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  • 12/18/2018 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Monica Canning

    December Member of the Month


     What is your idea of perfect happiness?

     I think perfect happiness is when you realize you have a full tummy, a warm bed, clothes  on your back and most importantly your family and friends. Oh, and a good balance in your  bank account! But for me, I would say when my son cuddles with me and gives me the  biggest hugs and kisses. I don’t get too many because he is a busy-body and won’t sit still,  so when he is feeling cuddly, I stop and enjoy the moment.

     What is your greatest fear?

     I would say I am scared of spiders, but honestly if I have to kill a spider because my  husband isn’t home then I would. I hate scary movies with a passion. During Halloween  they always have scary commercials of what’s in theaters and I always change the  channel  because I can’t stand it.

     Which living person do you most admire?

     I admire my mom the most, I love my dad too, but my mom is our rock. They both moved  to the States when they were 18 years old because I was on the way. While my mom was  pregnant, she worked two jobs and never complained about how she never got to finish  college. She is truly selfless and puts her children before herself.

     What has been your greatest journey?

     I would say motherhood. There are ups and downs and even though the downs are hard,  and can make me crazy, I cherish these moments.

     On what occasion do you lie?

     I’m not a great liar. I blush and can’t keep a story straight!

     What is your greatest regret?

     My greatest regret would be not traveling enough. When I graduated from high school all  my friends were saving up to go to Europe or Central America and they took a year off from  college. I thought that was insane! I felt like I needed to go straight to college and get my  degree and start working and buy a house etc. I wish I had that year off between high  school and college to “find” myself as my friends called it. Oh and don’t take 17 college  units or else you’ll get burnt out!

     What do you consider your greatest achievement?

     I would say my greatest achievement would be my dental hygiene degree. I was that kid  that enjoyed going to the dentist maybe it was because I never had a cavity. Going to the  dentist was not scary for me and I always looked forward to my cleanings.

     When and where were you happiest?

     The happiest time in my life was when I lived in Georgia. It was a love-hate relationship  since I wasn’t a fan of the humidity, but I was still in college and just got accepted to the  dental hygiene program and that’s where I met some amazing friends. I still talk and visit  them.

     If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

     I don’t think I would change my family, even the crazy people, I still love them. I would  change my in-laws though! I am just kidding, I think we all feel that way sometimes.

     If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

     This question is a hard one. I think something I wish I could change would be how sensitive  I am. I wish I could speak my mind. For example, my husband is the most up-front, no  sugar coating outspoken person, but I am the opposite. If someone does something I don’t  like and it surprises me I keep to myself until I’m home and can think of all the stuff I wish I  could have said.

     Which talent would you most like to have?

     I wish I could play the piano!

     What is your most treasured possession?

     My most treasured possessions are my grandpa’s things. He passed away last year after  the holidays and he always wore Hawaiian shirts that we used to hate seeing him wear  because they weren’t the prettiest pattern, but I kept a few and I want to make pillowcases  so I can hug him anytime I miss him!

     Where would you like to live?

     Sonoma County is my hometown. I was born and raised here and after living in Utah and  Georgia, I am exactly where I want to live. Petaluma! It’s the best community and everyone  is there for each other. Plus my elderly neighbors are the best!!

     What do you most value in your friends?

     Honesty, I don’t care to have a ton of friends because I rather have true honest friends. I  have found some great Petaluma mom friends and I am so excited for my son to grow up  with their kids.

      Who are your heroes in real life?

     Fireman and police officers, especially during the fires we have had. They are courageous  men and women who put others first. 


  • 12/18/2018 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Christine Adams

    December Board Member of the Month


     Thank you so much for your nomination as Board Member of the month! I was excited to take on  the role of Field Trips coordinator for 2018-2019 in order to create and lead fun events that bring  our families together in the community! It is so rewarding seeing all of the kids eyes light up when  they’re enjoying a field trip! From swimming, to apple-picking, to the Wildlife Rescue field trip, the  last few months have been memorable and I look forward to meeting all of you in the future at one  of our exciting trips! 

     I have 2 boys and a baby girl: Riley (5), Henry (4), and Charlotte (10 months). Our family stays  busy and our children are actively involved in our non-stop adventures. We are the “Adams Family”  – not the famous ones from the movie – although our friends and family actually conspired at our  wedding and had the church organist play the Adams Family theme song as we walked out of the  church, while everyone snapped their fingers with the music ;) 

     What was it like for you to transition into motherhood? 

     We had our first child 7 years after we got married. Initially, I don’t think we quite latched onto the  reality that parenthood should or would slow us down -just a bit - from our regular busy lives! One  of the wildest things that my husband and I did when we realized that we were going to have our  first child (and have time off of work) was buy a fixer-upper house. We already had experience  doing tons of home remodeling, but for some odd reason we were thinking that we would need  something OTHER THAN THE NEW BABY to occupy our time. Our first child, Riley, spent his  first several months helping us do a complete renovation on a 1918 Bungalow – my husband did  most of the carpentry and heavy lifting and I’ve always loved doing the design, paint, and tile work.  Riley spent many hours in his baby lounger chair with me while I was doing tilework in the  bathroom and kitchen of the home. Jokingly, Riley took far too many lunch breaks - We’d get an  hour or two of work done and then he’d be ready for a 30-minute milk break, lol! We restored the  house with original style and detail - the house turned out amazing, like many of our prior projects.  We’ve continued to involve the kids in renovations, with the belief that one of the most important  things that you can teach your children is the value and reward of hard work! 

     Did life change when you had your second and third child? 

     As an already busy, working-mom, I would say that we didn’t change our lives much with child 2 &  3, we just included them in our adventures when they arrived. Having more kids extended the  number of years we would depend on diapers and bottles ;) – but otherwise, we’re very happy with  our decision. I have to wake everyone up a bit earlier during the week so that the 2 younger kids are  ready to be out the door with plenty of time to get my 5-year old, Riley, to Kindergarten on time! I  would say the third child is almost easier than the second because Charlotte has 2 older brothers  who absolutely adore her and are at an age where they are fairly self-sufficient when it comes to  getting their own snacks and making their way around the house… while also helping out quite a bit  with their lil sis! That wasn’t the 

     case at all when the 2 boys (20 months apart) were both in diapers and 100% dependent on mom  and dad at such close ages. Having almost 3.5 years between the second and third child was well  worth the wait! 

     What is an odd fact that people don’t know about you

     While I was going to college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I also worked almost full-time at a few  different auto shops over my 5 years there. I went to the local Junior college simultaneously to  expand my automotive repair skills. My husband and I met while working together at one of the  auto shops. I still have my 2 hobby Volkswagen bugs (1958 vintage & 1965 baja bug) that I enjoy  working on and cruising around town! 

     What project or challenge are you currently undertaking? 

     Oh my goodness – MOVING - just when I said we wouldn’t be moving again for a while - we have  moved twice in the past 9 months (with 3 children). The good news is - we are fairly certain that as  of this last move in November, we are in our ‘forever home.’ [But for anyone who knows us well  and the fact that we’ve lived in 8 homes over the past decade, you might question this statement]  We just bought our dream home on nearly 4 acres. When this dream property came up for sale on  the street that we had long called our “dream street”, we had not quite finished remodeling a 5  bedroom/3 bath, 1897 Victorian on 7th Street in downtown Petaluma. We had done a complete gut  of the Victorian and had only been living in it since March of 2018, moving in when Charlotte was  just 32 days old. We thought we would settle in the Victorian for a bit, but then THE dream property  - on THE dream street - WITH acreage came up. We figured we would kick ourselves forever if we  didn’t figure out how to make it work – the rest is history! We’ve only been living in the home just  over a month, but we’ve already added a herd of alpacas, sheep, and goats to our existing flock of  14 chickens & 2 dogs! 

     Outside of raising 3 children, what keeps you busy? 

     With personal experience in real estate rehab and professional work experience in construction and  engineering, I’ve been actively building my real estate business since 2006. My husband and I have  built a property management company which we have been running for 12+ years now. I am also a  licensed Broker (REALTOR ®), working under Keller Williams Realty. I truly enjoy real estate  because I’m able to help other families and friends find their dream homes, while providing a lot of  strategic assistance based on my background. I have extensive hands-on experience which allows  me to help clients at a whole different level. I can share my experiences in addition to putting clients  in contact with an amazing support team of contractors, inspectors, lenders, legal advisors,  accountants, and other professionals that I have built relationships with over the years. I was  recently invited by my brokerage to serve on the Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council, an  amazing opportunity which I am proud of because it is offered to only a few of the top-performing  agents in the brokerage. I also enjoy teaching others… and I have an odd hobby of story-telling and  public speaking. To combine my interests, I am working on setting up a 2019 seminar series about  home buying strategy as well as investing (let me know if have any interest I can keep you informed  – Christine.Adams@kw.com). I have built my real estate business on the idea of giving back, both to my clients and community charities, which makes me feel great about what I do! 

    Again, thank you for the honor of Board Member of the Month and for letting me introduce my family to you! I hope to meet you all in the future! ~ Christine Adams, PMC 2018-2019 Field Trips Coordinator


  • 12/10/2018 7:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    'Tis the season to curl up with your kiddos and a great book! Take a break from the chilly outdoors and the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities with some new and some classic reads. Comment with your own family favorites! 


    Poppleton in Winter, by Cynthia Rylant

    Pete the Cat Snow Daze, by James Dean

    Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time, by James Howe

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss 

    Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, by James Dean and Eric Litwin 

    The Bear Stays up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson

    Little Blue Truck’s Christmas, by Alice Schertle

    Elmo’s Little Dreidel, by Naomi Kleinberg

    Happy Hanukkah, Curious George, by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey

  • 11/29/2018 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now that the rain and cold weather are here (yay!), we’re faced with the almost daily question of what to do with the wild little ones! Luckily, we have plenty of options in and around Petaluma. Here are some of our favorites. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!

    Adventure Recreation Center*

    http://www.skillmeetswill.com/

    2200 Petaluma Blvd North, Suite 200, Petaluma, CA 94952 (Located at the Petaluma Outlet Mall)

    (707) 763-3007

    Drop-in playtimes available. Check website and follow Adventure Rec on Facebook for open gym hours.

    *PMC Members have special access at Adventure Rec - $1 per kid (8 months – 5 years, free for 7 months and under), Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30.

    Redwood Empire Gymnastics

    https://www.regymnastics.com

    434 Payran St, Petaluma, CA 94952

    (707) 763-5010

    Drop-in and pre-registered classes available, grouped by age and skills. Check website and follow REG on Facebook for class times, fees, and online registration.

    Time Out Family Fun & Event Center

    http://timeoutnplay.com

    2200 Petaluma Blvd North, Suite 800 A, Petaluma, CA 94952 (Located at the Petaluma Outlet Mall)

    (707) 490-7328

    Drop-in playtimes available. Check website and follow Time Out on Facebook for hours and fees.

    Sonoma County Library

    https://sonomalibrary.org

    Story times and children’s area for books/play are drop-in and free!

    Petaluma Branch – 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952

    (707) 763-9801

    Check website for hours and event calendar. More info here as well: https://petalumamothersclub.org/Blog/6721942

    Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

    http://www.cmosc.org

    1835 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

    (707) 546-4069

    Check website and follow CMOSC on Facebook for hours, admission pricing, and special events.

    Hello Penngrove

    http://www.hellopenngrove.com

    10101 Main St, Penngrove, CA 94951

    (707) 665-5759

    Story and song time - Wednesdays 10:300-11:30, is drop-in and free! Check website and follow on Facebook for more info.

    Rebounderz

    https://www.rebounderz.com

    555 RP Expressway West, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

    (707) 416-4445

    Check website and follow Rebounderz Rohnert Park on Facebook for hours and pricing.

    Charles M. Schulz Museum

    https://schulzmuseum.org

    2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

    (707) 579-4452

    Museum Mondays for Little Ones - Mondays 10:00-12:00, $5 per child. Drop-in for stories, arts and crafts, and movement games. Seasonal! Check website and follow on Facebook for dates and more info.


  • 11/27/2018 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Starr Carroll

    November Member of the Month


     Born and raised in Petaluma.  Currently live in a family home in Novato. Enjoy being a stay at  home mom to Olivia almost 2.  Married to my husband Sean  for 5 years. Working on starting a  little business out of my home. I have a passion for basketball and coaching kids. Have spent  over 15 years volunteering in Petaluma coach basketball at all levels for kindergarten to junior  varsity at Petaluma high. Plan on going back to it when Olivia is a little older. I miss it very much. 


  • 11/27/2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Marcia Hemphill

    November Board Member of the Month


    What has been your greatest journey?


    Surprise, Surprise - it’s parenthood!  Navigating each stage with our daughter, learning our new normal as a couple and finding our happiness as a family of three has been my greatest eat journey so far.  Welcoming help from new friends with no family in the area has been a challenge and a blessing.  This is why the PMC has meant so much to me personally as well as my husband and our baby girl.

      

  • 11/18/2018 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apple Pie Crescent Bites Submitted by: Sarah Speckman Gyrion

    Ingredients

    1 red, tart juicy apple, washed and sliced into 8 slices (skin left on) 

    4 tablespoons brown sugar

    3 teaspoons cinnamon

    1 tablespoon melted butter 

    1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls 

    Steps

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the crescent rolls on a greased baking sheet.
    • Brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
    • Place an apple slice at the wide end of the crescent roll, and roll up the apple inside the crescent.
    • Repeat until all the rolls are rolled up, then brush more butter on top and sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon.
    • Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
    • Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.


    https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/apple-pie-crescent-bites/72dc6476-259a-4466-8482-05d506b48156


  • 11/14/2018 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    BodyROK Petaluma, Ashlye Fleming

    Please provide a brief description of your business.

    BodyROK is a Pilates inspired, 40-min, full body, strength training boutique studio, offering group classes on the custom BODYROK reformer.  We are located in the heart of downtown Petaluma, right off of Petaluma Blvd. and B Street.

    How did you get interested in your line of business?

    I have been a group fitness junkie since my very first Tae Bo class I took in 10th grade, and throughout my life it’s been a pipe dream to open up my own studio. I love the group fitness environment and being motivated by an instructor, other members energy, and loud music! When I lived in San Francisco, I found BodyROK and fell madly in love- I find it to be the perfect workout. It’s intense, effective, and low impact, and I’ve never seen or felt results on my body quite like it.

    How long have you owned your business?

    Since June 2017

    How did you get your business started?

    I was working for Athleta at the time, but missing my baby so much having an inflexible work schedule. I started making a business plan (for fun), but when I found out our HQ was moving to SF, I took it as a sign from the universe that it was time to take the plunge!

    What do you find the most rewarding about your business?

    So much…! The thing I never expected was the amazing community that we would create around the studio, and the high you get when you participate in improving someone’s life!      We have had so many success stories, and I’ve seen confidence levels, and strength just skyrocket in the studio. It’s pretty magical.

    What is the best thing/worst thing that has happened to you since starting your business?

    Best thing: Somehow the word traveled fast when we opened so I feel like the first year was not as stressful and scary as a lot of businesses experience. We feel very lucky about that!  Worst thing: I had a very public miscarriage last Fall just about 6 months after we opened which set me back emotionally for a while. I lost my motivation to teach for a couple of months, (and at the time was the main instructor) Luckily, we have a fantastic team of employees that stepped up, and wonderful members who helped me so much through that time and I was able to find my passion and footing again.

    If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?

    Well if I could REALLY have my dream studio it would have child care included, a smoothie bar, and a yoga studio, ha! So really just minor, super inexpensive, and simple additions, right?

    What do you like best about working in Petaluma?

    When I first opened up BodyROK, the SF team urged me to open the studio in Marin. I was so adamant about keeping the studio in Petaluma because I live here, and this is my community- these are my people! I am so grateful I stuck to my guns, because the thing that makes Petaluma so special and dear to my heart IS the people. Without this community, this job would not be nearly as awesome. I have felt so embraced since we opened and gotten the chance to meet such an even bigger part of this wonderful community. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    What might someone be surprised to know about you and your business?

    On a personal note- one fun surprise currently is that I am expecting TWIN babies! Most of our members know, but it’s still fun to see the look on their faces when I say it. Business related- I wonder if people would be surprised at the amount of time my husband and I spend talking about BodyROK at home… we both teach there, and love it so we spend a lot of time strategize together, talking about cool new routines, playlists, promotions… we can’t seem to get enough. How’s that for pillow talk… J

    What do you do when you are not working?

    If I am not working I am “momming” my little girl Ella (which is my harder job for sure). If I truly have “me time”, I love to hike, travel, eat and drink delicious things, and spend time with friends.





  • 11/09/2018 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gratitude Tree

    Submitted by: Caitlin McSorley

    Inspired by: https://handsonaswegrow.com/thanksgiving-thankful-tree/

    My kids and I have made this Gratitude Tree a few years in a row, changing it slightly each time. They really enjoy the added step of painting (of course), but it can be done very simply to suit your kids' ages, supplies handy, and parental energy level! It is such a fun craft that continues all month and has truly improved our family conversations about gratitude and kindness. Every day (okay, most days) each of us adds a leaf with something for which we are thankful. 

    Here is our method this year:

    Supplies:

    Butcher Paper (or other material for tree trunk & branches)

    Construction paper or cardstock 

    Scissors

    Tape

    Paint & glue stick (optional) 

    Step 1:

    Make leaves! You can cut freehand or print from a template. We used this one: https://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/leaves.html

    Step 2 (If painting leaves):

    Lightly glue leaves to a large piece of butcher paper. Let kids paint over leaves and paper, making sure to cover the edges of the leaves. Once dry, gently remove the leaves, which will be decorated for the tree. The paper will have a nice pattern to use for wrapping paper, or other crafts. 

    Step 3:

    Cut out a tree trunk and branches from paper. Use painters tape to attach to wall. 

    Step 4:

    Throughout the month, have family members write what they are grateful for on leaves, and then tape them to the tree!


  • 10/31/2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Robbie Brown

    October Member of the Month


     Thank you for the opportunity to be the PMC Member of the month! My wife and I moved here from Maryland in June 2016, so that we could be closer to our family here.  My wife is originally from Petaluma, and she joined PMC back in late 2016 / early 2017, following the birth of our daughter. 

    PMC has helped us both through the journey that is parenthood, by showing us that we aren’t the only ones trying to figure it out.  Furthermore, it has been awesome to be able to meet other dads through PMC! 

    PMC Dads meet up the first or second Thursday each month, and we also occasionally go to other events, such as soccer games as a group. I encourage any PMC members to get their husbands/significant others to come out and meet other dads! 

    What has been your greatest journey?

    I would say that my greatest journey has been fatherhood.  When I was younger, I thought I lacked what it took to be a good father – but once our daughter was born, I realized that literally no first-time parent has a magic handbook that tells them how to respond in every situation.

    What is the most surprising part of becoming a parent?

    To piggyback off of the above question – the realization that almost nobody who becomes a parent, knows what they’re doing at first….and that it’s okay that way, and things will work out if you just try to parent.

    What do your kids do that drive you crazy and what do they do that melts your heart?

    My daughter turns into somewhat of a klepto-destructo gremlin when she is really tired! But at the same time, her snuggles, and hugs and kisses melt my heart. She is learning words and phrases, and sometimes her mispronunciations are adorable and give me “the feels”.

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