Monday, February 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
|Discussing their Wish List with Santa|
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
|An Amazing Group of Women. We hope to see you next year.|
|Gift Exchange Table|
We also had our very own cash bar, just for us! We enjoyed a low-cost gift exchange, which is always fun, especially when you can steal a gift from someone else! Thank you to Jennifer Scholfield and Emily Getty for hosting this annual event.
Here's an example of a gift from the gift exchange. Mommy Juice Red Wine with a very cute wine glass with decorative Mom sayings like "Mom's Therapy In Session" and "Do Not Come Closer than Three Feet to Me." There were lots of bottles of wine, jewelry, and of course Starbucks gift cards.
Monday, December 8, 2014
In our continuing support for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, we donated 20 packs of underwear (mostly 3-5 pairs per pack) and 34 packs of socks (2-10 pairs /pack), 6 rolls of wrapping paper and some boxes and 2 tubes of Desitin during our Moms' Holiday Dinner and our Breakfast with Santa. Thank you CCPOM Members! As you may know BACN takes in children when their parent(s) are in a crisis and need some time. You can donate directly if you would like. BACN is in need of new Christmas gift wrapping paper, boxes, ribbons, scotch tape, gift boxes, tissue paper, gift bags, etc. They accept donations 8:00am - 8:00 pm seven days a week. Please call them if you can help at (925) 685-8052.
|Underwear and Socks |
"The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, establish 1981 is the only residential crisis nursery in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. BACN is a PEOPLE helping PEOPLE organization supporting those parents who really want to help themselves. We believe that seeking help before a child is abused is a positive, proactive parenting skill. Parents learn to recognize situations that lead to loss of control.and place their children in a safe environment while they deal with the crisis. Our outcomes are whole and healthy families with improved coping and parenting skills, and children free of abuse." If you are unfamiliar with BACN, we recommend you visit their website. Their cause will touch your heart!
(founder Sister Ann Weltz with BACN)
Beth Brown, Lizzy Weiss and Heather Himenes
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hello! My name is Dawn Bohlmann and I am happy to be serving as your 2014/2015 Co-President. I feel very fortunate to lead our fabulous club again this year in the role as Co-President with Anne. In 2012/2013 I was the club’s Northern CA Rep with NCAMOTC, the 2013 Northern California Chapter Convention Committee member, and am currently the club’s NCAMOTC (now Multiples of America) Liaison while also serving as a National Worker in the role of Publicity Coordinator with Multiples of America.
I took the plunge and joined CCPOM in 2011 right before our twins were born, seeking support and the wealth of knowledge from other parents who had multiples. My son, Sonny and daughter, Campbell, arrived at 35 weeks exactly, weighing in at 6lbs 1oz (Sonny) and 5lbs 1oz (Campbell) on May 17th, 2011. Our little family went home in 4 days post-delivery. They are continually growing into two very energetic, witty, fun-loving and completely entertaining twins whom I wouldn’t exchange for anything else in the world!
A little bit about me. I am the youngest of 3 children, born into an extensive farming community in Central IL, avid animal lover, outdoor enthusiast and active athlete as soon as I could pick up a ball :) After a pretty magical childhood and formative years, I ventured onto college, initially majoring in Zoology with a focus in Marine Biology. However, I ended up graduating with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, loving every minute of my education at Western IL University.
After graduation, I landed an Internship with Arthur Andersen, which I had hoped would springboard myself into my first real career! In the end, it was a dead end due to the events of 9/11 and the Enron scandal that ultimately took down Andersen as the top accounting firm interviewing as an entry level employee in a very poor job market, the options were limited. Luckily, I was able to find a role as a nanny for three lovely ladies under the age of 11 for over a year and a half, spending 4 of those months traveling to their other homes in Maui and Colorado Springs. I really enjoyed my time with these girls and their family. However, I knew that I should dive back into my field of interest and education, so I managed to find a Conference and Events Services Manager position with a conference facility (former railroad magnate's mansion) near my nanny family's house in North Shore, Chicago. In 2005 I was promoted and transferred to the Bay Area as an opening team member for the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco as the Director of Operations. Within two years, my client (UCSF) valued my expertise and success with the center that I was offered a role directly with the School of Medicine, managing Continuing Medical Education conferences for all walks of health care professionals from around the world.
When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, testing out new restaurants and wines with friends and fellow MOMs, shopping (ha!), serving as the Community Service Relations chair for the Northern California Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association, and socializing my kiddos with their fellow twin friends.
Hello Everyone! My name is Anne Swanson and I’m your co-president for 2014-2015. I served as president last year, along with my co-president Dawn Bohlmann, and before that, I served as CCPOM Secretary. I joined CCPOM when I was pregnant with my twins five years ago. Prior to that, I had heard about the group through the annual ETC sale, which I went to when I was only a mom of one, never dreaming that I would someday be part of the group.
I was born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. It feels like I spent the majority of my childhood in the pool-- I was a serious competitive swimmer from the age of 7 to 18. I went to college at the University of Virginia, in central Virginia, and studied American history, writing my senior thesis on the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s. After graduating, I returned to the Washington DC area. For several years I worked as a research analyst for a large consulting company and later, for US Airways, which was headquartered in Washington DC at that time. Working for an airline gave me two great things, most importantly, it’s where I met my husband, Todd! Secondly, it allowed Todd and me to travel for free, which we did a lot of (this was all well before kids entered the picture!) Despite all the fun perks of traveling, in 2001 I decided to head back to school, this time to law school at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Todd and I were married and we lived in Dallas for three years. Upon my graduation, we moved to California, Todd’s home state, in 2004, where I was admitted to the California Bar.
We settled in Pleasant Hill, and in 2007 welcomed our daughter Caroline. Almost exactly two years later, we welcomed our twins, Jack and Charlie. I was lucky enough to carry them to over 38 weeks, and they were born at 7 lbs each in November 2009. I am currently taking a break from practicing law, and taking some time to be home with our kids. As a family, we enjoy being outside, going to our kids’ sporting events, and trying new things! In my spare time (what is that?) I enjoy reading, exercising, and binge-watching shows like “Call the Midwife”, “Scandal”, and “Orange is the New Black.” We still travel back to the East Coast quite a bit, but also enjoy our wonderful weather here in California.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Board of Directors
Ways and Means:
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I'll save my mini bio for when I can't find a
*(Is still a bit outdated, so Claire has asked that I let you all know that she has hair now and Beckett swears he was "just resting his eyes"!)
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sometimes MoMs just need a night OUT. So tonight we let the husbands/others put the kids to bed and had a great pampering event at Bollinger Nails in Pleasant Hill. Karis made sure we didn’t go hungry (or thirsty) with a nice spread of food and beverages.
We all had a relaxing evening getting our mani/pedis!
Thank you to everyone that joined us!
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
1. 12 hugs a day. Hug your child first thing in the morning, when you say goodbye, when you're re-united, at bedtime, and often in between. If your tween or teen rebuffs your advances when she first walks in the door, realize that with older kids you have to ease into the connection. Get her settled with a cool drink, and chat as you give a foot rub. (Seem like going above and beyond? It's a foolproof way to hear what happened in her life today, which should be high on your priority list.)
5. Special time. Every day, 15 minutes with each child, separately. Alternate doing what your child wants and doing what you want. On her days, just pour your love into her and let her direct. On your days resist the urge to structure the time with activities. Instead, play therapeutic "games" to help your child with whatever issues are "up" for her.
7. Listen, and Empathize. Connection starts with listening. Bite your tongue if you need to, except to say "Wow!....I see....Really?...How was that for you?" The habit of seeing things from your child's perspective will ensure that you treat her with respect and look for win/win solutions. It will help you see the reasons for behavior that would otherwise drive you crazy. And it will help you regulate your own emotions so when your buttons get pushed and you find yourself in "fight or flight," your child doesn't look so much like the enemy.
Monday, March 4, 2013
How do you know if your child is potty ready? If your child is between 18 and 24 months, you may begin to notice these key signs of potty readiness....
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
It sounds reasonable -- why risk letting a fight smolder overnight only to flare up again the next day? Better to resolve things, sleep soundly, and start fresh.
When my older son was born, my normally reticent husband and I suddenly had a million things to talk about. (Of course, we spent most of our time talking about one subject: the baby! The baby! And did I mention the baby?)
It sounds wonderful, doesn't it? After all, you and your husband know each other better than anyone else, so why wouldn't he be your best friend, too?
In the first months of babyhood, hormones, exhaustion, and what the baby books call being "touched out" -- a polite way to describe wanting to scream if one more human being comes within three feet of you -- all conspire to make sex seem only slightly more appealing than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
When moms and dads fight, it's scary. Babies can tell when you're angry (and will probably get upset) and bigger kids will worry that the two of you are on the verge of a divorce.
This is the secret of happy marriages, right? Because taking someone for granted means you've stopped appreciating that person.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
- Demonstrate good hand-washing, cough & sneeze etiquette, and help your kids start good habits, too.
- Inquire about your kids' school/daycare provider's flu prevention plan.
- Keep surfaces clean, and encourage your kids to help in the effort.
- Get the flu shot.
- If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to prevent the spread of germs.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
What's YOUR favorite indoor activity? Please share!