Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Meeting of the Fall

It's here!!!! Finally!

We have enjoyed the last few weeks of summer and the rush of school starting, now it's time for a breath of fresh air- MOPS FIRST MEETING THIS THURSDAY!

As we kick off this year- come with open minds and open hearts. We are thrilled to head down this journey of motherhood with you. Let's walk the road together and enjoy the scenery :)

Here is the important info:

When:Thursday, August 29
Time: MOPPETS opens at 9:00, our meeting starts at 9:15 AM
Where: Ascent Church (formerly Tri-Lakes Chapel)
             1750 Deer Creek Rd. Monument

Monday, May 13, 2013

Save the Dates!

Open House for the 2013-2014 year is Thursday, August 22!


Munchkin Market Sale is Sept. 27-28.

Mark your calendars and join us!
visit us on Facebook to join in on the fun during the summer :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Spring Semester is Here!

Happy New Year! 2013 is off to a wonderful start, and we are so excited to begin our spring semester at MOPS!

Join us this Thursday, January 10th at 9am to hear from Master Lee from U.S. Taekwondo! We'll be learning some basic self-defense "moves" as well as some tips to combat bullying in schools.

As we look ahead, be sure to put our spring semester dates on your calendar!

  • January 24
  • February 14
  • February 28
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • April 25
  • May 9
See you at MOPS!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas from Tri-Lakes MOPS!

It's so hard to believe that our MOPS season is almost half-way done! Join us tomorrow, December 13th, at 9:00 am for our last meeting of the fall semester.

We at Tri-Lakes MOPS wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases, and a blessed New Year. See you at our first meeting of the spring semester on January 10th at 9:00 am!

Upcoming Events:

December 18th: Magic Show Play Date! FREE! 10:00 am, Tri-Lakes Chapel. Breakfast is provided! Sponsored by Liz Everett & Shelly Hood of W.J. Bradley Mortgage, and Claire Boynton & Shelley Pelle of The Platinum Group Realtors.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Little Monkey Bizness Playdate!

Monday, November 5th, 9am - 11am
Little Monkey Bizness
1015 Kelly Johnson Blvd, Colorado Springs

Bring the kids or come alone! There is something for everyone at Little Monkey Bizness. There is a huge jungle gym area for older children, an area for littler children just starting to walk and even an area for babies/crawlers. There is also an art room for painting, coloring etc.

Cost is $8 per child for walkers and $5 for crawlers.

If you are coming without kiddos, grab a coffee or snack and chat with the ladies at one of the tables in the lounge area!

Find more info here 

Hosted by Amy Salzwedel & Mary Barfield
To RSVP, call 662-889-3033 or just show up! :-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Spook-tacular October!

October has lots of fun in store! Take a look!

This Week:
At October 11th's MOPS meeting we are privileged to have Nancy Parker Brummett with us. Nancy is an established author and speaker. She has written several devotional books including "It Takes a Home", the topic of her talk on Thursday. To learn more about her before the meeting, visit

For something fun- wear your favorite sports team jersey :)

A Look Ahead
  • Pumpkin Patch Playdate! Friday, October 12 at 10:00 AM, Colorado Pumpkin Patch, 740 E. Noe Rd., Larkspur - It was a blast last year! You don't want to miss it... so reply to your evite for more details or see Karen or Megan.
  • Single Mom Baskets- Our November Meeting is filled with crunchy cellophane, flowing ribbon, divine chocolate, and enchanting fragrance as we create beautiful Christmas gift baskets to give to single moms (or dads). We are collecting donations now for these baskets (ex. gift cards, lotion, journals, chocolate, candles, soap, anything new that you would want to receive in a a basket). bring your donations on Thursday (we will be collecting up to Nov. 8th)
  • Mom's Night Out - Cake Decorating!  Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 PM, Tri-Lakes Chapel. Register at the October 11th meeting. $10 per person, 15 people max! Contact Megan at pmthomas at for info or find her at the meeting!
  • October 25 MOPS Meeting- Mom's Morning Out! This is a special treat for you! Childcare runs normally, but you get to pick what you'd like to do as a table to enjoy the morning! In the past, tables have gone to Wisdom Tea House, Rosies, Starbucks, Serranos, or jacuzzi at a mentor mom's house. But you can choose to take a walk, have a yoga session at a someone's home, get your nails done at Vitae Salon...whatever you choose! So start talking about it with your table - it's up to your table to make arrangements.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Munchkin Market is Here!

Munchkin Market is the largest baby and kids sale of the year in the area! Come on over THIS Friday and Saturday (Sept. 28-29) from 8 am to 12 noon at Tri-Lakes Chapel (1750 Deer Creek Rd) in Monument. 

Come shop thousands of great deals on gently used baby and children’s items! Browse clothes (size newborn to 16), shoes, bikes, strollers, toys, books, uniforms, coats, dancewear, costumes, and more!!

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MOPS "New to Colorado" Dinner!

If you have moved to the area within the last year, YOU (or any mom you know) are invited to our "New to Colorado" dinner hosted by MOPS this Thursday evening at 6:30pm at Tri-Lakes Chapel!

We want to welcome you to the area and help you get connected, so please join us for a night of food, fun and friendship!    We'll pass along recommendations from other moms in the area for doctors, dentists, hairstylists and even a list of babysitters!!  Dinner will be provided.  We hope you can join us!

To RSVP, contact Megan Thomas at


Tri-Lakes Chapel
1750 Deer Creek Rd
Monument, CO 80132
Thursday, Sept. 20th at 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's Finally Here! First MOPS Meeting!

Calling all Mothers of Preschoolers in the Tri-Lakes or north Colorado Springs areas!!! Our fall program of MOPS starts this Thursday, Sept. 13th at 9:00am at Tri-Lakes Chapel. 

It's not too late to register. Come join the fun and support of other moms who walk in your same shoes on a daily basis...a seat is waiting for you! Amazing childcare is provided!

Registration fees (which include MOPPETS childcare): 
$60 for the Fall Semester, or $100 for the entire year (September through May - that's a $20 savings!!). Scholarships are available. Registration will be available at our first meeting.

Tri-Lakes Chapel
1750 Deer Lake Rd.
Monument, CO 80132

See you there!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fall is Right Around the Corner!

We here at Tri-Lakes MOPS hope you have had an incredible summer. We've been busy with picnics, playdates, sandboxes, sprinklers, vacations and, most importantly, planning a fantastic 2012-2013 MOPS year for you.

To start it all off, join us at our Open House at Tri-Lakes Chapel on Thursday, August 30 between 9 and 11am. You can register for the semester (or entire year!), find out more about MOPS and MOPPETS (our fantastic childcare), meet old friends and new, and enjoy some yummy snacks for you and your kiddos. Oh, and there may be a (fabulous) prize or two.

Next, tell all your momma friends about our upcoming Munchkin Market held at Tri-Lakes Chapel on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29 from 8am - Noon. You will find tons of gently used or nearly-new clothes, toys, books and baby gear for your little ones at outrageously good prices. You won't want to miss it!

Finally, mark your calendars with the MOPS meeting and event schedule for the 2012-2013 year so you won't miss any of the fun!

2012-2013 MOPS Meeting Schedule:

Fall Semester:
  • Open House: August 30, 9:00 - 11:00am
  • First Meeting!: September 13 (all meetings are from 9:00 - 11:30am)
  • September 27
  • October 11
  • October 25
  • November 8
  • December 13
Spring Semester:
  • January 10
  • January 24
  • February 14
  • February 28
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • April 25
  • May 9
We'll see you at the Open House!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Join us for Fall Semester

Our MOPS meetings are wrapped up for the 2011-2012 year, and we're on our summer break from regular meetings. But watch for details of fun playdates in the park throughout the summer months.

We hope you're making plans to join us this fall for our 2012-2013 MOPS year. For all the updates on our new Steering Team, coordinators, and MOPS theme, click on the "Newsletter" page of this blog (just below the blog title) and select the May 2012 edition.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars with these important dates:

·         Registration Open House: Thursday, August 30
·         First MOPS Meeting: Thursday, September 13
·         Munchkin Market Sale: September 28-29

If you're new to the area and haven't joined our group before, please feel welcome to stop by our Registration Open House on August 30 and meet other moms, Steering Team members, and mentor moms. MOPS is a supportive, loving, nurturing environment for moms and their children. Please stop by the Tri-Lakes Chapel and see what MOPS is all about!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Local Vacation Bible Schools

Looking for a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for your preschooler or school-age child this summer? Here are a few local churches that sponsor a VBS:

Tri-Lakes Chapel Vacation Bible School
Dates: July 10-12 at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center
Preschoolers:  9 AM to 12 noon each day (must be 4 years old by Oct 1, or 5 years old and have not started kindergarten)
Cost:  $43
Grade School:  9 AM to 4 PM each day, kindergarten through 5th grade
Cost:  $58
Please contact Carla Lopez for more information:

Family of Christ Vacation Bible School
Dates: June 4-8 from 9 AM to 12 noon
Ages:  3 years old (must be potty trained) through 5th grade
Cost:  $25

Trinity Lutheran Vacation Bible School
Dates: June 11-14 from 9 AM to 12 noon
Ages:  Preschool through 5th grade
Cost:  $45

Tri-Lakes Church of Christ Vacation Bible School
Dates: June 24-28 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Ages:  All ages
Cost:  Free

The Church at Woodmoor Vacation Bible School
Dates: June 11-15 from 9 AM to 12 noon

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Last Meeting of Spring Semester

Be sure to join us Thursday, May 10 for our last MOPS meeting of the spring semester. We'll be having our annual tea put on by our Mentor Moms. As always, MOPPETS check-in starts at 9 AM, and breakfast begins at 9:15 AM.

What a wonderful MOPS year we've had! We hope you're making plans to join us again in the fall. Our fall semester Registration Open House will be Thursday, August 30.

See you on Thursday, May 10!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Join the 2012-2013 Tri-Lakes MOPS Steering Team!

Believe it or not, February is the month when the MOPS Steering Team begins planning for the next MOPS year. We find out who is returning to the Steering Team, who is “retiring,” and which positions need some extra help. If you are interested in getting a little more involved behind the scenes and making some great friendships, please take a Steering Team application at our February 23 meeting.
There are all different kinds of opportunities to help, and we’d love to have you as part of our Steering Team for next year. We ask for a two-year commitment to the team. This is optimal for smooth transitions from one woman to the next. However, family comes first, and there are circumstances when women can only give one year to MOPS Steering. We are flexible and willing to work with you.
Talk to me, Amber, or anyone else on the Steering Team; grab an application; and check it out!
—Heather, MOPS Coordinator

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Tri-Lakes MOPS Steering Team:
10. It’s fun!
9. You’ll get to know more MOPS ladies and make new friends.
8. Monthly Steering Team socials are lots of fun!
7. More MOPS! You’ll get childcare and tasty food at Steering Team meetings.
6. Three words: half off dues.
5. Who can resist sneak peeks at Munchkin Market merchandise?
4. Getting involved is good for the soul.
3. Heather and Amber will age prematurely if they have to do it all themselves.
2. Why not use your gifts and talents to benefit other moms around you?
And the #1 reason to join the Tri-Lakes MOPS Steering Team: Because we can’t do it without you!
The 2011-2012 Tri-Lakes MOPS Steering Team

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spring Fundraiser

We’re excited to announce our spring fundraiser! Vanessa, with StoryRoad Photography, is offering half-hour mini sessions for $100. (A portion of the proceeds benefit our MOPS group.) After purchasing a coupon, you can make an appointment with Vanessa for the day, time, and location you prefer. You’ll receive a custom, high-resolution DVD of the edited images (about 20) and print rights release. To view samples of Vanessa’s work, go to
Coupons will be available for purchase during our February MOPS meetings and March 8. Watch for our fundraiser table!