoy our time together.  Casey, you will be missed!  Bon voyage and good luck to you and your family.

Colfax Relay Team and Tour de Cure support of the ADA’s effort in Type 1 Diabetes Research

5 May

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MomTime runners raised $240 toward the cure!  Congratulations to the participating moms in our team, “Run Like Mothers”.  In addition, the annual Tour de Cure is happening near Colorado Springs in August.  Please visit this site to learn more.

Our MomTime running team Run Like Mothers participated in the Colfax Relay team running on Sunday, May 17th.  The team consisted of Jenn Nutter, Miriam Morrison, Beth Ball, Amy Usalavage, and Linda Beardsley.  We aaked MomTime members to to consider pledging our run.  All donations were donated to the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure in honor of Ryan Baer, brother of two MomTime members, Jenn Nutter and Michele Lopez, who lost his life to Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic condition, that often occurs in childhood.

Michele Lopez shared a possible life-saving tip about a simple test useful for anyone with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. When feeling stressed or ill, even from something as minor as a cold, there is a simple, quick test to gauge ketones in urine  (urinalysis) that can indicate how serious an illness may become.  I have also seen a point-of-care test using a blood sample from a finger stick to test for ketones.  That information could save a life: please share it with those you know with the chronic condition.

Please see this link to read more about Ryan.  Also, there is information on how to sponsor the team Ryan’s Riders in the upcoming Colorado Springs Bike Ride ” Tour de Cure” .

The Tour de Cure is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association whose mission it is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Over 29 million adults and children in the US have diabetes and as we now know, it can have fatal consequences. It’s horrible to lose someone you love and we want to do what we can to help prevent other families from feeling that same pain. This fall will be our third year to participate in the ride under the team name Ryan’s Riders. Rider’s commit to raising at least $200 each and riding 10, 30, 60, or 100 miles. We would love more riders on our team if anyone feels compelled, just email Jen Nutter. Click here for more information on the Tour de Cure.

MomTime “Light” Summer Session Begins in June

30 Apr

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We are excited to announce the upcoming details of our Summer Program: Book Club and Playdates!

Check back here soon for full flyer announcement and updates.  Here is scoop on Summertime MomTime:

Join us for alternating MomTime Fun.  There will be a pattern of an indoor Book Club format one meeting followed by outdoor, park playdates the next.

We will be reading All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior. Go to New YorkTimes book review to find out more.

The book club meetings will meet at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church (1980 Dahlia Street, in the Green Room) with childcare available in Room 110, including a light breakfast.  These bookclub style gatherings will be facilitated by MomTime members from 9:15 to 11:15 am. Please note room changes from regular calendar year meetings. Then we will alternate with MomTime rendezvous with children (or without) to get some fresh air and to play in area parks, also meeting from 9:15 t0 11:15. Bring snacks, blankets, sunscreen ready to recreate.

  1. June 12: Book Club- All Joy and No Fun, chapters 1 & 2, facilitated by Heather Weldon
  2. June 26: MomTime Playdate in Mayfair Park (10th and Jersey)
  3. July 10: Book Club-All Joy and No Fun, chapters 3 & 4, led by Francine Mugge
  4. July 24: Playdate in Sunset Park (2nd Avenue and Pontiac, west of Lowry Town Center)
  5. August 7: Book Club-All Joy and No Fun, chapters 5 & 6, facilitated by Jen Schaffer
  6. August 21: Playdate: F-15 Park in Stapleton (28th Avenue and Hanover St)

Dues for Summer MomTime are $15 if attending without children, $30 if bringing kids along.

If you are interested in a faith-based discussion group, you may be interested in attending MomSpirit.  It is a separate, Montview Presbyterian sponsored group.  There is a lot of membership overlap, so you may see many familiar faces. MomSpirit also offers childcare for a fee.  Please contact Kathy Price for more information.

For more information about MomTime summer session, you may contact Heather Weldon or Carrie McConnell.

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Gardening 101.

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Our very own MomTime resident landscape architect, Pam Johnston, gave us a thorough introduction on April 20th to gardening in Colorado. Pam runs her own design firm, Bloom Landscape Architecture and Design.

Pam’s detailed presentation can be downloaded here. It outlines planting design, soil, irrigation (or irritation, as Pam likes to call it!), care/maintenance, and container gardening. Pam also gave us an extensive plant list that is useful to bring to a garden center as a reference guide. If you would like a copy of that plant list, please contact Pam directly.

Pam is a wealth of knowledge and would have spent 4 hours talking to us if only we’d had time! Thank you, Pam, for sharing your expertise with us.

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