Shred Mommies: Missy Samiee
Tell us your role at Exit Real World?
My title is “proprietress” which is a fun way of saying lady shop owner. In my position, I truly do a bit of everything. I write orders, merchandise the store, do accounting, and even take out the trash!
How do you like being a mom? How many children do you have? Ages?
I love being a mama! Our kids are LuLu (9), Julius (7), and Jasper (2).
Missy with her three kids at Timberline
Do you plan on having any more?
I wish, but no. I had super difficult pregnancies. Spent 5 months in bed with our newest little guy. It was crazy, but worth every minute of it!!!
Besides motherhood, what have you been up to?
I truly feel like almost all of my time is split just between running EXIT and taking care of the family. As a full time working mom, I often find myself wishing I had more time for the kids. So, when I have any time off, I definitely try to be a real hands on mom.
What’s been the biggest surprise about motherhood?
That it was even possible to love someone so much!
Are there things you miss about life before kids? (Like peeing alone?)
That is so funny—- you crack me up! I do miss having more time for EXIT. It was such a 24-7 part of my life for it’s first 10 years, that sometimes I miss being able to jump in and do things myself. Letting go is hard for me!
Do you still get in plenty of shred time?
Since having kids, my trips to the mountain are definitely much fewer! Things seem to be turning around for us as our two older kids are starting to get the hang of snowboarding. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have any full on shredders, yet. But, we can make it down the hill without anyone (me included) crying!
Missy’s seven-year-old Son Ready to Shred.
What have you found to be the most challenging as a mother when it comes to raising children?
Patience! I totally pray for more, every day!!!
Did you snowboard when you were pregnant?
I did snowboard a couple times in the first trimester with my first baby. I’m not sure if this didn’t happen with the second two due to already having one baby at home, or if I was older and wiser!
LuLu, 9 years old, riding the chair by herself.
What age did you put your kids on snow?
We’ve put our kids “on snow” as early as age 2. This was really just so they could say they’ve been snowboarding since age 2! Really, though, I don’t recommend anything much earlier than 4 or 5. Before this age, they just don’t seem to have the strength. Starting our two older children at this extremely early age proved to be more for us then for them! Our little guy Jasper (2) seems to be the exception. When taking a run last week, at the bottom of the hill, he said “Let’s do it again!” He has some proud parents!
2-year-old Jasper eating snow.
Any tips of the trade on balancing motherhood, shop ownership, and marriage?
My husband and I waited quite a while before getting married and having kids. I think being a little older, I’m personally more prepared for family life than I would have been in my early days. On the other hand, I sometimes feel like I gave my entire youth (20’s) to EXIT and put off my personal life in order to see the business succeed. The whole balance between one’s self and one’s family is such a challenge for women. I don’t know what the perfect answer is, but I think whatever your situation is, just committing to making things work will make everything happen!
Jake and Missy on a Work/Play Date!
In your spare time (do you have any?!) what do you enjoy doing?
I love shopping—it’s my guilty pleasure!
Advice for getting back into shape after having a baby?
Breastfeeding was always my weapon of choice. Running after a two year has been helping me, too. I do want to start a more structured exercise program. Any suggestions?