Name: Heather Nix
Children: Chandler, 12; Rachel, 9; Samantha, 4
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Occupation: Co-owner of Flooring Solutions SC
Favorite mommy moment: This is one tough question, but I think I'd have to say my favorite moment was immediately after each one of their births. "What a miracle," I kept saying to myself as I held their tiny little heads and kissed their squishy little cheeks. I never had so many unexplainable emotions go through my body all at the same time. Yes. Definitely my favorite moment. I don't see that ever changing.
Most challenging moment: We took a huge blow when the recession hit. That was challenging emotionally, financially and even spiritually. I became a "victim." And the girls saw me at my absolute worst. My husband and I sat them down one afternoon, and as a family we came up with a game plan. We had to focus, rebuild and start over from scratch. Sacrifices were made, and necessary actions were taken in order to achieve our long-term goals. It was one day at a time. We don't look back. It was an exceptionally humbling experience that I know we all learned a great deal from.
Go-to date ideas: We're probably Vineyard 55's biggest fans. Aside from it being owned by a dear friend, I think it has a lovely and comfortable atmosphere. Sometimes Kenny and I will head down there for an impromptu date night when we know it's going to storm. Something about sitting on the porch watching the clouds roll in and the lightning bolts flash makes for a really romantic evening. Tiny candles on the tables, some Michael Buble or soft reggae playing in the background. He'll talk about work. I'll pretend to listen and nod my head in agreement while really just thinking about how much I love the man sitting in front of me. It makes for a great night.
Favorite local event: You will always find us at the Farmers Market of Bluffton. I love supporting local businesses. We buy our grass-fed meat there, our veggies for the week and lots of frozen ravioli from Rio Bertolini's. We top it off with some kettle corn and organic popsicles for the kids, and some ice cold beverages from Old Town Dispensary for us. Prior to leaving, I make sure to always gawk at all the beautiful merchandise in Gigi's Boutique. Everything is beautiful, elegant and timeless.
Embarrassing mom moment: I know I've embarrassed myself a handful of times, scolding the girls in stores. I'm a speed shopper. I like to get in and get out. With the exception of Target. Target is my happy place. I despise lines, poky employees and bad attitudes. Put all those things together, and add three whiny children to the equation, and you have on your hands one frustrated mama. The face I make is nothing short of demonic, and there are people who probably heard me tell them to "Just you wait until we get home." I'd put money on it that there were prayers said for their safety. Hey, I'm a work in progress. And for the record, by the time we get the car loaded and the music blaring, everyone is smiling and mentally sane once again.
How do you keep up with all the kids' stuff -- all the papers, projects, activities and appointments? Do you keep a calendar? I'm a saver. I save anything that has sentimental value. I have numerous Rubbermaid containers that hold paintings, report cards, Hallmark cards and tons of baby clothes. I just can't let go. I should probably seek treatment for this.
As far as appointments, I don't think I've put a pen to a desk calendar since the early 2000s. Whether it be the doctor, the dentist or our hair stylist, I often rely on the email sent to my iPhone the day before a scheduled commitment or obligation. That's terrible, I know. But I have yet to miss or be late. So apparently my system works, right? Who remembers life without an iPhone? I certainly don't. I'll be front row when they start Apple Addicts Anonymous.
Favorite movie: Favorite movie is a toss up between "The Sound of Music" and "West Side Story," but truthfully I love all musicals. I was a ballerina for many years so I have a deep appreciation for singing and dancing.
I feel best when: I live in the moment versus dwelling on the future. I've gotten to a place in my life where I find myself saying prayers of thanks for each and every day. One of my favorite quotes is "If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet and some spare change you are among the top 8 percent of the world's wealthy." We are so beyond blessed and take so much for granted.
Advice for other moms: In the famous words of Audrey Hepburn ... "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."
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