Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I wasn't necessarily thinking "White Christmas"

But we sure got one this year here in Texas! It's on the fifth or sixth time in 111 years that there's been snow in Texas on Christmas. We usually didn't have snow in Buffalo on Christmas, so imagine our surprise and delight to have it here at home.

The kids woke up Christmas morning to a bunch of wonderful gifts from Santa!!! Will's big present was a karaoke machine. He absolutely loves to sing. He lit up from ear to ear when the music started playing.

Bryn seemed to like her new ride the best! She is happy to sing backup for Will though when he's rockin' out to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

This was a very special Christmas for us because it was our first Christmas spent at home. We decided to stay put this year since Bryn is at that age where she can't sit still for 30 seconds, let alone a 3 hour plane ride to California to visit the family. So I cooked my first holiday meal ever! It was delicious! Here is the spread, all homemade from scratch with the exception of the Honeybaked ham and turkey that I stood out in 30-degree weather for over an hour to pick up!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Busy month

Wow - I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted, even with so much going on to tell you about!!!!

Let me start by talking about my latest venture - hosting D210! Make sure you check out the website at www.D210.tv.

I am having so much fun! We had a photoshoot with the hosts last week - let me tell you, these ladies are smokin' hot! I cannot wait to work with this group of amazing women. Check out some of the pics!

A few weeks ago, I had my first opportunity to work on my latest D210 assignment - covering the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks held an awesome event at Amazing Jake's in Plano for military families. My job is so much fun - I get to interview all of these amazing folks. Check out these fun pics!

Just this past weekend, I covered my first game at the AAC. The Mavs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-95! I asked Shaq for an interview and got DE-NIED! But at least I tried. I huddled with the rest of the media after the game to get group interviews - I was standing about a foot away from Lebron James. Good stuff.

This has been an awesome year for me when it comes to my acting and modeling career! I shot my first speaking role in a major motion picture and I am now SAG-eligible! I can now check that off my Bucket List. I've also had great success with The Bite - it's now being viewed across the country in some of your favorite food restaurants by over one million people per week! We are making some changes to the show though - my co-host Rance and I will be doing the weekday show while Hilary will be featured on the weekends (in case you're in a Denny's on a Saturday morning wondering why I'm not on t.v. - lol). Certainly things will continue to expand next year, and I'm so excited to be a part of it.

And here's an awesome personal update - I have to share with you what Will said to me this week. I could tell he wanted to say something to me - he seemed to be thinking really hard about it, trying to figure out just the perfect words to convey his thoughts. I was waiting for him to ask for some chocolate milk or juice when all of a sudden, he looked at me and said, "I love you very much!" I was so excited and almost paralyzed by what I'd just heard. Then the waterworks started. It's the first time he's ever told me he loved me all on his own, no prompting, etc. It was the best Christmas present ever!

More to come before the new year!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas cards

We attempted to get a family pic last night for our Christmas cards that I've yet to finish and send out. This is the best we could do...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Off the Field and Sam's Club Team Up Nationwide!

I am so excited - this Thursday NFL wives across the country will be partnering with Sam's Club and the Salvation Army to make sure several deserving families nationwide will be able to enjoy a wonderful and holiday Christmas season. Why is this event so much fun? We literally are set loose in Sam's Club with someone else's money to shop for these wonderful families! Who doesn't like to shop on someone else's dime? What's awesome is we can provide these families with everything from toys to coats to bedspreads and comforters. This is my third year in a row participating in this event and I can't wait! Not to mention the fact that it's always fun to get together with other NFL wives!

The following info is from the press release issued about the event. No doubt I'll have an update and pictures to post after the shopping trip Thursday!

Football Legends’ Wives Shop Sam’s Club® with a Purpose
Salvation Army Families in Need to Receive $100,000 in Food and Gifts

What: Sam’s Club is teaming up with the Off the Field Players’ Wives Association and The Salvation Army to brighten the holidays for families throughout the country. For the third year in a row, Sam’s Club will bring holiday cheer to 10 pre-selected families in 10 cities participating in Salvation Army Community programs. During the shopping spree event, volunteers from Off the Field will hit the aisles of Sam’s Club to fill baskets with clothes, household products and toys to brighten the season for the local families. Each family will also receive a $200 gift card for a holiday meal and other food.

The Salvation Army will identify approximately 10 families in the Dallas area to receive holiday gifts. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Phoenix will also host Dream Drive events on December 10.

Kimberly Alexander, wife of Retired Raiders’ player Elijah Alexander, is one of the participants in the event.

In addition to shopping for gifts, ladies from the Off the Field will ring bells and help with the traditional Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive, as well as assist in wrapping gifts.

Where: Sam’s Club
1701 West State Highway 114
Grapevine, Texas 76051

When: Wednesday, December 10
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Who: Sam’s Club is the ninth largest retailer in the U.S. and offers exceptional values on merchandise serving more than 47 million Members. Saving is made simple with Sam’s Club and on average its members save 30.4 percent on items for home or business over grocery and specialty retailers. Visit samsclub.com for more information.

Off the Field strives to use a network of influential women to enrich the lives of others. The organization is dedicated to raising funds and creating awareness for local and national charitable organizations that strengthen families.

The Salvation Army is a human services organization operating in 115 countries and helping more than 30 million people each year in the United States alone.

Interview: Media are invited to meet with members of Off the Field, a Salvation Army representative or a Sam’s Club representative to discuss Dream Drive, a unique partnership and charitable program. Please contact Matt Motley to arrange an in-studio or on-location interview.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ah, the annual Santa picture trip

Ryan and I bundled up the kiddos on a cold Texas day, one in which we actually got snow, to take the kids for their annual Santa picture. Will was awesome - he smiled on cue! Bryn, on the other hand, was a little frightened of the guy in the big red suit. These pictures will be classics in the years to come!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A less-than-satisfactory end to the UFL season

What an end to the inaugural UFL season!

The day after Thanksgiving, I boarded an early flight to Las Vegas for the first UFL Championship game between the undefeated Florida Tuskers and the Las Vegas Locomotives. Having already beat the Vegas team twice, Ryan's team was favored to win the game, though we knew it wouldn't be easy.

In the end, the Tuskers were defeated 20-17 in overtime. It was disappointing enough to lose the game. Even more disappointing were some aspects of the game and some things revealed later. For starters, the Tuskers were supposed to be the "home" team having a better record than the Locos. Of course, we were in Locos territory, playing in the stadium they called home all season. The site was anything but neutral. The announcer was clearly the regular Locos announcer. Every time the Locos took the field, the announcer led the crowd in a huge cheer. The Tuskers weren't given the same consideration. Every time the Locos gained a first down, the sounds of a locomotive screamed through the stands. No such celebration was announced when the Tuskers scored their first downs. Everything about the location favored the Vegas team - they definitely had home field advantage.

After the game, I asked a friend who played for the Vegas team where they were staying. When he told me the Renaissance, I about flipped! Our guys had stayed at the Hampton Inn all week where there wasn't even room service available, and the Vegas team was staying at the Renaissance? How is that fair?

And the kicker (pun intended) - rumor has it that the Locos' game winning field goal was wide right and not even good! It's apparently clear from the game film that the kick was bad. The Tuskers should've gotten the ball back. Sounds like the Vegas team was handed this win. Sure makes for good t.v. though right? I'm sure the UFL is thrilled with the outcome.

We had a great time Friday after the game though hanging out with Ryan's teammates at Jet nightclub. We sauntered back into the glamorous Hampton Inn around 3:30 a.m. That's when I realized I'd been up for more than 24 hours! I hadn't done that since college and I'm still paying for it!

Now we're waiting again, hoping for an NFL team to call in these last few weeks of the pro-football regular season and pick Ryan up. I'll keep you posted!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

After all these years...

When I was little, I decided I'd be an actress when I grew up. I even thought my first car was going to be a limousine. My mom obviously saw some potential in me so she enrolled me in acting classes at the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble in Hollywood. From there, I went on to do some print work, featured extra work on shows like Webster and Punky Brewster, and even starred in an educational t.v. show called Fraction Subtraction. My career was short-lived though, as my love for sports, particularly swimming, took over. In college, I supplemented my studies at UCLA with some "modeling" work (let's be real - I became a resident video rat) but my focus was on school.

Oddly enough, when we were in Buffalo a couple of years ago, I found an awesome acting teacher (Frank Rossi) who reignited my desire to act. Just when I got settled with agents in both Rochester and Pittsburgh, I got pregnant and shortly thereafter we returned home to Dallas. Once home, I happened upon the Craigslist listing for my host position at The Bite and I haven't looked back since. There is a pretty decent commercial market here and I've managed to pick up some work.

Unfortunately, it's been a little slow the past couple of months. So imagine my surprise when my agent called this week with some big news! I was being cast as a news reporter in a big budget SAG motion picture that I had auditioned for months ago. After all these years - my first speaking role in a SAG film. Even more exciting was that I had to be on a plane that evening because the production is shooting in New Orleans. So after getting the okay from the awesome folks at the Bite (I had to ask for the day off - the first time I've done that in over a year of shooting) and getting the kids squared away, I was off!

I had three lines - but they were MY three lines. My big moment. And I messed up a couple of times, which was drama because about 100 extras needed to be reset every time I screwed up. But overall, I think I did a good job.

Now let's hope I don't end up on the cutting room floor and actually make it into the movie!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The host of D210tv works the red carpet at Dallas Rocks...

(With D210 creator, and my boss, Vernon, and the fabulous Bonnie who did my makeup)

Sounds like an official press headline, right? Well, it could be - last night I had my first official assignment as host for D210 (www.d210.tv) - I interviewed celebrities and VIPs at Russell Simmons' Dallas Rocks event. It was my first time ever working a red carpet and I was extremely nervous, but things went well!
(With my co-host from the Bite, Rance Adams, who was also working the red carpet)

(With my good friends Ray and April Crockett)

(With event emcee and Law & Order star Anthony Anderson)

(With rap mogul Russell Simmons)

(Stylin' on the red carpet)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brynie vs. the sidewalk...

And the sidewalk won...

I'll get Bryn in this week to see a pediatric dentist - gotta check and make sure that she didn't do any real damage to her mouth. She's missing a HUGE chunk of her front tooth...


Let me explain a little bit about my family. My memories of growing up include Sundays at granny's after church hanging out in the backyard or on the front porch in Los Angeles until the sun went down with the "family" - sisters, cousins, aunts, etc. Sometimes, there could be upwards of 30 people just kickin' it on a Sunday afternoon. My extended family isn't that big really - we just "adopt" people. Cousins' friends become "cousins," my mom's friends become "aunties." You get the idea. But everyone is a part of the fam-bam as we like to call it.

And we're close. I often joke that if someone breaks a pinky toe, all of us rally and head to whatever emergency room the family member is being treated for that broken pinky toe. No matter how big or how small the celebration, trial, etc., our family is always there.

So imagine my sadness when I heard the news this morning that our beloved aunt Adrian passed away after suffering a stroke this weekend. Adrian was a light - always the life of the party who could bring a smile to your face no matter what. She was much too young and taken way too soon. She is going to be missed terribly.

The fam-bam is mourning right now - no doubt getting together today at granny's, trying to comprehend the unfathomable loss of one of our own. It is a sad day - a day in which I wish I was much closer to home so I could be close to the ones I love. We'll miss you aunt Adrian...

4th of July, 2004 - Aunt Adrian is standing behind my nephew Corey