Well, Jim Cantore was right - we've been covered in ice since Thursday evening. We tried to treat a little cabin fever by improvising some fun. The kids (and some adults - namely, me) used plastic bins, cookie sheets, etc. to sled down driveways. There was so much ice in the streets some of the kids had on ice skates. It's been fun, but we're ready for this ice to melt.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Yesterday afternoon, word started spreading that Jim Cantore, the Weather Channel's go-to guy in bad weather situations like category 5 hurricanes, was coming to Dallas to cover this weekend's "icepocalypse." So I tweeted and he responded:
That Twitter exchange led to Jim calling in to The Broadcast this morning to talk about the storm.
As if chatting him wasn't enough, Marcus Spears, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, co-hosted with us this morning. We had a blast. AND, I got to interview Berenice Bejo from the movie, "The Artist." She has a new movie out called "The Past" for which she won the "Best Actress" award at the Cannes Film Festival. It was a great day on the show.
You can see clips at www.thebroadcasttv.com.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I'm so excited to share this with you... I'm honored to be included among some of Dallas' finest! Check out the article at Culture Map Dallas.
You can never have too much of a good thing, and Dawn Neufeld proves it. A business litigation attorney by day and philanthropist by night, this mother of two and wife of former NFL’er Ryan Neufeld is even taking a stab at television show hosting over atThe Broadcast.
Neufeld has worked tirelessly with the Junior League of Dallas in placements such as Booker T. Washington and Habitat for Humanity. Other volunteer ventures include serving as a board member for the Dallas Theater Center, working with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, and contributing to various charities involving autism.
Whether it’s being an advocate for Autism Speaks or using her platform as a competitor in Mrs. Texas America to increase autism awareness, she is a true hero in that community. And she is squarely in it, as a mother of child with autism.
Neufeld is relentless in her efforts to better the world around her, and she is a shining example of walking the talk. She enjoyed her Junior League placement at Habitat for Humanity so much that she did it again. Last week, she could be found passing out Thanksgiving meals forMinnie’s Food Pantry. And she went to Oklahoma after the devastating tornados to help with relief efforts.
“We’re all just an adversity away from needing a hand up,” Neufeld says. “Volunteering reminds me to count my blessings and not take anything for granted.”
This charming, beautiful community leader is a woman of many talents, so we had to find out what makes her tick.
What is your chief characteristic?
My ability to overcome adversity. My dad died from a heart attack when I was 9, and my mom had to raise three young daughters on her own. It was tough. At a young age, I had to learn how to persevere through tragedy. What I learned is that regardless of how bad something is, it will get better, and in the end I'll be okay. As long as I maintain that perspective, I can get through just about anything.
Your idea of happiness?
Happiness is all about living in the moment. Regardless of the chaos going on around you, there is so much to be grateful for right here, right now. Finding contentment in my circumstances is my happy place.
Your idea of misery?
Sitting in Tollway traffic at 8 on a Monday morning.
Your favorite food and drink?
My favorite food is bacon. It's a gift from God. It makes everything better.
At a bar you'll catch me drinking a Cosmo or one of the specialty drinks on the menu. I had a cucumber martini at Jasper's recently that was to die for. But this girl also likes to drink beer when kicking back. A good Hefeweizen makes me giddy.
Your favorite motto?
This too shall pass.
Your favorite heroes in real life?
Families dealing with autism. My son Will was diagnosed when he was 3. Until you've had to live with autism 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, it's hard to explain how traumatic it can be for families. My son is the greatest gift in my life, and he makes me smile every day, but his autism has literally brought me to tears at times. I truly admire families who are trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together.
If not yourself, who would you be?
Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model.
Your favorite pastime?
Riding roller coasters! The bigger, the better.
What do you love most about Dallas?
I love the intimacy of this city. Everyone and everything is so connected. I grew up in Los Angeles and never felt the sense of community that I feel here. It's intoxicating. It makes you want to get involved and be a part of something big.
What would you change about the city?
The people who don't dare go north of 635.
What makes a true Dallasite?
Looking good in the middle of summer without sweating.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
There are few bonds stronger than those between football wives. We become family in the various NFL cities we get stuck in. I was blessed when some of my "family" moved to Texas. Had a great dinner tonight with my girls Blake and Amanda at Jasper's in Plano. Love these girls so much!
Friday, November 15, 2013
I hate doing my makeup for events and t.v. appearances. Hate it. And I'm not very good at it either. It takes too long and it never looks very good. But thanks to Blushington in Dallas, looking good at an event isn't a problem anymore!
Blushington provides professional makeup application at affordable prices in a super-cute and fun environment. I love walking in and hearing old-school Michael Jackson playing on the sound system. I sit back and relax and sip champagne while having my makeup done. It's the best! I've had my makeup done by four different artists and I've been thrilled every single time. I highly recommend it if you've got a special event to attend. Check out the website at www.blushington.com - they've got a location in L.A. too!
Photo Credit: Danny Campbell
Last Saturday, I was honored to receive the Leadership Award presented by Gina Grant and her amazing organization - Women That Soar - at their annual awards gala. I can't tell you how honored I am to be recognized by WTS. Woman That Soar was created to empower and inspire women spiritually, financially, mentally and physically. WTS believes that if women share their stories of trials, tribulations and triumphs, we can encourage one another to overcome our obstacles. Apparently they thought my story could inspire others dealing with autism among other things in their lives.
It was a great night. My friend and Football Wives castmate Melani Ismail presented my award. Actress Regina King was one of the hosts and some of my favorite artists performed - Wess Morgan, Kenny Lattimore and Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny's Child). And I've got to give a shout out to my friends at Watters who let me borrow that one-of-a-kind gown. It was a great night - one I won't forget.
Friday, November 8, 2013
I know I'm not doing a great job keeping up this blog but I've been so busy (what's new, right). I filed my first Petition for Review with the Texas Supreme Court week before last. And I've been busy on The Broadcast. Today I interviewed Hill Harper about his new book, "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother." This guy is SO IMPRESSIVE. I wish I had more than 5 minutes to interview him.
Promise to catch up on the blog soon!
Promise to catch up on the blog soon!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I'll be joining the team on The Broadcast in the new year! We've been keeping it undercover but a photo from our shoot got out yesterday. I am beyond excited - hosting a show like The Broadcast has always been a dream. I'll be filling in as needed until my regular schedule begins in January. I'll be on every other week so make sure you tune in! I'm looking forward to spending my morning with these ladies.
My friend Cynthia Smoot did a fun write up last night - check it out!
Friday, September 27, 2013
I am so thrilled to be an honoree at this year's Women That Soar awards show. Last year I was a presenter and it is truly an honor to be on that stage again this year. Make sure you check it out!
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This will be a star-studded show with appearances by, Michelle Williams, former member of the Grammy-award winning group, Destiny's Child; Emmy nominated actress, Cara Buono, of Mad Men; Gospel Recording Artist, Wess Morgan; Ebony Steele, Co-Host of the syndicated Ricky Smiley Morning Show; Peter Thum, Founder, Ethos Water; Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC; Nina Vaca, CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Technical Resources; Jan Miller, Literary- Agent, Dupree Miller & Associates and many more.
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Monday, September 16, 2013
What a great way to start the week! This beautiful bag was hanging on my front door this morning with a wonderful surprise in it. Complimentary beautiful services for a year provided by Blushington in Dallas! I can't tell you how awesome this is. With appearances and all the t.v. work I do, this will definitely come in handy. Thank you Blushington!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Team Will is at it again!!!! Unfortunately, somebody nabbed my name (thief) but I made sure everyone knows we're THE Team Will. Please consider making a donation by visiting our team page! And come out and walk!
Monday, August 26, 2013
The alarm went off at 6:30 this morning and the rush was on!!!!
Will was out the front door by 7 a.m. He couldn't get on the school bus fast enough! No surprise since he's been talking about "Phillips School" since his last day of his old school in June!
Then it was time to get little mama ready for her first day of kindergarten at Corbell Elementary. Ryan and I marveled in the ability to participate in the neighborhood ritual of walking our kid to school. With coffee and camera and in hand, we set off...
Bryn had a little separation anxiety when we got to her classroom, but thank goodness there were no tears! I did get a little misty-eyed. It's so sweet seeing your baby going to "kinniegarden."
I'm a Christian. So is Ryan, albeit a little more conservative than I am. Our relationship with Christ is an important one - our marriage and family's foundation is based on it. So with all the moving around we did, to Davis for law school, Buffalo for football, etc., the first step was to find a good church. We don't function right if we're not in church.
When we moved home in 2008, we visited numerous churches before joining Prestonwood Baptist Church. It is an amazingly large church. We like to call it Six Flags Over Jesus. We were blessed with an amazing special needs ministry. Will had a safe and appropriate setting to learn about God while we were in church. And the choir. The choir is the reason why I never wear makeup to church. Prestonwood's choir was way up there on the reasons why we chose to join the church. So we did so on Easter in 2009. We'd found our church home.
Things were great until last year's election season. Up until then, I was really just a happy baptist enjoying some great sanging (yes, sanging) and hearing the word. And the sermons were good. Really good. But it because clear to me that as a baptist who happens to be a democrat, worshiping at Prestonwood was going to be difficult. Sermons were slanted (slanted isn't a strong enough word) to the right. It became... uncomfortable for me to be in church. So I decided to take an election season sabbatical while Ryan and the kids continued to attend the services. After the election was over, I was grateful that our pastor Jack Graham asked the congregation to pray for our president. Things got back to normal. At least I thought they did.
Two weeks ago, a guest preacher took to the pulpit to deliver the weeks message. Gary Frazier was giving a good, passionate sermon that morning. But then things changed. He started talking about gay marriage. Let me say now that I support gay marriage. I know what the Bible says about being gay. And I'm not gay. So therefore, I don't have to atone for that sin in the Bible. I've got a lot of other things I'll have to account for, but I'll deal with those later. Anyway, I support gay marriage. I know that's not in line with what my church believes, but I deal with that.
But where Gary Frazier messed up is when he said the Bible will never be "left." At that point, the sermon got real personal because he was talking to me as a democrat. Politicizing the Bible from the pulpit??? The words certainly made me feel unwelcome in that church at that moment. With my palms sweating and my heart racing, it was the next thing that he said that made me get up and walk out of the church. And that's something I have NEVER ever considered doing, even if I don't agree with the message. Well, Gary Frazier when on to indirectly refer to our president as "wicked," and that's when I'd had enough. I grabbed my LV bag and marched my way right on out of that church.
Then I sat in the hall shaking and I cried. I cried because I knew I was going to have to ask Ryan to consider leaving the church. He loves Prestonwood. And I've been trying to make it work because the reality is I really like it too. He comforted me as I pulled myself together. As we rode home, we talked about how it might be time to look for another church. Ryan understood and I am so grateful for that.
If what Gary Frazier was preaching is what I've got to believe to be a baptist, then I don't want any part of it. I found his blog later that day and not only did he call President Obama wicked, he also called him the anti-christ. Blog post after blog post is about Obama. There is this strange hateful obsession going on with that man, and I can't believe my church gave him a platform. Oh, and he also agreed with Representative Akin. Remember him? The legitimate rape guy? Yep, said he was right and more conservatives need to stand behind him.
And so here we are once again on the hunt trying to find a church. For all we know, we'll be lead to stay at Prestonwood but for now, we have to explore our options.
Today, we visited Watermark Community Church. It's another big church right off of 635 and 75 - you can't miss it. The building is beautiful. It's a nondenominational church and one of my Junior League friends attends. I even ran into her today - TWICE. A big requirement for us is that the church we attend have a special needs ministry. Boy do they! During the 9 am service, Will was with the other kids his age but he had a buddy. If we attend an 11:15 service, they actually have more of a classroom environment set up with a special education teacher and a music therapist. It was really great.
The church itself is so beautiful. Serene is the word that comes to mind. There is an indoor treehouse that the kids can play in. There are rocking chairs outside next to a beautiful pool. There's coffee and tea to take into the service. The worship team was awesome - the music reminded me a lot of the worship I experienced when I participated with Athletes in Action. We were really impressed by the time the pastor took to the stage.
Wouldn't you know that the sermon today was about what the church's core values are??? As we seek out a house of worship, it's important to know what the congregation stands for. Again, we were really, really impressed.
We look forward to going back in a couple of weeks. I would love to hear from folks if they have any experience with this church - I'd appreciate it! Stay tuned!