Here are my answers to the questions she asked me! To see the questions I had for her, head over to her blog~
1. You're southern born and raised. What is you favorite southern quality?
This is a tough one because I've never really known anything else. I have never lived anywhere other than the South. Southerners have a reputation for being hospitable and friendly. I've have generally found that to be true and love that about living here. Of course, we also have some really good food!
2. I am city born and raised but a happy southern adoptee. Are there any stereotypes you have/had about us city folk? Have you found them to be true or false?
I think some southerners assume that "city folk" (and northerners in particular) are not as friendly and that they look down on Southerners as being less intelligent "rednecks." That's not true in my experience, though. I have met some big city transplants that are super nice and some of my best blogging buddies live in New England. When I first vlogged, I was worried that others would laugh at my Southern drawl, but several blog friends from around the country said it was "cute" and "endearing." Nobody made fun of me. No matter where you are, you will find nice people and not-so-nice people. It really has very little to to with where you were raised and much more to do with how you were raised.
3. I love the slower pace of the country and the overall friendliness. Have you ever been to the city and was it a shock to your southern charm?
Yes! I went to New York City for the first time when I was in college and it was definitely a shock, especially when we got on the subway going in the wrong direction. I have also been lucky enough to travel to Paris. It was absolutely amazing, but so very different form my usual way of life. Lastly, I recently went to Las Vegas for the first time. That was some definite culture shock! Vegas is "in your face" all the time and I was not a big fan.
4. My Aunt was a Special Needs High School teacher for over a decade and often brought me in as a teen to help. I know it takes a very patient and tender hearted spirit. How did you decide to teach special needs?
It was actually rather accidental. In college, I majored in child development and took several classes on inclusion and special needs. However, that was not my intended career focus. I went to college on a wonderful scholarship that required me to teach in the public school system for a few years upon graduation (or else actually re-pay the scholarship financially.) Well, there weren't many open positions for preschool teachers in the public school system, but I found one that was for a preschool special needs teacher that would essentially be co-teaching with a classroom PreK teacher. I interviewed, got the job, and naively thought "I took the classes. I can do this!" I won't lie, that first year was rough. By Christmas break, I was about ready to quit. However I had a great co-teacher who was also my mentor. She became (and still is) a wonderful friend. Through her support and many, many tears, I got through the tough times and fell in love with my students. I truly felt called to continue working with special needs children. I continued in the position for a few more years, eventually moving into my own classroom, until I had my first daughter and became a SAHM.
5. You mention your 'pull your hair out moments' and yes we ALL have them. How do you resist the urge? I escape to the bathroom or a book.
If I can, I escape to my computer to blog or peruse social media. If I can't do that, I just try to walk away for a few minutes to my bedroom or maybe the bathroom and take some deep breaths.
6. You're a list maker. Do you make your list mentally, digitally or the old school pen and paper way?
Old school -pen a paper. I usually have several lists going at a time. Today, I have a house "to-do" list and a blog "to-do" list. There's always a list stuck to the desk at my office of the things I need to get done at work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also keep this dry erase board on my refrigerator to write down groceries as I run out of things. (Helpful Hint: Put a board like this on your fridge. When you need to run to the store, just snap a picture with your phone. Then, you don't have to worry about forgetting your list at home!)
7. If you could learn any sport instantly what would it be?
Right now, it would be fast pitch softball! I played softball in high school and actually pitched, but it was slow pitch way back then. My oldest daughter is playing softball this season. Her league is the first age when they do kid pitch and she wants to be a pitcher, but it is fast pitch. It's very different from what I did and I wish I could help her more.
8. Share your funniest awkward moment.
The most recent one I can think of happened at one of those school awards ceremonies at my two younger daughters' elementary school. I was sitting with some other parent friends and we were giggling at the scowl one of their daughters was sporting that day. She was obviously in a bad mood and the dad was lamenting about how moody his daughter had become recently. I joked that "maybe it's genetic!" trying to be funny and suggest that he was moody as well. Only problem?? His daughter is adopted - from China. Definitely an open mouth/insert foot moment! Fortunately, he laughed about it and retorted with a joke about me having a "blonde moment."
9. Pick three words for these three letter that describe who you are as a person. T G S :) T - Thoughful; G -Grateful (for all my blessings); S -Smart
10. What's the last song you heard? Did you like it or hate it?
I love music and I often listen to Pandora on my computer while I'm typing a blog post. As I type this, right this second, I'm listening to "Crash My Party" by Luke Bryan. I love it and have it on my iPod as well. :-)