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July Mom of the Month: Meet Our Playgroup Captain!

If you've been to our Stroller Strides classes, chances are good that you've already met Linnea and her adorable daughter, Annika! For the last few months, Linnea has been bringing the fun to our play dates after class --organizing crafts, activities, a teddy bear picnic, and a field trip to Frying Pan Park among other things. We are so lucky to have her in Our Village! Thanks, Linnea, for sharing a little more about yourself on the blog this week!

1. Where are you from originally?

I'm from South Jordan, Utah - a suburb outside of Salt Lake City.

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

I love being able to get a workout in without having to worry about childcare for Annika. I've also really loved getting to know the other moms, it has been a great place to meet new friends.

3. What motivates you to exercise?

I definitely find that my stress levels are lower and I am happier in general when I'm consistently exercising. I also sleep better (although now that is also dependent on how Annika sleeps!)

4. What is your favorite part about being a mom?

My favorite thing has been watching Annika learn new things. She is very curious and observant, and I love watching her think and seeing her mimic me - sometimes a lot later than when I show her something. It's amazing to see how much she picks up on.

5. What is your favorite thing to do when Annika is napping?

Usually I use her nap time to catch up on work, but if I get a chance to do something fun I love to use that time to sew. I love sewing things for Annika to wear.

6. What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

Jeff and I love to play games, and we are excited to share that with Annika someday. Right now the three of us like to be outside, everything from playing in the yard to hiking.

7. What is something about you that someone may not know?

I reach for "comfort books" the way people reach for comfort food - I've read some of my favorites over and over (like Anne of Green Gables.)

8. What is your favorite healthy and unhealthy food?

Healthy - Buffalo Cauliflower - a fake-Buffalo wings recipe

Unhealthy - Cake! I have a vanilla cake recipe that is amaaaazing.

9. What is your favorite color?

I love so many colors, but I think blue is my favorite.

10. What is your favorite song or who is your favorite artist?

I've had the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat the last few months. I grew up listening to a lot of jazz, so that has always been a favorite. And of course Beyonce and Taylor Swift are my favorites for getting pumped up!

11. What TV shows are you currently watching?

The Bachelorette. I also love to watch Dance Moms and Project Runway when they are in season.

12. Any advice for other moms out there?

Every child is completely unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all pathway for anything. I've really tried to be flexible and not stress about following a certain theory or plan exactly - instead I take little bits from different sources and combine them into something that fits Annika and I. You know your child better than anyone else!

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