Saturday, August 21, 2010

Birthday Bash

The kids and I just got home from the Momstown Hamilton birthday celebration.  It was a wonderful morning and I'm so glad the rain held off despite the grey and gloomy sky.

For those of you not familiar with Momstown, here's a little bit about them, taken from their website:  "Odds are that when you were growing up your mom knew all of your neighbours. Your street was full of kids you knew and your mom invited the neighbourhood over to run through the sprinkler while the other moms had coffee and chatted. If a neighbour had a new baby, you were probably sent over with a hot casserole and the new mother would have been warmly welcomed into the folds of the other families. Although some social conventions have (sadly) changed, what hasn’t is the need to connect with other local mothers. It has always been said it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a town. Who resides in the town we fondly call momstown? Well, it’s moms like you.
What began as a small mothers group run by one mom has flourished under tender loving care by local women to make momstown the supportive, organized ‘neighbourhood’ it is today. Founded in August 2007 by 3 moms (Christi, Ann-Marie & Shannon) from Burlington, Ontario, has now found a niche within many communities by providing moms with consistent activities and daily encouragement. momstown uses the internet to connect but our goal is to get moms off the computer and out of the house!
Christi & Ann-Marie, the “mamas of momstown”, are active in the Halton region but provide assistance to all Community Managers. momstown’s focus is on neighbourhood connections and our Community Managers will help each regional chapter grow and adapt with its own members, area and needs.
The girls below bring together your local neighbourhood and warmly welcome you to join in. Come live, laugh, learn and relax with us.
Welcome to momstown!"

I'm very fortunate that I have been part of Momstown since it was founded in 2007.  While I had connected early on with moms through the Ontario Early Years Centre, I missed the adult companionship we had when they all went back to work after maternity leave.  That's when I found Momstown and joined up making more friends and contacts with whom the twins could play and grow. Since the original community in Burlington opened in 2007, Momstown has grown exponentially providing a great resource to parents in many Ontario cities and even to cities in Alberta.  There is no doubt in my mind that Momstown will continue to grow bringing communities to cities Nationwide and eventually World Wide!

Today, was Momstown Hamilton's first birthday celebration.  Camping was the theme of the day with great activites for kids of all ages; Edible campfires, Coffee Filter fish, Face Painting and Balloon Animals were just a few.  The twins LOVED the edible campfires made from pretzel sticks, orange & black jelly beans and shredded coconut for embers.  I didn't mind it either since I ended up with all the black jelly beans, my favourite!

A birthday wouldn't be a party without bbq'd burgers and dogs, some fresh fruit and veggies and, of course, birthday cake.

As things were wrapping up, door prizes were drawn.  Boo was quite excited that the ticket he had placed in the draw for the Webkinz cat was pulled.  Pretty, however; has had to learn a life lesson that you don't always get what you want, since her ticket for the teddy bear was not chosen.  Despite having to endure the whining from Pretty because she didn't win, it was a great day and I'm happy to be part of a wonderful community.

Happy Birthday Momstown!


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