Q: What hobbies or pastimes brings you greatest joy when you are not working?
Kristy: I really enjoy spending quality time with my family – and I especially enjoy taking road trips with them. My husband, Phil, and I have been married for 21 years now and have two beautiful daughters together, Kasey who is 14 years old and Carolyn who is 11 years old.
- Carolyn is full of energy, athleticism, stubbornness, free-spiritedness, boundless love and definitely creativity. She is a soccer player (and I quote “I always knew this would be my favorite sport” but only AFTER I made her go out for soccer). She loves soccer because she says she enjoys running really fast and pushing people. If you saw her on the field, you wouldn’t see the pushing… only the running. She also enjoys basketball and playing polocrosse on her horse ‘Bo’. One thing that continues to manifest itself in Carolyn is her artistic abilities. She spends almost all her free time with a drawing pad in her hand and is constantly drawing pictures. Both her Grandma (Mary) Isley and Grandma Goose are artists so it’s fun to see that talent in her too.
- Kasey is often mistaken as a high school or college student, which always blows my mind! Kasey really enjoys basketball, volleyball and of course, her horse Louie. She is still a dedicated barrel-racer and polocrosse rider and enjoys pursuing both of those activities. When she’s not riding, on her phone or at school – she is on the trampoline in our backyard. Kasey spends hours a day on the trampoline, even in cold weather! It’s fun to look out in the back yard and see her smiling and jumping away! Kasey is really enjoying middle school and loves attending the larger public school, Maplewood Middle School where she has made several new friends. And the best news about Kasey is – she’s 14 years old now and she’s still talking to us!
I also really enjoy spending time with our horses. I’ve been a horse lover since I was born and have ridden horses since I was four years old. Here I am 40+ years later and I’m still horse crazy! The best part about our lives now is that I’m able to enjoy my passion with my kids – which is more fun than I ever imagined! Terrie: So first, let me say I work a lot. I have the luxury of being an empty-nester and having a BEAUTIFUL office from which I work. The combination means I am working a lot and at odd hours. It’s hard for me to draw a line because I am very engaged in the work I do for my clients. That said, I do work to achieve a balance in my life that includes many fun activities including spending time with my husband and children, loving up my granddaughter Clara, and spending (never enough) time with my siblings and parents. So aside from the obvious joy I receive from my family, I do have a few hobbies and interests I enjoy.
I am a creature of winter and LOVE our Minnesota snow. It seems the past two years have left me wanting more by the time April rolls around. I love to downhill ski, and have also taken up snow shoeing on the 40 acres of land we own north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. When I was little I was in awe of my Grandma’s ability to produce beautiful oil and watercolor paintings. My Grandma taught herself to paint in her 50s. I was always under the impression I couldn’t draw a recognizable stick person. However, it all changed when I attended a “Paint and Pinot” at our local winery, North Folk Winery, and realized – my tulips actually look like tulips! Now don’t get me wrong. I needed some hands-on guidance from the painting instructor. What this day, spent with one of my best friends and my daughters, taught me, is that I do have some talent. In fact mine is the definition of latent talent. To date I have painted about eight pictures. A couple of them I look and shake my head in disbelief that I actually painted it! Acrylic on canvas is my medium at this point. We’ll see what the future holds!