I’ve always been a night person. I’ve never been able to go to sleep early, even when I should. And I do NOT like getting up in the morning, especially if it’s ridiculously early. I’d rather stay up all night if necessary.
2. What are your morning routines like?
If my husband is already up, I usually roll over in bed and indulge my iphone addiction and check all of my regular interweb haunts. As you can see above, I’m not a heroic minute kind of gal. I like to take my time and begin conscious functioning as slowly as humanly possible, then it’s downstairs for sparkling water: (first) breakfast of champions! I head back up to brush teeth, shower, and get dressed (usually with a very short, impressively loud entourage). Then down again to make breakfast. I write for a bit while the kiddos eat, then we start our homeschool day at the kitchen table or pack up some books and folders and head for a tea house, library, or park of our choice. We have become connoisseurs of homeschool anywhere but home.
3. What's your favorite snack for yourself?
I know most people don’t think this counts, but: iced tea. If I’m having a crisis craving, more likely than not, it’s for tea. Black tea is my personal staff of life. But a snack is something you eat, you cry! Exactly, I chew the ice. (Yes, weep, ye dental professionals everywhere!) I find it incredibly soothing. Sonic ice is best, but I’m willing to sacrifice for proper tea. If you reeeeeally want to know a food to call the answer legit, I’d probably say cheese or olives.
4. What's your favorite snack to give to your kiddos?
They love Babybel cheese, so I guess they take after their mama. Must be that strong French blood-line we have going. Vive le fromage!
5. Favorite thing to bake in the Fall or Winter?
Pumpkin bread in the fall and Christmas cookies in the winter. I love to bake, especially when it culminates in decorating. I make all my kid’s birthday cakes and try to make the cakes for my grandparents and little cousins, nieces, and nephews whenever possible. My absolute favorite baking event is making king cake with my sister for Mardi Gras. It takes all day, but it is soooooooooooo worth it.
6. Favorite dinner to make during the Fall or Winter? I’m a firm believer that true cold weather food comes from a crockpot. I like beef roast and sweet potato stew. Add corn bread and my winter gustatory life is pretty complete. We also love making “Build a Mountain” (a little tradition from my husband’s side of the family), which I’d describe as the most massive and amazing pile of homemade frito pie you’ve ever seen: We use the Pioneer Woman’s chili recipe (and add extra spice), then adorn with fritos, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, shredded cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, and pretty much anything else we can find…. hence “a mountain”!
7. What do you miss about your college years?
I really miss the feeling that everything was still ahead of me and any given future was open to me.
8. What's your favorite way to love your spouse?
Cleaning and tidying the house. His mom’s house has always looked (and looks) like a model home. I am… how to put this delicately… infinitely less impressive on the organizational and decorational fronts, but I do try my best to pick up the chaos before he comes home and to do a massive deep clean on occasion, because I know he loves orderliness.
9. What's your favorite way to love your parents?
We eat. A lot. My extended family is pretty large and the majority of us grew up in the same city. We spent a lot of time at enormous family dinners. Nowadays, we meet up with my parents and eat out together at least once a week, and I talk or text with them a few times a week-- especially to send pics of the girls.
10. Do you have a note perpetually covering your doorbell (like me) telling people to not ring your doorbell in case there's a child napping? If not, do you love your doorbell?
My note threatened life and limb for even KNOCKING on my door. Our dogs are firm, enthusiastic, and vocal believers in their guardianship of the portal to the outside world. Friends and family knew to text when they pulled in the driveway. Now that the youngest rarely naps, we no longer use it, but I am definitely militant about protecting down time when a baby is in the mix. I’d love my doorbell more if it triggered a light flicker instead of noise. Down with doorbellery!
2. What book are you currently reading?
3. Which candy do you covet in your kids’ Halloween stash?
4. What did you wear in your hair when you got married?
5. Do you prefer to hand-write or type?
6. Pickles: Dill or Sweet?
7. Pies: Apple or Pumpkin?
8. Which do you enjoy more: cooking or baking?
9. Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle or vespa?
10. Do you play any musical instruments?