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Courage to be Grateful … at our next meeting.

Please plan to join us Friday, Nov. 21, for our next MOPS meeting. Vanessa will lead us in making adorable advent calendars, as we prepare for the holiday season. Table 1 has breakfast.

As always, we meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Our Father Lutheran Church. MOPPETS begins at 9:15.
A few other announcements:
_ This Friday is a “Secret Prayer Sister” meeting. Don’t forget to spread some love to your sister.
_ Keep collecting those canned goods. Let’s have a huge pile to share on Dec. 5.
_ We have had some minor confusion with our new table assignments. Double check your spot Friday on our new seating chart, created by Laura.
_ We are in need of some more plates for breakfast. If you’ve had a party and have some leftover paper goods of any kind, consider donating them to MOPS. I personally love seeing the mixed-up themes we have.
_ Don’t forget to keep checking our blog, oflcmops.wordpress.com. Our next question is “As moms, I think all of us have had some embarrassing moments in public with our children and have had to be strong as we’ve done the walk of shame. Post your fun moment as a comment and be entered in a drawing for a fabulous prize at our December meeting!”
See you Friday!


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Holiday Activity Ideas

I thought we could start a string with activities of things to do in the month of December with our kids.  Two are posted below.  Please post your own seasonal ideas to share via comments.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Sunday, November 30th

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. AND

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Littleton Dance Academy

5239 S. Rio Grande St.

Littleton, CO 80120

Tickets are $10

Guests will enjoy special treats and tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara as Drosselmeyer reads the story of The Nutcracker.  Guests will also enjoy a special performance and have a photo opportunity with Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Drosselmeyer.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (303) 794-6694.  Please RSVP by Friday, November 28th.

 

NUTCRACKER BALLET

This Christmas, treat yourself to a magical evening with Clara and the Nutcracker as Littleton Youth Ballet and Littleton Dance Academy cast a spell over you and your entire family with its captivating production of The Nutcracker. Featuring a cast of over 140 children, pre-professional dancers, and guest artists, this delightful ballet will transport you to a simpler time and an enchanting place, where snowflakes dance, nutcrackers turn into princes, and wishes really do come true!

 

This year’s guest artist include Colorado Ballet principal dancer Dana Benton, BalletMet dancer Adam Still, wonderbound dancer Brandon Freeman, and freelance artist and former Boulder Ballet principal  Jennifer Aiken, and resident guest artist Scott Elliott.Ms.Benton will be performing in the evening shows and Ms. Aiken will be performing in the matinees.

 

Saturday
December 6th
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Sunday
December 7th 

12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

The Theater at Colorado Heights University3001 S. Federal Blvd.

Denver, CO 80236

(303) 794-6694

www.littletonyouthballet.org

 

 

$16 to $23 for reserved seating

**MOPS discount tix are available for $12 each if we purchase more than 10. Email oflcmops@gmail.com if you are interested. Deadline for purchase November 19th.

You can buy your tickets here http://www.littletonyouthballet.org/


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Being a Stay-at-Home Parent Is a Luxury … for Your Spouse

Reposted from http://www.babble.com/relationships/being-a-stay-at-home-parent-is-a-luxury-for-your-spouse/

 

The other day, I read an article in the Washington Post about a stay-at-home mother who was having a rather hard time adjusting to answering the ever-popular question, “What do you do all day?” now that the kids were at school.

It’s a topic that has been on my mind lately as I watch in bewilderment as my children seem to insist on growing up at rates that surely I did not approve of when I signed my parental contract. I look at my youngest — my seven-week-old baby girl — and I swear my mind is already flashing to the day (tomorrow, probably) that I will be kissing her good-bye on her first morning of kindergarten.

But back to the task at hand. As I read the article, I scrolled through the comments, anticipating that there would be some doozies in a post about a stay-at-home mom basically proclaiming that she doesn’t feel guilty for doing absolutely nothing all day when I came across this truly remarkable comment:

“I work full time, and my husband is a stay at home dad. We have two kids in school full day (8 to 3). Don’t you realize how much easier it is to hold a full time job when you have someone home with the kids? I can work late and travel when I need to and not worry about the kids. Our weekends are spent relaxing, instead of racing around to get errands and chores done. I can go back to work on Mondays having actually recharged over the weekend. It feels like such a luxury to ME to have a stay at home spouse.”

I was flabbergasted.

Dumbfounded.

Perplexed that in all of my years as a stay-at-home/write-at-home mom, I’ve always been fighting the thoughts that I’m not doing enough or being enough. I’ve always felt I honestly owed the world some sort of explanation for being at home. That I’ve had to throw around the fact that since I stay at home we make sacrifices as a family — like not having cable! I’ve felt I had to bake pies so that the world would know I’m not a worthless member of society. And in the midst of all that mental clutter and guilt it had never, ever crossed my mind that staying at home wasn’t “just” a luxury to me …

But also a luxury for my husband.

And suddenly, when I read those words, it all made sense. Well, of course, it would be a luxury to the spouse who works out of the home to have a partner who stays at home with the children. Someone who is always there to take care of the inevitable days of sickness, arrange the doctor’s appointments, make sure the cupboards are stocked, and heck, to ensure that no one steals the FedEx package off of the porch. And then — goodness! — to have someone to save you the worry of sending your kids into the world, someone to always be there to kiss a scraped knee and take care of the potty training and maybe even have a hot meal waiting for you when you come home?

Imagine that.

I realized, in a rush of amazement, that I had spent all of our marriage feeling just a tad bit guilty for being the one who “gets” to stay home. I’ve pushed away the shame of staying snuggled up in my warm covers in the morning while my husband trudged off to work in the snow and I’ve felt the absurd need to pack a million and ten activities into my day so I could list them off to my husband when he came home in an attempt to convince (who really? Mostly myself …) that I was “productive.”

I realized, for the first time ever, that I didn’t have anything to prove. That I had been working so hard to work from home and always have it spotless and do all my educational activities with the kids because it was my job and I’d better darn do a good job of it if my husband had to work, that I never stopped to consider that my being home with our children could actually be a gift to my husband.

I’m actually writing this very article on a rare morning “off,” courtesy of my husband having the day off of his work. I’m sitting in a café, writing for the two hours between my daughter’s feedings. And, in fact, I just now called my husband, who had volunteered to be me for the day so I could work, to ask him what his thoughts were on the topic and to ask if he would give me a quote to include for the piece.

In the background, I heard my daughter crying, the two-year-old whining at his leg, and the four-year-old singing happily at the top of her lungs, having just returned home from preschool pick-up. I pictured the scene I had left this morning — four loads of laundry left undone from the weekend, the house a complete disaster, eggs still caked on the pan from breakfast. Sweetly, I asked him for a quote — did he ever consider me staying home a gift to him?

“What?!” he asked frantically, desperation creeping into his voice. “I don’t know, do I have to give you a quote right now? I mean, she’s crying and I’m trying to make mac and cheese and if I could just pick her up maybe she’d stop crying and …” he trailed off, seemingly too overwhelmed to finish his train of thought.

I smiled — a bit too smugly, I’ll admit. Because I think I had my answer. Being me for the day isn’t so easy. And having him there so that I could be elsewhere working … well, it really was a luxury. And a gift.

 

 

 


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Naughty and Nice List for the Holiday Season

Healthy Holiday Tips – Preparing for the Season
 

 Reposted from:  https://uo178.infusionsoft.com/app/hostedEmail/1804960/450a65a3cae48eea?inf_contact_key=fa5f0230d9e54a0753a0a501e535dec33ee8eefe719b6e059a8c3421a1ebb4f8

 

Many of us are aware of howto live a “healthy” life but are often tempted or exhausted into making poor choices during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Ensuring that you stay on track may seem to require nothing but a big serving of willpower, but in actuality, there are many things you can do to set yourself up for success.

 

Here are a few tips to keep you off the ‘naughty’ list and help you maintain healthy habits this holiday season.

 

               Naughty                                             Nice

 

DON’T skip meals. DO eat breakfast, as well as other meals throughout the day. Consuming regular meals will support balanced blood sugar levels and provide you with consistent energy and an improved stress response.
DON’T go shopping hungry. DO eat a meal or light snack before going to the mall. This will ensure levelheaded decision making and less hasty choices.
DON’T rush to holiday parties famished. DO bring your own side dish to be sure there is at least one thing you can consume that is healthy. We often revert to poor food choices when there is a lack of healthy choices available.
DON’T give into temptation all of the time. DO choose your indulgences and save up for them. We all have special items that we look forward to all year – your mothers candied yams or your grandmother’s pecan pie. Consider your top favorites and then save up for those. This will limit meaningless indulgences, saving room for the ones that count.
DON’T splurge without reason. DO allow yourself a splurge, but do something healthy before, such as taking a walk or eating some vegetables. This will make the indulgence that much more worth it.
DON’T feel shackled by traditional holiday recipes. DO incorporate some healthy alternatives to those ever-so-calorie-dense traditional holiday meals (see below for some recipe ideas).
DON’T consider beverages a free pass. DO be mindful of beverages. Not only do they often contain a hefty amount of sugar, but alcoholic beverages lessen inhibition and can render us more likely to overeat.
DON’T leave exercise for your New Year’s resolution. DO find some time for activity and movement to encourage stress relief, mood stability and a metabolic boost.
DON’T leave everything until the last minute. DO plan ahead. Create a “To Do” listnow to allow yourself the time to accomplish all that you need to throughout the holiday season. This will prevent last minute stress.
DON’T miss the sentiment of the season. DO enjoy loved ones, participate in gatherings and find gratitude for all that you have in your life.