Ten Things You Might Not Know About Me:
1. Not only am I married to an Episcopal priest, my dad, brother, and brother-in-law are all Episcopal priests, as was my late “adopted” grandfather.
2. My favorite holiday is Easter. I also love birthdays, and have a lot of fun making family birthdays special occasions.
3. I love to cook and bake, but I am not very crafty. My favorite thing to cook is probably roast chicken, because my whole family will eat it!
4. Our sons are Rowan, age 6, and Ben, age 3. I think these are my favorite ages so far, but I have said that about (no joke) every single age and stage. I adore my kids. We feel very fortunate that they also adore each other … most of the time.
5. Neil and I met through mutual friends, whose wedding he would be performing a few months later. At the time, Neil drove a “chick magnet” car – a black Ford Mustang. I drove an ancient Oldsmobile.
6. We are dog people! Our dog, Tippet, is a black lab mix who is almost 9 years old. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, and we adopted her when we were still living in Virginia.
7. I love reading and learning new things. If I were to take a class in something now, I think I would like to take a photography class, or a creative writing class. My favorite writers are Anne Lamott, Barbara Kingsolver, David Sedaris, and Gail Godwin. I love reading with our kids – everything from Mo Willems to C.S. Lewis, and everything in-between.
8. I am trained as a lawyer, but for the past seven years, I have worked as a contract attorney and piano teacher, and I’ve enjoyed the flexibility I’ve had to spend time with our kids. If you want to know more about piano lessons, click here.
9. When we got married, I told Neil that I would follow him wherever he wanted to go, with two exceptions: I didn’t want to live in Alaska (more for the darkness than for the cold, believe it or not), and I didn’t want to live anywhere where I had to do all of my grocery shopping at a convenience store. I think I gave him a fairly wide berth, and we’ve been really happy wherever we’ve landed.
10. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would love to visit Paris. And Austria. And Egypt. And Norway. And Scotland. OK, I might have trouble narrowing that down. I love hearing about others’ travel stories, too.
Now, tell me about yourselves! What are your favorite things to do? I am looking forward to knowing you.
And … since so many of you have asked what you can do to help us settle in, please answer any or all of the questions below, in a comment to this post. I would love to hear your opinions! If you don’t feel comfortable sharing them in a public comment, please feel free to email me at carrie (dot) willard (at) gmail (dot) com. We are excited to settle in, and we are so grateful for your help and input. For reference, we will be living in West U.
What is your favorite thing to do with young kids in Houston?
What is the best kept secret in Houston?
What is the best place for a date night?
How have you found great babysitters?
What is the best day trip from Houston?
What is the best thing to do when it’s too hot/humid/rainy to be outside?
Where are the best 4th of July fireworks?
Please share the name of your favorite:
Emergency department/ Urgent Care
Hair salon (for men and women)
Car repair shop
Park (dog parks, too!)
Museum or attraction
Event or festival
Place to see the stars