August Mom of the Month - Vanessa

Introducing our August Mom of the Month, Vanessa Raymond!

Vanessa joined FIT4MOM in summer of 2014 with her son AJ. Since then she has participated in Stroller Strides, Body Back Workout , 5K/10K Run Club and added a little girl, Abby, to the family! Vanessa is a working mom balancing her elementary school teacher role with mom life! She has been a regular at classes all summer and we so enjoy spending time with her. She is easy to talk to and welcoming to new moms. Did we mention she is always early to class with two kids in tow?! Rock star!

"Vanessa is a one of a kind friend. She encourages me daily with her love, support and kindness. She pushes me to be a better mom and person. I am so thankful that she shared FIT4MOM with me and I get to work out with her by my side. She is always encouraging everyone to keep going and pushing herself. Vanessa has shown me the meaning of a true friendship. I am so thankful to have her in my mom tribe!" - Melisa Nichols

"Vanessa is such a sweet mom and such a positive addition in every class she attends! It was so fun having her smiling face in weekday classes over the summer. Vanessa always puts her all into every workout and has such a happy, outgoing personality not only with her close friends, but with all the new moms who join us!" - Katie Fenn

Tell us about you and your family.

I am a wife, mommy of 2, and teacher. My husband and I have been married for 7 years. We have two children AJ who is 3 1/2 and Abigail who is 20 months. I teach 4th grade here in Pearland.

How did you hear about Fit4Mom Pearland and what made you start going?

In the summer after AJ was born I was looking for mommy and me activities we could do together. I stumbled across Fit4Mom on Facebook and decided to try a class. I remember being super nervous about going since I didn't know anyone or really what to expect. I was quickly surprised because everyone was so welcoming and nice! I don't know what I would do without this group!

What is your favorite thing about motherhood?

Watching my kids grow! I love getting to see them experience and try new things! To name a few... I love the family camping trips, long days at the beach, reading books, Sunday mornings at church, play dates with some of our favorite friends, movie nights, ice cream treats, and playing with trucks, trains, and baby dolls. Lastly, I love being able to watch AJ and Abby's grow as brother and sister!

What are some of your favorite things to do without kids?

Grocery shopping or shopping in general and dinner with the hubby and/or friends.

What TV show are you currently watching or book are you reading?

I do a lot of Netflix and Hulu. I am currently watching Wayward Pines on Hulu and Blue Bloods on Netflix.

What are some of your favorite Moms Night Outs and play groups?

I love the splash pad/truck car washes play dates in the summer. We also really loved the Dino day and dig! Aj and Abby loved digging for fossils.

I wish I could say I have been to a Moms Night out but I haven't. :-( I really want to, I just haven't had the ability or time to make one.

What advice do you have for other moms?

Motherhood is hard but you have the strength to do it and be amazing at it! Always remember that you ARE doing your best and your best IS enough!