From our Instructor Sara… I met Ali last summer at Mt. Trashmore shortly after she joined Stroller Strides. I immediately noticed her easy smile and welcoming disposition. I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know her and little Otto over the past few months. It is clear that she has a love of fitness and being active (hello, she can SURF!). But beyond all of her hard work and sweat you will see a woman who is an exceptional mother, a great friend and a key member of our Village. We are lucky to have you, Ali!
How long have you been married? How did you meet?
I've been married to Mal for almost 5 years. Believe it or not we are a match.com success story. He was stationed in Newport, RI and that is where I grew up, we went on one date and I knew this was the dude for me.
How old are is your little one?
I have one son, Otto, and he is 16 months old.
What do you like to do as a family?
We love to be outdoors, we live at Chix beach and there's nothing a little salt and sand can't fix.
What is your favorite part of motherhood?
My absolute favorite part is looking at Otto every day and feeling such love and awe for the little miracle he is. No matter how tired or worn out I am, his hug or smile is worth it all.
What one piece of advice would you give to a first time mom?
Never hesitate to ask for help!! If you need a break, ask for one. Don't worry about the small stuff, laundry can wait, order take out, use paper plates so you can toss em if dishes are overwhelming. DO you!
How long have you been involved in Stroller Strides?
My husband is in the Navy and we moved here in April 2017 and I think I joined Stroller Strides around July or August 2017.
What brought you to us?
Believe it or not Jess Schenck's mother in law goes to the same church as my mom and long story short, they got to talking and connected us.
Why do you stay?
UHH, cause ya'll rock. Otto has blossomed socially with the playgroups and play dates and I have met great friends who share the same interests as I do. It has truly been a blessing to find this group as you have become part of our family's routine. Keep on rocking!!