20 Questions with Krystine Edwards
Krystine Edwards and her husband, Ryan, premiered their TV show “Move In Ready” on HGTV in June. Based in Charleston, Krystine is a designer while Ryan, a Greenville native, is a general contractor. The South Carolina couple juggles their efforts to provide move-in-ready homes that celebrate Charleston’s unique architecture and parenting their two young sons, Cooper, 7, and Channing, 4.
1. What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has ever done?
Took off all of their clothes and put on my heels and walked around the house.
2. What quality do you most admire in others?
I admire patience and honesty in people.
3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
There are so many. I am an only child, but spent every summer with my four cousins in Spartanburg. They were like brothers and sisters and not cousins. We had so much fun growing up together.
4. How do you juggle being a working parent with your two children?
It is really hard some days. My schedule is never consistent. Luckily between school and help from a nanny we keep the chaos down to a minimum.
5. What advice would you give other working parents?
Don’t try to do it all and saying “no” is OK. Include your children in things, even cleaning the house. My boys love to be a part and help with everything. On weekends, they’re outside with my husband doing yard work and they love it!
6. How has being filmed affected your parenting?
It is time consuming. We miss the boys when we have 12-hour days. So, we brought them to where we were filming. The crew rocked and were so good to the boys. The boys adore them.
7. What’s your super power?
Ha, I don’t think I have one. It used be non-stop energy, but these days you can find me asleep on the sofa by 8. I’m tired lately!
8. What is your favorite TV show?
We love getting into series. I finished “Homeland,” “House of Cards” and I’m in the middle of “Mad Men.”
9. When you were younger, what did you want to be?
When I was younger I wanted to be a business owner. Not sure what kind though. We always played office. My family owned a plastic drinkware company in Spartanburg called Betras Plastics and we always pretended to work there.
10. What is something important life has taught you?
I always wanted to rush and grow up quickly, so it couldn’t happen fast enough. Now that I have my children it can’t slow down. It seems to go faster when there’s more then one child because you can’t seem to divide your time enough. If our children show up in our bed in the middle of the night we keep them there. I love waking and seeing their sweet faces. So, I’ve learned things don’t always have to be scheduled or perfect, just embrace it. Because one day we will look back and think, those were the good days.
11. What is your favorite family ritual?
We go to the beach every Sunday morning as a family. We go very early and have it all to ourselves and love it so much.
12.What always makes you laugh?
The boys do; they say the funniest things.
13. What would surprise people about you?
I’m bilingual and speak Polish fluently
14. What has surprised you most about being a parent?
How much of yourself you give up, especially when they’re young, but not in a bad way. My children are everything and everything I did was for them. I lost time for myself and neglected myself. But now that they’re a little older, I realize how important it is to be healthy and exercise and to show them the importance of taking care of yourself. My oldest son will go on runs with me, we have to stop and walk, and I wouldn’t change that for anything.
15. What is your favorite indulgence?
Cookies and milk. I don’t know why! I love my milk on ice and some cookies before bed.
16. Whom do you most admire?
My almost 93-year-old grandmother. She was an immigrant from Poland, came to America, worked three jobs and raised four children. She saved all of her money and lived mortgage free. She didn’t have a college degree or anything, just a strong work ethic. She raised me and pushed me to be the best I could. She is everything to me.
17. Early bird or night owl?
Both! When Ryan isn’t traveling, I will stay up later and let him take care of the kids. When he’s gone, I’m up and at it early.
18. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you choose?
It would be my grandfather. He passed when I was 22 and I would do anything to see him one more time. He was like a father to me. He raised me when my parents divorced. My grandfather stepped in and made a huge impact on my life. I felt like I never skipped a beat. Everyone loved him.
19. What book do you most recommend to others?
For parents, “Raising Bebe.”
20. What is the best gift parents can give their child?
Teaching them independence and confidence. Letting them know they are amazing and that if they work hard for something they can get it. But also confidence. Kids can be mean and we’ve all been through it. But letting them know that’s part of life and to not take things personally will go a long way.