August Mom of the Month - Kim Smith

From our Instructor Nicole....... This month is Kim’s 1 year anniversary of being part of our Stroller Strides village. She came to us with a tenacious little boy named Lincoln. Kim has proven to be so consistently positive in her presence, hilarious through her interactions, and supportive amongst our FIT4MOM community. If help is needed, she is there. And then there’s Lincoln …where do I begin?! His smile is contagious, his energy is impressive, his appetite is unrelenting, and truly a staple in our ever growing sea of kids! And this tenacious little dare-devil sees to it that I keep my first aid kit fully stocked. Together, they have brought my classes so much joy and I cannot imagine our Chesapeake Parks without these two incredible people. I am so grateful to have you both and our village and happy to be able to call you friends. **insert booty slap**

Get to know Kim....My husband and I met 12 years ago while working in the same department at the same company. We have been married for 4 years and our son, Lincoln, was born 2 years after we got married and will be 2 at the end of August. Lincoln has been the best gift to our family, he makes us laugh and learn every day. I love seeing him have new experiences and learn new things. I also love his belly laugh and the sweet moments that we share, like when he grabs my hand to walk with me or offers me a kiss or hug unexpectedly. As a family we travel regularly (since both of our families live in other states), but in our spare time we just enjoy spending time together, whether that's a walk after dinner, trying out a new playground, going to the zoo, or going to the beach.

In March of 2017 my husband accepted a new job position at Dollar Tree in Chesapeake and that resulted in a life-altering move for our family. To say that I was not exactly on board is an understatement. I was beyond sad to leave my family, friends, church, and job. The transition to being a full-time mom in a new town where I knew no one was a difficult one for me. However, a month after we moved I began attending a bouncing babies class at the library and was lucky enough to meet Kate Workman and her son Cale and we became fast friends. Kate is who introduced me to Stroller Strides and I couldn’t be more thankful for her friendship and the decision to join Stroller Strides.

I joined Stroller Strides in August of 2017 and currently attend classes on M-W-F at Chesapeake City Park and T-TH at City View Park (I don’t always make it every day of the week, but usually at least 4 days). When I first started attending I was just looking for some way to work out with my son on a regular basis. Little did I know that Stroller Strides would become a staple in our daily routine. The thing I love about Stroller Strides is that it is not just about me and it’s not just about him, it offers something to me as an individual (a great workout), something to me as a mom (friendships and support), and something to my son (play time, play groups, a chance to get all of his energy out, etc.). I can’t say enough about the way Nicole and Meghan don’t miss a beat in the way they support us in all aspects of our motherhood journeys. The workouts are always hard, but they always make sure to offer options for all fitness levels. I love that the kids are treated as members, not just the moms, so the workouts are tailored to keep them engaged as well. I am challenged to be active and strong each day and Lincoln gets to witness that and be a part of that (I love seeing him try to do a pushup or a wall squat!). We started because I was looking for a way to get involved in something for my son and I, but I come back every day because of the best group of moms that I could possibly be surrounded by.