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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Smarty Mom – Robin F

By Katie M

Greetings Smarty Readers, and welcome to another Smarty Mom Saturday. This week I am especially pleased to introduce Robin F of Winston-Salem.

Robin is the first mom I met when I moved here almost four years ago. She and I share a dear friend in Charlotte who introduced us right off the bat. A native of Winston-Salem, Robin seems to know everyone and everything about our area! She has been a great friend from day one and has been gracious enough to introduce me to many of her other Smarty friends in the area. Robin is married to Chris (they both went to high school together but did not start dating until after college) and they have a beautiful little girl, Annie who will turn four in February. For the past couple of years, Robin has been a “nanny” to many of her friend’s children in her home, and now Robin acts as a back-up nanny to two children (ages six and four) at least two afternoons a week, sometimes more. Plus this past year, Robin started teaching and working four days a week at St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool (where her daughter attends). All this, and she supports the very busy schedule of her husband who is chef and owner of Christopher’s restaurant near downtown.

So, let’s get Smarty with Robin.

How do you manage to juggle a busy household while managing your two part-time positions – all while your husband works more hours than the normal dad?
I don’t get enough sleep! I make lots of lists…and thankfully Annie is very laid back and easy. It’s very hard, but I try to focus on the fact that I’m thankful to be home with Annie and not working full-time and taking her to day-care every day. And, I have just accepted that some things will not get done!

What Smarty tips do you have for moms who struggle with the same busy schedules?
TRY to take time for yourself when you can. I find that it helps keep me going.
Don’t get too caught up in “doing things,” but try to focus on having quality time with your child(ren). That is what will be remembered 20 years from now…not whether or not your house was spotless!

Tell us about Christophers (located on Broad Street in Winston-Salem), and some of the specials your husband is offering this holiday season, plus other times of the year.
Christopher’s is a really warm and inviting place that feels like home to people when they go. The food is out of this world, and you can get things there that you can’t get anywhere else…like lobster mac & cheese and chocolate/raspberry dumplings! There is not a children’s menu, but Chris is always happy to make something special for children who are there. It’s a great place for a date night, but you should also feel free to take your kids. Especially to Sunday Brunch!

What is the funniest things Annie has ever said?
I breastfed for a long time, so you can imagine that some funny comments came from that. One time, Annie said, “Annie wants milk.” I said “from a cup?” And she said, “No, from Mommy’s bra!”

What is your favorite family activity?
Going to the Triad Farmer’s Market

Favorite “mommy-time” activity?
Going to a movie with a friend…and enjoying my big Diet Coke, popcorn and Junior Mints!

Favorite date place in the Triad, or near by?
Noble’s in High Point (we got engaged there!)

Favorite place to eat out with the whole family?
Las Estrellas

Favorite place to get a good deal on kids clothes?

What’s the Smartiest way you save money?
Buying things on Ebay and at clothing exchanges

Favorite park?
Miller Park

Favorite birthday party venue?
My house! (It’s free!)

Mini-van or SUV?

I could not live without…
My precious Annie! (And chocolate!)

What do you like best about raising a family in the Triad?
It is the perfect size town…plenty to do, but traffic isn’t bad, etc. Winston-Salem, especially, is very family-oriented, and I love that.

Thanks, Robin for all your Smarty answers!

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Christian said...

Tell your husband to keep up the great work at Christopher's! It is one of our favortie places to dine out.

ginger said...

Great interview with Robin! She juggles many things and always has a great attitude. Plus she's my go-to for all kinds of mommy advice! Ginger

sally said...

Robin is indeed a Smarty mommy!! Riley always loves to play with Annie at "Miss Robin's house". Great philosophy about the clean house vs. happy childhood memories...makes me feel better about my cluttery life. :)

Anonymous said...

Christopher's has accomplished the ideal balance between the sophistication of a big city dining spot and the comfort of a small town favorite restaurant. Keep up the good work! Cindy and Fred

Anonymous said...

Robin makes childhood magical for Annie and her friends. What a wonderful gift for a lifetime! She truly IS a Smarty Mom for covering so many bases and still finding time to volunteer and be helpful to other people. cg

Evan said...

Robin is a fabulous "Smarty Mom" and friend! I often find myself seeking her advice and I am so very proud of her. My daughter also loves to play at Annie's house... with Annie AND her mom.
Great pick!

Lindsey Whitlatch said...

Robin is a perfect pick for a Smarty Mom!! She knows what her priorities are and she puts everyone else before her own needs. We can all learn from Robin! Lindsey

Anna said...

Robin is my friend and co-worker, so I'm always bending her ear about something! It's SO fun to talk about growing up in W-S with her--she really does know everybody.

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