Hello there! We want to introduce ourselves, and I'm last! I'm Rachel Bucher, one of the co-founders of Little & Mighty. I live in Austin, Texas, with my husband, our two boys, and our dog. I'm the one who does our marketing and website design. I've answered some questions below so you can get to know me a little more.
1. What is your favorite color?
Green. Not gross green or "I'm not really green" green, I mean true green. That rich, full of life shade of green that comes each year with Spring.
2. Where were you born?
I was born at home in Houston, Texas. Let's pause for a moment because you're either mentally high five'ing my mom (GO her MOM!) or a bit uneasy right now. Deep breaths for those who are uncomfortable - it all worked out.
3. What was the last book you read?
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
"We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life."
It's a beautiful set of essays and stories written by an incredibly talented young woman who tragically died in a car accident shortly after graduating college. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend grabbing a copy and diving in.
4. What was your first job?
I was a 'Deep' Lifeguard at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas. I say 'Deep' because I had to 'Deep Up'. Yep, you have to prove that you can also swim in deep water. Deep water is over four feet by the way. Go 16 year old me! You were pretty awesome. Are you wondering what that crazy word Schlitterbahn is that I just wrote? Trust me, it is the most awesome place ever. Water slides and rides for days. Lots of new rides and lots of old ones. The old ones are the best in my opinion. They aren't old like 'I might die old' - they are old like 'vintage fab old'. My family has been going there my entire life so it was kind of pre-destined. I mean did I really have another choice? Nope.
5. Do you love or hate roller coasters?
Flipping around, going fast and flying through the air. Plus a little stranger's throw up sprinkling - what's not to love?!? Seriously though, love.
6. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
Oh yes, there have been so many.
Early on 'Rachel Ma-clay-chel' - no idea why.
Then 'UG' last name 'LEE' - thank you dear grandpa of mine.
'Rockalita' in high school. This one had a song to go with it. 'Rock, a-lita, Rock, Rock, a-lita, Rock, a-lita, Rock!'
'Rae', 'Hot Rod', 'Fincher', 'Finch' in college. Those last two are super duper creative variations of my maiden name.
'Mama', 'Mom', 'Mommy' most recently. These are my favorite.
7. What did you want to be when you were little?
A singer, an actress and a dancer of course. Why oh why, can't I carry a tune? And why grandma did you tell me I could? Now the dancing part, I was pretty awesome at. There are videos to prove it. My cousin and I fancied ourselves professionals sans training.
8. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston. Oh wait, no that wouldn't be good. That was the song I sang to my grandma when she was encouraging my singing. Let's see, I would probably go with some good old school jam like 'Push It', 'Motown Philly', 'Regulators' or anything Tupac. Yep, I just told you all exactly what decade I grew up in.
9. What makes you laugh the most?
Reviews like this by this lovely lady. My friend, Jennifer. Her levels of ridiculousness stand hand in hand with mine. Soul mates? Probably.
10. What is your favorite movie?
Oh, that is a hard one. I love the indie flicks that make me cry. I also love Daniel Craig's James Bond films. Oh and I also love all films starring Ryan Gosling. Ryan would probably win here. It's okay, my husband knows.
11. What is your favorite dessert?
The goat cheese, honey and thyme ice cream at Lick. Yup, I did just write that. Stay with me for a moment - you won't regret it. Think homemade ice cream (from grass fed cows) with the most odd and surprisingly delicious things added in. Yes, goat cheese in ice cream. It's lovely and the thyme is fantastic. Now, next time you are in Austin, go get some. I'll be there in line waiting to try their next epic flavor combination so say hello as we wait for the creamy goodness together.
12. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
I got to go to Alaska somewhat recently for my brother and sister in laws' exchanging of the vows, so I think I have to go with Hawaii. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved it. It is beautiful but for the sake of unexplored territory, Hawaii wins. However, if you find yourself in Alaska, I highly recommend you take a very small plane to Skagway and ride the White Pass & Yukon Route. It's a train ride, for those who are wondering, and it's totally worth it. Now, when you're in the plane, ask your pilot if they will fly over a glacier. If they say yes, you're in for a treat. If you have a curious little one and a half year old sitting on your lap within arms length of the turn-able door handle, switch seats with someone, I beg you. Otherwise the entire flight you will have a child desperately trying to turn the doorknob (that just opens by the way) and get to say hello to your never-before-seen fear of heights. You won't be able to quite enjoy the co-pilot seat views and thrills your husband wants to tell you about when you are safely on solid ground because, well, that door - and that height - and that curious little guy.
13. What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love movie trailers/previews. Due to this, I like to arrive about 30 minutes early to films in the theater so I don't miss any. Oh and I also totally judge the movie I'm about to see by the quality of the previews. Yep, talking about you Deadpool.
14. What three things do you think of the most each day?
When was the last time I showered? What do we have to eat? Man, my little guys look big.
15. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Rachel McAdams - I have a girl crush.
16. How did you meet your spouse?
He and I met through a mutual friend. He was living in Dallas and I was in Austin at the time. We didn't see each other for about a year after that then we met up again and as they say, the rest is history.
17. How did you come up with your kids' names?
So, my husband and his siblings are named after trains and my siblings are named after family members. I however, just got named - not after family. Kind of like the odd duckling but I guess it's just that middle child syndrome. I digress, but we decided to follow suite and named our first son after my husband and put a 'II' on the end. Then we followed the same convention with our second son, naming him after a locomotive manufacturer and a friend of my husband's in South Africa that has worked on locomotives his entire life.
18. What motivates you?
My men. The two little ones and the big one. And creating, I love creating.
19. What is one thing your kid does that just slays you?
Oh, there are so many, let's narrow it down a smidge.
My oldest has an awesome way of saying chocolate, 'CHOT-LAT'. I try to talk about chocolate lots just to hear him say it.
My youngest wakes up in the mornings and rolls over and grabs my face and pushes his nose to mine and says 'LOW MOMMY... LOW! I LOOOOVE...OU!'
20. Are you a night or morning person?
Hehe! This made me laugh. I am a night person. Maybe it's because it's been about five years since I've slept but mostly I just love the nighttime. Or maybe it's that five years of not sleeping thing. So coffee.
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