Lauren Pratt of Norman, OK
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?
A: I was born and raised in Fayetteville, AR. It’s a beautiful college town in the NW corner of the state. I graduated from the University of Arkansas and moved to Norman, OK for Graduate School. I thought I was moving for 20 months but 11 years later, I’m still here!!
Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A: I was out on a run on campus in Norman in between classes. He was at a mutual friend’s house getting ready for a bike ride. My friend called me across the street for a drink of water and the rest is history!!! Anyone close to us knows how appropriate this is. My husband is a competitive cyclist and I run marathons so it’s only right that we first met doing what we love.
Q: My favorite thing to talk about is my kids. Tell us about YOURS.
A: Natalie is 4.5 and Davis is almost 2. They are the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Natalie loves purple to no end, loves to swim and act out scenes from Arial but has such a serious, studious side for a 4 year old. She is me, reincarnated.
Davis is our little wild man. From the moment he wakes up until the moment he lies down at night he never stops. He keeps me on my toes for sure but at the end of the day he’s my little snuggle bunny! He has the funniest sense of humor and is obsessed with hats, bikes and his dad’s lawn mower.
Q: What did you do in your previous life? Pre-Matilda Jane?
A: I have an MS in Exercise Physiology and immediately after graduating went to work for the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, working for the Pediatric Diabetes Research unit. I worked on some amazing research studies and with some amazing scientists. After Natalie was born I went back to work part-time as a Research Coordinator in this same section at Children’s. But, after Davis was born it just was not the right fit for our family anymore so I started staying at home with them full time.
Q: How did Matilda Jane find YOU?
A: I bought my first Matilda Jane piece for Natalie when she was 4 months old. Keep in mind – they were all size 2 pieces since everything in her size was already sold out!!! She (and I) had to wait forever for her to get into those. I still have that first knot dress I bought her; don’t think I will ever be able to part with that one. I bought a few pieces the following Fall for her and I’ve been in love ever since. After that I began hosting shows with my Trunk Keeper, Heather Stauffer every season! When the opportunity came along for me to be able to apply for a Trunk Keeper position I immediately jumped on it!!!
Q: Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?
A: I would have to say my mom. I remember from a very young age her instilling confidence and independence in me. She also gave me every opportunity to explore what I wanted to do. Whether it was ballet, or basketball or student council – she was there pushing and supporting me.
Q: What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?
A: Trustworthy, Supportive, Responsible, Disciplined, Honest
Q: Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?
A: Running and cooking. I started running marathons when I was in Grad school and have completed 7 Fulls, 9 Halfs and I’m training for my 8th full in October. Running is my momma stress relief!!! Cooking is also a stress reliever for me. I love trying new recipes for our family and swapping ideas with friends.
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
A: Chocolate!!! No question.
Q: Are you a dreamer or a realist?
A: Definitely a realist. Ask anyone who knows me and it is probably one of the biggest annoyances to my family.
Q: Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?
A: To make the panhandle of Florida within an hour of Norman! Seaside, FL is my favorite place on earth but it is such a LONG trip for us to get there!!!!!
Q: If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose? Why?
A: I would split it between the American Cancer Society and the National MS Society. Both of these diseases took grandparents from me before I had the chance to meet them. I wish I would have had the chance to know them and my parents to have more time with their own parents.
Q: What is YOUR “must have” Paint by Numbers piece?
A: Mine is the Caribbean Millie top. I love that it is so soft and slightly longer in the back. But, I would have to say that the Brushstroke Gentry skirt trumps all. My daughter has been in LOVE with it since my sample came in. She wore the size 8 around for days (even though that’s not her size) until hers came in!!! She loves that it spins and has so many different fabrics for her to match a shirt to!!!