Saturday, July 25, 2015

Who I am

Team Mom

I am a mom. First. Always. About 8 years now.......Some days I'm the best mom I know. Some days I need to wear sunglasses so they don't see my tears/fear/cluelessness. It's all about being consistent, keeping them safe, keeping them happy, keeping them healthy. Half the time I feel like I'm the same age as them and I'm pretty sure they can sniff those moments out. How do I get through the days? Sam. Friends. Family. I have a group of girlfriends that I bounce ideas off of, tell me I'm doing the right thing, laugh with me, cry with me, drink with me. I'm getting pretty good at this mom thing......some days.

I die.

Team Hardman

I am a wife. Going on 11 years. We have been together 15 years. You would think that we know all there is to know about each other. Nope. I know Sam better than I know myself, but there are moments that still surprise us both. Sam is my best friend, my cheerleader, my biggest supporter. He is blown away when I doubt myself - he always believes. Always. My world is better with him. It's not all perfect. He snores. I hate change. He lives to be spontaneous. He doesn't multitask as well as me (duh). He loves to party and socialize. I tend to like a small dinner party. It works. Why? Because we work at it. Together. Daily. We are Team Hardman.

In public of course
Mom date. Dad date.

Team Speech

I am a speech therapist. Not the most exciting thing in the world. No pics of my clients. That's illegal! :) HIPPA and all. Trust me. I work with kids. I have been a speech therapist for 11 years. I've worked with 18 month olds up to 18 year olds. Right now I'm in a middle school. I typically have a large range on my caseload. Autism, Downs Syndrome, Language disorders, Apraxia, Selective Mutism, deaf and hard of hearing, and articulation disorders. It's fun. I love working with kids. I love the people I work with. I therapize my kids at home (working on an /r/ right now!). I've done public school and private practice. Public school is where it's at for me now. Snow days. Summer break. Done deal.

Team Crossfit Annandale

I am an athlete. Yep. I am. Going on my whole life. I don't always feel that way, but I am. My sport has changed. I started in dance, then gymnastics (short lived), and softball. When high school sports were approaching it felt like all the girls were signing up for Field Hockey and Lacrosse. I saw the uniforms. Kilts. Cute. I'm in. So in high school I played field hockey and lacrosse. College came around and I didn't know what to do without a team. I worked hard and played both in college (2 years of hockey.....I was better at lacrosse). Graduated. I was lost. No team. No practice. No real goals. Went right into Grad school. That became my team. I did adult league lacrosse for a while. It was fun, but just games. Packed on the weight. A few years later I got into road races, triathlons, and then fell on Crossfit. That's where I am an athlete now. I have goals. I have made progress. Crossfit Annandale is my team. They push me. They notice when I'm not there. They make me smile. 

That's who I am. I feel pretty good about it.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's been a while.....

Don't worry, I'm back! I haven't blogged in a bit for many reasons.....all good! Team Hardman has been busy busy!

First, it is now summer time. If you need to find me I am 1) at the pool, 2) at the gym, 3) eating, 4) at the gym. Basically been working on my jacked and tan.

Katie Hogan is the best!

Second, we went on an epic road trip. Here's how it went down:

 - Virginia to Pittsburgh 
- Stop at Niagara Falls
- Stop at London Ontario
- Stop in Madison Wisconsin
- Made it to Minnesota!!!!!
- Then back home via Nashville

We stayed for 6 days in Minnesota visiting family, drinking coffee at the lake, kayaking, and my cousin got married. 

I finished up the Granite Games Qualifier the day we left on this monster of a trip and then had to wait a few days to find out how I did. Well, all my hard work, following Coach Bijan and Sam paid off. I finished in the top 100 (out of 688!)!!!! Scaled of course. I am learning everyday that I can do a lot of RX workouts, but when push comes to shove I am a scaled athlete and that is ok by me!

Now off to the pool, then watch The Games, then to the gym! Have a wonderful day!