October 25, 2013

Interview with MOPS Mom Monica Hubbard

Since the MOPS theme this year is "A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story," we will be featuring the stories of the Castro Valley MOPS community. Here is the story of one of our MOPS Creative Activities coordinators, Monica Hubbard.






Tell us about yourself and your family.
I've been married to Bryan for 11 years. We are doing our best to raise our 3 kids: our athletic 8-year-old son, our outgoing and silly 6-year-old son, and our pink and princess-loving 3-year-old. 

I am Castro Valley born and raised....and still living here. 

Tell us about your experience and involvement in MOPS. 
I joined MOPS when I was newly pregnant with my second son. I found instant playmates for my son, and friendships for me through my table group. It was nice to have new connections in this new stage of life and other moms to share mommy advice with.

This is my sixth year on the creative activities team. 

What is your favorite thing about MOPS? 
The food. I do love to eat, but it is actually the company of the moms at my table I enjoy even more than the food.

I also love craft time. ;) 

What is the wisest mom advice you have ever received? 
This little piece of simple advice came from Judy a few years back. She said she did a lot of marching with her young boys. You know those times when the toddlers can't make it from Point A to Point B because they are tired, throwing a fit, or just distracted? Well, Judy said to have them march. The point is to change the behavior into something engaging, playful, and silly. Count the stairs as you go up, skip together, sing a song, race, or try not to step on the cracks...because you know what happens next in that rhyme. Trying to playful and creative as a mom is more beneficial than giving into the demands of a tired cranky toddler. 

What were your thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with your first child? 
Ahhh, now I really do have to go through labor! Of course, the prize was worth it, and the epidural was beyond amazing. 

What is a must-have kid product that you recommend? 
Scooters. They are easy to toss in the back of the car for a trip to the lake or park. When the kids get really fast, you'll have to run to catch up which them. Instant workout.

October 6, 2013

Harvest Activities

Save the dates for these harvest activities at various churches around the CV area!



San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church
Thursday, 10/31 @ 5:30-7:00PM
Games, stories, photo area, and more!
Light dinner and snacks provided. Everything is free!
http://slzjcc.org/2009/10/10/harvest-festival/

Creekside Candy Company
Friday, 10/25 @ 6:00-8:00PM
Decorate cookies, make a craft, carnival games, life size version of Candyland.
Admission is two bags of individually wrapped candies per family.
http://creeksidecommunity.org/events/2013/10/25/creekside-candy-company


Redwood Chapel Community Church Harvest Festival
Thursday, 10/31 @ 5:00-8:00PM
Food, games, candy!
Admission: $2.50/child
Food tickets: $0.50/booth
http://storage.cloversites.com/redwoodchapelcommunitychurch/documents/PPFOnlineFlyer.pdf

Neighborhood Church Fall Festival
Saturday, 10/19 @ 10AM-12PM
Petting zoo, pumpkin patch, dunk tank, inflatables, and games!
Pumpkins and snacks are for sale, but everything else is free.
http://www.3crosses.org/theadventure/pages/2558-fall-festival

First Presbyterian Church of Hayward Trunk or Treat
Thursday, 10/31 @ 6:00-8:00PM
Food and treats!