Andy and Ashley Williams: He Said, She Said
The inspiring hosts of HGTV’s new Flip or Flop Fort Worth can practically finish each other’s sentences.
Spend just a few minutes with power spouses and business partners Ashley and Andy Williams and it’ll quickly become apparent how much they have in common. The Flip or Flop Fort Worth hosts speak the same “Work hard, play hard” language, they were both active athletes growing up and they each enlisted in the military out of high school with similar intentions to explore the world and create new, long-term opportunities for themselves. Not to mention? They’re both impossibly silly at times.
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Just how alike are they? We asked Ashley and Andy a series of questions, separately, to see how they would each respond. Conclusion: The long-time friends and spouses seem to have this whole marriage and partnership thing pretty well figured out.
How does staying active play into your life as an incredibly busy business owner and parent?
Ashley: Running is my stress reliever. If I don’t get a good run in every couple of days I’m a crabby patty! Staying active is just a part of our lives, and it’s a great way to keep up with the kids and their high energy.
Andy: I really do enjoy riding the trails and running after the kids at the many places they go to have fun. But lately, chasing down properties and managing all the projects has been keeping me in shape.
What do you think Fort Worth is doing differently than other burgeoning cities?
Ashley: Fort Worth is really thinking about ways to keep the city active and not just building a bunch of developments that don’t cater to active lifestyles.
Andy: The city has a real plan for growth, and it's executing it in a way that the town's culture will not be lost, it will be highlighted.
What went into your decision to join the military right out of high school?
Ashley: I noticed all the people that stayed [home] and went to college never left. They always came back home and were stuck in Chicago. I wanted to travel and see the world, [and I wanted] independence. I couldn’t do that going to school and working to pay for it.
Andy: I wanted a new challenge and a new chapter on life. The Marines presented that, and it came with the option for a degree if and when I wanted it. So it was a better option than just going to school. I chose to serve.
How did serving in the military impact your life and your general outlook? What are some of the most lasting lessons you learned from your service?
Ashley: My outlook on life after serving is really to cherish everyone you love. You never know if the last time you speak with them will be your last. Some lasting lessons learned are respect is earned not given and serving isn’t just your job, it is your duty.
Andy: The Marine Corps is the greatest brotherhood in the world and has had a massive impact on my life. I was able to travel the world and protect our freedoms alongside some of the greatest patriots in this country. And that put life in America in — perspective freedom isn’t free.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids, Ashton and Amina, when involving them in the flipping process?
Ashley: I love getting them a part of finding the house and demo. Only the safe parts of demo, of course.
Andy: We get to share with our kids the power of entrepreneurship and how solving problems is an honest way to way to make a living. Teaching our kids to create and look behind the ugly and distress of what others see is vital to our teaching them to survive in this everchanging world.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you’re not working?
Ashley: We are big movie people, so we like to find new stuff and go see it. Also bowling and arcade games.
Andy: Dress up and play time. The kids have a huge imagination, and Ashley and I really let them express that. I love to see and hear the way they see their world. Letting them be kids is my favorite thing — and living vicariously [through them], at times.
Who would your kids say is the funny one?
Ashley: Andy. He does all the silly.
Andy: Me. I am the silly one.
What was the first thing you noticed about your partner?
Ashley: His muscles!
Andy: Her beautiful eyes. They tell a pleasant story, and I wanted to learn more.
What do you admire most about your partner?
Ashley: His selflessness. He is the most giving person you will ever find and hardly ever thinks of himself.
Andy: I admire Ashley’s strength as a woman. I love that she has a plan for life none other than to be happy and give that to our kids. I admire that she takes time with everything she does and makes time for those most important to her.
Who is the better cook?
Andy: Ashley is the best cook!
What is your favorite thing about your current house?
Ashley: The fact the kids have the entire upstairs to themselves. They can destroy it, and it’s neatly tucked away so people can’t see it!
Andy: The game room. The kids have a place to play and get away!
What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to have in your dream house?
Ashley: In my dream home, I would love to have a chef’s kitchen. That would be awesome. A room for wine and a crafting room. Oh, and a shoe closet … the list goes on and on.
What’s something maybe a little silly that totally scares you?
Ashley: I am seriously terrified of roaches. They move too fast. And why are their antennas twice the size of their bodies?! Oh — the ones in North Carolina can fly!
Andy: When I was a kid I was terrified of puppets.
Ashley, do you like Andy’s jokes and wisecracks?
Ashley: I do love Andy’s jokes and wisecracks. He keeps me laughing. One thing you can count on is you never know what he will say (appropriate or inappropriate)!
Andy: Ashley loves my humor. I am super serious mostly, but she gets my silly side and she honestly loves it.
Catch new episodes of Flip or Flop Fort Worth Thursdays at 9|8c on HGTV.