When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I think I just wanted the job so I could guarantee to have my summers off as well as Christmas break!
What would you rather be doing right now? I would rather be at home with my babies.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I tell people that I am allergic to pineapple, but I really just hate the taste of it. Don't tell my grandma!
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Receiving the honor of being named a 20 under 40.
It really stinks when ... you pour yourself a bowl of cereal and then realize your milk is expired.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Stubborn.
I always laugh when ... the Hormel pepperoni commercial comes on.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My husband, Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines. We are huge "Fixer Upper" fans in our household.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... eat ice cream, play with my kids and pray that tomorrow will be better.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a teacher's pet.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I met Kenny Chesney at the Adams County Fair when I was nine years old.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... get a pedicure.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... go sky diving.
America should be more concerned about ... children in foster care. I don't think people realize how many children are in the foster care system and without a stable home. We need more loving homes for these children.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Tervis cups and sunglasses.
When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Google. I'm a Google junkie. E-mail, calendar docs, everything I do is through my Google accounts.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "You don't have to like them, but you have to respect them." My mother.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... little baby noises from the back seat.
I always get sentimental when ... I see kids in hard situations. If I could take home all the kids I come across that could use help, I would need a mansion.
The older I get, the more I realize ... how important family and sleep are.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... do my wedding over. In a positive way. That was the one day that everyone that I loved got to be in the same room celebrating a huge milestone in my life.
My favorite item of clothing is ... Roxy slip-on shoes. I bought them when I was pregnant, and my feet started to grow (swell). I would plan what I was wearing around those shoes. They are so worn out and smelly, but they are the most comfortable things I have ever worn. If my husband could find them, he would pitch them!
If I've learned anything at all ... Being nice can go a long way. Stopping to say hello or shooting someone a smile can do a lot.
Kristin Lay, 27, is a native of Mendon. She graduated from Unity High School, John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University. She is married to Jeff, and they have two beautiful five-month-olds, Kinley and Jack. Lay is program director at the Quincy YMCA where she gets the privilege to oversee the after-school, summer camp. youth sports, adult sports and family programming.