Answer Me This! Kendra’s in France, So I Ask ALL THE QUESTIONS!

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While the lovely Kendra is globetrotting in Europe, I get to host her awesome link up: Answer me this! Here’s my answers to last week’s questions. Next week’s questions are below, so join in on the fun!


1. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever been in your yard?


If you’re talking about our current yard, I’d probably have to say our creepy next-door-neighbor who always seems to be hiding in the bushes. Also he wears suspenders with no shirt almost every day. So there’s that. But, if you mean any yard we’ve ever had, then I would say, “That giant cottonmouth that was sunbathing in our driveway in Texas. HUGE. Biggest snake I’ve ever seen. Our housemate shot it’s head off with a shotgun. And then, all the men of the house decided it would be a great idea TO EAT IT. No, I did not try it. Yes, it was gross and I got to say I told you so.

2. Beards. Thumbs up or thumbs down?


Um…thumbs up, of course. I married this guy:
Did you write that one just for me, Kendra?


3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it?


Absolutely not. If one of the kids rips a shirt or a button comes off, they say, “It’s ok, Daddy can sew it back on.” Or, “Grandaddy can fix our fan.” They know I’m hopeless.


4. What was your first car?


When I was in high school my parents let me drive their Camry around a lot. I didn’t have a car for the first two years of college. Then when Daniel and I got married my parents gifted the ol’ Camry to us. And it was awesome and the best car ever until a truck ran a red light and hit me and totaled it in January. Sad.


5. How often do you eat out?


Once a week. Daniel and I have a standing “date night,” meaning only nursing babies come with us. (If they can’t talk, and we can have a real conversation, it’s kind of like they’re not there, right?) The big kids go to grandma’s house. It is awesome and so great for our marriage and makes me really happy. Also, we always go to the same restaurant. Because their Pad Thai is the best, and why go anywhere else? Are we boring? Don’t answer that. We’re boring and full of delicious Pad Thai!


6. Why is your hair like that?


I’ve always enjoyed having short hair and my hair was short on and off since high school. And I dyed it every color under the sun.


After blonde and pink, before ginger and black. Daniel is too cool for school.
But after Lucy was born I had long hair and then experienced that lovely post partum hair-falling-out thing. And I really like to take baths but not when I’m BATHING IN HAIR. Oh my gosh, it makes me cringe just thinking about it.
Back to brown. Red highlights. Adorable little Benjamin bear.
So, I got it cut really short and died it blonde and haven’t grown it out again.
Oh goodness! Baby Lucy!
I also have loved red hair since I was 5 and saw Anne of Green Gables for the first time. So, when I’m not pregnant and less worried about chemicals being on my hair, I go for the red.
Newborn Gwen Stellamaris! 
It’s naturally a brown. But kinda mousey? Hope you enjoyed that ridiculous walk through the history of my hair. Now I have baby fever from browsing pictures of tiny kiddos. Thanks a lot. 😉


Here are NEXT WEEK‘s questions. You’ll answer them over at Catholic All YearNext week.


1. Beach or Mountains? Where would you rather be?


2. Which is more fun: Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning?


3. What’s the most embarrassing childhood outfit you remember wearing?


4. Your house is quiet, you don’t have to do work (housework included). What do you do?


5. What movie do you want to watch when you’re feeling under the weather?


6. Did you have an American Girl doll when you were little? If so, which one?


Next week’s installment will go live at 10pm Pacific Saturday night (at Catholic All Year) and will be open until 10pm Wednesday night.So, please, answer this week’s questions for yourself in the comments here at Carrots for Michaelmas. If you have a blog, answer the questions there, link back to this post, and link your blog post up below. Thanks for playing along!
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  1. says

    I’m very jealous of your standing date night. I so badly wish we had family in town but we just can’t afford eating out plus paying a sitter. Someday…

    Well, hmmm, I do want to answer these questions. But I’m on a blogging break? I shall answer them here, yeah?

    1. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever been in your yard? Hmm, well, as a married adult I’ve never had a yard, and as a non married adult, I don’t think there was anything scary in it. As a kid we had snakes. But I kind of like snakes. So spiders?

    2. Beards. Thumbs up or thumbs down? Thumbs neutral. My husband plucks out his chin hairs when he’s nervous and couldn’t grow a beard to save his life anyway, so I guess it’s a good think I’m not a beard girl.

    3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it? Some things, yes.

    4. What was your first car? A bright yellow Geo Storm. It was my grandma’s and since she barely drove, she gave it to me when I turned 16. It was 10 years ole when she gave it to me and in perfect condition, less than 15,000 miles. I loved it soooooo much.

    5. How often do you eat out? Probably once a week.

    6. Why is your hair like that? Well, I started growing it out when I got engaged in 2009 and it’s only now as long as I wish it was for my wedding in 2010. I love my hair long. It needs a trim but I’m too lazy. And I don’t like coloring my hair. I’ve had highlights in it three times and it’s just too much upkeep and damages my hair and I’m really just too simple of a gal for things like that.

    Thanks for hosting, Haley.

    • Haley says

      Have y’all every done a date night in? Put Lucia to bed a bit early and cook each other dinner and have some wine? Talk or watch a movie and be romantic? It’s not quite the same as going out for a date but we alway send up having a great time if we plan for it to be special and enjoy each other’s company.

  2. Angela says

    Too funny.

    1. Scariest thing? I remember getting scared as a kid when playing alone but I think the only scary thing that has ever been in my yard (other than a burglar who I didn’t see) were wasps.

    2. Beards – Thumbs up but my husband has the neck beard thing going on.

    3. I can fix most things except electronics and vehicle issues. I’d like to think my childhood spent in my dads shop has taught me a few things about tools.

    4. My dad bought me an old 1970’s Jetta when I was in high school. But it wasn’t till I was a few days shy of my 26th birthday (and two kids) that I got my licence. So I guess my first true car is our 2010 Ford Fusion. Best car Ever.

    5. We eat out a couple times a month. It’s been a while that we have as a family since our 2 year old is usually shouting at the top of his lungs “outtahere!!”

    6. My hair? Long, dark brown. Been like that since forever. Seriously. Dyed only once and never went back because I never was motivated to keep it up. I love going short but my husband prefers it long (Belle is his favourite Disney princess), so I usually only cut it before a new baby is born. It is also usually in the dreaded ponytail or bun. When I braid it or leave it down and long, my 4 year old son will gasp and say how Beautiful my hair is. He will sometimes make me promise to braid my hair on certain occasions. Ok kid. I get it. My hairdo’s are boring.

    • Haley says

      “Outtahere!” Haha. That is so funny. We couldn’t take our oldest out to eat for the longest time, but thankfully the girls are pretty low key so VERY occasionally we all go out to eat. But it’s usually reserved for date nights.

  3. Erin says

    1. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever been in your yard?

    Wasps, I guess? I’ve never been stung, so I guess I haven’t developed a fear of them, but my husband acts like its a big deal.

    2. Beards. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

    Thumbs down-ish. I think they look good on some once they’re actually grown out, but I hate the in-between so much that my poor hubby isn’t ever going to have one.

    3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it?

    I was just told by my 3 year old that Mommy is a good fixer, so I’ll take it!

    4. What was your first car?

    A 1995 Honda Accord

    5. How often do you eat out?
    We eat a real meal out about once a week or a little less, but I’m really bad about just “picking up a snack” a few more times than that.

    6. Why is your hair like that?

    I have trichophagia, and I’ve given up trying to “break the habit” of biting my hair. It was always shoulder length in the back and mouth length on the sides, but that has never really been in style. I got it cut short in the back so that it tapers down just a little to the sides which stayed the same length and now for the first time I feel like my hair is kinda hip! Also its super easy to take care of and looks good even if I don’t dry it, so that’s nice with the kids.

    • Haley says

      Yes to the looking good without having to dry it! I absolutely can’t keep up with any styling that takes longer than 12 seconds 😉

  4. says

    Your hair SO makes me want to go short. I’ve NEVER had short-short hair (chin-length has been my shortest ever). But I’m desperately afraid it’ll turn into a frizzy poof-ball of doom. Or that it’ll look mannish or old-lady-ish instead of looking cute and pixie-ish like yours does. I’m super-tempted though… especially living on a tropical island where I want to die of heat when my hair hangs down on my neck…

  5. says

    I loved the history of your hair Haley! My favourite is the short blonde hairstyle.. it’s almost making me want to go there buuuut I’m not that brave. Long it is. And your date night system sounds awesome.

  6. says

    #6 yes yes! I am a bathaholic and hate hair in my bath, my husband always scoffs at me, but I wrestle with growing my hair out because look at all the falling out hair!! Ha! I am currently with the longest hair I’ve ever had because of my sisters September wedding. but I loved that one especially since I have always been the same way, from pink to black to blue and blonde, but now my natural auburn with blonde “tails” as my 3 year old calls my hidden highlights! Short long short medium then short again! Your hair is lovely and I may have a touch of hair jealousy over here 😉

    • Haley says

      I have to admit that one of the cool things about being a mom/writer is that I don’t have to worry about having a professional grown-up hair color. I’ve been thinking blue highlights or a blue streak in the bangs might be fun someday 🙂

    • Haley says

      Thanks, Laura! The blonde was fun. It was very low maintenance because my stylist colored it so that it looked like brown roots were intentional so I could go a LONG time between cuts/color.

  7. says

    You are brave and fun with your hair! Does your husband usually have a say/opinion about what you decide to do with it? Or does he just love what you do in general? Just curious 🙂 What about your kids? Last time I got mine highlighted, my girls were all amazed and said, “Your hair is beautiful mama!!” Kind of fun that they are old enough to notice now.

    Thanks for hosting, Haley!

    • Haley says

      He rarely has a strong opinion about my hair and says things like, “I think you look nice no matter what you do with your hair!” Which is very sweet of him, but sometimes I grill him for his REAL opinion…but I don’t think he really has one. He prefers red or brown to blonde because he says blonde washes out my fair (ahem, pale) skin a bit. Which makes sense. But it was like pulling teeth to get him to state that opinion, haha.

  8. says

    I really like the blonde hair! You’re one of those lucky people who can pull off almost any hair color. It makes me want to experiment. I have done everything else to my hair but never dyed it, because it’s naturally very very dark and seems like it would be a huge pain. I’d love to read your advice on how to dye your hair yourself. I’m going to guess you DIY rather than go to a pro, but don’t take that as judgment on the result! I think you look great.

    • Haley says

      Mary, if your hair is very dark, it probably would be difficult to do, especially if you did it yourself. These days I actually get my hair done by a friend who is a pro. I dyed my hair myself for years, but it would end up getting damaged, so I had to keep it short. Dye in a box is a lot worse for your hair. A colorist knows how much to use to get the color you want but without damaging so much. So, especially if you’ve never colored it before, I’d get it done professionally the first time for sure!

  9. says

    Your standing date night sounds amazing! Love that y’all get to have that time together! And your hair is so fun! I’d love to be able to pull of a cute pixie cut!

  10. says

    This is so much fun! And I’ve been neglecting my blog for the past year (and I only ever write about food anyway), I’m posting my answers here.

    1. When I was 6 or 7, a tarantula came crawling up our driveway! (It seemed huge at the time, but I don’t know how big it actually was.) My little sister jumped up on the hood of our dad’s car and yelled “Spider!” One of my parents caught it and made a little habitat for it in a bucket, and we all brought it to school the next day to show our classmates. I don’t know why we did that. It sounds crazy now. I also have no recollection of what we did with it after that. :/

    2. I really wanted to say thumbs up on this one. Just yesterday, my husband finally shaved off a beard he’d been trying to grow for a few weeks. The Arkansas spring was already too hot for him, and I just couldn’t get past the prickly-ness of it. I like beards just fine on other people’s husbands, but I haven’t been able to get used to it on mine.

    3. Yes! I inherited this from my mom who grew up on a farm and is super handy and resourceful.

    4. 1991 Nissan Sentra, purchased for $700 in 1999. I thought it was a steal!

    5. Once or twice a month, maybe — more often when my parents visit because they’re always wanting to take us out to eat. I love to cook, and I love how much cheaper and healthier it is than eating out.

    6. Oh, my hair. I could write a memoir just about my hair. It is really (and I mean REALLY) curly. For the first 16 years of my life, my hair was a huge struggle and probably my least favorite thing about myself. It drove me crazy when older ladies would tell me how lucky I was and how people paid hundred of dollars to get their hair to look like that. When I was little, my mom kept it short, but I always wanted it to be long. As a small child, I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror with a towel over my head pretending I had long hair. The cut was pretty cute on me for a while, but I think it started to look awkward when I was around 8 or so. I finally decided/convinced my mom that I should grow it out when I was 9 years old. It took until I was 11 for it to be long enough to pull into a ponytail, and I had a decent relationship with my hair for the next few years. Then I got to junior high and became more self-conscious. I started having my hair chemically relaxed and would then spent an hour (or more) on it with a blow dryer and straightener every few days. Then one time the stylist left the straightening cream in it too long, and over the next few weeks, a row of hair along my part and underneath the back broke off! I was horrified when I realized what was going on. I tell myself that I camouflaged it well over the next year — or however long it took to grow out to a reasonable length — but people could probably tell that something was off. I never again let a straightening chemical come near my hair. It was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me as far as my appearance goes, though. After so many years of fighting my hair, I finally embraced the curls and over the next few years, figured out the best way to wear it. Now, I get compliments on it all the time. (I also get the frequent “Is your hair naturally curly?” or “Is that your real hair?” — but I take those as compliments too. :)) And as far as I know, the 5 minutes I spend styling it every couple days is way less time than most women spend on their hair.

  11. M. E. says

    Better late than never… so here goes:
    1. Scariest thing in your yard? – Well, one year it was the giant (yeah, really, a giant – six foot three inches, to be exact) Easter Bunny that came hopping onto the premises. Our children’s eyes got absolutely huge and our oldest said, “The Easter Bunny is as big as Danny Manning!” {He’s the University of Kansas Basketball star who led the 1988 team to the NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship – we can tell by that that we really admire him around these parts 🙂 }

    2. Beards – thumbs up (none of the men in my life currently sport one, but still…

    3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it? Sometimes, maybe, that depends – unless there’s a guy around who can and then I totally defer that action to him, as I have lots of other things I can do!

    4. 1st car – baby blue Volkswagen Beetle (loved it then, still love it now tho it’s just a memory ’cause I sure don’t have it anymore)!

    5. How often do you eat out – once a week, but sometimes we bring takeout home.

    6. Why is your hair like that? – Hmmm, I’m not often asked that question, but my hair is “like that” now because it used to be long but I cut it all off (to about 3 inches in length) to donate about 12 inches of it to Locks of Love for my mother, who lost her hair during chemotherapy treatments for cancer. I just wanted to kinda rock her look, if you know what I mean! Anyway, it’s growing out again and I asked my stylist for “highlights” and she dyed it ALL blonde, so I can totally blame this look on her!

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