June 8, 2015

Playdate June 8 in Pleasanton


Join other MOPS moms for a playdate tomorrow, Tuesday June 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Ken Mercer Sports Park in Pleasanton!  We’ll be at the playground all the way at the end.
The address is 5800 Parkside Dr. Pleasanton.  Click here for a map.

April 13, 2015

Pre-Registration for 2015/2016!

UPDATE: Pre-registration is now closed.  We will begin regular registration again in August.  To let us know of your interest you can fill out the short form at www.tinyurl.com/cvmopsinterest.  We already have a waiting list for some of the baby and toddler MOPPETS rooms, so get on the interest list so you can be near the top!  We want to welcome as many moms as possible to our group this fall. Thanks!

It is time to pre-register for the next MOPS year!  We will be accepting registration renewal for current members during April.  During May any mom may register, so invite your friends!  We will close pre-registration on May 26, 2015.  Our regular registration will re-open on August 1.  We will begin a waiting list as soon as each MOPPETS childcare room is full.  After you register you will receive a message to confirm that there is space for your children in our program.

The first step to register is fill out our online registration form.  Here is the link:

CV MOPS Online Pre-Registration 2015

In addition to filling out our online pre-registration form, each member needs to print and turn in this online registration supplement.  You may turn it in at a MOPS meeting in April or May, or you can mail it to Castro Valley MOPS (address is below).  We will have a few printed forms at our meetings if you are not able to print at home.  Here is the link:

CV MOPS Printable Registration Supplement
 
The cost for early registration (on or before May 26) is $107 for the whole year.  $23 of this goes to MOPS International and is NOT refundable, but can be transferred to another MOPS group.  Paying by the year gives you 4 free meetings, including our always free spring tea meeting.  You may also choose to pay by the trimester - each trimester will be $35 (five meetings per trimester).  So to pre-register if paying by trimester you will owe $58 now, $23 of which is not refundable (then $35 in the winter and $35 next spring).  You can bring a check made out to Redwood Chapel to our MOPS meetings in April or May. Or you can  mail your check to:

Castro Valley MOPS
Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Regular registration begins August 1, and those costs will be $116 for the year (3 free meetings) or  $60 for the fall trimester only (then $35 each for winter and spring trimesters).  $25 of this goes to MOPS International and is NOT refundable, but can be transferred to another MOPS group.

Scholarships to attend MOPS are available.  If you need a scholarship please fill out the scholarship form and turn in when you submit your online registration supplement.  Here is the link:  CV MOPS Scholarship Form

Registering for MOPS International and paying dues will secure you and your children a place in Castro Valley MOPS and our MOPPETS childcare program.  MOPS International membership is required in order to join our local MOPS group.  Membership includes a subscription to the MOPS magazine, a bracelet, A Fierce Flourishing guidebook, postcards, an art print, music downloads, a weekly inspirational email, exclusive discount offers, and a few surprises!  Local MOPS dues provide for craft supplies, special publications, hospitality gifts and decorations, brunch supplies, speaker fees, leadership training, and MOPPET worker appreciation gifts.  We have fundraisers to help defray these expenses and keep our dues low.

We look forward to seeing you at MOPS in the 2015/2016 year as we experience A Fierce Flourishing together!

If you have any questions please contact Christy at cmast@cvmops.org.

November 18, 2014

Josie's Story


Last year's MOPS theme was "A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story". We featured some stories of CV MOPS moms and mentor moms. That feature is back by popular demand again for our newsletter this year. The theme is "Be You, Bravely!" Here is Josie's story:






Tell us about yourself and your family.
I met my husband at UC Berkeley my freshman year while he was a grad student, both of us studying electrical engineering - we met at a Bible study. He helped me get a research position in his group and we ended up dating my senior year. We've been married 11 years now. Before my first son was born, I worked at Lockheed Martin. I had planned to go back to work, but kept getting pregnant. Five boys later, I am still a stay-at-home-mom, which I love!

Tell us about your experience and involvement in MOPS.
I joined MOPS 3 years ago, but took last year off. MOPS has been a wonderful resource for helping me spend creative time with my boys. Plus, twice a month, I have the most filling and enjoyable breakfast. =)

What is your favorite thing about MOPS?
I love that it is Christ-focused.

What is the wisest mom advice you have ever received?
Early on, someone told me that our kids are naturally forgiving, but it's still important to apologize and say, "Mommy goofed" or "I was wrong".

What were your thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with your first child?
We had only been married two months, so I was a little shocked, but then really excited.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I'll get a massage occasionally ($15/70min) at this place on C St. and Main in Hayward.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
The hugs.

September 23, 2014

Kristina's Story


Last year's MOPS theme was "A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story". We featured some stories of CV MOPS moms and mentor moms. That feature is back by popular demand again for our newsletter this year. The theme is "Be You, Bravely!" Here is Kristina's story:






Tell us about yourself and your family.
My name is Kristina Brochu. I grew up in the central valley and graduated Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo were I majored in Agricultural Communications and meet the love of my life, Ron (on the first day, in my first class of all places - it was love at first sight!). Ron and I will be married 3 years this November and have one daughter, Claire who is two. We live on a ranch in Palomares Canyon and have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses and many head of beef cattle. I became a full-time stay at home mother in May (praise Jesus!) and run a small special-event floral design company in my free time.

Tell us about your experience and involvement in MOPS.
I joined MOPS when Claire was just two months old, and what a blessing it has been! This is my third year in the group and my first year on the leadership team as Creative Activities Coordinator.

What is your favorite thing about MOPS?
Creative activities! I am a crafty person by nature - so being able to pair my love for crafting with much-needed fellowship with other mommies makes for an amazing experience for me.

What is the wisest mom advice you have ever received?
Well, not sure if it's technically "mom" advice, but... "Let it go!"

What were your thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with your first child?
Shock. My husband and I (longtime boyfriend at the time) had been dating for three years throughout college and the first couple years of our post-college careers when found out I was pregnant. He will tell you (and I have to agree) the hardest thing we have ever done was to tell our family we were having a baby, but once the initial shock wore off - we (along with all our family who were about to be first-time grandparents and aunties) were full of support, joy and excitement for what our future held for us. I must say though, planning a wedding in 3 weeks, while 10 weeks pregnant is for the birds!

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
Honestly, when I am stressed out, I clean. I wish I had a better answer that sounds more relaxing and lavish, but this is what does the trick for me. Am I proud about it or taking clients - no!

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Understanding 99.9% of my toddler's gibberish when no one else can - it's like we have our own secret language! My favorite thing though is Claire's first morning snuggles - I know my time is limited with these, so I take in the moment every chance I have.

What did you learn about being a mom from your own mom?
Cloth diapering really is great - especially if you have a baby with super-sensitive skin!

How has motherhood changed you?
I have gone all "Type A" and now make my grocery list by aisle. This way I can get in - and out - before anyone can even say "melt down on aisle 6."

How has MOPS changed you?
By attending MOPS and hearing all the transparent day-to-day stories and testimonies of other moms, I have become empowered to share my own stories without shame. I know that there are plenty of other mothers going through the same situations as I, and want them to know that they are not alone in their battles!

What is your proudest parenting moment?
Each morning before breakfast, Claire reminds me she needs to feed her kitty - makes me so proud to know she already has the capacity to care for another before caring for herself.

What is your biggest challenge as a mom? Have you overcome it? How did you overcome it?
Balancing tidiness. It is a work in progress for me!

What is the one most important principle you want to teach your child(ren)?
To know the value of a dollar.

What is a must-have kid product that you recommend?
A baby swing! We are already on our third swing and we've only had one child.

What is your mom motto or favorite mom quote?
"I didn't lose myself when I became a mother, I found myself."