Weston Kindergarten Registration Drop-off Canceled

The Kindergarten registration drop-off that was scheduled for 6:00 tonight has been cancelled due to weather. Registrations can be brought to the main office anytime during school office hours, 8:00 am. To 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the school at 203-557-5900.

Thanks

Mary Lou Dunne

Happening Now!

Cobb’s Mill Inn Cafe until 1 pm.

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Today is the WWL’s Gingerbread Children’s Breakfast

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Make A Wreath at Woodcock Nature Center

I decorated my first wreath last night as a Ladies’ Night Out (LNO) activity, and it was fun. You gather a group of friends, have them commit by buying tickets ahead of time, then create a signup for the before- or after- party (depends on your assigned date and time). While the LNO sessions are sold out, the Family ones are drop-in. Make a wreath as a family activity this Saturday or next Saturday at the Woodcock Nature Center. Never heard of this place? It’s actually a hidden gem in Wilton. They have a really nice hiking trail and live animals for educational purposes (you can even adopt one). http://woodcocknaturecenter.org/events/wreath-festival/

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Santa Visit and Coley House Tours

Weston Historical Society
The Coley Homestead
Weston, CT 06883

Santa Claus is coming to town!

WESTON, CT, December 2, 2014—Santa Claus is coming to town, and when he lands with the Christmas elf on Sunday, December 21 at the Weston Historical Society children will be thrilled.

In addition to the North Pole visitor, the historic Coley House will be open for the holiday season on the following Sundays: December 7, 14, and 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“The public is invited to view Coley House in its beautiful holiday array, thanks to the Weston Garden Club, which is once again contributing both time and talent to decorate for our Weston community to enjoy,” said historical society president Dallas Kersey. The garden club’s theme this year is “An Old Fashioned Weston Christmas.” Also, there will be a special exhibit of antique toys and cards from Christmases past on view at the Museum, located next to Coley House.

The man in the bright red suit will take time out of his busy schedule on Dec. 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to pose for photos. Children are invited to enjoy cookies with Santa and have their photo taken with him.

For more information, visit the website, http://www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our families to yours: have a safe and bountiful Thanksgiving Holiday!

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The Golden Hour in Motherhood

The golden hour in photography is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. In medicine, it is the time period after a traumatic injury for optimal medical treatment to prevent death. In motherhood, it is the first skin-to-skin contact with your newborn.

Later in motherhood, it is also the time period when you can use the bathroom without interruption, watch a show that is not kid-friendly, craft without worrying about a child picking up a pin or bead, sit on an Adirondack chair with a cold drink and a book, or just enjoy a quiet moment. This moment may span anywhere from five minutes to an hour or more (if you’re lucky), and can occur throughout the day, once a week, or once a month.

You may still be multi-tasking, but at least you know the children are safe somewhere; that helium balloon of motherhood can be set free for a while until it is time to bring it in again. That hard-to-come-by moment is often stolen in the closet, car, or wherever one may be without any children if your children don’t go to bed at a reasonable hour. Sometimes a jackpot is hit when there is an offer from a friend to take the children for a play date or an outing, or you end up an hour of free time before parent-teacher conferences or any adult-only event.

This came with a reminder that while an hour is not much, that period of time is golden; it’s your me-time.

In my years of being a stay-at-home-mom (and eventually when I return to work full time), I am learning that making some time for myself each day is essential to my well-being. While being at home theoretically means I have all the time in the world while the kids are in school, the time slots are filled with laundry, other chores, and volunteer work. Sometimes I yearn for a couple of hours of delightful conversation without a random “mom” or tug of my shirt followed by “I’m hungry.” After dismissal, there is the shuttling between activities. This is why I look forward to monthly Mom’s Night Out gatherings, or holiday gift shows in town; it’s time to bring those back. For many, this is one of the golden hours of motherhood. Of course, even when we meet, our kids make our way into the conversations. It’s all good, though. At least it’s with wine and not whine.

We laugh. We share. We learn from one another.

If you’d like to join us for future gatherings, please email westonctmoms@gmail.com and we’ll get you on the mailing list!

(Previous version published here)