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  • September 30, 2019 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fall is on its way and the leaves will soon begin to turn. The PAMOM FALL PHOTO FUNDRAISER is the perfect opportunity to get some great family pictures for a great price!

    Hurry and sign up! There are only a few spots still available on Oct. 18!!

    Learn more and grab your spot before it's too late: 
    https://pamom.org/event-3554982

  • September 06, 2019 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) is a Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. They are looking for volunteers to help with their Walk to Remember.

    M.E.N.D. is hosting their annual Walk to Remember on Saturday, Oct. 5 (October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month), and they need some help. PAMOM would like to provide volunteers during the time slots of 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. You DO NOT have to volunteer for the entire three hours. Volunteers will be assisting with setup and directing guests at the event. 

    The event is located at Calvary Church (4401 State Highway 161 Irving, TX 75078). If you would like to volunteer, please email communityservice@pamom.org or contact Katie Schroeder via social media.

  • September 06, 2019 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PAMOM members are invited to all playdates organized by PAMOM. They are posted each month in the members-only events section of the website and in the Facebook group. Playdates are scheduled by PAMOM members, so all playdates are organized with having multiples in mind.

    Not sure where your multiples belong? Reach out and we can help. Just because your little ones aren't quite toddlers but aren't considered non-walkers does not mean you should stay home.

    And while you may not have a set of multiples that fit that particular playgroup (ex: your multiples might be walking, running or driving), if you have any children who would enjoy that event you are welcome to attend.

    Want to host a playdate? Contact Lisa Jowell at playgroups@pamom.org.

    Remember to RSVP (through email or on Facebook) to playgroup events if you plan to attend.

  • September 06, 2019 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We’re hosting another Sip & Shop, and EVERYONE is invited! Presented by the Plano Area Mothers of Multiples, our event features over 35 vendors selling unique items.

    Join us on Nov. 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Audi McKinney to shop for home decor, educational toys, clothing, bakery items, glassware, beauty products and more from local vendors including family-owned businesses.

    We will also be featuring raffles from our vendors throughout the night - must be present to win. Raffle tickets will be available at the event for $5.

    For a sneak peek at our vendors, don't forget to like and follow our page at www.facebook.com/PAMOMSipShop/. And visit www.pamom.org to learn more about PAMOM.

    ***Ticket information coming soon!***

    For questions or more information, and if you would like to be a vendor at this event please contact specialevents@pamom.org. We hope to see you there!
  • September 06, 2019 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Emily Bragg Photography (the same photographer from the 2019 spring fundraiser) is back to capture memories of your family. Time slots will be available for the following times:

    • Friday, Oct. 18 between 4 & 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 19 between 8 & 11 a.m. and 4 & 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 27 between 8 & 11 a.m.

    PAMOM members... check your emails. We'll send the sign up link in the next week. Spots are first come, first served. This fundraiser will be opened up to the public only after all members have the chance to sign up.

  • August 18, 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Multiple MOMs,

    It's that time of year again for back to school. And with that brings the question for multiple parents, "Do I keep them together or separate them." Don’t let anyone pressure you to do one or the other, it’s a family decision. And what’s best for your children.

    Did you know there's a "Parent's Choice" law to protect you? This is the Texas law: https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/education-code/educ-sect-25-043.html

    It is YOUR right MOMs if you want your children together or separated. Make sure you follow the guidelines, so you’re not surprised by a loop hole. For example, some states will impose a “14-day by letter” rule to keep your multiples together, otherwise they will automatically be separated.

    The way to go about this is to contact the attendance office as soon as you register your multiples. If you receive any push back, go up the chain of command (I'm an old Army reservist and retired Army wife so the term is a habit! LOL). If attendance office isn’t cooperating, then Counselor, then Principle, then the District. I, personally, have never had to go that far up the chain. I usually get my answer at the attendance or counselor level. YOU are your children’s advocate. Advocate what you know is best for THEM. Don’t let anyone discourage you.

    Kathy Dolan, a twin MOM from New York began a lobbying crusade to Congress, and all 50 states about 15-20 years ago to get this law passed. Minnesota was the first state to sign twin’s law into being in 2005. She began this crusade because she wanted her twins kept together in the same class, but her school said no. But if she brought a doctor’s note, they would keep them together. She has fought legislation to make this law, use it if you need to.

    Currently 14 states have twin/multiples laws set, and 11 states are in legislation for twin laws. We need to get the word out to help legislation continue in the rest of the United States. This site has information on which states currently have twin laws: https://www.verywellfamily.com/twins-in-school-p2-2447495

    Most schools have a mandatory separation rule for multiples. This will be done, unless YOU use your parental and state right, if you want your multiple's together to make it happen.

    Of course, some multiples parents want their multiples separated, and that's fine too. That's your family's choice. Personally, we made the decision that when our identical (because sometimes that makes a difference in separation) twin girls went to school, they would be kept together until THEY asked for different classes. Our personal journey was a little different in that we are retired military. Some places we moved were so small they only had one class. Some were so big they were divided into teams.

    Our Twin’s School history:

    • PK thru 2nd grade - together
    • 3rd grade - they asked to be separate (That year did not go well.)
    • 4th & 5th grade - one class, small school
    • 6th - same team, same core classes (Math, Science, English, History), different electives
    • 7th - 12th - same as 6th

    I also read a book National Mothers of Twins Club/Multiples of America (NOMOTC/MOA) promotes about separating multiples. There was a story I'll never forget in the book about ID twin girls who were skipping school in high school. When they were caught hiding in the bathroom and asked why, they said, "We wanted to be together." Because everyone separated them in everything, they we're never together. I swore that would not happen to my girls. 

    I feel that whatever decision you make when enrolling your multiples in Kindergarten will not hurt them later. You can always change your decision every year. We’ve made changes mid-year. Just be open and watch for signs there is a problem, investigate, and make the changes needed. You got this!

    P.S. This goes for sports as well, not the law part. Just to separated or not in sports. Our girls refuse to be separated when they play sports. They play everything together: Soccer, Tennis, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Basketball.

    There is also a petition you can sign to make "Parent's Choice" a national law: https://www.change.org/p/parents-of-twins-twin-law-in-every-state-in-usa

    This is an article for keeping twins or multiples together: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/intense-emotions-and-strong-feelings/201403/twins-in-defense-togetherness

    About the Author

    Melissa Miller is an old Army reservist, retired Army wife and mom of three, including identical twin girls Martha & Melissa. She is a member of several multiples organizations including PAMOM and others in Multiples of America and the Texas Mothers of Multiples.

  • August 09, 2019 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Moming is tough. Let's lift each other up.

    If you or another PAMOM family you know, may need support, assistance, encouragement, and/or resources, contact Ashley Gibson, PAMOM's 2019 chaplain. She is a mother of multiple multiples (two sets of twins) and she wants to help in any way she can! If you would like to be added to PAMOM's Prayer Chain emails, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ashley at chaplain@pamom.org. All information is kept confidential unless otherwise requested.

  • July 12, 2019 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    * This blog was first published by PAMOM member Britt Westdyke on her blog, The Travel Tribe.

    Just recently, I spent numerous hours researching resorts within driving distance to take our boys to for the weekend. Our three year old has been requesting to go on vacation and I wanted to find the perfect resort that had something for everyone in the family. I am so happy I stumbled upon The Lakeway Resort and Spa on Lake Travis. We had the best weekend and our three year old is already asking to go back!

    The Lakeway Resort and Spa on Lake Travis is the perfect location for a weekend trip or your summer vacation. Located on Lake Travis, it is just a short drive from Austin, Texas. The resort does a great job catering to both adults and kids. I recommend getting a room that overlooks Lake Travis if possible. The views are spectacular. The hotel has its own marina so you will be able to see many beautiful boats coming in and out from your balcony.

    Check-in time is 4pm but if you arrive early, they will allow full access to the resort and hold your bags at the front desk. The resort has plenty to do so if you arrive early do not hesitate to head inside. Upon check-in, you receive mini bottles of wine. Major win in my book!

    The hotel features a couple onsite bars, including a poolside bar. There is also a full service restaurant that has great views of the pools. If you do not feel like leaving your room, their room service is top notch. If you are on a budget and traveling with kids, the kid’s portions are more than enough. We ordered multiple kid meals for breakfast and ended up having extra food.

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    We picked this resort because of all the things they offer for the kids. The pool features a splash pad area and a small slide for the toddlers as well as a larger slide for the older kids/adults. The pool is zero entry so the smaller kids can easily get into and out of the pool. Right next to the splash pad area are numerous cabanas that are fully covered. These are a first come first serve basis and are great if you are bringing small children. You can easily get out of the sun and eat lunch or watch the children play while you relax with a cocktail.

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    The one thing that makes this resort different from other resorts is the Kid’s Zone. If your children are over 5 years old, you can drop them off for up to 2 hours so you can get some adult only time. This service is included if you are guests at the hotel and is open 7 days a week. If you have children that are under 5 years old, do not worry, you still get access to the Kid’s Zone but an adult has to stay.  The Kid’s Zone features ping pong table, Foosball, numerous bounce houses, slides, mini golf, and a baby/toddler area with age appropriate toys.

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    For the adults, there is an onsite spa as well as an adult only pool with a swim up bar. The adult only pool is a three-tier infinity pool overlooking Lake Travis. It is easily one of the prettiest pools I’ve ever seen.

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    The resort is located on a marina so we ended up renting a ski boat for a few hours to cruise around the lake. The boys loved getting to see all the other boats up close and all of the beautiful properties lining the lake. We highly recommend doing this because the lake is so pretty!

    If you are dining away from the resort, check out The Oasis. It is located on a cliff overlooking Lake Travis and the restaurant is phenomenal. Make sure to have reservations because it is extremely popular. You will not be disappointed.

    Tip – Since this resort is a four star, it is on the expensive side. I found that Priceline occasionally has it in express deals. Express deals give you a cheaper rate but you don’t know which hotel you are getting. Priceline express deals do guarantee location and the number of stars. Make sure to check for four star hotels on Lake Travis if booking through their site. Since there aren’t many four stars on Lake Travis, you are almost guaranteed this is the hotel. I used the express deal for our weekend away and ended up getting 16% off. Also, the resort has a Facebook page that occasionally runs specials so be sure to check that out prior to your stay.

    We hope you enjoy your time here as much as we did. We will definitely be making this a yearly tradition from now on.

    Happy traveling!

    About the Author

    Britt Westdyke is a wife and mom to infant twins plus two active toddlers. She writes about her family's love for adventure, travel, and new experiences.

  • June 25, 2019 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's time to renew your PAMOM membership on our new (TMOM Award Winning) website!!

    Since this will be the first time for most of you to log-in, please use the following link to reset your password: https://www.pamom.org/Sys/ResetPasswordRequest

    Once logged in, you will be able to update your information and pay dues for the 2019-2020 PAMOM year! Due to increased expenses as a result of our growing membership, dues have increased this year so we can continue to provide the same excellent level of support and benefits to you.

    Your dues cover the professional speakers and meals at monthly general meetings, two big family parties each year, and so much more! With the new rolling membership, paying your dues will keep you in good standing until one year from your date of registration. To remain active in PAMOM, including on our Facebook pages, please log in and renew your membership by July 31st, 2019. All members that renew in the month of June will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Winner will be drawn at the July 9th General Meeting.

    Contact vpmembership@pamom.org or message the Plano Multiple account with any questions. You can also reach out to webadmin@pamom.org for help with the new website.

    Thank you!!

  • May 12, 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PAMOM cannot function without members who volunteer their time each year. This year we honored our hard-working volunteers and welcomed next year's volunteers with a Board Installation Dinner at Blue Mesa. Chips, salsa, fajitas, margaritas thank you gifts and lots of laughs... it was such a fun evening!!


    If you want to join in on the fun, there are still some volunteer positions available. Sign up using the link below or reach out to President Cherie Beasley at president@pamom.org.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ca8a62faaf58-20192020

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